Leadership Team

September 2020 – Last Updated

We are proud to introduce our new leadership team, which has taken charge of the Colorado Center for Alternative Lifestyles following the reorganization of August 2020. Each member of our new team has committed to serving in their roles for (at least) the next two years.

Nick Ford

Executive Director

Nick has been participating in alternative lifestyle communities since 2013 and has attended classes and events all across North America, Asia, and Europe. Nick is an award winning author of LGBT+ non-fiction and an Amazon bestselling author.

Nick has experience teaching at and working with universities and non-profits in China, Taiwan, and the United States. Beyond alternative lifestyles he has also been a business consultant for Fortune 100 companies and public services. He’s excited to bring his passion for people being enabled to live their authentic lives to ColoradoCAL.

In addition to participating in the alternative lifestyle community he enjoys traveling, writing science fiction, and reading, reading, reading.

Josie Nixon

Invigorate Productions
Director of Community Outreach

Upon their arrival to Colorado in 2016 Josie has dedicated their life to the development of community. They began volunteering with Out Boulder County, their roles included front desk volunteer, support group facilitator, Trans Steering & Event Committee Chair, and they are now employed with OBC as the LGBTQ+ Health Liaison.

In their time living life as an out trans person they have volunteered for 9 different non profits, been interviewed in national papers, created countless moments of visibility for their community, and given over 1000 hours of their time. Josie has also created volunteer initiatives at both of their corporate jobs in Boulder and Denver, creating thousands of hours of dedicated time to dozens of organizations.

After leaving those positions they knew the corporate ladder was not for them and desired to create something that focused more on the collective growth of community. Josie is the Founder of Invigorate Productions, a company whose mission is to lift the voices of the marginalized, bring people together through entertainment and education, and to change how business is done within the event production community.

Their favorite saying is that we are all connected through the details of our lives. In their free time Josie listens to many storytelling podcasts and talks to their myriad plants.

Sola Daboiku

Co-Director of Social Events

Sola was born and raised in Ohio, but her personal goals brought her to Colorado.

Sola graduated from university in 2018 with a degree in Psychology and minors in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Human Sexuality. During her university days, Sola participated in activists advents, orchestrated marches, fundraisers, demonstrations, has sat on LGBTQAAI+ & Non-Monogamous panels and lead talks about various sociopolitical and economic issues.

Upon moving to Colorado, Sola was introduced to CAL’s classes and instantly found a thriving community of people who are just as passionate and curious as she is. Sola participated in CAL’s first Instructor Training Program where she developed a talk highlighting safe and fun sexual positions for fat bodies like her’s.

Sola brings her psychology background, event organization skills, and passion to CAL’s new Leadership Team. Currently, Sola works in Human Resources and enjoys video games (console, handheld & PC) in her free time.

Wren Lane

Co-Director of Education

Wren finds much of her identity at the intersections of queerness, ethical non-monogamy, and her full time profession in healthcare.

She has a tremendous passion for both learning & educating in each of those communities and gets especially excited when she can blend two or more together. Two of her favorite classes to date have been teaching fellow healthcare providers how to provide culturally competent care to gender-expansive patients and teaching alternative lifestyle communities about the science behind safer sex practices so they can make informed decisions about their health.

When not working, teaching, or learning, you can often find her either behind or in front of a camera exercising her creative expression through photography.

Chris Wellman

Co-Director of Social Events

Chris Wellman (Sparkle_Muffin) is a polyamorus, pansexual, switch who has been presenting and creating events for alternative lifestyle communities since 2018.

Chris is a comedian by trade and runs two lifestyle friendly comedy shows in Denver; one an educational and consent focused kinky comedy show at The Denver Sanctuary, the other, a sex-positive storytelling show at the iconic Blush & Blu.

He has a passion for sharing his love for and changing the misconceptions surrounding the BDSM community through the vehicle of comedy. Chris is a self-described sex nerd with a background in Anthropology and loves teaching both philosophical and practical aspects of BDSM to lifestylers and vanillas alike.

Rose Brehon

Co-Director of Education

Rose is new to Colorado, but not to the goal of educating and supporting others around her!

Rose was born and raised in the suburbs of Kansas City, Kansas, with a background in medicine and mental health. Rose has a Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Kansas State University and is currently pursuing a doctorate of pharmacy.

Rose has been an active part of the BDSM, Kink, and non-monogamous communities in both Kansas and Colorado and is excited to explore the mountains and minds of this beautiful state.

Jordyn Amstutz

Secretary of the
Board of Directors

In 2015, Jordyn found herself dissatisfied with the social events offered and felt that there was not a place for someone like her to have fun, meet like-minded people, and feel truly at ease in an environment that felt safe, low-pressure, and casual. So, she founded the Denver Social Slosh to meet that need.

From the early days in LoDo with just a few attendees, the Denver Social Slosh has grown into fixture of the Denver community with three monthly events and multiple special events each year.

In 2016, the Denver Social Slosh merged with ColoradoCAL and Jordyn assumed the role of Social director. This year, we are proud to welcome her to the Board of Directors and look forward to seeing what the new Social team does to take community engagement to the next level.

Jordyn is works in medical billing for a pediatric home healthcare company, is a connoisseur of fine craft beers, and has been an educator and advocate for alternative lifestyle communities for nearly a decade.

Isaac Cross

Chairman & Treasurer of the
Board of Directors

The Colorado Center for Alternative Lifestyles was formed in January of 2015 by Isaac Cross. He has led the organization as both Executive Director and Chairman of the Board ever since and has built ColoradoCAL from simple idea an organization with thousands of members. This year, Isaac is relinquishing his role as Executive Director, and fulfills his 2015 promise to ensure the organization would exist first and foremost to serve the community, not its leaders.

Isaac is an educator who began offering classes for members of alternative communities in 2009. He has been featured as the keynote speaker at multiple national events and has taught internationally on multiple occasions, as well. Isaac has a background in psychology, is a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor, and currently works (remotely) as an analyst for a healthcare agency in Denver as he travels the world and explores how alternative communities survive and thrive in the 21st century.

“As I step away from my active role in ColoradoCAL and onto the next great challenge, I do so with full faith and confidence in the leadership team we’ve selected. I am sure they will take CAL farther and do more for our communities than I ever could have hoped to do when I started this journey alone six year ago.”

Colorado Center for Alternative Lifestyles