Michelle Ryan is a special education teacher for Boulder Valley Schools with a Master's degree in Social, Multicultural Foundations in Education with licenses in Special Education and English as a Second Language. She is a member of Peoplemaking of Colorado and has served as a board member since 1991. Her extensive training has including multiple attendances to Choice: The Art of Change, Human Validation Process Model Classes, Say It Straight, Cross Cultural trainings with sister organization, Institute for International Connections; such as, Satir Growth Model: Creating Self Esteem within Individuals and Families, and Model Mugging Self Defense. She has facilitated Peoplemaking's women's retreat, Web of Wisdom, with fellow staff members and is a member. One of the highlights of her career was being invited to facilitated workshops for doctors and social workers in Central Asia on the topic of Surviving Trauma with Dignity in 2007 through the organizations IIC and Peoplemaking. She is a former board member of Institute for International Connections and continues to be a friend to the organization. Michelle has a special ability to relate with others, especially children. As a young girl, Michelle recognized her desire to support children being heard and understood and out of that grew her deep commitment to education. Michelle successfully raised two adult daughters and continues to enjoy full family relationships with her husband, daughters, son in law, delightful granddaughter and extended family. When not working or with her family, Michelle enjoys the practice of yoga, dance, politics, and reading.
Jeffrey Laner has a B.A. in Social Work and an M.A. in Religious Studies and Pastoral Counseling. His relationship with his family has always been a area of interest to him. His hope and belief that there was the possibility of change for himself and the system even if it wasn't evident. It was this faith that fueled his search for answers. He was introduced to the work of Virginia Satir and began studying with Steven Young in 1990. He has completed the Human Validation Process Model Levels 1&2, 3&4 Structure and Dynamics and Masters classes. He has been a part of the facilitation staff for Fathers Sons and Brothers, working with men and issues of masculinity for the past 12 years. Jeffrey has worked in the human services for the past 19 years, working in Mental Health and the Health Department as a counselor and resource coordinator. he has also worked with the elderly and disabled through Jewish Family Service and Center for People with Disabilities. He recently organized and facilitated Making Contact workshops in Jerusalem, Israel. He is dedicated to this work and making the world a better place. He currently lives in Nederland Colorado with his wife and step-daughter.
Stephen J Collins
After graduating with a BA in Philosophy from Amherst College, Stephen started a small business importing handcrafts from Egypt, and it has been his livelihood for the 31 years since. He started his training in the Satir/Young model of humanistic family therapy in 1995 when he attended a Fathers Sons and Brothers workshop that was facilitated by Steven Young. The experience profoundly changed his work, marriage, and family relationships, and he now serves as staff for each annual workshop and he is the President of Fathers, Sons & Brothers (the organization).
Stephen has completed the HVPM Level I/II and II/III, as well as Structure & Dynamics and the Masters Class. He has attended numerous workshops such as Choice and the Art of Change, Making Contact, Thirst for Freedom, and Family Camp, and had his family reconstruction in 2003. He regularly co-facilitates reconstructions with Steven Young and other members of the community.
Randy Wade Strauss
Randy met Steven Young in 1989 at his best friends reconstruction. Two months later he was the star of his own. Randy soon after became a student of Steven’s. He has co-facilitated 14 family re-constructions and attended many others. Randy has been on staff of Father’s, Sons and Brothers for six different years. He attended one of Steven’s two- week trainings in Crested Butte Satir/Young workshops. In addition Randy completed the “Say it Straight Training”.
He ran the Aspen Hospice Grief and Loss support group for three years. Randy and his wife ran a weekly Satir based group, for three years. Randy is currently participating in the Beyond Masters Class. He lives along Cattle Creek with his beautiful wife Susan, maniac boxer Sadu and silky cat Darmha and too many colorful Koi to count.
Susan Obermeyer Strauss is an International Visual Artist. Through her art she connects creative friendships internationally. She studied liberal arts at The Evergreen State College, graduating with a BA. She studied Fine Art at The San Francisco Art Institute as well as CMC and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Susan is on the CCAH Gallery Committee. Susan attended her first workshop with Steven young in the late 1990’s. Since then she has attended at least 14 family reconstructions and co- facilitated four. She has attended 7 Web of Wisdom; interned 1 year and has been on staff 6. She has also attended “The Art of Change” retreat, “Making Contact” and “Say it Straight Training”. Susan has completed the following classes with Steven Young, HVPM 1-2,2-3,Structure & Dynamics, and the Masters Class. ”. She is currently participating in the Post Masters class. Susan and her husband ran a Satir based weekly group for three years. Susan leads an art workshop called “The Art of Cultivating Creativity”, as well as teaching small groups and private lessons. Susan is an avid equestrian, and teaches “Learning with Horses”.
Lawrence (Larry) Bermann has been studying the work of Virginia Satir with his teacher Steven Young since around 1999. He has attend HVPM 1&2, 2&3, Structure & Dynamics, and Masters level training, He has also attended Choice the Art of Change, Thirst for Freedom, numerous Making Contact workshops, and is a Say it Straight Trainer. He has attended and helped co-facilitate numerous Family Reconstructions and been on staff of Father's, Son's and Brother's for nine years. He is currently in his final term before graduation from Union Institute & University with his BA in Psychology and Human Development. He plans on continuing on to graduate school where he will earn his MSW degree. He has been studying Kenpo Karate with AKKA under Sam Middleton for the last twelve years and received his 4th degree black belt and rank of Master in 2010.
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Joshua Forman has been active with PeopleMaking for eleven years. He has served on the board of the Boulder Center for Human Validation for the past seven years. He is a husband, father, step-father, and a vice president at a Boulder technology company - Symplified. He also serves on the board of the Entrepreneur's Foundation of Colorado.
Jerry Roberts has been involved with the work of Virginia Satir since 1989. He has attended countless workshops, reconstructions, men’s groups and Choice the Art of Change. He has served as President of the Board of Peoplemaking of Colorado for over 20 years. He has taken the Human Validation Model courses I , II and III, IV, Structure and Dynamics, and all of the Masters classes put on by Peoplemaking of Colorado as taught by Steven Young. Jerry is currently serving as the elected Boulder County Assessor.