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Our Boards:

As a 501c3 non-profit (EIN#: 92-0650396), we currently have 10 board members who have a wide variety of impressive experiences. Several have been trauma parents themselves, and others work or have experience in social work, psychology, or teaching. 

In addition, TDU is overseen by an Advisory Board made up of seven trauma-informed specialists. Craig Knippenberg, well-known owner of Knippenberg, Patterson, Langley & Associates heads up that board. Most of our Advisory Board also have experience as trauma parents as well.


We really DO get it!

Non-Profit Governance Board:

Gina Heumann

Founder & CEO

Nichole Bogner

Board President


Board Vice-President

Gina Heumann is a professor, author, speaker, designer, and founder & CEO of Trauma Drama University. In her day job, she is a professor of interior design at Rocky Mountain College or Art + Design.

After adopting their boys from Guatemala, Gina & her husband were thrust into the eye of the trauma storm, realizing their youngest was neglected by his previous caregiver. After over a decade of researching and testing out a multitude of therapies and treatments, the family finally found the right combination of tools and began healing together. Now, a connected unit, the family is dedicated to sharing experiences, offering hope, and passing on what they've learned with the next generation of parents.

The journey began in 2019, when Gina launched her book, Love Never Quits: Surviving & Thriving After Infertility, Adoption, and Reactive Attachment Disorder, winner of a gold seal from the prestigious Mom's Choice awards. In 2020, Gina spoke at TEDx Grand Junction about how "Childhood Trauma Affects Us All". As a curriculum designer, Gina began creating TDU's online courses during COVID and launched as an official non-profit in the Fall of 2022.

In addition, Gina owns Heumann Creative Solutions, a one-stop shop for creative business needs: logos, graphics, websites, videos, and interiors. 

Nichole Bogner, our current Board President, is a magical unicorn... talented in so many ways!

She is mom to three kiddos with a fourth on the way and homeschools the older ones. She is actively involved in her church, and owns several businesses. 

In her previous life, Nichole built aircraft for Lockheed Martin. She also holds a Sigma Chi blackbelt in process and organization.

Heidi Eastman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience in mental health and recovery services. In her role as Vice President of Rehabilitation at WellPower, she ensures that psychiatric rehabilitation services are an integral part of community mental health.  


Ms. Eastman obtained her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington and completed her practicum experience at Rose House Clubhouse in Tacoma, Washington. She holds two certificates from the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association – a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner certification as well as a Child and Family Resiliency Practitioner certification. 


Ms. Eastman has served on various community, state, and national boards, including the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) board of directors. She is also a subject matter expert and a member of the certification commission for PRA. Ms. Eastman has also served as an item writer for the Association of Social Work boards and wrote questions for the clinical social work exam.


Ms. Eastman and her spouse moved to Denver in early 2017 and since then she views herself fortunate to work to champion Psychiatric Rehabilitation services in Denver as well as nationally. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Social Work degree at Tulane University. 

Hope Stafford

Board Member-at-Large

Chris Coward

Board Member-at-Large

Maddox heumann

Board Member-at-Large

Hope Stafford was born and raised in Denver. She is a Realtor®, is married to her husband Daniel, and is a dog mom to Momo, Banksey, and Lexie. She loves travel, watching sports, going to concerts and spending time with friends and family.


Hope joined the TDU Board because she is currently getting certified to foster children, and after taking all the courses regarding trauma, really saw the need for the resources TDU provides. 

Chris works with leaders and teams to leverage their strengths and tackle their challenges to boost productivity and engagement in their organizations. 

In addition to Executive and Leadership Coaching, Chris is an experienced seminar and training facilitator who brings her unique blend of fresh content, humor, energy, and engagement to help participants transform their leadership to new levels. 


Chris has served in leadership roles on several boards including International Coach Federation of Colorado and Philadelphia. She is the former chair of the Duke University Women's Forum in Colorado. For fun she plays bass in local rock bands in the Denver area.

Maddox Heumann is a true example of resilience and trauma healing. His early life was consumed by anger, anxiety, mistrust, and violence after his traumatic experience in foster care, which had a long-lasting effect on his fight-or-flight response. He was eventually diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder.

After family therapy and a multitude of interventions, Maddox and his family achieved peace and connection. He was eager to pay it forward to other kids who are struggling.

Maddox holds a certificate in Live Music & Sound from KMG Life, and currently works as a stagehand for AEG, where he sets up & tears down equipment and sees a bunch of free shows!

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