Interns

 

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Danielle Bopp (she, her, hers) is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Human Services with a concentration in Mental Health Counseling at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has big plans of going to grad school immediately after the completion of her undergraduate degree and eventually wants to become a certified sex therapist with specialties in alternative lifestyles and alternative relationships. She is originally from New York City and has retained her east coast attitude (in a good way!) In her spare time she enjoys playing the ukulele, spending time in the mountains, going to car shows with her partner, and traveling. She has happily been an intern at the GIC since June of 2015 and plans on sticking around for years to come.

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Tobi Brenner (she, her, hers) is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a multicultural focus from the University of Colorado Denver. She is originally from Florida and completed her undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems at Florida State University in 1996. Tobi’s professional background thus far has focused on career counseling and development in a business consulting environment. She has lived and worked across the country, settling in Denver in 2003. She has a passion for social justice and strongly believes in the mission of the GIC. She is honored and excited to be working within the transgender community. Other passions include dogs, particularly large breeds, football, and international travel.

img_1019-1Dominique Calloway (She, Her, Hers) is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Social Work at University of Denver.She received her undergraduate degree from University of Colorado at Denver majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. The majority of Dominique’s previous experience is working with the Eating Disorder community of Colorado. Dominique is looking forward to working at the GIC to continue a life long passion of working with the LGBTQ Community. Dominique is passionate about social justice and working with the mental health community of Colorado, as well as advocating for mental health rights. In her free time Dominique enjoys reading, watching movies, music,travel, and hanging with her feline companions.

Sarah Carr (she, her, hers) is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in social work at University of Denver. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, majoring in psychology with a concentration in gender and sexuality studies. Sarah spent the last five years working with children and families as a therapeutic mentor and paraprofessional support for in-home therapy. She especially enjoys working with the LGBTQIA population, and has been passionate about working with the trans community since her undergraduate career. Originally from Massachusetts, Sarah is excited about her recent move to Denver and is looking forward to exploring. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going to concerts, and hanging out with her cat.

GIC headshot. Kate C.Kate Christman (she, her, hers) is currently pursuing a Master’s in Social Work with an emphasis in Family Therapy at the University of Denver. She received her undergraduate degree at Kalamazoo College majoring in Sociology and Anthropology with a concentration in race studies. Kate is passionate about race studies, queer studies, incarcerated populations, the criminal justice system, and mental health. Kate has previous experience working with youth and families in the child welfare system and in the education system. She is working towards the goal of becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working with families and children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in the mountains, running, singing, hiking, and meeting new people.

Mattie Clos (she/her/hers) is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a Minor in Classics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is a Registered Psychotherapist and CAC I in the state of Colorado. Her past experience has been in addiction counseling and victim advocacy. Mattie’s passions include queer studies, social justice, and community education. In her free time, Mattie enjoys video games, board games, and chilling with her two pugs.

Feather-Dunkin_C_002_46-300Corina Feather-Dunkin (no pronoun preference) attends Capella University’s graduate curriculum for Mental Health Counseling. She attended Colorado Technical University and graduated with a BA in business management. After a 27 year electrical career as supervisor, instructor, building inspector and course developer she set her sights on transitioning into the counseling industry. The Gender Identity Center supported her gender identity development, and she learned individuals possess strengths to confront personal challenges and understanding individual harmony with their environment balances a life’s journey. She enjoys all music and playing bluegrass, country dancing, biking, and experiencing culture, cuisine, and travel around Colorado.

photo (9)Scotty Hanley (she, her, hers) is originally from Sparks, Maryland, she has three older brothers and grew up playing sports and trying to keep up with her siblings. She completed her undergraduate degree at Amherst College where she double majored in psychology and history and she played lacrosse and squash there as well. After a few years sailing in the Caribbean and a few years teaching in Baltimore she pursued her master’s degree in Sport and Performance Psychology at the University of Denver. Scotty first became involved at the Gender Identity Center as a volunteer in May 2013, then became an independent intern the following year, and since her graduation in June 2015 has become a pro bono clinician. When not working Scotty is volunteering for Colorado Adaptive Sports, exploring Colorado, cooking, or reading.

Noel Lebsack (He, Him, His) is currently working on his Bachelors Degree in Social Work at Metropolitan State University. He is a Registered Psychotherapist, CAC I and CAC II in the state of Colorado. He is also working on his CAC III Certification. His work experience is focused in the addiction counseling field and he is excited to bring his knowledge to the Gender Identity Center. Noel is passionate about whole-person wellness that incorporates the environmental, physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual aspects of a person’s life. His free time is spent doing CrossFit and relaxing at home.

 

headshot1Julia Oppy (she, her, hers) is extremely excited about interning at the Gender Identity Center!   She is currently finishing her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Argosy University, Denver and earned her B.A. at Indiana University, Bloomington in Cultural Anthropology focusing on cross-cultural gender studies and sexual deviance.  After graduation she intends to become a Certified Sex Therapist as well as obtaining MFT licensure.  Her academic and counseling interests include gender/gender identity, sex/sexuality and issues associated with these subjects that are considered non-conforming in society.  Julia is dedicated to achieving fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) and becoming as fit and healthy as possible in body, mind and spirit.  In her free time, she enjoys learning, discovering Colorado through the great outdoors and surrounding herself with amazing people.  She is passionate about the LGBTQ community and is looking forward to helping individuals navigate their distinct emotional, mental and physical journeys.

David GIDC Bio Pic (1)David Prouty (he, him, his) is currently pursuing a Master’s of Social Work from Metropolitan State University Denver. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Seattle University in 2009 and has been in the field for the last five years working in non-profit management of Harm Reduction and HIV/Hepatitis C Prevention programs in rural NE Colorado. He is passionate about LGBTQ community building, Sex Positivity, Harm Reduction and HIV/Hepatitis C Prevention. David is driven by social justice and working towards a better heart-centered world and he strongly believes that healing begins when people care enough to love. David is ultimately interested in working in therapeutic settings within the LGBTQ community focused on issues related to shame, loss and grief. David is interested in becoming a clinician working with individuals while also potentially teaching in a post-secondary institution. It is David’s great joy to be part of the GIC team!

Whit Ryan (he, him, his) was born in Denver, Colorado, and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where he attended an all-girls school. As a semi-out, queer student in a conservative environment, Whit struggled but found a path by embracing academics and sports as ports in the storm. In the years since graduating from high school, he has received a bachelor’s degree in Technical Theatre from the University of Colorado at Boulder, co-founded and served as Executive Director for a not-for-profit performing arts company, and become a professional chef. He has also coached hundreds of athletes through the United States Field Hockey Association, achieved a national rating as a field hockey umpire, and was selected to play on the U.S. Men’s Master’s Field Hockey Team.

In a perfect circle, he now consults with his alma mater and other schools to help them embrace their gender-non-binary students, and in particular has developed a passion for creating safe space for LGBTQ athletes in the sports of their choice. As a student, leader, athlete, coach and umpire, Whit has embraced opportunities both professional and informal to encourage support of queer students and athletes in many venues. Pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Sport and Performance Psychology allows him to expand his ability to learn and lend strength and wisdom in increasingly powerful and compelling ways. Whit is thrilled to be joining the team at the Gender Identity Center, learning from and giving back to the community which has given him so much.

Sima Salihi (she, her, hers) is an undergraduate at the University of Colorado Denver pursuing a degree in Psychology with a minor in Women & Gender Studies and Anthropology . She will complete her degree in May 2017 and later pursue a masters with a goal to become a therapist for teens and adults. Sima believes that it is important to understand and accept human beings, and understanding gender identity is an aspect she finds crucial. In her spare time she enjoys watching movies (horror especially) and drinking coffee.

IMG_0067Augie (he, him, his) is a practicum therapy dog in training, with a goal of becoming a certified therapy dog. He is new to the GIC, but enjoying all the people he gets to meet. Augie’s goal is to make you smile, and to help you know how special you are.

 

 

Lucas Jordan Thacker (He, Him, His) attended the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. While there he also worked to create the university’s first Gay-Straight Alliance and make the campus a safe place for LGBTQ people. Originally from Alabama, he developed a passion for social justice and advocacy early on and has worked as a tutor for low-income families and in refugee services. He also organizes a queer social meetup group. When he is not working, he also can be found trying craft beers, petting any dog that allows it, and enjoying various types of comic book based entertainment.

Kayleigh Thomas (she, her, hers) is currently pursuing two Bachelors degrees in Psychology and French from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. She grew up in California and Texas and has just recently moved to Colorado. Her passions include social justice, language, and traveling. She is very excited to be working at the GIC as she works towards discovering her future career path and graduate school plans. She hopes to someday earn her PhD in Social, Cognitive, or Industrial/ Organizational Psychology. She has always been passionate about research, but is looking forward to learning, applying knowledge, and building relationships at the GIC. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, walking her dog, and playing sports.

Jesse Weight (She, Her, Hers) is pursuing a Master’s degree in mental health counseling through the University of Northern Colorado. She received her undergraduate degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver, majoring in Human Services. Jesse has worked in the human services field for four years as a mentor, a drug and alcohol counselor, and currently as a disability advocate and peer counselor.  Jesse plans to focus her practice on trauma recovery from existential and systems perspectives. She views trauma as an effect of oppression and recovery as a path of defiant resilience. In her free time, Jesse studies Spanish and snuggles with her partner and their tiny dog, Mrs. Macdaniels.  

Natalie Wescombe (She, Her, Hers) is pursuing her Master’s in Social Work at University of Denver with a concentration in family systems. She received her undergraduate degree from Whitworth University, majoring in Psychology. Natalie has had previous experience working with adolescents and adults with eating disorders in all levels of care. She is most passionate about working with and advocating for persons who are underrepresented and believes a society can best be measured by how it supports and treats these populations. She is extremely excited to work at the Gender Identity Center and is honored to be a part of each individual’s journey. In her free time Natalie enjoys running, biking, and spending time with her German Shepherd/Husky mix.

Hannah Wolfson (she, her, hers) is currently pursuing a Master’s of Social Work at the University of Denver. She holds a BA from Hampshire College with a dual focus on human and plant biology, as well as a certificate in Western Herbalism and Nutrition; she is also a licensed massage therapist. Hannah is a passionate clinician and educator, queer-femme activist, and wilderness enthusiast. She is thrilled to work for the GIC, and is especially interested in working with youth and families, at home and within the education system, and encouraging whole-person wellness. Her goal is to assist others in feeling safe and grounded in their bodies and communities.