Peter is an avid hiker, preacher, and writer. He is married to Julia, a therapist, leadership development coach, and retreat facilitator. They have two adult children. He has been an Episcopal priest for 27 years, having served three churches in Colorado during that time. He is taking a leap of faith and leaving his current position in order to pursue this calling.
Bright Future for Children Board of Directors
Peter is not alone in this endeavor. He has a great team that provides wisdom, experience, and essential material and moral support.
Julianna Christie is a leadership development trainer and coach with Crafted Leadership. With over 25 years of experience, her great passion is on working with organizations to help individuals and teams work more creatively and collaboratively. Julianna has a long history of volunteer work with non-profit organizations, including People Helping People, as well as Women of Tomorrow, a student group connected to the University of Utah. Additionally, she serves as Vice Chair on the board of Utah Diversity Connections, a group dedicated to the promotion of diversity and inclusion among organizations throughout the state of Utah.
She is honored to serve on the board of Bright Future for Children. There is simply nothing more important than supporting children in need.
Tom Olschner has worked as a clinical psychologist in private practice for over 30 years. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Masters of Divinity degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1987. For many years he specialized in working with children and their families.
Tom has been involved in various non-profit efforts internationally for the past 20 years. He has led 27 international service trips, most of which have been focused on service to children. For eight years he led a multi-church effort to equip and support an orphanage in Chihuahua, Mexico and led 18 teams there during those years.
Tom has served as the Chairperson of the Missions Committee of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Arvada, Colorado for over 12 years. This committee has responsibility for overseeing the church’s efforts to make a positive difference locally and internationally as well as deciding on the distribution of church funds to about ten non-profit organizations each year. Tom has served as the liaison to several local non-profits focused on meeting the needs of children.
Tom has been married to his wife, Robin, for 34 years and they are the parents of three grown sons and the grandparents of an adorable grandson.
Kat is a retired botanist and environmental planner. Before getting into natural resources conservation and management, she worked as a Social Worker working with foster and adopted children and their families. As a volunteer with Turning the Wheel (an organization that brings art programs to children and youth groups), she brings art, music, and dance activities to groups of elementary and high school students. She has worked as a mediator and is currently involved in community development projects in her home town.
Kat appreciates Peter's dedication to his calling and is happy to support Bright Futures for Children.