Kathleen (Kathy) Orr, RN, BSN - Executive Director, Child Advocate, Researcher, Consultant, Speaker, Educator, Mother and Grandmother
Kathy has been the Executive Director at Peaceful Households since 2013. As a community leader she researches and delivers educational programs that create awareness targeting childhood trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), child neglect and abuse prevention. Her collaborative work at Peaceful Households bridges the gap between neuroscience research, social determinants, cultural norms and autonomous programs for the collective best interests of children and families.
As an independent child advocate, Kathy has a unique blend of professional and life experiences working in healthcare, public health and education. Her personal and professional roles have exposed her to children and families from various backgrounds and circumstances through her involvement in:
Public health nursing
Health & Human services
Child fatality reviews
Adolescent diabetic education
Abusive head trauma
Infant safe sleep
Kathy is an active or past member of several state and local groups including the Colorado ACE Collaborative, Alliance for Kids Council, Colorado Opportunity Project, Essentials for Childhood, Colorado Child Fatality Team, Not one More Child in El Paso County, Safe Kids, E-ISST and ISST Community Resource and System Provider, the National Organization of Safe State Alliance and served as a peer reviewer for NACCHO.
Augmenting her own experience, Kathy studies and incorporates the ever-evolving works of leading researchers into her curriculums and conferences. These include the findings of Rob Anda PhD, Bruce Perry MD, PhD, Martin Teicher MD, PhD, Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD, Nadine Burke-Harris, Beatrice Beebe, PhD, Phillip Fischer, PhD, Laura Porter, the Center of the Developing Child at Harvard University and more. She has trained directly under several of these individuals yet does not subscribe to any single philosophy, instead she develops her curriculum based on all available research.
Her advance studies include but are not limited to the following.
Multiple on-line and in-person education sessions lead by Dr. Dan Siegel, Dr. Bruce Perry, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Rob Anda and other experts in the field.
Trauma Responsive Practices in Education Trainer
ACE Master Trainer
Standard CANS Comprehensive and CANS Trainer
Trauma-Responsive Guidelines for Behavior Plans and Classroom Management Systems
Reentry and Remote Trauma Responsive Frameworks and Strategies Flipping the Script for Student and Staff SEL
Supports Finding True North to Support School Reentry Implementing Trauma Responsive Mental Health Supports
Countless local and national conferences including routine attendance at the Boston International Trauma Conference
Today, Kathy helps individuals, organizations and communities understand trauma and adversity through a variety of online and on-site education courses. These highly rated classes are designed for general and specific audiences such as schools, early childhood, juvenile justice and child and family services. Additionally, she operates a popular and highly successful training program that prepares others to educate people and communities on trauma and adversity. Until recently when Covid-19 hit she hosted a very successful annual conference in the State of Colorado for several years..
Colleen Head Batchelor, Interim CEO, Resource Exchange - Board of Directors
Colleen has worked in the field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for more than 30 years, including early intervention for infants and toddlers with developmental delays, early childhood mental health supports, respite for families of children with special needs, family support services, Medicaid Waivers and Case Management services.
Colleen holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Since moving to Colorado in 2001, Colleen has been involved in both Local and State Program Administration for Early Intervention and other early childhood services as well as Colorado Medicaid Waiver Services for children and adults with disabilities, including intellectual and developmental disabilities.
She is currently the Interim CEO at The Resource Exchange in Colorado Springs, an agency serving individuals with disabilities, delays and needs. The Resource Exchange serves more than 8400 individuals and has a staff of more than 400. Colleen is also an Adjunct Professor for the University of Northern Colorado, Early Childhood Special Education Master’s degree program teaching courses related to parent and professional partnerships.
Dr. Kim Boyd, PsyD-BCBA-D, Director of Community Care-Falcon School District 49 - Board of Directors
As a psychologist Kim directs various mental/behavioral health programs and training activities for students, families, counselors and staff of D49. Her leadership involvement in the school district includes trainings and consultation in MTSS, 504, mental health, suicide assessment, mandatory reporting; behavior analytics, special education; support of at-risk students and their families, safety assessments, crisis response, grief response and organizing district-wide community events.
Dr, Boyd received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of the Rockies in 2007. She also earned a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Brigham Young University, M.A. in Psychology from Houston Baptist University and a Certification in Behavior Analysis from the University of Denver. In addition, she holds multiple certifications and licenses including the designation of Colorado Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Colorado Licensed School Psychologist and a Doctorate Level Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Kim was honored in 2015 with the Colorado School Psychologist of the Year award.
Cindy Lau, Violence Prevention Regional Planner St, Mary-Corwin Health Foundation - Board of Directors
Cindy has over twenty years of experience in organizational and program management. Her last fourteen years were specifically devoted to nonprofits focusing on healthcare and/or family violence. During the past year, Cindy organized community coalitions in both Pueblo and Fremont Counties in support of the Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) United Against Violence initiative.
As the former Director of Domestic Violence Crisis Services at the YWCA of Pueblo, she was responsible for programs that provided shelter and support services to adults and children traumatized by the effects of domestic violence.
Cindy is the past Chair of the Pueblo Domestic Violence Task Force and previously served on the Live Well Pueblo Coalition, the Colorado Consumer Insurance Council, and Pueblo ARCH (Adult Resources for Care & Help). She was appointed to the State Medical Assistance and Services Advisory council by the Governor of Colorado in November 2012. Cindy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Montclair State University with a B.A. in Communication Disorders and a minor in Education.
Randy Hylton, Peak Vista Community Health Centers: November 2014 – Present. Director of Community Assessment - Board of Directors
Building partnerships across a broad spectrum of service organizations, collaboratively assessing/identifying gaps, barriers, needs in community, developing joint initiatives to address needs.
Over 25 years of deeply rooted, hands-on participation with service organizations, volunteer groups and faith-based institutions to impact specific neighborhoods and broader sections of communities to ensure access to needed services and create specific projects designed to empower residents and improve living conditions.
B.B.S., Communications, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas, 1983.
Graduate studies in Communications at California State University at Fullerton.
Graduate studies in Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas and Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.
James Orr - Board of Directors
Jim is a recognized industry leader in the field of data and information management. His experience includes leading consulting practices and thought leadership initiatives for Firstlogic, Business Objects, Trillium Software, Information Builders and his own consulting practice. During his career he has provided data-centric solutions and expertise to agencies, enterprise and mid-market organizations world-wide, spanning nearly every industry.
Mr. Orr earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint in 1989, is a founding member of the Data Governance Professional Organization and author of the book, Data Governance for the Executive.
Christopher Tubbs, CPA, Senior Financial Management Analyst, City and County of Denver - Board of Directors
Mr. Tubbs has worked in the accounting and financial industry for over ten years as a leading analyst and manager for Prodovis Mortgage, a private equity financial services division of Fortress Investment Group, and the City and County of Denver. In addition to his financial career, Chris has worked extensively with young students in academics, refining their communication skills, and preparing them for a successful college experience.
Mr. Tubbs graduated from Texas Tech University’s Rawls College of Business, MBA, Finance in 2002 and recently passed the CPA exams.
Mr. Tubbs resides in Denver, joining the Board of Directors in 2013 to serve as treasurer.