About Us

The Centre for Collaboration, Motivation & Innovation was founded in April 2012 as a non-profit organization in British Columbia, Canada.
In January 2014 CCMI became incorporated as a non-profit in the United States, and in 2016 CCMI was recognized as a 501(c)3 non-profit in the US.

We are guided by a board of volunteers who are passionate about helping people to make constructive behavioural changes.

Our Mission

To foster empowered partnerships, build helping skills and create responsive systems that improve health and well-being.

Our Vision

To be an international catalyst for system design that supports self-management.

Administrative Team

Virginia Preston

Program Support & BAP Coach

Virginia Preston has 20 years of experience providing program support to non-profit and health care organizations. As a counsellor and healthcare educator, she has a passion for facilitating life skill development, effective communication and personal empowerment.

    Janet Cote

    Program Support

    Janet joined CCMI in October 2018 and brings a varied work background in Administration Support, Sales, and Customer Service. She has gained exceptional computer and organizational skills over the years and enjoys a variety of duties that allow her to showcase her talents.

      Denielle Wiebe

      Research and Development Innovations Lead

      Denielle is dedicated to partnering with CCMI’s content experts to design learner-centred, performance-based workshop and online course materials. In addition, she oversees access to CCMI’s materials for our Train the Trainer programs and coordinates our communities of practice.

        Val Burnett

        Program Support

        Val is a resourceful and passionate administrative professional who started with CCMI in October 2016. She brings to CCMI her extensive administrative support & technical experience, gained through working with leadership in Northern Health Authority and Alberta Health Services and also from providing internet entrepreneurial support and learning avenues through her own e-business.

          Connie Davis


          Connie Davis has 37 years of experience as a nurse including 25 years as a geriatric nurse practitioner. She coordinates the development of CCMI programs and materials and is fascinated by the intersection of quality improvement, practitioner skills, research and practice. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and provides support for system redesign projects and skill development.

            Kathy Reims


            Kathy Reims, MD, FAAFP  Kathy is a family physician based near Boulder, Colorado.  She is a co-director of CCMI and fully committed to its mission.  Kathy contributes to CCMI's mission and vision by teaching helping skills to health care professionals and by facilitating health system redesign to embrace engagement of individuals and families in their health.


              Mike Hindmarsh

              Director of Finances

              Mike Hindmarsh is a healthcare quality improvement expert with 25 years of system design experience.  Mike has worked with over 100 systems in Canada, the United States and internationally.

                Sam Burnett

                Director of Programs

                Sam Burnett is dedicated to building constructive and collaborative opportunities for growth and development within teams and across organizations. He works with organizations to design skill and capacity building programs that improve their services and functioning.

                Linkedin profile.

                  Lori Godin

                  Director of Operations

                  Lori Godin is a Registered Nurse with 38 years’ experience in both acute care and the community. She is a Master Trainer CCMI and coordinates the activities of the Centre for Collaboration, Motivation and Innovation and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.

                    Content Experts and Faculty

                    Corey Olver

                    Near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Corey is a mental health counselor and music therapist with a passion for using Motivational Interviewing in her roles as educator, supervisor, and clinician. Although not new to MI, Corey is new to MINT and completed her TNT in beautiful Tallin, Estonia in 2019 where she is eternally grateful for the wonderful guides, mentors, and colleagues who shared (and continue to share) their knowledge, compassion, and learning. Because of an insatiable appetite for education, Corey is pursuing her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of the Cumberlands and is grateful to her wonderful husband and his culinary adventures during long nights in class. To release energy or deal with a bad day, Corey likes to (literally) climb walls at her local rock gym, or can otherwise be seen hiking, kayaking, yoga-ing, or running with her furry canine friends. Corey is humbled to become a part of the CCMI team and hopes to absorb the wisdom of colleagues and partners on this journey to learning, growing, and simply enjoying this beautiful life.

                      Cheryl Martin

                      Cheryl Martin has a BSN in Nursing, MA in Psychology and over 43 years of experience as an RN. Her nursing experience includes 13 years in surgery and medicine as well as 30 years in behavioral health. She earned a Trauma Certificate from the University of Buffalo, School of Social Work and is also a Master Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor. She has been a member of Motivational Interviewing Network Trainers (MINT) since 2004. Cheryl has 15 years of managerial experience guiding and caring for both adolescents and adults on a substance use disorder rehabilitation unit. She has coached and supported the Monroe County Nurse Family Partnership as they seek to build trauma responsive and motivational interviewing skills that strengthen new mothers’ parenting and enhance infant/toddler health and development.

                        Becky Lang

                        Becky is a Registered Dental hygienist and has years of experience in clinical practice and community/public health.  She has spent the last 30 years as a Professor of Health Promotion at various universities.  She currently serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Des Moines University Medical School.  She provides motivational interviewing trainings to individuals in health care and human service organizations throughout North America.  She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.  She resides in Des Moines, IA.

                          Audrey Waldman

                          Audrey Waldman has her Master's in education and over 30 years of experience in the mental health field. She has been training people in Motivational Interviewing for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health for the past 10 years and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. She is passionate about teaching Motivational Interviewing and supporting people to develop their skills.

                            Christina Southey

                            Christina is facilitator, teacher and coach focused on assisting individuals and teams to deepen their own knowledge and ability to apply improvement principles.  She works alongside teams to support them in creating the best possible experience for those they work with and serve using a collaborative approach.

                              Sarah Domes

                              Sarah is a sleep coach, yoga therapist and current physiotherapy student at UBC. Sarah has spent the last 10 years working to support individuals to relax and feel at ease, focusing on parasympathetic stimulation and a client centred approach. 

                                Ali Hall

                                Ali Hall (JD) is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and an independent consultant and trainer. Ali currently serves on the MINT Board of Directors as Vice Chair and leads MINT committees overseeing professional skill development for MI practitioners and trainers. Ali served as a Lead Trainer for the International MINT Training for New Trainers (TNT) in Warsaw (2019), New Orleans (2018) and Berlin (2015). Ali has designed and facilitated more than 2500 Motivational Interviewing (MI) workshops for criminal justice professionals, social services providers, behavioral health clinicians, social workers, psychologists, health care practitioners, health coaches, and psychiatrists, and provides training for trainers in evidence-based practices.

                                Ali regularly provides MI coding training, coding services and skill development coaching, and provides consultation to systems for establishing communities of practice and for effective, sustainable MI implementation. Ali is a co-developer of the Motivational Interviewing Competency Assessment (MICA), a coding and coaching tool for MI skill improvement.

                                  John Lester

                                  John Lester is a facilitator and coach who is passionate about supporting groups to take action and reach their goals. He helps groups learn and use creative methods to collaborate, ensuring that the result is valuable for them, their organization, and the clients they serve.

                                    Christina Clarke

                                    Christina Clarke BSc, MHA,  is an experienced quality and change management consultant, dedicated to helping improve systems. Believing better is always possible, she is keen to support clients to create and deliver a vision, context, and pathway for change and improvement. A natural coalition builder, she approaches her work collaboratively and with a unique blend of analytical and creative process.

                                      Jenny Spring

                                      Jenny Spring is a counsellor, clinical social worker, and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.  She is passionate about person-centered care and collaborating around change for individuals, families, programs and organizations.

                                        Ibolya Agoston

                                        Ibolya Agoston has worked in healthcare and social services field for the past 20 years. She is committed to empowering people to build strong and lasting interpersonal relationships.

                                          Sebastien Payan

                                          Sebastien Payan is a nurse educator specializing in harm reduction, substance use and sexual health. Originally from France, he has been working in Canada since 2007. As a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, he is devoted to improve communication in health care focusing on a person and family centered approach.

                                            Bruce Hobson

                                            Bruce Hobson is a grandfather and refocused family physician with a passion for adult education empowered by technology. He’s involved in a number of provincial programs, projects and initiatives and works to connect, collaborate and coordinate the many things happening in the health care learning environment.

                                              Brittany Godin

                                              Brittany Godin is a professional working in the Corrections field and for CCMI. Brittany believes in socially responsible practice focused on integration, innovation, and diversity aimed to impact our communities in a healthy and positive way.

                                                Brent Anderson

                                                Brent Anderson is currently a Practice Coach with the Indiana State Department of Health working in the Division of ChronicDisease, Primary Care, and Rural Health. As a Practice Coach he provides hands on, on-site, technical assistance to Primary Care teams across Indiana facilitating practice transformation work and conducting quality improvement with health system teams. Prior to joining ISDH Brent worked for several years in the Supplemental Educational Services arena implementing QI with standardized testing focusing on selected schools within districts around the State. Brent worked in the Pharmaceutical and Biotech industry most of his career in sales and sales management. He has many years of experience working with provider teams and health systems in a number of states over his career. Additionally, Brent is a certified Brief Action Planning (BAP) trainer.

                                                  Jordan Windsor

                                                  Jordan Windsor is a certified chronic care professional and registered health coach. She is an experienced MI coach and coder who has worked on multiple national-level MI training initiatives, and is skilled at adapting MI concepts to practice. Proficient in multiple coding systems, including the MITI and MICA, Jordan truly enjoys mentoring clinicians as they develop their MI skill-sets.

                                                    Dr. Damara Gutnick

                                                    Dr. Damara Gutnick is an internist with a special interest in depression and collaborative care for chronic disease. She is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology & Population Health and Psychiatry & Behavioral Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.  She is also the Medical Director of the Montefiore Hudson Valley Collaborative where she leads healthcare transformation efforts toward Value Based Care for medicaid patients as part of the NYS Delivery System Redesign Incentive Payment Program.


                                                      Alice Domes

                                                      Alice Domes has devoted her career to improving the health of individuals and populations as a public health nurse and in management positions. Her training in motivational interviewing and experience in system design and quality improvement allow her to work with organizations and individuals to achieve their goals. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.

                                                        Bernice Johansen

                                                        Bernice Johansen is a registered nurse who feels privileged to have worked with First Nations communities for more than 20 years. Bernice has a special interest in chronic disease self-management support skills and is passionate about helping others to develop their skills and enhance partnerships with their clients.

                                                          Dr. Heather Gainforth

                                                          Dr. Heather Gainforth is an Assistant Professor at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna, BC, Canada. Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar and an ICORD Principal Investigator. Her academic training in Health Promotion, Knowledge Translation, and Behavioural and Implementation Science has fostered her belief research is not complete until it has real world impact. Her research aims to close the gap between spinal cord injury research and practice by examining knowledge translation – the act of moving research evidence into the hands of research users. Her systems-based research is grounded in behaviour change theory and techniques and is guided by strong collaborations between researchers and communities.

                                                            Board Members

                                                            Patsy Beattie-Hugan

                                                              Shawn Smith

                                                              Shawn Smith is a Master Trainer and a facilitator for Chronic Disease Self-Management programs in Washington and California. Shawn has expertise in self-managing his condition of Pulmonary Fibrosis and Hypertension on a daily basis, and is currently on the waitlist for a double lung transplant through the University of Washington.

                                                                Betty-Ann Busse

                                                                Betty Ann has over 40 years leadership and executive experience across the health care services continuum in three provinces in Canada. Betty Ann has always had a strong interest in supporting systems development of the broader definition of health, primary care reform and improving chronic disease management.

                                                                  Mary Ellen Benzik

                                                                    Alifa Khan

                                                                    Alifa is a passionate patient advocate who embraces the core principles of patient and family involvement in all aspects of the patient experience. She currently engages as a patient and family member in various organizational and systemic initiatives across the health care landscape.

                                                                      Brian Austin

                                                                      Brian Austin is the Associate Director of the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation and on
                                                                      the executive leadership team of its parent organization, the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, Washington. His work has included the development and dissemination of the widely
                                                                      adopted Chronic Care delivery system model, the fostering of Patient Centered Medical Homes
                                                                      in safety net environments, and the study and propagation of team-based Improvements in
                                                                      primary care.


                                                                        CCMI uses a governance tool called Holacracy to help organize our team. Holacracy is a method for structuring the organization with a clear way of defining roles and accountabilities and a structure for sharing that information across the team.  The philosophy of Holacracy is that individuals and teams in organizations should be empowered to self manage their own work. This is different from a traditional hierarchy where roles are often governed “from above”. If you are interested in leaning more please reach out to us at info@centrecmi.ca or check out some information on the Holacracy website: https://www.holacracy.org/what-is-holacracy

                                                                        Featured Clients

                                                                        Northern Health Authority, BC

                                                                        Person-Centred Family-Focused Care training workshops for inter-professional teams.
                                                                        Web-based training and organizational agreement for face-to-face training.
                                                                        Coaching and certification in Brief Action Planning.

                                                                        Ministry of Health & ImpactBC, BC

                                                                        Creating a sustainable approach to Brief Action Planning in British Columbia.
                                                                        Working with five regional health authorities in a Train-the-Trainer program.

                                                                        Ministry of Health & Doctors of BC Specialist Services Committee, BC

                                                                        Innovation lab to develop approach for screening, Brief Interventions and referral to treatment for specialist physician practices.

                                                                        California Quality Collaborative

                                                                        Partnering with Patients: Motivational Interviewing, Brief Action Planning and Shared Decision Making.
                                                                        A 2 year effort to build capacity in support of primary care: learn more.

                                                                        PhD Research Candidate, Ontario

                                                                        Brief Action Planning included in research by doctoral candidate studying peer support and training for spinal cord injury.

                                                                        Methodist Medical Center, Illinois

                                                                        Primary care, community and pediatrics targeting obesity prevention. Train trainers, standardized patients and coders for research project.

                                                                        The BETTER 2 Study for Prevention in Primary Care, Canada

                                                                        Brief Action Planning for Prevention Practitioners (study interventionists) across Canada.

                                                                        First Nations Health Authority, BC

                                                                        Stepped-care Self-management Support and Brief Action Planning.

                                                                        San Mateo County, California

                                                                        Total Wellness Project: Training professionals and peers of a county mental health system in Brief Action Planning.

                                                                        Selected Publications & Presentations

                                                                        Gutnick D, Reims K, Davis C, Gainforth H, Jay M, Cole S. Brief Action Planning to facilitate behavior change and support for self-management. JCOM 2014;1:17-29. Download

                                                                        Reims K, Gutnick D, Davis C, Cole S. Brief Action Planning: A White Paper. Download

                                                                        Cole S, Davis C, Cole M, Gutnick D. Motivational interviewing and the patient-centered medical home: A strategic approach to self-management support in primary care (chapter) in Steidl J (ed.) Transforming patient engagement: Health information technology and the medical home. Patient-centered primary care collaborative, 2010.

                                                                        Cole S, Gutnick D, Davis C, Cole M, Reims K. Brief Action Planning (BAP): A self-management support tool in Bickley L. Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking, 11th edition. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia 2013.

                                                                        Cole S, Bogenshcutz M, Hungerford D. Motivational interviewing and psychiatry: Use in addiction treatment, risky drinking and routine practice. FOCUS 2011; 9:43-54.

                                                                        Davis C, Gutnick D, Reims K. Motivational Interviewing for better partnerships. Institute for Healthcare Improvement International Summit, March 9, 2014.

                                                                        Davis C, Brief Action Planning, American Pediatric Association, Hawaii, January 6th and 8th, Honolulu, HI.

                                                                        Davis C, Brief Action Planning (1 day workshop), BETTER2 Prevention Study, September 17, 2013, Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada.

                                                                        Davis C, Domes A. Motivational Interviewing (2 day workshops) Alberta First Nations Home & Community Care, Edmonton, AB, June 2013.

                                                                        Gutnick D, Cole S, Davis C, Reims K. Motivational interviewing for the busy clinician (workshop) American College of Physicians, San Francisco, CA, April 2013.

                                                                        Davis C, Gutnick D, Reims K. Motivational Interviewing for Busy Clinicians (full day minicourse). International Summit on Office Practice and Outpatient Settings, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Glendale, AZ, April 2013.

                                                                        Davis C (1.5 day workshop) Brief Action Planning & Motivational Interviewing: A Focus on Change. North West Local Health Integration Network, Thunder Bay, ON, March 2013.

                                                                        Davis C and Godin L. (2 day workshops) Stepped-care Self-management Support, First Nations Inuit Health, Nanaimo and Kamloops, BC, September and October 2013. Davis C, Brief Action Planning (full day workshop). San Mateo County Total Wellness Project, San Mateo, CA, April 2012.

                                                                        Davis C, Gutnick D, Motivational Interviewing for Busy Clinicians (full day minicourse). International Summit on Office Practice and Outpatient Settings, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Washington DC, March 2012.

                                                                        Davis C. Stepped-care Self-management Support (1.5 day workshop). Pic River First Nation, ON, February 2012.

                                                                        Davis C. Patient Self-management (full day workshop). Practice Support Program, General Practice Services Committee, Vancouver, BC, November 2011.

                                                                        Gutnick D. Brief Action Planning for Motivation. WellMED, November 2011.

                                                                        Cole S, Gutnick D, Davis C. Web-based, interactive self-directed program for learning Brief Action Planning. Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers Forum, Sheffield, UK September 2011.

                                                                        Cole S. Grand Rounds. North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, June 2011.

                                                                        Cole S. Grand Rounds. Hofstra University School of Medicine, June 2011.

                                                                        Cole S, Gutnick D, Davis C. Motivational Interviewing for Behavior Change in the Medical Home (Full day minicourse). 12th Annual Summit on Primary Care Office Practice. Institute for Healthcare Improvement Minicourse, Dallas TX, March 2011.

                                                                        Davis C. Motivating clients to be more involved in their care (Invited keynote) and Comprehensive Motivational Interventions (workshop). Home and Community Care Annual Conference, First Nations Inuit Health, Saskatoon, SK, November 2010.