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.
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Harsha Sekar is a Partner at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. His practice focuses on securities issuances, venture capital and private equity. 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.
Marcus is a Trader Specialist at Charles Schwab. He educates, advocates, and consults with clients surrounding their investment needs.
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: mcgregorcounseling.com.
My favorite spot in Colorado: The Garden of the Gods at sunrise, before anyone is there.
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
Emily is a current second year at Denver Family Institute. She previously served as an intern and first year student representative for the board. She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University and is in the process of obtaining her LMFT for the state of Colorado. She actively participates in the DFI community where she provides her clients with systemic, strength based counseling. Emily is also employed by Aurora Mental Health as a School Based Therapist for the Cherry Creek School District.
What I love about DFI: DFI has given me more than just an MFT certificate and additional training. DFI has provided me with friends, family, and a community of people who hope to make an impact in the field of mental health.
Athena completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary and her Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from DFI. During her time as a student at DFI, she served as an intern and on the board as a student representative. She has continued her service on the board since graduating. Athena is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She works in private practice in southwest Littleton and owns a therapy group (www.mcculloughfamilytherapy.
My favorite way to spend a day: Anything that involves a slow morning and/or coffee with a friend.
Anna is a 2022 DFI graduate; she is continuing to serve on the Board after representing her cohort for two years as a student representative. She is a psychotherapist with a private practice, Courage to Heal Therapy, in Broomfield, CO, where she focuses on working with couples, trauma, and bipolar disorder. She moved to the United States from Russia in 2001 and initially pursued a career in finance before completing a master’s degree in social work at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Anna is currently pursuing her LCSW and LMFT licenses in Colorado.
A book I’d recommend:“Humankind” by Rutger Bregman. It masterfully shows that people are inherently good and debunks some famous psychological dogmas, such as the Stanford Prison Experiment.