In 2009, she turned her attention toward the brain and studied neuroscience at CU Denver. Her work with Dr. Jim Grigsby researching executive functioning led her to become more interested in clinical applications to improve brain function. In 2015, she joined Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), a neuroplastic therapy company, as Director of Research and Education. At iLs (now owned by Unyte Health), Karen has collaborated closely with the scientist Stephen Porges, Ph.D. on commercializing an auditory intervention he developed, the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP), making it available to occupational therapists, psychologists and trauma therapists around the world.
Karen is married to Bob Doherty and they have three daughters – Evan, Jane, and Camille. She has served as a trustee for the boards of the Denver Film Society, Challenge Denver, Stanley British Primary School, Colorado Academy, and the Aspen Brain Institute.
Tracee has significant experience in curriculum design, student assessment strategies and grant writing. She worked on various educational committees and organizations focused on sustainability, school development, new teacher recruitment and diversity, equity, and inclusivity (DEI). She offers a unique perspective as a parent and educator with experience in developmental differences. Tracee lived abroad in Costa Rica for 12 years and served as a board member of QSR International LDC, a multi-brand franchise, quick-service restaurant development company that conducted business in 16 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. She started her family in Costa Rica and raised four children – Jenna, Amanda, Jack and Andrew – in a diverse third world culture and Spanish speaking community before moving to Denver in 2010. Tracee enjoys playing tennis, skiing, listening to live music, traveling, and long walks with her dog, Choco.
Danny was a former Vice Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Rose Hospital and a member of the clinical faculty at Children’s Hospital of Colorado. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. Outside of work he enjoys fly fishing.
Carol also serves on the City and County of Denver Commission for People with Disabilities. She holds a Master of Science in Health Services Administration and a Certification in Accessibility Core Competencies from the International Association for Accessibility Professionals. Carol is a Denver native and is married to Mika El. They have one son, Amari. She joined the DFX board in August 2023.
Sara’s outside interests include reading, spending time outdoors with her two children, paddle boarding in beautiful Colorado, and eating the gourmet-level food consistently provided by her talented husband. Sara has also enjoyed continuing to provide piano accompaniment to local universities’ music programs in her free time.
Susan practiced law for 21 years at Sheridan Ross, an intellectual property firm, dealing with the international aspects of patents and trademarks. Professionally, she served on the Board of the International Trademark Association and on the Board of the Brand Names Education Foundation. Currently she serves on the Board of the Friends Foundation of the Denver Public Library. She has 6 grandchildren, ages 3-11. Susan and John have been married for 53 years.
He was a former Vice Chairman of the Dept. of Pediatrics at Rose Medical Center as well as a clinical faculty member of The Univ. of Colorado Health Science Center, and is a Senior Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Michael is married to Dr. Molly Frank, Family Practice, with whom he has three grown children. His outside interests include music performance and he has just completed another undergraduate degree in music composition at Regis University, Denver. He sings in two choral groups and performs in a local band called FreeStyle. He is on the Board of Directors of The Playground Ensemble, and Denver Sister Cities International, and he volunteers with several other community organizations. Additional interest include: fly fishing, cycling, photography, soccer, and international travel.