Meet the Team

Neil A. Kaufman

Neil Kaufman, Ph.D.

Founding Director
Originating from the tristate area of New York, I was raised in a vibrant, cosmopolitan setting rich in educational and experiential diversity. This prepared me to earn a BS in Engineering, an MS in Construction Management, and a Ph.D. in Education, specializing in Human Capital & Organizational Development. A good portion of my professional career involves helping small to medium size manufacturing and construction companies compete and grow in complex environments. After two decades concentrating on the technical and material aspects of construction, I experienced a shift in focus whereby my interests grew, less on buildings, and more on the people and organizations that design, build, and occupy them. Following five years of teaching at Colorado State University’s Department of Construction Management, my colleagues and I founded the National Center for Craftsmanship, a non-profit dedicated to building and sustaining the next generation of community craftspeople and the businesses that support them. The lessons learned at NCC, as well as helping dozens of successful start-ups and new businesses through experiential learning, career and professional development, and entrepreneurial design, helped set the agenda for UpRiver. I am privileged to work with a diverse group of individuals, teams, and organizational clients helping them achieve their personal and professional goals. I welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss how UpRiver can help you, your team, and your company to continued success and prosperity.
Scott Tate

Scott Tate

Licensed Psychotherapist
Scott is licensed psychotherapist in private practice for more than 25 years focusing in the areas of transpersonal psychology, trauma recovery, and personal development. He holds a Bachelors of Art (Phi Beta Kappa) in history from Colorado State University, a Masters in counseling from Michigan State, and is a licensed professional councilor in the State of Colorado. For the past 15 years Scott has engaged with indigenous cultures from around the world studying and practicing shamanism to bring traditional healing modalities and methods to help the community. He teaches and develops Qi Gong techniques and traditions to promote health, wellbeing, and spiritual development. “Our true essence is spiritual in nature. In order to affect change, this aspect of our consciousness must be addressed in an individualized and effective manner.” Scott currently calls the northern front range of Colorado home.
Collin Ruiz

Collin Ruiz

Holistic Nutrition, LLC
I believe healing is a process involving personalized physical, mental, emotional and spiritual elements. Nutrition that raises your energy level is harmonizing the mind, body and spirit. I’m very passionate about food as medicine and the capacity food has to take us out of pain, anxiety, and depression. Holistic nutrition includes consciously eating healthy foods that promote vibrant physical and mental health, while supporting a strong immune system and preventing disease. I’m a nutritionist. I earned a Bachelors in General Biology; concentrating on Anatomy & Physiology. I love the body! I love how it works! I spent 20 yrs as a research scientist and during this time I went on to earn a Masters in Human Nutrition as I came to the realization I wanted to work with people more than mice. We are a conglomeration of our past environmental circumstances, our ethnic origin, the trauma we have undergone and so much more. I love how specific foods match up with each individual in favor of their unique requirements for healing. I strive to help each client integrate a balanced eating plan into their life, giving the tools for living life to the fullest, in joy, grace and ease.