In the Fall of 2015, Lisa LaDue and Max Woodfin formed Lion Path International with its first mission: To teach psychological trauma interventions to organizations that responded to the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal.
Lisa LaDue is a Colorado licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with a rich professional background working in mental health and substance abuse settings, hospitals and healthcare systems, and in disaster response. She has been on the academic faculty of the School of Social Work at Colorado State University as well as the International Disaster Psychology Program at the University of Denver. Lisa is a volunteer firefighter/public information officer for a mountain community in northern Colorado, serves as the Regional Planning Manager for Team Rubicon in Region VIII and is also one of Team Rubicon Region VIII’s wellness managers. Lisa has been a Supervisory Mental Health Specialist in the National Disaster Medical System since 2003 and currently serves with the DMORT Victim Information Team that is deployed for mass fatalities. She has responded to many disasters including the massive disasters of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the Pentagon and New York, Hurricane Katrina, the Indian Ocean Tsunami (Thailand and India), the May 12 Sichuan (China) Earthquake, the High Park Fire (Colorado), and most recently traveled to Nepal to provide consultation and training regarding psychological trauma following the Gorkha earthquake and its major aftershocks that devastated much of the country. Lisa is the director of the National Mass Fatalities Institute, providing training and consultation to assist communities preparing for, responding to, and recovering from catastrophic disasters that result in mass fatalities. She lectures internationally and has authored articles, book chapters and commissioned white papers addressing disaster response, trauma, terrorism, and mass fatalities. She provides disaster and trauma-related planning, training, and response services for communities around the globe to enhance resilience and healing from trauma. Lisa is an adjunct faculty member with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (SETI), teaching “Foundations of Disaster Response for Somatic Experiencing Practitioners” a course she developed with Ale’ Duarte, SEP, from Brazil.
Max Woodfin is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Commissioned Officer in the Colorado Army National Guard, and Adjunct Faculty in Naropa University's Master's of Transpersonal Counseling Psychology Program. He received his Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in 2011, and has been in private practice focusing on grief, trauma, and loss since 2012. For over ten years he served as an Instructor with the international experiential education company, Where There Be Dragons. He is formerly a Wilderness EMT, and facilitated medical evacuations from expeditions in Kashmir, China, Tibet, and Laos between 2005 and 2011. During Colorado's Fourmile Fire of 2010 and the Boulder Floods of 2013, Max coordinated psychological trauma support for disaster victims. As Executive Director of Equirhythm (2014-2015), a nonprofit Equine-Facilitated Therapy program in Colorado, he organized long-term support groups for victims of both disasters. Having lived for nearly a decade in India, China, Thailand, and Laos, Max's professional focus is understanding how trauma and grief affect people across cultures, and how cultural context acts as an agent in the onset of trauma-related diagnoses such as PTSD. Max is currently conducting research on how military subculture can protect against, or provoke, emotional dysregulation. In his coveted off time, Max focuses on trail runs with his dog, backcountry skiing, meditating by lakes in the Colorado high country, and reading.