What I DO…
My passion is well-being. I care deeply about the holistic health of individuals as natively intelligent, creative, and embodied beings. I care deeply about the health of families in all their dynamic forms and about the connective health of their communities. I care deeply about the health of organizations to whom are given the challenges of supporting a future. And I care deeply about the health of our planet Earth and its living systems.
Through creative capacity-building services, I seek to nurture individual and systemic health. Through use of my authentic voice, I aspire to nourish the resilient and visionary spirit in all of us, calling us into the conscious growth required for messy progress - both personal and collective.
I work as an organizational development specialist, coach and facilitator, a mental health educator, and strategic thought partner to high-impact individuals attempting to ignite new ideas and/or move the dial on important issues. Across all roles, I work as an integrator and artist.
What makes me different? I employ experiential methods including collaborative facilitation, creative processing, mind-body practices, and contemplative encounters with nature and metaphor. These methods allow us to access ways of knowing (sensing, feeling, imagining) that are often undervalued in our culture. They invoke our participation in the writing of the human (and more-than-human) story. Rather than just teaching and telling, my goal is to engage the whole person in discovery of possibility.
My work is richly informed by the fields and theories of interpersonal neurobiology, systems, adaptive leadership, adult development and integrative/holistic health.
I love to learn from and connect with others.
“How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.” – Trina Paulus
Who I BE...
I’m human. Like you, I struggle to balance life’s demands. I climb hills that are too steep and push my limits. I experience dips in my energy and question my purpose and vision.
I face the same fears you do: Fears that, if I'm authentic, I won’t belong; or that I'll discover I have nothing unique to offer.
I live with my whole heart. Sometimes I get flooded and kind of stuck. Other times I take running leaps. Most of my life is lived wrestling with the small, defining moments "in between."
Busy with doing, let me not forget to BE: To be authentic, expressive, playful, and compassionate. To be imperfect and vulnerable. To dance boldly and also know how to be still.
By being fully alive and helping others come alive too - by giving my authentic self to the world - I say “thank you” to God for this beautiful and messy life.
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” — Frederick Buechner
I have a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wichita State University and a Master of Science in Family Therapy from Friends University. My education is enhanced by a strong professional background in communications, project and program management, adaptive leadership development and civic engagement. I have experience working in government, not-for-profit, higher education, and corporate settings, as well as being an entrepreneur.
I am a Level-II Certified Leadership Coach through the Kansas Leadership Center (an ICF-approved training program).
I have one beautiful daughter and enjoy leaning into an active and artistic lifestyle. When I'm not working, find me outdoors, moving in my body and writing poetry.