ICG Staff


Paul Alexander, Ph.D., Director

Paul Alexander is Director of the Institute on the Common Good at Regis University.  He has extensive experience in facilitating community dialogue and collaborative processes and teaches in both the CPS School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Regis College Departments of Religious Studies and Peace and Justice.

He served for eight years as the Degree Chair for the Master of Nonprofit Management Program (MNM) at Regis and has over twenty years experience in the nonprofit sector.  He has traveled extensively and lived and worked in Spain and Latin America.
Alexander serves on the boards of Advocates for Younger Generations, Colorado Campus Compact, the Colorado Nonprofit Loan Fund, and the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation. He also serves as an advisor to Governor Hickenlooper on public engagement for statewide public policy development.  He has a BA from Williams College, an MA in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Ph.D. in Community Dialogue from the Union Institute and University.
palexand@regis.edu, 303-458-4336

Fredricka Brown, Operations Coordinator

Fredricka Brown is Operations Coordinator for the Institute on the Common Good, where her responsibilities span a wide range. In a typical day, she might facilitate a breakfast meeting with students, finalize details for an event on campus or out in the community, write a story for the Institute’s newsletter, work with the Institute's partners on a project and answer multiple emails. She also serves as liaison between the ICG and key University management, and community, business and religious organizations; and coordinates budgetary and fiscal activities of the ICG and its network of supported programs.

Previously, Brown was administrative coordinator for the Office of Public Affairs at Regis, where she assisted in orchestrating the visits of several Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and the president of Ireland, and worked as the primary researcher of University statistical information for surveys.

Brown is connected to Regis University in many ways: as an employee, student and parent -- one daughter is a Regis College alumna while another is a current student. A native of Denver, she and her family enjoy hiking, sampling new restaurants (although she’ll always choose Italian if asked) and exploring the metro area’s many dog parks.

fbrown@regis.edu, 303-458-4967

ICG Facilitators:

Jody Erikson

Jody Erikson, founder of JSE Associates, mediates and facilitates technically complex issues with high public controversy and interest.

For more than twelve years, she has helped state and federal agencies work with the community, businesses and advocacy groups to find balanced solutions to site specific and policy questions. She works in the areas of transportation, environment, public lands, health and energy using processes from mediation to large public processes. She’s also a member of Mediators Beyond Borders International. 

She earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver and a bachelor’s degree in Human Communications from the University of Denver.

Leilani Rashida Henry  

Leilani Rashida Henry, founder of Being and Living Enterprises, is a pioneer in bringing innovative strategies to organization transformation. She has facilitated hundreds of workplace changes and implemented redesign efforts that have resulted in cost savings for organizations in the millions of dollars. She is known for her use of inventive strategies such as multi-sensory dialogue.

Henry’s clients include Rockefeller, CU Boulder, Denver Water, Kraft Foods and Regis University. She holds a master’s degree in Education from St. Thomas University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Spelman College.  

Her lifetime experience in the performing arts is integrated into her unique approach to innovation, leadership and performance.

Michael Hughes

Michael Hughes, president of Hughes Collaboration. He has been mediating high-conflict cases for two decades and has helped individuals, government agencies and corporations make difficult decisions collaboratively and solve problems cooperatively.  

He has conducted large-scale engagement efforts with hundreds of participants and mediated two-party cases. His policy work covers health, energy and environmental conflicts and his cases range from site-specific questions to national policy problems.

He holds a master’s degree in City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Denver. In his spare time, he is chair of the board of directors of Opera Colorado.

Albert W. Starkey

Al Starkey is a personal and organizational development consultant, offering services designed to enable individuals and small groups to achieve sustained change in their lives. His work is focused in the area of renewal and growth through personal guidance and small group process.

Starkey has been an innovator in the successful application of the principles of Jungian thought and Ignatian Spirituality to the fields of individual and group development, particularly in the areas of leadership, deep conflict spiritual development and transition issues associated with rapid change and personal growth.

He holds a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of Hartford, a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Mercy Center in Colorado Springs and training in Ignatian Spirituality at the Jesuit Institute in Rome.

Susan D. Starkey

Susan D. Starkey is an organizational development consultant offering services to encourage and enable individuals, small groups and organizations to develop meaningful work environments and manage change creatively, through dialogue and deliberation.

She specializes in the areas of organizational effectiveness, cultural change and leadership development. She also is manager of employee and organizational development at Gambro BCT in Lakewood, and serves as an affiliate faculty member at Regis University.

She holds a master’s degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from the University of Colorado and a BA in Sociology from the University of Michigan.


ICG Fellows:


Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson is a part-time facilitator specialist for the Institute on the Common Good at Regis University. He is a Desert Storm veteran who served in the U. S. Air Force for seven years and in the Army Reserves for three years. He then served the people of Colorado as a State Trooper for nine years.

Jackson has extensive professional exposure to peaceful dialogue. From the highway, to Capitol Hill, to narcotics enforcement, his hands-on “real-time” experience at interjecting calming and peaceful resolutions into high-stress situations translate well to his ICG work in facilitation. 

He earned a BA in Communication and an MA in Conflict Management, both from Regis University.

Leilani Rashida Henry

Leilani Rashida Henry was a Fellow for her work in multidimensional dialogue. During her time with Regis, she finalized her product called Brain Jewels TM. It is a transformation dialogue tool that uses rich, visual images to help individuals and organizations access their intuition and stories for better choices and changes.


Steve Burkholder

Steve Burkholder, a senior Fellow, is the principal of the A & S Group, a consulting and marketing organization. He formerly was the executive director of Colorado’s Future; a private non-profit, non-partisan group organized to “Build a Better Colorado,” and is a past mayor of Lakewood, Colorado’s fourth largest city. He is an experienced local, national and international facilitator.


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