Staff Bios

Jenn Carrasco
Malachi Program Director; MIO Director, Designer, and Choreographer
Jenn spun with Pomona High School (Arvada, CO) from 1990-1994. Her high school career culminated with a WGI gold medal win with “On the Pulse of Morning”. She performed with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in 1993 and 1994, Speakeasy Winterguard in 1996 and 1998, and St. Ann’s World in 1999. Since aging out, Jenn taught color guard at Northglenn HS, Ponderosa HS, Eaglecrest HS, Arvada West HS, Overland HS, Estes Park HS, Rampart HS, Evergreen HS, Columbine HS, and is currently at Pomona HS (a 2015 WGI Scholastic Open semi-finalist). In 2007, Jenn launched Malachi Independent Winter Guard. She envisioned a place where performers could be themselves and develop a passion for color guard. Malachi Independent was a WGI Independent Open 5th Place Finalist in 2016 and 8th Place in 2017.
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Jeffrey Hargis
MIA Director, Designer, Choreographer; MIO Choreographer
Jeff is a Denver native who graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2014, majoring in psychology and minoring in dance performance. Jeff began his color guard experience at Legacy High School and went on to perform with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from 2010 through 2012. Jeff was a performing member of Malachi Independent Open in 2012, 2013, and 2016. He joined the organization in an instructor role in 2015, leading the formation of the Independent A unit in 2016.
Corinne Kindoll Greenrod
MIRA Director, Designer, Choreographer
Corinne is a California transplant who has lived her whole life in Colorado. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in dance. She also has a masters from NorthCentral University in Psychology. She began her marching career at Chaparral High School, marching the fall seasons there and the winter seasons with the Independent A guard, Nova independent. Corinne was also a marching member of the World Class team Signature Color Guard for the 2007, 2008, and 2009 seasons. Upon graduation she directed the fall and winter programs at Chaparral and has taught at other programs such as Elizabeth High School, Archetype Independent Winterguard and Mysterium Independent. Currently she is the Color Guard Caption Head for the Standley Lake High School Gator Pride Marching Band, and has accepted a position with the Malachi Independent Winterguard program for the 2017 season. She looks forward to providing all the performers, that she interacts with, a rewarding and educational experience in this activity that she loves.
Lindsay Thomas Clock
Novice Team (Minis) Director, Designer, and Choreographer
Lindsay grew up in Arvada Colorado. She graduated from Metro State with a bachelors degree in Nursing. She works at Swedish Hospital as an RN. Lindsay began her marching career at Arvada West. After that she marched with Incognito Winter Guard followed by Signature IW. She has taught at Alameda High, Jefferson High, Denver City Wide, Ponderosa, Green Mountain and Standley Lake. She also was the director/instructor for Element Winter, Ellipse Winter Guard and North Arvada Winter Guard. This activity has provided Lindsay with life long friends and unforgettable memories. She hopes to provide the kids on her teams with a positive rewarding experience they will love and never forget!
Trianna Weller
Minis Coach
Trianna is a Denver native who graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2013 with a BA in Biology for Secondary Education. She currently is a middle school science teacher in Jefferson County. Trianna began marching with Alameda High School in 2005, Element Winterguard 2006-2007, and Solstice Winterguard 2008. She instructed North Arvada Middle School Winter Guard from 2015-2017.
Amy Mooney
Mini's Coach
Amy is a Colorado native who graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelors degree in Meteorology and a minor in Mathematics. Her love for logic and numbers has helped her create interesting drill forms for the North Arvada Middle School Winter Guard program for the last 3 years. Amy's love for color guard began at North Arvada Middle when she was in 8th grade. Amy marched for Arvada High School marching band and winter programs from 1999-2001. As a Senior in high school Amy marched Jinx (2002) and taught North Arvada Middle School. From 2003-2006, Amy marched Signature IW. Teamwork. Competition. Camaraderie. These are the most important characteristics of Color Guard that keep Amy involved in this activity.
Jim Zimmerman
Set Design; Technician
Jim, an Iowa transplant, began his career as a member of the Oskaloosa high school band. After two seasons with the Phantom Regiment and one with the Cavaliers, both winter and summer, he returned to Iowa where he taught the Oskaloosa program until 2006. In Colorado he joined the Malachi team in 2008. Highlights of his marching and teaching career include being a performing member at the first Summer Nationals, Marching Bands of America (now BOA Grand Nationals). Staff member of the Phantom Regiment Cadets winter guard 1980, 1st Place A-Class in the Midwest circuit. Jim was also a marching member of the Cavaliers 1981 Winterguard, 1st place at the Winterguard International Olympics. He was also a staff member with Studio Tucee’ Semi-Finalist WGI 2000 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award, ISDTA, where his teams of both Oskaloosa and Lynnville-Sully High School Colorguards were medalists for a period of twenty years.
Lynn Graham
Dance Choreographer
Lynn first began dancing at the age of four in her home state of Michigan studying Vagonova technique, contemporary ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. As a senior in high school Lynn accepted a teaching position at Donna Marie’s Studio of Dance where she taught lessons and choreographed pieces for the studio’s resident company for 3+ years. Lynn went on to study dance at Lansing Community College and upon relocating to Colorado, she began training with The Peak Ballet in 2007 and performed in their annual production of The Nutcracker. She picked up her studies at Pikes Peak Community College pursuing an Associates of Arts in Dance and was a member of the resident student dance company, High Altitude Dance Ensemble. Lynn studied with Jonathan Guise, Ila Connoley, Mary Ripper Baker, and participated in collaborations with Ormao Dance Company and Colorado College. She also became an instructor with Performing Artists for Youth participating in Arts Focus Days by teaching dance in Colorado Springs Public Schools. In 2011, Lynn joined The Colorado Academy of Music and Dance as a dance instructor and was promoted to Dance Department Director and Artistic Director in 2012. She was an integral part of the Studio’s growth and helped create their signature Urban Nutcracker, and annual holiday classic with a twist. At the end of 2014, Lynn moved to Denver to pursue new career opportunities and in 2015 was asked to join Malachi Independent as a dance choreographer and later as the Open Team Movement Coach. In her first season with MIO, the team had several successes throughout the 2016 season culminating in a 5th place World Championship finish with their program Transcendent Journey.  Lynn continues work with the Malachi Independent organization by teaching Malachi’s summer dance classes and will be contributing choreography in the upcoming 2017 season.
Lisa Reed Cowden
Malachi Costume Design
Lisa grew up in northern California. Started dancing (ballet, tap, and jazz) when she was five and started marching when she was 11. She marched with the Santa Clara Vanguard organization for eight years (two years in the cadet corps, two years in the winterguard and six years with the A corps) in the 80’s. There were several lean years when the SCV guard needed  to make their own flags and members needed to know how to sew.  After many years of marriage and children, and sewing for the children and the house, Lisa found that she really enjoyed designing and creating with fabric. And with more time on her hands, she started helping with the marching arts again.  Lisa started marching again with senior groups and returned to teaching high school and independent colorguards. She also did some local colorguard judging with RMCGA and CBA. Lisa never intended to be a professional designer and seamstress. But in last four years she has created or help modify uniforms (mostly colorguard uniforms) for Pomona High School, Rampart High School, Evergreen High School, Columbine High School, Bear Creek High School , High Country Brass Drum and Bugle Corps, Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, and Malachi Independent Winterguard. Lisa really enjoys giving back to the sport that helped formed her personally and the kids keep her feeling young.  Lisa and her husband are retired and enjoy volunteering. They have three children – twin boys (who are in college) and a daughter in high school. Lisa is the proprietor of Visual Impact by Design.
Phaidra Reed
Phaidra's first season in guard was the fall of 1995 with the Ponderosa Marching Band. She continued to perform both color and winter guard all through high school. While at Ponderosa she was part of the band when they won 5A CBA State Championships in 1997. In 1996 and 1997, they won first place in Scholastic A with the Rocky Mountain Color Guard Association. After high school Phaidra moved on to the University of Nebraska where she obtained her bachelor in theatre performance. It was in college where she began to coach color guard and was at Lincoln East High School from 2000 – 2004. After graduation Phaidra moved out to Los Angeles to pursue her career in acting and stunts. She continued to coach high school color and winter guard at Katella High School. It was in 2007 that Phaidra felt the pull to go back and perform again and auditioned for Fantasia Winter Guard. With the chance of a lifetime, she was able to be a part of the 2008 Fantasia team. They went on to become WGI’s Independent World Champions. In the summer of 2008 Phaidra moved back to Colorado to take the next step in her life. She started coaching at Lakewood High School and was with them from 2008 – 2010. Phaidra went on to become the Contest Director for the Rocky Mountain Color Guard Association for three winter seasons. In 2011 she started coming around to Malachi practices to assist and has stuck around ever since. It brings joy and laughter to her life and can’t imagine life without guard.
Krissy Gregory
Krissy is a native of Colorado. She started dancing at the age of five (ballet and jazz). She began colorguard in high school and never looked back. She marched four years of colorguard for Arvada High School from 1995-1999. During her sophomore year she also taught guard at Arvada West High School. Krissy then moved on and marched three years for Signature Winterguard from 1999-2002. During her last year in Signature, the guard was promoted from Independent A to Independent Open and went on to place 7th in Independent Open finals at WGI. She also was a weapons tech for Arvada High School’s winter guard. In addition, Krissy taught two years of color guard at North Arvada Middle School from 2005-2007. In 2015 she began working with Pomona High School and Malachi Open. She loves giving back to the sport that gave so much to her and can’t imagine her life without it.
Scott Cacek
Choreographer; Technician
Scott began his participation in the pageantry arts as a horn player for four years in The Blue Knights. He was a part of Overland HS winterguard and then joined Jinx Winterguard. He continued on to perform with Emerald Marquis Winterguard and finished his Drum Corps performing years with the Cadets of Bergen County colorguard. After aging out, Scott worked with The Troopers and The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a BA in Dance emphasis Kinesiology. He then moved to Denver and danced professionally for many companies including Hannah Kahn Dance Co, Mary Wohl Hahn Dance Co, and Kim Robards Dance. He founded Terran Winterguard in 1996 and then went on to design/choreograph for Signature Colorguard for 8 years. He then headed the Nova design/choreography staff for two years and has been on Malachi staff periodically for multiple years since. Scott has also headed UNC, Ponderosa, Pomona, and Smoky Hill guard programs and has assisted with Columbine, Northglen and Alchemy. Scott is excited to once again be a part of the Malachi team.
ElizaBeth Haan
Since beginning her color guard career at Arvada West High School, Liz has spun at the high school, collegiate and independent levels. She spun and taught at the University of Northern Colorado with the Pride of the Rockies Marching Band. During this time she also spun her only indoor season with Incognito Winterguard in 1999. After graduating college with a Bachelors of Visual Art degree, Liz continued teaching guard at Skyline High School, Ranum High School, Prairie View High School and is currently the color guard director at Horizon High School. She also started an independent guard based in the north metro/Brighton area in 2014. She loves to incorporate her artistic passion into the color/winter guard arena and is looking forward to working with Malachi’s talented members and staff this season.
Kirsten Huffman
Technician; Choreographer
Kirsten is currently a Junior at the University of Colorado. Born and raised in Colorado, she was a member of the Legacy High School marching band for four years (2011-2014), placing 1st in 5A competition in 2011 and 2014, and marching in the 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade. She spun with Legacy’s winterguard in 2012, but when the program folded her sophomore year, she started spinning with Malachi Independent, and was a member of the Open team from 2013-2017. Kirsten was also a member of the Blue Knights colorguard from 2013-2016, and plans to return to both Blue Knights and Malachi after her Semester Abroad this spring. Currently, Kirsten is enjoying her first season as the instructor and performing member of the colorguard in CU’s Golden Buffalo Marching Band, and is also joining the Malachi team as instructional staff for the first time this season.
Valerie Lawson
Valerie is a Colorado native who grew up in Colorado Springs. She graduated from Pima Medical Institute in 2014 from the medical assistant program with a 4.0 GPA and perfect attendance. Valerie has been working as a medical assistant with a family practice in Broomfield Colorado ever since. She started winterguard with Rampart High School in 2012 and continued her marching career with Malachi Independent after she graduated. She has marched with the Malachi open team for the past 5 winter seasons. Valerie had helped Pomona High School for the 2016 season. She is excited to continue in the teaching world and can't wait to be a part of an unforgettable experience.