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Author, speaker and Emotional Intelligence expert, Jedd Hafer has been training educators and other professionals to keep their cool in intense situations for over 20 years. He is a national presenter for the Love and Logic Institute and has trained staff in 46 states and 7 countries in skills to avoid power struggles, resolve conflict and prevent crisis. Prior to training internationally, he worked with at-risk & gang-affiliated teens who were court-ordered to treatment. Jedd then took these skills into his new mission that he saw vital to prevent violence and save lives. Jedd has held national, professional level certifications in TCI (Cornell University) and Trauma Informed Practices. He has spent years researching the Knowing-Doing gap and what enables top performers to be at their best in intense situations. Jedd is the founder of Mission-Peace, an organization dedicated to providing the very best de-escalation training for law enforcement and security personnel
Nate Wilson was born in Colorado Springs, CO and raised in Woodland Park, CO. Nate experienced many hard times growing up in high school including drug addiction, criminal behavior and mental health struggles. Nate has been clean for 11 years from meth and heroin, and been abstinent from alcohol for 4 years. Since Nate has turned his life around he has developed a passion for helping youth who are in a similar position that Nate was. Since choosing a better path, Nate has become certified as a personal trainer, peer recovery coach and started a mentorship program within New Visions Recovery Solutions. Nate has recently become a Fit and Healthy columnist for the Pikes Peak Courier and has also published a book about his journey through addiction and recovery called “Zero to Hero: The tale of my recovery from drug addiction and psychosis.” Nate enjoys spending time with his family, working out daily, writing, and helping others.
Hello, my name is Raelene Howard. I have struggled with multiple disorders, substance abuse and mental health issues for the better half of my life. By the grace of God, I was able to overcome my addiction and the urges to use substances to self medicate 3 1/2 years ago. I found my way from living in a car to living in a loving home. I found my way out of abusive relationships and “friendships”, into meaningful, healthy and loving relationships. I was led back to my faith and my relationship with the Lord is stronger than ever. I am beyond blessed to work with youth who are struggling, and to be a voice of reason, guidance and just a good friend. My mission is to impact the kids that I work with, giving them the hope necessary to get them back on the right track. In recovery, support is one of the biggest tools for success, and I love that I get to be that for the youth in our community.
Quinton Blanche is a Colorado Native with an Entrepreneur’s Heart. His passions are helping others create a healthy and fun lifestyle through a Lifestyle Travel Club, while also pursuing singing and songwriting in the RnB Genre. He aims to inspire the people around him while making a difference in his community through motivational speaking and leadership. His favorite quote is “We all are born looking like our parents but we die looking like our choices.” This quote inspires him to get the most from everyday while making choices that will help him to be the best he can be.
Rob Decker: Husband, Father, Personal Trainer/ Health Coach, Business owner, Speaker, Youth Mentor, Best Selling Author, recovery/life skills coach.
My primary objective is to share my story of a failed suicide attempt that led to a relationship with God. I suffered many years of depression, anger and confusion and fed that with drugs, alcohol and bad relationships. To eventually turn it into a story of forgiveness, understanding and love. I desire to inspire, encourage and give hope to those who have had similar battles and that means helping the youth before they make a seriously awful turn in this life
Lauren is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with 14 years of experience working with individuals and families. She has extensive experience in relational therapy with families and couples. She has worked with children and adolescents in multiple capacities: intensive in-home services, outpatient/intensive outpatient therapy, and leading group therapy.
I was born in Chicago and I grew up here in Colorado. For the first 26 years of my life, I walked in a story of insecurity, fear, and trying to please people. After years of trying to figure out what my life was about, I came to faith in Jesus and He showed me who I was. With this new-found realization, I ended up starting a DJ business where I succeeded in DJ’ing over 300 weddings and events over 8 years. I knew that my potential impact was so much bigger than what I was doing. I’ve spent years studying personal and leadership development and my dream is to speak, coach and mentor people who are also trying to figure out what their life is about. My mission here at New Visions is to help young people discover their true identity and develop the confidence to walk in it. In doing that, we will help to overcome their fears of being seen, the fears of being scared, the fears of being vulnerable and the fears of being effective and successful.
Jordan received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Health in 2018 from Western Oregon University. She was born and raised in Oregon but ended up working in multiple different states before settling in Colorado. She has worked in the field of psychology since 2019 employed as a Registered Behavior Therapist in Applied Behavior Analysis, working primarily with preteens. As well as opening her own business - A Balanced Life Coaching - where she found her passion for serving and supporting the community. Jordan has dedicated herself to helping others become the best versions of themselves. Her goal in working with New Visions is to help everyone she works with find their own passions and the things that keep them motivated towards the right path. In addition to this work she is also pursuing a Master's Degree so she can continue her work with the community.