Launched in 2010, Peak Facilitation Group is a small business devoted to conflict resolution and rooted in reality. Her previous work in the field taught founder Heather Bergman that while most groups can find agreement, all groups benefit from respectful dialogue. Plus, she has a gift for barking orders or gently nipping at a group’s heels…whichever is required.

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“Heather could break up a fight in a biker bar.” —Gary Barber / Pikes Peak Regional Water Authority

Heather Bergman - Senior Facilitator and President of Peak Facililation Group

Heather Bergman
Senior Facilitator and President

Heather Bergman facilitates and mediates complex public policy deliberations on a variety of substantive issues, including water quality, water quantity, watershed protection and restoration, land use planning, and public lands management. These collaborative negotiations and discussions involve diverse stakeholders from federal and state agencies, local municipalities, advocacy organizations, ranchers, farmers, community residents, and the public at large.

Much of Heather’s work portfolio focuses on high-conflict collaborative processes, and her strength is helping diverse and often opposing participants find common ground. Heather also has an extensive background in designing and managing retreats, workshops, and public outreach meetings for teams and organizations in need of a targeted process for achieving their goals. Heather uses humor to defuse tense situations, help participants feel at ease, move beyond initial barriers, and find consensus.

Samuel Wallace - Associate

Samuel Wallace

Samuel Wallace is an Associate at Peak Facilitation with a background in collaborative stakeholder engagement and public participation strategy, particularly as it relates to natural resource planning. At Peak, he works with clients to accurately write meeting summaries and provide logistical and informational support for groups such as the Forest Health Advisory Committee, the Front Range Roundtable, the Interbasin Compact Committee, and the South Platte River Urban Waters Partnership.

Throughout his academic and professional career, Samuel has sought to address complex environmental issues by using collaborative techniques. As an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer at Purgatoire Watershed Partnership, a watershed-focused non-profit located in southern Colorado, he worked with a multi-interest stakeholder group which included local municipalities, ranchers, development groups, federal and state agencies, recreationists, and conservationists to approach problems facing the watershed. Following this experience, he moved back to Denver where he is currently pursuing a MA in conflict resolution at the University of Denver. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan in environmental studies and political science.

Izzy Sofio - Associate

Izzy Sofio

Izzy Sofio is an Associate at Peak Facilitation. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA in Environmental Studies Magna Cum Laude and an English minor in the Spring of 2020. She conducted several research projects focused on human behavior concerning environmental and climate change-related information via surveys and one-on-one interviews during her undergraduate career. Her interest in what people are thinking and how that motivates their actions is part of what influences her desire to ensure that all voices are represented and heard.

Prior to her time at Peak Facilitation Group, she worked in non-profit fundraising and outreach, contributed to a creative, technical writing project rooted in environmental education, and produced small creative writing projects. She brings her passion for communication to her role at Peak, in which she works to ensure that the ideas of other people are accurately expressed in meeting summaries, strategic planning documents, and final reports. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, she now considers Colorado home.

Calley Schubert - Operations Manager

Calley Schubert
Operations Manager

Calley Schubert is the Operations Manager at Peak Facilitation. She is a team thinker, and her focus on increasing productivity and performance helps to make everything run smoothly behind the scenes on all Peak's projects. Calley excels at planning and stragetizing, and has experience with outreach and communication, project management, and administration. She received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Denver.