These are the wonderful people who work together with Melissa to run the day-to-day operations within Golden Bridge.
Organizational Development and Operations Director
Maren’s expertise is in the field of transformational education and organizational development with an emphasis on embodiment and consciousness. She believes that the soul of an organization needs midwifing much like the human soul and she brings a combination of human-centered and systems-centered skills to her work with Golden Bridge. Her enthusiasm for deep-process and a well-organized spreadsheet are equal in measure. She is passionate about human and organizational potential and loves to express her creativity through movement, community, and connection.
Maren earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado and a Certificate in Leadership from the INVST Community Leadership Program in Boulder. Maren has also been trained as an Expressive Arts Facilitator through the Tamalpa Institute, a Counselor and Coach through the Interchange Counseling Institute and is trained in Authentic Movement and Yoga instruction.
Prior to moving to Boulder in 2017, she worked as the Assistant Director of Global Recruiting for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA and as the Assistant Director for LEAPNOW: Transforming Education. Maren currently lives in Longmont with her partner and two cutie-pie children.
Sarita Rivard Guerrero
Student Engagement, Story Development & Mentoring
A bicultural, trilingual native of both South and North America, and nomad of thirteen years, Sarita is a bridge between the many worlds to which she belongs. ‘Kindling for the Fire’, a project founded in her belief in creative expression as a tool to heal, transform, empower and ignite, is the fruit of her lifelong study to what she calls heART Activism. Kindling aims to facilitate creative dialogs among people of diverse and often “opposing” backgrounds, therefore weaving a sustaining tapestry of connection and solidarity across the divides. Sarita has guided Rites Of Passage journeys in Argentina, Bolivia, Perú, Nepal, and India. And is the author of Caminante, Bridger of Worlds published in 2010. She is nearing completion of her second book, a complex work chronicling her descent through the hell of losing her beloved life partner, and the art of being broken open by life’s complexity, rather than broken to pieces. She has been involved with Golden Bridge since 2010. Much of her healing and initiation into embodied leadership is owed to the profound container of this community. She is deeply devoted to her apprenticeship in this sacred work.
Web & Graphic Designer, Marketing, Technical & Admin Support
Most known for her work in the world as a singer and musician, Ariana is also skilled in marketing, graphic art, web development, and systems design. Occasionally she can also be found on the live music team for Golden Bridge events such as Shakti Sisterhood or Movement Mass. Between her arts, a love of deep ecology & depth work, and a varied technical expertise, Ariana brings a grounded and inspired perspective to the Golden Bridge team. Visit www.arianasaraha.com to learn more about her music and wild wanderings…
Production Manager and International Programs Coordinator
Mariah Tuffy, MSW, is a trilingual social worker whose true passion lies in living in various countries and focusing on sexual health, cross-cultural relationships and empowerment. Mariah graduated on the Dean’s List with her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Development. She has worked with adolescent mothers, recent immigrants, foster children, justice-involved youth, in schools, in a psychiatric hospital, with children living on the streets, and has created an island-wide mentor program for youth in Puerto Rico. She has also worked as a translator, editor, wedding planner, production manager, and international programs coordinator. Mariah is an avid learner and traveler. Mariah loves Caribbean and Latin culture, specifically Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Brazil, the beach, Salsa, Reggaeton, and meeting people from all walks of life and cultures.
Mariah and her mom inspire one another’s lives. Melissa began teaching the dance in her Small World Dancers children’s program when Mariah was 3 years old. Since then, many programs, including Surfing the Creative, have emerged as a result of the needs Melissa saw in her daughter Mariah’s life and that of her peers.
Abigail Rita Lubahn
Clinical Director and Mentor
Abigail Rita Lubahn, MA, LPC, R-DMT, graduated from Naropa University with a Masters of Arts in Somatic Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Dance/Movement Therapy. Abigail has worked with NorthStar Transitions, an Addiction Recovery clinic offering Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program running group, individual, couples and family therapy. Abigail also works as a SomaSource Practitioner and independent contractor with Golden Bridge since 2014 and has a private practice located in Boulder. Prior to employment with NorthStar Transitions Abigail worked as an emergency clinician in hospitals, jails, detox and crisis clinic with Boulder Mental Health Partners. She was also trained in various trauma-informed treatment modalities addressing developmental and early childhood trauma. She has worked with international populations using mindfulness-based, creative arts and movement therapies emphasizing client-centered interventions. Much of her orientation focuses on cultivating radical acceptance and compassion in the recovery and healing process from trauma, eating disorders, personality disorders and addiction. Outside of clinical settings, Abigail also works as creative support staff and professional dancer to a Brazilian dance company Samba Colorado and an assistant Capoeira instructor with United Capoeira Association. She has participated in facilitating and collaborative creative performance art programs while in the Naropa Graduate Program. She is currently developing a private practice based in Boulder and continuing to build bridges between various dance communities.
Social Justice Advisory Team
The Golden Bridge Social Justice Advisory Team is a spiral leadership group, inviting diverse community leaders to rotate into and out of the group every 9 months. Together they serve as an advisory council, providing feedback and reflections to support Golden Bridge’s evolution. Each person chosen to be on the team has a long standing relationship with Golden Bridge and diverse expertise in this field. Together, they engage in social justice programming decisions along with offering feedback and suggestions regarding social justice issues Golden Bridge may not have considered along the way or ones that need refining going forward.
Current members: Ramon Gabrieloff-Parish, Angus Baguinho Moore, Dorcus Odera, Sarita Rivard, Tosha Jorden, Rebecca Schissler, Balu Ponnusamy, Rafael Martinez, and Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish.
Social Media Content and Story Creator
Born in Bogota, Colombia, Manuela has dedicated her life to exploring the connectivity between humans through movement, the psyche, and story-telling. Focusing on human rights, body, and culture, her immersions in different cultures, in 26 countries over the last decade, have informed her approach to renewing connection to spirit and the body while documenting different stories.
Manuela has danced with Golden Bridge and Melissa Michaels for a little under a decade. She is passionate about weaving and interconnecting stories and co-creating community through video, photography and the media.
Movement Mass Coordinator
Janet greets us all at Movement Mass every Sunday. She coordinates all the volunteers, helps run the door, and makes sure everything runs smooth as can be. We’re so grateful for her caring, meticulous touch.
Therapeutic Consultant and Senior Support Team Member
Leah D’Abate, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, runs a thriving, full-time private psychotherapy practice in Boulder County as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT) and Somatic Psychotherapist where she works with individuals and couples and offers clinical supervision and consultation.
These photographers’ images are featured throughout our website ~ we thank them for their dedication and documentation!
- Johannah Reimer
- Benjamin Buren
- Faridah Ndiaye
- Kat Shea
- Janel Matthias
- Hagen Caldwell
- Carrie Bradburn
- Manuela Welton
- Sarkis Love
These are the videographers we have worked with over the years:
- Steve Cannon: Original Golden Bridge Filmmaker. Beloved Ancestor.
- Blythe Massey
- Anne-Marie Hannah
- Lisa McVicker
- John March
- Henna Taylor
- Kenya Rachelle Ference
- Manuela Welton
- Matt Diss
- Scott Rowland
- Chenxi Ouyang
- People Productions
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