Rev. Paul Paiva, M.Div., M.A. For 17 years Paul has taught the Enneagram as a tool for personal growth to couples, individuals, and groups. He has served 9 years on the board of Enneagram Colorado, as either board member or associate, and is currently serving as its president.
He enjoys couples counseling and pre-marital preparation, focusing on harmonizing differences in communication and intimacy styles. He is a sex educator and certified intimacy & sexuality coach who teaches the Erotic Blueprints™ to singles and couples who want to ignite their passion, using various techniques including the Enneagram, somatic testing for intimacy style, and trauma-informed counseling & coaching. He is a former Roman Catholic priest who performs romantic and entertaining wedding ceremonies. He is a vocal feminist and egalitarian Christian who is sex-positive, LGBTQIA-embracing, poly-friendly, and kink-friendly.
Vice President & Treasurer
Justin Tomasino is a registered psychotherapist in the State of Colorado for the last 30 years. He has been a student of the Enneagram since 1994 where he learned it in Seattle – the narrative tradition. He co-wrote the book, What’s the Point: The Enneagram of Life and wrote an article for the Enneagram Monthly titled, The Enneagram and Forgiveness. He is a senior professional member of the International Enneagram Association. For last 17 years, Justin Tomasino taught psychology and the Enneagram to teenagers at the Pinnacle Charter School in Federal Heights. He is completing his second book.
Secretary, Special Events Frontier
Nancy Markow serves as the secretary for our chapter, is a founding member of the Enneagram Prison Project Mountain West Community (EPP-MW), and the founder of Connecting You with YourSelf. CYWY shares a platform that weaves together Enneagram, Yoga, Meditation, Spirituality, and Metaphysics to illuminate the importance of a loving relationship with Self. Nancy's intentionally diverse 25+ years of studies and applications support the personal, creative, and holistic approaches she shares in weekly circles and yoga and Enneagram classes. Learn more about her events at CYWY. To attend events, sign up here.
Board Member, Business Frontier
Sandie Coutts was born in the North East of England, the youngest child in her family, and was driven from an early age to serve and make a difference in the world. Throughout high-school, Sandie volunteered her time supporting children with disabilities. She attended the Universities of Newcastle and Teesside, where she obtained a BA in English Literature then graduate degrees in Education/Human Development.
Sandie then spent 10 years teaching throughout the elementary age range in the public school system and facilitating early childhood courses at her local community college. Sandie moved to the USA with her three young children in 2001 and began working in leadership roles in the non-profit early childhood field. For 6 years Sandie led innovative programs and services for inner city families in metro Denver.
During these years Sandie discovered the Enneagram and began using it as a personal and organizational development tool. In 2008, Sandie took a position with Jefferson County government, developing training programs for Human Services employees and co-leading the department’s efforts in diversity, equity and inclusion. Sandie worked in the role of OD & Training Specialist where she had the opportunity to create training programs for all county departments, including custom programs for supervisors/managers and a coaching initiative for the Sheriff’s Office.
In partnership with the OD & Training Manager, Sandie introduced Enneagram to County leaders and became a certified coach. In 2012, Sandie joined Jefferson County Public Library as the manager of Employee Relations & Development. This was a time of transition and economic decline for the Library. Sandie was a strategic partner in several major initiatives that transformed the organizational culture, launching a new service model, securing financial stability through a successful Mill Levy campaign and embedding the Enneagram into the fabric of daily life for the 400+ employees. In 2014, as the Director of People & Culture, Sandie continued to lead transformation and organizational expansion, becoming certified through Prosci as a Change Manager, earning senior HR professional certification and co-facilitating a new county-wide Leadership Academy with the Enneagram as its primary professional development tool.
Throughout the last 10 years Sandie has presented at local and national conferences, facilitated team and organizational development and provided expert coaching for other servant leaders or aspiring leaders. In February 2021, Sandie accepted the position of Human Resources Director for the Jefferson Center. In this new role, Sandie oversees people operations for a large, community non-profit that is focused on creating healthier, stronger communities and being a leader in the behavioral health field. She continues to build her network of Enneagram students, enthusiasts and practitioners, expanding knowledge of the Enneagram to individuals and organizations across the state of Colorado and the western region of the USA.
Board Member, Spiritual Communities Frontier
Kayla Nobilini has been an Enneagram enthusiast since 2018. She is originally from North Carolina but moved out west in 2018. She and her husband, Andrew, met working in Glacier National Park and then moved to Colorado in 2019. They got married in 2020 and we love to call Colorado their home! Kayla has worked with children and in the outdoors for a majority of her life and she loves to go on adventures and travel to National Parks. Some of her favorite hobbies are: camping, backpacking, hiking, calligraphy, and cooking. Kayla is a nanny for two lovely babies and she is working on starting up a forest preschool and outdoor school within the next couple of years. She is passionate about educating others about the Enneagram so it can be used as a tool to strengthen personal and professional relationships, but also used as a tool to help others discover their true identity and purpose.
Board Member, Education Frontier
Bev Johnson, Ph.D, has been a student and teacher of Enneagram for over twenty years. Currently, she is completing coursework for the Enneagram in Prison Project. Bev is the Founder and Managing Partner of Optimizing Human Potential, LLC….for her it’s not just a business name – it’s a mission. She helps create work environments that are joyful and productive, supportive and profitable, empowering and effective. Her motto and modus operandi (inspired by a refrigerator magnet) is: RISK more than others think is safe. CARE more than others think is wise. DREAM more than others think is practical. EXPECT more than others think is possible.
Board Member, Enneagram Consultant & Human Resources Recruiter
Beth Kuper has been studying the Enneagram since 1992 and currently teaches online and in-person classes. As a professional member of the International Enneagram Association, she provides Enneagram Insight Sessions to clients who are interested in discovering their type and learning how to use the Enneagram to enhance their personal growth. She also uses the Enneagram in her recruiting work to help business owners hire their support staff and cultivate team-building among their employees.
Board Member, Integrative Wellness Life Coach
Todd Payne is a Certified Integrative Wellness Life Coach with more than twenty years’ experience facilitating intentional transformation for individuals and organizations. Todd specializes in teaching and implementing the ancient-and-modern Enneagram to discover and understand patterns of thought, feeling, and action to increase awareness and empower positive change. Informed by the latest in neuroscience, behavioral science, and the science of coaching, and with the Enneagram as a roadmap, Todd empowers his clients to clarify direction, expand empathy and communication skills, deepen relationships, and grow happier. He is excited to be a new member of the Board of Directors for Enneagram Colorado, a chapter of the International Enneagram Association. Todd is also a die-hard San Francisco Giants fan, and he watches the games from his home in enemy territory in metro Denver, Colorado with his wife and three children. Learn more about the Enneagram and Todd’s classes and coaching at toddpaynelifecoach.com.
Board Member, Diamond Approach® teacher
Ilene Buchalter learned the Enneagram 40 years ago as a student of A.H. Almaas, the founder of the Diamond Approach who has published books on the Enneagram. As a Diamond Approach teacher, Ilene teaches the Enneagram in her work with individuals and groups, both in-person and online.
Associate Board Member, Hospitality
Karen Karvonen, MFA, is certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and formerly worked as an academic counselor for students with learning disabilities at the University of Denver where she gave Enneagram workshops for her colleagues. For the last 15 years, she has edited the journal for the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, which provides equine-assisted services for children and adults with physical, emotional and cognitive challenges. A student of The Narrative Enneagram, she teaches beginning Enneagram classes to older adults at DU’s Osher Lifelong Long Learning Institute and runs several advanced groups. A former freelance writer and college writing instructor with a strong interest in dreamwork, she co-founded her first dream group in 1987, and continues to co-facilitate a small dream group.