As a young mother, Jen lost her son at 3 months and 9 days. She had to figure out the funeral arrangements and notify her family all on her own. She was left to mourn the loss of her son without support. Not wanting others to have to face such a tragic event on their own, she started this foundation to provide support to families who have lost a child.
I joined the Iacino-Taylor family on March 9, 2019, as a service dog for Jen. I am a Chinese Shar Pei from the Xu-Fei Kennel in Springfield, Illinois. I am AKC registered under the name of Xu-Fei's lil Anwei (lil Anwei means little comforter) but I will always answer to Grunt. I am here to support the president and the foundation’s vision however I can.
I joined the Iacino-Taylor family on February 29, 2020 as a second service dog for Jen. I am a Chinese Shar Pei from the Lin-Shan Kennel in Council Bluffs, Iowa. I am AKC registered under the name of Lin
Shan's Xiao Bangshou (Xiao Bangshou means little helper) but I always answer to Greycie. I am here to support the president and the foundation's vision however I can.
I joined the Iacino-Taylor family on April 6, 2023. I will be a service dog for Jen. I am a Chinese Shar Pei from the Xu-Fei Kennel in Springfield, Illinois. I am AKC registered under the name of Xu-Fei's Xiǎo huǒbàn (Xiǎo huǒbàn means little Companion), but I will always answer to Gramme. I am here to support the president and the foundation’s vision however I can.
I’m Rhianna Johnathon’s littlest sister. I am a full-time college student, and I’m so proud to be able to contribute to this foundation in honor of my brother.
I have worked in the Winter Sports Ski Industry for over 42 years. A graduate of CU Engineering, I currently oversee the inspection and licensing program for over 380 ski lifts in Colorado that does over 100 million riders each year.
I’m Khayla Johnathon’s little sister. I am a full-time student studying for my Master’s in social work.
I am very excited to be a part of this awesome foundation and see my big brother help those in need.
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A US Navy veteran and retired fire chief, Don married Jen in 2018. During his career Don saw too many families who had lost a child and did not have a support network during their time of need. Don has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He is responsible for the administrative side of the Foundation and supports Jen as needed to bring assistance to families.
Dr. David Morelos has spent the last 16 years working directly with incarcerated men. He is currently employed as a drug treatment specialist with the Federal Bureau of Prisons at Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Englewood, just outside of Denver, CO. He and three other mental health professionals facilitate a 60-man residential substance abuse program that focuses on creating lasting behavioral changes through an emphasis on the therapeutic community, rational thinking skills, self-esteem development, healthy relationships, and emotional maturity.
Dr. Morelos holds a Ph.D. in psychology (transpersonal concentration) from Sofia University, formerly known as the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. His main research centered around the psychology of incarcerated men with an emphasis on prisonization, learned helplessness and the mother complex, which is a regressive tendency theorized by analytical psychologist C.G. Jung. Dr. Morelos focuses on how each of these potential issues can inhibit the psychological development of men who have been incarcerated and eventually lead them back post-release. Using this knowledge as a starting point, Dr. Morelos works to activate positive archetypes that are culturally informed to help men learn to help themselves and each other. Dr. Morelos also holds a Master of Social Science degree from the University of Colorado at Denver where his research centered on using transpersonal/integral theory to help develop more socially conscious models of incarceration that focused on character development and community restoration.
“In many cases, substance abuse and other addictive behaviors can be directly linked to unresolved grief or sadness. Men can be especially vulnerable to this in their effort ‘to be the rock of the family,’ or to appear ‘strong.’ As such, the grief process for men can look a lot different than for women and children as men have a more difficult time expressing and processing their emotions in healthy ways.” -Dr. David Morelos
Dr. Jessica Micono is a licensed clinical psychologist whose expertise is in forensic psychology, psychological evaluation, diagnosis, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Since she began her career in mental health in 2003, she has worked in many different settings including community mental health, adolescent residential treatment, substance abuse treatment, correctional facilities, and private practice. She is an Adjunct Professor at Regis University where she teaches forensic psychology. She is also the co-creator and co-host of a psychology podcast titled Psychology After Dark. Dr. Micono is passionate about educating people about mental health, reducing stigma, and connecting people with mental health resources. She has a M.A. in Forensic Psychology and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver.
Ann Cookson - I'm the breeder behind Xu-Fei Chinese Shar-Pei located in Springfield, IL. Our dogs and pups are raised in our home and are loved as family. We strive to produce high-quality show prospects and companions. We enjoy training our dogs, competing in conformation shows, and spending lots of time with them doing a variety of other activities! We love our dogs dearly and are so proud of their accomplishments.
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Little Mans Legacy
Adopted: April 22, 2020
All information concerning clients, former clients, our board members and staff, volunteers, financial data, and business records of Little Mans Legacy is confidential. “Confidential” means that you are free to talk about Little Mans Legacy and about your program and your position, but you are not permitted to disclose clients’ names or talk about them in ways that will make their identity known.
No information may be released without appropriate authorization. This is a basic component of client care and business ethics. Our clients rely on our board members and staff to conform to this rule of confidentiality.
Little Mans Legacy expects you to respect the privacy of clients and to maintain information as confidential. All records dealing with specific clients must be treated as confidential. General information, policy statements or statistical material that is not identified with any individual or family is not classified as confidential. All members are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of information relating to other board and staff members, and volunteers in addition to clients.
Failure to maintain confidentiality may result in your removal from the Foundation or other corrective action. This policy is intended to protect you as well as Little Mans Legacy because, in extreme cases, violations of this policy also may result in personal liability.
Statement of Confidentiality: Confidentiality is the preservation of privileged information. By necessity personal and confidential information is disclosed in a professional working relationship. Part of what you learn is necessary to provide services to the applicant or client; other information is shared within the development of a helping, trusting relationship. Therefore, most information gained about individual clients through an assignment is confidential in terms of the law, and disclosure could make you legally liable. Disclosure could also damage your relationship with the client and make it difficult to help the person.
You should be aware of the laws and penalties for breaching confidentiality. Although the agency is liable for your acts within the scope of your duty, giving information to an unauthorized person could result in the agency's refusal to support you in the event of legal action. Violation of the state statutes regarding confidentiality of records is punishable upon conviction by fines or by imprisonment or by both.
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LITTLE MANS LEGACY IS A 501 (C) (3) NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION & A REGISTERED CHARITY IN COLORADO.
ALL DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
TAX DEDUCTIBLE RECEIPTS WILL BE MAILED OR EMAILED UPON RECEIPT OF PAYMENT.
OUR TAX ID IS 83-1967045.
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We are working on more events and fundraisers for 2023.
If you would like to donate or sponsor an event, please go to the 2023 Fundraisers page and follow the prompts.
To donate, please go to the donate page and follow the prompts.
Come join us for the following fundraisers:
Everyday giving ~ contact us @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Boondocks ~ October 21
Barnes & Noble ~ November 12
Beau Jo's Pizza ~ November 16
To donate, please go to the donate page and follow the prompts.
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