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.
GPR Committee Chair
Ben has been the GPR chair since Summer of 2022. He is currently a school psychologist in the Weld RE-3J School District and formerly Stellar Elementary in Adams 12 and 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.
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 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.
GPR Committee Member
Libby is the President Elect and Legislative Chair on the CSSP board. She has been a member of the GPR committee since it began in 2019. Originally from Nebraska, she graduated with an EdS from the University of Denver and started her career as an intern with Denver Public Schools (DPS). Libby is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) working in DPS supporting hiring and recruitment and professional development for school psychologists and social workers. 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. She spends her time with her husband, two young children, and two dogs.
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.
GPR Committee Member
Michael currently works as a school psychologist for Jefferson County Public Schools with previous experience in crisis intervention and community mental health. He has a special interest in suicide prevention and crisis response practices in schools. Michael has testified at the Capitol on behalf of CSSP in support of increased funding for suicide prevention. He was initially drawn to the intersection of mental health and education while working for the Colorado Department of Education and running mental health and prevention trainings for schools across the state. Outside of his professional interests, Michael enjoys hiking, traveling, and reading a good book.
Emma is the Owner and Principal of Emma Hudson Consulting, LLC, a mission- focused communications and public affairs firm. Emma's background spans nonprofit and government experience as an advocate and a government relations strategist with specialization in health care, business, and social justice policy arenas. With a decade of experience lobbying at the state level, Emma’s work harnesses the combined power of storytelling, visual data demonstration, and relationship-building to advance even the most complex policy goals. In these roles and as a contract lobbyist, Emma has spent years learning the ins and outs of state policy work, with special concentration in non-profit advocacy and state budget impacts on special populations. Emma holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin-La Follette School of Public Affairs and a Master of Public Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.