Many of you already know that our beloved JoLee has graduated! Maybe she actually retired, but when someone retires, I want to say they have graduated. I don’t know why my brain goes there, but I like it: it implies a grand new opening, unlimited possibilities and heading out into the world to do good, armed with the many years of knowledge and experience one has accumulated over a long period of time. It has big “new beginning” energy that feels very exciting, don’t you think?
For most of you, JoLee was your first introduction to Psychic Horizons. She was with us for 9 years and during that time she was truly fabulous. She had a black belt in patience and kindness, and knew everything about the inner workings of the Center. She could handle nearly any question posed by the public, students and staff. JoLee fully supported mine and Trish’s transition into owning and running the center by showing up time and again with answers to all our questions – even ones we didn’t know we had. She was available what felt like 24/7/365 to help untangle a wide variety of knots. JoLee shared her popular Animal Communication program with the Center, and she contributed in so many other ways we can’t begin to document them all. JoLee was truly the power behind the scenes and she delivered, baby. What a beautiful era it has been, with JoLee participating in the leadership of the Center.
In August a car accident gave her one of those unexpected and ultimately beautiful opportunities to make the decision that it was time to move on from running the office. In the meantime, and to our immense relief, JoLee recovered completely with considerable help from Boulder Community Hospital, Theresa Bradley and her wife Megan, and sometime office sub Cheryl Barnes, who seamlessly stepped in to cover the office for 6 weeks and who graciously donated her pay to JoLee. A number of other people provided JoLee with meals, transportation and other comforts and conveniences, and a group of ministers managed the energy of her recovery. I’m not fully aware of who all did what, but to everyone that stepped up, it was a tremendous help to JoLee and to the entire community.
Once JoLee was squared away, Trish and I panicked. We would have to replace JOLEE, people. How was that going to go? And yet, in the staff meeting when we announced her position was open, several people raised their hands to replace her, all beautiful souls with the experience, grounding and competence to pull it off. Among the three was Katie Graber, a longtime friend of JoLee’s who had been trained to substitute in the office. With her years of psychic training, office experience and flexibility in her private therapy practice, we made the decision to bring Katie on board.
It was almost too easy. The hitch was, Katie wouldn’t be available for several weeks. In the meantime, as Cheryl transitioned out of the office, our beautiful Jocelyn Hunter stepped in to cover until Katie could start. Jocelyn kept the wheels down while learning on the fly, and we are forever grateful for her contribution, patience and good humor.
Welcome Katie Graber, into the fold! Katie is a long-time friend of JoLee’s and of our Center, she lives in Denver and is a therapist in private practice. Many of you have met Katie in classes, readings and workshops, and she brings the all-important patience and a great sense of humor to the office space. Katie lives in a beautiful historic apartment in Denver and she’s been known to be a cat girl, although she is currently pet-free after 19 beautiful years with her beloved kitty, Sativa.
In Katie’s own words:
I was born in Colorado. I now live in a 111-year-old denim manufacturing building turned into lofts in the early ‘90’s, in downtown Denver. I love cities, especially their public transportation, and I seek out ways to ride public transportation whenever I go somewhere. I love the winter, I was born in a blizzard. To me, blizzards are the most beautiful thing in the world! I also love being cold and hate being hot.
My dream since I was little is to be an inspirational speaker. I became a therapist because I love life stories and the human experience. A great joy in my life is walking to work, especially through the big buildings of the city, navigating the lights – I even know the light patterns on my walk, I know what speed to walk to catch them and not have to stop. Walking in blizzards and snow can be brutal, but I just love it! My office is a little over a mile from my house.
If you have occasion to call the office, be sure to welcome Katie on board! Thank you for all your patience as Katie (and Trish and I) navigate the many intricacies of JoLee’s position.
JoLee, we will miss you dearly and Katie G, we’re thrilled to have you on this adventure with us!
Katie and Trish
This article was written for the December 2023-January 2024 Bi-Monthly Newsletter for Psychic Horizons Center, in Boulder, Colorado.