2019 Conference Speaker


April 29, 2019

Antlers Hotel

4 South Cascade Avenue

Colorado Springs, CO 80903


Phillip Fischer, Ph.D

Doctor Fisher is Philip H. Knight Chair and Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon, where he serves as Founding Director of the Center for Translational Neuroscience. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center on the Developing Child, and a member of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, both based at Harvard University. Dr. Fisher’s work focuses on socially and economically disadvantaged families and child maltreatment. His work comprises: (a) studies to understand the effects of early stress on the developing brain, behavior, and biology; (b) the development of two-generation prevention and treatment programs to improve high-risk children’s (and their caregiver’s) well-being and brain functioning; and (c) advocacy for science-based policy and practice to improve early learning and healthy development in high-risk children. His work has been funded by a number of institutes of the National Institutes of Health, the Institute for Education Sciences, and private foundations. His intervention programs are being implemented at sites throughout the United States and Europe. He is the recipient of the 2012 Society for Prevention Research Translational Science Award.

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Jo McGuire


Jo McGuire serves on the board of directors for the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association and co-chairs the Marijuana Education Committee. She is also a DATIA Certified Professional Collector and Trainer (CPCT) and a Certified Designated Employee Representative Trainer (CDERT) who consults and trains professionals overseeing Safety Sensitive Employees in the compliance of federal DOT guidelines for drug and alcohol screening programs. Jo assists educators with classroom and assembly-style presentations aimed at youth drug prevention and parent awareness and education.


Jo was appointed to serve on the Colorado Governor’s Task Force, convened to recommend a legislative framework for the regulation of marijuana after the passage of Amendment 64. As a part of the Taxation, Banking and Civil Law work group, Jo lent her expertise in the form of recommendations for drug and alcohol testing in the workplace. Jo has also joined efforts with concerned citizens around the state to support SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) a national effort led by Dr. Kevin Sabet that is focused on bringing the proven medical research and scientific data to the forefront of the national effort to legalize marijuana in the U.S. Jo has helped organized the Colorado chapter of SAM and works closely with national health experts to educate state and federal policy makers on the importance of public health, pertaining to drug and alcohol testing practices. Read more...

Chaya Parkoff


MSW, LSW is the Founder and CEO of Spark Insights Consulting, a cutting-edge resiliency and burnout prevention training and coaching consultancy firm. Chaya is a Licensed Social Worker and Registered Psychotherapist, whose experience in palliative and hospice care allowed her to witness first-hand the innate resilience that human beings possess, no matter their past or current circumstances. She is passionate about bringing out the best in individuals and organizations, and she accomplishes this by sharing the simple, yet profoundly transformative universal True Paradigm™ of how human beings truly operate psychologically, known in the academic literature as The Three Principles. Chaya  is a gifted teacher with a talent for putting people at ease, enabling them to wake up to their own potential. Chaya lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband Seth and their five children. When Chaya is not giving seminars or coaching, she can be found jogging, training for a triathlon, hanging out with her family, or singing out loud.

Mary W Martin


LCSW recently retired as the Director of the Division of Community and Family Support (DCFS) in the Office of Early Childhood at the Colorado Department of Human Services. In this role she provided leadership for the Home Visiting, Early Intervention Colorado, Child Maltreatment Prevention and Early Childhood Mental Health units, and the Head Start State Collaboration Office for four and a half years. Prior to her appointment as division director, Mary served in leadership positions in maternal and child health in Louisiana, Mississippi, Iowa and Denver for over 30 years, focusing significantly on the development and implementation of home visiting and other family support and health care access programs. Throughout her career she has served formally and informally as a teacher and mentor to awaken creativity, resilience and well-being in individuals and groups. She is a student of the transformative understanding known as the Three Principles which formed her approach as a supervisor and leader (and human being!) for the last twenty years, and is now the focus of her practice as a coach and mental health educator. 

Dr. Ann Bruce


Serves as the Young Child Wellness Expert for Colorado Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health). This 5-year federal grant works to promote overall wellness of young children (0-8) and their families, with a focus on social-emotional development. In this role, Ann provides leadership to incorporate lessons learned in the pilot community in Adams County to guide systems changes and policy improvements at the state level. Prior to this, she spent 2 years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica. Before joining the Peace Corps, she was a faculty member in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University. She taught undergraduate courses and worked with Cooperative Extension agents across Colorado and nationally on issues related to early childhood and parenting. Ann has a Master’s degree in Education of the Deaf and worked for many years as a classroom teacher in both self-contained and inclusive classrooms in the United States and abroad.

Lisa Jansen Thompson


M.A. serves as the Executive Director of the Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County since 2012. In this role, she is responsible for moving forward the community collaboration’s strategic plan, focused on increased access to high quality comprehensive early childhood services. She brings experience in collaborative strategy, implementation of evidence-based practice at a community scale and project management. Lisa provided mental health services to young children and families from 1997 – 2011 and continues to be an advocate for preventative mental health supports for children and their families. Lisa’s passion is to address issues of equitable access to cross-domain services and supports for young children and families so that all children get the best start to life. Lisa has been recognized for her early childhood leadership and systemic thinking by being invited to participate on several state-level initiatives. Lisa received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado-Denver (1997) and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Colorado Boulder (1993).

Drusilla Wacker


Specializes in Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Child Therapy, Chronic Mental Illness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Compulsive Behavior, Couples/Marital Therapy, Conflict Resolution, Crisis Intervention, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Domestic Violence, Family Systems Therapy, Parenting Skills/Issues, Panic Disorders, Personality Disorders, Post-Partum Depression, Psychotic Disorders, Sexual Assault, and Trauma Systems Therapy. I have been a therapist at AspenPointe for the past 10 years and enjoy working with families in addressing behavioral issues and helping them start to work together as a family.

Rebecca Moreno

Rebecca is a RTC- Day Treatment Specialist at AspenPointe with expertise as a MSW Bilingual Clinician III, Post Hospital Discharge, CBT-SP, TST. She originates from New York City where she attended Silberman School of Social Work as part of the NCTSN’s Child Trauma Program. Rebecca has been working with AspenPointe for almost two years.


Susan Burt

Susan is a Social Services Supervisor with El Paso County Department of Human Services/ Center on Fathering.  Susan has worked as a caseworker in child protection for fifteen years and led a child protection team in ongoing child protection for a year before returning to supervise the Center on Fathering.    She had experience in Adolescent Crisis, Family Treatment Drug Court and Ongoing Child Protection casework prior to coming to the Center in 2008.   Ms. Burt has a BS in Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology from Edgewood College, Madison Wisconsin.  She attended University of Wisconsin Madison graduate program in the area of Behavior Disabilities/ Rehabilitation Counseling.


Ms. Burt brings expertise to a number of community groups.  She has participated in the El Paso County DHS Child Protection Team, Peaceful Households, Coordinated Response Team, and El Paso County Domestic Violence Accountability Task Force.   She has presented on the topic of Father Engagement at the Colorado Collaborative Justice Conference, Pikes Peak Domestic Violence Summit and Coalition for Girls.