About Me

My name is Denise. I don’t always have the physical energy to engage or reply.

I’ve had a respiratory condition since 1994 that sometimes interferes with my ability to breathe and speak. It is extremely difficult & often impossible for me to speak on the phone. 

Please do not ask me personal questions about my health even if you think you have ideas that will help me. If you’re not a medical professional who has reviewed my entire medical history & is examining me in person, such discussions are a waste of my energy.

I earned an EdM in Counseling Psychology and an MA in Organizational Psychology, both from Columbia University. The foundations of these degrees were in issues of Identity: race, gender, (dis)ability, sexual orientation, religion/spirituality, age, color, etc.

My book published by McGraw Hill is: The HR Toolkit: An Indispensable Resource for Being a Credible Activist. I am a former Human Resources executive and was a delegate at the annual International Emotional Intelligence Conference.

I’m proud to have been associate producer of the film, The David Dance: written, directed by and starring my dear friend, Don Scime.

ERA- enthusiast. Progressive. Feminist. Whistleblower. Emotional Intelligence & NVC enthusiast. Sound conflict resolution enthusiast. Workplace expert.

Buddhist-flavored Agnostic Unitarian Universalist.

Here is the best article written (by ) about my ordeal with TX DPS having subpoenaed my tweets. I was very lucky that @MichelleKostun, a lawyer in  Austin, TX, represented me to deal with this terrifying ordeal.

I studied for two years with Allen Ginsberg at Naropa in Boulder, CO where I earned an MFA in Writing and Poetics and performed in various performance art, dance and poetry pieces. I also studied ballet, modern, jazz and African dance as an undergraduate. 

Actively Anti-Racist since age 12: For those who want to actively unlearn , the offers a very good start:

How to Be a Strong Ally to People with Marginalized Identities – UUA via

This is my experience of US workplace laws as a former HR executive, workplace expert, whistleblower, and employee: https://workplacecredibleactivist.wordpress.com

Proud Ex-Catholic since high school.

I don’t see a difference between someone who is sure god doesn’t exist and someone who is sure god does exist. 

I’ve had several readings with mediums that blew me away. 

 Via @nprnews: The ‘Nasty Effect': How Comments Color Comprehension 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Austin, Texas –August, 1, 2013 –

Texas Department of Public Safety Agrees to Withdraw Subpoena Related to Twitter Account

We are pleased to report that we have received confirmation from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) that the Administrative Subpoena seeking information, documents and records related to Denise Romano’s Twitter account (@deniseromano) has been officially withdrawn by DPS, and that the matter concerning Ms. Romano is closed. We are pleased that DPS agreed to our request to withdraw the subpoena, and that we were able to work informally and cooperatively to get this matter resolved without the need for time consuming and costly litigation.

Ms. Romano wishes to express her deeply felt gratitude for the enormous outpouring of support and offers of assistance. Her recent limited internet activity was necessary so that we could focus on addressing the subpoena through the appropriate channels. We appreciate your patience while we did so. Now that the subpoena has been withdrawn and the matter closed, we will be able to work to respond to the messages we received.

Communications may be directed to Ms. Romano, at denisedowntown@yahoo.com or her attorney, although regretfully, at this time, Ms. Romano’s health prevents her from being able to participate in telephonic or in person interviews or communications.

We commend Twitter on its commitment to protecting user information and content. Thank you for your continued support.
Ms. Romano’s Attorney:

Michelle M. Kostun

Law Office of Michelle Kostun

700 Lavaca, Suite 1400 Austin, Texas

Tel: (512) 334-6114

Fax: (512) 334-6001 michelle@kostun.com

7 thoughts on “About Me

  1. You are a strong woman, Denise! I’ve been following you on twitter and FB for quite some time and have much respect for you. I have some physical issues as well, One of them being Graves Disease which causes an array of different symptoms which at times can be debilitating. (Fatigue and depression being at the top of the list) sometimes even making a phone call is a chore. Although my physical issues are not as severe, I can relate.

    I admire your strength and its really upsetting to see that someone has put you in a position to have to explain yourself. Although I am glad you did because now we got learn more great things about you. You are an inspiration and don’t ever change!

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