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.
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.
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.
Managing Director of Professional and Community Development
[Sonja (Sony) Cole] Sony grew up in a small town in Southern Maine. In 2004, she graduated from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Art. After graduating she moved to Colorado to pursue her dream of living “out west”. Her plan was to live the life of a ski bum for a year and then move back to Maine to start her teaching career. Life had other plans and she was offered a year-round job at Eldora Mountain Resort in Nederland, CO running the group sales program. It was at Eldora that she met her husband Adam and through an Eldora connection that she ended up at Somatic Experiencing International. Sony was hired in June of 2013 as a Program Manager and that position has evolved in her years with the organization into the position she now holds, Managing Director of Professional and Community Development. Like many of us, she has seen the organization go through some ups and downs but is grateful for the strides the organization has made in the last couple of years and is grateful to be part of the SE community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amie Readdy Leigh
Director of Public Health Initiatives
Amie's work deals with public advocacy and program design with a strong emphasis on creating resources and partnerships for dealing with community-wide crises including disaster and social unrest. For 10+ years prior to joining SETI, Amie conducted workshops, seminars, trainings, and retreats with a passion for any and all subject matter that causes humans to thrive. Her academic training and professional background in large-scale public conflict mediation morphed into disaster crisis intervention when she moved to a region frequently beset by disasters and couldn’t help but feel the social costs of long term community wide distress. She experienced, first hand, the impact and undressed concerns that occur in those incidents and began to integrate modalities and wellness interventions to create resiliency resources, founding a disaster relief training organization prior to going the SE Institute to curate programs that serve public health concerns, such as Crisis Stabilization. As a student of human learning systems, and with a high degree of academic rigor, she loves to synthesize evidence-based, research-verified methods of dealing with community-wide trauma, building on the FEMA National Incident Management System, CERT Disaster Psychology curriculum, formed in the NOVA model of Group Crisis Intervention, collaborating with the rigor of Public Health Institutes at leading universities, and the Terrorism and Disaster Coalition of the Gulf Coast, and inspired by emerging research in neurobiology/ neuropsychology. Partnership and collaboration drive the engine of energy and enthusiasm that Amie is known for, as she looks to engage experts across fields and disciplines, building collations and partnerships, coordinating with local, state, and federal governance agencies to bring access to healing and wellness for all. Working to bring SE to the world in the most practical tactical ways is the fulfillment of a life dream, and Amie expresses that she couldn’t be more thrilled to work here.
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!
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.
Accounts Payable Specialist
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.
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.
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.
Robel is very ambitious and is passionate about creative arts, including writing, music, painting and crafts. Outside of work, he likes to be involved in sports such as competing on a team or in a league, hiking or other exercise. When he is able to he volunteers at the local food bank. He completes six hours of continuing education each year. He keeps up with his area of expertise through reading professional journals, attending seminars, and taking an occasional class, either online or in a traditional classroom.
Daniela Pineda Soracá
Daniela was born in Bogotá, Colombia and grew up in Northern Colorado since her early childhood years. As a first-generation immigrant her core values are centered around intercultural competencies and community/civic engagement. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in the Economic Development field who continues to invest time and resources in sustainable ventures benefiting indigenous female entrepreneurs in Caazapá, Paraguay. Daniela also serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Northern Colorado Intertribal Powwow Association reflecting her commitment to Native American populations through cultural celebration and philanthropic projects. In her free time she enjoys promoting nutritional wellness, camping, meditation, boxing, supporting the CSU Ram community, and finding the nearest dance floor.
Emily Scott is a crafty soul who loves a good DIY project. She spends her spare time baking delectable masterpieces and donating her time to a variety of charitable causes close to her heart. And her favorite holiday is Christmas, snuggled up on cold, snowy days crafting gifts for her family and friends.
Interim Executive Director
Marv Tuttle has been serving in the capacity of Interim Executive Director since December 2018. He provides leadership and guidance to the SE Institute Board of Directors, professional staff and other key constituent groups of the organization, supporting efforts to convert the organization’s strategic vision into action. He has worked nearly 40 years in association and non-profit management, most recently as the executive director/CEO of the Financial Planning Association (FPA), a national professional association based in Denver, Colorado, where he spent nearly 30 years of his career in a variety of leadership roles. Marv and his wife Lynn reside in Centennial, Colorado. They raised four children and have two grandchildren. A native of Iowa, Marv is an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, no matter the sport. He enjoys bike riding, golf, basketball, long walks and reading.
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.