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Social Justice Advocate

Region & Category
Region: 
Denver Metro
Job Category: 
Communications | Education | Health & Mental Health | Programs/Services | Volunteer Management | Other
Summary

I am a driven and successful leader from 24+ years working in the medical field. After a life-changing event four+ years ago, I re-evaluated what fulfills me and made the choice to leave this career and seek a path in which I can walk alongside others. To maximize my opportunity to move in this new direction, I went back to school and just completed a two-year master level program in Social Justice and Ethics. I am seeking an opportunity that will fulfill my need for personal connection and meaningful work while working for social justice. I am an excellent relationship builder with leadership and strategic planning skills. 

Skills
  • Relationship Builder & Storyteller
  • Public Speaking & Presentation Experience
  • Excellent Technical and Descriptive Writing Skills
  • Quick learner with experience making critical decisions under pressure
  • Teaching Experience – Classroom, Lectures, Hands-On Field Work
  • Training & Coaching Expertise
  • Excellent Communicator/People Connector
  • Experience with youth, young adult, adult and elderly populations
  • Event Organizing Experience
  • Strategic Planning and Organizational Skills
  • Financial Proficiency
Experience
Social Justice Intern
Aug, 2019
cityWILD - DENVER, CO
  • cityWILD is an NPO located in Denver’s Cole Neighborhood serving underrepresented youth ages 11-18 connecting them to nature and the outdoors while developing their leadership skills. As an intern, I functioned as a member of the staff at cityWILD while fulfilling the requirement for the MASJE degree program at Iliff. My role included conducting research on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the teaching of Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder training and education; development and execution of fitness and health-related programing for student participants, with a focus on DEI and SEL objectives; assisted with student programming as needed; assisted the Adventures Coordinator in gear management and other areas as needed.
Independent Sales Rep for Phits Insoles, 3D Printed Orthotic System
Jul, 2016 to Dec, 2018
RS PRINT, PHITS INSOLES – BERINGEN, BELGIUM
  • First to represent and sell this innovative 3D medical printed product in Colorado, one of just 9 agents working specific small regions/states in the USA; continued to sell this product on the side while attending school on an independent basis for my own LLC: HPL Mountain Wellness, LLC
Sales Manager, National Accounts
May, 2014 to Feb, 2016
OSSUR AMERICAS, OSTEOARTHRITIS & INJURY DIVISION – FOOTHILL RANCH, CA
  • Managed large national distributor accounts and 35 direct field sales reps in DVT sales
Sales Manager & Territory Manager
Jan, 2009 to May, 2014
DJO GLOBAL, BRACING & SUPPORTS DIVISION – VISTA, CA
  • Managed 5-6 sales reps selling orthopedic soft goods, bracing and supports, and DVT pumps.
  • Completed each year with sales growth in my territory while serving as an advocate for patients and an educator to health care professionals.
Athletic Training Coordinator
Aug, 2004 to Jan, 2009
ORTHOSPORT OF BOULDER PHYSICAL THERAPY – BOULDER, CO
  • Served as a key therapist to patients of all ages in the recovery of sport and everyday orthopedic injuries.
Associate & Assistant Athletic Trainer
May, 1999 to Aug, 2004
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO – BOULDER, CO
  • Partnered with the Director of Sports Medicine in Staff and Program Development while directly supervising five full-time staff athletic trainers, three professional interns and 25+ student interns each year.
  • Primary responsibilities for health care of Women’s Basketball, Women’s and Men’s Tennis teams.
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Aug, 1995 to May, 1999
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA – IOWA CITY, IA
  • Head Team Athletic Trainer for Men’s Wrestling: achieved NCAA Team Title all four years with the program.
Education
School and Location: 
ILIFF SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY – DENVER, CO
Dates Attended: 
2017 to 2019
Degree: 
Master’s Degree
Field of Study: 
Social Justice and Ethics
Grade: 
Graduated with Distinction, Final GPA: 3.952
Activities and Societies: 
Student Senate - MASJE Representative, 2 years; El Grito de Iliff (ISO) - Founding Member; President's Advisory Council Meeting attendee, May 2019; MASJE Internship - at cityWILD during my entire final academic year
Description: 
My time at Iliff was transformative. It transformed my worldview, my theology, my spirituality, my social justice outlook, and the way I show up in this world. By design, I went through the philosophical process of deconstruction, which I believe will continue for the rest of my life. My studies, the relationships I developed and the things I learned at Iliff have prepared me to work for social justice in our society and my community.
School and Location: 
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA - OMAHA, NE
Dates Attended: 
1993 to 1995
Degree: 
Master’s Degree
Field of Study: 
Exercise Science
Grade: 
Final GPA: 3.888
Activities and Societies: 
Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer, Athletic Department
School and Location: 
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY - PULLMAN, WA
Dates Attended: 
1988 to 1992
Degree: 
Bachelor’s Degree
Field of Study: 
Physical Education and Athletic Training
Grade: 
Final GPA: 3.62
Activities and Societies: 
Student Athletic Trainer, Athletic Department
Contact Info
Full Name: 
Kristen Payne
Address: 
19671 W 59th Ave.
Golden, CO 80403
State: 
Colorado
Email Address: 
kpayne@iliff.edu
Phone: 
303-829-7085
Achievements & Awards: 
Graduate with Distinction, final GPA 3.952, 80 credits – Iliff School of Theology, June 2019Outstanding Achievement in Master of Arts in Social Justice & Ethics–Iliff School of Theology, April 2019SPEAKER: "The Value of Teaching Social Justice to Our Children" – Renewal Conference: Diversity in Divided Times: Challenges & Hopes, The Iliff School of Theology, February 2019WOW Certificate of Recognition, Customer Focus – Ossur Americas, January 2015President’s Dinner Award, for top sales reps – DJO Global, 2013INSTRUCTOR/SPEAKER: "Thromboembolic Disease" – A CE course for nurses, certified by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA); presented multiple times between 2009-2013 to customers in need of DVT education; course provided as a value add to customersBeaver Creek Awards Trip, Winner of Sales Contest – DJO Global, December 2010Exos Rapid Splinting Advisory Committee – DJO Global, 2013Pediatric Walker R&D Team – DJO Global, 2012INSTRUCTOR/SPEAKER: "Ankle Sprains: Injury to Activity" A CE course for nurses, certified by the ENA; presented multiple times between 2009-2010 to customers in need of sports injury education; course provided as a value add to DJO Global customersSPEAKER: "Eating Disorders in College Athletes" – Colorado Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, Lakewood, CO, April 2004SPEAKER: "OCD of the Talus With Lateral Ankle Reconstruction on a Women’s Basketball Player" – Big XII Sports Medicine Seminar, Dallas, TX, May 2002NCAA Wrestling Weight Loss Committee, National Collegiate Athletic Association, 1997-1999SPEAKER: "An Update on NCAA Wrestling Weight Certification Procedures" – Hawkeye Sports Medicine Symposium, Iowa City, IA, December 1998SPEAKER: "Evaluation of Athletic Injuries to the Knee, Ankle and Shoulder" – Presented to Paramedics and EMT’s from Pridemark Ambulance Service, Boulder, CO Fall 2002 & Fall 2003SPEAKER: "Overview of CU Sports Medicine Emergency Action Plan" – Presented to Paramedics and EMT’s from Pridemark Ambulance Service, Boulder, CO Fall 2002 & Fall 2003University of Colorado Sports Medicine Student Intern Program – Injury Management Presentations, various topics, Boulder, CO, 1999-2004Big Ten Conference Annual Sports Medicine Seminar, representing the University of Iowa, 1996 and 1997SPEAKER: "Nutrition and Weight Loss specific to the High School Wrestlers" – Presented at six camps per summer to high school wrestlers at the Dan Gable Training and Technique Camps, Iowa City, IA, 1996, 1997 & 1998SPEAKER: "Evaluation of Sport-Related Joint Injuries" – Presented to Family Practice Physicians, Omaha, NE, April 1994
Affiliations & Community Involvement: 
Soul 2 Soul Sisters, Facing Racism Fall 2019 Cohort, attending full series, Denver, CO, Aug-Sept 2019Platform4Women, Envision The Change Workshop Series, attended full series, Denver, CO, May 2019Host Family to Iraqi High School Youth, IYELP & World Denver exchange program, Summer 2019 & 2017No Place For Hate, organized group of concerned parents at my son’s elementary school to research, prepare and present the implementation of the ADL’s (Anti-Defamation League) No Place For Hate into the school; presented to school May 2019Co-Facilitator and/or Member, Rocky Mountain Lean In Circle, August 2014-January 2018Fundraising Coordinator, Boy Scouts of America-Cub Scouts Pack 582, Golden, CO, 2016–presentField Volunteer / Door-to-Door Canvasser for Various Candidates running for public office and various progressive platforms, 1996-present (appx every 2-4 years)HOA Social Committee Co-Chair and/or Member, Tablerock Community, Golden, CO, 2010-2015Youth Basketball Coach, Susan Duncan YMCA, Arvada, CO