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  • Jim Scott

    Jim Scott, Ph.D.

    About Jim Scott

    Jim Scott earned a PhD from Michigan State University, including a cognate in stress management, and has pursued post-graduate studies in Positive Psychology. Jim is a nationally recognized and accomplished instructor, facilitator and storyteller with over 40 years of experience in higher education and keynote speaking. His expertise is focused on life skills, stress management and resiliency. Jim's instructional style is active, engaging and entertaining. He uses personal stories and life events to involve his audience in an intentional way that reinforces major concepts, promotes thought and encourages positive behavior change. He co-edited a book titled Teaching and Joy and is in the process of completing his second book, Joyful Living.

  • Josh Scott

    Joshua Scott, M.S.

    About Joshua Scott

    Joshua Scott, MS, is the Director of Continuing Education and Training for the Center for Health, Work and Environment; Director of Education for Health Links Colorado, and an instructor in the Colorado School of Public Health. Josh leads a team of dedicated health and safety experts aimed at delivering world-class learning opportunities for professionals responsible for occupational health protection and health promotion. Josh also teaches graduate-level courses and seminars in Total Worker Health® leadership, interdisciplinary learning, occupational stress management and workplace well-being. Prior to his faculty position, Josh was a consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) where he led a team of researchers to investigate and produce guidance on conformity assessment of personal protective equipment (PPE), wildland fire fighter exposures, and products and standards development. Josh was also a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame teaching health education, nutrition, stress management and exercise physiology. While teaching, Josh spent his summers directing a youth adventure camp across the Colorado Front Range. He is a former college athlete, avid outdoorsman and passionate advocate for healthy workplaces. He holds graduate degrees in exercise science and holistic health. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Interdisciplinary Health Science from Western Michigan University.

  • Thea Wessel

    Thea Wessel, MA, LPC, LAC, MAC

    About Thea Wessel

    Thea Wessel is an addictions counselor with her own private practice in Colorado. She has been working in the criminal and addictions fields for seven years. Ms. Wessel earned her master’s degree in forensic psychology from the University of Denver and has also earned her LPC, LAC and MAC. She is currently the president of the Colorado Association of Addictions Professionals (CAAP) and also teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver. Ms. Wessel continually challenges herself and others to provide quality addictions treatment and to educate the community about addictions issues.

  • Erin Gazelka

    Erin Gazelka, JD, MA, LPC, LAC

    About Erin Gazelka

    Erin Gazelka is a therapist and clinician in Denver, Colorado. Ms. Gazelka earned her Master of Arts degree in Forensic Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver in 2009. She also earned her Juris Doctorate degree from William Mitchell College of Law in 2007 and is a licensed, inactive attorney in both Minnesota and Colorado. Ms. Gazelka is currently practicing as both a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Addiction Counselor. She has primarily practiced in the context of forensic issues for the past seven years, providing therapy and assessment services to adult offenders in the community corrections and parole systems. She has provided acute mental health care and suicide and violence risk assessment in Jefferson County Jail for six years. She has extensive experience facilitating a variety of groups and individual therapy, including inpatient and outpatient substance abuse groups. Ms. Gazelka is currently a provider for Kaiser Permanente and has helped develop and facilitate the Intensive Outpatient Program for severe and persistent mental illness at Highline Behavioral Health. Prior experience has included work as a guardian ad litem and drug treatment counselor for juveniles on probation. She also wrote proposed changes to legislation and developed curricula for teaching legal and psychological issues while working as a legal research for National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

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    Greg Giesen

    About Greg Giesen

    Greg "Geese" Giesen is an award-winning author, leadership coach, trainer and one of the most sought-after speakers in the country on authentic leadership. With over 25 years of experience in corporate consulting, training, facilitation and conflict mediation, Greg has brought his wide array of skills to corporate and non-profit industries across the country. Currently, as Manager of Employee Development at the University of Denver, he helps faculty, staff and departments assess, address and resolve workplace issues. Greg is also a graduate school professor at DU and the author of three books on Creating Authenticity, including his latest, Mondays at 3: A Story for Managers Learning to Lead. For the past 18 years, Greg has been leading and facilitating the award-winning program, Leading from Within, an indoor/outdoor experiential leadership and personal empowerment workshop.

  • Tedeschi

    Phil Tedeschi, MSSW, LCSW-CO

    About Phil Tedeschi

    Philip Tedeschi is an Animal-Assisted Social Work and Experiential Therapy Specialist and co-founder of the Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW). Tedeschi is the Executive Director of IHAC and coordinates GSSWs Animal-Assisted Social Work certificate program for Master of Social Work (MSW) students, as well as the Animals and Human Health online professional development certificate program. He also teaches MSW courses in forensic social work and experiential therapy approaches, with emphasis on conservation and environmental social work in areas such as East Africa and the inclusion of animals in therapeutic settings. As a certified Master Therapeutic Riding Instructor, former course director and instructor with Outward Bound, and a wilderness medical technician, he has many years of experience in non-traditional therapeutic approaches with children, adults and families, as well as in interpersonal violence including, assessment and intervention with animal abuse, attachment, trauma disordered and sexually abusive youth and adults.

  • Laura Meyer

    Laura Meyer, PhD

    About Laura Meyer

    Laura Meyer, a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP), earned her Ph.D. in Quantitative Research Methods in 2008 and has taught introductory and advanced courses in statistics and research methods since 2007. Dr. Meyer also teaches courses in geropsychology and doctoral paper development, and co-teaches, with Professor Tedeschi, a course on animal-assisted interventions (AAI). She has conducted research on the effects of equine therapy on the PTSD symptoms of Vietnam veterans and on the outcomes of a Denver metro pet food pantry on its clients' lives. Given the tremendous interest of GSPP students and fellow researchers in AAI, Dr. Meyer is working to increase opportunities for student training and research in this area via grant funding and other training options.

  • Travis White

    Travis White, PhD

    About Travis White

    As a teacher, executive, blogger and consultant, Travis White has worked in marketing and organizational development since 1978. As an executive, he has helped lead companies through myriad transitions including mergers, acquisitions, technology migrations, spin-offs and IPOs. He has held C-level positions at several technology companies, including JD Edwards, Lawson Software, Datria and Solbourne Computer. Travis produces articles on strategy, innovation, branding and critical thinking for his website. His consulting clients include small to medium software companies that are experiencing growth pains as well as a broad range of companies that wish to innovate more effectively. Travis enjoys outdoor sports, including bicycling, snowshoeing and hiking. He has climbed some of the highest mountains in Colorado, Mexico and Ecuador. In 2011, he bicycled across America, starting in Astoria, Oregon and finishing, seven weeks later, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He used the ride to raise $31,000 for the National MS Society. Travis holds a PhD in information science and education from the University of Denver where he is now an Adjunct Professor. 

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    John Scarborough

    About John Scarborough

    John is an innovator at heart, playing a pivotal role in the early introduction of several technologies that are the norm today: the Internet (yes, THAT Internet), IP Security, HDTV and VoIP technology. As VP of Marketing for MCI Communications and SVP of Marketing and Product Development for Qwest, Echostar and MegaPath, he has been recognized in everything from the Wall Street Journal to the Denver Post. He even earned an 'Addy' award. John later founded LineSider Communications and IP5280 Communications which were successfully sold to Cisco Systems and MegaPath Communications in 2010 and 2014 respectively. John is an entrepreneur and loves to find the perfect intersection between people and technology. Silicon STEM Academy was created by John and his wife Kelly. Their vision and passion are to make learning technology more accessible and available to students, teachers, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts who want to learn all things tech!

  • Karen Larsen

    Jon Rottier

    About Jon Rottier

    After serving as marketing director for a startup software firm (subsequently acquired by ORACLE), Jon founded New-Ride Design in 2001 to offer small businesses coaching, online marketing and business development consulting. His experience includes business website development, building strategic and/or tactical marketing campaigns, and improving internal business processes. He also has a special knack for breaking down the fundamental complexities of "how the web works," SEO and Google into easy-to-understand steps for the layman.

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    Kyle Yamashita

    About Kyle Yamashita

    Kyle is a recent Mechanical Engineering graduate from Colorado State University. Since graduation, he has spent the last two years working in educational nonprofits in Denver. He loves to study the interactions between physical processes and the real-world responses in areas ranging from sports and music to electronics and machines. "Since I was young, I have enjoyed tinkering and building projects that improve everyday life. I enjoy explaining the fundamentals of physics and how they relate to the electromechanical devices ubiquitous in today's culture. I am most passionate about the relationship between mathematics and music, and I seek to share this passion with others."

  • Karen Larsen

    Steven Kibler

    About Steven Kibler

    Steven is a computer engineer with 10 years' experience in robotics and unmanned aircraft. He has built robots that solve mazes, aid in search-and-rescue missions, explore Mars (but never did), and has designed unmanned aircraft. After earning his M.S. in computer engineering at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, be started two companies: one to build unmanned aircraft to study the world around us and another that specialized in flying the aircraft to gather that data. Steven recently sold his businesses and returned to Colorado to be near family. Steven also designs RFID door locks, motion-activated security sensors and LED hydroponic lights, and he enjoys creating art with LEDs, sensors, motors and internet technologies. Steven has experience in most aspects of product development, circuit design, PCB design, fabrication, and assembly to programming and 3D printing. An educator at heart, he has conducted STEM classes and camps for youngsters, and looks forward to sharing his knowledge with a new generation of technologists.

  • Jacob Hyde

    Jacob N. Hyde, Psy.D.

    About Jacob N. Hyde

    Dr. Jacob N. Hyde is a veteran of the Iraq War and has a Psy.D. from Adler University with a concentration in Primary Care & Behavioral Medicine. He has trained within the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), The University of Chicago's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, and the Veterans Health Administration's Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education in Boise, Idaho. He most recently conducted post-doctoral fellowship training in health psychology and primary care at the Phoenix V.A. Medical Center where he designed and led the integration of the primary care psychology fellowship and internal medicine residency training programs within the primary care department (Academic PACT). Dr. Hyde has a particular interest in behavioral medicine issues affecting military members and Veterans like gastrointestinal illness and eating/weight-related disorders. Dr. Hyde's current research in the Sturm Specialty in Military Psychology is funded by the Colorado Brain Injury Program. Dr. Hyde serves on the University of Denver's Institutional Review Board and is the faculty advisor to the University of Denver's Student Veteran Association.

  • Aurelie Ledreux

    Dr. Aurélie Ledreux

    About Dr. Aurélie Ledreux

    Dr. Aurélie Ledreux studied environmental toxicology in Paris, France where she graduated with a Master's degree from the National Museum of Natural History and a Doctorate from AgroParisTech. In 2011, she was awarded with a 2-year fellowship from the US National Academies of Sciences to work as a visiting scientist for the National Center for Coastal Ocean Science, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in Charleston SC. At that time, her research focused on natural marine neurotoxins, and how they can affect the food web, from small herbivorous fish to people eating fish and shellfish contaminated with these natural toxins. Having always been at the bridge between environmental and medical research, she then decided to move on to transition from environmental toxicology to neurobiology of aging and started to work with Dr. Lotta Granholm, now the Inaugural Executive Director for the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging at DU. Over the last 3 years, Dr. Ledreux's work has focused on the effects of high fat diet on memory and brain function, on how moderate physical exercise can be beneficial to your brain's well-being, and more recently on how exosomes can help to provide a better understanding of aging-related disorders.

  • Thomas Kerkhoff

    Thomas R. Kerkhoff, Ph.D.

    About Thomas R. Kerkhoff

    Thomas R. Kerkhoff, PhD is a board certified rehabilitation psychologist and retired clinical professor for the Department of Clinical & Health Psychology at the University of Florida. He received his bachelors degree in psychology from Xavier University, and went on to obtain both his masters and PhD in clinical psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Kerkhoff was a member of the Franciscan Medical Center ethics committee from 1995-1998, Developed and taught the applied ethics course at University of Florida from 2002-2014, founded and co-chaired Shands Rehab Hospital Ethics committee from 2002-2014, and was a member of Shands Hospital ethics committee from 2002-2014. In addition, Dr. Kerkhoff has over 20 applied ethics publications, including two co-authored case books. Dr. Kerkhoff also received the Lifetime Achievement Award, APA Division 22 in 2012, and was a Co-recipient of the Thomas Martin Ethics Award in 2016.

  • Hope Errico Wisneski

    Hope Errico Wisneski

    About Hope Errico Wisneski

    Hope Errico Wisneski serves as the Western Regional Field Director for the Human Rights Campaign where she maintains and expands HRC’s ability to mobilize grassroots advocacy on behalf of federal and state LGBTQ legislative priorities. In this capacity, she also designs and implements grassroots electoral and campaign strategies in support of federal and state candidates and ballot initiatives, in the region. Previously, she worked with the Gill Foundation, where she served as a Program Officer and managed the State Equality Fund. In this capacity, Hope worked with state and local advocacy organizations to develop, fund and implement plans to advance pro-equality policy at the state level, in addition to working with LGBTQ national organizations. Prior to the Gill Foundation, Hope served as the Deputy Executive Director of The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Colorado (The Center) where she oversaw daily operations, supervised all programs and supported a 3.5M capital campaign and new building project. Prior to this role, Hope served as The Center’s Director of Youth Services, gaining national recognition for expertise with LGBTQ youth program implementation, research and training. Hope coauthored 12 publications focusing on LGBTQ youth issues including suicide, school experiences and homelessness. Hope’s former experience includes various client service and management roles in juvenile justice and mental health agencies. Hope earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Arizona. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver, where she has served as an adjunct faculty member. Hope provides LGBTQ competency training locally, regionally and nationally, and has served on numerous local and national nonprofit boards and advisory committees.

  • Mike Kromrey

    Mike Kromrey

    About Mike Kromrey

    Mike Kromrey is Executive Director of Together Colorado, an affiliate of the PICO National Network. Mike earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and an MSW from the University of Denver. Mike's history with community organizing spans 36 years. He was hired as an organizer by Catholic Community Services in 1980. In 1985, Mike became Director of Metro Organizations for People (MOP), a job he held for 10 years. In 1990, Mike left Denver to direct Congregations Building Community (CBC), a community organization in northern Colorado. Mike directed CBC for five years, returning full-time to the job of directing PICO's statewide community organization, Together Colorado, in July of 2000. In addition to directing Together Colorado, Mike serves on the PICO national staff providing consulting and coaching to PICO's affiliates in Texas, Alabama, San Francisco and Sacramento. Mike also directs Together Colorado Action, the C-4 political arm in Colorado.

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    Judy Dettmer

    About Judy Dettmer

    Judy Dettmer has been working in the field of brain injury for over 25 years. Ms. Dettmer is currently the Director for the Brain Injury Program at the Colorado Department of Human Services. In this position she oversees all activities related to both the Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund Program as well as a federal grant funded through Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living. Ms. Dettmer has worked extensively with adults, children and family members of individuals with brain injury. She has provided direct and systems consultation to improve the lives of individuals with brain injury. Judy has also assisted with research efforts related to brain injury and has conducted countless presentations, classes and seminars on brain injury both in the state of Colorado and nationally. Ms. Dettmer is currently the President of the National Association of State Head Injury Administrator’s Board of Directors and she facilitates the National Collaborative on Children’s Brain Injury.

  • Schaefer

    Chris Schaefer

    About Chris Schaefer

    Chris Schaefer is an Agent in Charge and polygraph examiner with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Chris has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice with a minor in speech communications. He has been working for the State of Colorado both as a Trooper and CBI Agent for over 21 years, 20 of those working on outlaw motorcycle gangs. Agent in Charge Schaefer has worked three Hells Angels world runs, two Bandido national runs, Sturgis for 10 years as well as numerous other rallies and events throughout the country. He has taught Outlaw Motorcycle Gang classes in the United States and Canada to an estimated 7,000 federal, state and local law enforcement officers. He is also currently a motorcycle gang instructor for the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) and the Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training (MCTFT). Agent Schaefer is a member of the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs Investigators Association (IOMGIA) and has been deemed by the courts and testified as an expert witness in the area of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.

  • Doug Pearson

    Doug Pearson

    About Doug Pearson

    Doug Pearson is a police officer with the Aurora Police Department and is assigned to the department's Gang Intervention Unit and also assigned to the Denver field office of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) as an ATF Task Force Officer. Doug has a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership from Colorado State University and has been in law enforcement for 23 years. Prior to working for the Aurora Police Department, he was a detective with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and assigned to an ATF Task Force working Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMG) exclusively. Doug has worked several major OMG runs including the Laughlin River Run, Sturgis motorcycle rally, Mongols and Bandido national runs, and the Hells Angels USA run. He has extensive experience in utilizing confidential informants in these OMGs. Along with Chris Schaefer, Doug has been presenting courses on OMGs for the past 10 years in several different states to thousands of local, state and federal law enforcement officers.

  • Scott Barbee

    Scott Barbee, Ph.D.

    About Scott Barbee

    Dr. Scott Barbee's research examines the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying temporal and spatial mRNA regulation using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model system. His lab is currently focusing on two mechanistically related problems. His primary research project explores functions for neuronal RNPs ("neuronal granules") and miRNAs in the regulation of local mRNA translation and synaptic plasticity. Together, components of these particles determine whether synapse-localized mRNAs are transported to a specific location (e.g. the synapse), locally translated, or targeted for storage and/or degradation. Scott am particularly interested in the development of fluorescent reporters to study these processes in real-time within living neurons. His secondary research project investigates functions for local, co-translational, mRNA decay in the regulation of plasticity processes. Techniques used in his lab include confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), immunohistochemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, and molecular genetics.

  • Charles Smith

    Charles H. Smith, PhD

    About Charles H. Smith

    Charles Smith, PhD is the Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, and WY).

    Dr. Smith is the former Director of the Colorado Division of Behavioral Health and Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse for the State of Colorado as well as a Licensed Psychologist with over 25 years of experience in fields of behavioral health administration, forensic psychology, integrated care, clinical training, research, and consultation.

  • Andrea Oliver

    Andrea Oliver, MA

    About Andrea Oliver

    Andy Oliver is the Regional Manager for the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rocky Mountain Region. During her employment with OCR, Ms. Oliver has served as the Deputy Regional Manager and an OCR investigator who conducted complaint investigations, provided technical assistance, and conducted outreach activities. Prior to her employment with OCR she was a foster care social worker for St. Joseph's Children Services, Brooklyn, New York. A Denver native, Ms. Oliver attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated with a degree in Communication Studies. She received her Master's Degree in Communication Studies from the University of West Virginia.

  • Sherbo

    Andy Sherbo, PhD

    About Andy Sherbo

    Andy Sherbo has more than 35 years of experience in financial management, cost/economic analysis and accounting. He is currently the Director of the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) Center for Cost and Financial Analysis and the SAIC Center for Nonprofit Financial Management and Analysis. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Pacific Air Forces, culminating a career of 26 years of active duty in the United States Air Force. He has over 140 classes of teaching experience over the last 35 years at the undergraduate, master’s and PhD levels in economics, corporate finance, public finance, international finance, capital planning/budgeting, managerial accounting, nonprofit financial management, statistics, investments and taxation. He has served on 23 dissertation committees as either the chairperson or committee member and as an advisor for 32 graduate-level public policy memorandums. He is also a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®).

  • Ari Lev

    Arlene (ARI) Lev, LCSW-R, CASAC

    About Ari Lev

    Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev LCSW-R is a social worker and family therapist, who is the Founder and Clinical Director of Choices Counseling and Consulting where she has provided individual and family therapy in Albany NY for nearly 30 years. She is also the Director of TIGRIS—The Training Institute for Gender, Relationships, Identity, and Sexuality, a professional training program in Albany, New York. Arlene specializes in issues related to gender and sexuality, including working with the LGBTQ couples and families. She is a Credentialed Alcoholism Counselor (CASAC) and a Certified Sex Therapist (ASSECT).

  • Travis Heath

    Travis Heath, PhD

    About Travis Heath

    Travis Heath is an assistant professor of psychology at Metropolitan State University of Denver. In private practice he works with a diverse array of people including many referrals from the city of Denver's judiciary system. He is particularly interested in cultivating 'counter-individualist' approaches to working with young people entangled in the criminal justice system. Over the last several years he has started using rap music in conjunction with narrative therapy to work with urban youth. Most recently, he has also become a member of an extraordinary international narrative team who use case stories (also known as exemplary tales) as a pedagogy for therapists and students interested in learning and/or refining the art of narrative therapy practice.

  • David Epston

    David Epston, MA, C.Q.S.W

    About David Epston

    David Epston studied at the Universities of Auckland, British Columbia, Edinburgh and Warwick and has degrees in Anthropology, Community Development and Social Work/Family Therapy. His university affiliations are with University of Melbourne and North Dakota State University. He, in partnership with Michael White, originated what has come to be known as 'Narrative Therapy and Community Work'. He has co-authored 'Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends(1990)' and 'Experience, Contradiction, Narrative and Imagination(1992) with Michael; 'Playful Approaches to Serious Problems: Narrative Therapy with Children and their Families(1997) with Freeman and Lobovits; 'Narrative Therapy: The Archaeology of Hope(1997') with Monk, Crocket and Winslade; 'Biting the Hand that Starves You: Inspiring Resistance to Anorexia/Bulimia(2004)' with Maisel and Borden; 'Narrative Therapy in Wonderland: Connecting with the Imaginative Know-how of Children(2016)' with Marsten and Markham. He is currently working on projects with colleagues regarding 'exemplary tales(case stories) as pedagogy' and 'insider witnessing practices' as pedagogy supervision and practice.

  • marcela polanco

    Marcela Polanco, PhD

    About Marcela Polanco

    marcela polanco, mestiza, born in Bogotá, Colombia and immigrant in the U.S. has trained as a narrative and family therapist. Currently she is part of the faculty team of the psychology graduate programs at Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX. Also, she leads their family therapy program and graduate bilingual (Spanish and English) certification in psychotherapy services for Spanish speaking immigrants. Within the last few years, marcela has been interested in the complexities of the translation of narrative therapy into her Colombian Spanish. She is interested in what David Epston calls the reimagination of narrative therapy when entering into contact, in this case, with marcela's Colombian culture in a fair trade, intercultural agreement with Colombian home-grown life support knowledges. Her practice is influenced by Latin American ideas on solidarity, magical realism and testimonio.

  • Mike DeMario

    Michael deMario

    About Michael deMario

    Michael DeMario is a certified special educator who has dedicated his time to working with students with emotional disabilities on Long Island, NY. He has over 10 years of classroom experience working in a variety of special education settings. He is a professional development course developer for school teachers and has been teaching in this capacity for the past four years. Much of his research and focus has surrounded the Common Core State Standards and blended learning models. He is an adjunct professor at Ashland University and has been teaching graduate level courses there since 2012. He is a member of the Long Island Social Studies Council and has been recognized as a Highly Effective Teacher in New York State.

  • Saj Razvi

    Saj Razvi

    About Saj Razvi

    Saj Razvi is the Executive Director of Trauma Dynamics and a sub-investigator for the Boulder, CO Phase 2 trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He leads Trauma Dynamics trainings at the University of Colorado Hospital, the University of Denver and nationally for graduate students, professional therapists and medical professionals. Saj is also an expert on complex PTSD, and he is the co-author of a soon-to-be-released text on the Trauma Dynamics treatment protocol.

  • Paul Michalec

    Paul Michalec, PhD

    About Paul Michalec

    Paul Michalec is a Clinical Professor in Teaching and Learning Sciences at the University of Denver, Morgridge College of Education. He has been teaching in formal and informal settings for over 30 years and was recently named the Distinguished Teacher of the Year for the University of Denver. Paul is a nationally trained Courage to Teach facilitator and has led retreats designed to reconnect soul-with-role for public school teachers, clergy, lay leaders, community leaders and physicians. Paul is the former director of student teaching at Skidmore College, serves on editorial boards for the newsletter EnCouragement and the journal Democracy and Education, leads professional development for religious communities, and is a founding member of Colorado Courage and Renewal. His research interests include teacher education, effective instruction in higher education, spiritual dimensions of teaching and teacher renewal/formation.

  • Robin Amadei

    Robin Amadei, JD

    About Robin Amadei

    Robin N. Amadei is a mediator, facilitator, trainer, coach and conflict coach for Common Ground Mediation and Coaching, LLC. She has mediated and facilitated hundreds of workplace, family and civil practice cases and has conducted dozens of workshops on mediation, conflict coaching, facilitation, conflict management and negotiation. Robin serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver teaching mediation, negotiation and related classes. Further, Robin serves as an assessor and executive coach for the Federal Office of Personnel Management’s Senior Executive Assessment Program, where GS-15s aspiring to the Senior Executive Service are assessed and provided with developmental coaching.

  • Anuradha Bhosale

    Anuradha Bhosale

    About Anuradha Bhosale

    Anuradha’s Bhosale is a renowned grassroots women’s rights and anti-child labor activist based in the Kolhapur district, Maharashtra, India where more than 35,000 children are involved in daily labor for local industries. A former child-laborer herself at the age of six, she has spent the past 20 years fighting for the prevention of child exploitation, labor, trafficking, and female infanticide. As director of AVANI organization, she has facilitated the rescue of 341 child laborers, provided 5,604 migrant children the right to health care and education, organized the construction of schools inside the brickyards and established a residential home for migrant children. View Anuradha's full biography.

  • Sam Kamin, PhD, JD

    Sam Kamin, JD

    About Sam Kamin

    Sam Kamin has emerged as an expert voice on marijuana law reform in Colorado and throughout the country. He sat on Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force and worked with the ACLU and California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom to formulate a set of best practices for marijuana regulation in that state. In addition, he has written more than a dozen scholarly articles on the subject of marijuana law reform and is the co-author of the series “Altered State: Inside Colorado’s Marijuana Economy” for Slate Magazine, chronicling the impact of Colorado’s marijuana regulations on lawmakers, businesses and citizens. In the spring of 2015 he taught the nation’s first law school course on representing marijuana clients and was named the Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy.

  • Victoria O'Malley

    Victoria O'Malley

    About Victoria O'Malley

    Victoria O’Malley is the Director of Marketing and Communications at the University of Denver’s college of professional and continuing studies, University College. She teaches social media strategy, web analytics, media and communication courses at University College, Johnson & Wales University, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and the Enrichment Program at DU. Victoria works with clients to develop and deliver effective social media and web content to advance their brand.

  • Jeanne Jacobs, PhD.

    Jeanne Jacobs, PhD

    About Jeanne Jacobs

    Jeanne Jacobs received a PhD in Communication Studies from University of Denver in 2012. Over the past eight years, Dr. Jacobs has taught a variety of communication and qualitative research courses to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Denver. Her research and teaching commitments are synergistic and steeped in the emergent field of affect theory that is currently unfolding in the communication discipline. Dr. Jacobs is a critical ethnographer whose primary passion is classroom interactions between and among teachers and students. In her dissertation, titled Fostering and Foreclosing Student Learning Potential: Portraits of Performativity, Emotion, and Relationality in the Classroom, Dr. Jacobs breaks new ground by crafting a nuanced conceptual framework of the relationship among communication, affect and the development of learning potential. Dr. Jacobs is currently a freelance workshop facilitator, curriculum writer and graduate coach assisting MCE graduate students who are completing their master's theses and doctoral dissertations.

  • Ragnar Storaasli

    Ragnar Storaasli, PhD

    About Ragnar Storaasli

    Ragnar Storaasli, PhD, is an applied behavior analyst, recognized trainer in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and a research methodologist with a long association and commitment to teaching, training and supervising doctoral students at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology, where he serves as a clinical associate professor. Ragnar has a proven track record in developing and implementing various types of curricula in areas of philosophy and theory, research and statistics, and applied clinical work, as well as the development of clinical seminars and workshops, life skill and process groups. He has published in several areas of psychology, including behavior psychology and behavioral medicine, marital psychology and diversity issues, and has also done cartooning with work appearing in books on Marital Psychology, Money and Marriage, and Sex Education. Ragnar’s background includes extensive training, evaluative, supervisory and consultative experience in working with students, staff and colleagues within and outside the academic environment. Ragnar’s commitment is to help individuals heal the past, empower the present, and achieve a future that is vital and lived according to their personal values. In a very deep sense, Ragnar believes that all human beings are in the same boat. What unites us can trap us all, but every human being has the ability to live a life that truly matters.

  • Shelly Smith-Acuna

    Shelly Smith-Acuña, PhD

    About Shelly Smith-Acuña

    Shelly Smith-Acuña is dean of the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, where she has been on the faculty for 23 years. Prior to becoming Dean, she served as Associate Dean, Director of the Clinical Doctoral Program, and Director of Clinical Training. Her areas of specialty include couple and family therapy with a particular emphasis on gender, culture and multigenerational issues. She is the author of Systems Theory in Action, and is interested in the application of psychological systems theory to improve the human condition in a variety of organizations and settings.

  • Shedler

    Jonathan Shedler, PhD

    About Jonathan Shedler

    U.S. psychologist Jonathan Shedler, PhD, is known internationally as a consultant, author, researcher and therapist. His article The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy won worldwide acclaim for firmly establishing psychodynamic therapy as an evidence-based treatment. Dr. Shedler’s research and writing are shaping contemporary views of personality patterns and disorders. He is author of the Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure (SWAP) and numerous scholarly and scientific articles. He has over 20 years’ experience teaching and supervising psychologists, psychiatrists and psychoanalysts. Dr. Shedler lectures and leads workshops for professional audiences around the globe, consults to U.S. and international government agencies and provides expert clinical consultation by videoconference to mental health professionals worldwide. Dr. Shedler is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and was formerly Director of Psychology at the University of Colorado Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry Department.

  • Michael Karson

    Michael Karson, PhD, JD

    About Michael Karson

    Michael Karson, PhD, JD, is a professor at the University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology, but he practiced clinical and forensic psychology for 25 years before entering academia. He is the sole or first author of five books, including Patterns of Child Abuse: How Dysfunctional Transactions are Replicated in Individuals, Families, and the Child Welfare System; Deadly Therapy: Lessons in Liveliness from Theater and Performance Theory; and Using Early Memories in Psychotherapy: Roadmaps to Presenting Problems and Treatment Impasses. Visit Dr. Karsons blog Feeling Our Way and find out more about him at his online portfolio.

  • Peter Buirski

    Peter Buirski, PhD, ABPP

    About Peter Buirski

    Peter Buirski holds two diplomats from the American Board of Professional Psychology: ABPP: Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and Diplomate in Psychoanalysis. He received his psychoanalytic training at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in New York City. As a clinician, his scholarly work has focused on the exploration and elaboration of Intersubjective Systems Theory, a rich clinical perspective that informs his clinical teaching and supervision. Dr. Buirski authored Practicing Intersubjectively and co-authored Making Sense Together and edited or co-edited three other volumes. He moved to Denver in 1991 and served as Dean of the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver until 2012, when he returned to the GSPP faculty. He is a member of the faculty of the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis and a member of the Denver Psychoanalytic Society.

  • Lynne Fitzhugh

    Lynn Fitzhugh, PhD

    About Lynn Fitzhugh

    Lynn Fitzhugh earned her PhD in Psychology from Southern Methodist University with a concentration in learning disabilities. Dr. Fitzhugh is a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) and Qualified Instructor (QI), and a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist in the State of Texas. An expert in dyslexia and related learning disabilities, she has been a featured speaker at both local and national conferences. Her publications include various articles on dyslexia, writing disabilities, teacher preparation and education issues. Dr. Fitzhugh is an Associate Professor and Director of the Reading Institute at Colorado College. She serves on the national boards of the International Dyslexia Association and the Academic Language Therapy Association.

  • Weinberg

    Peter J Weinberg, PhD

    About Peter Weinberg

    Peter Weinberg, PhD is the Principal Consultant and Owner of Litigare, a trial consulting firm steeped in the use of research-based psychology to assist trail lawyers with civil and criminal litigations. Peter has accepted requests from leading trial lawyers in Illinois, Colorado and California to assist with state and federal litigations. He has worked for the defense and plaintiff on bench and jury trials, which gives him a distinct and holistic understanding of the psychology of litigation and settlement. His extensive skill and expertise with specialties like psychological profiling, behaviorism, linguistics, focus group facilitation / analysis, theming and framing, the psychology of storytelling along with numerous research-based trial techniques have helped him to develop key strategies for winning litigations. Further, Dr. Weinberg holds over 20 years of experience as a treating professional in psychology. He has developed and directed mental health programs in Vermont, Connecticut and Colorado. His leadership and reputation led to a gubernatorial appointment to the Colorado Autism Commission by Governor Bill Ritter, Jr.

  • Dr. Friederich

    Allison Friederichs, PhD

    About Allison Friederichs

    Allison Friederichs serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and an assistant teaching professor at the University of Denver's college of professional and continuing studies, University College. Allison has taught communication courses for seventeen years, has earned University College's Master Teacher designation for continued professional development, and works as a curriculum design consultant. Allison engages in research and public speaking in the area of what we know about how the adult brain learns, and the implications of that knowledge on teaching and curriculum development.

    In addition to her role in academia, Allison is a communication consultant, providing training across sectors from government to small businesses in areas such as how the adult brain learns for trainers, communication skills, and business writing. Allison is a member of the Women's Leadership Council of the University of Denver, and she serves her community by serving on the board of directors for Freedom Services Dogs of America.

  • Karen Larsen

    Karen Larsen

    About Karen Larsen

    Karen Larsen is adjunct faculty in the Center for Professional Development and the Executive Education Program of the Daniels College of Business at University of Denver. Her focus is on optimizing the performance of individuals and businesses to accelerate their growth, expand their capacities and achieve sustainability.
    Karen is a seasoned marketing professional with the depth and breadth of experience to build personal, product and business brands; stand up new businesses in countries such as India, Brazil and South Africa; reposition businesses in the United Kingdom, Poland and United States; and, launch products with such companies as Apple, Starbucks, Walmart, Dunkin' Donuts and Bed Bath & Beyond. In her last corporate position, she was Chief Marketing Officer for a global $10B financial technology business after serving as an ex-pat in India and the United Kingdom.

    Larsen received a Bachelor of Arts from Hanover College, a Masters of Arts from Miami University, and an Executive M.B.A. from the University of Denver. She volunteers as a Corporate Social Responsibility coordinate for Project C.U.R.E. Multi-sport adventure travel, yoga and recreational golf are her primary outside interests in addition to guiding her two daughters and grandson to be productive global citizens.