Kathleen (Kathy) Orr, RN, BSN - Executive Director, Speaker, Consultant & Educator
Trauma Responsive Practices in Education Trainer, ACE Master Trainer, ACE Educator
Kathy has been the Executive Director at Peaceful Households since 2013. As a community leader she researches and delivers programs, education and creates 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 roles have exposed her to children and families from various backgrounds and circumstances through her involvement in:
Public health nursing
Child fatality reviews
Infant safe sleep
Abusive head trauma
Adolescent diabetic education
Physical rehabiliation therapy
Today, Kathy helps organizations establish trauma informed practices and delivers trauma and ACE education with curriculum designed for specific audiences such as schools, early childhood and healthcare. Additionally, she operates a highly successful ACE Master Training program and hosts a conference in the State of Colorado each year.
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, 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.
Rita Wiley, Licensed Professional Counselor - Board of Directors
Rita is a National Trainer/Consultant for the Nurturing Parenting Programs at Ft. Carson ACS Family Nurturing Center. She has been instrumental in the developed of a variety of counseling, parent training, and child abuse prevention initiatives locally and statewide.
Since 1987, Rita has taught, trained and advocated the philosophy and skills of the Nurturing Parenting Programs to thousands of parents, grandparents, children, adolescents and professionals in several states.
Rita has Master’s degrees in both Early Childhood Education and Community Counseling. She has received state and local awards that include the Colorado Coalition for the Protection of Children, Child Advocacy Award (1994) and the Children's Champion Award from the CO Children's Campaign (1997). In May 2007, she was recognized at the annual El Paso County Family Law Luncheon with the Lohman Award for Excellence on Behalf of Children. With her husband (Bob) of 45 years, she has raised one birth and five adopted children, ages 31 to 43 and has 7 grandchildren plus one on the way.
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.
Samantha Lembergs, Detective, Crimes Against Children Unit, Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) - Board of Directors
Detective Lembergs joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in 1998 where she spent her first 6 years as a patrol officer and the last 10 years as a Detective in the Investigations Division. Upon entering into Investigations she worked with the Sex Crimes Unit investigating crimes against adults and juveniles and completing felony child abuse and fatality investigations.
Detective Lembergs is now a member of the Crimes against Children Unit where she focuses primarily on cases involving children. In addition, Samantha participates in background investigations for CSPD, is a Police Training Officer, and assists with police recruits by sitting on oral boards for new law enforcement prospects. She has received numerous commendations and in November of 2013 received the Medal of Valor for her response to the Waldo Canyon Fire.
Detective Lembergs obtained a BA in Psychology and Sociology in 1995 from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and is on the Board of Directors of Peaceful Households. She joined the Board of Directors in 2013 with a three year term, serving as CO-Chair, and attends monthly planning meetings. Detective Lembergs resides in Colorado Springs.
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.