THE TEAM

Felicity Muench -
Executive Director & Co-Founder of OV4C

Felicity Muench’s passion for music began at the age of 7 when she began classical guitar lessons with Cuban concert guitarist Hector Garcia. At age 16 she began teaching private guitar students and wanted to pursue a career in teaching and performing. After receiving her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of New Mexico, she went on to receive her Master of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge California.

 

She headed the classical guitar department at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, CO from 1997 - 2015 where she also taught music business, guitar literature, pedagogy and fretted techniques. A dedicated teacher, she formed the Boulder Guitar Society in 1995 to give adults the opportunity to perform in a supportive environment.  Felicity currently teaches privately with a full studio of students ranging in age from 5 – 83.

 

Felicity’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to form Musical Bouquet LLC in 1987 which provides therapeutic music for patients in hospitals and other health care facilities.  In concert, she performs both as a soloist and with Silverwood Flute and Guitar duo. Silverwood has performed for the Placitas Concert Series in New Mexico, the National Flute Association in Cleveland Ohio and in La Jolla California.

 

Her recording “Amoroso Guitar Duo – Romantic Music from South America” was released in 2016. Latin guitar virtuoso Alfredo Muro performs on the CD. Both musicians have performed together in Colorado and Mexico. Felicity provided the classical guitar music for the award winning documentary “Vinnie Ream – Lincoln’s Young Sculptor” which is sold at the White House in Washington D.C. She hosted and provided music for a second documentary about the Carnegie Library in Longmont Colorado which was televised in 2015.

 

Her collaboration with Dr. Gregg Cannady and the formation of One Voice 4 Change LLC was inspired from the idea that each person’s voice can be used for strength and change. “Giving Strength through Education to Those Who Need a Voice for Change” is the dream this organization hopes to achieve.  

Gregg Cannady 
COO and Co-Founder of OV4C

Dr. Gregg Canady is currently the Director of Collaboration and Concept Development at the STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado. With the help of an executive-level industry advisory board, he has recently been working on a movement in learning called Building Ships. 

 

Relationships, Mentorships, Partnerships,
Internships, Apprenticeships, Friendships,

Mission: We are inviting industry, community, and businesses to join us in making sure every student has the kind of “ships” that promote kindness, readiness for future careers, and passion for infinite opportunities to help humanity.  

https://stemk12.org/about-us/building-ships/

In Building Ships, we are bringing together local, national, and even international communities to discover how to empower students via simple relationships and collaborations with industry and subject matter experts. What we are finding is that Building Ships is essential to facilitating the infinite potential for ALL students. 

With One Voice 4 Change and Building Ships, relationships are at the heart of our efforts. The results have been miracles in learning made possible by listening to students, teachers, industry leaders, parents, and communities.  

 

Dr. Cannady received a B.A. in Music Education from Colorado State University, a M.A. in Music Education from the University of Wyoming and a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting and Literature from the University of Colorado. Choral ensembles under his direction have performed at several state and national conferences and have toured extensively in the United States, China, Italy and Germany.

He developed a music education curriculum using digital applications such as Ableton 9, PUSH, AudioCubes and the music composition software Sibelius. Dr. Cannady presented this real-world approach to teaching music at workshops for music educators at state and national music conferences. This real-world approach to music education led to research and development of real-world, real-time collaborative learning with K-12 students in almost every subject.

Past stories of STEM-infused collaborations, industry partnerships, and connecting teachers in real-time via synchronous learning can be found at a site called THE SYNK.

https://stemk12.org/academics/the-synk/.

 

The magic happens when teachers work with industries, businesses, and community leaders to facilitate the infinite potential of all students.

Tom Kirk

I grew up in Arvada Colorado and attended Jeffco Schools.  I have a BA in History from Northern Colorado and a Masters in Administration from Regis University.

 

I taught social studies and coached in the Loveland and Fort Collins schools for seven years. And then spent twenty two awesome  years in the Eagle County School District.

 

My experiences in all places were tremendous, with fantastic colleagues, administration and above all, kids.  I am so fortunate.  I want the same for any young person entering the field. 

 

The "wow moments” that have influenced me:

 

      1985 = Introduced to project centered learning and being a part of an impacting, "everyone has a role” football program at Loveland High School.

 

      1992 = Engaging in a collaborative culture, emphasizing strength based learning at Battle Mountain High School.

 

      2005 = Participating in a “family” culture with the Eagle Valley High football program, with a focus on development (character as well as athletic) for young people.

 

      2014. = My first encounter with a modern rendition of  a "maker space" at Basalt Middle School.  It was like Hey!  This is just like my 7th grade year at Arvada Junior High, except you can do math and science while building cool stuff!!

 

                  The other critical piece was collaborating with the Aspen Art Museum with their outreach at Red Hill Elementary in Gypsum.  This is where we implemented their take on “Visual Thinking” and how to embed it within a student’s creation.

 

                    With “VTS” there is no wrong way to to engage, thereby validating the kids efforts.  And coming up amazing creativity that celebrates the individual, within a collaborative framework.

   

      2018 =  Connecting with Dr. Cannady - and in 2021 starting the process of Martian Greenhouse at Tiger Trades Academy in La Junta.  And here we are!

 

 

My passion is to find those quiet kids, that have as much as anyone to contribute.  And to find ways to showcase what they can bring to us all.

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Richard Clarke

Richard Clarke is a musician, composer and music educator based in Colorado, USA.  He moved here to Colorado in 2014 from the United Kingdom.  He studied music and music education at college, gaining a Masters from the Royal Northern College of Music and Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Bristol.  Since moving to Colorado, He has taught at STEM School Highlands Ranch, Bennett School District and Littleton Public Schools.
 

Richard plays saxophone, piano, guitar and sings.   He composes instrumental music and arranges a lot of music for different ensembles, using Sibelius and Ableton applications.  His passion for teaching real world music skills to students is informed by classroom teaching experience of problem based learning, as well as working with professional musicians and integrating music technology into his teaching practice.

 

Richard is a supporter of music programs that foster collaboration, problem solving and real creativity skills in their students.

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Anne Tweed

Anne Tweed, is the Director of STEM Learning Solutions, LLC in Denver. She holds a BA in Biology from Colorado College and an MS in Botany from the University of Minnesota. Her work includes educational research, curriculum development and professional development related to teaching and learning.  She also provides technical assistance to districts and state departments of education around effective instruction along with developing and implementing STEM initiatives. Ongoing professional development workshops feature effective science, engineering and math instruction, designing effective STEM lessons, developing Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) lessons and implementing formative assessment effectively in classrooms. She has developed PD models as a co-principal investigator on a major NSF NanoTeach project and an IES Formative Assessment project. She is an advocate of student problem-solving and experiential learning that provides relevant learning and fosters collaborations locally, regionally and internationally. 

A 30-year veteran classroom teacher, Tweed is also a past-president of the National Science Teachers Association (2004-2005). She has published many articles, authored and co-authored several books, and given more than 300 presentations and workshops at state, national and international conferences.

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Kaden Sisk

As an adoptee from Kazakhstan, Kaden understands that he has had more opportunities here than he would have had if he wasn't adopted. This realization only fuels Kaden's passion for giving back to his community. As a current student at Erie High school, Kaden serves as the President of the high school's National Honor Society chapter and is responsible for overseeing 130 student members. Kaden also works to be environmentally friendly and has introduced sustainable practices into his lawn mowing business.

Through his job, he has over five years of experience in marketing. Kaden can’t wait to continue bringing his unique attributes and skills to the team and help expand OV4C’s social media outreach through his new position as Chief Marketing Officer! Find more about him on LinkedIn and his website.

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Ronald Parsons

 

Ron is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado who carries a small caseload of private practice clients. Over the past two years he has developed a friendship with Felicity Muench as she and Ron’s wife, Diana, have become good friends and often share time playing the guitar and recorder as a duet.

Ronald Parsons received his B.A. in Zoology and a California Teaching Credential from the University of California, Berkeley. He received his Masters and Doctorate of Social Welfare from U.C.L.A.

He spent two years in the Peace Corps teaching Biology in Ghana.  He spent one year teaching high school in the US before attending U.C.L.A. He also spent two years teaching Social Work at Michigan State University.

Over his career Ron has spent 22 years as a public health consultant for the State of Michigan serving as the director of data services, public health consultant with local health departments over the state of Michigan.  He served for 4 years as the Executive Director of the Michigan Mid-South Health Systems Agency guiding the health planning efforts of a 6 county region.

He has served as the director of Adult Outpatient services for a Community Mental Health Center in Toledo, Ohio.  He has also worked as a private practice therapist in Toledo and Lansing before moving to Colorado.

Ron worked for a major software development company as a Business Analyst to provide a communication bridge between IT and the business stakeholders in the development of a multistate software system.

While in Michigan Ron served as the Treasurer for the Greater Lansing branch of the Friendship Force.  He also led a group of 25 visitors on a three week Friendship Force trip visiting 3 chapters of the Friendship Force in Ghana.

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Brenda Meether

An active composer & piano teacher, Ms. Meether is a classically  trained pianist who earned her BA in Music Education with  emphasis in piano performance & music therapy from the  University of Nebraska. Brenda grew up in a musically talented  family and began playing piano by ear at age 6. Singing in local  choirs and creating her own songs. In high school Brenda began  piano/vocal composing leading to her first publicly performed  choral piece.

 

Brenda has written works for piano solo, piano/ vocal, and piano/ instrumental. The Wind’s Answer won honorable mention from the National Flute Associations’ New Composers  Competition and Facing A Dragon critiqued comments of “having  passion reminiscent of Beethoven”. Her work “Dream of the Cave  Bear” will be part of a compilation for early intermediate piano  solo. She has accompanied for students on various juries &  recitals, master classes, & vocal coaching.

 

Brenda briefly  mentored with Colorado composer Kevin Asbjornson. She has  studied classical piano/piano performance with Dr. Helen Walker Hill, Dr. Brenda Ishikawa, Larry Ryan, & Dr. Patricia Holmberg;  classical piano music and movement with Dr. Alexandra Pierce;  music arranging with Dr. Ron Crocker; voice with Dr. David Bauer, Cody Qualls and Eve Maison-Pierre, Guitar with Dr. Ron Crocker,  & chord studies with jazz trombonist & pianist Darren Kramer of  DKO. Brenda’s connection with violinist Gregory T.S. Walker also has brought much personal inspiration. She performs piano-guitar duets with guitarist husband Morgan.

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Simi Basu

Simi Basu moved to Colorado five years back from Scottsdale, Arizona. She studied Bachelors in Science from University of Delhi, India. After that, she completed her Masters in Information Technology from KSU University and Masters in Business Administration in IT from Bundelkhand University, India. 

She moved to the United States 14 years ago. 


Prior to teaching, she worked with IBM and other software companies for 13 years on innovative and cutting-edge technologies. This helps inspire kids to reach further than they think they can and prepare them for jobs that don’t exist yet. She prefers challenging students with real-world projects and motivate them to try new things and share new ideas. She enjoys creating curriculums that challenges their minds and engages them to their full potential.

 

She brings her talent and zeal to the classroom and school, and have facilitated the Photo Battle Contests, Gaming Development Club and Cyberpatriot Competitions where students learn defensive hacking. She has also been invited as guest speaker for Women conferences in London and across the U.S. She is really passionate to encourage more women in IT and Computer Science/Stem fields. She constantly collaborates globally and looking for opportunities to help children in education.

 

In her free time she likes working out and spending time with her family and dog. 

For more about her achievements in education:

http://highlandsranchherald.net/stories/women-stem-into-the-future,260215?

https://issuu.com/coloradocommunitymedia/docs/hr0222/8

https://coloradosucceeds.org/stem/schools-partner-bridge-rural-urban-stem-divide/

https://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2017/05/22/take3-stem-school-and-academy-teaches-outside-the.html http://via.kdvr.com/dQqJI

https://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2017/05/22/take3-stem-school-and-academy-teaches-outside-the.html 

https://www.denverpost.com/2017/05/25/highlands-ranch-students-holocaust-vr-museums/

http://highlandsranchherald.net/stories/middle-schoolers-learn-about-engineering-in-the-real-world,275847

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