Almost two decades ago, an inspiring moment and shared vision, brought Tina Staley and Kristin MacDermott together to form a program dedicated to the belief that "no one should have to walk alone thru a cancer diagnosis alone.”
Beginning with cancer support groups in Aspen, Kristin and Tina gained vast experience and the intimate knowledge needed to craft the defining partnership and program, Pathfinders — one of the longest standing and successful non-profits in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Pathfinders has since gone on to help thousands — not only in the Roaring Fork Valley, but throughout the world under the direction of Allison Daley, a long-time friend, and compassionate and dedicated leader.
Kristin, a licensed marriage and family therapist, has spent over 15 years studying and teaching resilience. Her resilience training programs have been validated in four studies (including two randomized-controlled trials) with researchers from the Duke Clinical Research Institute, published in peer-reviewed journals, and proven to promote clinically significant improvement in key wellness and resilience outcomes, including distress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and self-efficacy.
She has designed training programs for some of the highest performing people on the planet, including Naval Special Warfare Command (Navy SEALs) and the Los Angeles Police Department. Along with programs used in hospitals across the country, in the Duke Cancer Institute, the NIH and others, she has created programs for college, high school, and middle school students.
She divides her time now between a private practice and corporate consulting, bringing resilience to leaders and teams.
With one child away at college, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their two teenagers, and a giant Akita. Learn more about Kristin’s work at www.kristinmacdermott.com.
Tina Staley is a licensed clinical social worker, an author, and gifted communicator who has dedicated her life to creating a more kind, caring and productive world.
For 30 years, she has had the privilege of counseling individuals facing challenging life situations, including those facing end of life, a cancer diagnosis, mental health challenges or dealing with life stressors and transitions.
Whether it was creating Cancer Guides in 2001 at Aspen Valley Hospital, co-founding Pathfinders for Cancer in 2004, or her
research with last stage cancer patients at Duke Medical Center, her stand has always been that “no one should have to walk thru a cancer journey alone.”
Today, Tina lives in Denver and Aspen, Colorado with her husband Harris Sherman. She leads 'Kindness in Action' workshops nationwide, co-leads the innovative program, “The Decade Game: Creating a Life by Design, not Default”, as well as facilitating in-person and virtual private counseling.
Pathfinders Board of Directors
Kristin is a licensed professional counselor trained in marriage and family therapy.
Her passion to help people overcome the emotional and psychological effects of cancer led her to co-found Pathfinders in 2004 to provide low or no-cost counseling and volunteer support for families in the Roaring Fork Valley.
That same passion led her to found Reimagine (www.reimagine.me) in 2012, a Los Angeles-based company that helps families across the country reimagine cancer by teaching a proven curriculum of resiliency skills in live, online classes.
Kristin holds degrees from Duke and Antioch Universities, and was trained in mind-body medicine at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C. and at Harvard Medical School.
Allison Daily is the Director of Pathfinders in Aspen, Colorado, and holds a Master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from University of Santa Monica in California.
Her passion is working with grief and loss clients and finding ways for them to not only process all that they are feeling, but also feel closer to the one they loved and lost.
Allison believes that if the pain and sadness can be a part of the honoring and remembrance, then healing has begun.
She has a very personal understanding of loss as her own brother died of suicide in 1990. She and her husband, Art, have two boys, Rider and Burke and enjoy their lives in beautiful Aspen.
Preston is an attorney and CPA, with his focus on tax planning, entity formation, transactional work, real estate, estate planning, business management and non-profit work.
Preston advises numerous non-profit organizations and sits on the boards of Pathfinders and Achieve KidsTri, a program to educate and train disadvantaged youth in health, nutrition and exercise.
In his spare time, Preston enjoys spending time with his wife Michelle and son Brody, as well as skiing, hiking and mountain biking.
In 2008, Beth became
a counselor, and then the Director of Pathfinders. When the founders
proposed their vision to
bring the power of the Pillars4Life curriculum online, Beth joined the
team and became Director of Training at Reimagine™.
Beth holds degrees in Human Development,
Social Policy, and Spiritual Psychology. She maintains a private practice in Colorado.
Living outside of Aspen, Colorado, Beth shares her life with her husband and
has two children in college. Along with the having the joy of supporting others through Reimagine and the Pillars4Life courses, she loves to be outside skiing, biking, hiking and is also a huge football fan!
All our counselors and social workers hold degrees with additional training in cancer and life-threatening illnesses, palliative and end-of-life counseling, grief and loss, and The Seven Pillars™ coping curriculum.
Elizabeth has lived in Aspen for 23 years and has degrees in human development and family studies, counseling education and psychology. She has 18 years of non-profit experience with roles including program director, counselor and consultant to the executive director in the fields of cancer, private and group counseling, autism, youth support and substance abuse.
As a caregiver herself, Elizabeth truly understands the cancer journey, as her husband is a cancer survivor of 10 years. Elizabeth and her husband share their lives with two daughters ages 12 and 15.
Robyn is a Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Bereavement Counselor. Her work offers a spiritual context in counseling specializing in grief and loss, end of life transitions, dream work, and body-centered awareness. She is passionate about work with all ages — children, teens, adults and elders which includes individual, group, school, spiritual institution, community based rituals and retreat settings. Robyn lives in Boulder, CO with her family and is available for support through Pathfinders to local Roaring Fork Valley residents during her semi-regular visits to the valley and via remote connections.
Jennifer holds a degree in Social Work and is finishing her dissertation for a PhD in psychology. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor, she specializes in working with families, couples, and individuals in crisis.
Jennifer practices all over Western Garfield County, teaches psychology and sociology courses at Colorado Mountain College and still finds time to enjoy her life of skiing, camping and everything else Colorado has to offer with her husband, three children and trio of cats.
Jessie holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Santa Clara University and a Master’s degree in social work from the university of Denver. She is a licensed social worker with a concentration in family systems. After gaining extensive experience as a Denver based mental health clinician in group practice, she returned to her hometown in the Roaring Fork Valley to become a part of the Pathfinders team. Jessie enjoys the outdoors, skiing, hiking, and cooking for friends and family.
Missy is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Bereavement Counselor. Her experience includes work across many settings including schools, community mental health, crisis teams, and private practice. She specializes in grief and loss and works with children, adolescents, and adults. As a former school counselor, Missy coordinates and writes curriculum for Pathfinders School Based Programming. A Roaring Fork Valley native, in her free time, you can find Missy on the hill (hiking or skiing!), curled up with a great book, and spending time with family, friends and beloved dog, Denali.
Laura is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist, specializing in children and adolescents. After providing therapy for kids and families at Children’s Hospital in San Diego, she gained experience in addressing issues of anxiety, depression, trauma, crisis response and grieving a significant loss. A former school counselor, Laura is passionate about mental health awareness and advocacy in schools and communities. Laura works in private practice in the Roaring Fork Valley with children, adolescents, and adults. She enjoys everything Colorado has to offer from hiking with her dog, Farley, to skiing with family and friends.
Susan holds a Master’s degree in family, couples, and adolescent counseling, and is a licensed therapist. She has a private practice in Basalt working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples. Before moving to the Roaring Fork Valley, she worked in community mental health in Boulder County. She helps people cope with grief and loss, depression, anxiety, trauma, and life transitions, using a supportive, strengths-based approach. Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with her grown sons, uphill skiing, whitewater rafting, SUPing, cycling, painting, playing the piano, and being in nature.
Sheri is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, and Eponaquest Equine Psychotherapist. She has been providing experiential, evidence-based therapies for 30-years. She has a private practice working with individuals, and offering workshops and private immersions in the Roaring Fork Valley. Her speciality is collaborating with organizations, to bring the healing power of experiential modalities to their clients. In her free time, you'll find Sheri enjoying the many gifts of nature with friends and her American Paint horse, DreamWeaver Sunday.
Sean Jeung has lived in the valley since 1987. She is a hospice, hospital and palliative care certified chaplain and has worked with Pathfinders since 2015. She lives in No Name with her husband Greg.
Sean specializes in deep grief, end of life work and grief groups.