Beck Bright-Samarzia, MA
Chief operating Officer
Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness
Beck (she/her) has always been a “handler.” It wouldn’t be surprising to hear her say, “I’ll take care of it!” with excitement, enthusiasm, and most importantly, skill. Between her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and her organizational skill acquired through twenty years of administrative experience, Beck is an organizational expert, seeing patterns through chaos and deftly navigating challenging situations.
Beck started working in dental offices when she was just 18, and eventually used her skills and experience to become an office manager, professionally temping and offering training to many different dental practices in the Denver Metro area. Never really being satisfied with “just” being a manager, she earned her Master’s degree from the University of Colorado-Denver in 2015. Her early experiences in internship and post grad were at the Gender Identity Center of Colorado, where she enjoyed working with clients seeking everything from guidance in transition to coming out to loved ones, to cheering them on and encouraging clients to live their authentic lives, not to mention clients who just wanted to work toward their goals in an understanding and non-judgmental environment. Training interns as a Clinical Manager specializing in Integrity Maintenance added the cherry on top to an incredible clinical experience as it utilized one of her most-loved qualities: teaching and training. Beck has always had a passion for counseling, and used to attend Continuing Education events while still in graduate school, simply for the knowledge. She met Jamie at one such event in 2013, which started her journey with the practice of Dancing Mindfulness.
Beck has been a Dancing Mindfulness facilitator since 2014 and thoroughly enjoys all forms of creative expressions, including dance, writing, visual arts, needle crafts, and especially vocal music. Beck spent many years in Denver as part of several vocal groups including an 80-voice women’s chorus, a small a capella group, a large mixed-voice chorus, and a local cover band.
Alicia Hann (she/her) serves as an administrative assistant for Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness . Alicia is connected to Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness through Dancing Mindfulness. She has been a facilitator in the Columbus area since 2016 and is actively working on becoming a Dancing Mindfulness affiliate. Alicia is also a dance performer,choreographer, and dance educator. Alicia is thrilled to be a part of the ICM team as a person who has used the dance to aid in her personal healing and recovery she wholeheartedly believes in the “healing power” of art and self expression. Alicia also enjoys backpacking, all things coffee, being in nature, and spending time with her two dogs.
Garrett La Valley
Web & tech designer
Garrett (he/him) is the founder of OdinCat Media Group, which provides elegant digital solutions for businesses and nonprofits. His company manages the website, visual branding and technology solutions for The Institute for Creative Mindfulness. In his personal life, Garrett is an avid student of meditation, yoga and spiritual traditions. He has been studying and practicing yoga since the age of 15.
Amy Wagner, M.A., LMFT, LMHC
Co-Director, Advanced Certificate in Dissociation Studies for EMDR Therapists
Amy (she/her) is passionate about guiding therapists to understanding the gift of dissociation from a perspective of humility, compassion and empathetic awareness that is consistently based in curiosity for the clients unique experience. Amy believes that working with trauma also means working with the normal human experience of dissociation in a non-pathologizing way. Amy has the heart of a teacher and finds her stride in EMDR consulting and helping therapists develop into their best clinical selves. Amy remains deeply involved in clinical work at her private practice in Orlando where she specializes in working with clients who are healing from developmental trauma by transforming their lives and relationships. In her down time, Amy can be found paddle boarding around Orlando, playing with her golden retrievers and spending time with her family.
Lisa Hayes, MSW, LISW-S
Director, EMDR Therapy Training Program for BIPOC Clinicians
Lisa (she/her) serves as our Director of the EMDR Therapy Training Program for BIPOC Clinicians; her work centers on the education, support and empowerment of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and traditionally underrepresented clinicians of color. Anti-oppression and anti-racist philosophies are at the core of Lisa’s personal and professional identity. Lisa is committed to developing and supporting programming that acknowledges the insidious realities and negative impacts of oppression. Lisa hopes that her work increases the emotional, intellectual and professional safety of BIPOC clinicians and helps to create safer spaces for learning, professional networking and community building. When not at work Lisa enjoys reading, laughing with her sisters, building race tracks with her godson, travelling with her partner and playing with her dog. Lisa relies heavily on the love and support of her partner, family and friends.
Irene Rodriguez, MS, LMHC, REAT
Director, Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate Program
Irene M. Rodriguez (she/her) serves as our Director of the Certificate of Expressive Arts Therapy. She is known for her ability to meet trainees where they are at as they continue their learning journey. She enjoys creating space for her trainees to allow their creative and expressive potential to blossom as they explore their inner worlds. Irene fell in love with the expressive arts after completing her Dancing Mindfulness certification in 2013. Since then, Irene has been using music, movement, journaling with her clients and trainees. As an EMDR Approved consultant and faculty member of ICM, she is passionate about helping trainees incorporate expressive art in the services they provide to their clients. She lives by herself with her cat Merlot. Irene loves spending time outdoors, journaling, sharing her expressive arts practice with family and friends.