Where were you born?
Oskaloosa, Iowa (US)
Where do you live?
Montreal, Quebec (Canada)
What do you do?
As an Enneagram teacher, Integral Developmental Coach, and ordained minister, I create experiences and hold space for people to discover purpose and meaning in their lives and step more fully into their gifts as leaders, parents, partners and people. I currently do this work as a partner at Take 5 Coaching and Enneagram—a company that (among other things) works with individuals and teams in organizations, provides public Enneagram workshops, and offers private one-on-one and group coaching throughout the United States and Canada.
What is your role of the IEA Board?
I work with the Membership task force and am a liaison for the IEA Chapters.
Tell us a little about what you do on the Board.
Having only been on the Board for a few months, I am still trying to figure out the answer to this question. ☺
Why are you involved with the IEA Board?
Because I believe in the IEA community—this is a place where people of all kinds of backgrounds, beliefs and experiences with the Enneagram can get together and learn from each other.
What was your first experience of the Enneagram?
I learned of the Enneagram 15 years ago when someone suggested that it would be a great tool for working with couples in pre-marital counseling. That was my introduction to the Enneagram; however, I would have to say that my first experience of the Enneagram didn’t happen until much later when I attended the Enneagram Institute’s Part 1 training. It was there that I was reminded of how every type (or rather, every person) is an incredible, holy gift to the world. That training was an incredibly joy-filled and pain-filled experience that I still give thanks for every day.
Tell us a little about who you have trained with
I am a student of the Enneagram Institute, having completed all of their training courses in order to be a certified and authorized instructor, which means I have trained and studied primarily with Russ Hudson, Don Riso, and Gayle Scott. That’s my formal training, anyway. Informally, I consider many in the Enneagram community to be my teachers and mentors as every time we engage in conversation, I learn and grow more fully in awareness about this simple/complex system. There are simply too many of those folks out there to name in this paragraph, but I am grateful for them all.
What is your most useful/interesting/amusing/compelling use of the Enneagram?
In teaching, preaching, listening, coaching, consulting, being a mom, partner, friend, or whatever…my main purpose in using the Enneagram is simply to remind myself and others of how holy they are and the possibilities for living into that holiness.
What do the words “Engagement”, “Education” and “Excellence” mean to you?
In the context of the IEA, these words mean to me: connection, interdependence, a commitment to continued learning and discovery, and doing so in the best possible way I/we can.
How do you see the future of the Enneagram?
In my relatively short time in the Enneagram world, I have observed that this work is becoming more and more mainstream. It is used in businesses, religious organizations, schools, in therapeutic work, with individuals and communities and families…it is used in almost every area of life so that people can gain an understanding of why they do what they do and why others do what they do. The Enneagram has opened people’s eyes and hearts to the awareness that we are inter-connected and inter-dependent: we need each other. The truth that we really do need each other has (in ways big and small) created cultures of compassion, curiosity, and connectedness…and those cultures have, in turn, invited others to learn and grow. The Enneagram is contagious—and it is spreading faster and faster as people yearn to know and be known. With all of these things in mind, it is my belief that the Enneagram community will continue to grow and spread, faster and faster, in the years to come.
How do you see the future of the IEA?
As a place where people engage with others of like-mind and of differing opinions to learn and grow in our own understanding and practice of the Enneagram. It will continue to be a place for engagement, education and excellence.