Golden Bridge Support Team
Abigail Rita Lubahn
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 Organization 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, and at a 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 in 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 as a professional dancer to a Brazilian dance company Samba Colorado and a member of the United Capoeira Association of Colorado. 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 is continuing to build bridges between various dance communities.
Dorcus Odera is an Integrative Counseling Psychologist with over ten years of experience serving in diverse roles, including working with children with intellectual disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders, refugee children, and children living in informal settings in Kenya, Uganda, and Ghana. She holds a B.A. in Counseling Psychology from Africa Nazarene University in Nairobi, Kenya. She is trained in Child Protection: Children’s Rights in Theory and Practice through HarvardX.
Since 2008, Dorcus has founded or helped to found several organizations serving youth in Western Uganda and Kenya. Her projects have offered training and programs to youth in the fields of literacy, social entrepreneurship, peacemaking, and youth leadership and mobilization. In 2014, through the impact of her work with AMFR, she was selected by A World at School to represent her country as a Global Youth Ambassador. In early 2018, she was selected as one of the Emerging African Leaders and trained in “Leading in Public Life” by the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Dorcus leads by tapping into an individual’s potential, bringing out the best in them.
Dorcus has been studying with Golden Bridge since 2015. She serves on the Golden Bridge Social Justice Advisory Team and is also a mentor on the Golden Bridge Support Team.
Sarita Rivard Guerrero
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. In 2018 she published her second book, Sweet Water Tsunami, 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. kindlingforthefire.wixsite.com/shop.
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.
Melissa Michaels, Ed.D, guides individuals and communities through major life transitions. As a soul midwife and mentor to emerging leaders around the world, she has created a rite of passage process, SomaSource®, that links somatics, human development, and peace-building. Her recently released book, Youth On Fire: Birthing A Generation Of Embodied Global Leaders, tells the story of this life-changing work as it has unfolded in diverse settings ranging from favelas to college campuses, from refugee settlements to the United Nations. Melissa is also the founder of Golden Girls Global and Golden Bridge, a nonprofit organization dedicated to our collective renewal through the liberation of the creative Spirit. Over the past three decades, she has trained dozens of mighty leaders in the SomaSource work. To learn more about their social initiatives around the world, please read about them on the Golden Bridge website. Melissa is a first-generation teacher of the 5Rhythms® and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist. Whether she is tending to individuals transitioning from one life cycle to another or to communities in the midst of major change, Melissa is dedicated to our collective renewal through the liberation of the creative spirit.