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Faculty

Rachel Volberding

Program Support Manager

Rachel Volberding aspires to one day become a Certified Coach and SEP. Currently, Rachel's passion for leadership and growth inspires her work as Program Support Services Manager. Rachel also volunteers through her church as a Christian Education Elder on Session, as a soprano in the choir, and as a Kid's Hope Mentor.

Ana Paula Bastian

Director of Legal Affairs & International Relationships

Ana Paula Bastian is a native Brazilian who moved to the United States in 1998 with no knowledge of the English language. She has since received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Juris Doctorate in Law from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Additionally, she has studied abroad extensively in Paris, Nice, Chile and Argentina. As a result of her travels and international upbringing, today, Ana Paula speaks four languages fluently. Outside of work, Ana Paula is passionate about writing, reading, music, yoga, spirituality, gardening, and dance. She particularly enjoys sunrise runs as a meditative practice. Moving forward she hopes to publish her first book, a commentary on grief entitled “A Dirty Word Called Grief”, as well as grow professionally in the field of international relations. She also hopes to live abroad again sometime in the near future.

Kathy Hally

Intellectual Property Administrator

Studying for her Paralegal Certificate from the American Bar Association, Kathy's passion revolves around learning about law, politics, and government. When she is not working or studying, Kathy enjoys spending time with her three felines: Penny, Lincoln, and Copper. Kathy is an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, and is very close to her family. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, meditating, and playing video games in her spare time. Kathy is also a music buff, and she has played trombone for many years.

Madeline Manning

Membership and Marketing Coordinator

Outside of work, Madeline is either practicing yoga, listening to classic rock, or hiking with her dog. She graduated from Naropa University with a degree in Contemplative Psychology and Yoga Studies, with a concentration in Somatic Psychology. She is looking forward to beginning the SE™ trainings in order to deepen her knowledge of Somatic Experiencing ® and how trauma impacts the nervous system.

Kyia Kupfner

Registrar/Program Support

Outside of work, Kyia can be found reading, listening to music, writing, playing Dungeons and Dragons, or video games. Her dream is to someday be published author, which requires her to focus on and finish one project without starting another. She has spent years as a Certified Nursing Assistant for seniors in the Boulder area and is passionate about geriatrics.

Jennifer Payette

Financial Support Administrator

Jennifer has her Associates Degree in Accounting and Business Administration. She has worked in the accounting field for over 7 years and joined the institute in January of 2018. Outside of work, she is an avid hockey fan, loves reading mystery books and watching true crime TV shows. She also loves to hang out with her friends or her dog Varly in her downtime.

Amanda Lormand

Communications Coordinator

Amanda has been with the SE Institute for over three years and has enjoyed watching her role with the organization grow. She is a mother of two rambunctious boys and spends her free time practicing photography and growing her vegetable garden. She is passionate about creating irresistible vegan comfort food, creative writing, and celebrating Christmas in July…. because once a year just isn't enough!

Marie Bozeman

Director of Programs

Marie comes from the environmental field with a passion for sustainability. Her research in environmental ascription and injustice motivated her to dedicate her life to non-profit work. When she is not posting the do's and don'ts of recycling around the office, you can find her either tending her community garden or 27 houseplants.

Emily Scott

Systems Administrator

Emily has a heart for bolstering people and organizations that dream big. Her educational background in Psychology, Accounting, and Business, combined with a flair for the details, has supported many nonprofits with keeping the books and losing the stress. From Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver to Boulder Housing Partners, and several human service agencies in between, she has ethically, reliably, and positively supported many great missions.
Emily has never met a person that she couldn’t relate to or been in a situation where she couldn’t find the silver lining. One enjoyable activity in the era of safer at home has been grabbing a camp chair and walking down the street to enjoy live porch concerts performed by her very talented neighbors.

Laura Kitzmiller

Professional Development and Program Marketing Manager

Laura's main passions include creative expression, holistic wellness, and learning for the sake of learning. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and an MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy, and is a Certified Crystal Healer, Reiki practitioner, and doTERRA Wellness Advocate. In her free time, Laura enjoys writing poetry, spending time with her husband and their two tuxedo cats, cooking, playing board games, and exploring all the fun and beautiful places Colorado has to offer.

Traci Carson

Controller/Accounting Manager

Traci is a wife to Damon and a mother to 3 college-aged children. She is passionate about these roles and finds joy in being fully engaged in their activities and accomplishments. She has been a “numbers” person for as long as she can remember which has led her to her profession as an accountant and her volunteer work as the treasurer of her church and as a financial advisor. Her favorite pastimes are playing the piano, reading and bird watching.

Monica LaSalle

Receptionist/Program Support Services Specialist

In her spare time from being a single mom to her amazing 14 year old son Asher, Monica indulges in practicing Reiki, studying different trauma healing modalities, reading both fiction and non-fiction, being an avid music fan, cooking, writing for the local newspaper, and spending time with family and friends. Monica plans to register for the SE training in the near future and develop her own healing practice integrating SE and Reiki; she also wants to resume a practice of spending time in nature and getting regular recreational exercise, and to explore ways to publish her creative writing.

Rebecca Schwartz

Community Engagement Manager

Rebecca Schwartz joined the SEI team in 2018 after a long career in the for-profit world of marketing and business development leadership positions that span multiple industries, from publishing to commercial real estate. Her passion for social entrepreneurship drove her professional success. Outside of work, Rebecca is actively involved in organizations that focus on bringing people from diverse backgrounds together, and organizations that focus on the mental health of LGBTQIA+ teens. Rebecca is an avid reader. When she is not reading, you can find her hiking with her dog, creating art and making jewelry.

Krysti Giese

Managing Director of Operations

Krysti oversees the Operations Department at the Institute. Operations develops and maintains processes and procedures that support the overall operations of the Institute.

Krysti believes in creating a community that can be excited about the possibilities found in disrupting the current way of doing things. Creating new pathways starts with developing trust and strengthening relationships. She believes in asking what each of us can do to support and challenge each other in a positive way to ask and answer questions that create growth and opportunity, both individually and organizationally.

Outside of work, Krysti is an animal lover with a self-diagnosed addiction to dogs. She also enjoys being outdoors, traveling, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, playing frisbee with her dogs, going to the theater, cooking, reading, and is a motorsports fan with a bit of an obsession for Moto GP and Formula One racing. As a youth, she volunteered for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix every year. The race is the largest vintage car race in the US and raises funds for individuals in the Pittsburgh area with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Autism continues to be a cause that pulls at her heart strings.

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