Game to Grow Staff

Executive Directors

Adam Davis, MA Ed. earned his Master’s degree in Education with a focus in drama therapy from Antioch University Seattle, and is a recognized member of the North American Drama Therapy Association. Adam is a contributing author to The Walking Dead Psychology, and has also served as a public school teacher. In addition to working with Game to Grow, Adam developed the CoRe Gaming program at the Atlantic Street Center, utilizing video games to teach dialectical behavioral therapy skills


Adam Johns, LMFT earned his Master’s degree in couple and family therapy at Antioch University after earning his Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Arizona. In addition to his work with Game to Grow, Adam is a therapist in private practice. Adam Johns has been playing tabletop role-playing games for 20 years, and is very involved in the geek community.

 

Group Facilitators

In 2018, thanks to a generous grant from Child’s Play, Game to Grow was able to add new game masters to the team! With these new game masters on board, Game to Grow will be able to expand to serve even more families with intentional therapeutic gaming.

 

 

Andrew Brazzale, MSW has been working in the mental health field for several years after earning his Master’s degree in Social Work and Bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Illinois. He presently works as both a facilitator for Game to Grow and as a counselor for a local mental health community agency. He is very active player of tabletop role-playing games and board games, as well as engaging in other “general nerdery.”

 

Kerry Jarvi has worked as an educator for many years, teaching 2nd and 3rd Grade for Baltimore City Public Schools, English as a Second Language in South Korea, and Finnish as a Second Language at Concordia Language Villages. He is currently pursuing his MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Antioch University Seattle. Kerry is an avid gamer, particularly favoring collaborative board games and role playing games.

 

Elizabeth D. Kilmer, MS, LPA is a Clinical Psychology doctoral candidate from the University of North Texas. She has developed therapeutic groups utilizing table-top role-playing games to promote well-being, personal safety, and interpersonal effectiveness in children and adolescents who experienced trauma, as well as to promote cognitive flexibility, frustration tolerance, and social skills in military veterans in primary care and substance abuse treatment settings. Elizabeth is passionate about the development and research of applied therapeutic gaming for adolescents and adults.

 

Jared N. Kilmer, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist. He has developed therapeutic groups utilizing table-top role-playing games to promote social skills, problem solving skills, and perspective taking in military veterans recovering from severe mental illness, as well as promote confidence, teamwork, and interpersonal effectiveness in adolescents. Jared is passionate about measuring the cognitive and emotional benefits of games and developing effective applied therapeutic gaming interventions among multiple populations.

 

Michael More has worked professionally with neuro-diverse youth, teens, and adults for over 15 years in community centers, universities, and sports teams. In 2013, Michael started organizing and running gaming groups for co-workers, friends, and the local community, often using his own games, maps, and stories. Through all he is involved with, Michael strives to create welcoming and supporting, fun, dynamic spaces for folks to come together and learn from each others’ experiences.  Michael is an alumni of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where he earned an MSc in 2012.

 

Akira Sakoda recently earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Washington and is pursuing a Clinical Mental Health and Counseling degree at Antioch University. Akira is a lifelong gamer and excited to connect with youth through mutual experiences with games.

 

Johnny Spangler, MA, LMHC, earned his degree in Mental Health Counseling at Antioch University and currently works as a counselor for adolescents and young adults around the Seattle area. He is also an adjunct professor at Antioch University in Seattle, teaching classes in their counseling program. His previous experience focused around teaching communication skills to students of all ages from classrooms to offices. His work reflects his deep belief that the greatest skill one can learn is how to communicate effectively with those around them.

 

Additional Staff

Director of Critical Core, Virginia Spielmann is Executive Director of STAR Institute for Sensory Processing, in Colorado. She trained as an Occupational Therapist in Oxford, England (BSc) and has her MSOT from Mount Mary University, Wisconsin. She is a PhD candidate with the Fielding Graduate University in Infant and Early Childhood Development with an emphasis on mental health. Virginia has been working with children from 0-19 for more than 20 years, and believes in strengths based, respectful support for all individuals and is an advocate for the social model of disability.
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