We believe people should be empowered to guide their own behavioral health. In fact our name was inspired by a long-time patient of our founder, Dr. Chip Benight, who envisioned a “blue sun” as a soothing, healing image to help her on her road to trauma recovery and better overall well-being. But in astrological terms, a blue sun is also known as a blue giant and is only a short part of the life journey of a star. We believe our support and recovery tools can help people achieve that same end – surviving and recovering from traumatic events as quickly as possible leading to a new stage in their life journey.
Our vision is to help people who experience trauma with a program that both motivates and empowers them to guide their own recovery.
In 2006, a team of visionary leaders established BlueSun, Inc. to commercialize web-based behavioral health products developed at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Under the leadership of Dr. Charles C. “Chip” Benight, a Psychology Professor at CU-Colorado Springs and co-founder of BlueSun, the university’s behavioral health team has been working for more than five years to develop web-based tools that improve human well-being by empowering individuals, families, organizations and communities to overcome the effects of traumatic events. BlueSun, Inc. holds an exclusive license from the University Technology Corporation, an affiliate of the University of Colorado, for this technology.
Our Leadership Team
Todd Player, CEO
Todd began serving as Chief Executive Officer in 2016. He has recently been leading BlueSun through development of a new technology roadmap for our applications, helping drive us to the forefront of behavioral healthcare software. Todd is a seasoned IT executive who brings over 20 years of IT experience in both the public and private sectors to BlueSun. Prior to joining our team, he founded and ran a successful IT consulting firm, leading numerous web application development projects, managing data center operations for a web hosting division, and leading efforts to secure e-commerce and hosting operations through successful HIPAA compliance projects and PCI DSS and SAS 70 audits. He also directed development efforts for Behavioral Health Application Works, a Colorado software company developing Android and iOS apps in the behavioral health space where his work focused on reducing barriers for people to get behavioral health services and reducing the treatment gap. Todd earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine in 1992 and holds a particular affection for hiking the Continental Divide and the pursuit of greenback cutthroat trout here in Colorado when he’s not at work.
Dr. Charles “Chip” Benight, Chief Scientific Officer and President
As the founder of BlueSun, Inc. and the Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Chip Benight sets the scientific direction for the company. Chip joined University of Colorado at Colorado Springs from University of Miami where he completed his postdoctoral training in behavioral medicine. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Stanford University with an emphasis in Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine in June 1992. He earned his Masters Degree in Counseling in 1986 and his Bachelors in Business Management from the Arizona State University in 1983. Chip also founded and still serves as the director of the Trauma, Health, and Hazards Center at UCCS.
His primary area of research interest is in the human adaptation from trauma. Over the past 23 years, he has focused research on recovery from natural disasters, man-made disasters, motor vehicle accident trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and bereavement. More recently he has also studied secondary trauma and burnout related to treating trauma survivors. His work has been funded through the Department of Defense, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association, and the National Science Foundation. He is on the editorial board for Journal of Stress and Health and Anxiety, Stress, & Coping: An International Journal, is a reviewer for several primary journals in health and trauma psychology, and served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress. He has published extensively in the top peer reviewed journals in the field of traumatic stress. He is the recipient of several awards including the Psychological Society of the Pikes Peak Region Cornelia Sabine Award for Outstanding Contribution to Psychology and the University of Colorado President’s Teaching Scholar Award.
Carol A. Benight, Chief Financial Officer
Carol has served as CFO for BlueSun since its inception. She brings a wealth of experience as a CPA with her own accounting firm. Her financial and accounting guidance is a primary driver for the success of BlueSun. Carol received her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from University of California at Davis in 1992. She worked in the veterinary field for several years then turned her interest toward accounting. She completed the necessary course work in accounting to sit for the Certified Public Accountancy exam which she took in spring of 2001. Her accounting practice specializes in small business accounting.
Sean Bryan, Chief Technology Officer
Sean holds a Masters of Engineering in Software Engineering from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and a B.S in Computer Science from Wichita State University. As CTO, he brings more than 30 years of experience in software development and expertise to our team. Sean’s other experience includes years as a Senior Software Engineer with VMware where he developed software to support automated remediation within VMware’s vCenter Operation Manager product. He also previously held positions at Verizon Telecommunication and Boeing Commercial Airplane Company and served as an Adjunct Instructor in Computer Science at Hutchinson Community College and Pikes Peak Community College. Sean has also volunteered his software development expertise to a local nonprofit community aging center. When he is not programming or volunteering, he enjoys bicycle touring, marathon running, and scuba diving.