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Reverend James Encinas is an actor, activist,parent educator,domestic violence service provider and writer. Propelled by his Aspen Fellowship experience he completed a cross country bicycle ride and as a result wrote a book titled Wheeling to Healing: Broken Heart on aBicycle. His second book, a companion guidebook, Your Own Wheeling To Healing: A Guide To Healing Yourself And Groups of People Who've Experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences offers readers a way to own their process of healing, and to share it with others. Prior to this James was as an educator and role model for the heavily Latino population at Westminster Avenue Elementary School. James helped found the Westminster Avenue Elementary School Endowment, a not-for-profit focused on strengthening ties with parents and the community at large. Faced with continuing declining enrollment in the school and the possibility of eventual closure, he and his colleagues focused on building ties with a diverse group of parents and community members. As a result, Westminster's enrollment stabilized and standardized test scores soared. James was very active in addressing teacher quality issues. He is a Fellow of the first class of the Aspen Teacher Leaders Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.