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Program and Retreat Director 

Laura Tyson, M.A., has been working in the field of women's recovery for over twenty five years. She holds a Master's degree in Psychology, and since 1987 her therapeutic work has focused on using the natural world as a resource in recovery from trauma. Her career has included work as a psychotherapist, wilderness therapy guide, outdoor educator, retreat director, and non-profit administrator. She is the founder of The Women's Wilderness Institute, an organization dedicated to building courage, confidence, and leadership for women and girls, where she served as Executive Director for eleven years. For three years, in 2011, 2012, and 2015 she directed this series of six-day retreats for women veterans, serving a total of over 200 women. CenterPoint was created out of her dedication to bringing high-quality, therapeutic outdoor experiences to women veterans. When not directing retreats for women veterans, she guides international trips focused on creative self-expression, mindfulness, and positive cultural exchange.


CenterPoint facilitators are carefully chosen for their experience, skill, kindness, and authenticity. They are powerful and caring women who live full and heartfelt lives, and who have the wisdom and capacity to connect, support, and inspire.

Judith V Judith Vanderynn, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who is in private practice.  Judith did a postdoctoral fellowship in PTSD at the VA Hospital in Denver, and her specialties are in working with people with PTSD, other anxiety disorders, and chronic pain.  She has also worked in addiction treatment centers, and in outdoor-based therapeutic programs with the Colorado Outward Bound School and The Women's Wilderness Institute.       

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Katie Asmus, M.A., LPC, has led educational and therapeutic wilderness programs for the past 25 years. She is a somatic and wilderness psychotherapist, life coach, educator, mentor and workshop facilitator.  Katie specializes in body-centered modalities for working with trauma, and she has presented internationally in this field for the past 15 years. She trains therapists in EMDR, is on the faculty for graduate programs at Naropa and Prescott College, and has published articles on the topics of trauma and conscious choice. Katie is constantly in awe of the strength of the human spirit and the inherent wisdom of our body-minds.      

LizzyLizzy Slatt, LCSW,  works as a clinician at the SAVA (Sexual Assault Victim Advocate) Center in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she also spent five years as the Prevention and Education Director. She provides solution-focused individual and group therapy, and incorporates experiential activities that engage different styles of healing with physical, body-centered, mindfulness, artistic and outdoor nature-based activities. She is a trained EMDR Level II Practitioner. Lizzy has found creative ways to combine her passions for social justice, healing and experiential learning including working for the Women's Wilderness Institute since 2001, guiding rock-climbing and backpacking courses for girls and women. She served as a facilitator for a series of 6-day retreats with women veterans in 2011 and 2012.    

Tiffany PhotoTiffany Higgins, M.S.,. has 20 years experience in working with people as a facilitator, life coach, teacher, and experiential educator. She holds a Masters degree in Education, and has designed and led experiential teambuilding, leadership, and ropes course programs for thousands of people, including women veterans, corporate groups, sports teams, youth, and teens at-risk. Tiffany is an enthusiastic group facilitator with a keen eye for subtle group dynamics. She is able to see individuals for who they are and engage them in drawing out their unique gifts.      

Karen I Karen Immerso, M.A., has been working in the field of experiential education and facilitation for 28 years, since 1985. She holds a Masters in Experiential Education from CU Boulder, and has worked for the Colorado Outward Bound School, The Women's Wilderness Institute, and many other outdoor programs.  Her recent work has included wilderness courses and retreats with Veterans and women’s groups.  At home, her life includes the joys of growing food, throwing pottery and teaching adult classes.        

Caitlin Caitlin Slutzky, M.A., holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. She currently works in private practice, specializing in substance abuse and trauma, and is working towards licensure in the state of California. She has held the roles of psychotherapist, wilderness guide, educator, and group facilitator. The intention she brings to all aspects of her work is to support and guide people towards a deeper and more authentic connection with self, other, and the natural world, so that they may create a fuller and more satisfying life. Caitlin facilitated a series of retreats for women veterans in 2011 and 2012.      

Karen Drucker in Maine Karen Drucker, PsyD., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Colorado and obtained her doctoral degree from the American School of Professional Psychology.  She has a private practice in Boulder, Colorado; where she specializes in the treatment of trauma, depression and addictions.  She is highly trained in experiential and group therapy modalities, and is a certified Trainer of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group psychotherapy.  Karen is a trainer in the Therapeutic Spiral Model, an experiential method for resolving trauma. She teaches graduate psychology students at Naropa University, and facilitates a training group for therapists to support their professional growth and development. She is on staff at La Luna Center, which specializes in eating disorders.  Karen also holds a Masters Degree in Outdoor Recreation. She has a deep respect for the healing power of the body, and teaches and presents nationally and internationally on psychodrama and action methods.      

Lee Klinger Lesser, MS,  has developed and led retreats for Veterans since 2008, integrating her experience of mindfulness and meditation into accessible programming for Veterans. She has taught the mindfulness practice of Sensory Awareness for over 45 years both nationally and internationally. She also led national trainings in emotional intelligence, family support, and diversity and equity for early childhood educators.            

Vanessa Meade, PsyD, LCSW,  is the founder of the Alaska Veterans Organization for Women (A.V.O.W.), a U.S. Army/Gulf War Veteran, and a former Alaska State Trooper who lives in Anchorage, Alaska. She has a doctorate in psychology and is a licensed clinical social worker. The focus of her doctoral studies was mindfulness-based practices with women veterans. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), is a recognized leader of Sensory Awareness, and facilitates mindfulness-based retreats and programs. She is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Alaska-Anchorage in the School of Social Work and has also worked in community mental health agencies and juvenile justice facilities.