Steve Mullins is an accomplished composer, flamenco guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, ethnomusicologist, and teacher. He is a member of the music faculty at the University of Wyoming, 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.
Tim Pargee has been an integral part of Willow Farm since its inception. He started his career as a professional photographer for the military, filming people, processes and documentaries. After the military, he continued with a commercial photography career until he moved to Colorado. In Colorado, he put his artistic and organizational abilities to use building log homes. For a time, Tim farmed in eastern Colorado, and then returned to building houses. From there, he moved on to building bridges, including the one through Glenwood Canyon. Tim currently helps individuals fix their homes and their land and is a caretaker of some mountain land. For Willow Farm, Tim runs the Nature Team, which includes overseeing and working the land, irrigation systems, buildings and anything else that needs a craftsman’s expertise and touch.
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.
Ellen Williamson is recently retired from a 34-year career in high tech companies where she enjoyed positions in Information Technology Systems Administration, IT Management, Operations Management, and Customer Experience. She spent many years mentoring and creating Women in Technology support teams. Ellen has had a decades-long passion for Nutrition, Cooking, Holistic Health, Herbology, and Natural Medicine and is currently attending Bauman College in Boulder for her certification in Holistic Nutrition Consulting. She is an avid runner, gardener, golfer and hiker, and recently took up road bicycling. She also practices meditation and loves to read. Ellen lives in the foothills of Loveland with her husband of 17 years. She has two grown step-sons residing in Ft. Collins and Houston.