What drives us is a passion for truly helping you and your team. We care about developing deep, long-lasting relationships — and as a result of both individual inner work and the powerful team changes that ripple out from that — celebrating alongside you when transformative change occurs.

Our practice is to align teams to an organization’s strategy. We work in partnership with leaders to help teams achieve real outcomes. Having had a professional upbringing in public relations and communications, we both have a bias for effective communication and are passionate about helping teams strengthen collaboration and cooperation.

We bring certified expertise to our integration of various programs and tools to teams, such as: Leadership Circle, Emergenetics, Emergenetics Selection Program, HeartMath, Customer Experience, TKI Conflict Mode Instrument and Brene Brown’s empirically research-based Dare to Lead ™ training program. Based on the needs of the organization and its leaders, we weave together strategic focus with any combination of these programs and other principles such as adult development, mindfulness and energy work. We know that when professionals become more self-aware, they are better able to deepen into their skills and gain leadership capacity, and as a result, build more courageous cultures and more successful organizations.

“To be a part of something great and to make a difference, you’ve got to be willing to take the risk.”

— Mastering Leadership

GG Johnston


GG Johnston has been a strategic thinking partner and advisor to business leaders who want to outperform their own historical growth for more than 30 years.

Part mentor. Part therapist. Part chairwoman of the board. GG stands shoulder-to-shoulder with you, working inside your business to create strategic clarity, accountability and alignment around strategy. So you get the maximum return on your investments in your staff, your customers and your partners.

Self-awareness matters because who we are is how we lead.

Taking a holistic approach to create organizational change, GG first works with leaders to raise their self-awareness and to identify key areas for growth. As a Dare to Lead ™ certified facilitator of Brene Brown’s empirically research-based Dare to Lead ™ program, GG advances teams by guiding individuals to become more courageous leaders. Also certified and experienced in using a variety of other research-backed tools – such as Leadership Circle, Emergenetics, HeartMath, TKI Conflict Mode, among others – GG empowers leaders to expand their capacity and develop the skills that have proven to move organizations to the next level.

From her more than 15 years running one of Denver’s premier public relations firms, working with hundreds of leaders and teams across various sizes and types of organizations, GG knows that being a leader is hard and that it takes bravery. And that teams only reach their full potential when there is strategic clarity, a systems thinking approach and an investment in having a culture that is rich, courageous and intentional. She is passionate about developing leaders to step fully into their courage and knows that through this, leaders do their most innovative, inspired and joyful work.

GG’s specialties include:

  • Business strategy. Goal setting. Accountability.
  • Organizational Health and Culture
  • Optimized Operations
  • Interpersonal & Relationship Skill Building
  • Communication: Strategy and Coaching
  • Leadership & Staff Development
  • Team Building
  • Facilitating Effective Meetings

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Allison Lucernoni

Allison is a Colorado native and graduate of Colorado State University.

Her background in communications, merchandising, and meeting & event planning makes her a respected asset to the team.

Allison has previous work experience at some of Colorado’s notable ad agencies, commercial photographers and Fortune 500 companies.

At Downstream Partners, you will find her behind the scenes planning both virtual and in person events, handling team scheduling and adding her personal touch to each client interaction.

Allison is married and has two adult children. She is the owner of ThrivePutty Ltd., an aromatherapy sensory putty company. In her free-time she enjoys hiking, skiing, stand-up paddle boarding and, her most recent obsession, playing pickleball.

Tami Patzer

Tami PatzerTami Patzer has over 25 years of experience working directly with top executives in a variety of fields, including banking, construction, manufacturing and sales, and behavioral research. Her ability to consolidate information and to see both “the forest and the trees” comes from a natural curiosity about how and why things work as they do.

At Downstream Partners, Tami helps design and deliver leadership programs using her deep experience developing impactful, tailored learning materials and curricula. And, as a strategist on team engagement, she’s an expert at using the interactive tools that give our virtual workshops pop and zing. She is also managing our various leadership assessment tools, including Emergenetics®, the Leadership Circle, EQ-i2.0®, Dare to Lead® assessments and more. She is also certified in EQ-i2.0 and Emergenetics.

Tami has a master’s in organizational management and a bachelor’s in psychology. A fifth generation
Denver native, she values family and tradition. She enjoys volunteering and, as a life-long learner, is
always trying something new.

Mike Adams

Mike AdamsMike grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado, and graduated from Colorado State University with a master’s in communications. He has more than twenty-five years of experience in marketing and public relations, with a particular interest in online communications. He built his first website in 1994.

Prior to working with Downstream, Mike operated his own business designing and building websites for small businesses. Prior to that, he spent seven years working with GG Johnston at JohnstonWells Public Relations, where he helped build and manage campaigns for clients such as Qwest Communications and McStain Neighborhoods.

At Downstream Partners, Mike primarily supports all of the technical and operations part of the business, including assisting with online communication and virtual facilitations.

Mike is married and has two young children and a yellow Labrador named Penny. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, writing fiction stories, and messing around with computers.