Loving More Staff and Board of Directors

The Loving More Board of Directors and Staff are made up of dedicated people who volunteer their time and energy to support Loving More our mission of polyamory awareness and relationship choice. We are always in need of volunteers for the many projects and fund raising needs. If you are interested in being a part of an amazing organization and changing the world then contact our Executive Director.

 

Executive Director

Robyn L Trask

Loveland, CO

Robyn L Trask

Robyn is the Executive Director of Loving More Nonprofit, a national leader for polyamory awareness, polyamory counselor, workshop facilitator and writer. Raised in Colorado and Texas, Robyn realized at 24 that she simply was not monogamous. She decided to be honest and ask for open relationships even if it meant being alone. Her first marriage of 18 years with one of her high-school sweeties was open, though it was not until nine years into her marriage that she discovered there was a term, polyamory, and an organization that really fit her relationships style, Loving More Magazine. She founded a local Denver polyamory discussion group with some close friends and lovers in 1998. Robyn studied biology, chemistry and animal science at Texas A&M. She worked in the construction industry as an estimator, owned a top wedding and catering business, is a professional photographer and founded New Visions Center for personal growth where she taught Sacred Sex and other classes.  In 2003 she attended and presented at Loving More Conference retreats on both the East and West coast. Robyn purchased Loving More in the fall of 2004 because she did not want to see this great community resource falter. She quickly realized with the technology and changing publishing industry that Loving More was not viable as a for-profit business or as a magazine and began the process of Loving More Magazine becoming national nonprofit for polyamory awareness. Since 2004, Robyn has worked to expand media awareness of polyamory through press releases and appearances in numerous articles, radio and TV shows including Montel, Lisa Ling and Michael Baisden. Robyn and Loving More were instrumental in the formation of Polyamory Leadership Network. A national speaker and advocate for polyamory she has been a featured speaker at conferences, taught at universities and been a keynote speaker. Robyn has been openly polyamorous for 25 years, raising three children in a polyamorous family.

 

Board of Directors

President and IT Director

Jesus ViramontesGarcia

Loveland, CO

Jesus Viramontes Garcia

Board President. Jesus is a native of the San Francisco Bay area who began exploring alternatives to monogamy in 2004. He has worked in the computer information technology field since 1995. In college he majored in Biology and Psychology with an emphasis on bio-psychology. He has worked at raising money for many worthy causes including walks to raise money for National Alliance on Mental Illness in 2005, walk for Asthma in 2004, Marathon fund raiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in 2006 and is a regular Apheresis  Donor for the Stanford Blood Center. In 2007 he left the Bay area and moved to Colorado. Jesus has been volunteering and helping Loving More since attending his first Loving More Conference in 2005 and has been instrumental in rebuilding the Loving More Website as well as implementing use of social media. A polyamory activist since 2007, Jesus helped in launching the Poly Leadership Network, has been a presenter on issues involving minorities in polyamory as well as appearing in Montel and Lisa Ling shows on polyamory.

 

 

 

Tanya Hixon

Secretary/Treasurer

Tanya Hixon

Fort Collins, CO

Tanya was born in Fort Collins, but grew up in Lincoln, NE.  She has always been open to exploring new ways of being in relationships with any number of partners.  Her love of Science and particularly Biology led her to major in Natural Science at UN-L.  Rescue and adoption of animals has been a passion of hers since her childhood and she has volunteered at shelters and animal rescue organizations.  She has rescued or adopted all of her current pets.  Also a donor to various cancer research projects throughout the years, having lost several family members to cancer. Being bi and dealing intimately with transgender issues has opened her eyes to the unique problems of the LGBTQ community.

 

Board Member at Large

Mim Chapman, Ph.D.

Sante Fe, NM

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Mim Chapman, PhD

 

Board Member at Large.  Mim is the author of What does Polyamory Look Like?, a new book about the forms of poly diversity. She is a relationship coach, keynote speaker, educator, and change agent, and has been entertaining and mentoring people for more years than she chooses to admit.  She is a certified Myers-Briggs trainer and has led workshops in various aspects of diversity, learning styles, multiple intelligences, collaboration, anti-harassment, sexuality, and the change process for conferences, schools and businesses. She was Alaska’s “Curriculum Leader of the Year,” Toastmaster’s “Communicator of the Year,” and the YWCA/British Petroleum “Woman of Achievement.”  Her current creative passion is her sex education performance-art piece, “The VP (vagina-penis) Dialogues,” which has been performed in a variety of venues. www.mimchapman.com

 

 

Board Member at Large

Michael Ford

Ontario Canada

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Michael Ford

Michael began exploring polyamory and HAI (Human Awareness Institute) in 2005 after the end of his 28 year marriage. Born and raised in the UK, he immigrated to Canada as an adult in 1966. Michael’s background is in business management, marketing, communications and strategic planning. His career has taken him to India, the Persian Gulf, Bangladesh, the Mediterranean and many other places. In 2007 HAI lost their founder and leader when Stan Dale passed away. After completing HAI level 6, Michael noticed HAI was losing ground with social media and stepped up to offer help. HAI has subsequently rebranded as HAI Global, a 501c(3) Nonprofit and has extended their offerings to many new areas in the US, Canada and Europe. Michael is still an HAI advisor, but has turned his interests to polyamory activism. He attended Poly Living in 2012 and took an interest in the polyamory movement as well as fostering cooperation between HAI and Loving More Nonprofit. Loving More has long supported and been supported by HAI, but that connection was somewhat severed with the passing of Stan Dale who was a long time member.  Currently semi-retired, Michael is interested in focusing his extensive business background in international marketing and communications to benefit organizations such as HAI Global and Loving More Nonprofit that resonate with his interests.

 

 

Board Member at Large

Vashti Ma’at

Albany, NY

Vashti Ma’at

Board Member at Large.  Vashti’s curious nature and innate desire to learn allowed her to traverse many paths that helped her to discover and better understand human relationships. She considers herself a student of humanity; she believes that she will continue to be a lifelong learner and student. Subsequently, this led to an academic focus in Sociocultural Anthropology. This field allows her to learn about different aspects of societies, cultures, philosophies, and religions that are part of the fabric of humanity and their impact on intimate relationship choices. She stated that many of her intimate relationships have been, and continue to be similar to the premise of polyamory and Loving More’s philosophy of relationship lifestyle choices that is based on Honesty and Respect. Vashti is a proponent of polyamory relationships – qualities that dovetail nicely with Loving More’s endeavors of intimate relationship choices.

 

Volunteers/Staff

 

Volunteer Coordinator

Joella Roberts

Denver, CO

joellaJoella is a Polyamory activist who began exploring Polyamory in early 2012, but believes she has been polyamorous her entire life; often having many non-sexual, emotionally intimate relationships, even during her 12 year monogamous marriage.  She lives with her anchor partner in the Denver Metro area and identifies as demisexual and panromantic.  Joella started volunteering for Loving More at the 2014 Rocky Mountain Poly Living conference and now helps with office and administrative duties as well as helping organize other events such as Poly Living conferences and the Loving More contingent with the Denver Metro Pride Festival.  Joella also volunteers with the local Pagan group, Dragonfest, and believes that Love is the ultimate spiritual path.

 

 

Bookstore Manager

Marina Reiko

Fort Collins, CO

Marina18WebMarina was raised in polyamorous family from birth. As a young teen Marina identified as polyamory and bisexual. At age 15 she began assisting in organizing Loving More events from Poly Living Conferences to Pride Fest Booth and Parade in Colorado. In2013 she co-facilitated a presentation on children and raising sex positive kids at Poly Living Philadelphia and at Woodhull in August 2014. Recently Marina started a Teens in Polyamory Facebook page, a place for teens exploring polyamory or those raised in poly families to be able to connect and learn from each other. An aspiring actress Marina performed in the play “Journey to the West” by OpenStage Theatre in Fort Collins in the fall 2014, her first performance with a professional company. Marina is an honors student from GOAL Academy, a statewide online high school currently participating in concurrent enrollment at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins, CO and will graduate this spring. She plans to attend college at the University of Northern Colorado and major in theatre, and hopes to expand from stage acting and modeling to film in the near future. www.facebook.com/polyteenagers/

 

Member Chair

Kimber Scott

Denver, CO

kimberKimber has identified as a Polyamorous, Pan-sexual, Cuddle Slut from an early age, even before she knew there were words for how she managed her relationships.  In 2008 Kimber began writing blog articles as she came out, some of which were published in a Monthly column “Butterfly Chronicles” on the website “Polyamorous Percolation’s” under the pen name Rhianon Leto.  She continues to write and hopes to contribute articles to other websites as well.  As an accomplishes Event Coordinator, Kimber organized monthly events for the Denver Metro Meet-up group.   Now she focuses her time volunteering for Loving More and searching diligently for new members (and future cuddle partners), being a cuddle monster and loving her chosen family as well as her grown children.  Kimber spent most of her life in Arizona and moved to Denver 7 years ago where she found her Community.