The People House Board of Directors

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much ~ Helen Keller

Meet the People House Board of Directors

The People House Board of Directors is made up of 8 individuals who volunteer their time, talent, and wisdom. They each play a very powerful and unique role in the organization.

Kate Bartlett

President

Elan BenAmi, LPC

Secretary

Rich Brodt, JD, MA, LPC

Evan Engelage

Craig Freund, LPC

Lori Ohlson, LPC

Treasurer

Paul Washington

Mason Weston

MD

Paul Zweig

Kate Bartlett

Kate Bartlett has been with Employers Council since May 2003. Prior to joining MSEC, Kate worked as an HR generalist in manufacturing as well as twenty years as a trainer.  She has her SPHR certification and her California Certification. She received her Masters Degree in Experimental Psychology and undergraduate in General Psychology. As a Human Resource Services Representative, Kate concentrates on Performance Management and consulting in all functional areas of HR in the Denver office.

For Fun 

Hobbies

  • Reading 
  • Watching movies

Travels

  •  Have been to
    • Asia, Europe, Australia.
  • Wants to go to
    • I want to go to Africa, Antarctica, and South America.

President

Elan BenAmi, LPC

Elan BenAmi is a Licensed Professional Counselor with an MA in counseling psychology and a BA in philosophy. Alongside his work as a consultant and psychotherapist, he is a writer, speaker and mobile app developer. Elan is the creator of EnneaApp, a complete mobile enneagram reference system, which has allowed him to share his passion for the Enneagram through workshops, webinars and speaking engagements. He lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife and beloved pets.

For Fun

Things I love

  • My wife and thing1/thing2
  • People who say and do things
  • Animals who do things and sometimes say things too but in their own way
  • Curiosity
  • Philosophy on being
  • Laughter, Comedy
  • Creative things 
  • Silliness 100%
  • Adventures, Journeys
  • Warm beverages

Things I fear

  • The known
  • The unknown

Secretary

Rich Brodt, JD, MA, LPC

Rich grew up just outside New York City, where he started his career as a mental health attorney. After realizing his true passion was in mental health treatment, he left his job as an attorney to pursue a Masters degree and employment in Colorado. After working as a mental health tech, a clinical case manager, and a self-represented litigant coordinator for various organizations in Colorado, Rich switched his focus to individual counseling and has been self-employed since. 

For Fun:

Rich enjoys punk and hardcore concerts, spending time in remote parts of the rocky mountains and socializing with friends.  

His favorite book is “Generation X” by Douglas Coupland, and he enjoys dancing to Lil Wayne tracks when he is all alone in his living room. 

Evan Engelage

Evan Engelage grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, where he studied Psychology and Criminal Justice at Truman State University. While pursuing a different career path, Evan gained a Masters in Cybersecurity and serves as a Cybersecurity Consultant focusing on risk management, strategy and compliance. Evan specializes in roles that bridge the gap between decision makers and technical teams, where he enjoys providing new and innovative solutions for complex topics. Additionally, he is a member of the Air National Guard, where he manages a group of IT savvy service members. Evan serves his community through various volunteer opportunities and as a member of the Board of Directors for People House.

For Fun

Pets:

I have two very spoiled rescue animals. A cat named Cleo and a Dog named Trigger.
My bucket list:

Due to a newly found hobby of mountaineering and climbing, I plan to one day climb the world’s 7 summits

Travels:

During my first trip to Asia, I traveled from Hanoi in northern Vietnam, to the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam. Definitely a trip to remember!

Craig Freund, LPC

Craig Freund finished his undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in psychoanalysis from Colorado College, before completing his MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Regis University he spent 6yrs working in community mental health. After a People House internship, Craig immediately went into private practice and is co-owner of Elevated Counseling & Wellness, PLLC a busy and growing group practice, offering both therapy and psychiatric services to the Denver metropolitan community. As Vice President of the People House Board of Directors, Craig is passionate about continuing to give back to the community with his practice, as well as with volunteer time serving the People House community.  

Things I love:

                Hiking

                My dog, Cooper

                Concerts and sporting events

Fishing

Time with Friends & Family, especially my 3 nephews

Bucket List:

                Travelling everywhere

                Skydiving

                Living a good life

                Spreading love 

Lori Ohlson, LPC

Rev. Lori Ohlson MA, LPC, ACS is a psychotherapist and non-sectarian minister offering transformational psychology and spiritual development with 39 years 

experience in individual, couple and group facilitation, psychotherapy, leadership, education and counseling.  

Credentials

               • Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Colorado License #1992.  Her education includes a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, an Associate Degree in Human Services along with a Certificate in Drug/Alcohol Counseling from Metropolitan State University, and a Bachelors Degree in Holistic Counseling and Education from Antioch University. In addition, she is a nationally-certified Approvied Clinical Supervisor for beginning and advanced  psychotherapists.

             • Extensive psychological, human potential and spiritual post-graduate training; and in addition, a variety and depth in training as a group facilitator, and consultant in the human side of organizations.

               •   Ordained non-sectarian minister through People House Spiritual Community, a non-profit 501©3 organization in Denver.

People House

 • Associated since 1980 in many ways with People House. In addition to be Head Minister of the Spriritual Community for several  years, she has  served on the Board of Directors as Secretary and President.

•  Director of the Affordable Counseling Program, which she created in 1998 to serve the Denver community, and which has grown into a successful and respected center for serving low income clients and providing training to master’s level psychotherapy students.

For Fun

Pets.  I am so close to my cat, Lucy Lou who gives me unconditional positive regard (as long as she’s getting everything her way). I know a relaxation with animals that exceeds what I feel with other humans.

Books.  One of my favorite books is “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Victor Frankl which I read  in my 30s and which changed my whole orientation. Untild then, I didn’t even know I had a need for meaning.

Hero.  I’ve had several including Claudio Naranjo, who taught me the Enneagram and John Heider, who taugh me to sit with people.  However, I felt let down by both of them in different ways.  I’ve come to understand it was their humanity, not my unimportance.

Treasurer

Paul Washington

Hailing from Hartford, Connecticut, completing a short career in the United States Air Force and finishing undergrad Business school in New Mexico. Then, transplanted to the Rocky Mountains to be closer to the ski areas. One of the brightest diamonds of my life would be finding People House. As a board member for the last ten years, we have undergone the most significant transformation in the last forty years. With the Affordable Counseling Program being the brightest shining star.

For Fun 

Favorite Reads

  • These books are a great read and had a great impact on shaping my views in life.
    • Sometimes you Win, Sometimes You Learn, by John C. Maxwell
    • Art of War, by Sun Tzu
    • Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins

Who Had an Impact in Your Life

  • The people who have the biggest impact in my life would be, both of my parents which, instilled the capacity of listening and understanding others who may be different than myself. Other notables were Muhammad Ali, someone I met at a very early age, who displayed tremendous courage and strength to adhere to the peaceful principles of life.

Adventure

  • Rarely, will I pass on the chance for a great adventure, bringing my most trusted tagalong Bodhi, a ninety pound Malamute.

Mason Weston

I’m originally from a small farm town of 700 people in southwest Missouri. A work study program through Boys and Girls Club of America opened me up to the importance of service to the community. Shortly after moving to Colorado, I completed two terms of AmeriCorps working with youth in both public and alternative schools to address attendance barriers and connect students to community resources. Funnily enough, my first week of AmeriCorps training was spent in the loft space at People House. I kept People House on my radar through my service and found myself called to its vision and purpose a few years after. Currently, I work as the Video Coordinator for Employers Council while pursuing a career in filmmaking; my most recent film was screened at the Tyron International Film Festival. I believe that changing the world starts from within. I hope to use filmmaking as a tool for inspiring change within ourselves and the world around us and to tell stories that need to be heard.

For Fun

Things I Love

  • Bicycling
  • Mexican food
  • Driving with windows down
  • Hammocking
  • Minimalism
  • Spending time with my siblings

I love talented independent/underground artists of all genres but my favorite bops to belt alone in the living room are by Kim Petras and my favorite film is Black Swan.

MD

Paul Zweig

Paul is a counselor, a facilitator and a devotee of both Sensory Awareness and Agni Yoga. After practicing medicine as a physician for 30 years, he retired to devote full time to these disciplines. He has training in Jungian psychology, NLP, Facilitator Training and Carl Roger’s Person Centered Approach. He is a certified Sensory Awareness Instructor. He loves to be working with people in groups.

The purpose of People House is to create a space and atmosphere where everyone is accepted for who and what they are at this moment...

and to enhance the possibilities of who and what they might become should they choose to expand their spiritual awareness.