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Elon Cohen, Founder, Executive Director
Elon holds a Master's degree in Educational Counseling and Guidance, and a Master's degree in Health Education. He is the creator of the unique Take 24, Inc., the Family Stress Center consultation/counseling approach for individuals, families, and couples. During the summer 2010, Mr. Cohen introduced this fresh, unique bullying prevention program to the Summer Scholars Enrichment Curriculum in Denver. He has authored workbook manuals on anger management, stress management, and domestic violence.
Mr. Cohen is a member of the Colorado Association of Psychotherapists. As a committed lifelong child advocate, he consults in high-conflict divorce cases as a certified Colorado Child and Family Investigator and Parenting Coordinator.
As a registered psychotherapist, Mr. Cohen has more than 28 years of experience counseling, coaching, educating, consulting, and marketing health and wellness programs for all age groups. He is an accomplished athlete who has worked with collegiate and professional athletes associated with the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, and high school student-athletes and Olympic athletes to improve their mental toughness and strengthen the athletes’ emotional and mental skill game prior to their upcoming competition.
In June 2013, Elon was recognized by Tom Boasberg, DPS Superintendent, and received the Living and Embodying DPS Shared Core Values Award: Students First, Collaboration, Accountability, Fun.
He is a regional record holder as a discus thrower and is a Nationally Certified Soccer Referee. Elon has presented the topic "How to Deal with Unruly Parents" to Play the Whistle and other local soccer clubs. Elon grew up outside of the US, entering the Denver area at the age of 15 as an English language learner, when he encountered bullying in school. He has 2 children, loves a variety of sports, multicultural cuisine and traveling.
Margaret Rohan, Editorial Consultant
Margaret is an educator of K – 12 grade English language learners (ELL) and under-represented students, and has earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership (www.ellcontent.com). She has taught TESOL courses to pre and post graduate students/teachers at Indian River State College, Florida Atlantic and Nova Southeastern Universities.
Dr. Rohan is the author of Adapting Content to Empower ELL Students, a resource for 6 – 12 grade math, science and social studies teachers and students. Margaret is a board member of P.E.A.C.E. Project Africa (Morogoro, Tanzania), a non-profit organization providing free and rigorous education to students in a sustainable, eco-responsible learning environment. She also works with at-risk youths conducting Inner City Outings through the Sierra Club in Colorado. Dr. Margaret Rohan is currently an ELA Resource Instructor with Denver Public School District, working with predominantly refugee, ELL students from many parts of the world.
Margaret is a glass artist, loves working with stained glass and currently fuses glass pieces. She also enjoys flower gardening and is always itching to travel. Margaret is the mother of two girls, Anne in Chicago and Kate in Denver, and aunt to Sandra. She is 'uela-nonna' to Maya, Nadia and Luc.
Recently, Margaret was recognized as a Living Our DPS Honoree, exhibiting integrity and leadership. See Margaret's recognition on the DPS Facebook website!
James Wilkerson, Statistician
James was born in Tulsa, OK. He attended Oklahoma State University and studied mathematics, computer science, and Chinese. He then went on to receive his master's degree in Technology in Education from Lesley University. He has been teaching in Denver Public Schools for 23 years. Before college, James was an apprentice electrician.
Mr. Wilkerson has been married for 23 years and has 6 children ranging in age from 7 to 20. He has only recently retired from raising buffalo, llamas, goats, cattle, and chickens.
Mr. Wilkerson is proud of his Native American heritage, being a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He studied the Cherokee language with his grandmother, Juanita. Her father, Jack Houseberg, and grandparents, Kizzy Duck Houseberg and Blue Houseberg, were full-blood Cherokee and registered on the Dawes Roll.
Kate Hotchkiss, CMP Public Relations
Kate has a undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Central Florida and also carries a national certification from the Convention Industry Council as a Certified Meeting Professional. She began her career in the legal environment with an emphasis on renewable energy. When Kate first moved to Denver, she was part of the corporate legal team at Quiznos Subs. She then moved on to do conference and event development, operational development and governance at American Solar Energy Society.
Kate has volunteered many hours with attorneys that served as guardians at litem for unrepresented children, helping them understand their legal rights. She also brings non-profit operational and public relations experience to the team. She assists with the Summer Scholars Program as well as builds strategic partnerships with community leaders.
Kate just had her first child, Lucas Austin, at the end of 2012. They enjoy walks with their overly energetic dog Louie and dance parties in the living room.
Tai Lockspeiser, MD, Pediatrician, Committee Member
Dr. Lockspeiser is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado. She is also the Medical Director of the Child Health Associate Physician Assistant Program.
Dr. Tai Lockspeiser is a pediatrician whose educational scholarship has focused on learning goals in medical education. Dr. Lockspeiser joined the University of Colorado faculty in 2010. She came to the University of Colorado after serving as a resident in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. She has won several awards for her educational research including the AAMC RIME best paper award for her paper on the creation of a learning goal scoring rubric.
Additionally, Dr. Lockspeiser is the Director of Electives for the School of Medicine and the Co-Director for the pediatric residency career focused experiences. She recently completed a master’s degree in Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois, Chicago. As a general pediatrician, she works mostly in the Child Health Clinic at Children's Hospital Colorado where she supervises medical students and residents.
Ryan Seely is a Guidance Counselor at Grandview High School located within the Cherry Creek School District. He is a counselor who leads with a foundation of encouragement, empowerment, strive and structure offering all his students the learning experience they deserve. His passion lies in working with families from diverse backgrounds to help pave the way for a more equitable education experience.
In addition to serving his community as a guidance counselors, Ryan is also currently attending the University of Colorado at Denver perusing his Principal License. It is his ultimate goal to be the leader of his own school where he can apply his skills to impacting more students. In his off time, Ryan is passionate about training and currently has competed in three different physique competitions and helping student-athletes in obtaining maximum fitness and health.
Scott Liddell is a special education paraprofessional at Place Bridge Academy. He previously worked for the National Conference of State Legislatures and in the office of U.S. Representative Lane Evans. He has a B.A. in political science from the University of Iowa and an M.A. in European Political Systems from The American University in Washington, D.C. His favorite pastimes include bicycling, golf and walking his dog, Maya.
Lyn Dam & Kathy Dam, Illustrators & Web Services
Lyn Dam is Vietnamese American, born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She has a BFA with an emphasis on 3D Animation. She currently works at the Archdiocese of Denver as a Graphic and Web Specialist. She plans to work on her portfolio for story-boarding to get an internship or job at an animation studio, and go wherever her work takes her. On her own time, she does commission work. Additionally, Lyn loves to watch television shows/movies and spend time with her family and friends.
Kathy is currently a 4th grade teacher at Place Bridge Academy. She attended the University of Denver, earning a degree in Business Administration. After a year teaching English in Vietnam, she returned and received her Master's in Education from Regis University. She loves to travel and try new foods.
Michal Peer is a New York native who moved to Denver with her family before starting high school. She attended Jewish day school from the age of two until eighth grade before going to Denver School of the Arts for high school. She started as a part of the orchestra department, playing the cello, until a wrist injury caused her to switch to the vocal music department, from which she graduated. Michal recently completed her BA in Anthropology at the University of Colorado in Denver, graduating with honors through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as university honors due to her involvement with the University Honors and Leadership program. Michal also completed minors in both English creative writing and multidisciplinary research methods.
She has been singing and dancing sing she could walk and talk and hopes to always continue doing so. Michal was in her first play when she was in fourth grade, playing the Empress in "The Emperor's New Clothes," and she hasn't stopped doing theater since. She was involved in the summer theater program at the Jewish center in Jacksonville, Florida, as well as a part of the Wolf Theater at the Jewish center in Denver. While at Denver School of the Arts, Michal participated in the school's production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" as a speed tapper. While studying for her Bachelors degree, Michal made sure to continue her arts involvement, singing in an auditioned a Capella for two and a half years as well as participating in two school musicals, in one of which she starred (Diana in "Next to Normal").
Michal is also an avid writer and completed a creative writing minor as part of her undergraduate degree. She and her writing partner Miryam have begun writing humorous Purim plays with song spoofs. Their partnership, M-Cubed Productions, will be going live on Facebook and their own website shortly. Beginning this fall, Michal will be attending the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, England, and studying to receive her M.Sc. in Forensic Anthropology.