Zulma Y Terrones


Hello. My name is

Zulma Y.


CEO & founder of Life Stages | Psychology & Education Research-Practitioner | Youth & Outdoor Advocate

About Me

She draws from a unique combination of high-intensity academic environments (UChicago AB’12; University of Cambridge, PhM’18) with years of international and domestic experience in clinical, therapeutic and educational settings across the private and public service sectors. Zulma uses her passion for research and diverse skills and knowledge to help others on their journey of achieving mind-body wellness and self-actualization. She is currently working on developing a scalable and adaptable personalized wellness and development model aimed through her venture, . Her vision is to redefine and innovate the way the world thinks about overall health and well-being; outdoor adventure; and individual human potential by re-iteratively informing direct service, health research and, ultimately, global health policy. In her free-time, Zulma enjoys outdoor sports, producing photography and documentary projects, and exploring the world.

Clinical Mental & Behavioral Health

Over 2.5 years of community-based mental health experience as a 24/5 crisis clinician for youth and family in the Portland tri-county metro area. Zulma worked with primarily Latinx and lower SES populations utilizing a strengths-based approach and trauma-informed lens to help them reach clinical stability. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she saw the stark surge in needs coupled with few effective solutions and started designing a health model to help as many people as possible achieve wellness.

Outdoor & Psychology Research

Zulma brings over 7 years of outdoor education and psychology research expertise coupled with her own relation to health and personal development through outdoor and psychology-based approaches. She is a strong advocate for the outdoors and its potential for human wellness and development.

Organizational Leadership

Zulma brings years of organizational leadership experience from the public service, NGO, and private business sector. She understands the importance of community-based partnerships and initiatives; benchmarking and improving systems; culture-creation; and strategic vision to ensure organizational goals are worked towards collaboratively, respectfully, and harmoniously.

Experiential Education

Zulma has over 15 years of experience in experiential education across the U.S, Latin America, the UK, and Oceania— allowing her to work with diverse populations across cultures, ideologies, needs, and lived-experiences. Her educational work has intersected with health, wellness, nature, and research— honing her educational design and implementation skills through in-person, online, and hybrid program and curriculum development. She centers a human-centered approach with strong systems-thinking to achieve immediate and long-term outcomes. 

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