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Core Mentors/Founders

Kasey Schelling, Co-Founder, Lead Mentor, Co-Director


Kasey is a devoted educator with the gift of igniting the spark in the eyes of her students.   Prior to founding The Kiva Center in 2014, she spent five years teaching English (ELL) and the Spanish language throughout the United States and Spain.  She is a certified Permaculture Educator by the Learning Gardens Institute and strives to bring students back into their roots as integral elements of the Earth ecosystem.  She has a BA in Spanish Language and Literature with a Minor in Business Administration  from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2011).  As a dancer and percussionist of Mokomba, a traditional West African Drum and Dance group, she is passionate about using rhythm, song and dance as tools to strengthen community.

Garrett Braun, Co-Founder, Lead Mentor, Co-Director


Garrett is an experienced educator, known for his natural knack for teaching and connecting with children. Before joining the founding team in 2014, Garrett taught at Bixby School, a progressive and experiential learning institution in Boulder.  Before starting his teaching career, Garrett traveled around the world, getting his first glimpse at the variety of cultural expressions humanity has to offer. Garrett then graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Humanities from Soka University of America in 2011. Since graduating, he lived in El Salvador to complete a project to help a rural community write their first written history book. Garrett brings his experiences with cultures around the world to his teaching. 

Ashley Kulik, Co-Founder


Ashley is a mentor, connector, and vocalist. Ashley was instrumental in getting The Kiva Center off the ground and has since moved onto traveling and pursuing her music career. 

Board of Trustees


John is a strategic corporate finance consultant.  He has spent the last twenty years helping companies from start-ups to global organizations build, transform and restructure their businesses.

John became passionate about The Kiva Center after enrolling his son in the initial homeschool enrichment program offered by Kasey and Garret and seeing the knowledge and understanding the program offered...


Lynele Jones, Treasurer

Lynele has been a Certified Public Accountant for decades, and is now semiretired.  Her CPA work concentrates of not-for-profits organizations, individuals, and small businesses.  She deeply values her time spent outdoors.  Her daughter Sandy is an outdoor educator in Boulder and has worked with Kasey and Garrett.

Jill Ryerson, Secretary

Jill Ryerson is an educator who has spent her career working with children as a classroom teacher and a tutor.  She loves thinking critically about learning, education, and life. Originally from Washington, DC, Jill moved to Colorado in 2001 to pursue a teaching position and a lifestyle more connected to the outdoors.  She delights in spending time with children in nature, and marvels at the learning, growth, and healing we can all experience when we give ourselves this time. The mission of the Kiva Center is one that Jill is honored to support by being a member of the board.  

Jill received a B.A. in Mathematics and Visual Art from Brown University and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado.   She served on the board of the Boulder Potters Guild and held team leadership roles at Peak to Peak Charter School and Graland Country Day School. Jill’s passion for mathematics and the arts fuel her creative spirit and excitement about learning and living.  She claims to have too many creative pursuits and wishes she could focus on just one thing, but until that day comes, she’ll continue to juggle playing clawhammer banjo, baking lots of sourdough bread, sewing baby quilts, making pottery, and learning the latest craft that has caught her eye.

Corey Hollister, Strategic Planning

Corey currently operates Quantum Healing LLC which provides individual sound healing, sound baths, yoga and meditation services in Longmont, CO.  Previously, Corey co-founded and served as CEO and Chairman of American Cannabis Company Inc. in Denver, CO (Stock Ticker: AMMJ) from 2013-2017.  He also co-founded one of the state’s first licensed medical cannabis dispensaries, The Village Green Society located in Boulder, CO. Before relocating in 2007, Corey spent 10 years working in advertising and marketing in Boston, MA. Corey and his wife Carmen married in 2006 and moved to Colorado together. They welcomed their first son in 2008 and second son in 2010. Going on crazy adventures, or sitting around the table drawing and chatting, they love to share each other’s company. 

Lindsey Hall is a public relations executive by day – and eating disorder activist by night. She is the author behind the award-winning eating disorder recovery blog, "I Haven't Shaved In Six Weeks," which she started following a six-week experience at an inpatient treatment center for an eating disorder...

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Our Amazing Mentors/Interns

Amanda Tynan, Westwood After-School Lead Teacher/School Outreach Coordinator

Amanda is a Denver-based marketing consultant, writer, and lead instructor with the Kiva Center. Her foundation in STEM and passion for communication allows her to distill complex ideas into fun, engaging lessons for her students. When she isn’t teaching, Amanda loves helping local, small businesses grow through innovative marketing and excising her creative muscles through screen-writing and acting for film.

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