Executive Council Members



Shane Saenz – Chair


Shane is the Chair for COPAGS in the 2017-2018 school year. He is a 3rd-year PsyD student at the University of Denver. Originally, from California, Shane received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz (Go Banana Slugs!) as well as a minor in Jewish Studies. After his time in Santa Cruz, Shane moved to Boston to work toward his Master’s degree in Counseling with a special focus in Sport and Performance Psychology. Shortly thereafter, Shane chose to continue school to pursue his doctoral degree and continue his focus in both Clinical and Sport and Performance Psychology.

Kait Ross- Chair-Elect


Kait is the Chair-Elect for the Colorado Psychological Association for Graduate Students (COPAGS). She received her undergraduate degree from Kenyon College in Ohio, with a major in Psychology and a concentration in Law & Society. She worked at an international law firm as a legal recruiter and a law school career counselor in New York City while earning an MSEd degree in Counselor Education/School Counseling, from CUNY Lehman, and a Health Coaching certificate. More recently, she was the Administrative Director of the Professional Psychology Clinic at the University of Denver’s (DU) Graduate School of Professional Psychology. She is currently a first-year in the Counseling Psychology PhD program at DU’s Morgridge College of Education and is providing psychotherapy services to DU students through the Health & Counseling Center on campus. She is interested in clinical and research work in health psychology, integrated care settings, and enhancing well-being for people of all ages through holistic approaches.

Christy Woods- Academic/Research Chair

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Christy is a third-year doctoral student in the University of Northern Colorado’s Counseling Psychology PhD program. She is a Colorado native who received her BA in Counseling Psychology from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. Her research interests are in supervision and training, particularly in comfort with sexuality counseling. She also has clinical interest in at-risk youth and is currently completing an external placement at a youth services corrections facility. Christy hopes to build a stronger community of researchers in Colorado graduate programs through research collaboration, online and face-to-face brainstroming, and resource sharing.


Sally McGregor- Programming Chair

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Sally is a second-year doctoral student in the University of Denver’s PsyD program. Sally graduated with a Masters of Counseling (MC) from Arizona State University. Sally’s clinical experiences include working with clients at sites such as Trauma Healing Services at LaFrontera EMPACT in Arizona, Denver County Jail’s Downtown Detention Center, and The Sturm Center for Military Psychology at the University of Denver. Sally’s interests include international travel and the psychology of third culture kids (TCK’s). Sally is very excited to connect graduate students with a shared interest in psychology by facilitating events and other programming.

Klarissa Garcia Orellana – Diversity Chair


Klarissa is an international second-year PsyD student at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP). Klarissa was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to the U.S. to pursue her education. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The George Washington University, as well as a minor in Sociology. Her interests are in Latino Psychology and Health Psychology, particularly Perinatal Mental Health. Currently, Klarissa is on the Latino Psychology Specialty Program at GSPP. As COPAGS Diversity Chair, Klarissa hopes and provide education to students and providers in order to increase their abilities to provide appropriate mental health services to diverse populations. Moreover, she wishes to raise awareness on important diversity issues that occur in the mental health field.

Elizabeth Shum – Advocacy Chair


Elizabeth is a third-year graduate student in the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology PsyD program. Her professional interests include forensic psychology and Latino psychology, and she is currently an extern at Salud Family Health Centers, an integrated primary care clinic primarily serving Latino clients. Elizabeth is the COPAGS Advocacy Chair. Through this position she hopes to aid Colorado graduate students in understanding their rights, as well as increase awareness about advocacy issues relevant to careers in psychology after graduate school. Her outside interests include snowboarding, hiking, and exploring the Denver craft beer scene.


Leigh Kunkle – Communications Chair


Leigh is a third-year PsyD student at University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. She is a Chicago native who received her undergraduate education at Saint Louis University, where she earned bachelor degrees in Psychology and French. Her professional interests lie in health psychology, specifically working with cancer patients and family caregivers. Leigh is currently a student extern at University of Colorado Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant and sees clients through the Center for Oncology Psychology Excellence at DU’s Professional Psychology Clinic. Her outside interests include hiking, spending time with her puppy and watching the Cubs. She hopes to raise awareness and engagement with both fellow members and the community at large.

Hannah Katz – Outgoing Chair/ Member at Large


Hannah is a Fouth-year doctoral student in the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology PsyD program. After obtaining her Masters degree from DU in 2011 in Sport and Performance Psychology, she worked for the American Cancer Society. Her interests are in Health Psychology, particularly Oncology Psychology. She has had the pleasure of holding the Chair-elect and Chair positions on COPAGs for the past two years and looks forward to the upcoming year. Hannah  hopes to support the current COPAGS board and continue to support visibility of COPAGS to psychology graduate students in the state of Colorado.