Meet Our Facilitators
Pace Groups are led by world-class facilitators chosen for their extensive experience leading deep, cohesive groups.
Interested in leading a Pace group? Apply to become a facilitator.
Julius Austin
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Dr. Julius A. Austin earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Wyoming and currently serves as a Clinical Director of a community based private practice and as a full-time Faculty member in the Counseling Program at Grand Canyon University. When he is not working, he spends his time in CrossFit, enjoying family road trips, and listening to science fiction & fantasy audiobooks.
Sophia Ben-Hamoo
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Following her doctoral training at the University of Denver, Dr. Sophia completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Health Psychology at Primary Children’s Hospital. Dr. Sophia’s passion for healthy living extends beyond her time at work. In her free hours, she enjoys surfing, hiking, cooking for her friends, or searching for the next best live music to boogie down to.
Shterna Blumes
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Shterna received her Bachelors in Social Sciences from Bar Ilan University and her Masters from Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Shterna is passionate about helping others tap into their full potential and inherent worth. Outside of work you can find her enjoying the West Coast with her husband and toddler.
Brian Cohn
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Brian Cohn received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas with a Minor in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2009. In 2014, Brian received his Masters in Education with an emphasis in Autism from the University of Massachusetts. When he is not working you can find him exploring the wonders of Colorado with his wife, two children, and two pups. Brian also loves to play and listen to music.
Michele Cooper
Michele received her BA in psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her MSW from the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. Michele is also a certified personal trainer and loves helping people feel strong and powerful in their physical bodies. When she isn’t working you can most likely find her chasing sunrises and sunsets in the mountains on her bike or ski’s.
Sahar Dorani
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Dr. Sahar Dorani earned her Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California in 2015. When she's not working, Sahar enjoys painting with acrylic paints and exploring new creative endeavors.
Colleen Ehrnstrom
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Colleen Ehrnstrom is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2001. When not working, she spends time with her family which includes her husband, two teenagers, and a golden retriever. She enjoys reading, skiing, yoga, running, and being in the outdoors whenever possible.
Marci Flores
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Dr. Marci Flores received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford in Connecticut with affiliations at Yale University and the Institute of Living. Outside of Pace, Dr. Flores is also involved in several animal rescue and re-homing efforts, and, overall, enjoys traveling, live music and sporting events, and staying active in her own efforts for wellness and growth.
Elnur Gajiev
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Elnur (El) is a clinical psychologist who currently serves on the faculty at the University of Hawai'i. When not working, you can find him traveling to parts unknown, falling off a surfboard, reveling in jazz and spoken word poetry, and providing mentorship to youth engaged in social entrepreneurship.
Jason Gruhl
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Jason received his MA in Counseling Psychology from Regis University in Denver, and his undergraduate degree (Psychology and English emphasis)from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. Jason lives in Boulder, Colorado with his cattle dog, Coby, and enjoys hiking, meditation, travel, foreign languages, sci-fi movies and baking scones.
Connie Habash
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Rev. Connie L. Habash, MA, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, yoga & meditation teacher, ecotherapist, interfaith minister, and author of Awakening from Anxiety. When she’s not leading heart-centered groups, she loves exploring nature and hiking, gardening (imperfectly!), dancing, cuddling with her cat, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Allison He
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Allison is a clinical psychologist based in the San Francisco Bay Area and the President of the San Francisco Psychological Association (SFPA).
Adrienne Heinz
Adrienne is a licensed psychologist who conducts research and clinical practice in the areas of resilience, trauma, anxiety, and substance use.
Chaka Holley
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Chaka Holley, MDIV LCSW is the CEO of A New Day mental Wellness Center. Ms. Holley received her MSW from Western Michigan University and her MDIV from Chicago Theological Seminary. Outside of work, Chaka enjoys tea tasting and audio books.
Tiffany Huggins
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Tiffany received her MEd from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC,. Tiffany has been trained in Mental Health 1st Aid, certified as a Disaster Mental Health Crisis Response Specialist, and is the final steps of being a certified Emergency Responder and Public Safety Clinician. In addition to working as a Pace Facilitator, Tiffany enjoys crafting, exploring restaurants and food trucks in the Charlotte area, and is active in the local chapter of her sorority.
Tina Kocol
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Tina received a dual Masters’ of Arts in International Peace & Conflict Resolution and Counseling from Arcadia University. Her clinical specialties include trauma therapy, addiction recovery, and horticultural therapy, and she facilitates groups domestically and internationally as a professional trainer and workshop facilitator. When she's not facilitating Tina loves to tend her houseplants and garden, spend time with loved-ones, and is on the hunt to find the best cold brew coffee in Philadelphia.
Connie Kramer
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Connie Kramer is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Gestalt Therapist, and National Board Certified Counselor. Her advanced training includes Gestalt, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Addiction/Recovery, and Dual Diagnosis. Connie Kramer lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and two dogs, and enjoys spending time with her three children, taking walks in the woods or on the beach, practicing yoga, playing Scrabble, and traveling.
Kerry Makin-Byrd
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Dr. Makin-Byrd received her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University, and subsequently received advanced training at the University of California San Francisco and Stanford University. In addition to being a psychologist and executive coach, Kerry is founding board member of the Kids Compassion Project, volunteers with Dumb Friends League, and enjoys hiking with her husband and daughter.
Andy Matzner
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Andy is a licensed clinical social worker and adjunct professor of psychology at Virginia Western Community College. He has been practicing as a psychotherapist since 2005, specializing in gender identity. In his free time, Andy loves traveling, reading tarot cards, writing books, drumming, and hanging out with his three cats.
Karli Meredith
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Karli received her PhD from Columbia University, and as a psychologist, has focused on cultivating resilience in the lives of children, adults, and families. Outside of work you can find Karli immersed in nature, whether that's through hiking, mountain biking, or skiing.
Amanda N'zi
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Dr. Amanda N'zi received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida and completed her residency at the University of Oklahoma, specializing in pediatric and child psychology. Dr. Amanda enjoys relaxing outdoors, reading, and exercising. She loves spending time brunching with friends and enjoying daily life with her husband and son.
Vivian Oberling
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Dr. Oberling has extensive experience in the hospital setting, providing individual therapeutic and assessment services at Stanford Children’s Hospital, California Pacific Medical Center Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente Oakland, and Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. In her free time you will find Dr. Oberling spending time with her family, attempting various baking challenges, and exploring coffeehouses.
Genee Ramsay
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Genee received her BS in Psychology with a minor in Human Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University and went on to get her MS in Counseling from Cal State East Bay. When Genee is not working she likes to get out of her head and into her body through activities like dancing, hiking and doing yoga.
Maria Rocchio
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Dr. Maria Rocchio is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in trauma focused and mindfulness based interventions to veterans within the Department of Veteran Affairs. Dr. Rocchio received her PsyD. from Nova Southeastern University Center for Psychological Studies. In her free time, her personal interests include parenting two amazing and energetic little humans, enhancing her amateur chef skills, yoga and a new found love for gardening.
Rikki Rogers
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Rikki L. Rogers, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker experienced in supporting children, adults and families. Rikki received her Master’s in Social Work from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. To maintain work/life balance, Rikki enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, three children and two dogs.
Darcy Scott
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Darcy Scott is a Licensed Professional Counselor located in Austin, Texas. As a clinician, Darcy sees many clients who feel stuck in their lives or daunted by the amount of decisions they must make each day, to help break the patterns that hold us back. Darcy Scott completed her masters at St. Edwards University and worked for 8 years in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation before opening her private practice.
Julie Shepardson
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Julie Shepardson has been a clinician in private practice for over 15 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration from Florida State University and a Master of Arts from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. In her free time she likes to explore the world with her husband.
Hana Shin
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Dr. Hana Shin is a licensed clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary (APA-accredited). She completed her predoctoral and postdoctoral training at VA Palo Alto and has published research with the National Center for PTSD. Born and raised in San Francisco by immigrant parents, she is now an east coast transplant and working mother, exploring and learning to live in a place with four seasons.
Cydney Shindel
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Dr. Shindel earned her PsyD from the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium. Over the course of her training, she provided clinical services at VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Stanford University, Institute on Aging, and San Francisco VA Health Care System. Outside of work, Dr. Shindel enjoys outdoor adventures with her family, friends, and dog as well as crafting, painting, and attending performing arts events.
Debbie Sorensen
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Debbie is a psychologist with a private practice in Denver, and she has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University. She lives in Colorado, her home state, with her husband, two daughters, and dog. She enjoys reading fiction, cooking, travel, and getting outdoors.
Matthew Stimmel
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Matthew is a clinical psychologist and training director at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Born and raised in New York City, he currently spends time living in New York and San Francisco and enjoys spending time by the ocean, hanging out with his two dogs and watching the sunset.
William Thiele
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William is the founding director of the School for Contemplative Living, adjunct professor at Loyola University New Orleans. He has an adult son and three grandkids after 42 years of marriage, and loves walking meditation in nature and authentic sharing in groups.
Ani Vidrine
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Rev. Andrea “Ani” Vidrine serves as an interfaith minister, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, spiritual director, and continuing education workshop facilitator for licensed professional counselors and social workers. Hiking at Louisiana’s Chicot State Park Arboretum, camping, singing, playing Spades, and sitting on her porch are some of her favorite pastimes.
Mikyong Wessel
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Mikyong Wessel is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over twenty years’ experience working with diverse populations as a psychotherapist. Ms. Wessel enjoyed a long career at the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente’s San Francisco facility, first as a staff clinician, then as a clinical supervisor and department manager. During her free time, Ms. Wessel enjoys cooking, taking long walks, hiking, and traveling with her husband.
Camila Williams
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Dr. Camila Williams is a board certified psychologist and high performance life coach and has specialized in the field of perfectionism, anxiety and stress management for over 10 years. Working with professionals, small business owners and entrepreneurs, Dr. Williams helps high achievers break the shackles of self-doubt, limiting beliefs, and procrastination to live into their gifts without sacrificing their well being.
Randall Wilson
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Dr. Wilson received his Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, CA. He trained clinically in numerous VA Healthcare Systems across the United States where he specialized in working with PTSD, anxiety, and other general psychological issues. Dr. Wilson is a father of 2 small, wise, and beautiful human beings, is a life-long surfer, runner, hiker, camper, gardener, and has a deep connection with and appreciate for nature and wild things.
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