Gorman Barry, Ph.D., R.N.
Barry founded BrainWise in 1994.
The developer of the BrainWise Program,
she is a former adolescent, school, and migrant health
nurse. She also has taught college research courses and
served as lead instructor for the pilot test of the BrainWise
curriculum with inner-city students. Dr. Barry has more
than 25 years of experience working with at-risk youth
and has spearheaded more than 30 research studies on topics
ranging from domestic violence to general consumer issues.
Her extensive research has played an instrumental role
in the development and testing of the BrainWise
lesson plans and student workbooks. Since
she first started the organization, more than 3000 individuals have been trained to teach, co-facilitate, or
administer the program in schools, youth agencies and
nonprofit organizations throughout North America and China.
Vice President and General Manager of MCI Wireless and
former President of Richochet, Ballance has thirty years
of sales, marketing, and executive management experience
in Information Technology. He first became involved with
the BrainWise Program in 2001.
attorney and former Speaker of the Colorado
House of Representatives. Rev. Carroll is a former police
officer and an ordained minister whose work with urban
youth and juvenile offenders has earned him many recognitions,
including "African-American Who Makes a Difference
and "Up and Coming African-American Leader."
C. Eberle, J.D.
Attorney and former State Legislator, Eberle is active in the community, having served as Chair of the State Board of Equalization, Head of Colorado's Task Force on Homeless Youth, and as a member of the Colorado Council on the Arts. Eberle also served on the Civic Ventures Board of the Downtown Denver Partnership and is currently a member of the Denver County Cultural Committee.
Mr. Eberle is a Founding Director of the BrainWise
Program and has served on the Board since 1995.
Vice President, First American State Bank, having specialized
in Commercial Business Development and Private Banking.
Her prior professional experience includes 22 years with
Bank of America and predecessors, working in multiple
facets of the banking industry. She is on the Board of
Directors for The Wildlife Experience Museum and is a
committee member for the Women’s Foundation of Colorado.
She has served on the Board of Directors of the Colorado
Women’s Chamber of Commerce and was secretary of
Denver Mile High Rotary where she has been a member for
Patricia Fiske brings her experience as President and Chief Executive Officer of Worldwide Partners Inc., global network of entrepreneurial marketing communications firms, to the BrainWise board. She is a past President of Denver Mile High Rotary and her Rotary activities include serving as the past Assistant Governor of District 5450, the Coordinator of Zone 25 Literary Resource Group, the head of a GSE team to China, a Board member of Rocky Mountain Youth Leadership Award (RYLA), and the Chairman of Young RYLA. She was named District 5450’s Rotarian of the Year. She also organized and staffed a health fair in China. In her involvement with BrainWise she has worked as a course instructor with elementary school students, teen mothers, other at-risk teens, and low-income parents and has been a BrainWise mentor and supporter of numerous BrainWise projects. She has been a Board member since 2010.
is a co-founder and has been a principal of Dispute Management, Inc. since 1990. He received a J.D. from the University of Denver College Of Law in 1976. Dan has practiced law in Colorado since 1976 with an emphasis on litigation and business matters. He received training in negotiation, mediation and arbitration from Harvard Law School in 1990 and advanced negotiation training from Harvard Law School in 2004. Dan is on the arbitration panel and mediation panel of the National Association of Securities Dealers and has served on the mediation and arbitration panels of the AAA. He is past chair of the Colorado Bar Association ADR Committee and has served as the co-chair of the Denver Bar Association ADR Committee. He has also served on the Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors. Dan has an undergraduate degree in chemistry. He served with the U.S. Army Special Forces and was an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers.
Currently Vice President of Blackboard Collaborate which provides enhanced collaboration and interactive learning opportunities through the industry’s leading virtual classrooms. His area of focus is with Higher Education Institutions in the West and Mountain States region.
Previously he was a Senior
Account Executive for eCollege, where he was responsible
for managing the educational partners for K12- including
product development, marketing, sales, service and future
development. He has more than 15 years of sales and sales
management with companies such as Raindance Communications,
OraLabs Inc. and his own international distribution company
Bridgeway® International LLC. Mr. Kinney is also an
advisor to eSciencelabs.com and has been a volunteer for
Junior Achievement, Big Brother, Whiz Kids, Denver Sports
Commission and Mile High Ministries.
Rebecca Persing, DNP, MSN, RN
Rebecca Persing is a supervisor of the Jefferson County Public Health Nursing and Human Services Collaboration, under the Jefferson County Department of Public Health and Environment. Persing was looking for an evidence-based program nurses could use to help TANF and child welfare families make good health decisions, and found BrainWise addressed all her desired criteria. Her nurses are using the curriculum as the foundation for their family interventions, including home visits and community workshops. Persing was a Lecturer at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where she had received her MSN and DNP. She has served as the Clinical Educator, Women and Infant Services at Exempla Lutheran Medical Center and was a Nursing Project Manager for Denver Health. Persing is a Member of Sigma Theta Tau and Phi Sigma, the National Biological Honorary Society.
Patricia L. Peterson, B.S.N., J.D.
Patricia Peterson is President and CEO of the Kempe Foundation for the Treatment and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect in Denver and has 20 years of experience as a nurse, attorney and foundation executive with a strong background in foundation management and fundraising.
Peterson formerly served as executive director of the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation in Denver, and as president and CEO of the Memorial Health System Foundation in Colorado Springs. She received her nursing degree from Stanford University Medical Center in California, and her law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in Maryland. She is a member of the Maryland, Delaware and Colorado Bar Associations, and has practiced law in all three states.
hydro-geologist and engineer who serves on the Cherry
Creek School District’s Special Education Advisory
Committee as a parent advisor.
Former Director of Social Workers, Denver Public Schools.
Maes & Maes, Board Member Mi Casa Resource Center
Member of Crown Castle Communications and former President
of OneComm Inc.
University of Northern Colorado Center for Urban Education.
A principal in GBSM Inc. and active in several community
organizations Including the American Red Cross, and the
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Administrative Officer, Regional Transportation District
Colorado State Senator