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Respark Foundation

Board Members

Respark Foundation’s board is comprised of people who care about our mission. They provide oversight for the financial, programmatic, and day-to-day operations as well as make sure the overall direction of the foundation is in line with our purpose. Meet our board members!

Amanda Jepson, LPC

(she/her) is one of the co-founders of Respark Foundation and provides both therapy services and supervision for the nonprofit. She also works as a Contract Clinical Therapist at the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Amanda has been working with survivors of trauma for 10 years. Her prior experience includes a community-based nonprofit in Minneapolis, Minnesota that served survivors of sexual violence and as a Program Director with a Partial Hospitalization Program in Colorado Springs focused on providing crisis stabilization and trauma processing in a fast-paced, short-term setting. She utilizes a variety of eclectic interventions, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), mindfulness, CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy), Narrative Therapy and Motivational Interviewing to assist her adult clients. Her specific areas of experience include working with individual and couples who have mood and trauma spectrum disorder, experienced combat trauma, childhood physical or sexual abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, or vicarious trauma. Amanda also specializes in working from a sex-positive perspective to address sex, sexuality, and diverse gender issues, as well as empowering those reclaiming their identity in the aftermath of trauma. She is knowledgeable in and affirming of LGBTQ+ identification, polyamory and open relationships, and kink.

Heather McPherson, MA, LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST

is one of the co-founders of Respark Foundation, working as a supervisor for the nonprofit. She is the founder of a group practice (respark.co) that serves Denver, Colorado, Austin, Texas, and beyond specializing in Relationships. In 2015, Heather founded The Sexual Health Alliance, which provides much needed education and certification training programs to therapists, doctors and healthcare providers. She is published in Playboy Magazine as well as Playboy Online, and has been featured on CNN, Parent Harald and TeenSafe websites. Heather McPherson has lectured at prestigious Universities including University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, University of Colorado and Governors State University in Chicago. She is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Supervisor (LMFT-S) and a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S). She has appeared on several podcasts and was invited to speak at NerdNite in Austin on relationships and sexuality. Heather helps clients gain confidence, rebuild trust, increase playfulness, and find passion and meaning in their relationships. Heather graduated from Texas State University with an MA in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy; a CACREP Accredited Program.