Connection Project leadership is focused on furthering our mission to strengthen and deepen connection to ourself and others. Our team’s combined professional and lived experience make them uniquely qualified to serve and guide our efforts.
Jason C Hopcus
Founder and President
The present narrative about mental health is often perpetuated through sad, scary, or traumatic events, which typically overlook individuals who are simply struggling with functional life issues.
Jason Hopcus’s personal mission is to advance human connection by embracing the conversation among fighters; the folks whose journeys from black to light give hope to those that deserve a 2nd or even a 3rd chance to be the ambassadors of conversation.
Jason acts as a motivator and catalyst for powerful cultural change within both for-profit and non-profit organizations. He believes connection to one’s self, one’s transparency, and one’s passion allows individuals to live a wholly authentic, full life. He creates systems of support for people working to deepen their relationships to their work, their play, and ultimately our world.
Jason takes a fresh approach by focusing on those who have turned their personal struggle around to champion for a community-driven cause. Through raw focus on the individual, Jason nourishes honest conversation to birth a system of ‘next level’ social responsibility.
Drawing on personal experience, he fully acknowledges the amount of effort it takes, how necessary it is to share each other’s journeys and why, we as a society, need to move the needle towards unashamed conversation. Jason ignites cultural shift because everyone, directly or indirectly, is affected by mental health.
He contributes the following ways:
– Founder of Connection Project, a for-profit company and Connection Project Foundation, a 501c3 – Co-founder of The High Wired, a community of tailor-made mastermind experiences and individual coaching for entrepreneurs, business owners, and leaders seeking NEXT LEVEL SUCCESS. – Serves as President/CEO of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) for Arapahoe/Douglas Counties, a 501c3
Dr. Jean Miller, PhD, LPC, NCC, AC
Dr. Jean Miller is the Associate Dean of Social Sciences in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences with University of Phoenix.
She is also actively involved in mental health advocacy and education, and is the Board Vice President of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Arapahoe Douglas Affiliate. She is a Social Sciences researcher, with a focus on mindfulness, holistic wellness, and counselor education.
Her extensive experience includes roles in the higher education and human services fields, including nonprofit organizations, government programs, and private practice. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS).
Beckie has served at the VP and C-level for several companies and brings extensive Information Technology Management and leadership skills to The Connection Project Board.
As a passionate mental health advocate, she has volunteered with NAMI Arapahoe/Douglas Counties as treasurer, volunteer, and membership coordinator. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science and is a founding member of the Executive Girlfriends Group.
Amy Staley, LCSW
Amy is the Director of Outpatient at Denver Springs. Additionally, Amy is an Adjunct Professor at University of Denver School of Social Work.
She brings a passion for increasing awareness around the prevalence of Mental Health. She also carries expertise in Vicarious Trauma and works in the community offering support to individuals who are supporting others. Her professional credentials within the mental health field make her an excellent addition to the board and will allow us to continue our expansion efforts within the community of mental health.
Member at Large
Jesse is a mental health counselor in our community and he operates a private practice in the Denver Metro area. He is also the Manager of Clinical Learning and Development at Aurora Mental Health Center.
Prior to this role, he was the Quality Improvement Clinical Trainer at AllHealth Network. He has been in the mental health field for several years and brings a passion for counselor education, mental health advocacy, and creating better access for mental healthcare for working professionals.