THE COUR EXPERIENCE TEAM

WORKING BOARD

Debbie DiManno

Debbie’s path to Cour Experience took her from a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology to various careers in the medical field modalities such as Cardiology, GI, and Genetic Biotech. Her interests took her into the business sector working for Fortune 500 companies such as HP, Philips, Siemens, and Exact Sciences.


She spent 30 years working in Western Medicine and her extreme health issues made it clear that Western Medicine didn’t have all the answers. She understood that much of her healing had to come from within. She realized that her “biography was her biology”. She became “well” as a result of using modalities like mindfulness, meditation, and yoga. She has always been a natural coach and found herself inspired to share everything she has learned.


Debbie chose to get involved with youth when her teenage daughter started experiencing anxiety, secondary to a motor vehicle accident trauma. Debbie decided to avoid medication and instead chose Biofeedback training and HeartMath for her daughter’s treatment which was quite successful. Ironically, many of her daughter’s friends were having similar issues related to stress, anxiety, depression, and even suicide.


Debbie decided that she could no longer just sit and watch the horrific phenomena surrounding our youth. Something had to be done before another young life was lost to suicide!


Cour Experience, INC. was created as a result of the significant need of our children to have balance in a world that is changing at the speed of light.

Debbie DiManno

Chief Executive Officer

BS in Exercise Physiology, SEL Yoga Certified

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Marci Mitchell

Chief Marketing Officer

Center Director, Certified EFT and TFT Tapping Practitioner, former major, United States army

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Marci Mitchell

Marci is an original member of the Cour Experience team, a 3rd generation native Californian, and a joyful optimist. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Clark University with a major in International Relations. She is an Army veteran, having served as a Military Intelligence Officer after college in Munich, Germany, Naples, Italy, and various locations in the US.


Marci is a wife and mother of two sons, Patrick and Hershel, who is a transgender male. Both of her kids deal with depression and anxiety. As a family, they have dealt with emotional overwhelm, school trauma, self-harm, suicidality, transgender issues, and autism spectrum issues. Marci is passionate about helping youth find joy, balance, and purpose in a stressful world.


Marci discovered metaphysical teachings when she was 17, connecting with a belief system that led her down a new path. It has been on a journey of self-discovery and transformation lasting over 38 years. She is passionate about helping people live joyful, balanced, and purposeful lives and she believes we can all come together and create a world that works for everyone. It begins with the younger generations and she is here to do her part to support them.

Krista Wiekamp

Krista is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC), a certified Lifestyle Medicine Coach, and earned her Master's Degree in Professional Communication. She also has over 14+ years of experience in both marketing and nonprofits.


Krista is currently a program developer and manager for the Youth Mentor Program for victims of crime and is a program developer and Vice-Chair for the Public Health Department's Safe Kid's Coalition suicide prevention program. She was awarded the Leadership and Empowerment Across Generations Award for developing a successful after-school program for children at-risk.


Krista became involved with Cour Experience to continue her work and passion in health education and program development to reduce youth stress, anxiety, and suicide ideation. She aims to develop and implement programming into schools that would help our youth thrive by building healthy, lasting relationships outside of their home and by learning to use healthy tools to overcome stress, anxiety, and suicide ideation.


She believes strongly that we have a responsibility to hold space in this busy world for our youth to just be. She believes that ultimately they need to learn how to hold this space for themselves with tools they can use throughout life.

Krista Wiekamp

Chief Operating Officer

MA in Professional Communications, NBC-HWC, Youth Program Developer for Victims of Crime and Children At Risk, Certified QPR Gatekeeper, Certified in Suicide Triage

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GOVERNING BOARD

Gabriella Lundquist

President of the Board

BA in Communications, licensed Financial Advisor, Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS)

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Gabriella Lundquist

Gabriella Lundquist is a registered representative with and securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor, Member FINRA and SIPC.


Gabriella was born and raised in Sweden in a household where goal-setting, visualization, and courageous execution were the norm. She moved from home at the age of 16 to study business and pursue a career in tennis. After high school, she came to the United States on a full tennis scholarship and earned her BA in Communications. Gabriella is also a licensed Financial Advisor (registered through LPL Financial), an active partner at Ideal Life Advisors, and an Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS) with 14+ years of experience as a Wealth Advisor.


As a Wealth Advisor, Gabriella assists her clients with specific goal-setting, plan development, and investment strategies. She's very passionate about helping her clients build their wealth and improve their overall net worth. She helps people reach true happiness by teaching the importance of nurturing the connection to our hearts when we make important decisions in our lives.


From a young age, she learned the importance of cultivating our deepest desires through listening and following your heart. Gabriella strives to provide guidance for our younger generations by inspiring youth to define what they truly desire for their future, for others, and for future generations. It takes patience, courage, and most of all it takes heart to do it!


Syonia Peterson

Syonia Peterson is one of the founding members of Cour Experience. She spent 23 years as CEO of Folsom Technology Group, Inc. and the past 11 years as a Software Asset Manager for California ISO in Folsom, California.


Syonia and her husband are raising two young men with autism and have dedicated their lives to helping their sons navigate their own lives with grace, joy, and purpose. Like all parenting, it is a labor of love, filled with triumphs and trials, laughter, tears, and profound beauty.


Having lived with anxiety all her life, Syonia is committed to seeking effective strategies to help both herself and her kids navigate a complex world. She is passionate about sharing these strategies with kids, teens, and adults so that each can find their own peace, calm, and comfort as they travel the road of life.


Syonia is a musician and singer, playing and singing in multiple bands in the greater Sacramento area. She is a lover of the outdoors and a student of Nature and all it has to share. She is a data and science-based person who balances her intuitive nature with the need to prove the theory.

Syonia Peterson

Treasurer of the Board


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Paula Brown

Secretary of the Board

B.S. Psychology, Certified Hypnotherapy, Certified Life Coach

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Paula Brown

Paula earned her B.S. degree in Psychology, she is a Certified Hypnotherapist and a Certified Life coach. Her capstone research project was on the effects of the extreme shut-down measures of Covid-19 on our adolescence. The research shows that anxiety, PTSD, depression, substance abuse, and suicidality have increased as a result and will plague society for years to come.


Paula is a single mother of three beautiful, intelligent daughters who she is very proud of. She has 30 years of experience in Finance and Insurance in the automotive business. Paula is also an advocate for women in business and created a website to guide and empower them.


Setbacks of life can be wisdom-building and propel someone into great things. Like a baby learning to walk who falls 100’s times, then run, mistakes and setbacks can lead to growth and greater knowledge. Paula believes that Cour Experience is an essential part of clearing a path for and leading our youth through that growth process.


If we can help one, we will be grateful. But, if we can create a movement, we can change the world.


ADVISORY BOARD

Terence Shigg

Advisory Board Member

MS in Counseling Psychology, COO for Any Body Can Youth Foundation, trained in EMDR, HeartMath, Blue Courage, Critical Incident Skills Management (CISM) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), retired Law Enforcement Officer, retired Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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Terence Shigg

Terence L. Shigg is a retired federal law enforcement officer (27 years) and a practicing licensed marriage and family therapist (12 years). For 20 years, he was a leader in the largest federal labor union, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). His education includes a BA in Psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from National University. In 2012, he was honored with a Leadership award from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, San Diego for his role in developing and presenting suicide awareness training. He has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Blue Courage (bluecourage.com), HeartMath (Heartmath.com), Critical Incident Skills Management (CISM) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).


He currently serves as the Chief Operation Officer (COO) for Any Body Can Youth Foundation (abcyouthfoundation.org). Terence has developed relationships with national and local politicians, leaders, and organizations. He is active in his church (The Rock – sdrock.com) and volunteers as a community chaplain.

Dr. Mark E. Holthouse MD

FAAFP, ABIHM, ABoIM, ABFP

Training: Medical degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

Residency training at UC Davis Medical Center / US Air Force David Grant Medical Center in Family Medicine.

Board Certified Family Medicine

Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner (first test cohort 2013 in CFMP)

Board Certified American Board of Integrative Medicine

Board Certified American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine

Experience

• Chief of Ambulatory Care Mather and McClellan Hospitals USAF

• UC Davis Medical School Teaching Faculty

• Co-Founder Placerville Family Practice Inc.- Placerville, CA

• Founder of Center for Functional and Integrative Medicine, Inc.- Cameron Park, CA

• Co-Founder True Health Center for Functional Medicine- El Dorado Hills, CA

• Over 25 years in Family Medicine along with Functional medicine since 2006

• Loma Linda University School of Medicine teaching faculty Preventive Cardiology and Metabolic Medicine

• IFM teaching faculty

Dr. Mark E. Holthouse MD

Advisory Board Director

MD, Board Certified Family Medicine, Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Board Certified American Board of Integrative Medicine, Board Certified American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine

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Patricia Souza

Advisory Board Member

MA in Education and Advanced Leadership Training, California Public Education Teacher, Principal, Assistant Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, Superintendent of Schools

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Patricia Souza

Pat’s thirty-six-year career in California Public Education includes classroom teaching, elementary and junior high school principalships, and district level administration as assistant superintendent, deputy superintendent, and superintendent of schools.


She has a Masters's in Educational Administration and Advanced Leadership Training. She has had extensive successful leadership experience in the educational and personal/professional growth arenas.


Pat was co-partner and co-founder of a consulting firm serving the personnel needs of school districts throughout California. She was also a 10-year member of the Association of California Administrator’s Professional Assistance Team serving the legal needs of school administrators throughout California.


Pat believes in the efficacy of all people; young and old. She has a passion for bringing people together to create systems to support ongoing personal growth and harmony in their lives, the community and the world.

Kim Hughes

Kim Hughes is a licensed clinical social worker and the Clinical Director of Sierra Child and Family Services. She has been providing mental health services to youth and their families in El Dorado County since 1993. Kim earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Westfield State University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston College before making her way west in the summer of 1993. She has held a variety of clinical positions with Sierra Child and Family Services and currently leads a team of fine clinicians who provide educationally related mental health services for the EDUHSD.


In addition to her extensive training and education as a mental health clinician she has been practicing yoga for 20 years and in May of 2018, became certified as a yoga teacher. She approaches her work with a strong back and open heart. Kim empowers and celebrates the resiliency of young people and is passionate about working with them in their natural environments to help them recognize their potential to grow and become leaders themselves.

Kim Hughes

Advisory Board Member

MA in Clinical Social Work, LCSW, Clinical Director of Sierra Child and Family Services

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Julie Rodriguez

Advisory Board Member

MS in Psychology, College Professor

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Julie Rodriguez

Julie earned her Master's Degree in Psychology and is a Psychology Professor at Folsom Lake College. In addition to her formal training and experience, Julie has had a life filled with opportunities for growth. Julie is visually impaired and her disability has made her the strong and compassionate person she is today.


Julie’s unique perspective and her understanding of mindfulness techniques are a pivotal part of our program. She lives and breathes the belief that each and every one of us has the power to make the permanent changes we seek to live the life we desire with healthy, bodies, minds, and souls!


Julie became part of Cour Experience because her heart breaks every time she hears about another young person struggling with depression and anxiety. The suicide rates are at an all-time high for this age group, and it is happening every day. Our kids feel overwhelmed. The tools that Cour Experience share have helped Julie personally and wish she had them when she was younger. Cour Experience is here to make a difference. Julie is tired of just talking about doing something, she wants to be a part of the solution.

Vashti Summervill

Vashti is a certified teacher in the state of Idaho, a PCI Certified Parent Coach ® and a Therapeutic Educational Consultant. She also has a Master of Music degree and is a musician.


She is passionate about doing upstream work to reduce self-harm, anxiety, and depression in our youth. She produces the podcast “Teen Connectivity” - a show dedicated to helping parents navigate the wilderness of adolescence. She currently serves on the St. Luke's Pediatric Family Advisory Council representing families with children hospitalized due to a mental health crisis, is the secretary of the Idaho Suicide Prevention Coalition Board, trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid, ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), and is a QPR Instructor (Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training). She is an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association.


Vashti’s higher calling is to combine all of her training and certification to improve the lives of parents, children, and families. Vashti is a proud parent of two teenage girls.


Vashti Summervill

Advisory Board Member

MA, Certified Teacher, PCI Certified Parent Coach ®, Therapeutic Educational Consultant

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Janet Bailey

Advisory Board Member

Phd

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Janet Bailey

The human energy field contains information regarding an individual’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Behavioral, emotional, and mental patterns are also contained within this energy field. As a medical intuitive, Janet is able to provide valuable information and understanding regarding the state of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.


Janet completed her Ph.D. with Dr. C. Norman Shealy and Dr. Caroline Myss in the Science of Intuition and Energy Medicine. She is a Medical Intuitive and Bioenergetic Diagnostician. Her ultimate goal is to assist her clients in understanding how mental, emotional, and spiritual energy affects all aspects of health and wellness. Her ability to intuit energetic imbalances allows her to formulate individual plans to establish balance and health for her clients. In addition to her active studies with Drs. Shealy and Myss, she incorporates her background in Medical Dietetics, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and Clinical Hypnotherapy to address individual health issues.

Priscilla Jensen

Priscilla is a personal trainer, entrepreneur, health and wellness guru. She believes in the importance of Heart-Based Education, Social and Emotional Learning, understanding how emotions affect the rhythmic activity in the nervous system, and how anxiety inhibits cognitive and physical performance. Priscilla’s personal success story with Cour Experience tools fuels her intent to help youth who suffer from anxiety and depression and to teach them that Cour Experience tools can have a dramatic, positive impact on their daily lives.


Priscilla’s passion for health and wellness can be traced back to a young age when she found out her mother was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. As years went by her mother’s condition worsened, and she spent a significant amount of time caregiving for her mother. From this experience, Priscilla gained an important understanding of health and wellness, meditation, and mental health, as well as patience, compassion, and the drive to set a better example for the people who surround her.


Priscilla is also setting a new standard with her blog, Pampered by P by breaking the stigma of comparison in men and women that is caused by the fabrication of social media. Her blog incites change in the way men and women view themselves and promotes a positive shift in mindset when they realize, no matter what sex or gender, we all want the same things. .

Priscilla Jensen

Youth Advisory Board Member

PT, Health and Wellness Specialist

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"Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results."


Willie Nelson

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It's time to help our youth become stronger.

We're on a mission to educate, inspire and transform teens and young adults, using basic scientifically proven methods and tools to decrease stress, anxiety and to increase resiliency and overall well-being.

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