Resiliency Reimagined

The purpose of this event is to encourage and equip our community to reflect and implement a trauma-informed approach to living a life of resilience and recovery.

Dec. 5, 2023

4:30pm – 8:00pm

@PACE Center – Parker, CO


As the Center for Strength Resiliency Center sunsets to a close in May 2024, we invite you to attend this safe and inclusive community wellness event and panel discussion. At our event, you will discover diverse activities that offer ways to heal, learn, and connect with others who share similar experiences. From relaxing yoga sessions to energetic martial arts demonstrations, uplifting roundtables, and an enlightening panel discussion. Our hope is you will explore new resources, experiences, and a supportive community to cultivate a journey of recovery and resilience. Join us for a day of hope and healing!

Learn more about our guest panel
and roundtables here

Event Starts in:


The event is FREE but we encourage registering to reserve your seat and receive a complimentary boxed dinner meal from Three Tomatoes Catering
* Seating is limited. 

Name and email of the 2nd person (only if is 16+)
Name and email of the 3rd person (only if is 16+)
Name and email of the 4th person (only if is 16+)
Name and email of the 5th person (only if is 16+)

Why attend the Event?

Healing and Support: The event is designed to provide a safe and welcoming space where people can address and heal emotional wounds and stress.

Community Connection: It offers the opportunity to connect with others who have experienced similar situations, providing a sense of community and mutual support.

Inspiration:  Talks and discussions with those affected by mass violence will inspire others touched by similar experiences in their stories of healing.

Solidarity and Empathy: Your attendance shows support and solidarity to those who have experienced difficult times, helping them feel part of a compassionate community.

Self-care: It is an opportunity to dedicate time to oneself and focus on mental and emotional well-being.

Food and Well-being: Free food and well-being options will be available to promote nutrition and balance in participants’ lives.

Resource Tables: Local resources that provide ways to stay connected to groups, activities, and events, that foster recovery and resilience!

Free Admission: This event is entirely free, meaning there are no financial barriers to participation and benefiting from all it has to offer.

Food and Well-being: Free food and well-being options will be available to promote nutrition and balance in participants’ lives.

Local Opportunities: Local vendors provide the chance to support small businesses and discover unique products.

Free Admission: This event is entirely free, meaning there are no financial barriers to participation and benefiting from all it has to offer.

Learning and Personal Growth: Mini yoga session, mini martial arts demonstrations, educational activities, and more – learn about different modalities of therapies!

A Step Toward Recovery: Participating in the event can be the first step in becoming trauma-informed for yourself and others, creating a more compassionate, safe, and loving future.

Resource Tables

Round Tables

Come by a round table discussion (two or all three!) and join in the discussions of the table topic.
Visit at the times below for as little or long as you want – Ask questions to the table hosts, learn more about the hosts/topics, and share your thoughts with others!

Times to drop-in: 5:00p, 5:20p, 5:40p

Beth Horowitz

Body-Centered Healing: A Path to Resilience

Roundtable Goals:

  • Raise awareness about the impact of trauma on the body and how it can be released through movement.
  • Share knowledge and exchange insights on research-based body-centered approaches to trauma healing.
  • Provide space for individuals to share their personal experiences and stories of resilience through movement. (Ex. Yoga, Tai Chi, Somatic Experiencing, etc).

Erin Christian

Maintaining Connections After Trauma

Roundtable Goals:

  • Explore the question of how we can continue to build and nurture community and healing after the Center for Strength.
  • Share and discuss personal hopes and ideas for maintaining connections with other May 7 survivors.
  • Provide space for individuals to discuss their own healing journeys and methods of building networks of support.

Heather Dearman

Resilient Storytelling Through Community

Roundtable Goals:

  • Connect with others through stories of resilient community connections.
  • Empower individuals to explore ways to heal by curating community events.
  • Invite table guests to discover, dream, and brainstorm ways to share their stories with others.

Program Details

4:30pm - 8:00pm

4:30-6:00 PM

Resource Tables and Interactive Rooms are Open

Dinner boxes by Three Tomatoes Catering included with signup, Snacks and drinks available for the entire event.
4:30-6:00 PM

Youth Corner

Ping pong, Arts Stations, Kendrick's Kindness Movement
4:30-5:30 PM

Breathwork & Yoga (Mini Sessions)

4:35pm / 4:50pm /5:05pm / 5:20pm (10 min. each session). Instructor: Alaina Patton 
4:30-5:30 PM

Martial Arts (Mini sessions) – Gallery

4:35pm / 4:50pm /5:05pm / 5:20pm (10 min. each session). Instructors: Mac Figueroa and Niki Dougal
5:00-6:00 PM

“Resilient Chats” Round Tables- Event Hall

Times to drop-in: 5:00p, 5:20p, 5:40p. Table hosts: Erin Christian, Heather Dearman, Beth Horowitz
6:15 PM

Transition into Event Hall for Panel Discussion

6:30-8:00 PM

Panel Discussion Begins:

"The Continuum of a Trauma-Informed Life", includes 30 minute Q&A

Unable to attend?

Watch the panel discussion live online.

Meet the Moderator:

  • Anne Seymour


    Anne Seymour

    Anne Seymour has 39 years of experience as a national advocate for crime victims and survivors. She is currently the Associate Academic Program Director for the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center (NMVVRC). She began her career in 1984 as the Director of Public Affairs for the National Office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and, from 1985 to 1993, as co-founder and Director of Communications and Resource Development of the National Victim Center (now National Center for Victims of Crime).

Meet the Guest Panel:

Panel Discussion:

“The Continuum of a Trauma-informed Life”

Join this panel of diverse people impacted by mass gun violence and their journey to cultivating a trauma-informed life of recovery and resilience.

  • Nick Antonio

    Peer Recovery Coach / Former Columbine Student

    Nick Antonio

    After spending nearly two decades in the grips of addiction to cope with anxiety and PTSD following the Columbine tragedy, Nick sought trauma treatment and has now been free of substances for more than three years. He is currently serving the dual diagnoses population full time as a peer services specialist.

  • Frank DeAngelis

    Former Columbine Principal / National Victims Advocate and Speaker

    Frank DeAngelis

    Frank DeAngelis was a staff member at Columbine High School in the Jeffco School District in Littleton Colorado, from 1979 – 2014. He has also been called upon to speak about recovery after a school tragedy at a variety of conferences, and has assisted as a consultant after a number of other violent school events.

  • JJ Horlacher

    Former STEM student / Advisory Board Member

    JJ Horlacher

    Jillian Horlacher (she/her/hers) was a freshman in high school when she survived the STEM school shooting. Following the shooting, JJ became a member of the advisory board at the Center for Strength where she dedicated herself to resources for the healing community.

  • Evan Forster

    Clinical Supervisor

    Evan Forster

    Evan is a licensed clinical social worker, and clinical supervisor of All Health Network’s School Based Team. Evan worked primarily with students on trauma recovery both in a position inside STEM, as well as in the position of Clinical Lead at the Center for Strength.

  • Simi Basu

    Esri Community Operations Manager/ Former STEM Staff & Parent

    Simi Basu

    Simi Basu is a Business Operations Manager with over nineteen years of experience working alongside the executive team of Fortune 500 companies. Simi was a former staff and parent at STEM school Highlands Ranch during the shooting. She is a survivor and on a journey to connect with people who struggle with cultural and diverse backgrounds.

  • Josh Garcia

    Stars of Hope Director / Former Pulse Mgr.

    Josh Garcia

    Former management at Pulse Orlando, survivor of the 2016 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub; Executive Director, Stars of HOPE. Josh Garcia is a compassionate advocate dedicated to promoting community healing through art. He was a management team member at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, where he supported those impacted by the 2016 mass violence incident.


A huge thanks to all our amazing partners and sponsors. We could not have done this without you!


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