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Pathfinders' Founders

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Kristin MacDermott

   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 two child away at college, she lives in Palm Beach with her husband, a teenager, and a giant Akita. Learn more about Kristin’s work at

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Tina Staley


   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.

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