Meet Our Board of Directors

Denver Family Institute is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of therapists and professionals from diverse backgrounds. The Board Members serve as a guiding force and help to develop and leverage the organization’s resources.

Dr. Neil Cannon

Board Chair

Dr. Neil Cannon has been actively involved with DFI since 2006; first as a student, followed by 12 years on the faculty, and now Board service since 2018. Neil continues to love to guest lecture at DFI. Neil is nationally known as one of the leading sex therapists in the country and has authored numerous publications. Neil is in private practice in Denver. Neil has also been an instructor at The University of Michigan School of Social Work, Sexual Health Certificate Program since 2015. Neil is a volunteer with the Red Cross and serves on the Mental Health Disaster Team. Neil is the Colorado Section Leader for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT). Neil also serves AASECT nationally as Bylaws Chair and Ethics Chair. Before going back to school to become a sex therapist, Neil was the Board Chair & CEO of Aspen Marketing Group and was honored to be named Board Chair Emeritus.

Why I love DFI: DFI is more than an MFT school, and more than a community mental health clinic. DFI is a place where the best and brightest graduate and postgraduate students come to learn how to be clinically competent therapists with the utmost of ethical integrity. Our student therapists care deeply about their clients and they truly do save lives. I love DFI for the positive impact we have on people’s lives, each and every day.

Harsha Sekar

Vice Chair

Harsha Sekar is an attorney in the Public Finance Group at Sherman & Howard L.L.C. His practice involves the representation of underwriters, issuers and borrowers, banks and other transaction participants in municipal securities offerings, which have raised more than $500 million in capital for Colorado municipalities. Harsha supports a number of Denver-area nonprofit organizations and has served on multiple boards.

Why I love DFI: Excellent mission, unparalleled program, dedicated students and staff, skilled clinicians.

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Lynn McGregor

Board Member, Secretary

After receiving a Master’s Degree in Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, Lynn did her post-graduate certification in Marriage and Family Therapy through the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. Following her certification, Lynn worked for the Council for Relationships along with over 70 other therapists, 10 offices, and an educational program with over 60 clinical interns. The Council for Relationships was founded in 1932 by the pioneer in marriage counseling, Dr. Emily H. Mudd, and the organization continues to focus on the systemic model of marriage and family therapy, and is able to serve over 5,000 people in the community each year. Because of Lynn’s enthusiasm for the clinical education and breadth of experience that she received, she joined the Denver Family Institute Board of Directors in 2018. Lynn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in downtown Denver, and has taught clinical skills as an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at Denver University. Besides her educational and professional experience, Lynn comes to the board with a background that includes living around the world in a number of places, experience as a teacher, commercial design, communications and product management in Fortune 500 Corporations, entrepreneur and founder of a small business, and committed service with the American Cancer Society. Visit Lynn’s website at:

My favorite spot in Colorado: The Garden of the Gods at sunrise, before anyone is there.

Emily Dorn

Executive Director, non-voting member

Emily has been involved in the DFI community since 2015 as a student, Board member, Board chair, and currently as the Executive Director. Prior to entering the field of mental health, Emily spent 12 years in public education and nonprofit leadership as a special education and general education teacher, administrator, and systems leader. Most recently, Emily led the External Relations team for Rocky Mountain Prep, a growing network of elementary schools in Denver and Aurora. After graduating from DFI, Emily opened a private practice and joined the PASS Center as a therapist specializing in attachment and post-adoptive support for families. Emily holds a master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University and a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Denver Family Institute.

The best way to spend a day: Traveling, adventuring, or exploring with no particular agenda or destination