As a leadership and life coach, as a community vision builder and a workplace consultant, I work for the 'real conversation'--the dialogue that may feel most challenging, yet yields the richest rewards for individuals, teams and organizations. With disciplined inquiry we build upon what's working well (your 'sweet spot') and develop a positive, sustainable vision for the future.
Over the past 25 years, I have worked closely with local government and consulted with a broad spectrum of community groups and non-profits. I have served in elected leadership with the Bend Park and Recreation District, and contributed on numerous committees for the City of Bend, the Deschutes National Forest and multiple special interests in Central Oregon. I work hard to align opportunities, bridge opposition and sponsor fresh thinking.
Building community is a personal passion. Appointed to the board of directors of the Bend 2030 Vision—a values-rooted action plan for the city of Bend, I have engaged business and community leadership with citizen voices, identifying common ground at the crossroads of public, private and civic interests. This work is especially satisfying for its aspirational contribution to the cultural landscape in Bend.
My most important work is with my family. I have two grown children and a husband of 35 (!!) years. Living in Bend, Oregon our lives are enriched by nature and the seasons. I am constantly ‘squeezing in’ a bike ride, a backcountry ski adventure, a climb or hike in the mountains and high desert. I feel deep gratitude for nature--a constant connection to the larger context of my life.
My educational background includes a PCC coaching credential as a graduate of the Hudson Institute, CDWF status with Brene´ Brown's Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ curricula and a degree in English Literature from the University of Washington. My coaching approach has been influenced by Brené Brown, Frederick Hudson, David Whyte, Benjamin Zander, Richard Leider, Daniel Goleman, Daniel Siegel and Doug Silsbee, among others. I am also a teacher-in-training in the Mindfulness and Self Compassion curricula of Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Chris Germer.
For more on my retreats and workshops, please see 'Retreats'.