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.
Brian Cohn
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
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.
Marci Flores
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
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
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.
Allison He
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.
Connie Kramer
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Maria Rocchio
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.
Cydney Shindel
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
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.
Monica Stevens
Dr. Monica Stevens is a Clinical Psychologist who works in a community-based, academic medical center to bring together evidenced-based practices and lived experiences to ensure that her work is healing-centered, practical, and effective. In her free time, Monica loves being a tourist in her own city. She enjoys dancing to the sounds of, delighting in the flavors of, and generally being a part of the landscape of New Orleans.
Matthew Stimmel
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
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
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
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
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.
We’re always looking for talented facilitators to lead our groups. Apply to become a Pace facilitator.