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Government and Professional Relations (GPR) Committee

The mission of the Government and Professional Relations (GPR) Committee is to increase CSSP’s statewide policy presence through legislative advocacy, public policy development, and grassroots advocacy efforts. In collaboration with our government liaison, this nine member committee works with state legislators and other regulatory agencies to advocate for enhancements within our profession. Our work is rooted in best practices and motivated by the children, families, and educators with which we serve.


Alison Hargarten

GPR Committee Chair




Alison has been on the board of CSSP for several years and became the GPR Chair in the summer of 2018. She works on the Bilingual Consultation and Assessment team with Aurora Public Schools and has an interest in multilingualism, equitable assessment practices, and autism. Alison was drawn to policy and advocacy after attending NASP's Public Policy Institute in Washington D.C. and believes that grassroots efforts are essential to effective systems change. In her freetime, Alison enjoys mountain biking, camping, snowboarding, and spending time with her husband and daughter.



Brittany Greiert

GPR Committee Member





Brittany Greiert is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) and Licensed Psychologist currently working as a school psychologist in Aurora Public Schools (APS). Brittany is a member of the APS district school psychology leadership team and the district crisis team. She also serves on the Executive Board of the Colorado Society of School Psychologists (CSSP) as the Legislative Chair and is a member of the CSSP GPR CommitteeBrittany received her Ph.D. in Child, Family, and School Psychology from the University of Denver, her M.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University, and her Bachelor’s degree in Advertising from Michigan State University. 




Julia Wigert

GPR Committee Member

Julia started her career in education as a school psychologist for Jefferson County Public Schools for seven years, then worked for the Colorado Department of Education’s Office of Special Education for nearly five years as the school psychology state consultant.  She earned an Excellence in Service Award for her work at CDE from the Colorado Bilingual School Mental Health Network in 2019.  During that period, she was elected President of the Colorado Society of School Psychologists (CSSP), and served a 3-year term. More recently she worked as a program manager, leading the development and implementation team to produce online professional learning and telehealth peer mentoring models at ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) Colorado on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.  Now Julia serves her own local community as school psychologist at Park Hill Elementary in Denver Public Schools.  Julia is passionate about increasing equity and access to learning and health services for children, youth, and adults in the state of Colorado.  She’s proven her ability to develop, lead and implement multiple projects simultaneously and to build capacity in professionals to increase positive outcomes for individuals through evidence-based initiatives, communications, policy development, training, coaching, and supervision.



Elizabeth Malone

GPR Committee Member





Libby is the Collaborative Relations chair on the CSSP board and has been a member of the GPR committee since it began in 2019. Libby works in Denver Public Schools as a float psychologist where she fills in for leaves and vacancies across the district and supports the 18-21 transition program, as well as other central work. She has attended NASP's Public Policy Institute and Conventions and is interested in the role of school psychologists as advocates and leaders in their schools and communities. Libby has testified at the Capitol as a member of GPR and hopes to do more of this in the future. In her free time she enjoys reading, powerlifting, and road trips with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. 


Benjamin Ellis

GPR Committee Member


Ben is currently a school psychologist at Stellar Elementary in Adams 12 and was previously at Scott Carpenter Middle School in the Westminster Public Schools. He has had an interest in law, politics and public policy most of his adult life, having worked as a campaign coordinator for a state representative as his first job out of college. Among other policy priorities, Ben believes that the education system has a lot more it needs to do to serve families of color and that IDEA could use revisions to focus less on labels and more on getting services and protections to those who need them, regardless of socially constructed disability criteria. In his free time, Ben enjoys road biking, hiking, kayaking and the occasional road trip when circumstances permit.




Margaret Griffin

GPR Committee Member


Meg has lived in Fort Collins, working for Poudre School District since 2006.  A Colorado native, she values the incorporation of her rural beginnings to her current work in larger settings. Meg has been dedicated to transition planning for students and linking them to post-academic supports within their communities. She is an advocate for mental health and school safety. An opportunity to present at the 2019 CSSP conference renewed Meg's interest in various aspects of the profession, particularly the importance of collaborating with colleagues from throughout the state. This, paired with reading the 2019 CSSP Public Policy and Legislative Platform, precipitated her selection to the GPR Committee. Meg has had many amazing events happen in a relatively short period of time. This includes marrying a long-time friend in December and spending the summer moving their blended families to a small farm just outside Fort Collins. In continuing to grow and move forward, Meg is working to open an equine therapy practice that focuses on supporting children and their families.  



Jack Davenport

GPR Committee Member





Jack began his career in education as a special education teacher and quickly realized the importance of mental health in student achievement and overall wellness. He recently graduated from the School Psychology Psy.D. program at the University of Colorado Denver, where he received the Outstanding Doctoral Graduate award from the School of Education and Human Development. Jack's primary research interests include suicide risk assessment and suicide prevention in school settings. He is a lifelong Colorado resident who is passionate about the role of public policy and advocacy in promoting and protecting mental health services in school. He is currently the school psychologist at Liberty Middle School in Cherry Creek School District. In his free time, Jack enjoys hiking, swimming, reading, and spending time with his wife and three daughters.


Michael Chevrier

GPR Committee Graduate Student Representative



Michael is the Student Rep for the GPR Committee and is going into his third year of the PsyD School Psychology program at CU Denver. He currently works for Colorado Crisis Services and has an interest in suicide prevention practices in schools. He was initially drawn to the intersection of mental health and education while working for the Colorado Department of Education and running Mental Health First Aid trainings for schools across the state. Outside of his professional interests, Michael enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading a good book


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Katie Wolf

Principal
Wolf Public Affairs

T.  720.365.3990

katie@wolfpublicaffairs.com




Katie began Wolf Public Affairs in 2018, with almost a decade of experience. Katie supports clients with a broad range of government relations and strategic needs. In addition to her work as a governmental consultant for CSSP, she has also helped manage strategy and fundraising for campaigns on the state and federal level, helped build relationships between clients and legislators, and advised current clients on long term political strategy and political giving. Katie specializes in healthcare policy, as well as agriculture and natural resources; however, her passion for all things policy related make her affluent in many areas of Colorado law. Katie began her political career as a legislative aide before graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in political science. In her free time, Katie enjoys camping, karaoke and football.


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