Matt started teaching BrainWise as an undergraduate at the University of Northern Colorado, and wrote his Masters Thesis on BrainWise and Young Fatherhood. He earned a second Masters degree in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of Alaska, and currently is a doctoral candidate there in Family Counseling.
Sena works as a senior counselor at Hope Counseling Center in Fairbanks, where he works with intergenerational families providing therapy, aboriginal counseling and education. He is well-known for using BrainWise in his teaching and counseling with children, youth and adults.
Prior to his work at Hope, Matt worked with Chugachmiut, a consortium of tribal villages on the Kenai Peninsula, helping Alaska Native youth and families to use the 10 Wise Ways. A gifted teacher and grant writer, Sena gives generously of his time and talent to locate and help write proposals to fund BrainWise projects and research.
Matt is replacing longtime Board Member Michele Falivene. Michele recently retired from banking, got married, moved to Montana and is starting a second career in photography. She will continue to serve BrainWise as an advisor.