Staff

Our staff for The Copeland Institute includes a diverse collection of imaginative folks who understand a bunch of stuff important to healthy living, from aging to the environment, mindful eating to the creative, visual and performing arts. We have consultants who can fix anything, paint anything, or design anything. We work collaboratively with academics, pastors, theologians, artists, and chefs. We employ our neighbors and our children and their friends, to make your experience at The Copeland Institute life changing.

Core values of the team at The Copeland Institute include practices that foster the following: compassion, forgiveness, gratitude, hope, humility, faith, community, courage, just-peace, patience, serenity and joy.

VerleeEllis1-150x150Introducing your Optivia Retreat Leaders:
The Rev. Dr. Anna V. Copeland and Dr. Ellis Copeland
Founders of The Copeland Institute of Boulder County

Author, Counselor, and Theologian, The Rev. Dr. Anna V. Copeland, directs the work of The Copeland Institute: Healthy Habits for Life through weeklong retreats, workshops and special events. Collaborating with Dr. Ellis Copeland, their mission is to empower and equip personal health transformation and community renewal through Healthy Habits FORLIFE.

For three decades, Anna Copeland served as theologian, teaching pastor and counselor for congregations in Colorado, Illinois and Maine. She taught Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as adjunct faculty at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Copeland co-authored “Sex and the Spirit”, an invitation to create joy and embrace a passionate life.

Her background includes a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, a Master of Divinity from Yale, and a Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary.

Dr. Ellis Copeland, Author, Emeritus Faculty of Psychology, at UNC; and most recently Academic Dean of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He is a Ph.D. Psychologist and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

Mindy West
Mindy has resided in the beautiful Rocky Mountains for over 25 years. She is excited to be a part of the Copeland Institute serving in hospitality and reservations. You may find her tending to the details of the Copeland properties to help make your stay comfortable, or relaxing and enjoying the beauty of the mountains. She is a hiker, white water rafter, gardener and quilter. Mindy truly enjoys serving in the community she lives in and pursuing healthy living habits.

Bob Brija
Meet Bob Brija of Lemont, Illinois. Nicknamed MacGyver, Bob serves as resident problem solver and creative genius. He fixes things, all sorts of things, and watches over La Casa and it’s residents with careful attention. Equally at home in the well-appointed workshop and the kitchen, Bob can be found inventing a hubcap, or serving up morning omelets du jour.

Mary Brija
Webmaster Mary Brija loves the mountains of Colorado and enjoys portraying it’s beauty through photography and website development. She continually improves her craft, communicating to those who live far away the delights that await those fortunate to retreat with family or friends at La Casa de la Luz.