Robyn Kitsutaka, Executive Director – robyn@EmpowermentCenterEastCounty.org
Denver Native and 18 year Lafayette Resident, Robyn Kitsutaka, joined the (EC)^2 family in November 2018 as the organization’s Executive Director. With 20 years of experience working in the education/non-profit world, she has helped individuals, organizations and communities work together in dynamic complimentary ways. Most of her work has taken her to communities throughout the country so she is excited to now be working in the community in which she lives. In her spare time, Robyn likes traveling, cooking, dancing and watching foreign films.
Maren Miller, Program and Administrative Manager, LPEP & CTC – email@example.com
Maren Miller (she/her/hers) is a former art teacher, turned consultant and facilitator. She began working with (EC)^2 in the Fall of 2018. She manages the Lafayette Peer Empowerment Project (LPEP) and facilitates the organization’s partnership with Communities that Care (CTC), a Boulder County Public Health initiative. She brings with her, 10 years of teaching experience and is trained and committed to using Restorative Practices, Mindful Inquiry, Educational Non Verbal Yardsticks (ENVoY), as well as Pacific Educational Group’s Courageous Conversations About Race protocol. During her tenure as a teacher, she co-led an anti-racist student leadership group called Dare 2 Be Real, and grew in her leadership capacity through leading collaborations with adults by participating in a Restorative Practices implementation team, co-leading the equity team, and white teacher affinity group. During the summer of 2018, she served as a Building Bridges Summer Intensive Facilitator; which was focused on youth identity building, communication skills, as well as leaning into the discomfort of conflict as an opportunity for growth and transformation. She continues to contract with Building Bridges as well as with The Conflict Center, (Restorative Practices training) and Giving Ground (Racial Equity and Restorative Practices training) and delivers ENVoy training and coaching. She is excited for this opportunity to deepen her support for the community in a way that aligns with her values, beliefs, and desire to be of service in this lifetime.
Melissa Horne, Program Manager, Artist in Residence and Therapist – Melissa@EmpowermentCenterEastCounty.org
Originally from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Melissa Horne earned her undergraduate degree at Appalachian State University, where she studied fine art, interdisciplinary studies, and psychology. She relocated to Colorado in 2013 to complete her Masters of Arts in Contemplative Psychology and
Buddhist Psychotherapy at Naropa University. Melissa’s training includes mindfulness practice,
curriculum development, trauma informed care, group facilitation, and one-on-one therapy; skills that she continues to apply as a counselor, mentor, artist, and program facilitator. She has supported
numerous organizations in both North Carolina and Colorado, as well as completed her graduate school practicum and internship at the Empowerment Center of East County. In her free time, Melissa enjoys music, painting, camping, and spending time with Nyx, whom Melissa is training to be a therapy dog and has emerged as (EC)^2’s “Happiness” Manager.
Vincent Torres, Program Manager, Mentoring and Post Secondary Engagement – Vince@EmpowermentCenterEastCounty.org
Vince Torres joined the Empowerment Center of East County staff in June 2016 following his graduation from the University of Colorado Boulder, where he majored in Sociology and minored in Ethnic Studies and Education. An engaged student and community member, Vince was involved in several campus and community programs, including Vamos Bufalós, Public Achievement, and the Puksta Scholars Program. As part of his involvement in the Puksta Scholars Program, which provides scholarships and experiential community engagement training to 16 exemplary undergraduates, Vince developed and implemented a comprehensive mentoring and pre-collegiate program in Commerce City.
Chris Woodward, Clinical Intern Supervisor
A Lafayette-based therapist (LCSW), Chris has a diverse background in the healing profession. He has worked with various non-profit and for-profit agencies including mental health centers, residential substance abuse facilities, and in private practice. In addition to his clinical work, Chris facilitates workshops focused on psychological interventions for organizations and professionals.
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