I spent the first 15 years of my career as a staff leader in the nonprofit sector, where I witnessed (and experienced) a lot of suffering, drama and burnout. I became very curious about why being of service seemed to be such a painful life path for so many folks like me.
My Master’s Degree in Coaching and Consulting from Bastyr taught me a lot about organizational life, human development and change management! With this knowledge in hand and my passion for servant leadership, in 2003 I became clear that helping others navigate the twists and turns of mission-driven work was both my calling and a source of joy.
I’m so grateful to be of service to others in service
Everyday I’m inspired and amazed by the courage and dedication of my clients, determined to seek clarity and wisdom at a dark time or a fork in the road.
I deeply believe that in order to bring more sustainability, compassion and justice into the world, we must find new ways of understanding ourselves, each other and the challenges before us.
I’m known for my forthright and compassionate approach and my ability to quickly understand the dynamics of human systems and how to navigate times of intense change. I deeply understand how often the stories we tell ourselves get us off track AND the most easy, graceful way out of dead-ends and back to the Open Road.
Originally from the Midwest (Minneapolis and Chicago), I’ve lived in the Puget Sound area since 1989.
I have a Master’s Degree in Coaching and Consulting from Bastyr University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. I bring a global perspective to my work from experience living in Nepal in college and Europe as a child. I live in West Seattle with my partner, giant cat Jack, and two dogs, a Rough-Coated Collie named Colt and a Border Terrier named Fernie.
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