© 2019 | Larimer County, CO| CLEAR Lighthouse, Inc.,
a US 501(c)(3) public charity, EIN 83-4378288
Established in April 2019 
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Board of Directors

Nora Dechant

Board Member /

Spiritual and Fundraising Committee

Nora has an Associates of Arts with a focus in Psychology from Aims Community College, Loveland; Associates of Applied Science Integrative Health Professions from Front Range Community College, Fort Collins; and Certificate training in Yoga, Craniosacral II, Jin Shin II, Access Bars, and Reflexology. Nora's small business has offered a variety of community and personal care services during the past 4 years. In addition, Nora has been fully committed to her volunteer time on a local farm associated with The Fat Pig Society for the past 3 years, an organization that provides medicine to the community at little to no cost. Prior to continuing her education Nora worked as a mentor with Jefferson and Arapahoe County Human Services. In her position, she worked with birth families to facilitate the successful reunification with their children by providing resources and support for all areas of their lives.

 

Nora's empathy is derived from the experience of being a suicide attempt survivor as well as having faced the sad reality of losing friends and family to suicide. After facing some of life’s most difficult challenges she discovered her life's purpose upon emerging from that pain. A deeply passionate believer in holistic and ancient healing practices, she proffers her unique life experiences and resiliency combined with her love for people into everything she does; including her work with CLEAR Lighthouse. During her journey, Nora found powerful healing through alternative treatment therapies such as yoga, Chiropractic techniques, Acupressure, and massage therapy, and firmly believes in the body and mind’s ability to heal gently and naturally. She believes that these alternative approaches provide an important model when caring for depressed and suicidal people who need gentle, natural, and compassionate approaches. Her empathy and commitment to learning have enabled her to provide love, care, and dedication to both her clients and her team. She deeply appreciates the opportunity to be a part of this journey.

Shayla Johnson

Board Member 

Shayla is a hard-working local business owner with a passion for mental health care.  Through her own experiences, she knows that our current mental health care system is not enough.  

Shayla has owned Revive Massage and Wellness in Loveland for 3 years and hopes to translate some of her business skills into helping CLEAR Lighthouse grow and thrive. 

Michael Johnson

Board Member 

Michael believes that all voices and perspectives should be heard. When interacting with clients, he is excellent at listening and asking the right questions to get people to open up. Michael has a passion for earth stewardship and innovative methods and technologies that make a true difference. His experience combined with his pleasant demeanor make him a joy to partner with. 

Michael’s education includes a BA in Economics with Environmental Sciences Minor from Western Washington and an MS in Energy Management & Environmental Policy from the University of Pennsylvania., Michael has over 20 years’ experience in the sustainability industry with broad experiences gained through various project management roles with utilities, local governments, and community businesses.  He is a Certified Energy Manager and has a good understanding of a variety of the overall energy industry and how to optimize the distributed energy resource mix.  Mr. Johnson’s experience includes:

  • For the past four years, Mr. Johnson has developed expertise in optimizing the distributed energy resource mix utilized by utilities and their customers.  This includes exploring how utilities can manage the vast territories by creating a network of manageable customer-centric nodes that enable the utility to more efficiently plan grid resources.  Through various modeling tools available, he has conducted analysis related to the lowest cost option to meet the customers’ needs given goals they would like to achieve, such as:

    • GHG reduction

    • Other emissions reductions

    • Reliability of power

    • Resiliency of system

  • Strategic planning experience including conducting market assessments to determine the feasibility of plans.  Results were the development of new and innovative product development and program offerings for DSM strategies.

  • Extensive program design and program management experience for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Oversaw operations of large commercial and industrial programs as well as niche efforts targeting non-traditional end uses.

  • Assisted in business development, marketing and sales for energy software product clients that specialized in sustainable asset management and energy governance.

  • Successful business owner of an energy management consulting firm.

Michael also has a passion for supporting youth in their search for purpose and meaning in life. This is why the mission of CLEAR Lighthouse is so important to him. He believes he is in service to empower teens to recognize their own unique value on this earth through experiential activities including dance and nature connectivity. 

 

He currently volunteers with two organizations that focus on empowering teens to recognize their own unique value on this earth through experiential activities including dance and nature connectivity.  Coaching techniques learned within the Wilderness Therapy Program and through Restorative Practices training serve as his primary toolkit in this endeavor. The skills include the ability to listen, facilitate, guide and implement new ideas and concepts within a person’s life so that they see him as their partner for success.

 

Tomi Hanson

Board Member / Attorney 

Dr. Tracy Heinz, PsyD

Board Member 

Tracy Heinz earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Michigan State University, her Master's Degree in Counseling Education from Indiana University and her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Pacific University in Oregon.


Over the last 25 years, Tracy has been serving people in the community through a variety of positions in
mental health/social services. She has worked for seriously mentally ill in group homes and inpatient,
inpatient substance abuse treatment, adolescents in residential treatments centers and group homes
and in juvenile corrections, with adolescents in experiential outdoor treatment, as a parent trainer, as a
consultant with children/adolescents aftercare programs, conducting psychological testing and
evaluations, consulting for police for mental health interventions and treating correctional and police
staff, coordinator for aftercare for high-risk teens in group homes, with high needs developmental
disabilities/autism as well as therapy/treatment with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples,
as well as sexual offenders, incest survivors, trauma survivors, domestic abuse victims, adult corrections
treatment, veterans and military personnel.
Tracy has worked in group homes, community mental health, corrections, inpatient (hospitalization),
residential, outdoor camps and private practice. She has spent years trying to help others in various
capacities as well as in volunteering for organizations such as Youth Camp, GLSEN, youth theater and
Habitat.


Throughout her career, Tracy has evolved from a clinical approach to a more comprehensive and holistic approach to helping others. She has seen how important it is in treating/working with people to
promote the mind/body/spirit approach. She has continued her training to incorporate a positive
wellness approach to truly empower those she works with. Helping to create a wellness center for youth
and families has been a dream for Tracy for many years and being a part of CLEAR Lighthouse is a
beautiful dream turned reality.

Tomi graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor of science degree with Honor in psychology and minors in sociology and political science. She then attended the University of Denver Sturm College of Law for law school. After graduating from law school, Tomi obtained a Master of Arts Degree in Forensic Psychology from the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

 

Tomi has over 12 years of experience in family and juvenile law including working for Judges, as a Guardian ad Litem representing the best interest of abused and neglected kids, as a County Attorney, and in private practice. During this time, Tomi gained valuable experience working with families and children to advocate for the best interest of children in a variety of capacities including special education issues, medically fragile children, and a wide range of complex family dynamics including domestic violence, mental health issues, and substance abuse issues. She has handled cases involving divorce, dependency and neglect, adoptions, parenting time, spousal support, delinquency, child support enforcement, adult protection, and claims and collections of fraudulently obtained benefits. Many of these cases were high conflict and Tomi gained conflict resolution skills through settlement conferences, mediation’s, and court facilitations. 

 

While working on her Master's Degree, Tomi learned many useful skills such as administering psychological, cognitive, and personality testing, report, and evaluation writing, and building therapeutic relationships with clients. She worked as a therapist with a psychologist that specialized in developmentally delayed and traumatic brain-injured patients and also as an advocate for people with disabilities. She has experience working with experts in attachment and bonding, child development, and mental health. 

 

Tomi is excited to be part of a Board of an organization that shares so many of her own passions including helping and supporting youth and families, holistic health (mental health, physical health, emotional health, spiritual health, and nutrition), and empowering individuals to be their best self. 

 

Tomi enjoys yoga, meditation, camping, hiking, anything in nature or being outdoors, music and concerts, traveling, and reading. Tomi is a former competitive figure skater who still enjoys ice skating and watching hockey. Tomi loves all animals but especially her three canine babies. She also volunteers for animal care at Rescued Friends Animal Sanctuary and fosters dogs for Denkai Animal Sanctuary. 

Mike Ensely, LPCC

Board Member 

Mike Ensley, MA, LPCC, is a nationally board-certified professional counselor, author, and public speaker. He has worked for many years with youth programs, recovery groups, and special needs education.

 

With a background encompassing psychology and art, Mike was inspired by the vision and approach of CLEAR Lighthouse to help youth discover, reframe, and celebrate their stories. 

CLEAR Lighthouse has OPENINGS on the Board of Directors

10 Reasons to Join a Nonprofit Board

10. You will learn patience. A group of smart and passionate folks sitting around a conference room table can argue and pontificate. They can say stupid things and make the most brilliant observations. And you will learn patience to wade through it.

9. You will learn how to ask for money. You did it when you were eight years old carrying that orange UNICEF box but the skill might have lain dormant since. I believe every grownup should know how to ask for money for a worthy cause. I’ll take it one step further. I’d argue that until you ask for money for a worthy cause, you have not reached “grownup” status.

8. You will have an experience that enriches your resume. OK, this one is a bit selfish but it’s true and it’s OK to be honest about it.

7. You will meet interesting people who will add to your sphere of influence. People who join boards are a wonderful breed. They have chosen to get off the bench and onto the field. You will be enriched by being in their company.

6. You will learn to play nicely in the sandbox. This is about diplomacy and making sure that your colleagues get their say (even if you think your comment said it all). The very best board members are teams.

5. You will learn to appreciate that assets = liabilities. I mean this quite specifically. You will be able to read and understand financial statements and ask a related question or two that actually makes sense.

4. You will have another excuse to skip the gym. OK, just wanted to be sure you were paying attention.

3. You will learn how to run an effective meeting of people who don’t work for you. Perhaps you will find yourself as a committee chair. Trust me, you learn a very different set of skills. These fellow board members are volunteers, not paid employees, and they may have more business experience than you do.

2. You will stretch all your intellectual and emotional muscles. Board service at its best allows you to bring your full self to the organization – your emotional connection to the work, your commitment to the overall sector, your life experience, your skills, and the good head you have on your shoulders. There are precious few tables you will sit at that will need all of what you bring the way a nonprofit does.

1. You will fall more in love with your organization. The closer you are to the work of your nonprofit, the more that work comes to life for you, the more passionate you will become. And you will feel another emotion.

You will feel lucky.

FIND A BOARD TO JOIN

I hope I’ve inspired you to join a nonprofit board. It really is life-changing.

Joan Garry Consulting

Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards

1.  Determine the organization's mission and purpose

2.  Select the chief executive

3.  Support the chief executive and assess his or her performance

4.  Ensure effective organizational planning

5.  Ensure adequate resources

6.  Manage resources effectively

7.  Determine, monitor, and strengthen the organization's programs and services

8.  Enhance the organization's public standing

9.  Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability

10. Recruit and orient new board members and assess board performance

  • Must be 21 years of age or older

  • Must be willing to complete a background check

  • Must be willing to make a two year commitment

Are you interested in serving CLEAR Lighthouse and our community?

We have openings on our Board of Directors and would love to get to know you! 

To find out more information, please answer the questions below and our Board will be in contact with you!

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