Steve Mullins is an accomplished composer, flamenco guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, ethnomusicologist, and teacher. He is a member of the music faculty at Metro State University, and the University of Colorado where he earned his doctorate in ethnomusicology. His compositions have been heard in settings as diverse as television commercials, documentaries, national public radio, silent movies, multimedia flamenco shows, dancing horse performances at the National Western stock show, and concert halls around the world. He has received numerous grants and commissions to compose music for dance productions and other events in Colorado, including a flamenco suite for orchestra (and dancer) performed by the Longmont symphony in 2011. He has managed group homes for Developmentally Disabled adults, and worked in elder home health care. Steve began practicing Zen at the age of nineteen; a student of Seung Sahn Dae Soen Sa Nim. He is currently writing a book entitled Only Sound: Zen, Metaphor, and Music.
Howard Shiffman, M.A., brings over 30 years of successful organizational and business experience in human service fields and nonprofits including expertise in executive management, strategic planning, business development, finance, marketing, market intelligence research, fundraising, and board development. Mr. Shiffman presently is a senior associate of OPEN MINDS, a national consulting firm specializing in behavioral health. Prior to his consulting practice, Mr. Shiffman successfully led a number of organizations and programs. He most recently served as the chief executive officer of Griffith Centers for Children, a Colorado COA‐accredited, full-service treatment program for severely troubled youth and their families. He also developed one of the first offense‐specific sex offender programs in the United States. During his 34-years with Griffith Centers he has served in many leadership roles in the child welfare community including president of the Colorado Association of Family and Children’s Agencies, board member of the Child Welfare League of America, and chair for the CWLA National Advisory Committee on Public Policy. Mr. Shiffman was also appointed by the Colorado Governor to serve on a task force to study human services and make recommendations for changes. Mr. Shiffman served as the chairman of the Colorado Continuum Network serving Sexually Abusive Youth and was appointed to the Colorado Sex Offender board representing the interests of adults and juveniles. Before coming to Griffith Centers, Mr. Shiffman was an administrator at Fort Logan Mental Health Center in Denver, leading an inpatient psychiatric team. Mr. Shiffman has studied and practiced meditation for the past 45 years and uses his wisdom in his consultation with organizations and their leaders. Mr. Shiffman holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, with a specialty in Marketing from Rider University. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Association of Family and Children’s Agencies and is a contributor to Children’s Voice, the CWLA national magazine.