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Presenters & Panelists2018-09-04T20:10:03+00:00

PRESENTERS AND PANELISTS

Anne AdamsAnne Adams, PhD, worked with many Fortune 50 companies and educational institutions both nationally and internationally. For more than 30 years, she has designed and led transformation programs through seminars, courses, and educational engagements for individuals, corporations, professional groups, and educational institutions. Currently, her work is focused on integral educational thinking and practices both within educational institutions and businesses. Website: integrality.co

Catherine AndersonCatherine Anderson’s own search for meaning led her to SoulCollage® and the labyrinth as pathways for personal transformation. Catherine is a SoulCollage® Facilitator Trainer, is on the faculty of Veriditas, and teaches internationally. She is author of The Creative Photographer, Meeting Your Soul on the Labyrinth, and Journaling the Labyrinth Path. Website: www.creativepilgrimage.com
Dave Bauer

Dave Bauer, MS, has a professional background teaching environmental science and creativity. He is a change leadership consultant, practices life coaching, and facilitates nature play and mindfulness workshops. In 2016, Dave released his children’s nature book, What’s Under That Rock, Papa? In addition to his Master of Science in Education, he has certifications in Creativity and Change Leadership and Nature Play. Website: TheChangeCircle.com

Marc Blesoff, JD, spent over 30 years as a criminal defense attorney in Cook County, Illinois, followed by four years “melting his armor.” Facilitating Conscious Aging Workshops and Wise Aging Workshops aided the latter endeavor tremendously. He says that he used to know everything and trust nothing; but recently has glimpsed knowing nothing and trusting everything.
Minx Boren
Minx Boren, MCC, is a master certified coach, credentialed through the International Coach Federation. Coach Minx is also an author, poet, motivational speaker, and workshop facilitator. For over forty years, Minx has been developing and presenting innovative programs that support health and balance, creativity and effectiveness, and reflection and achievement. Website: www.CoachMinx.com

Gail Braverman

Gail Braverman, MA, LMFT, and Certified Sage-ing Leader, says that the heart of her work is her passion for and love of helping others grow and lead more satisfying lives.She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a yoga instructor, a certified Art Therapist, Sage-ing Circle Facilitator, Soul Collage Facilitator, and an Amherst Writers and Artists workshop leader. Website: gailbraverman.com
Robin Caruthers has practiced The Circle Way for 15 years with middle school girls, adults of all ages, and several religious groups in visioning, planning, and exploring sensitive topics. She was introduced to The Circle Way in the early 2000’s and has trained with Ann Linnea and Christina Baldwin at several practicums.
Kay CaskeyKay Caskey and Laurie Young are educators and Holistic Health Specialists. They are educators, not entertainers, but strongly believe that learning should be fun. In the past 20 ars they have presented over 1,000 keynote presentations to such diverse organizations as United States Post Office, the Internal Revenue Service, and numerous organizations focused on aging.

Rosemary CoxRosemary Cox, Certified Sage-ing Leader and recipient of the Reb Zalman Leadership Award, was a founding board member of Sage-ing International, and is currently Education Coordinator. Rosemary co-authored “The Heart of Aging with Wisdom,” and other manuals on intergenerational programming, memory improvement and stress. She is a retired social worker, yet continues her work in the field of aging.

Linda Cronk is a retired Extension Educator for Michigan State University with a focus on gerontology and past co-chair of MSU Extension Health Research team, where she helped develop capacity for community-based research. From 2013-2015, she was a  faculty member of the Geriatric Education Center of Michigan (GECM) training health professionals regarding health issues of older adults. There she worked with several of the 12 federally recognized Michigan American Indian tribal nations. 

Jill Davis is an innovative teacher with unbounded energy who has inspired a passion for both writing and public service among her students. Jill’s writing students have partnered in interview projects such as The Homeless Connect Yearbook; Tuesdays w/Morrie: Interviews with Remarkable Seniors; and The Big C Project: Interviews for Meaningful Connection.
Gayle Dee is a Certified Sage-ing Leader, and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC). She serves as Minister of Wisdom and Spirit for her local church, a ministry that explores the spirituality of aging, emphasizing the core elements of Sage-ing. She is also the Communications Minister for the Central Pacific Conference (CPC) of the UCC and co-leads the CPC’s Aging and Spirituality ministry network, providing learning resources to 45 congregations in Oregon, Idaho and southern Washington.
Charlene Depner
Charlene Depner, PhD, is a psychologist and Certified Sage-ing Leader with certification in Gerontology. She offers Sage-ing workshops for people who want to live lives of meaning and purpose, to engage in compassionate action, and to leave lasting legacies in the hearts and minds of others. Her volunteer work focuses on helping families, organizations, and communities develop ways to work better for all people. Website: http://AgingInRealTime.art
Joan Ditzion, LICSW, is a geriatric social worker, author, speaker, and educator. She is a co-founder of Our Bodies Ourselves and has co-authored all nine editions of the book, including the 40th Anniversary edition. Her focus is on issues of aging women and changing the aging paradigm.
Maureen Dobson
Maureen Dobson, MSW, has worked with older adults and caregivers for 32 years. She is a Certified Sage-ing Leader and skilled practitioner of The Circle Way.Website: www.thecircleway.net
Marian Eisner, MA and Rich Kessler, MEd, have been involved with aging work since 1995 as Sage-ing seminar leaders and Spiritual Eldering Institute (SEI) faculty.They have formed aging groups, taught workshops, trained seminar leaders, and developed curriculum for SEI and Family Conversations. They currently work with older adults and families using the Family Conversations process they have developed. Website:http://familyconversations.com
Sally Fox
Sally Fox, MA, MBA, PhD, has 30 years experience coaching, consulting, and educating adults.  She reinvented her practice at age 60 to focus on the transformative power of storytelling. Thus began her heroic journey to work more creatively and offer more of her true self through writing, speaking, and helping others to do the same by developing their compelling stories. Websites:  www.vitalpresence.com  and www.engagingpresence.com
Barbara Frank, PhD, geologist and MS organizational consultant, has devoted her 4-decade career to fostering a better relationship between humans and Planet Earth.  In her book, Grandparenting with the Wisdom of Nature, she encourages grandparents to take on the very important role of connecting the youngest generation to nature. Website: grandparentsintonature.com
Mary GoetzMary Goetze was active as conductor, clinician, author and composer before her retirement from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Since 2007, she has advocated for criminal justice reform and rehabilitation of ex-offenders. Most recently, she founded Kids with Absent Parents, a program that advocates for children affected by incarceration.

Connie Goldman

Connie Goldman was an award-winning radio producer and reporter during her long career. Beginning her broadcast career with Minnesota Public Radio, she later worked for several years on the staff of National Public Radio in Washington D.C. For over 30 years, her public radio programs, books, and speaking were exclusively concerned with the changes and challenges of aging. Her messages were always clear—make any time of life an opportunity for new learning, exploring creative pursuits, self-discovery, spiritual deepening, and continued growth.

Nancy Gray-Hemstock, MSW, has been a Certified Sage-ing Leader since 2004 and leads workshops and retreats for a variety of groups. With a social work background, she has worked with older adults for over 20 years.  Nancy is a hospice volunteer and a Vancouver Island Sage-ing contact person.  She also facilitates autobiography workshops, loves writing and playing.

Karen GreerKaren Greer, MA, has extensive experience in coaching individuals and groups in life planning and retirement. She has been in private practice for the past 18 years.  Workshop topics include: change management, vulnerability, re-inventing our lives, and creating a meaningful life in retirement.  Her affiliations include the Life Planning Network, Vital Aging Network, and Compassionate Communications. Website: www.karengreerconsulting.com   

Judith Helbrun
Judith Helburn has been active in most aspects of Sage-ing since 1993. She has presented Sage-ing Intensive weekends nationally and continues to lead classes and sessions on Sage-ing in Texas and beyond. She was trained by Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of Sage-ing International, as well as by Bahira Sugarman and Reb Shaya Isenberg. Sage-ing and conscious aging continues to be one of her passions. In addition, she has been active in Story Circle Network since 2000 and has been on their board and facilitates a monthly writing circle.
Jan HivelyJan Hively is a social entrepreneur who empowers older adults to share their strengths. She has co-founded several thriving networks that support conscious aging, including: the Vital Aging Network (www.vital-aging-network.org), the SHIFT Network (www.shift-on-line.or), and a global exchange, the Pass It On Network (www.passitonnetwork.org).
Rev. Patricia Hoertdoerfer is a professional educator and a retired Unitarian Universalist minister who practiced her leadership in academic institutions, congregations, on the UUA staff, and in interfaith communities for forty years. In her many decades she has lived her passions, sharing stories around campfires and engaging in cross-cultural adventures.
Lynne IserLynne Iser, MPH, became an activist in response to her teenage daughter’s despair about the state of the future world. She was the founding Director of the Spiritual Eldering Institute, teaches Sage-ing and the work of Joanna Macy; is on Sage-ing International’s Council of Honored Sages and the Leadership Council of the Conscious Elders Network. Her website supports elders to co-create their legacy and bring forth a just and thriving future for all.  Website: Elder-Activists.org

Jerome KernerJerome Kerner is a Certified Sage-ing Leader and currently Co-Chair of Sage-ing International. He has received advanced certification in Gestalt psychotherapy from Southern Connecticut University, Transgenerational Family Systems, Hellinger Institute D.C., as well as in retreats and trainings with the Center for Conscious Eldering and Sage-ing International, and Spiritual Elders in Action through Intergenerational Immersion.

Kessler, Rich, M.Ed, and Marian Eisner, MA, have been involved with aging work since 1995 as Sage-ing seminar leaders and Spiritual Eldering Institute (SEI) faculty.  They have formed aging groups, taught workshops, trained seminar leaders, and developed curriculum for SEI and Family Conversations. They currently work with older adults and families using the Family Conversations process they have developed. Website: www:familyconversations.com

Annie KleinAnnie Klein is a former teacher and an almost retired casting director in film and television. She has a private practice as a Reiki Master and Soul Memory Discovery practitioner and is also a Spiritual Director and artist.  She brings years of experience as a hospice volunteer and workshop facilitator and loves co-facilitating Sage-ing with Nancy Gray-Hemstock on Vancouver Island.
Helen Kivnick is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Minnesota.  Her work integrates psychosocial health and vital involvement in later life with abiding emphases on the value of lifelong arts participation, on social justice, and on personal vitality while living with serious disease.  She co-authored Vital Involvement in Old Age with Erik Erikson.

Barb KobeBarb Kobe is a visual artist, mentor, creativity coach, teacher, and author. She loves to guide and teach people toward reconnecting with their intuition, bodies, emotions, wisdom, and powers using the creative process. She is the author of The Healing Doll Way: Making Art Dolls for Self Discovery, Awareness and Transformation (2018).

Marc Kronisch, MA, was a public school educator for 36 years. He is the co-founder of P’nai Or of Connecticut and serves as a lay rabbi for many Jewish and ecumenical gatherings and rituals. Marc is a Sage-ing workshop facilitator trained by ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal and YERUSHA, the Reb Zalman legacy program. Marc was a student of Reb Zalman for over 30 years.

Jennifer ListugJennifer Listug works in book publishing as a private consultant for authors assisting with manuscript editing and book publicity. She is co-director of Wild Awakenings, an adult Rites of Passage organization dedicated to fostering the thriving of earth, life, and humanity. Jennifer has led Rites of Passage groups for teenagers, and founded a young adult interfaith group committed to conscious connection, community service, and social activism. Jennifer is 29 years old and recently became a mother. Website: www.steppingstonesproject.org

Lindsey McDivittLindsey McDivitt is a writer who is passionate about tackling ageism in children’s books. She has two picture books forthcoming in 2018-19. For years she worked with stroke survivors and co-edited Climbing the Mountain: Stories of Hope, Healing and Humor for Survivors of Stroke and Brain Injury. Website: www.AisforAging.com

Phyllis Mitzen, MSW,is co-program director for the Center for Long term Care Reform at Health & Medicine Policy Research Group.  She is also president of Skyline Village Chicago and co-leader of the Chicago Sister Cities International Shanghai Social Services Exchange.

Carol Orsborn, PhD, and Robert L. Weber, PhD, are co-authors of Spirituality of Age: A Seeker’s Guide to Growing Older, winner of gold in Nautilus Book Awards. Dr. Weber is retired Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Orsborn is editor of Fierce with Age: The Digest of Boomer Wisdom and Spirituality. Websites:www.SpiritualityofAge.com and FierceWithAge.com

Stan Paine, PhD, CSL, is a former school principal and university trainer in school leadership and school improvement. He now works with churches to develop programs on aging and spirituality in congregational settings. He has served on the Sage-ing International Coordinating Circle and the Sage-ing International Service Committee. He and his wife live in Oregon and have six grandchildren.

Ron PevnyRon Pevny, MA, and Certified Sage-ing Leader, is Founding Director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, author of Conscious Living, Conscious Aging, and host of the Shift Network’s Transforming Aging Summits. Website: www.centerforconsciouseldering.com

Nan PhiferNan Phifer leads workshops for writers groups, libraries, religious organizations, and academic conferences. Her writing guide, Memoirs of the Soul, leads memoirists directly into their most meaningful experiences and shows how to recount them vividly. Nan’s method produces heartfelt accounts.

Caryl Pripusich is a trained Labyrinth Facilitator who has used this contemplative, expressive art in various contexts: with people interested in walking meditation; in Hospice Camps for children and teens dealing with grief and loss; and in many other situations for people who wanted to learn about this ritual process.

Kathy RobergKathleen Roberg, RN, MS, CPTC,  has a background in nursing and a passion for service. She has taken advantage of the opportunity to participate in Haiti medical service trips that have subsequently developed into working with women on business and the care and education of children ventures. Website: haitimedicalmission.com

John RobinsonJohn Robinson, PhD, D.Min, is a clinical psychologist with a second doctorate in ministry and an ordained interfaith minister. He has authored nine books and numerous articles and book chapters on the psychology, spirituality and mysticism of the New Aging. John also is a frequent speaker at Conscious Aging Conferences.

Paulette Robinson, PhD, is a respected adult educator, shamanic healer and Systems Constellation facilitator. She has created and facilitated a variety of adult workshops for all ages.

Ruth RogersRuth Dow Rogers, M.Ed, is a “Self-Mastery” coach and has experience in the areas of career, transition, relationship, communication and spirituality. She also has the gift of inspiration and uplifts her clients while assisting them in discovering their old beliefs that have become barriers to achieving their goals in the present. Website: www.ruthdowrogers.com

Renee Lee Rosenberg, MA, is a career counselor, international speaker, and author of Achieving the Good Life After 50. She is a contributor to: Work Smarts, Report from the Front Lines, and Live Smart After 50!  She has been interviewed on ABC News, MSNBC, Italian TV and quoted in Forbes.com, Fortune.com, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Women’s World, and The Atlantic.com.

Gabriel RossGabriel Ross, MA, is the founding director of Creative Spirit, a non-profit that invites all ages to explore their spirituality by engaging in the arts and education. Gabriel’s degree is in Religious Education.  She leads Celtic drum and ritual groups, women’s spirituality groups, Soul Journal classes, Mystics at the River, and Befriending Creation Camp.

Pat SamplesPat Samples, MA, MFA, is a transformational educator and the author of eight books including Body Odyssey: Lessons From The Bones And Belly. She has given more than 600 keynotes and workshops on creative aging, body wisdom, and family caregiving. Pat founded and coordinated several creative aging programs in Minnesota. She is an Essential Motion practitioner.Website: www.patsamples.com

Joel Theisen, RN, known as a business innovator, has earned numerous accolades, including being named a finalist for Leaders in Health Care by the Minnesota Business Magazine, one of the Twin Cities’ 40 under 40, and honored as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award® finalist for the Upper Midwest in 2018, 2017, and 2011. Joel has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry with specific expertise in home and community-based elder care. Website: www.lifesprk.com

Robin Tillotson is the Regional Director for The Atlas Senior Center, one of 21 senior centers operated under the City of Chicago. She is responsible for overseeing Life Enrichment, Information and Assistance, Nutrition and Programming. Robin received her Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Oberlin College and her MSW from The University of Chicago.

Sharon WallerSharon Waller, PhD, M.Div. and Certified Sage-ing Leader, recently retired after fourteen years as a hospice chaplain and bereavement group facilitator for Kaiser East Bay Hospice in Northern California. Her prior work was in education and intercultural communication. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico and an M.Div. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She is a Certified Sage-ing Leader.

Constance WashburnConstance Washburn, MA in education, is also a graduate of the Ecology of Leadership, Certificate in Transforming Business, Society, and Self with U. Lab. Constance is a facilitator and community builder, and leads retreats and trainings in “Work that Reconnects” as well as the Conscious Elders Network Empowered Elder workshops. Additionally she is a meditation instructor and a yoga teacher and has been an Education Director for Marin Agricultural Land Trust and Marin Organic for the last 20 years.

Robert L. Weber, PhD, and Carol Orsborn, PhD, are co-authors of Spirituality of Age: A Seeker’s Guide to Growing Older, winner of gold in Nautilus Book Awards. Dr. Weber is retired Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Orsborn is editor of Fierce with Age: The Digest of Boomer Wisdom and Spirituality. Websites:www.SpiritualityofAge.com and FierceWithAge.com

Anne WennholdAnne Wennhold co-leads retreats for the Center for Conscious Eldering and leads elder discussion and shamanic drumming groups on the East Coast.

Skylar WilsonSkylar Wilson, MA, developed Wild Awakenings while completing graduate studies in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2012. He has experienced the healing power of wilderness while guiding trips around the world for adolescents and adults the past 15 years. Skylar is director of an inter-cultural ritual called the Cosmic Mass which attempts to bring together the world’s spiritual traditions into an embodied, transformational ritual that builds community through dancing and the arts. Skylar is 34 years old and recently became a father. Website: www.wildawakenings.com

Laurie YoungLaurie Young and Kay Caskey are educators and holistic health specialists. They are educators, not entertainers, but strongly believe that learning should be fun. In the past 20 years they have presented over 1,000 keynote presentations to such diverse organizations as United States Post Office, the Internal Revenue Service, and numerous organizations focused on aging.

Connie ZweigConnie Zweig, Ph.D., is a retired therapist and author of Meeting the Shadow, Romancing the Shadow, Meeting the Shadow of  Spirituality. She has taught shadow-work widely for several decades both as a keynote  speaker and seminar leader. Her new passion: to extend that work into late life to guide Baby Boomers past their denial and fear of aging in order to reinvent it for themselves. She is writing The Reinvention of Age: Mastering Late Life from the Inside Out and teaching Sage-ing in So. California and beyond. She can be reached at conniezweig@gmail.com,  or https://conniezweig.com. She is blogging at  https://medium.com/@conniezweig