We have been fortunate to organically assemble a core Operations team with a vast array of personal and professional talent in the required disciplines. Our Advisory Board is absolutely stellar, please click through the links for further information.


Fred J. Hanna, PhD
Education Advisor

Fred J. Hanna, Ph.D., is a Professor in the School of Applied Psychology and Counselor Education at the University of Northern Colorado. He also serves as a Faculty Associate at Johns Hopkins University where he was a Professor for 11 years. In addition to many years of therapy practice, he has delivered hundreds of training seminars and consultations to mental health professionals, community agencies, school systems, and various organizations across America, and his teaching and training methods and delivery are highly praised.

His research interests have focused on developing the Precursors Model of Change, which is a powerful model of positive growth. Fred has also developed and published many innovative techniques aimed at positive change for addicted clients, suicidal clients, difficult adolescents, victims of oppression, anger, and criminal personalities. An accomplished world traveler, Fred has developed additional therapeutic techniques in the areas of culture and spirituality, and has studied, taught, and incorporated Asian techniques such as Yoga and Buddhist mindfulness for over 40 years. He is the author of the book, Therapy with Difficult Clients: Using the Precursors Model to Awaken Change, published by the American Psychological Association. Fred’s Precursors Model is also the subject of a recently released DVD, also published by the APA.


Renee de Alba, MA, CACIII
Clinical Advisor

Renee was raised in Westport, Connecticut but left there in her early 20’s. She moved with her new husband to Denver but fell in love with the mountains behind Boulder where she lived for most of the rest of her life. She obtained a job as an Account Executive shortly after arriving with a 4A agency and enjoyed trading barbs with Clive Cussler of Raise The Titanic fame, who was her copy writer before he became famous. She then went to college and graduate school at the University of Colorado majoring in psychology. She and her husband opened Insight Consultants, a marketing research company which successfully answered questions for 20 years about new product development and customer satisfaction for some of Colorado’s Fortune 500 companies.

A fluke volunteer request lead her to spend ten years working at the Boulder County Jail as a therapist and in program development. She next worked at a psychiatric hospital in their Intensive Outpatient Program as a therapist dealing with professional people with addictions. A serious wanderlust lead her to the position of Clinical Supervisor of a residential treatment center in Samara, Costa Rica. Bliss ended with a case of serious sciatica and she returned to the U.S.

Today she is again Clinical Supervisor to an addiction recovery program located in the foothills of Monument, CO. The approach focuses on body, mind, spirit and her work is involved with resolving serious issues around trauma. Her clients describe her as “earth mother” which captures her love of nature, animals and people (in no particular order).

Michael Johnson, CEM, CDSM
Restorative Justice and Energy Advisor

Michael Johnson, the founder and Nature-Connected Coach of Balanced Earth Creative, empowers people to discover their strength, joy, and productivity in life. Along the way, people will increase their self-acceptance and find balance by including fun as a component of their regular schedule. He is certified in Wilderness Therapy and Transformational Guiding and has a lifetime of experience to draw upon, including his own path. His personal experience allows him to relate to the challenges people face and guide them through their own healing process.

Michael has over 25 years’ experience in the energy industry with broad experiences gained through roles within a utility environment, as an independent consultant, and a third-party evaluator of energy efficiency programs. He is a Certified Energy Manager and has a good understanding of a variety of end-use technologies. His relevant experience includes: strategic planning experience resulting in the development of new, innovative product development and program offerings for Demand Side Management strategies, extensive program design/management experience for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, and overseeing operations of large commercial and industrial programs as well as niche efforts targeting non-traditional end uses.

Tiffany Bisconer, CPA
Financial Advisor

Tiffany is a bursting-hearted lover of all things passionate and is quite intent on squeezing the most out of her life’s potential. Tiffany has held a lifetime passion and involvement in the arts while simultaneously feeding her exceptionally hungry brain by becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Tiffany has over 15 years of experience in the field of accounting and is the Founder and President of Bisconer Accounting. She has served as the active CFO and Controller for a nationwide property management corporation, was the Controller for a nationwide construction management company, the Controller and Operational Manager of an entertainment production company, the Treasurer for a non-profit organization, the Advisor and Head Accountant for numerous arts based organizations and has run the start-up of businesses both on-site and remotely. Currently, Tiffany is working with one of the top 10 CPA and Consulting Firms in the nation. She is focusing her efforts within the nonprofit sector that provides assurance and consulting services to more than 5,900 governmental and nonprofit organizations nationwide including foundations such as Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.

Tiffany holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting and Financial Management, a Master’s Degree in Psychology, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts and Anthropology. Her desire to give back to the community, and humanity as a whole, has manifested in many ways, but has always been a driving force in her path of life. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area offered her many opportunities to work closely with nonprofit organizations in all stages of development to help bring success and growth to the unique mission of each organization she was able to be a part of.  She has worked with individuals, corporations, LLC’s, partnerships, and nonprofit entities to create a strong foundation of financial planning, organization and reporting to maintain the highest level of integrity. Tiffany believes that turning a dream into a reality simply takes an organized infrastructure to build upon and the passion to drive it forward!

Andre Khoury, MD, PA-C
Wellness Advisor

Andre was raised in a medical family in Los Angeles, CA. Finishing his pre-medical studies at the prestigious Loma Linda University, he graduated with his Medical Degree from Ross University, School of Medicine. Dr. Khoury now assists medical clinics in organizing their business structures by creating protocols. In addition to helping them promote and market their medical businesses, Andre also practices as a Physician Assistant and holds PA-C licenses in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Florida. He is the President of Salud Care Management Services, a clinic that offers medical services to low-income families in the greater Los Angeles area. Andre has had a passion for helping people for as long as he can remember and has used this passion to build many successful business ventures.

As the owner and CEO of a start-up entertainment/fitness company, he focused in on a niche market and grew the company to a position of international notoriety through audio and video production, clothing design, website management, international touring and affiliated services. Dr. Khoury’s uncompromising integrity, perseverance, customer-focused business approach, and innate desire to establish a base of quality, drove his company to being number one. Through his dedication and efforts he set a standard that was then emulated within the industry.

Before joining ETR, Andre Khoury was an active board member of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on Autism. He also owned and operated a Martial Arts/Self-Defense studio in Northern California and dedicated his time to instilling the values of discipline, respect and honor in his dedicated student base. Andre’s hobbies are extensive. Some of his personal accomplishments include being a three-time Ironman Triathlon competitor and obtaining a 2nd degree black belt in Okinawa-Te.

Brianna Lisignoli
Wellness Advisor

Briana Lisignoli is an herbalist and a yoga teacher. Healing and plant medicine have always been a part of her life. Her parents taught her to embrace nature and a love of plants started at a very young age. She grew up in Santa Fe, NM near the Sangre de Cristo Mountains where hiking was a regular ritual for her family. Her love of crystals and gems started early leading her to a whole new world of healing, opening her young eyes to a world of plant medicine, Reiki, massage, iridology, acupressure, herbal tincture and ritual healing ceremonies.

In 2003 Briana volunteered to go to Mozambique Africa with a nonprofit organization called Humana People to People. After, Briana started a personal quest of healing which brought her to a yoga studio in Albuquerque where she studied and also started working and dedicated her time to teaching classes, canvassing by handing out flyers, doing intake evaluations to name a few of the day to day responsibility. This style of yoga was from the classical period, originating in Korea. Holding postures for longer periods of time than usual styles of yoga was part of her training and taught her personal discipline. She learned so much about cellular trauma and learned about healing the layers of the mind, body and spirit.

In 2008 Briana started working for the Herb Store in Nob Hill, and quickly became the manager. In 2009 she started the Foundations in Herbal Medicine, studying with Bert Norgorden and Bernadette Torrez and attending video lectures from Terona Lowdog. Learning plant identification and medicine making was foundational in her training.

Two years ago Briana’s life took a beautiful, more personal turn as she gave birth to a delightful baby girl. Being a mom has become her priority, so she currently works fewer hours at the Herb Store (as an herbalist). Her daughter has been known to line her dolls along the wall and teach them how to do downward dog. Most importantly, through devotion and practice she is instilling a life of health and personal perspective for herself and beautiful child to grow into a strong happy adult.


Board of Directors

Danielle Smit
Executive Director

Danielle Smit is a passionate visionary.  Her desire and ability to connect with young people blended with her love for animals and the planet are what inspired her to take action on a dream.  With over ten years experience as a professional legal secretary and judicial assistant to a Superior Court judge, Danielle became well versed in legal processes that involved at risk children and youth.  This early training created an acute awareness of a wide variety of problems these young people face such as unstable home life, nutritional deficiencies, mental and behavioral issues, and foster care challenges.

As a lifelong animal advocate, Danielle has personally fostered, rescued, and re-homed over a dozen dogs.  Prospective new owners were carefully selected and interviewed to determine compatibility. Each situation was followed closely to ensure a successful placement.  Danielle continues to support rescue and adoption programs by collecting blankets and pillows every year for local shelters.  Her love for the environment was clearly evident when she initiated and managed Reduce – Reuse – Recycle programs in several workplaces and construction settings.

For the past eight years, Danielle has worked as an Assistant Project Manager for a commercial contractor. She has over seven years experience in small business operations management and  accounting.

Danielle’s biggest joy and inspiration is her seventeen-year-old daughter, Olivia, upon whom she impresses the importance of compassion, generosity and kindness daily.


James Gerhard, BSIT
Facilities Director

James holds a Bachelors of Science in Information Technology with a minor in Electronic Circuit Design.  In 2013, with 24 years experience operating science instruments aboard planetary spacecraft, James received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for his outstanding work on the Cassini spacecraft during Prime and Proximal Missions. He currently manages a team of science instrument specialists working on robotic instruments orbiting Saturn as well as the Instrument Operations clean room laboratory.  At work James is considered the computer expert for PC, Mac and UNIX systems including networks and wireless technology.  He was also chosen by professional peers to mentor early career people (fresh outs), helping them find their personal niche.

James has a passion for solar and battery technology with extensive knowledge in anything automotive or mechanical, having virtually built his own home. He spent 2 years as an automotive mechanic, 4 years as an electronic technician, 5 years as a electronic circuit designer, and 3 years as a project engineer for police and fire dispatch communication console systems (also a licensed Ham radio operator, call sign KK6QJG).  He is proficient in all construction trades with considerable experience in the inner workings of city codes and permitting. Having helped raise a foster child, James knows the foster care system well, loves animals and spent his entire life with dogs and/or cats.


Simone Gerhard
Operations Director

Simone is a licensed Property & Casualty insurance broker for over 13 years and caters to clients in a very small aspect of the insurance industry called Surety. Surety is a high-paced, demanding industry with daily deadlines. She has great communication skills and computer skills, is efficient with time management and is extremely organized.  She has managed many projects and streamlined new accounts so that her clients can get what they need quickly and easily. A notary public, Simone is also a list maker, proficient in QuickBooks, Excel, and Word. She lives in a small town with her husband of 21 years as the proud mother of a 20 year old daughter.

Simone has had a great desire to be of service and to somehow make a difference in any small way for humanity and the planet.  She has always felt connected to young people feeling that she particularly has a way with growing teens. Simone has firsthand experience with the Foster Care System after she became a foster parent to one of her daughter’s friends who was showing signs of abuse.  She felt the need to help the young girl and did!  When it was discovered that the girl was indeed being neglected and abused, the girl was taken from her home and put into a foster home.  Simone immediately began the process of becoming a foster parent and within a week the young girl was placed in her care. She has a great love for animals and has always dreamed of someday living in an environment where she could merge the best of both worlds – kids and animals.

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