Jason Geoffrion, MA, Ph.D. Candidate
As a guide, psychotherapist, teacher, and mental health counselor over the last 15 years Jason has felt a deep desire and hunger from men of all ages to have meaningful connection with themselves and others. And he has seen the dire ramifications when that connection is absent. Jason is actively working to create spaces for men to access their authentic selves, connect meaningfully with their communities, and discover their work in the world. He has served as Executive Director and facilitator for Men’s Leadership Alliance for over 7 years, and has guided men’s retreats, wilderness trips, camping excursions, father/son retreats and rites of passages for men and boys of all ages. He lives in Longmont, Colorado with his wife Ellen and their two tortoises, Franklin and Ruby.
Stuart Motola, MA
Stuart is the founder of Be The ManCoaching for Men, helping men enhance purpose and power in their careers and relationships. He has 20 years of experience working in education, small businesses, psychology, and men’s work. He is a certified 4 Gateways coach and celebrant.. He is passionate about holding men in ceremony and helping men live heart-felt lives. He has been very active in MLA during the past twelve years, serving as a Board Member for five years, and holds MLA’s work in high esteem as it has transformed his life and many others.
Seth Braun first attended a MLA Spirit Camp in Michigan in 1996. He was hooked on the power of the container for bringing good back to his people and the world. Twenty years later, with daughters, marriage, divorce, remarriage, business and creativity in the mix, Seth still returns to this dance ground. Seth is a coach, speaker, teacher, author, musician, gardener and family man. He is grateful for the lineage of men and women that have continued to share this work in a sacred way.
Gabriel Cannon, MA
Gabriel Cannon holds a MA in Counseling Psychology and a BA in Human Development and Adventure Education. Gabriel has worked with youth and young adults in a variety of ways over the past 20 years. Gabriel is a counselor and mentor who specializes in youth education, adolescent transitions, addiction, family systems, and persistent mental health issues. He works with youth, adolescents, adults, and families. Gabriel has worked in main stream clinical settings, outdoor adventure programs, schools, adolescent treatment programs, and rite of passage programs. Gabriel works with diverse populations, from the inner cities of the U.S. to the villages of Kenya.
James has participated in and helped guide dozens of men’s retreats and youth rites of passage programs over the last twenty five years. He is a Sifu in the art of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, in which he has been practicing and teaching for 35 years. James is the author of four novels, including the award-winning “Pirates of the Potomac”, and numerous books of non-fiction, including, with Jeffrey Duvall, “Stories of Men, Meaning and Prayer”, and with Ron Hoffman, “Sacred Bullet”. He lives in the mountains of Colorado with his wife and two teenage sons.
Tom Daly, Ph.D.
Tom is a co-founder of The Men’s Leadership Alliance, and creator of the Leadership Training Program. He is a teacher, therapist, life transitions coach, and a nationally respected elder in men’s soul work. The author of “Wildmen at the Border” and “4Gateways Coaching”, Tom is co-creator of the Inner King Training, and founder of 4Gateways Coaching. Tom has led men’s groups and done rites of passage work for over 30 years. He is best known for his ability to create powerful containers for sacred soul work. Tom is a father, step-father & grandfather.
Jeffrey is a co-founder of The Men’s Leadership Alliance. He has guided men’s retreats for over 20 years in celebration of personal mythology, creative expression, healing, and world peace. He is a wilderness rites of passage guide and works on the staff of the School Of Lost Borders Youth Programs in addition to his work with MLA. Jeffrey is author of “Men, Meaning, and Prayer: The Reconciliation of Heart and Soul in Modern Manhood”. A devoted husband and father, he lives with his wife and son in Lyons, Colorado.
Major Brad Gallup, USMC, USAF (Ret.)
Served 4 years as an Enlisted Marine Mechanic and 17 years as an Air Force Fighter Aircraft Maintenance Officer. His healing journey started 24 years ago after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm; in severe emotional pain, he attempted suicide. Through processing his own grief, he discovered he had the capacity to be supportive, empathetic, and present for others who were suffering over losses of life. He became a certified Grief Facilitator via the non-profit Tragedy Assistance for Survivors (TAPS). Brad has worked with TAPS for 19 years, counseling military children who had lost loved ones. In addition, he is a trained Shadow Work Facilitator, an Inner King Senior Staff Member, a 4 Gateways Coach, co-founder of the Warrior Storyfield and is a certified Equine Guided Education (EGE) Facilitator. He has been part of MLA for the past 21 years and has staffed numerous training events around the country. Brad’s life’s passion is to help people discover their inner genius by accessing their deep wisdom through interaction with horses.
Jude Blitz, MA
Co-founder of Women in Power, Jude is a psychotherapist and a facilitator and teacher of Systemic Constellation Work in Boulder, Colorado. Certified in Hakomi Therapy and Shadow Work®, Jude is a practicing fifth degree black belt in Aikido, which she teaches at the Naropa University. She is a trainer of 4 Gateways Coaching and leader of the Inner Sovereign Program. Jude has created and led women’s retreats: Reclaim Our Feminine Initiations; Warriorship and the Feminine; Meetings with Remarkable Women: Our Mothers. She designs and facilitates personal retreats and initiatory ceremonies for women from 13 years old to 80+.
Ellen Geoffrion, MA, LPC, R-DMT
Ellen is a licensed professional counselor and registered dance movement therapist. With a background in professional dancing and teaching, she brings a compassionate, humorous, and raw honest approach to her counseling. She believes that people have innate goodness and worth, in addition to the need to be seen and valued for their creativity and unique contributions. Through her work Ellen is dedicated to providing the encouragement and tools for creating empowered, life-affirming repair and change. She specializes in attachment-based couples counseling and honoring the grieving process after a death loss. She lives in Berthoud, Colorado with her husband Jason.
Nancy Jane, MA
Nancy is an educator, wilderness guide, and council facilitator. She began her study of wilderness rites of passage in 1981 and has been following this calling ever since. Nancy leads youth and adult vision fasts and has pioneered wilderness rites of passage in school settings. Her intention is to listen deeply in support of others’ connection to nature and spirit; to hold the deepest, widest container of safety and acceptance for others; and to empower them in the full expression of who they are.
Mary McHenry, MA
Mary is a passionate and professional Thriver — as a mother, a woman and as an entrepreneur. She is co-author of Stop Spinning Plates, a book on women helping women thrive. She shares her enthusiasm for helping women truly live what is possible for them in her coaching and mentoring practice, which combines her experience in the arts, sports, team building, communication, leadership and connection with the natural world. Her core belief is that when we express our gifts and strengths, we enrich the world. She makes her home in Colorado, with her husband of 24 years and their son.
Laura Pierce, MA, LPC
Laura brings her background in yoga and dance to a body-centered, experiential, and motivational approach to promoting mental and emotional health across the lifespan. Her work integrates neuroscience, trauma theory, and relational models to create safe containers for exploration, healing, and growth. She works with individuals, families, and groups to find ways to connect and grow through challenging experiences, and specializes in issues related to addiction, trauma, relationships, creativity, transitions, and grief and loss.