Stacey Putka is a fierce believer in challenging perceptions and the power of transformation. Growing up in an entrepreneurial household, with a father who took full advantage of his second chance in life after recovering from addiction, Stacey is inspired to facilitate transformation in the lives of others. As a Defy Ventures Colorado (DVC) founding member and current Program Director Stacey spearheads Defy’s teaching and coaching philosophy, curriculum development, marketing, and community relations. Prior to DVC Stacey worked as a mental health and substance abuse therapist, social worker, and group living counselor with various organizations. Stacey received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Colorado State University and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Denver.