Interns

img_1663Tobi 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.

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.

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.

Shayna HIll HeadshotShayna Hill (she, her, hers) is currently pursuing a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a multicultural emphasis from CU Denver. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas in 2010, and moved to Denver in 2013. She is passionate about social justice issues, and is building a counseling career that works for social change through empowerment and advocacy. She strongly believes in the GIC’s mission of empowering and affirming all gender identities, and is excited to be a part of the work. She is honored to work with and learn from the unique voices of the trans* community. Some of Shayna’s other passions and interests include animal welfare, hip hop & blues, American Sign Language, and Native American rights.

13244791_999536556798818_773952839692639936_nEmily Kipling (she, her, hers) is currently pursuing her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Denver, with the intent of becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and received her bachelors degree in Psychology from Oberlin College in 2016. Emily is focused on mental health, and is excited to continue to explore social justice issues, particularly those pertaining to the LGBTQ community. Having just moved to Denver, Emily spends her free time exploring the city, working part time as a dog walker, and hanging out with her cat, Sal.

20160413_100733Allison McCue (she, her, hers) is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work at the University of New England.  She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary’s College in Indiana where she studied Economics, History, and Biology. Allison is passionate about her belief that all people deserve love, kindness, and respect, regardless of their beliefs, choices, and qualities that make them unique. While much of her experience has been with youth, she is looking forward to working with all ages at the GIC. In her free time, Allison enjoys running, hiking, reading, and spending time with her three pups (Elly, Colby, and Brody).

GIC HeadshotDennis Newman (he, him, his) is currently pursuing a Masters in Counseling Psychology with a multicultural emphasis from the University of Colorado Denver. He completed his undergraduate degree in English and Political Science in 1995. He earned a law degree from Florida State University in 2001. Dennis’ academic interests include law, social justice, queer studies, community advocacy, critical studies, and identity development. Dennis was born in San Francisco, but has lived in 19 states. In his spare time, Dennis relaxes with family and friends, reads comic books and fantasy novels, and watches tennis. He is excited and grateful to join the GIC team!

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!

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.

 

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Ersin (air-sin) Sulukioglu (he, him, his) is currently pursuing his masters degree in Counseling through Adams State University. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado Denver, majoring in English and Political Science. He has worked in many different settings, and throughout his career and life his passion has always remained one of service – to his fellow human beings, to animals, and to this earth we all share. His future plans include starting a community center that provides services for underrepresented populations and communities. He is a Colorado native and is very proud of it. He loves to spend time outdoors, relaxing with friends and family, and enjoying the adventures that life presents each and every day.

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.

Photo on 9-11-15 at 11.36 AM #4Danielle Willner (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.