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MEET OUR TEAM!
“Helping, fixing, and serving represent three
different ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak. when you
fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and
helping may be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul.”
― Rachel Naomi Remen
LifePlay House team members are doing the work of the Soul… they empower people and organizations. They see life as whole. Nothing needs to be fixed and no one needs to be helped because they are perfect just as they are. Each team member celebrates and appreciates the creative genius in each other and in our clients. They love to serve and serve to love.
Facilitators and Administrators
Our Team is comprised of certified, skilled facilitators who create, develop and lead PlayShops and Life-Skill Classes. They are supported by gifted administrators who are professionals in their fields. Our team members are passionate about demonstrating creative principles in their own lives and maintaining a consciousness that appreciates and intuitively understands the creative genius within all people.
Meet Our Facilitators
Facilitators are the life-blood of LifePlay House. They play a key role in serving our clients. They honor the powerful meaning of facilitation by encouraging and nurturing group members as they question, share, explore, and progressively deepen. Facilitators seek to engage the group in attaining clarity from within themselves – through the vehicle of “intentional play.” They respect the wisdom unfolding within each person and maintain a group atmosphere that is safe, caring, enriching and buoyant.
Mary Breckenridge, Facilitator
To know Mary is to know Love. She is an astonishing artist, (visit our Shop to see her work), a lover of knots, and a blessing to every animal and human she meets. She gives her heart, her gifts, and her gentle soul in service to all who are lost, hurt, abandoned, abused, or who simply call out to her. “Conventional” has never described Mary’s lifestyle. As a child, she spent much of her time in the back country, living in tents and traveling via a string of pack horses, while her geologist father mapped the rocks. Later, she traveled with the circus, putting up the big top, and caring for tigers and elephants. Presently, she, single-handedly, runs and manages a small animal sanctuary. Throughout all these life experiences, animals have been the common thread, the unwavering passion in her life. In her artwork, she takes a fleeting moment and distills what is permanent, thus, creating for the animals that she draws, a platform from which they may speak for themselves. To be in her presence is so joyous, so heart-opening, and so much fun that you cannot help but feel like a beloved child. And, each of her animals mirror that rare, unconditional love.
“And I said to my body, softly, ‘I want to be your friend,’ it took a long breath and replied, ‘I have been waiting my whole life for this.'” –Nayyirah Waheed Katherine (Kat) Partch, M.A., Facilitator
Founder of Wisdom Within, Integrated Yoga Therapy, Kat is a certified yoga instructor, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, animal lover, nature enthusiast, spiritual seeker and fun-loving wife and mother. Her life’s work lies in supporting and empowering others. Kat’s specialty is getting people more into their bodies and out of their minds. She is inspired by people like: Brene Brown, Jack Kornfield, the Dalai Lama, Thich Nat Hahn, Oprah Winfrey, and Maya Angelou to name just a few.
Her approach, informed by her Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, merges mindfulness, breath work, supported yoga postures, movement, as well as deep listening and empathetic dialogue to explore new ways of looking at challenging life events and experiences. Kat’s gentle, loving, and non-judgmental nature invites clients to nurture and connect with the deeper wisdom that comes from within each of us.
As a LifePlay House Facilitator, Kat honors and meets each of you right where you are by respecting your boundaries, your inner wisdom, and your playfulness from the vehicle that is your body. Discover new tools for navigating your own life’s journey by attending one of Kat’s PlayShops!
Meet LifePlay House Leaders
Our Board of Trustees and Functional Leaders are devoted to the Vision, Mission, and Purpose of LifePlay House. Each has committed his/her time, talent and treasure to assure its success. They are truly a unity of One as they work together to guide LifePlay House with integrity, intelligence,strength, kindness, and a deep, loving consciousness.
Meet Our Board of Trustees
Rev. Ann Thacker, LifePlay House Founder, Board of Trustees’ President, and Chair, is a passionate and visionary leader who believes in the limitless potential of every human. She loves non-conditionally, affirms and applauds creative genius, and uses the creative principles that guide our lives to expand her consciousness. As an award-winning watercolorist and poet, her heart is drawn to the artistry of evoking the imaginative power of intention and playful nature within each person. She serves individuals and organizations not because she believes they need help or to be fixed. She serves because she sees everyone as whole — filled with endless possibility. She is entertaining and quirky imbuing her Classes and PlayShops with fun and laughter.
As an ordained minister with the Centers for Spiritual Living, Rev. Ann is a skilled facilitator and deeply conscious spiritual mentor who intentionally collaborates with her team to attain our Vision, Mission, and Purpose. Her 35 years as a senior executive in the financial services industry enhances her ability to lead and prosper an inspirational culture that equally values personal evolution and sound stewardship.
Connie Stearns, Board of Trustees’ Vice Chair and Secretary, is retired from a 40-year career in investment banking. Serving as senior vice president in both bank-owned and independent firms, Connie offers LifePlay House considerable knowledge and skill in the areas of Human Resources, Property Management and Investments. She guides with humor and equanimity while assuring absolute integrity and adherence to our Vision, Mission, and Purpose.
Rev. Jackie Summers Harris, M.A., Board of Trustees’ Treasurer is employed by Mile Hi Church, a Center for Spiritual Living, in Lakewood, CO. She brings to us an intuitive awareness, a wealth of knowledge, and financial skills gained from her broad background in business management. She has received training in education, healthcare, and nonprofit financial operations. As a devotee of Peter Pan, and all things Disney, she is able to fly in imagination and delights in showing others how to do the same. Her willingness to serve stems from her curious nature and love of learning. She is both visionary and analytical which means she is able to manifest both madcap and practical ideas and infuse great fun into the LifePlay House mission.
Lauren Martin, RScP, Board of Trustees’ Member is currently employed as a Strategic Relationship Manager by CenturyLink and is pursuing her ministerial degree through Holmes Institute. Through her studies and personal development, Lauren has gained an appreciation for the inner child and honors the importance of play at all stages of life. Lauren recognizes that, despite our current chronological ages, we can access the wisdom of all ages any time we choose. She realizes the importance of staying curious and creative in everything we do. Both Lauren’s home and desk have shrines to the inner child and its creativity.
Lauren’s passion for learning, facilitating workshops, and celebrating the inner child are a wonderful match for LifePlay House’s mission. She contributes her creativity and forever young heart by serving as a member of its Board of Trustees. She is a licensed Science of Mind Practitioner; and In Lauren’s spare time, she can be found painting ceramics, crafting, and keeping youthful by playing with her young cats. Her motto is to: “be forever young and remember to dance and play every day!”
Meet Our In-Service Professionals
“When you brush away the cobwebs, all that’s left is the joy of human service. — Rev. Ann Thacker
Meet Our Functional Leaders
Leader, Business Groups
Leader, Life-Skill Classes
Leader, Community Outreach
Leader, Affirmative Practices