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Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Board of Friends, GSPP

Board of Advisors

The Graduate School of Professional Psychology's vision for the future is ambitious, and this dynamic group of community leaders and mental health experts will help us increase the School's visibility and expand our impact. Learn more about each member of our Board of Advisors below.

 

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    Jerry Hartbarger

    Vice President, HR, Kaiser Permanente

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    Background

    Jerry Hartbarger is vice president of Human Resources for Kaiser Permanente Colorado, the state’s largest nonprofit health plan with more than 622,000 members. In this role, he is responsible for the region’s human capital functions, including talent management, total rewards, workplace safety, workforce wellness and employee and labor relations.

    Hartbarger has 25 years of experience in human resources, including more than 15 years at Honeywell International, where he served as vice president of human resources, among various other executive roles. Hartbarger also served as a human resources executive for Johns-Manville and, most recently, senior vice president of human resources and communications at Flatiron Construction Corp. for the last six years.

    Hartbarger is passionate about aligning human capital strategy with the short- and long-term needs of Kaiser Permanente. “It is a privilege to be part of a team focused on providing the highest quality care available for our members and creating the best place to work for our employees.”

    Hartbarger’s work in the community has included leadership roles with the Boy Scouts of America, Social Venture Partners of Denver, an organization that cultivates strong individual and business relationships to tackle challenges that face the Denver community, and Bridges to Prosperity, an organization that provides isolated communities with access to essential health care, education and economic opportunities by building footbridges over impassable rivers.

    A New Mexico native, Hartbarger holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in organization development and learning from the University of New Mexico. He enjoys mountain biking, fly fishing and spending time with his wife, Paula. They have three sons, Timothy, Tyler and Andrew.

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    Gail Hashimoto

    Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice
    PsyD '92

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    Background

    Gail Hashimoto is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Manhattan (NY, NY). Although she treats the life span, her specialties are children, parent counseling, and couples therapy; and, subspecialties in young children, children with developmental issues, and gifted children. Gail graduated from GSPP in 1992 with three areas of concentration: Child Therapy, Family Therapy, Psychological Assessment. Her internship and post-doctoral fellowship were at Yale University's Child Study Center. She remained at Yale part-time, until 1995, teaching Developmental Psychology in the Medical School and providing weekly pro bono consultation to the Pediatric AIDS Clinic.

    Gail previously earned degrees in Nursing and Child Development. In her late teens, she left college to dance with the Martha Graham Company (short-lived career due to a serious knee injury). She had previously declined the opportunity to study piano at The Juilliard School or Eastman Conservatory.

    Gail's Board involvement has been in the arts: New York International Piano Competition, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company (contemporary ballet), Jacoby and Pronk (contemporary ballet company), New York City Center Dance Council, The Warhol Museum (also co-underwrote Youth Invasion and the Children's Play Space). She is also a major supporter of the Guggenheim Museum's Works & Process (co-underwriting programs), Heart and Soul Charitable Fund that provides resources for marginalized populations National Public Radio, and Carnegie Hall.

    In addition to her practice, for 21 years, Gail served as the Consulting Psychologist at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Day School, a developmentally based preschool, where she provided consultation on individual children, clinical discussions with the staff, and conducted parent groups. She has provided pro bono supervision for the staff of the Lower Eastside Girls' Club. She was part-time psychology faculty at various institutions in NYC. While on the Board of the New York International Piano Competition, Gail conducted sessions for parents addressing developmental and psychological issues often experienced by child prodigies.

    Nourished by the arts, Gail has multiple subscriptions to the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall, subscribes to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, regularly attends art museums, dance, theatre, and lectures, travels internationally for music, dance, and visual art.

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    Laurie Ivey

    Director of Behavior Science, Swedish Family Medicine;
    Director, Integrated Primary Care PostDoc, CO Health Foundation
    PsyD '00 

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    Background

    Laurie Ivey, Psy.D. is the Director of Behavior Science at Swedish Family Medicine in Littleton, Colorado and the Director of the Colorado Health Foundation’s Integrated Primary Care Post-doctoral Psychology Fellowship Program.  She is a clinical psychologist by training and enjoys teaching both family medicine residents and post-doctoral psychology fellows to work side-by side in the integrated primary care setting.

    She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology where she teaches an Integrated Primary Care Class in the clinical psychology doctoral program, hoping to inspire young psychologists’ to pursue a career path in primary care. She is passionate about the impact of integrated behavioral health care on the primary care population and about promoting a solid behavioral work force development strategy to ensure quality care delivery in the primary care setting.

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    Louisa Jornayvaz

    Former Vice President, Denver Children's Home Board
    MA-Sport & Performance Psychology '14

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    Background

    Louisa Jornayvaz is a mental skills coach and professional portrait artist. A former U.S. National Champion equestrian and nationally competitive ballroom dancer, Louisa primarily works with equestrians, and visual and performing artists.

    Louisa has been a professional portrait artist for 15 years, and recently unveiled a portrait of President Jimmy Carter for President and Mrs. Carter and a large contingent of Georgia residents. She has painted dozens of portraits that how hang in private homes and educational institutions throughout the country. For four years, Louisa served as the Ambassador from Colorado for the Portrait Society of America, and studied not only with master artist Emanuel Martinez, but also with the National Association of Portrait Artists at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, The Colorado Academy of Art in Boulder, Colorado, and at The Arts Student's League of Denver. Louisa created the "Power Palette', a motivational workshop for visual artists.

    Prior to pursuing her passion for art, Louisa was a broadcast journalist for 18 years; covering politics and anchoring the news at the NBC station in Denver, as well as network affiliate stations in several other cities. She created 'Louisa Craft's News for Families'; a company that produced nationally syndicated news stories on family and parenting issues, as well as magazine length stories on parenting for CNN. Louisa has hosted and emceed dozens of events, as well as being a keynote speaker on women's issues and working in the media.

    During the past 25 years, Louisa has been Vice President of The Denver Children's Home, a residential treatment facility for youth with emotional and behavioral issues, and has chaired a myriad of events and served on many boards that serve at-risk youth. Louisa founded The Emanuel Project, an arts intervention program that now serves thousands of youth in 50 juvenile facilities in 13 states. She founded Art for Kids with her daughter, Kaytlyn, a program that provides art supplies and educational materials to low-income schools. Louisa received the Graland Country Day School President's Award as the most outstanding parent volunteer for 14 years of service. She has also been honored by the Governor of Colorado for her commitment to family issues.

    Louisa also currently sits on the Rosalyn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship Task Force in Atlanta, Georgia and The LARRK Foundation Board in Denver, Colorado.

    A native Texan, Louisa graduated with a Masters Degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver; a Journalism Degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and has taken graduate courses in Child and Family Studies at the University of Denver. She is a graduate of Leadership Denver.

    Louisa is married to her college sweetheart and has three children. She loves to spend time with family and friends, travel, read, garden (with a passion for tulips), fly fish, play the harp and piano, and play golf.

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    Taylor Kirkpatrick

    President & CEO, Babson Farms, Inc.
    DU IMBA '04

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    Background

    Taylor is President and Chief Executive Officer of Babson Farms Inc., a family office with operating businesses in agriculture and insurance, diverse real estate investments, mineral interests and public and private equity investments.

    Prior to managing this multi-generational single family office, Taylor was involved in mergers and acquisitions as a Principal and a VP for 13 years. He started his career in financial services working in management and consulting roles for mutual fund companies based in Boston and Paris.

    Taylor is active in the community and is currently involved in several philanthropic organizations in Denver:

    • Serves as a Director on the Board of Trustees at Alliance for Choice in Education (ACE)
    • Serves as a Director on the Board of Trustees at Bright By Three
    • Serves as President-Elect on the Board of the Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation
    • Chairs the Mothers' Milk Bank Advisory Council
    • Serves as President on the Graland Alumni Board
    • Serves as a Director on the Board of Trustees at Quarterly Forum
    • Serves as a member at Constellation Philanthropy
    • Serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology
    • Serves as President of the Good Wood Club
    • Serves on the Public Artwork Selection Council at Children's Hospital Colorado

    Taylor also authored an award-winning children's book, "Worthwhile." The story involves a boy and his grandmother that promotes giving and kindness. Taylor still travels to schools and special events to share his story and meet with children about how they can make a worthwhile difference in the world.

    He has been married for 12 years to Molly, and they have a 6 year-old boy, Henry, who loves minerals, bugs and ninjas.

    Taylor received a Bachelor of Arts in French from Middlebury College and an International MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

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    Robyn Loup

    Consulting Director, Equitas Foundation

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    Background

    Robyn Loup is a passionate advocate for systems reform to support individuals with mental disorders and brain challenges. Robyn has first-hand experience with mental disorders as she grew up with a mother who battled schizophrenia. As a result, Robyn understands the immense struggles of both the individuals and the family members of those with mental illness. Living with a mother with schizophrenia inspired Robyn to speak out for those with mental illnesses and through her efforts, she honors and memorializes her mother.

    Robyn led the Mental Health America Colorado (MHAC) organization as President in 1995-1996. As part of her role on MHAC, she was assigned to a task force to identify gaps in Colorado’s mental health system. The task force found a severe need for crisis care, and as a result of this finding, Robyn was a founding member of Metro Crisis Services. Robyn currently serves on the Board of Directors at Metro Crisis Services, an organization that hosts Colorado’s 24/7 free hotline for mental health and substance abuse issues as well as a free directory of over 3,000 support resources throughout the Denver metro community. From 2006-2008, Robyn served as a national leader for mental health on the Mental Health America Board as the Vice President of Development. Robyn is also a certified Life Coach accredited with the International Coaching Academy.

    Robyn believes that through collaboration and a drive for solutions, we CAN and we WILL create positive changes to our systems to benefit those with mental illness.

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    Polly Weintz Sanna

    Entrepreneur, Harbor Lights Foundation
    DU '81

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    BACKGROUND

    Polly Weintz Sanna is an entrepreneur who earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from DU in 1981.  She balances passion and practicality working as a board member of The Harbor Lights Foundation, a family foundation that supports organizations and programs that focus on education and philanthropy with a special commitment to disaster relief. 

    A former ski instructor, personal shopper, special events coordinator and singer, she lives in Cos Cob, Connecticut with her husband and daughter.

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    Rene Simard

    Chief Master Sergeant (Retired), USAF
    Executive Vice President, Aurora CO Chamber of Commerce
    DU MPS '13

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    Background

    Rene (“Ree-nee”) Simard is a retired U.S. Air Force senior enlisted leader with 38 years of converging management and leadership experience across multiple disciplines including leadership training, academic advising, veterans services, career services, logistics, human resources, personal training and military security.

    Currently, Rene is the Executive Vice President for the Aurora Colorado Chamber of Commerce. He directs and manages the Chamber’s flagship Leadership Aurora program where he plans, coordinates, and conducts monthly sessions, monthly board meetings, various committee meetings, recruiting strategy, and annual class and board retreats. He also manages the Aurora Defense Council, a joint organization of over 350 members representing military commands and local business leaders of the major segments of the community.

    Previously, he was the Director of Academic Advising at the Community College of Aurora where he managed a staff of 15 advisors, career services, veteran’s services, and administration. His department provided services to over 8,000 enrolled students with approximately 20,000 student contacts per year. Prior to this position, Rene was the Assistant Director of Academic Advising and prior to that he was the Military/Veterans Affairs coordinator.

    Prior to the Community College of Aurora, Rene was Assistant General Manager for Mesa Moving Systems and Storage in Aurora, Colorado, where he was responsible for daily operations and customer service for 40 employees assigned to a significant United Van Lines agent.

    In October 2006, Rene retired from the U. S. Air Force after more than 28-years of service. In his final assignment, Rene was the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the 460th Space Wing at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, where he advised the base commander on matters influencing the health, welfare, morale, effective utilization and quality of life for more than 3,000 enlisted personnel assigned to the base’s area of responsibility. During his Air Force career he served at various command levels and also deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield/Storm and Southern Watch. His assignments included bases in Maine, Nebraska, Nevada, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Delaware, Washington, DC (Pentagon) and Colorado.

    Rene graduated with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Denver in June 2013 where he achieved a 3.97 GPA. He received a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Logistics/Business Management from Peru State College in Nebraska and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Logistics Management from Community College of the Air Force.

    While on active duty he graduated from a number of professional development institutions, including the 8th Air Force Noncommissioned Officer Leadership School (distinguished graduate), Strategic Air Command’s Noncommissioned Officer Academy and U.S. Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy (distinguished graduate), and the Center for Creative Leadership.

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    Emily Spencer

    Founder, former president and CEO, Premier Medical Corporation

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    Background

    Emily B. Spencer, businesswomen and entrepreneur, founded and served as president & CEO of Premier Medical Corporation in Denver, Colorado and founded and currently manages Premier RE Holdings, LLC, a real estate holding company.  Spencer holds a JD from St. Mary’s School of Law and a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas, Austin. 

    Spencer’s initial aspirations held little to no sign of her true entrepreneurial spirit. Her early career path led her from a sales assistant in the high stakes, fast-paced securities trading world to a Senior Vice President of Operations of a regional securities firm specializing in trading government securities to institutions. When her interest turned to compliance, she decided to return to law school at age 27 and pursue a career in securities litigation. While attending law school, Spencer interned as a student law clerk with the Texas Supreme Court, a federal judge, and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s legal department. Upon graduating from law school in 1992, Spencer thought she was again destined for the securities world. But, when she was presented with an idea to start a respiratory services company to provide oxygen to home care patients, Premier Medical Corporation was born. 

    For her longstanding role as founder, president and CEO of Premier Medical Corporation, a healthcare industry leader in providing oxygen-related products and services to Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico hospices, nursing homes and Programs for all Inclusive Care (PACE), Spencer’s business philosophy was simple: take care of patients as if they are family. Her mission to provide exceptional service and compassionate care—every patient, every customer, every time—built long-term partnerships, not customers. Her philosophy had an impact as Premier Medical was recognized by Coloradobiz magazine as one of Colorado’s Top 250 Private Companies and top 100 Women Owned Businesses.  Premier was also recognized as one of Denver's Top 25 Women Owned Businesses by the Denver Business Journal and was named by the DBJ as one of Denver’s Fastest Growing Private Companies.  Spencer was selected as a finalist for Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business Award (2011) and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2010).  Spencer also was quoted in the University of Denver’s Colorado Women’s College, Benchmarking Women’s Leadership Study (2013) and was interviewed for and recognized in Tiffani Lennon’s book, Recognizing Women's Leadership: Strategies and Best Practices for Employing Excellence (2014).

    “I contribute my success to my strong belief that for a company to be successful, it has to be profitable, but you also have to make a difference in someone’s life.”  “Now that I have sold my business after 20 years and moved into the next phase of my life, I want to continue to make a difference in someone’s life.”

    Spencer currently serves as an Advisory Board member for The Colorado Women’s College and as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at The University of Denver, speaks at Leadership and Entrepreneur Events, is an avid supporter of the University of Denver, Colorado Women’s College, Benchmarking Women’s Leadership Study and is a business consultant. 

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    Doug Wilwerding

    Founder & Managing Principal, The Optimas Group, LLC
    DU '85, MBA '86

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    Background

    Doug Wilwerding is the founder and Managing Principal of The Optimas Group, LLC, a venture investment firm founded in 2008. Doug and the Optimas team guide capitalization efforts and work closely with management teams to develop differentiated market positions and create lasting value. The Optimas Group portfolio companies focus on business-to-business services, technology, and specialty finance.

    Currently, The Optimas Group is invested in:

    • Adventos- focused on enabling municipal governments and public safety entities in providing for safer communities through better logistics and resource management technology;

    • AllCom Global Services - a prime and sub-contractor providing communications infrastructure engineering and installation to the government sector;

    • Javlin Capital – offers specialty financing to the consumer finance, real estate, legal, and healthcare markets;

    • MySidewalk - the leading provider of municipal and electoral geospatial layered data mining and analysis services; and

    • Rova- the leading provider of marketing and advertising agency client project management and revenue enhancement SaaS solutions.

    Prior to founding The Optimas Group, Doug worked from 1986 to 2008 in the accounts receivable management industry with Accent Service Company, Accent Insurance Recovery, Omnium Worldwide, and West Corporation. During that time, Doug developed an in-depth understanding of consumer finance, commercial finance, telecommunications, insurance, and healthcare accounts receivable in the U.S., Central American, and South American markets. Throughout his career, Doug has served on industry boards in both the consumer credit and health insurance sectors.

    Following Doug's leveraged buyout of Omnium Worldwide in 1998, he served as Chairman and CEO until selling the company to West Corporation in 2007. In 2008, after completing post transaction integration and leadership transition, Doug left West Corporation to form The Optimas Group.

    In addition to serving on the boards of the Optimas portfolio companies, Doug's board experience includes banking, industrial machinery, livestock and agriculture, business services, and technology companies ranging in annual revenue from a few million dollars to more than $500 million. Doug has also served on and chaired numerous non-profit boards focusing on public policy and primary, secondary, and higher education.

    Doug holds BSBA and MBA degrees from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.

    Doug and his wife Elaine have three grown daughters. Doug and Elaine live in Omaha, Nebraska and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Doug is an avid fly fisherman, golfer, snow skier, cyclist and reader.

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    Lisa Woods

    President, HERdacity
    DU '07

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    Background

    Lisa comes from a diverse background of leadership and management experience, with a passion for advocacy and policy work that empowers individuals and advances the public good.

    Lisa spent more than 15 years in public service at several Texas state agencies and in the Texas Legislature, where she provided strategic counsel to elected officials on state and federal policy issues, and led key management and outreach efforts.

    Additionally, Lisa worked at two institutions of higher education – the University of Denver's Colorado Women's College and Texas A&M University – focusing on the advancement of women and the expansion of their educational opportunities, as well as the impact and reach of academic research in the US and abroad. In 2017, Lisa became President of HERdacity, an online women's engagement platform that promotes the empowerment of women—and the ways they dare to be who they want to be in life.

    Having started her professional career in politics, running political campaigns and grassroots efforts in Texas, Lisa brings an external, communication-oriented perspective to GSPP's Board of Friends. She holds a BA in Law & Society with a minor in Gender & Women's Studies from the University of Denver's Colorado Women's College and currently serves on their Board of Advisors.