Dr. Molly Keehn and Karl Henricksen are the creators of CoJourn. They are close friends who connected through playing in a band together and also their mutual interests in self-work, “un-anesthetizing," and making the world a kinder, more connected and equitable place. They created CoJourn in January of 2013 to help them make changes in their own lives in a more structured and connected way. They were astounded at the results, and started offering the program to friends and family. It has now expanded across the country and beyond.
Molly Keehn, Ed.D
Molly currently lives in western Massachusetts and works as an educator, teaching courses and leading trainings at the undergraduate and graduate level about intergroup dialogue and issues such as racism, classism and sexism. She also works as a writing coach specifically with graduate students. She holds a Master's degree specializing in college student development and counseling. She also earned her doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, researching connection, vulnerability, and personal storytelling as practices to enhance understanding across difference. Molly plays a large red accordion, was the first ever female winner of the Harpoon-fest chocolate cake eating contest, is a lover of magic and bouncy balls, and loves parading around town with her two pugs, Wilbur Noodles and Poppy Dumpling.
Karl has been a full-time professional musician and, most recently, a software engineer. He lives in Charleston, SC and works as an audio and event technician, and currently performs as a solo guitarist and signer, as well as lead singer and guitarist of the electric soul-pop duo “Banjoshi.” He also plays in the East Coast’s self-proclaimed #1 Family Band, “DH and the Gentlemen,” whenever he comes back north, along with Molly, his friend Dennis, his two brothers, and his father. Karl holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Karl has been described as a renaissance man and is an aspiring inventor, children’s book author, multi-linguist, and adventurist. He also rides a hell of a skateboard, plays soccer, surfs and bikes.
Angelica Canlas Castro, M.A., CPC, CMC
CoJourn Program Facilitator
Angelica has been a participant in CoJourn for the last six years, is one of the contributors in the CoJourn book and co-leads and facilitates CoJourn cohort experiences, including CoJourn for Racial Justice. She is also the Founder of Castro Collaborative, “Engineering Inclusive Excellence with a Heart-Centered Approach,” and for the last decade, has been the Associate Director of Community Engagement at Mt. Holyoke College, where she received her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology. She also received her Graduate Certificate in Social Justice Education: Teaching for Diversity at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Angelica's graduate research focused on Racial Microaggressions among Higher Education Staff. She is a diversity, equity and inclusion consultant, a certified executive leadership coach, community mediator, yoga and meditation practitioner, and intergroup dialogue facilitator and a mother of four children (14, 16, 22, 24) who are her greatest teachers.. Angelica’s humble commitment and powerful intention is to spread Love, Light and Liberation by helping transform individuals, revolutionize organizations, and heal communities!