Andreas "Andy" Wilfong
Andy is the Board Chair and founder of Empowering Education Inc. (EE) and has also founded two additional companies headquartered in Colorado. One of the companies was awarded best small business in Colorado from 2008-2010 and in 2010 was ranked 25th nationally. Andy has extensive experience with business start-up operations and subsequent business sustainability.
Cody Wiggs, MA, LPC, NCC
Executive Director, Author
Cody is the author of Empowering Minds. He has been working with youth for the last decade in a variety of settings from school counseling, wilderness therapy, international service learning trips, community organizing, and private practice. Cody is a licensed professional counselor, a licensed school counselor, a certified yoga instructor, and a long-time practitioner of mindfulness. His work is informed by his travel and study of indigenous healing practices in SE Asia, South America, and North America.
Director of Education
Rachael is a trail-blazer in the mindfulness movement, and is passionate about cultivating individuals who live meaningful, healthy and empowering lives. She designs transformational experiences, and has developed comprehensive, standards-aligned, culturally-inclusive, social-emotional learning curriculum, professional development trainings and online courses for over a decade. Rachael is a CDPHE CO 9to25 Leadership team member, certified Mindfulness Educator, and Yoga Instructor who draws inspiration from the roots of her practice and research with ancient indigenous lineages.
Maryann Wiggs, MA
Executive Editor, Educational Consultant
Maryann has over four decades of experience in education. She is the founder of Educational Performance Consulting, providing engaging seminars and workshops on a wide range of educational topics both locally and nationally. She is the author of five books on understanding and implementing standards-based educational practices and former Assistant Superintendent and Executive Director in two Colorado school districts.
Donna Cash, MA
Board Member, Director of Office of Social & Emotional Learning, Denver Public Schools
Donna is the Director of of Denver Public School’s Office of Social Emotional Learning and former Program Director of Denver Kinds, Inc. She is passionate about fostering supportive community partnerships to bring effective Social-Emotional Learning programming to Denver Public Schools.
Board Member, Lead Partner, Denver Green School
Frank Coyne is a founder and Lead Partner at Denver Green School – a model Innovation school that uses hands-on, brains-on learning to prepare all learners to lead the way toward a sustainable, bright green future. At the heart of his educational philosophy is the strong belief that students will learn best by “doing”—but not merely doing for the sake of experience, rather he believes that students have a hunger to learn while working to solve problems-problems that matter to them.
Emma Espel, Ph.D.
Board Member, Research Associate, RMC Research
Emma Espel seeks to encourage social and emotional learning in education settings through informed programming. This passion is fostered by her experience as a research associate for RMC Research, consultant work for educational and community programs, and experiences encouraging health and mindfulness in youth through activities and research. Emma earned her B.A. in Psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Denver in 2015.
Director of School Quality & Support, Colorado League of Charter Schools
I support Colorado charter public schools by providing them with various opportunities for academic and instructional development to support continuous growth and ongoing quality via student performance.I am fortunate to work with an amazing team of professionals in the Colorado League of Charter Schools’ Quality and Support department who dedicate their time to quality development in the areas of performance management and governance. As a team, we will remain relentless in providing support and enhancing quality in Colorado charter public schools
Caitlin Graboski, M.A.
Caitlin is a 2nd grade teacher at the Denver Green School, where she focuses on teaching the ‘whole child’ and encouraging young students to invite challenges, to be creative problem solvers, and to change our world for the better. She first got involved with mindfulness based social emotional learning in 2008 when she was living and teaching in Northern California. She is trained as a Mindful Educator through Mindful Schools and she received her Masters in Teaching from the University of San Francisco.
Social & Emotional Learning Coordinator
Blake graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. Blake is passionate about working with students and is currently supporting the implementation of Social & Emotional Learning at Denver Green School. Having experienced first-hand the benefits of SEL as a student, Blake is committed to offering that same support to the students he works with. His hope is that all students receive the emotional support and guidance needed to ensure a bright and sustainable future.
Dennis spent 15 years in K-12 professional development with an emphasis on curriculum and technology. Later, he developed customized technology solutions for school districts in the area of curriculum and standards alignment. More recent work includes web marketing at agency level working with national clients including nonprofit, publishing and e-commerce. Currently Dennis specializes in large-scale, web-based video and publishing membership systems.