Jennifer Hellier, Ph.D. -- President
Jennifer L. Hellier, Ph.D., is the Director of the Denver Metro Regional Science and Engineering Fair for the University of Colorado Denver’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Dr. Hellier earned her doctoral degree in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Colorado State University and completed her Baccalaureate of Science at the University of Southern California in Biomedical Engineering. Previous to her current position, Jennifer was the Director of Colorado Health Professions Development (Co-HPD) programs and the Associate Director of Pre-Professional Programs in the Colorado Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program Office, where she developed several Co-HPD pipeline and outreach programs in leadership and healthcare careers. Additionally, Dr. Hellier performed peer-reviewed scientific research in schizophrenia, olfaction, and epilepsy in a neuroscience lab on the University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus. Earlier in her career, Dr. Hellier was an instructor in the Neurology Department at Harvard Medical School, and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Colorado Health Science Campus. Dr. Hellier is the lead editor and author of two ABC-CLIO’s encyclopedias, the first is entitled: The Brain, the Nervous System, and Their Diseases (December 2014); and the second is titled: The Five Senses and Beyond: The Encyclopedia of Perception (December 2016).
Renée Zahourek -- Vice President and Secretary
Renée was born in Miami Beach, Florida, and attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. In 1971-1978, Renée owned and operated Chapultepec Imports. In 1978 she became an assistant manager of the couture department at Neiman Marcus in Bal Harbour, Florida. In 1980-1983, Renée got her real estate license in Colorado and lived in Aspen, CO. In 1982, she also started a private resort rental business in Colorado.
Between 1985 and 1990, Renée worked as the Marketing and Sales Director for the Zahourek Systems Inc. when it was based in Jersey City, New Jersey. Renée and Jon were married in 1988. Following a move from the East Coast to Loveland, Colorado, she was the Vice President of the Zahourek Institute for Innovate Studies in Anatomy. When the ANATOMY IN CLAY Centers opened a workshop facility in Boulder, Colorado, in 2006, she held the position of Vice President. In 2007, the Zahoureks formed the ZOOLOGIK Foundation (Denver, Colorado), for which Renée is the Vice President.
Currently, she continues to be active in the day-to-day operations of Zahourek Systems Inc. Her responsibilities include long-range strategy, financial planning, HR, personnel training, and organizing workshops. As one of the two original members of the team, she also continues to help in workshop presentations and the development of systems that improve anatomy education.
Dr. Randall Lockwood, Ph.D. -- Director at Large
Randall Lockwood has degrees in psychology and biology from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and a doctorate in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. After serving as Assistant Professor in the Psychology departments of Washington University and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, he held several positions at Humane Society of the U.S. for 21 years. In 2005 he joined the staff of ASPCA and is currently Senior Vice President for Forensic Sciences and Anti-Cruelty Projects. He has testified in more than 50 trials involving cruelty to animals or the treatment of animals in the context of other crimes, including dogfighting, child abuse, domestic violence and homicide.
John Scibetta -- Director at Large
John has worked in the biotechnology industry for over 30 years in various roles in process development and in sales and is currently at the Life Sciences division of General Electric Health Care (“GEHC”). In a previous position at Damon Biotech he helped to develop microencapsulation technology for hybridoma cell lines and assays for antibody detection and purification. While at Biogen he worked in process development on purification protocols for recombinant proteins and in clinical manufacturing to grow and harvest genetically engineered cell culture supernatants for purification. Earlier experience includes technical sales and field applications for the Swedish biotechnology company Pharmacia and Amersham Biosciences.
Roger Clark, Attorney -- Director
Roger was born in New Orleans but basically grew up near Ft. Worth. He went to college at Rice University in Houston and Harvard Law School. Roger has practiced law since 1971. Among other involvements, he was president of the Colorado Bar Association in 2005-2006.
Jon attended the University of Northern Colorado, the Colorado Institute of Art, and the Masters of Fine Art Graduate School in Biological Art at Long Beach State in California. Making his living as a painter and sculptor, he also held teaching posts at the University of Denver, and in New York City’s Banks Street College, New School of Social Research, Art Students League, and New York Academy of Art. He held teaching posts at the University of Denver, Banks Street College, New School of Social Research, Art Students League, and New York Academy of Art. For ten years, he taught anatomy in drawing to artists at Parsons School of Design. By 1978, he had developed an innovative teaching system of anatomy education using hands-on, kinesthetic activity founded upon models he sculpted. He was mentored by Dr. Lawrence Angel of the Smithsonian Institute. With Columbia University’s Department of Physical Medicine, he was co-investigator of a successful graduate school study—the first of many studies in anatomy study since.
Later, he founded Zahourek Systems, Inc. New York in 1981, which, in 1991 he and his wife Renée relocated to Loveland, Colorado. They created a workshop series in comprehensive human, horse, or dog anatomy called CoreData™ in which they emphasized comparative anatomy as vital core zoology knowledge for all students. He created and maintains the Formative Haptic Institute that studies the neuroscience of Hands-On Learning. The Zahoureks founded the ANATOMY IN CLAY Centers in 2007 in Boulder, Colorado, which was reincorporated in Denver, 2012, as a Public Charity Non-Profit.
Bev Boyer, RMT
Colorado Learning Center for Human Anatomy
Massage Therapy has been a passion and career of Bev Boyer since she graduated from Central Ohio School of Massage in 1991. Massage has become a lifelong study for Bev. She continues to strive to understand the anatomy of the human body to continually understand its functions on all levels so the body can be facilitated into optimal healing. Bev became an educator in massage therapy soon after her graduation. Through her continuing education, she was exposed to multiple tools, one being the ANATOMY IN CLAYSystem being taught at the Boulder College of Massage (2001 - 2005). During this time, Bev held an Associate Faculty position which lead into Faculty Chair of the school. During this period, she was also introduced to a private laboratory in Boulder that was offering classes in human dissection. In 2005, Bev took a position with Zahourek Systems working at the first ANATOMY IN CLAYCenter, Boulder. Bev has held positions as Clinical Director and Associate Faculty with Cortiva Institute, Faculty Director and Instructor for the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy. In 2011, Bev teamed up with another massage therapist and started a nonprofit educational center in Colorado Springs, Colorado which was named Peak Research Institute (PRI), she served as Vice President and Secretary of PRI Board of Directors. In 2014, she created a second facility which today is dba Colorado Learning Center for Human Anatomy in Longmont (CLCHA) Colorado. She currently serves as Chairperson of CLCHA Board of Directors. In 2015, Jon Zahourek and Bev reunited to create a combination of the best was of learning human anatomy. The two of them are excited to share the wonderful learning of human anatomy through clay and (cadavers) human donors. Bev is excited to join the Board of the ANATOMY IN CLAYCenters and help Jon’s mission through education.
An experienced realtor with RE/MAX Eagle Rock in Loveland, Colorado (serving Northern Colorado), Nanci Garnand has been involved in real estate since 1995. Prior to that, she worked as a Vice President and Lender in the commercial banking world.
Co-owner of Strategic Success Tools, Nanci and her business partner, Dr. Sonja Jackson, offer an online tool for small business to use in attracting new clients and building relationships. An online software system, it includes a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system with landing pages, autoresponders and text to join. www.StrategicSuccessTools.com
Active in the community, Nanci serves as a member of the Loveland Museum/Gallery, Loveland Rotary Club (Past President), Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Loveland Chamber of Commerce, Berthoud Chamber of Commerce, and Loveland/Berthoud Board of REALTORS. She also sponsors activities for various community nonprofits, including the Loveland Opera Theatre, Loveland Choral Society, Habitat for Humanity, Community Kitchen, and 65 Roses for Cystic Fibrosis. In addition, she supports the Colorado Eagles hockey team through being a season ticket holder and is a founding member of the new TPC golf course in Berthoud.
Nanci was recognized by BizWest 2018 as a Woman of Distinction in the category of Real Estate, Construction and Development: https://bizwest.com/2018/03/27/meet-nocos-2018-women-distinction/
Since 2012, Mark has managed his own communications firm to support education-related and non-profit organizations. Prior to launching Mark Stevens Communications, Mark worked in school public relations including positions as director of communications for the Colorado Department of Education, Greeley-Evans School District 6, and Denver Public Schools.
Mark also spent two decades in print and broadcast journalism including work at The Denver Post, PBS The NewsHour, The Rocky Mountain News, and The Christian Science Monitor. Originally from Massachusetts, Mark lives in Colorado. He and his wife Jody Chapel have two grown daughters.