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A Parent’s Personal Story
Gina Moore, JD, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado and her law degree from the University of Denver. Her interest in helping people affected by mental illness arose out of her experience as the mother of a 13-year-old son who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In the last decade, she has educated herself about mental illness and became involved with NAMI Arapahoe/Douglas, her local affiliate of  the National Alliance on Mental Illness, in an effort to help others who are struggling with the impact of mental illness in their families. Gina is the past Community Outreach Coordinator and past president of NAMI Arapahoe/Douglas.


Mental Disorders: Facts, Statistics, & Biology
Amy Gensler, MD, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and her medical degree from Vanderbilt University. She is a board certified pediatrician at Parker Pediatrics & Adolescents in Parker, CO and an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital Colorado.  Amy is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Arapahoe Douglas Elbert Medical Society.

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Mental Disorders: Facts, Statistics, & Biology
Heidi A. Sauder, PhD, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Pacific Union College and her Doctorate of Philosophy degree from Alliant International University-San Diego Cornerstone Court, where she did extensive study and training in the intervention of teens, including in-patient treatment, group home intervention for addicted teens, individual therapy with children and court ordered intervention for parents. Dr. Sauder is a Colorado native and returned home in 2007, starting a private practice (Sauder Psychology, Inc) in Centennial, where she sees primarily adolescent girls, parent-teen dyads and couples.  She also facilitates the Gottman Institute’s Emotion Coaching: The Heart of Parenting workshops.

Youth Substance Use
Jeff Galinkin, MD, earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and his medical degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is a board certified pediatric anesthesiologist and Professor of Anesthesia and Pediatrics, University of Colorado, Denver.  Jeff is the Director of Pain Research, CPC Clinical Research and the Laboratory Director, CUToxicology. Jeff is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Society of Anesthesiology, and the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

Youth Substance Use
Kevin Petersen, MA, MFT-C, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and his master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Regis University. Kevin also has a certificate in Child and Adolescent Counseling from Regis University.  Kevin has worked at adolescent treatment centers and at AllHealth Network (formerly Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health Network-Child and Family Clinic, In-home family therapy, Crisis Response Team, and The Bridge House).  Kevin currently works with individuals and families suffering from substance abuse, anger, behavioral issues, and severe mental health issues at his private practice, Petersen Family Counseling, located in Denver. He specializes in working with families dealing with substance abuse and codependency.

Identifying Unhealthy Adolescent Behavior & Treatment of Mental Disorders
Amanda Woodard, MA, NCC, LPC 
earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Long Beach and her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University in Denver. She is a licensed professional counselor and the owner of the private practice Original Path Counseling and Fitness Centers which focuses on a whole body approach combining the importance of mental and physical health. Amanda specializes in working with adolescents in need of intensive therapy for a variety of challenges including depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation.

Identifying Unhealthy Adolescent Behavior & Treatment of Mental Disorders
Sharon Hastings, EdD, LPC, LSC, NCC, ACS,  earned her masters’ degrees in clinical and school counseling, and her doctoral degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Educational Leadership. She is the clinical director and supervisor of the Counseling Clinic at the University of Phoenix in Lonetree, Colorado. Sharon also worked in the public school system as a counselor, administrator, and teacher for over 20 years. She has worked extensively with at risk youth, starting an alternative school. She specializes in grief counseling, and working with youth in a variety of areas, including leadership, counseling and retreats.

A Youth’s Personal Story
Edward Mastronardi
shares his journey and discusses his experience of living with mental health issues and, most importantly, share his story of recovery and hope.



Jean Miller, PhD, LPC, earned her Master of Arts degree in Counseling  from Regis University and her Doctorate of Philosophy degree from the University of Phoenix. She has over 17 years of experience in counseling, human services, and higher education.  She is currently an administrator and faculty member in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Phoenix.  Jean is also actively involved in community organizations that support mental health, including serving as a board member for South Metro Health Alliance and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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Donna Parisi is a former banking professional and is actively involved with NAMI Arapahoe/Douglas Counties, her local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She joined NAMI in 2009 and served on the board of NAMI Arapahoe/Douglas Counties from 2010-2016. Her duties included Vice President, Program Coordinator and CIT Liaison.


“The personal stories were powerful”  Parent, CCSD