Meet Our Team

Gayann Brandenburg, M.S.

Managing Partner, CTAT, LLC

Senior Organizational Consultant

Gayann is Managing Partner for CTAT, LLC and has worked in the disability field for over 35 years and in training for human service professionals for 23 years. She worked for Rocky Mountain Human Services for over 19 years first as a Trainer for CTAT specializing in employment and behavioral supports, then as Associate Director, and then Director. Gayann has worked in the disability field in South Dakota, Minnesota, Alabama, and Colorado. She has an eclectic background in community employment, transition, family support, case management, grant writing, management, training, and facilitation.

Gayann is frequently requested to speak/train on a variety of management and disability related topics and has produced several training videos for human services’ staff in addition to her expertise in grant writing. She is a champion of employment for people with disabilities. She works tirelessly to bring the message of employment to all sectors: job seekers with disabilities and their families, human services, business, higher education and government. Her beliefs are: everyone can work in the community with the right support, and collaborative efforts are the foundation of successful employment opportunities. According to the Gallup Organization’s Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment results, Gayann’s top five strengths are:

  • Analytical: Gayann has the ability to think about all of the factors that might affect a situation. She uses this strength to process information, plan and make decisions.
  • Arranger: Gayann has the vision and ability to organize a project or process while seeking input and remaining flexible, always understanding there might be a better way to get the desired results.
  • Connectedness:Gayann is considerate, caring and accepting. She has strong faith that we are put on this earth for a purpose and in her life, it is to connect with others to serve.
  • Learner: Gayann is always excited to learn something new and enjoys the process of researching and diving into a new subject. She uses this strength to bring new information to her audiences and develop the skills of people new to the human services profession.
  • Relator: Gayann enjoys developing genuine bonds with her colleagues.

These strengths support collaborations for innovative projects that pull people together and achieve results.

Joanne E. Cohen, M.A., CBIS

Managing Partner, CTAT, LLC

Senior Organizational Consultant

Joanne is Managing Partner for CTAT, LLC and has over 35 years combined experience in coaching, consulting, organization development, facilitation, and training, with twelve years directing and managing her teams to focus on successfully supporting strategic and tactical corporate initiatives. She has consulted, trained and coached executives and their teams in the planning and implementation of new strategic directions that are in alignment with the business goals and objectives of their companies.

In addition, Joanne designed and implemented highly successful corporate Leadership Pipeline Programs with limited funds and currently consults, coaches and facilitates sessions with executive leadership and front-line teams. She has kept pace with the current business needs and provides clients with excellent resources for understanding and managing change and stress in addition to developing exemplary professional presentation skills. Her expertise domestically and globally spans the health and human services, telecommunications, hi-tech, manufacturing, mining, biomedical, oil and gas, and aerospace industries in addition to teaching Higher Education classes. Joanne is currently Managing Partner for CTAT, LLC.

She designs and facilitates Survivor Series Training Sessions for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivors, is a certified Bootstraps Asset Building Education Facilitator and Master Trainer of Facilitators, and was the liaison for the National “Engaging Veterans with Disabilities in National and Community Service” projects. Joanne speaks at conferences, consults with organizations to support critical business issues, and participates in various other grants/initiatives. According to the Gallup Organization’s Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment results, Joanne’s top five strengths are:

  • Arranger:Joanne has the vision and ability to take something from nothing, producing a high quality experience and results that others are able to appreciate.
  • Connectedness: Joanne is a caring and accepting “bridge builder” which allows her to see the links between people and processes in an organization. She utilizes this strength to build meaningful relationships and high performance teams.
  • Developer: Joanne recognizes the potential in everyone and willingly provides the tools to promote and encourage people to succeed and transform. These signs of growth in others are the fuel that brings her strength and satisfaction.
  • Responsibility: To earn credibility, trust and respect, Joanne takes ownership for individual and (her part of) team success in the spirit of integrity, loyalty, and dependability.
  • Empathy: Joanne has a strong sense of empathy for others which allow her to appreciate the perspective and uniqueness of colleagues, clients, and friends.

When you add all these strengths together, you have someone who is results-oriented with an emphasis on people/relationships that appreciates the potential in all of us and is committed to individual and team success.

Sue Fody, M.A.

Senior Associate, CTAT, LLC

GOT IT! Learning Designs, LLC. Owner

Sr. Instructional Designer and Graphic Recorder

Sue has over with 20 years of experience creating learner-focused training programs for both classroom and online learning. She integrates graphic maps and illustrationsinto the training sessions. These maps are designed to compress the learning curve and increase learning retention. For the 65% of us who are visual learners, watching the formation of visual content as it unfolds in the classroom is an exciting experience that reinforces key concepts.

Sue is owner of GOT IT! Learning Designs, LLC, which offers instructional design and graphic recording. Why the name GOT IT!? By illustrating complex concepts, the visual representation makes understanding so much easier than reading or hearing it, the learner says, “Oh! I see it now! I GOT IT!”

Sue inserts Graphic Recording into training programs in the form of class agendas, content summary maps, illustrations of financial and other complex concepts, and meeting/retreat summary maps. The completed, full-sized 4 foot x 8 foot maps are displayed in buildings in common areas. The maps are often electronically scanned so learners are provided with their own, smaller full-color copies. These copies serve as long-term content reinforcement and learning retention tools, increasing the application of the learning.

Sue has designed and facilitated training sessions in large corporations, non-profits, and small businesses in the telecommunications, healthcare, fitness, and high-tech industries as a few examples. She has presented at international conference sessions and professional organizations.

According to the Gallup Organization’s Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment results, Sue’s top five strengths are:

  • Achiever:Sue has drive and passion to get things done. It serves her well to produce excellent products for her clients, helping them reach their goals in a fast-paced environment.
  • Input: This strength indicates an inquisitive mind constantly seeking information. Sue applies this strength to learn about her clients in-depth, so the learning material and graphic maps help the client reach targeted goals.
  • Learner: What could be a better strength for a person in the learning industry? Sue’s skills can be applied to any industry, as her love for learning drives her ask the right questions and learn well about the client’s industry and needs.
  • Focus: A strength in focus provides Sue with natural guidance to move towards a goal and complete projects. Focus helps Sue listen intently to filter only the important concepts, prioritize what she hears and then design a graphic speaks to key learning objectives.
  • Harmony: Harmony means Sue is easy to work with. She is a good partner and collaborator.When combining these strengths, Sue focusses on really learning about the client’s business. As a collaborative partner, she can create an effective training package targeted to the learner and what their training needs to achieve.Sue is active in her professional association, The Association for Talent Development (ATD), as Past President and continues to serve as an active board member. She is also a member of the International Federation of Visual Practitioners (IFVP), the growing organization for graphic recorders.
    On a personal note, Sue is an avid road cyclist, and enjoys hiking, snow shoeing, and Plein Air drawing.

Lisa Hulla, M.Ed., CPC, PHR

Associate Consultant, CTAT, LLC

Lisa Hulla, Certified Professional Coach (CPC) is a lifelong learner who seeks to support others to find their personal best. Lisa’s experience involves the spectrum of Operations Management, Human Resources, Organizational Development (to include Change Management) and facilitating leadership and development programs. Lisa is certified in the Everything DiSC Workplace and EQi-2.0 as well as skilled in various strengths based assessments. She has joined CTAT, LLC as an Associate focusing on leadership and team development programs.

Over the past 25 years, she has lead formally and informally yet found her passion in coaching and facilitating outcomes that foster engagement. She prides herself in keeping an open and growth mindset and promotes possibility in all circumstances.

Lisa received her BA in Organizational Development from Regis University and her M. ED in Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University. According to the Gallup Organization’s Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment results, Lisa’s top five strengths are:

  • Learner: Lisa is a lifelong learner and “seeks first to understand” what are the benefits of gaining additional knowledge and its impact on her outcomes.
  • Input: To be curious is her norm behavior and the ability to be sincere in this quest allows Lisa to thirst for more.
  • Connectedness: As a systems thinker, Lisa easily sees alignment and helps others see how their core values show up in their choices each day.
  • Belief: Everyday she shares her purpose in life; by the choices, the responses and actions to the additional forward steps in her journey.
  • Developer: As a coach and informal leader Lisa has ability to find a “diamond in the rough” and ask the powerful questions that allow people and circumstances to shine brightly.

When you add all these strengths together you have an individual that has a passion for people, is energized by changes for improvement, is solutions focused and believes everything is possible.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys time with family, biking, running, and reading.

Rena Thompson, CBIS

Associate, CTAT, LLC
Instructional Designer/Trainer

Planner/organizer extraordinaire, technical specialist, webmaster, trainer, instructional designer and enthusiastic team player; Rena brings strong leadership to the team with her many skills and roles. She brings over 30 years of exemplary experience in serving internal and external customers and creating positive results. Her varied experiences in customer service, human resources, information technology, and management produce high levels of satisfaction with our customers and her fellow employees.

Rena has dedicated her 30+ years of experience to making significant contributions to employees from entry level to upper management. Her past 15 years has been in the nonprofit sector serving those that support youth in crisis, people with developmental disabilities, wounded warriors and civilians with TBI and PTSD. Rena’s advanced technical skills brought CTAT into the social media arena, as well as keeping us current with new technology opportunities. Rena continuously looks for innovative ways to improve websites, registration and delivery processes which allows the business to continue providing quality service for clients. She did an exemplary job designing the Bootstraps On-line training programs. According to the Gallop Organization’s Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment result’s Rena’s top five strengths are:

  • Maximizer: Rena’s drive and initiative helps organizations transform from great to exemplary. She exemplifies “polishing the pearl until it shines.”
  • Achiever: Her stamina and hard work ethic fuel the internal fire burning inside her which spurs high levels of energetic productivity that keeps projects and people moving forward to obtain desired outcomes.
  • Learner: Rena’s desire for excellence motivates her to look for any and all opportunities to expand her knowledge and expertise, thus moving the organization to keep up with current trends and technology. She is often the catalyst for change in the technology arena.
  • Discipline: She enjoys creating structure and organization that obtains results and meets deadlines.
  • Individualization: Rena honors and values the unique qualities of each individual while striving to work together productively.

When you add all these strengths together, you have someone who is a high achiever that strives for personal and team excellence through expanded learning opportunities, strong organizational skills and structure.

When not at CTAT, Rena enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren. She enjoys painting, drawing, knitting, crocheting and cooking.

Amie Boyd M.A., C.R.C., C.A.C. II

Associate, CTAT, LLC

Amie has over 15 years of experience in working with individuals with disabilities, which started her career working in a group home. This experience prompted an interest in working as a CAN. Upon licensure Amie was provided an opportunity to work for a local treatment court program in Weld County. This is where Amie’s passion for substance abuse and counseling was born. Amie completed her education while working with the treatment court. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services and a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.

Amie brings a variety of experience to CTAT, LLC with her background in counseling, education in rehabilitation, and her experience in supported employment. She provides a holistic approach to supporting individuals with disabilities and finding wellness through work.

According to the Gallup Organization’s Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment results, Amie’s top five strengths are:

  • Restorative: Amie is energized by a good challenge. Amie thrives on finding solutions and analyzing the symptoms of situations. This creates a great opportunity for Amie to use her counseling skills to help her clients find hope and strength in themselves.
  • Woo (winning others over): Amie finds that she is good at talking to and relating to people. She is good at listening and networking and is energized by connecting with others.
  • Relator: Amie is stellar in her ability to develop rapport with the people she works with and enjoys creating genuine relationships with her colleagues.
  • Positivity: Amie is able to identify the silver lining in situations that may seem bleak and this is a great quality to have as she is good at instilling hope in the people she works with.
  • Learner: Amie’s listening skills set the stage for great lifelong learning. Amie is eager to learn new things to aide in the ability to implement new things and ideas to improve the challenges and obstacles of everyday life and employment.

When you add all these strengths together, you have someone who is people oriented with an emphasis on helping others find solutions and instilling hope.

Becky Miller

Associate Consultant, CTAT, LLC

Reiki Practitioner and Teacher, Rae of Light Reiki

Becky has 40 years experience working and playing with people with intellectual developmental disabilities in the states of Colorado and Ohio. She retired from Rocky Mountain Human Services after 30 years of supporting individuals in such positions as Casemanager, Intake and Placement Manager, Director of Supported Livings Services and Community Liaison.

She has been trained in the Person Centered Thinking Philosophies of The Eden Alternative and The Learning Community. As an Eden Educator, she has been involved in training numerous classes, as well as giving lectures and seminars across the state of Colorado.

Becky has been studying and practicing Reiki since 2005 and became a Reiki Practitioner and Teacher in 2012. She is well versed in the benefits of energy healing and wellness, meditation techniques, and incorporating tools for stress management into her trainings.

Becky brings a wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion to working with individuals and the community at large in order to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and will incorporate these traits in all of her trainings.

According to the Gallup Organization’s Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment results, Becky’s top five strengths are:

    • Connectedness: Becky brings to her trainings the belief that all people are connected in a harmonious way, sharing their gifts and talents with the world.
    • Adaptability: Becky likes to stay in the “now” and realizes that trainings take on a rhythm of their own. She covers the necessary material and allows space for the group to share and contribute.
    • WOO (winning over others: Becky truly enjoys meeting and interacting with people. This gift helps with learning about individual strengths and needs and how we can all contribute to a desired outcome during trainings.
    • Positivity: Becky has a passion for life and this comes forth in her trainings. She has a talent for leading a group with enthusiasm, and encouraging others to join in fun!
    • Empathy:

Becky has an ability to hear and sense the feelings of individuals in a group and can provide a safe environment for sharing and learning.

When you add all these strengths together, you have someone who provides an interactive, welcoming and fun training environment where we can all learn and share with each other and our world.

Eliza Marie Somers

Associate, CTAT, LLC.

Writer, Editor, Blogger, Web Producer

Eliza began her journalism career at age 15, reporting for a weekly paper in the Washington, D.C., area. She brings more than 40 years of newspaper experience to CTAT, LLC., including stops at The Washington Post, The Denver Post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Hartford Courant, and Major League Baseball. Eliza honed her skills via working in all the major departments in the newsroom, including news, business, transportation, style, health and wellness, and sports. She has the ability to take complex subjects and distilling them into easily comprehensible articles. Fairness, integrity, and accuracy are just some of the abilities that she possesses. Eliza is currently a freelance writer, blogger, social media specialist and owner of Red Spruce Media.

Eliza received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Journalism from The University of Maryland. She continued her education at Boulder Digital Arts, completing courses in photography, social media, web production, and UX/UI.

According to the Gallup Organization’s Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment results, Eliza’s top five strengths are:

  • Positivity: Generous with praise, quick with a smile and a positive outlook are hallmarks of the enthusiasm Eliza brings to CTAT, LLC.
  • Maximizer: The ability to take something from below average to something superb comes easily for Eliza, including helping others see their strengths.
  • Adaptability: Eliza possesses a talent that allows her to act on sudden changes in strategy, something developed while working at major metropolitan newspapers under tight deadline pressure.
  • Strategic: The ability to sort through the clutter and find the best route is a distinct way of thinking, according to Gallup. This perspective allows Eliza to evaluate potential obstacles.
  • WOO: Winning Others Over, according to Gallup. Eliza is energized by meeting others and engaging them in conversation.

Adding all these qualities, Eliza is an upbeat person, who can adapt easily to change and can analyze complex situations while asking insightful questions and helping others focus on their strengths.

Regina Schoenfeld, Ed.M., M.A., Ph.D.

Associate Consultant, CTAT, LLC

Spanish Translator

Regina has over 20 years of experience as an instructional designer and faculty member in veterinary education. She is trained as a medical interpreter (English/Spanish) and has taught “Spanish for Veterinarians” online and in person.

A New Yorker by birth, Regina grew up in Mexico City and is fully bilingual. After completing undergraduate and master’s degrees at Boston University, she moved to Colorado for her Ph.D. program and developed a fondness for the area. After graduating with a doctorate in chemical education, she joined the faculty at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where she served as coordinator of instructional design for over 13 years. During this time, she became interested in using her language skills to support the human-animal among Hispanic pet owners. She completed a medical interpreting training class at Spring Creek institute, volunteered on several spay/neuter mission trips to Mexico, and developed “Veterinary Spanish” classes for practicing veterinarians and veterinary students. A professional opportunity brought her to North Carolina State University, where she is currently an associate professor of Veterinary Educational Development. She remains committed to enhancing access to human and veterinary health care for non-English speakers.
According to the Gallup Organization’s Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment results, Regina’s top five strengths are:

  • Learner: As a faculty member and instructional designer, Regina is a committed lifelong learner. She enjoys taking on new projects and learning about the content area in order to design effective instruction.
  • Achiever: Regina is goal-driven and motivated. She enjoys meeting deadlines in a timely manner, and revels in finishing projects ahead of time.
  • Deliberative:This strength indicates a preference for planning ahead and anticipating what could go wrong. Regina leverages this trait when translating, by taking care to select precise language that accurately conveys the original meaning.
  • Analytical:With a background in science, Regina likes to investigate assertions and make sure ideas are sound before proceeding. She likes to ask “what if”, before making any decisions.
  • Empathy: Empathy helps Regina see the other side of every story, and the person behind a request.

When combining these strengths, Regina aims to understand the scope of a project, construct a plan that meets everybody’s needs and execute it in a timely manner. When issues arise along the way, she considers multiple perspectives and strives to find an alternate solution that will benefit everyone.

When she’s not at work, Regina enjoys crafting (especially fused glass), reading mystery novels and spending time with human and feline friends.