Frederick Buechner wrote that life calls us to the place where our deep passion meets the world’s deep need. My passion has been helping people grow, heal, connect, access their inner wisdom, and invest their lives in meaningful relationships and work. My professional life began as an ordained minister. Eventually, my views expanded beyond the theology of my upbringing. I left that role and worked in the field of organizational development and instructional design for several years. I went back to school and graduated with a M.A. in Spiritual Psychology and became an educator and spiritual director at an interfaith spirituality center that is part of a large healthcare network. I look forward to discussing with you how my life experiences, passion and skills can meet your needs.

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Ascension Health/Seton Family of Hospitals Austin, TX 2005 – 2011
Educator & Spiritual Director
Coordinated logistics, secured funding for and facilitated self-care classes for employees of a multi-site healthcare network. Annual attendance increased from approximately 100 to over 3,500 participants.

Developed and taught classes/retreats on a wide variety of topics, including care for the caregiver, meditation, stress management, change management from a holistic perspective, rediscovering passion and meaning in work, dealing with a chronic/terminal illness, spirituality in the workplace, Mindful Photography, etc.

Facilitated department interventions that improved teamwork, promoted healing after traumatic events, fostered a consensus-based leadership model, and renewed commitment to the organization’s mission.

Led individual and group spiritual support sessions for students, healthcare workers, and the general public.

Directed an initiative that doubled the number of new members joining the organization in 2010.

Independent Contractor Dallas, TX and San Diego, CA 2000 – 2005
Instructor, Facilitator, Instructional Designer & Consultant
Clients included: PETCO, Diocese of Forth Worth, Pursuant Ketchum, and RSI Stewardship.

Designed and delivered skills-based curricula that trained new hires to assume professional positions rapidly.

Instructed classes on customer service, Microsoft products, administrative and sales processes, etc.

Facilitated project team meetings, provided structure, and resolved conflicts for a struggling nation-wide rollout. (Result: project team learned to work together efficiently and met its target goals and deadlines.)

Teamed with executive staff to reorganize sales department into proactive client service teams. (Result: sales close rates increased by 30%.)

Performance Consulting International Dallas, TX 1998 – 2000
Instructional Developer & Consultant
Clients included: Frito-Lay International, Clear Channel Communications, and Arthur Anderson.

Conducted training and strategic planning sessions for non-profit and for-profit organizations.

Developed instructor and participant manuals for sales and performance management courses.

Wrote policies and procedures manuals, process maps, job descriptions, employee handbooks, etc.

Office Manager, Dallas, TX office
Established and maintained standard operating procedures, including: invoicing, payables/receivables, database & website management, proposal generation, desktop publishing, phone/email administration, etc.

The Arc of Dallas (Formerly The Association for Retarded Citizens) 1997 – 1998
Community Relations Specialist
Collaborated with Director of Development on fundraising initiatives that generated over $600,000 in revenue.

Raised community awareness of the organization’s mission through radio and television appearances.

Served as liaison to print, televised, radio, and online media.

Managed donation processing system, public relations activities, and membership program.

Peace Lutheran Church Garland, TX 1992 – 1997
Associate Pastor
Provided spiritual guidance, preached, taught classes, and led retreats for thousands of individuals of all ages.

Led youth programs, including multiple weekly classes on religion/spirituality, monthly social events, and participation in an international youth gathering.

Coordinated continuing education conferences for area clergy that both supported and challenged them in their professional development by securing speakers from inside and outside the religious tradition.

St. John’s Lutheran Church Sayville, NY 1990 – 1991
Vicar (Internship)
Created a social/spiritual support group for young adults in the metropolitan area.

Designed and implemented a community outreach initiative to build relationships with new constituents.

Coordinated educational programs and social activities for adolescents.



Masters in Spiritual Psychology
University of Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA

Master of Divinity, Concentration in Psychology and Counseling
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO

Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Arts
(Literature and Language), Minor in Communications
(4.0 GPA; Highest Ranking Graduate)
Concordia University, Austin, TX



Completed Spiritual Direction Practicum
Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest

Advanced Toastmaster, First Place at Metro Speech Contest
Toastmasters International

Guest Presenter
2009 Spiritual Directors International Conference

Workshop Leader
Patient Advocates Texas State Convention
Texas Advocates for the Homeless
Texas Hospital Association
Southwestern University

Leadership Program Graduate
Servant Leadership Institute

Mentorship Program Graduate
American Society for Training and Development

Mentor, Counselor, Fundraising Volunteer, Guest Instructor
Out Youth Dallas

Co-authored featured article published in the December 2011 issue of Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction


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