Dr. Jesse Payne
President, Brain Changers
Associate Professor of Education, Corban University
Director of Undergraduate Education, Corban University
Dr. Payne has dedicated his career to teaching, teacher preparation, and educating others about the developing brain. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business and a Master of Arts Degree in Education from Vanguard University of Southern California. He received his Doctorate Degree in Education from the University of Southern California (USC). He earned the 2016 Young Alumnus Award and 2009 Researcher of the Year Award through Vanguard University of Southern California.
Dr. Payne has worked in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, and education since 1998 in the following capacities: 3rd grade teacher, 4th grade teacher, non-directive play therapy administrator, after-school program coordinator, summer camp director, high school teacher, university professor, student teacher supervisor, curriculum writer, program developer, author, presenter, researcher, and clinical historian. He has been licensed to teach in the states of California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
Dr. Payne has published several books, including: What I Learned from a Penguin: A story on how to help people change; Making a Good Brain Great: Course; Making a Good Brain Great: Course (2nd Edition); Brain Thrive by 25, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life (Before 25); and the upcoming book Teachers as Brain Changers.
Vice President, Brain Changers
Michael Peterson is a Grammy nominated, million selling, country music star whose songs have hit #1 on the charts five times. He has logged over 2,500 performances in 19 countries during a unique career that spans over 30 years. He is a contributing author for 8 books, the recipient of numerous distinguished public service awards (including the Bob Hope Spirit of Hope Award), and leads several efforts that seek to change the brains and lives of high school students all across the country.
Colonel (R) Jill W. Chambers
Colonel (R) Jill W. Chambers served four Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff over an eight-year period. She is widely recognized as the first person in the history of the U.S. Military to develop a successful, sustainable strategy designed to reduce the crippling stigma associated with mental health challenges in a warrior culture. Her clear vision, comprehensive experience, understanding of the issues at hand, willingness to think laterally, and dogged determination laid the groundwork for the development and adoption of the first holistic approach to wellness for our Service Members.
Retiring in 2009 after 28 years of active duty, Colonel (R) Chambers founded This Able Vet, LLC. In March 2015 Jill was inducted into the Army Women's Hall of Fame for her work delivering Integrative and Complimentary tools to Veterans that will empower them to take charge of their health.
Amanda Jones is a therapist that works with at risk teens who have complex trauma. Since 2005 her focus has been specifically on supporting foster care kids and foster parents. She is passionate about breaking the negative stigma around mental health conditions, normalizing the effects trauma has on the young developing brain, and supporting individuals and families toward health.
Dr. Corey Gilbert
Dr. Gilbert is a husband, father, professor, counselor, and speaker. He has had the honor of speaking on current topics at churches and leading marriage and dating seminars. He also enjoys his classroom time teaching undergraduates at Corban University (www.corban.edu) in Salem, Oregon in courses such as Human Sexuality, Trauma Therapy, Counseling Skills, Psychology of Addiction, Abnormal Psychology, etc. He has spent the past 17 years in the trenches with clients in my private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor, and he considers it an honor to steward other’s stories and pain in very dark and difficult times.