Cate Townley, MURP, MUD

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment – Built Environment Specialist –

Cate Townley is a Built Environment Specialist for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Her primary role at CDPHE is to work with community organizations and local governments on policy and environmental change efforts to promote active living, reduce ultraviolet radiation (UV) exposure, and prevent chronic disease. Cate is a member of Colorado’s Built Environment Strategic Collaborative as well as the Colorado Parks and Public Health Collaborative, bringing together diverse stakeholders from communities across the state working to improve the health of Coloradans through the built environment. As part of her role at CDPHE, Cate is a member of the Colorado Safe Routes to School Advisory Board, the Governor’s 16 Trails in 2016 Inter-Agency council, the Governor’s Outdoor Recreation Working Group, and a member of the Colorado Urban Land Institute Building Healthy Places Committee. Prior to CDPHE, Cate worked for the University of Colorado Denver where her primary role was to help communities design, redevelop and program schoolyards to promote healthy eating and active living. Cate has a Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning and Masters of Urban Design from the University of Colorado Denver and serves on the City of Englewood, Colorado Planning and Zoning Commission.

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Rachel Cleaves Dahlke

CONSULTANT-

Rachel Cleaves Dahlke has twelve years’ experience in community development community engagement, and organizational leadership in the US, Africa, and Latin America. As the Executive Director of Westwood Unidos from 2012 – 2017, Dahlke founded and helped lead a resident-centered movement striving for health equity in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood of Denver, Colorado. Westwood Unidos’ approach focused on listening for what to do. Westwood Unidos facilitated resident-led action that resulted in new parks, new bus service, a youth-led bicycle library, transformation of blighted areas and abandoned buildings into community gathering spaces, a neighborhood plan, and a new community center.

Dahlke is experienced at creating participatory budgets, fundraising, securing community support, and communicating through media and stakeholder relations. She is an engaging speaker in English and Spanish, with years of experience training and coaching through experiential workshops for diverse audience. She is currently a consultant, speaker, trainer, and coach with clients including the Denver Housing Authority, The Denver Foundation, and YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region. Dahlke is a Fellow of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.

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Molly Hanson

PUBLIC HEALTH CONSULTANT-

Molly Hanson has over seventeen years of experience developing, promoting and evaluating population health initiatives to reduce health disparities. Molly was a Community Health Specialist at Boulder County Public Health, promoting tobacco-free workplace policies, youth empowerment approaches to reduce tobacco use, and clinical guideline integration in healthcare settings. She served as a Peer Mentor for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), supporting rural and urban communities as they implemented coalition-driven approaches to address tobacco-free workplace policies. Molly was also a program manager in the network of Federally Qualified Community Health Centers in the state of Colorado.

For several years, Molly served as the LiveWell Wheat Ridge Coordinator and Health Promotion Supervisor at Jefferson County Public Health, promoting policies and built environment changes to reduce food insecurity and create vibrant safe places for people to be active. She also served on the Denver Regional Council of Government (DRCOG) Sustainable Community Initiatives Gold Corridor Working Group, the Colorado Food Policy Network, the Colorado Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Network, and was actively involved in the LiveWell Colorado HEAL Cities and Towns initiative.

Molly is passionate about Health in All Policies (HiAP), health equity, and coalition-driven approaches, and now serves as a public health consultant for Safe and Healthy Communities, Center For Research Strategies and Health Team Works. She is a graduate of the Colorado Transit Alliance, the RIHEL Advanced Leadership Training Program, and the University of South Florida School of Public Health Social Marketing Field School. When Molly is not working, she is hiking, camping, backpacking or canoeing with her new dog, Tucker.

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Faculty and Staff

Judy Baxter, MA

Judy Baxter, MA

Associate Clinical Professor University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine, Barbara Davis Center

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Heidi Brinkman, PhD

Heidi Brinkman, PhD

President, Brinkman Consulting, Inc.

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Effley Brooks

Effley Brooks

President, Tiger Bee Consulting LLC

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Norm Hartman

Norm Hartman

TMT Worldwide, Inc.

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Leanne Jeffers, MPH

Leanne Jeffers, MPH

Program Director, Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership

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Kathy Kennedy, DrPH

Kathy Kennedy, DrPH

Director, Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership

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Carl Larson, PhD

Carl Larson, PhD

Professor Emeritus, University of Denver

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Franco Marini, MA, CNL

Franco Marini, MA, CNL

President, The NeuroTransology Institute

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Ruby Peel

Ruby Peel

Program Coordinator, Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership

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Jen Stachelski, MPH

Jen Stachelski, MPH

Program Manager, Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership

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Nanette Wong

Nanette Wong

Program Manager, Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership

Program Faculty

lhcd_program_facultyThese faculty members develop curricula and provide training for specific RIHEL leadership programs (Image: some of the LHCD Program Faculty, August, 2014).

Core Faculty

altp-faculty-staff-aug2013These RIHEL staff and faculty members develop curricula and provide training across multiple RIHEL leadership programs and training events (Image: ALTP Core Faculty and Staff, August 2013).

Janna West Kowalski

COUNTY HEALTH RANKINGS & ROADMAPS – COMMUNITY COACH –

jannawestkowalski-80x80Janna West Kowalski is a Community Coach at County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Janna provides strategic guidance and coaching to communities that want to put the County Health Rankings into action for community health improvement.

Janna has over 20 years of public health experience. Prior to joining County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, Janna was the Coordinator of Training and Professional Development in the Center for Public Health Practice and an Instructor for the Graduate Program at the Colorado School of Public Health. In addition to teaching Foundations of Public Health Practice, she was responsible for public health workforce development. Prior to working for the Colorado School of Public Health, Janna spent nearly a decade in local public health. She managed a team that coordinated chronic disease and tobacco prevention and control initiatives. Janna is passionate about local public health and currently serves as President of the Larimer County Board of Health.

Janna received a Master of Science from Oregon State University’s Department of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from Colorado State University. She is a graduate of the RIHEL Advanced Leadership Training Program (2006) and served as a RIHEL Coach in 2011-2012 and 2016-2017.

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Jennifer W Moreland, MPH

Denver Public Health – Chronic Disease Manager

jennifermoreland-80x80Jennifer Morelandis the Chronic Disease Manager at Denver Public Health. She oversees projects and staff on smoke-free living, access to healthy food and beverages, safe physical environments, and blood pressure control. She currently leads Denver Health’s adoption of healthy food and beverage, breastfeeding, and promotion standards to improve the hospital’s environment for patient and employee health.

Additionally, Jennifer facilitates the Denver Metro Partnership for Healthy Beverage Consumption, a collaboration of six Denver metro health departments. She has led efforts to secure sustainable funding for Denver Safe Routes to School staff positions, an employee health and productivity position at Denver Health, and the adoption of Denver’s Complete Streets Policy. She also served in Peace Corps Nepal training health workers and supporting economic development projects.

Jennifer has a Masters of Public Health with a focus on International Health from Tulane University. Jennifer received the “Excellence in Public Health Education” Award from the Colorado Society for Public Health Education in 2007 and Denver’s” Bike Hero” Award in 2011. She is a graduate of the RIHEL Advanced Leadership Training Program (2008).

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Leadership for Healthy Community Design Program

Will Kerns

Open Plans Consultants, LLC, – Certified Planner

willkerns-80x80Will Kerns a native of Wisconsin, has lived in Colorado since the age of 12, he has a Transportation Planning background and over 13 years of planning and community involvement experience. Some recent projects that Will has worked on or is working on include: CDOT Safe Routes to School underfunded communities coordination with non-profit Action for Healthy Kids, CDOT Statewide Transit Plan public outreach, and the Downtown Evergreen Trails Master Plan.

Will led the creation Jefferson County Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan and is now the Chair of the River North Art District Neighborhood Design Team (RiND). Some of Will’s hobbies include bicycling, camping and snowboarding. Will is also an accomplished bonsai artist and has donated some of his trees to the new Bonsai Pavilion at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

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Leadership for Healthy Community Design Program

Cerise Hunt

Colorado School of Public Health, Center for Public Health Practice – Community Project Development

cerisehunt-80x80Cerise Hunt, MSW- has served as a community outreach coordinator for Colorado School of Public Health’s Center for Public Health Practice for over five years. In her role she has successfully developed and facilitated cultural competency, community partnerships and health equity trainings throughout the State. In addition to training she has demonstrated expertise in community mobilization for the promotion of health equity and was instrumental in the formation of the Colorado Black Health Collaborative and the Far Northeast Health Alliance.

Cerise taught a Health Disparities in the U.S. course at Metropolitan State College of Denver. Prior to her employment with the Colorado School of Public Health she was the Health Disparities Specialist at Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Office of Health Disparities, charged with developing and implementing state wide strategies to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities. She has proven ability to successfully outreach and mobilize diverse populations in community health programs. Cerise’s areas of expertise include: racial and ethnic health disparities, social determinants of health, cultural competency, community engagement/partnerships and workforce diversity. She is a graduate of the RIHEL Advanced Leadership Training Program (2007).

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Leadership for Healthy Community Design Program

Armando Herald

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Water Quality Control Division – Local Assistance Unit Manager

armandoherald-80x80Armando currently works for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in the Water Quality Control Division. He manages the Local Assistance Unit and enjoys working with his staff to provide training, technical assistance, and management support services to public water systems so they can strengthen their ability to supply safe drinking water to the public. He particularly enjoys this work because it gives him an opportunity to use public speaking and coaching skills.

Armando graduated in 1997 from the University of Colorado with a BS Degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on Environmental Engineering and Water Resources Management. Since graduating, Armando has garnered more than sixteen years of experience in various engineering roles including Environment, Health and Safety in Oil and Gas Drilling and Production, Power Transmission and Distribution, Telecommunications, Air Quality, and Drinking Water.

He is a graduate of the RIHEL Advanced Leadership Training Program (2010) and served as a RIHEL Coach for the past four years. Armando is a very happy husband and father enjoying nothing more than the time he spends with his family. Armando is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys fishing, camping, hiking and geocaching.

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Leadership for Healthy Community Design Program

Norm Hartman

TMT Worldwide, Inc.

normhartman-80x80Hartman prepares people for a variety of communications opportunities including media interviews, crisis communication, public speaking and presentations and interacting with social media. He is a former major market broadcast news reporter and executive and spent several years in corporate public relations and as head of public affairs for the California Department of Health Services. Among his clients are the CDC, FDA, EPA, regional public health leadership institutes and many state and local public health organizations.

Norm has prepared clients for appearances on programs such as 60 Minutes, Today, Good Morning America, Nightline, Dateline and interviews with the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and hundreds of other newspapers and magazines. His workshop includes an overview of current media and an excellent insight into working with reporters and editors. He introduces a formula for developing compelling and quotable messages and provides a unique on-camera opportunity for workshop participants. For more information, see his website, www.tmtww.com.

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Advanced Leadership Training Program

Jessica Garner, MURP, MUD

SENIOR COMMUNITY HEALTH PLANNER

jessicagarner-80x80Jessica is a Senior Community Health Planner within the Health Policy and Planning Division at the Health System in San Mateo County, CA. Jessica is responsible for Get Healthy San Mateo County’s work in advancing health and equity within the built environment with a regional focus, including land use, transportation, and school wellness. Prior to her work in California, Jessica served as the Initiatives Director at the non-profit organization,GP RED, and project consultant for GreenPlay LLC. Jessica’s professional experience includes several years with CDPHE as the Built Environment Coordinator, where she provided statewide content expertise to communities. Jessica received a BA in Sociology from Colorado College, a Master’s Degree in Urban & Regional Planning and Urban Design from the University of Colorado.

Jessica was a city planner for the City of Commerce City, Colorado for over 6 years, and focused on a multitude of land use, transportation, and community development and redevelopment projects, including the award winning Derby Redevelopment project. Prior to CDPHE, Jessica joined the transportation and planning firm Glatting Jackson in 2008, and worked on corridor redevelopment and transit station area planning projects.

Jessica is also the former co-chair for the Built Environment Strategic Collaborative, a Colorado statewide group of advocates and professionals engaged in fostering health through the built environment.

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Leadership for Healthy Community Design Program

Mark Bullock

City of Glendale – Director of Rugby/Recreation/Projects

markbullock-80x80Mark Bullock presently serves as the Director of Rugby for the City of Glendale. Mark is a graduate of Stanford University receiving his bachelors and masters in Human Biology and Education respectively. He received an additional Administrative Credential in Education at the University of Denver. He has been involved in teaching Biology and Chemistry at the secondary level and Community College level along with serving as a secondary school principal.

Mark has been involved in leadership and empowerment coaching since 1986 and has lead the USA U19 Rugby team in a World Cup, posted a National Championship, and lead mountaineering exhibitions in the Alaska and Yukon Ranges. Mark also had a hand in starting the USA National U19 Rugby team and three other programs that achieved national prominence and are still operating at an elevated competitive level. Mark was a secondary school principal when the City of Glendale recruited him to build and organize a comprehensive rugby complex and program, which ultimately resulted in the rebranding of Glendale to Rugby Town, USA.

Mark is a graduate of the RIHEL Advanced Leadership Training Program (2012) and has been a coach with the ALTP since that time.

For excitement, Mark is helping his 3-year old daughter and 5-year old son run him ragged. It is so much easier to hide among the pack than being the lead dog. RIHEL nickname – Mr. Dos Equis.

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Leadership for Healthy Community Design Program

Heidi Brinkman, PhD

Brinkman Consulting Inc. – President

heidibrinkman-80x80Heidi Brinkman, PhD is President of BCI, a management-consulting firm specializing in individual, team, and organizational effectiveness. She is former Academic Director of Leadership Programs for The Institute of Executive and Professional Development, Daniels College of Business. Heidi was a Clinical Professor/Lecturer in the department of management at Daniels for 10 years. She continues her affiliation as an adjunct professor. Her work centers on research, training, coaching, and development with subject matter expertise in interpersonal and organizational communication, conflict resolution, business writing and presentation, and human resource management.

Heidi received a B.A. in Communication from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Ph.D. in Speech Communication, with an emphasis in organizational communication from the University of Denver. Dr. Brinkman has been serving as a corporate coach, consultant and trainer, as well as teaching courses at the University of Denver in communication and management for 15 years. She has conducted assessments, designed programs, facilitated workshops and change efforts, and given presentations and seminars for major corporations.

Dr. Brinkman has authored several journal articles, book chapters and conference papers on diversity and the influence of culture, gender and age on communication. She has co-authored a book chapter on conflict resolution. Her doctoral dissertation, nominated for the Mary McKinney Ware Excellence Award, addresses diversity in the work place. The extensive project included the development of the Diversity Survey, an assessment tool for measuring the effectiveness of an organization’s diversity management.

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Gretchen Armijo

City and County of Denver, Environmental Health – Built Environment Administrator

gretchenarmijo-80x80Gretchen Armijo is a professional urban planner and public health practitioner working to improve public health through community design. She is currently the Built Environment Administrator for the City of Denver Department of Environmental Health, working with neighborhoods to implement evidence-based strategies to promote health and reduce chronic disease. Before that, she served in the same role at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Gretchen practiced urban planning at the City of Aurora, Colorado and Douglas County, Colorado, where she led multi-disciplinary project teams for developments including transit-oriented development with light rail. She also led the comprehensive planning process for a Recreation and Tourism Master Plan. Gretchen has been a member of the Healthy Places Research Group at the University of Washington – Seattle, sharing best practices in healthy community design.

She taught “Health in the Built Environment” at the University of Colorado-College of Architecture and Planning, and serves as a guest lecturer as well.

Gretchen has a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Wilson College, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado. She is a Certified Urban Planner (AICP), a LEED accredited professional, and a member of the Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment (SOPHIA). She is a graduate of the RIHEL Advanced Leadership Training Program (2014).

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Leadership for Healthy Community Design Program

Carl Larson, PHD

University of Denver – Professor Emeritus

carllarson-80x80Carl Larson is Professor Emeritus of Human Communication Studies and past Dean of Social Sciences at the University of Denver. He earned his B.A. degree (1961) in Speech and Drama at Idaho State University and both his M.A. degree (1962) and Ph.D. (1965) in Communication at the University of Kansas.

Larson’s main research activities have focused on groups and teams, and on negotiation and collaborative processes. He has co-authored eight books on communication, including; Teamwork: What Must Go Right/What Can Go Wrong, with Frank LaFasto (Newbury Park, Calif, Sage 1989), Successful Communication and Negotiation, with Alvin Goldberg (Gardena, Calif, International Right of Way Association, 1992) Collaborative Leadership, with David Chrislip (Jossey-Bass, 1994) When Teams Work Best: Members and Leaders Tell What it Takes to Succeed, with Frank LaFasto (published by Sage Publications in 2001). His newest book is The Humanitarian Leader in Each of Us: 7 Choices That Shape a Socially Responsible Life, with Frank LaFasto (published by Sage Publications in 2012).

Larson does extensive consulting with both private and public sector organizations on teamwork and collaboration. In 1997 Larson received the Driscoll Master Educator Award, given by the students of Denver University to the outstanding professor of the year.

Kathy Kennedy, DrPH, MA

RIHEL Director

kathykennedy-80x80Dr. Kathy Irene Kennedy has served as the Director of RIHEL since its inception in 1998. Her work since that time has been focused on public health workforce development either through the professional opportunities offered through RIHEL or through formal education at the Colorado School of Public Health. She is Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado – Colorado School of Public Health where she directs the master of public health program in maternal and child health and the certificate in global public health. There and elsewhere she has taught the Introduction to Public Health, Epidemiology, Global Public Health Health, Maternal and Child Health, and Injury Epidemiology.

By training, Dr. Kennedy is a public health scientist who has conducted many studies in reproductive health, especially in the areas of lactation, fertility and contraception. She has directed several multi-center international studies, and has written on women’s health, on human immunodeficiency virus (AIDS) and on postpartum issues. Dr. Kennedy has worked in 20 countries and has served as an advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) Human Reproduction Program in Geneva, Switzerland, directing data analysis and report writing for a variety of projects, including large international prospective studies. She provides peer review of scientific papers to a number of journals, and reviews research proposals for several foundations and institutions.

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Leanne Jeffers, MPH

RIHEL – Program Director, Leadership for Healthy Community Design

leannejeffers-80x80Leanne Jeffers, MPH, is the Director of both the Coaching Academy and the Leadership for Healthy Community Design (LHCD) Program at the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL). Leanne earned her Master of Public Health from the University of California Los Angeles (1995), and is a graduate of both the National Public Health Leadership Institute (2005), and the RIHEL Advanced Leadership Training Program (2007). She is also the recipient of the Balderson Leadership Project Award (2006) from the National Public Health Leadership Development Network. For over 25 years, Leanne has worked in the health and public health sectors, with an emphasis on community health, health promotion, and professional development.

As the Director of the RIHEL Coaching Academy, Leanne manages the Coaching Programs within the RIHEL Advanced Leadership Training Program, the Advanced Physician Leadership Program, the Leadership for Healthy Community Design Program, and Primary Care Movers and Changers. Since starting with RIHEL in 2003, Leanne has also managed the RIHEL Advanced Leadership Training Program (ALTP), coordinated Emergency Preparedness training for public and environmental health professionals, supported other leadership development activities through the Institute, and provided training, facilitation and coaching to build professional and community capacity in the area of healthy community design. Leanne recently served on the Denver Regional Council of Governments Metro Vision Planning Advisory Committee, is currently on the Board of Directors for WalkDenver, a pedestrian advocacy organization, and is a co-chair for the Built Environment Strategic Collaborative, a Colorado statewide group of advocates and professionals engaged in fostering health through the built environment.

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Effley N. Brooks III, MBA

Tiger Bee Consulting, LLC – President

effleybrooks-80x80Effley Brooks is President of Tiger Bee Consulting, LLC a company that he established in order to expand his opportunities in working toward positive social change. Effley specializes in leadership development workshops and seminars. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Business Administration. He is also certified in two models of Emotional Intelligence: Mayer- Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) and the BarOn EQ-i. He is also certified in the Intercultural Development Inventory instrument (IDI) – a developmental model of intercultural sensitivity.

Effley Brooks honed his public speaking and motivational talents through his work in the non-profit industry. During his tenure as program director for the Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth, a youth suicide prevention organization, Effley became one of the most sought after speakers on teen suicide prevention in Colorado. In addition, Mr. Brooks has been the keynote speaker at graduations, as well as national and international conferences. He has also appeared as a guest on local television talk shows and the local news.

Effley has acted as Master of Ceremony at PeaceJam conferences throughout the United States and in South Africa. Mr. Brooks has also conducted workshops on communication, suicide prevention, and story telling at the PeaceJam conferences. He has had the honor of sharing the stage with inspiring individuals such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jose Ramos-Horta, Dr. Oscar Arias, Jody Williams, Willie O’Ree, Betty Williams, and Rigoberta Menchu Tum.

Through his work with the Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning, the Anti-Defamation League, NHL/USA Hockey Diversity Task Force, Tiger Bee Consulting, LLC, and other local and national organizations, he has facilitated workshops on intercultural sensitivity and development for corporations, government agencies, universities, and schools.

Effley’s achievements have been recognized by honors and awards from Denver Mayor Wellington Webb for “fighting hate and discrimination and endeavoring to make Denver a Safe City;” Human Rights Award 2000 from the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference for promoting the ideals of peace and understanding to the youth of Colorado; from the Colorado School Counselor Association for “Outstanding Service,” and from the Contemporary Learning Academy for his volunteer work and commitment to children.

Effley uses humor, personal experiences, story-telling, and poetry in his messages to inspire others.

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