MEET THE TEAM
Ashley Cornelius (she/her) Director - Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Workshops
Ashley is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and professional poet. She is passionate about mental health and removing stigma for those seeking support. She graduated with a master's in International Disaster Psychology from DU.
Ashley Cornelius is the 6th Pikes Peak Region Poet Laureate. Her poetry focuses on empowerment, self-care, body positivity, intersectionality, and systemic oppression. Ashley is sought after across the nation for speaking engagements and workshop facilitation.
Associate Artistic Director of Performance & Pedagogy
Dr. Clare Hammoor (he/him) is a collaborative theatre-maker and facilitator committed to justice and joy with experience teaching, directing, and devising in universities, public and private schools, professional theaters, and prisons for more than a decade. Clare is fascinated by object-oriented ontologies, playing with things, ritual work, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Clare is the Performance and Pedagogy Consultant for the DU Prison Arts Initiative where he started a series of play-based arts workshops for children and their incarcerated parents. clarehammoor.com
Tara Rynders (she/her)
CEO, Founder, and Associate Artistic Director
Tara Rynders is a nurse and dancer, she has been a registered nurse for twenty years and received her Masters in Fine Arts in Dance and Somatic Practices in 2011 from The University of Colorado at Boulder and is an Advanced Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. Rynders is extremely honored to have been named a 2018 A Blade of Grass Fellow, an Arts in Society grantee, a 2019 Colorado Nightingale Luminary, a 2019 Excellence in Nursing Awardee in Compassionate Care, a 2020 Hamilton Awardee from the National Organization of Arts in Hospitals (NOAH) in the category of Arts and Resiliency, the 2021 Mara Mogenson Flaherty Memorial Lectureship from the Oncology Nursing Foundation and most recently was named the 2022 EY Next Wave Leader from the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts.
Carolina De Paz
Carolina De Paz, is a digital creator, community manager. She likes to travel, meet new cultures and people. She believes that empathy and recognition among others can make change in any community in which one lives. Meditation is part of her daily life and she believes that mental health should be accessible to every human being.