Adiasha Richards-Thornhill, LMHC is a proud Trinidadian, owner of Growth and Transitions Counseling located in Queens NY. Adiasha is passionate about therapy that is deep and heals the wounds beneath the surface. She works individually with women to help them work through their trauma, heal from past wounds, and grow the skills needed to move out of surviving and into a life of full living.
Adiasha is a Stony Brook University Alumni and received her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University Brooklyn.
Outside of work, Adiasha is a true Caribbean woman who enjoys beaches and soca music. She is dedicated to thriving in her own life and spends her time enjoying the other side of her own healing.
Dr. Heinz is a licensed psychologist who conducts research and clinical practice in the areas of resilience, trauma, anxiety, and substance use. She also works as a consultant advising on (1) development, evaluation, and implementation of mobile mental health interventions; (2) entrepreneur wellbeing and mental health strategy in the workplace; and (3) intersections of climate change and mental heath.
My name is Akua Feathers and I am a Pace Facilitator because I believe strongly in the power of peer group support. I have facilitated groups for many years and it is always heartwarming to see individuals discover their personal strengths and encourage others toward this discovery. Many times, this does not happen through advice-giving, but rather through intentional and authentic personal sharing. When I facilitate a group, I know and assert that I am not “the expert” in the room. You are the expert on yourself and together with our other group members, we can create a group that is affirming, supportive, and attentive. There may even be a little humor but only when appropriate!
Alex Hattick (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and therapist situated in Long Beach, CA. She is passionate about mindfulness education and creating a safe atmosphere where any emotion is welcomed and met with a sense of care and curiosity.
Alex received her Master of Social Work and BA in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. She has spent several years working in a variety of settings with children, adolescents, and young adults and has found her niche in the relationship between true self care and anxiety reduction.
Passions outside of her work include practicing mindfulness, cycling, taking care of her pup and plants, and making music.
Alexa Yarnell, LCPC, is a therapist in private practice and approaches her therapeutic work from a mindful, spiritual, and psychodynamic foundation. She invites and holds space to reconcile with the complex experiences of our internal worlds.
Alexa received her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Montana State University in Bozeman. The majority of her post-master's clinical training and experience took place at an eating disorder treatment center, where she was a primary and group therapist, and later the IOP Program Manager.
Outside of Pace, Alexa is a mama to her 1 year old son and enjoys spending time camping in the mountains or reading a good book with a piping hot cup of coffee.
Hi! My name is Alexis Skelley. I’ve been a licensed mental health provider for ten years. I’m a lover of fresh air and sunshine and totally obsessed with plants. Most days you will find me at the beach or doing something active.
I chose to be a Pace facilitator because, while I love doing individual therapy, groups create something I can't offer in a solo session. In my experience with groups, there is a certain magic that happens when connecting emotionally with others. Feeling validated by others who understand similar struggles and being challenged by those who offer a different perspective is why groups have that secret sauce. Some of my most cherished moments in working in groups is being a part of someone stumbling upon that lightbulb moment, that “a-ha” moment that stops you in your tracks with a realization that creates new understandings.
You can expect an energetic and inviting approach in a group with me. I come from a very large family, so I feel right at home in a group setting. But I know that not everyone does, so I do my best to ensure group members feel the same. I also bring a strong sense of curiosity to the table. I find that my own curiosity to learn about the experiences, thoughts, and emotions of individuals often helps others wander down a path that leads to new discoveries, to healing, and to growth.
Allison 'Ali' DeCamillis (she/her/hers) values creating opportunities for authentic and meaningful connection. As a life-long learner, she approaches group-work with curiosity and creates a safe space for diverse perspectives within an environment of compassion, creativity and playfulness. She welcomes both laughter and tears.
Currently, Ali is the counseling manager at Jewish Family and Children's Service, an adjunct faculty member at Adler Graduate School and specializes in grief/loss, cancer support, end-of-life, caregiving, and being an imperfect human. As a board certified art therapist and licensed professional clinical counselor, she has worked with people across the age spectrum in healthcare, community and studio-based settings .
As a military brat, Ali grew up with a love for travel and adventuring; she has moved over 27 times and has lived in 9 different states/countries. She and her family permanently landed in Minneapolis, MN where she can be found enjoying yoga, jumping in lakes, sketching in a hammock, taking her cat on walks, cultivating community, laughing with friends, and exploring with her two awesome kids, creative husband, and their road-tripping cat.
Ali Swan is a PCC ICF certified Executive & Life Coach, owner of Hi Kindness: A Leadership Company, entrepreneur, artist, and facilitator. She is known for her warm, caring, and empathic, body-based coaching style and has an uncanny ability to help clients feel safe and uncover what is beneath the surface. She is passionate about helping people find their joy, nurture their souls, and create a life and career they love.
Ali is originally from a tiny town in the Midwest, has an MBA, and has continued her studies which include formal certifications on body-based, team, and neuroscience-based coaching techniques. She has over 14 years of experience helping leaders, teams, and organizations as an executive and team coach, organizational effectiveness consultant, and facilitator. She believes life is better shared through meaningful connections and that we all deserve to have, live, and create a “full cup” life.
When not coaching or facilitating, you can find Ali at the beach, singing or writing a song somewhere, or laughing with a good friend or family. 🤍
I'm Allie, a journal-filling, nature-loving coach, educator, and somatics practitioner. I believe in the innate worth, creativity, and wisdom inside of us all. I love how groups remind us of this through our deep connections with each other. Having been deeply changed by the peer groups I'm a part of, I find it meaningful to lead groups here with Pace. As a guide, I aim to create spaces where each person can feel seen, reflected in their potential, and like they belong here. When we connect in this way we support each other to embody who we truly are, live from our values, and grow into the vision we hold for our lives. I've worked with hundreds of individuals, entrepreneurs, and emerging leaders throughout my career and I learn something powerful about what it means to be human every time.
My name is Dr. Allison He and I am a clinical psychologist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In my career, I have assessed and treated children, adolescents, and adults across a wide variety of settings, including inpatient facilities, pediatric and adult ADHD clinics, university counseling centers, academic medical centers, and the VA hospital system. I used an evidence-based approach to help my patients manage uncomfortable symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.
Hi there! I am so glad you are here. I'm here at Pace to help others experience the many benefits that come with authenticity and connection!
Connection is such an integral part of living a well-balanced, healthy, and happy life. One of the most important things to know about me is that I am far from perfect...in fact, I am a mess and I actually believe that we all are. So, if I happen to be gifted with your presence in my group, know that you will be greeted with compassion, openness, honesty, and authenticity. I can't wait to connect with you.
I have chosen to become a Pace Facilitator because I believe in the immense power of connection. I have witnessed first hand how facilitators can make a space feel safe, inviting, and inspired. I love being the guide, and creating the safe space for conversation, ah-ha's and inspiration! If you're in my group expect to have fun, dive deep, relax and enjoy the experience.
I’m Amy Dahn, ICF Certified Coach and owner of Lean into Life Coaching. My mission is to help people live lives that truly set their souls on fire. I believe that everyone deserves a life they can’t wait to wake up to! My passion is total wellness; physical, spiritual, emotional, career, financial and social. Having your tribe is essential to getting there. Magic happens when people connect and support each other's growth. Individual perspectives come together in “ah ha” moments that create a whole new set of possibilities, shifting everyone’s mindset in a profoundly positive way!I chose to be a Pace facilitator because it aligns with my life purpose…to use my life story, experiences, lessons learned and my own gifts, to connect with, inspire and motivate YOU to make changes that help you live life fully. My groups are warm, authentic, energetic, and engaging. We have FUN, supporting each other with curiosity and open minds while challenging each other to stretch, grow and thrive.
Amy Evans (she/her/hers) is a mental health professional who is passionate about empowering others. She works to provide a warm, compassionate, and sensitive space to support people as they develop a self-identify that reflects their most positive attributes and strengths.
Before starting her career in mental health, Amy was an elementary school teacher. While teaching, a student in her class dealing with difficult life circumstances had a profound impact on her, ultimately leading her to change paths and become a therapist. Amy received her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, including residential clinics, groups homes, and out-patient facilities.
Outside of work, Amy loves spending time at the beach, doing Pilates, and traveling. She also enjoys a good Americano and watching documentaries.
I was born in Puerto Rico, as a young teenager, I always found myself, counseling to friends, teachers, and family members. My natural charisma and leadership skills made me an informal counselor and motivator for people to overcome their limitations. After college, I invested 18 years in sales and marketing, where I realized that I had made those decisions and many others based on what others expected of me. Becoming a high achiever from an early age, I graduated with honors from UPR with a major in Human Resources and later completed a master’s degree majoring in Marketing. From the outside my life looked good but, on the inside, I was always unsatisfied. I have chosen to be a Pace Facilitator because it alings with my passion and purpose in life. I've created two signature programs where I have helped people create better inner connections by learning how to love and accept themselves. Learning how to deal with feelings of uncertainty, rejection, and lack of belonging. In these group programs, I have led people into greater awareness of their inner strength and power. I find that the greatest benefit of group facilitation is the mirror effect where we can see ourselves and share our humanity together. As a facilitator, you can expect from me empathy, connection, and complete openness. I'm very energetic but also very compassionate. I strive to embrace my contradictions and grow from them and I will help you do the same.
Dr. Andrea Cook (She/Her/Hers) enjoys working with people to grow and change at their own pace in a safe and supportive environment. She helps people to better understand their past, to recognize their strengths, and to creatively face challenges and find solutions.
Dr. Cook received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University. The focus of her early research and clinical work was on integrating mental health clinicians into primary care medical settings in order to better provide holistic care for patients. Currently, in addition to seeing clients in her private practice, she teaches clinical courses in the Psychology Department at University of California Santa Cruz.
When not working, Dr. Cook loves riding her horse in dressage, working equitation, and trail rides. She also loves reading, spending time with her family, playing with her dogs, and practicing yoga. On occasion, she and her husband still like to kick up their heels and go out ballroom dancing.
Hi! I’m Andrèa D. Wells! I’m a Dating & Relationship Coach Matchmaker helping people attain and maintain love. For me, Pace feels like coming home. I wanted to become a facilitator to participate in creating the magic and growth of meaningful conversation. I have a background in creating connecting groups with topics that range from relationships to wellness. I cherish the wisdom that is released in the time and honor the openness of the participants.I want my future group members to know that I bring a fun and uplifting energy to my groups that are also understanding and compassionate. Expect to leave feeling encouraged and better than before every time we have the opportunity to meet!
Rev. Andrea “Ani” Vidrine serves as an interfaith minister, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, spiritual director, and continuing education workshop facilitator for licensed professional counselors and social workers. In whatever service modality she is offering, Ani incorporates her 25 years of experience teaching yoga and her in-depth study of the enneagram personality typology system to empower people to overcome obstacles to vibrant living, increase somatic awareness, and find inner peace.
Rev. Ani received her M.S.W. from Louisiana State University, graduated from The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation’s programs, Spiritual Guidance and Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats, and subsequently graduated from One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, receiving her ordination as an interfaith minister. Rev. Ani joined Shalem's staff in 2019 and is currently in the dissertation phase of her Ph.D. studies in Integral & Transpersonal Psychology at The California Institute of Integral Studies, researching the enneagram personality typology system as a tool for personal growth.
Rev. Ani was married to Aaron Hebert for 24 years until his death in September 2022 and has two grown sons, Zack and Joshua. Hiking at Louisiana’s Chicot State Park Arboretum, camping, singing, playing Spades, and sitting on her porch are some of her favorite pastimes.
Hey there! I’m Anjanette (she/her) and I’m so happy to connect with you. For over 18 years I’ve worked as a school counselor and counselor educator in both the K-12 schools and university settings. I’m also a parent who is forever aware of the importance of work/life balance because I want to make sure I don’t miss any parts of this messy and beautiful life.
I’ve chosen to become a Pace facilitator because I have seen the power and magic that groups can create both in my professional role as a counselor and also in my own family. What I have experienced is that we all just want to feel seen, heard, and accepted for who we really are (and in a connected, inviting and compassionate group setting, this can happen). I’m also a long-time practitioner of meditation and have led groups related to stress management, work/life balance, and mindfulness. I have my Ph.D. in Counseling and I’m trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through Brown University. My intention is to bring this perspective of presence and acceptance to our group sessions and hopefully lots of laughter.
One of the things that I value most about facilitating groups is the ability for the group members to hear another’s journey and see that we are not alone in our challenges and realize that this common humanity makes us stronger. When you have a session with me, don’t be surprised if I’m outside in my backyard. I get energized from spending time in the fresh air, feeling the breeze, and hearing the birds and I’ll bring that energy and light-heartedness to our group sessions. See you soon!
Ann DoQui, LCSW (pronouns she/her) is a friendly and caring professional. As a group therapist she is passionate about creating an emotional space that allows participants to feel supported, while also having fun and working on personal goals. Ann DoQui received her Master's Degree in Social Work from Boston University. She specializes in both trauma recovery and addiction medicine. In her personal time, Ann tends to her garden to create both beauty and fresh food, and she loves spending time with her pets, husband, and kids.
Anne Barber (they/them/theirs) is a licensed therapist who loves to connect with people to encourage healing and guide authentic growth. Anne guides clients to connect to their wisdom within, and encourages healing to release burdens from the past to foster future growth.
Anne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California. Currently, Anne practices privately, and has worked in many environments including healthcare, corrections, hospice, and community mental health programs. Training includes EMDR, DBT, CBT, Compassionate Mediation/Couples Therapy, ACT and IFS (Internal Family Systems) and Anne is a culturally-sensitive, identity-supportive therapist.
Outside of the therapy space, Anne enjoys spending time with their family and pets, is an avid reader, enjoys pilates and yoga as well as connecting to the outdoors.
Aseem N. Garg (he/him/his) specializes in fostering a safe and empathic space for sharing deep and difficult thoughts and feelings. His passion is in helping others reach their truly limitless potential by uncovering the stories that have been problematic previously and in helping to re-author them.
Aseem earned his Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Akron in sunny Akron, OH (LeBron's town!). He has worked previously with adolescents experiencing mental health and addiction issues as well as with oncology patients and their families. Currently, he works as a private practitioner in the areas of sexuality, relationships/couples work, and gender identity/dysphoria.
Outside of Pace, Aseem loves to spend time with his growing family either outdoors or playing board games. He also loves reading mystery novels and is always looking for a new author/title to check out.
Aubri Tallent is an ICF and Trauma certified coach who has worked in the realms of mental health and post-traumatic growth coaching for the past five years. A former teacher at NYU, she switched to coaching in order to make a more profound impact on people's lives. She's helped hundreds of people find more ease, peace, and joy on the journey. She has seen the power of group connection both in her own life and in her work. She's excited to bring her compassion, empathy, enthusiasm, and humor to Pace groups! She has lived all over the world but now resides in California with two kids, two cats, and a pretty awesome partner. She loves time at the beach, reading spiritual and self-help books, and having random dance parties.
Hi, my name is Becky Eason and I’m a facilitator for Pace. I have my Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Kansas, along with a Bachelor’s and Master's in English. And I’m a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation. Which is all wonderful, of course, but what you want to know is—why me? And why Pace?
I joined Pace because I fully believe in its mission to bring the power of group coaching and support to anyone who wants to experience it. I love how the Pace experience is designed for everyone--everyone who wants to form deeper emotional connections, who wants to work on the challenges in their lives with people who are willing to lean in and offer support. I’m here to go on that journey with you, as both a guide and a fellow traveler. My friends would tell you that I’m a very warm, empathetic person who leans in with my heart first. This means that my groups tend to make quick and strong connections and are willing to laugh and maybe cry a little with each other. I’m going to care about you, and with the support that Pace has in place, the rest of the group is going to care as well.
What else might you want to know about me? I’m a Midwesterner, living in a University town in the heart of the country. I have a wonderful, patient husband and two young adult children. I care about fitness, and I teach multiple classes of Jazzercise and POP Pilates each week. And we are a foster family for rescued Corgis, so I live in a house full of music, Corgi butts, and laughter. I can’t wait to get to know you!
Dr. Beth Warsof (she/her) is a developmental psychologist, transformational coach, and experiential educator. In her work, she cultivates spaces of curiosity, compassion, and courage to explore and grow in the magic and messiness of human being.
Dr. Warsof received her Ph.D. from George Mason University, specializing in cognitive and socioemotional development. She has taught and led intentional community and personal growth opportunities around the world, most recently at Naropa University in Boulder, CO.
Outside of Pace, Dr. Warsof involves herself in social, restorative, and health justice efforts. After teaching and traveling the world for five years, Beth currently creates adventure and awe by the coast through family, nature, somatics, and the spiritual practice of human connection.
I've been facilitating personal and leadership development circles for 17 years and enjoy watching people grow and deep connections form. I've found that in each process there is something for me to learn and grow from, so it's my pleasure to continue this work at Pace. My main interest is in helping people connect with their purpose and create lives and careers that fulfill them. I'm crazy about purpose, as it's the key to longevity, fulfillment, success, and authentic relationships. I've written 3 books and have co-written 2 books on purpose, and have had the pleasure to lead purpose-centric work for many organizations such as LinkedIn, Johnson & Johnson, and Stanford University. I look forward to connecting with you and helping you live a fulfilling, creative and connected life.
Bre (pronounced Bree) (she/her) believes that connection to self and others requires the collaboration of self and others in spaces that are empathic, culturally responsive, and curious. Humor and tears are cool, too. She has a knack for connecting dots in places that are not-so-obvious and is a natural educator.
Bre earned her Master of Arts from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School for Addiction Studies in Minnesota. The first season of her career was spent specializing in women’s experiences with substance use, dual diagnosis, and trauma. Her proudest achievement has been the curriculum development and facilitation of a 12-week program based on the research and wisdom of Brené Brown™. She now works in private practice collaborating with individuals across the lifespan and identity spectrums.
Bre is based in the Minneapolis metro area. Her favorite activity is spending time with her daughter. Bre is a writer, avid reader, photographer, wanna-be-basketballer, lifelong learner/unlearner, and practicing clinician. Her latest endeavor is learning to befriend her imposter syndrome (who simply cannot believe that second paragraph is real).
Breanna Herock (She/Her) is an empathic professional counselor who strives to create a comforting and safe space to grow. She understands the importance of developing a human connection with others to influence deep change.
Bre received her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Ohio and has since worked in a variety of settings helping people overcome anxiety, depression, trauma. She specializes in adolescent issues and parenting, LGBTQ and sexuality, and emotional regulation.
When not working you can find Bre enjoying the outdoors, specifically in or near water kayaking, waterskiing, and swimming. She also enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with friends and family.
Hi! I'm Brenna. As an ICF Somatic Coach, I've been on a journey of self-development and self-directed leadership for over 17 years. Experience has taught me to value a holistic view of mind, body, and spirit as a former semi-professional athlete, current martial arts student, and yoga instructor. I chose to become a Pace Facilitator because I believe that relationships and the ability to enjoy, learn from, connect, and grow together make our life's journey so rich. As a coach, I've helped hundreds of people from different backgrounds and experiences see themselves clearly, feel deeply connected to themselves and others, and actualize their potential. Growing up, I struggled with feeling a sense of belonging, which is why I cherish the power of community and connection so much now. Throughout my 13 years leading individuals and groups through meaningful, open-hearted conversations, members consistently say they feel authentically seen and heard. You can expect to experience warmth, laughter, tears, insights, and the invitation to be curious as we explore the nuances of seasons and surf the waves of life together. I want you to know that this is a safe space where all of you are welcome to show up, just as you are.
Brian Cohn is a passionate behavioral therapist who aims to help his child, adolescent and adult clients live a rewarding and meaningful life, full of rich experiences. He utilizes applied behavioral analysis and other evidenced based practices to help clients increase prosocial behaviors that move them closer to their values and goals.
Brian Cohn received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas with a Minor in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2009. In 2014, Brian received his Masters in Education with an emphasis in Autism from the University of Massachusetts.
Brian has been a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2014.When he is not working you can find him exploring the wonders of Colorado with his wife, two children, and two pups. Brian also loves to play and listen to music.
Hi! I’m Carissa. I’m a certified functional nutrition and lifestyle counselor, life coach, NLP, hypnosis, and mindfulness practitioner and I’m on a mission to empower people everywhere to create a life grounded in their wholeness and personal power. I chose to become a Pace Facilitator because I believe that emotional connection is at the core of both healing and growing. I’ve led groups through leadership skills, stress management, effective communication, and health-related topics, all with an emphasis on forming meaningful connections amongst participants to ensure that they feel safe and validated in their experiences. I value safety and encourage curiosity in groups. I do my best to create a safe space for everyone to share and ask questions.
Outside of work, I’m a Zumba instructor and dancing queen - you can probably find me grooving around, although I enjoy all types of exercise from weight training to running to yoga. I love learning and reading has become a passion, as well as journaling and reflecting on my own experiences. In a group together, you can expect to have deep conversations and lots of laughs - we do both when we’re together!
As a certified mindset coach, I've seen how a community can propel an individual to joy, achievement, and lasting transformation. This is the biggest reason why I've joined Pace as a facilitator. I get to be part of a team that creates safe, empowering, and highly relevant support communities for those who seek it.
What I cherish the most from leading meaningful group experiences are the “Aha!” moments that I inevitably get to see participants have. I’ve been doing this for 15 years and these moments are still what gets me out of bed each day.
More about me: I absolutely love the beach and eating ice cream with my 5-year-old. I enjoy planting stuff I can eat and raising butterflies in my garden. Before I was a coach, I was in tech startups designing better ops and more empowering workplaces. My groups have dynamic and engaging discussions. Expect to be seen, be heard, and feel less alone. Expect to be stretched and celebrated. Expect to (re)discover and embrace your own higher wisdom.
Cherri Walston is a Life Coach, Trainer, Podcaster, and Author who is excited about helping the Pace community exceed its goals. She is compassionate, empathic and understands personal/professional struggles, and has successfully navigated them. Cherri creates a warm, friendly, and welcoming space that is safe, empowering, and engaging. She is highly passionate about helping others connect their vision, purpose, and dreams so they can live their best life. She has centered her entrepreneurial career around empowering others to live beyond their perceived limitations and design the life they were created to live.
Cherri received her Master’s in Adult Education and a BS in Business Administration. She also received several certifications for Professional, Life Purpose, and Human Capital Coaching. She has held professional roles as Training Manager, Corporate Trainer, and Leadership Performance Coaching. Cherri specializes in leadership training, executive coaching, and aspiring entrepreneurship. Cherri is dedicated to helping you live a joy-filled, meaningful, and purpose-filled life! In her free time, Cherri enjoys listening to jazz and attending live concerts. She loves to play golf, travel, and spend time with friends and family.
I am a certified health and well-being coach and personal trainer with a master’s degree in organizational leadership and spent 13 years in corporate leadership. I’ve always had a love for collaboration and my greatest joy was working with employees to help them achieve their professional and educational ambitions. As a young mother to 2, I lost my husband by suicide at age 23. I continued attending college and working, each full time, while managing this grief, raising two young children, and doing a LOT of self-work. When I turned 25 I started experiencing unexplained seizures which triggered chronic migraines, which I have learned to manage through lifestyle and medication. Since then I have completely reinvented my approach to life. These difficult experiences softened me and gave me a profound sense of compassion and a desire to help others overcome their own obstacles. With Pace, I am able to bring all of these experiences to the table in order to lead diverse and meaningful connections every session. As such, Pace is the perfect space for me to continue to connect and grow in a world where emotional connection is so rare. I have a long history of facilitating groups in retail, IT, and healthcare, as well as group fitness and wellness training. When you join a group with me you will find a space where you are safe to show up and share as your whole self. You will have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals as well as discover a common thread amongst those who may seem to have completely different lived experiences. Finally, in my group, you will find clarity, inspiration, and direction for yourself, your health, your career, and through the many trials that life has to offer.
I am a retired school teacher, certified IFS therapist, and enthusiastic car karaoke performer. I chose Pace because there is no other thing like it in the world and I believe that emotional connection is as essential as breathing air. I have been leading folks in group settings for years. I believe there is synergetic healing that occurs for a person within a group setting that cannot occur in individual therapy. I love being a part of that by serving as the oxygen tank for each group member as they take deep emotional dives. When I am not wearing my therapist or group facilitator hats, I enjoy and even require being outside, especially near water. I hike, bike, and kayak to be with all kinds of nature. Autumn is my favorite thing in the world. I also enjoy dining out and being a critical food critic. During the COVID pandemic, I learned that I love audiobooks, jigsaw puzzles, and playing card games.
Claudia Clark (she/her/hers) is a licensed clinical counselor experienced in working with adults and young adults with a variety of mental health issues. Claudia also utilizes Nature Informed Therapy and Equine Assisted Therapy. She believes that an experiential approach can be extremely beneficial for individuals to gain self awareness and to move out of their comfort zone. Her goal is to create a comfortable and nonjudgmental space in which individuals can feel safe to explore ingrained thought patterns, beliefs and behaviors that no longer serve them.
Claudia received her master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Southern New Hampshire University. The majority of her early clinical training and experience involved working in crisis units and inpatient settings with individuals with chronic mental health issues. It was there that she learned how powerful and beneficial bringing people together in therapeutic groups could be.
In her spare time, Claudia enjoys walking with her dog in the woods, riding her horse, traveling, looking for antiques, spending time with friends and family, and enjoying the simple things in life.
Connie L. Habash, MA, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, yoga & meditation teacher, ecotherapist, interfaith minister, and author. Her passion is helping clients release stress, discover their authentic and empowered selves and cultivate a happy and meaningful life.
Connie received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from JFK University in 1994, became licensed in 1999, and additionally has received certifications in yoga teaching, yoga therapy, ecotherapy, and an ordination as an Interfaith minister. She has taught in 3 yoga teacher trainings in the San Francisco Bay Area and offers online and in-person workshops, classes, and retreats.
When she’s not leading heart-centered groups, she loves exploring nature and hiking, gardening (imperfectly!), dancing, cuddling with her cat, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Connie Kramer is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Gestalt Therapist, and National Board Certified Counselor. Her advanced training includes Gestalt, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Addiction/Recovery, and Dual Diagnosis. She has supported clients at the agency level, leading a Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Program.
Presently, she works as a Private Practice Clinician supporting clients in broadening self-awareness to more fully experience their lives. In 2019 she co-created Gestalt by the Sea, a workshop/retreat specifically designed for women to connect and to engage in therapy work at the ocean. More recently, she has expanded her clinical practice to include psychological evaluations for clients facing immigration challenges.
Connie Kramer lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and two dogs, and enjoys spending time with her three children, taking walks in the woods or on the beach, practicing yoga, playing Scrabble, and traveling.
Dr. Cydney Shindel is a licensed clinical psychologist who strives to create a caring and supportive environment that promotes vulnerability, connection to current values to drive behavior change, and the acquisition of skills to enhance people’s quality of life. She integrates evidenced-based approaches to tailor treatment, and she is passionate about the areas of aging and coping with chronic and terminal illness.
Dr. Shindel earned her PsyD from the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium. Over the course of her training, she provided clinical services at VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Stanford University, Institute on Aging, and San Francisco VA Health Care System.
Outside of work, Dr. Shindel enjoys outdoor adventures with her family, friends, and dog as well as crafting, painting, and attending performing arts events.
Darcy Scott is a Licensed Professional Counselor located in Austin, Texas. As a clinician, Darcy sees many clients who feel stuck in their lives or daunted by the amount of decisions they must make each day, to help break the patterns that hold us back. Mrs. Scott helps clients manage their anxieties, whether that’s anxiety over entering adulthood, after the birth of a child, in a relationship, or associated with major life changes.
Darcy began her career in education as a middle school teacher. That probably means she is going to laugh with you, make bad puns, and give you homework. She deeply values education and often teaches psychoeducation in groups and sessions. Mrs. Scott completed her masters at St. Edwards University and worked for 8 years in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation before opening her private practice.
Darcy Scott’s love language is quality time. That is evident in how she approaches counseling and the love for her community. She Keeps Austin Weird by decorating cakes for Bake-A-Wish Austin, cross-stitching portraits of her friends, and is a proud member of the Citizen Police Academy Class 102.
Dave Trachtenberg is a mindfulness teacher and mentor, cross cultural dialog facilitator, and inclusive leadership coach with over 20 years of experience with mindfulness practice. An advocate for racial justice, gender equality, LGBTQ & immigrant rights, Dave consults with organizations to design inclusive systems that create cultures of belonging and empower diverse perspectives.
Currently Dave teaches mindfulness at American University's school of Public Health, co-designs and co-facilitates Peace of Mind's "Virtual Community Circles" program, facilitates international cross-cultural dialog with Soliya, facilitates community circles & restorative justice, and has run a private practice for 12 years as a mindfulness & wellness coach welcoming people to share and grow.
In his free time, Dave can be found exploring his artistic passions of film, music, and storytelling, listening to way too many podcasts, taking nature walks, playing basketball, and nerding out on fantasy and science fiction.
Dr. Denise Gilstrap (she/her/hers) is a passionate helping professional and college professor who values forming deep, supportive connections with others. In her clinical work, she uses an integrated cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and family systems approach to facilitate clients’ interpersonal wellness and self-awareness.
Dr. Gilstrap is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, and National Certified Counselor with advanced training in child counseling, family therapy, and trauma-focused practices. Her degrees include a Master of Science in Counseling from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).
In her spare time, Dr. Gilstrap loves going on adventures with her fur baby Bella. She also enjoys jogging, being in nature, practicing hot yoga, and spending time with friends and family.
My name is Desiree Matloob, and I'm a NBC-HWC and ICF national board certified coach who has worked in mental health & mindfulness for almost 10 years, leading workshops and meditations for companies like Amazon, Workday, Cisco, Humana, and UCSF. What's most important to me in all of my work is creating a warm and non-judgmental environment for self-reflection, authentic connection, and insights that lead to growth. When not seeing private clients, I'm a coach for One Medical and The Grand, lead meditation for Within and corporate clients, and host regular women's circles and mindful communication groups in San Francisco.
Hello! My name is Desiree Musselman, and I am an ICF nationally certified coach who thrives in creating space for deep and meaningful human connections. I have been a certified coach since 2016 focusing on helping people to better understand themselves and others. I adore facilitating group connections that allow for exploration, self-awareness, empathy, and growth in a non-judgmental space. I spend my days supporting new and mid-level leaders in my private practice and my nights connecting with my family and friends while sprinkling in self-care and creating weekend experiences for socially conscious thought leaders to increase their impact on the world around them.
Hi, my name is Diana - a name which was appropriately, though likely unknowingly, given to me at birth. Roman goddess of the moon, the Greek goddess of the hunt - Diana is a blend of the emotional lunar cycles, waxing & waning, combined with fierce female warrior energy, willing to battle injustice and perceived wrong-doing when needed. It is this synthesis, along with a lifetime of human experiences, which has shaped me and informed my chosen path to be a group facilitator and leadership coach. It is now, I believe, what has led me to Pace.
Over the many years I have served in the field of leadership and team development, I have come to know one indisputable truth - connection matters. Whether we are afforded it early or work a lifetime to enjoy a first felt-sense of it, connection is essential to our ability to experience the wholeness of our living. My excitement to work with Pace stems from a deep desire to bring people together where we can co-create this experience for each other and, by extension, bring more of this energy to the world.
As a facilitator, I lead from a personal motto of "Positive disruption through love." I am deeply committed to engaging with others in a way that "lowers our waterlines" to reveal more about what drives & delights us. As in my life, I work with the creative tension of opposition - care & challenge, push & positivity, deepening & discernment. I hope to invite us into conversations that matter, trusting that through our stories, connection will be ignited.
And now, a few more details which may interest you. I live in a small town in northern Idaho as a progressive lefty, post-divorce, Jewish lesbian mother of teenagers who is giving love a second chance with a beautiful woman who lives in northern California. The social-political-geographical complexity of my life says something about who I am and how I choose to show up for the world. I spend equal amounts of time in the woods as at my computer; equal time trying to understand the teenage brain as to how to love deeply across the miles; equal time addressing injustice as writing poetry. And I love, love mint chip ice cream.
Elaine Skoulas LMFT (she/hers) strongly believes in the power of human connection through empathy and compassion. She views relationships as being instrumental in the process of healing and growth. In her work as a therapist, she brings a collaborative, warm, and authentic approach to help provide nurture and hope to ongoing positive change. Elaine received her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Psychological Trauma Studies from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She also completed a dual concentration in Psychology and Addiction Studies in her undergraduate work. Her training and clinical expertise has included working with trauma, substance use, and grief and loss with non-profits, addiction treatment centers, and in private practice. Elaine adores all animals and especially enjoys spending leisure time with her dog, Frog. She can be found engaging creatively with cooking, painting, and photography. Elaine is passionate about travel (when she is able to plan the next vacation), learning about different cultures, and going on adventures in new places.
Elisabeth Purkis (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who is honored to have been in the field for more than 20 years. Throughout her career, Elisabeth has fine-tuned her empathic ear and is focused on helping folks feel seen, heard, and understood. She has worked with families across the lifespan, both in therapeutic and supportive roles. Her work experience began with training in child and family therapy. She has also worked in private practice, though her longest season in social work was in hospice and palliative care. Prior to coming to Pace, she created a pediatric oral health social work program at a large public university, addressing barriers to care and social determinants of health.
After graduating with a degree in Modern Languages from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, she went on to get her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Loyola University Chicago. She enjoys mentoring new social workers, especially first-generation college graduates and served as a field instructor for many years.
Elisabeth embraces being a work in progress and uses mindfulness practice, and yoga to help get her up in the morning. Once up, she looks for pockets in her day to explore creativity - writing haiku and other forms of poetry. When she can escape further afield, she enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, and cycling. She aspires to practice her mandolin more often.
Hi! I'm Erica, and I really love to connect with others.
Becoming a Pace facilitator allows me to meet incredible people and connect in a really special way. Being able to connect in a group feels pretty magical, I always realize that I'm not alone in my thinking, and that others are often going through something really similar. PLUS! They are also great at helping me get through it, so I don't have to feel by myself. Just so you know, I love to laugh, I'm super curious, and I love a good dance party. Groups are super meaningful together, with probably a bit of humor added in.
I chose to become a Pace facilitator because I was really impressed with the organization and the format and structure of the groups. It works really well - like nothing I've seen in my years of coaching/leading groups. In my professional and personal career, I've led a number of teams and groups. When I've gone through difficult times in my life - loss, divorce, parenting (postpartum depression), career changes, being single, I've found I naturally want to help others navigate their way as well. I've led grief, divorce, self-esteem and parents of LGBTQIA+ groups. What I value most about leading groups is what happens organically within a group where individuals are going through some of the same challenges. The growth and healing are exponential. As your facilitator, you'll find me to be on the quieter side but fully engaged. I've been told I am able to gently provide both space and energy in a group, following where the group needs to go and redirecting when necessary.
Genee Ramsay has a private psychotherapy practice in the San Francisco Bay Area where she focuses on helping individuals and couples make positive changes in their relationships and their lives. She sees her job as creating authentic connections and a safe space for people to be able to explore and grow emotionally.
Genee received her BS in Psychology with a minor in Human Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University and went on to get her MS in Counseling from Cal State East Bay. She spent several years working for various family service agencies in the community before settling into private practice in 2014.
When Genee is not working she likes to get out of her head and into her body through activities like dancing, hiking and doing yoga. She also loves doing anything or nothing with her family and her very emotionally needy dog.
Gennifer (She/Her/Hers) is a warm and welcoming Trauma-Informed Coach who creates a safe space for authentic conversations and real connections. She comes to Pace after 27 years in the healthcare field serving patients from all walks of life who are involved in acute trauma. In her free time, Gennifer is busy living a full life of travel, hiking, and laughing with her 4 sons.
Heather is a Life Coach and Life Alignment Expert. She believes that we create our own reality. She is passionate about helping people find their power and then watching them change their lives! She has led many group coaching sessions in her own practice and is always amazed to see the connection between people who do not know each other and then become fast friends. This is why being a Pace Facilitator is so important to her. She is committed to a safe, respectful, non-judgmental environment that creates real connections. This year she became a published author with a chapter in a collaboration book, about her life as a single mom and how she changed her beliefs and created the life she wanted! When she is not working, Heather can also be found spending time with her husband, helping him make custom-made fire pits and lots of other cool metal art! She loves being with her 3 kids and her granddaughter too! Heather has been passionate about horses since the age of 2 and has 3 beautiful Lusitanos of her own. She loves road bicycling too. Heather has been an entrepreneur since she was 26 years old with her husband in 3 other business ventures. You can say she is a serial entrepreneur. She lives on her farm in Northeast Connecticut!
Hi there! I’m Heather Hunnicutt (she/her/hers), a Licensed Professional Counselor who calls Pennsylvania home. In my clinical practice, I specialize in trauma recovery, especially religious/spiritual/cultic trauma. I have master’s and doctoral degrees in theology, where I have worked to answer the question, “What does it mean to be fully alive?” Being fully alive, to me, means engaging in deep and meaningful connections with self and others. It means becoming in the relationship, growing into oneself, and opening to the world. I love groups because of the deep wisdom emerging from intentional togetherness. In group, you’ll find that I am curious, compassionate, and sometimes challenging. Parts of my own becoming include parenting my five children, continuing to challenge myself physically and mentally, and learning new things as often as possible. I can’t wait to meet you!
I'm Heidi Krantz, a certified professional life coach specializing in divorce, dating, and interpersonal communication. For fourteen years, I have been facilitating coaching groups and this has tapped deeply into my sense of purpose; it's what I'm meant to do.
When I witness the palpable energy shift in group members from discouraged to hopeful, from anxious to comfort, and from isolated to connected, it feels like a touchdown in the Super Bowl to me. I'd like my future group members to know that I've learned that there is an enormous opportunity within painful life transitions and that I believe they can find it too. In our groups, expect to definitely laugh, possibly cry, and to learn so much from each other about what we didn't even know that we didn't know!
Helen Liang (pronouns: she/her) is endlessly curious and strives to foster a sense of wonderment in others. She aims to create an environment in which group members can feel seen, heard and valued. Aligned with Pace's mission, she passionately believes self-introspection and human connection can change the world.
Helen received her Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco with dual concentration in School Counseling and Professional Clinical Counseling. She is also a fully trained EMDR therapist. She has worked clinically across many settings, including schools, hospitals, non-profits, companies and in private practice.
When she's "off the clock", you can find her writing, making art or pottery, reveling in live music, and sending snail mail to loved ones. She's also constantly following urges to learn something new or deep dive into random topics, whether it's Egyptian hieroglyphs, deepening her research skills, architecture, biographies, or taking French at a local community college.
Heart to heart connections are magical. And I look forward to supporting you in the experience.
You'll learn this quickly about me but... I love to ask questions. I love to ask the things that many of us might believe we don't have permission to ask or consider but that if we leaned into them - would challenge our assumptions and expand our perspectives.
I guess what I'm trying to say is this: If we're in a group together, it won't be your average rodeo. I'm here to witness and support a real, authentic, unshakeable connection. That's what lights me up. When we get to discover who we actually are through relating with others. So whether it's through thought-provoking questions, soul-baring conversations, or heart-opening vulnerability I'm here to help you do this "human" thing as best as possible. Because I've been hosting groups like this for years all over the world and the results are in: we all desire connection, we just have to be intentional about creating it.
JD Barton, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist and graduate from Pepperdine University. He completed his predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA. As a therapist, he specializes in techniques for implementing LGBTQIA+ and culturally-affirming practices within therapy and institutional settings and has developed expertise in trauma, and identity-affirming cognitive behavioral theory. He has worked in a diverse number of settings including university counseling centers, hospitals, neuropsychology clinics, and community mental health.
Jamie Elzea, MSW, MPH, LICSW, IMH-E (she/her/hers) is warm, compassionate therapist at Nurtureways. As a group facilitator, she aims to create a safe space for authenticity, curiosity, reflection and growth. She loves the power of groups to learn from others' perspectives and explore our shared humanity.
Jamie received her Masters in Social Work and Masters in Public Health from University of Michigan, and has post-graduate training from University of Washington in early childhood mental health. Her career has included support of a wide variety of clients: college students; adults living with chronic health conditions; parents in the perinatal, early childhood and teen years; and supporting helping professionals in their own wellbeing.
Outside of Pace, Jamie loves listening to podcasts, going to the theater, being a fierce board game competitor, and adventuring in the Pacific Northwest with her boyfriend & kids.
Jamie Star de Anda (she/her) is an empathic old soul, bringing loving compassion to her work. As a therapist, she creates a space for deep self-reflection, practical skill application, and real transformation—all with a warm sense of humor.
Jamie has a masters degree in professional counseling, with an emphasis in trauma. She specialized in clinical hypnotherapy: a gentle, non-judgmental process of change on the deepest level. An ordained minister, she acts as “guide on the side” to help others connect with their personal spiritual connection (without the constraint of any religious dogma). Jamie has been bridging spirituality and psychological growth for over 20 years.
Outside of facilitating groups, Jamie has a passion for Greek mythology and re-enacts psychodrama based on the Hero/Heroines Journey. She runs a social media ads company helping women in heart-centered coaching grow their businesses. She also enjoys Harry Potter, studying herbalism, reading Jane Austen, and drinking ceremonial cacao. She lives in the woods of the Pacific Northwest with her partner and young son.
Jason Gruhl is committed to making a difference in people’s lives and to helping them realize their power and potential. As a psychotherapist, Jason believes that each of us has the ability to create the life we want by shining a light on the barriers that we or others have constructed, and by curiously examining our views, behaviors, and values.
Jason received his MA in Counseling Psychology from Regis University in Denver, and his undergraduate degree (Psychology and English emphasis)from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. He also has a degree in Special Education and was the Founder and former Executive Director of The Joshua School in Denver and Boulder, CO, a school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities.
Jason lives in Boulder, Colorado with his cattle dog, Coby, and enjoys hiking, meditation, travel, foreign languages, sci-fi movies and baking scones.
Hello there! My name is Jay. I am a perfectly imperfect, heart-centered human on a mission to bring more Love to the world. We all long to belong. Belonging is essential to our well-being, and that’s what we get here at Pace: a community that allows us to share from the heart and experience powerful, resonant connection. This is why facilitating Pace groups is so fulfilling to me – together, we bring out the best of humanity and technology, and in the process, we experience the thrill of hope for a bright future. In my groups, you can expect to be seen, to receive compassion, and to contribute to creating joyful unity with your group. It’s a privilege to facilitate the process, and I hope you will join us in our mission to unlock emotional connection together. Namaste.
Dr. Jean Miller is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado, a Nationally Certified Counselor, an Approved Clinical Supervisor, an educator, and a researcher. She utilizes a person-centered, strengths-based approach, focusing on the holistic wellness of mind, body, and spirit. Life is a journey of self-discovery, learning, and developing into our truest selves, and she truly feels that it is an honor to walk alongside others on their journey.
Her background includes working with clients in private practice, community mental health, and higher education settings. In private practice, she provides counseling, coaching, and consulting services to individuals, couples, groups, and organizations. As an experienced educator and researcher, she also facilitates webinars, training, and professional development workshops. Her research focuses on the areas of counseling, mindfulness, holistic wellness, and transformational healing in grief and loss. She is actively involved in mental health advocacy in her role as VP of the Board of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), and women's advocacy work in her roles as Research Director and Community Advocate for MWC (Modern Widows Club).
Jean is passionate about music, spirituality, yoga, travel, lifelong learning, and most importantly, spending time with her loving support network of family and friends. Her biggest pride and joy is her family and her two incredible kids who are both changing the world through their creative talents and social justice advocacy work.
Dr. Jeanine Baillie (she/they) is a clinical psychologist and innovative leader who serves by example to foster healthy partnerships and teamwork within an organization. Jeanine is passionate about the healing power of groups, enjoys creating opportunities for growth and is an effective agent of change. Jeanine uses her clinical skills to support the development of a whole system centered on values and sustainable structures for individual and collective realization.
Dr. Jeanine Baillie received her PsyD. in Clinical Psychology from William James College in Massachusetts. Jeanine has over 12 years of clinical experience and specializes in providing culturally informed counseling that utilizes a holistic and decolonized lens to support individuals and groups. Jeanine's areas of interest include: multicultural counseling, multidimensional levels of healing, justice and peace building work to support the creation of more equitable and inclusive systems.
Outside of Pace, Jeanine enjoys being surrounded by nature and family, swimming, gardening and dancing.
I'm Jennifer Paulino and I'm so happy to be part of the Pace community. I joined Pace as a Facilitator because I have the opportunity and privilege of bringing people together in a shared space of support, encouragement, and connection. In my career, I have been in classrooms, training rooms, offices, and virtual sessions with a common goal - to create joyful spaces where people can learn and grow, experience community, and show up fully for themselves and each other. What I cherish the most about facilitating connection in groups is the beauty, togetherness, trust, safety and joy that is created when people come together and support each other through challenges and successes. I want my future group members to know that I am someone who highly values trust, listens and cares deeply, and will be your biggest cheerleader. I want nothing more than to help extract the very best from everyone. In a group with me, you can expect a safe and calming presence, combined with a spark of energy and laughter, and lots of celebration for our shared wins, both big and small. Life is meant to be shared and celebrated; I can't wait for Pace members to be able to share in life, together.
Jessica McBride MPS, LPCC, LADC (she/her/hers) creates a space that is is safe, respectful, culturally responsive, and empowering. She is highly empathic and in-tune with other people’s emotions and energies.
Jessica received her Masters in Professional Studies, a graduate certification in Addiction Studies, and a BA in Psychology, all from the University of Minnesota. She has worked in the field of addiction, has built outpatient programs, and currently has her own therapy practice. She also worked in Hong Kong, SAR for two years as a therapist and has seen that across the world people are yearning for the same thing: connection.
In her free time, Jessica loves to see live music, is an animal lover, and enjoys reading, running, travel, and connecting with her friends and family.
Joanna (she/they) is an artist, budding herbalist, social worker, and facilitator who treasures holding brave space for connection and transformation. She lives on Yuchi, Shawnee, and Cherokee land otherwise known as Tennessee, with her black cat Calendula and a pack of beloved, mischievous friends. She is a Jewitch practicing ancestral healing, committed to undoing racism and occupation. She writes therapeutic punk songs, eats yellow wood sorrel out of the ground, plays DND, and religiously attends a weekly online dance+costume party.
Dr. Joe Fineman centers his work on creating a safe, authentic and warm space that is free of judgment. As a psychologist, Dr. Fineman helps individuals experience a more fulfilling life by helping them move closer to their values. He is also actively involved in various diversity initiatives that aim to reduce inequalities for all groups.
Dr. Fineman receives his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Fineman has an established career working as Clinical Psychologist in the Veteran’s Administration, specializing in trauma services and spearheading many diversity, equity and inclusion training initiatives.
Outside of his professional roles, Dr. Fineman likes to travel, listen to music, read and play sports with his son. To replenish his spirit, Dr. Fineman engages in outdoor activities like kayaking, camping and biking.
My name is Jory and I am a Life, Mental Health, and Executive Coach and trainer. I have chosen to become a Pace Facilitator because one of my highest values is meaningful connection and facilitating others to connect deeply with themselves and others. Through presence, curiosity, compassion, and humor I strive to find the hidden spark in everyone I encounter and to create the conditions for others to feel connected in a fulfilling way. I cherish diversity in group work and that in “circling up” we can experience that what connects us and our shared humanity is far more profound than our differences.
I have been facilitating personal growth and learning experiences in different capacities for close to twenty years with a background in coaching, group coaching, coach training, and yoga and mindfulness education for ages 5-85! I want my group to know that I come as a learner and group participant as much as a facilitator and that I intend to bring my whole self to this experience. You can expect a balance between humor, playfulness, and contemplative reflection. I will create a supportive, nurturing, but potentially challenging environment that will help the group grow in self-awareness and nourish connection.
As a Pace Facilitator, it is my privilege to co-create a powerful space for all to experience belonging. In fact, belonging is one of my core values. Having navigated numerous challenging transitions as a child and young adult, I've always felt compelled to create experiences where I feel seen and where others also receive the rare gift of feeling seen, accepted, and most importantly celebrated for who they are. Our Pace group is an exemplary home do this.
If there was a shortcut to becoming a Professional Coach I missed it! I spent the majority of my 20s in search of deeper meaning and purpose only to find myself in a revolving door of unfulfilling work. My sense of belonging was at an all-time low. After doing the tedious inner-work required I became a Professionally Certified Coach. Here I felt seen, accepted, and celebrated. I'd found my tribe. Since becoming a Coach I've personally guided many individuals and corporate teams through their own process of personal growth and development. Belonging still remains a core guiding principle. Our Pace group will be an uncommon place for participants to come home to themselves, uncover lost and abandoned spaces, and encounter a deep sense of belonging that nourishes the soul. Our end goal is simply to honor that which has each of us come a little bit more alive every single day!
Fostering, engaging in, and encouraging emotional connection are some of my favorite things! My name is Joy and as a nationally board-certified coach, I have facilitated hundreds of groups doing just that. I am a highly passionate and empathetic facilitator and I love digging deep, chewing on life and all its intricacies, and having those light-bulb moments with all the beautiful humans out there.I believe that emotional connection is the key to living fully. We were created for community with other people and I’m so glad you’ve taken the step to find that community in your life! There is a lot going on in your world, and sometimes you need a moment to stop, think, and decide the best way for you to move forward. In our groups, we will talk through these intricacies of life. We will ask questions and share with each other, learning about ourselves and finding new, effective ways of living well. Sometimes we’ll laugh about it, sometimes we’ll cry about it, but ultimately we will find joy, find connection, and find ways to keep moving forward.
Dr. Jude Austin (he/him/his) is a warmly confrontational professional who cares about helping others gain insight, build genuineness, and gain a sense of control. He facilitates a space filled with wisdom-based tension in which others feel safe and supported throughout the growth process.
Dr. Austin received his Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming before completing a residency in Norfolk State University's counseling center. He is now a Professor in the Professional Counseling Program at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor and a private practitioner. He is also a book author for the American Counseling Association and Springer Publishing Company.
Outside of Pace, Dr. Austin loves spending time with family and friends, traveling, biking, running, rowing, golfing, listening to Brandon Sanderson books, and watching Arsenal Football Club.
Dr. Julia Stone's (she/her/hers) has special interest in the treatment of trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder. Her compassionate and nonjudgmental style easily fosters an environment of safety and openness. Authenticity and acceptance are core components of her approach to enhancing emotional growth and connection.
Dr. Stone received her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Immaculata University.
In her free time, you can find Dr. Stone refueling in the great outdoors, riding horses, mountain bikes, or surfboards, admiring a sunrise, taking walks with her rescue dog, or spending time with loved ones.
Dr. Julius A. Austin is a former collegiate and professional soccer player. As a psychotherapist, he helps people gain freedom of and responsibility for their choices by empowering them to become aware of the self, the environment, and the relationship between the two. He enjoys creating an environment of genuineness, trust, humor, respect, and spontaneity.
Dr. Julius A. Austin earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Wyoming and currently serves as a Clinical Director of a community based private practice and as a full-time Faculty member in the Counseling Program at Grand Canyon University.
When he is not working, he spends his time in CrossFit, enjoying family road trips, and listening to science fiction & fantasy audiobooks.
Kai Stowers (he/him) is a former chemist who became fascinated with the human side of organizations. He is a certified Integral Coach, a mindfulness practitioner, and has a Master's degree in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. He is currently a consultant in Organization Development and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, partnering with leaders who seek to transform their organizations.
He is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys hiking, yoga, hockey, and playing the cello.
Kathryn is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist, meaning that she understands people based on the people and environment around them. After earning a BFA in Dance from Webster University in St. Louis, Kathryn taught dance and group exercise, eventually becoming certified as a personal trainer in Los Angeles. Noticing how emotional, mental, and social factors impacted how fitness clients felt about their bodies, as well as the emotional, mental, and social limitations that kept clients from achieving their goals, Kathryn decided that a Masters in Clinical Psychology was the necessary next step to guiding her clients towards health. Kathryn earned her M.A. from Pepperdine University and is certified by the American Council on Exercise. When she’s not helping people feel better about themselves and their relationships, she loves blues dancing, writing, and laughing with her husband.
Hello there! I am Kay. My special interests are authenticity, individuality, and belongings. They have been the focus of own my personal development journey and led me to eventually become an NLP Coach certified in Mental Health Coaching. There used to be a time I couldn’t share my feelings and thoughts with anybody, let alone in a group setting. But I learned over time that sharing my honest self is a powerful ingredient for everyday inspiration and personal growth. And don’t forget—it is a natural need we all have. So come to the group just the way you are. We will unlock the emotional connections together. Looking forward to meeting you!
A natural leader, mentor, and coach, I am passionate about building deeply connected communities in which members feel seen, heard, and valued. I bring a warm, joyful, and authentic interpersonal style to each of my groups. Together with my group members, I create safe and inviting spaces for the meaningful exploration of our shared human experience. After almost two decades of leadership roles in corporate settings, I made the decision in 2018 to seek greater meaning and purpose in my work by entering the helping profession. In addition to two years of training in clinical mental health counseling, I hold a certificate in wellness counseling from Cornell University and will complete my MS in Psychology from Arizona State University in December of 2022. Areas of special interest for me include LGBTQIA+ issues (transgender identities and perspectives in particular), women’s mental health, neurodiversity, and psychological safety in the workplace.
Kerri (she/her/hers) is all about facilitating deep and meaningful connections with yourself, each other, teams, and organizations in order to bring more compassion into our work and lives.
She has her PhD in Transformative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies and she is an IAC certified master coach. She has over 15 years of experience as a group facilitator, executive coach, and human capital consultant.
Kerri likes to geek out on topics such as somatic experiencing, social and emotional learning, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and deep listening.
I’m Kimberly, an educator, mentor, dialogue facilitator, seeker of divine wisdom, and fellow earth sojourner. I bring over 20 years of experience leading and facilitating group interactions - across a broad array of settings, including educational, corporate, and nonprofit, as well as within the context of smaller spiritually grounded contexts. I am drawn to deep conversations and inspired by learning collaboratively from and with others. I earned my Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where my research on dialogic relations examined the magic that emerges in transient “we-spaces.” These are spaces of copresence that are co-created when we turn toward others with openness and vulnerability. It is a way of being with others that requires more of us AND affords more between us. What I cherish most in facilitating groups are those moments when we are caught up and carried away. These moments are infused with the vitality, as new meanings, shared understandings, and insights emerge. This is at the heart of why I’m thrilled to be a part of Pace. I believe our work together as a group will not only empower our own personal growth, but the rippling effects have the potential to light up the world. In my groups, you can expect deep soulful listening and inquiry, mutual involvement, and moments of emergent wisdom and insight that make us feel more fully alive and deeply connected. I look forward to our encounter!
Dr. Kristen Dillon is a clinical psychologist specializing in older adults, caregivers, terminal illness, end of life, bereavement and meaning centered work. She currently works in Hospice and Palliative Care (H&PC) at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital and facilitates the H&PC rotation within the Geropsychology Training Program.
Dr. Dillon received her PsyD from Williams James College and completed her advanced training at Roger Williams University and ENRM Veterans Hospital. She is board certified in Geropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychologists.
Outside of work, Dr. Dillon enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, hiking, singing and playing the guitar.
Krystal Ashling (she/her/hers), LCSW, is an empathic therapist in private practice. She works with a wide range of people seeking to improve their lives in many different ways. She is particularly interested in helping others trust themselves and become more self sufficient. In her work, Krystal utilizes modalities of meditation, breath work, Reiki, EMDR, EFT, hypnotherapy, lucid dreaming, as well as current books and worksheets.
Krystal received her Master’s degree from Portland State University. She has additional certificates in geriatrics and ethics.
Krystal is a licensed minister and board chair of her local church. She enjoys exploring all aspects of spirituality and ethics.
Krystal is a member of the LGTBQ+ community and enjoys working with anyone who is exploring aspects of self discovery and acceptance.
Outside of work, Krystal enjoys spending time with family, friends and nature. She also enjoys poetry and songwriting and sharing it with others. She enjoys learning and exploring new ideas and interests.
I’m a certified life coach who specializes in relationships & marriage, behavior & mental health, and general life. As a seasoned entrepreneur and owner of Coach Wright Consulting, I’m based in Atlanta, GA. but I’ve worked with people all over the globe.
I chose to become a Pace Facilitator because the mission aligns with my passion to help people know themselves better, which leads to the ability to manage life better. I have led groups where I’ve seen relationships take major turns, and I’ve seen some people arrive at a place where they decide to choose differently for themselves. I’ve also facilitated groups where individuals may have struggled with certain thoughts or fears, sometimes for years, and end up conquering them by learning how to process them. What I value most about facilitating groups is seeing people thrive in their own lives, in ways they never thought they could.
Future members should know that I am not just a life coach, but that I practice the same development principles in my own life. I am genuine, authentic, compassionate, and non-judgmental. I have lived abroad, I have great energy, and I have a 12-year-old Yorkie named Max. Those who choose to join my group can expect to be seen, heard, and respected.
‘Once we embrace the notion that we are the managers and CEOs of our own lives, we become empowered to answer this question: How do I want to show up in this moment?’
La’Wanda Maxwell (She, Her, Hers) is PLC ICF certified Life Coach, and owner of Career Destination Coaching. She is a facilitator, career coach, entrepreneur, and Marriage and Family Therapist. She was born in St Thomas the U.S Virgin Islands but considers Texas home. She was raised with a military background and has traveled to various parts of the world. She has chosen to become a pace facilitator because she is passionate about helping people along their healing journey. She does this through intentional relationship building and creating a safe space for all members to be their authentic selves. Utilizing solution-focused therapy, compassion, playfulness, and creativity. She welcomes laughter and tears.
Outside of Pace, you will find La’Wanda traveling outside the country, hanging out with family and friends, playing tennis, and volunteering at her church.
Hello! I am a licensed clinical social worker, a liberation-focused healer, an educator, and a mom. I chose to become a Pace Facilitator because I wanted to explore other ways to foster meaningful connections with others. I truly enjoy facilitating groups because groups can create a space for safety, vulnerability, and growth. I believe that we can evolve so much more together within a community. I received my Master of Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina and my B.S. in Sociology degree from Lander University. I have worked with individuals from all walks of life. I enjoy learning about others as well as learning from others. Much of my professional work centers around anti-oppressive education and liberated-focused healing practices. I am known for my authentic and down-to-earth personality. I love to laugh because I believe laughter is good for the soul so you can expect some humor inserted from time to time. Some of my personal interests include outdoor activities, traveling, arts and crafts, and music. I look forward to connecting with you!
Hello! I’m Laura (she/her/hers) and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, specializing in animal assisted interventions. For the past 15 years, I have had amazing four-legged partners assist me in my work of helping people connect with each other. I received my Master’s of Social Work from the University of Michigan. I lived in New Mexico for 25 years and now live in Longmont, Colorado. I love farmer’s markets, yarn shops, and hiking trails.
I am so excited to be a part of the Pace team as I believe so many of us are looking for ways back to each other. The world can feel pretty overwhelming and disconnected at times. I have chosen to be a Pace facilitator because Pace is a place where we show up to each other with kindness and genuine curiosity. Pace is where we remember that we are all connected.
In the group, we will be our real selves. We will be insightful, we will laugh, we will have fun, and we may even be humanly awkward at times! Group will be a safe place and we will be there for each other. Attending a Pace group to connect with others is how we prioritize and support our emotional health and fitness. It’s really not that different from how we make time to care for our physical health and fitness. Together, we will be vulnerable and brave. The magic of Pace groups is that when we practice deeply connecting with others, we end up learning how to connect with ourselves, too.
Can’t wait to meet you!
Laura Mauroy LiCSW (she/her/hers) offers a warm, inviting, and compassionate approach to working with individuals throughout life. Personal transformation and life transitions can be opportunities for reflection, healing, insight, awareness, and newness; a journey toward health and happiness. Laura holds the space for individuals to be present with their experience, whether tears of pain and suffering, anxiety, fear, laughter, joy, or happiness.
Laura Mauroy is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a therapist at Laurel River Counseling llc in Massachusetts. She received her master's degree from the University of Georgia. Laura has spent over a decade working as a hospice social worker and bereavement counselor. Prior to her master's degree, she worked as a naturalist providing environmental education and backpacking trips to inner city youth in California and Colorado.
Laura moved back to New England, where she was originally raised, to assist in the care for her aging mother. Laura's personal time is spent enjoying the outdoors, hiking, paddle boarding, bicycling and gardening. Laura also enjoys making music with others. She plays guitar and sings, and recently started to learn both the mandolin and banjo. Evening time is one of her favorite times, when her family comes together to play board games.
Lauren Spinella (she/her/hers) is a warm, down-to-earth helping professional who strives to be wholeheartedly present, real, and attuned with those she serves. She works with compassion and relatability to create an experience of healing and empowerment.
Lauren's background includes receiving a Master's Degree in Counseling from Montclair State University and holding licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey. Lauren has focused much of her career on helping others build insight into the ways stress, anxiety, and self-doubt impact them, and learning to cope and tap into their strengths and deeper fulfillment.
When she's not working, you can find Lauren going out of her way to pet every passing dog on the street, writing, and enjoying special moments with her loved ones.
My name is Laurie Harrier. I came to Pace because I am looking to experience honest and real personal connections. I feel that deep connection is a missing element in my personal life outside of my immediate family. I love the special energy that develops when a group of like-minded people come together and explore meaningful issues. My approach is direct, empathetic and humorous. I love developing a safe space where people can reveal vulnerability and receive acceptance.
Lenda Faye Matthews is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Spiritual Guide. Lenda Faye partners with individuals to create safe encounters which promote justice, provide support, and facilitate transformation throughout the life cycle. As Counselor and Guide, Lenda Faye navigates the margins inviting questions, relationship. reflection, health, and growth in individual and small group opportunities.
Lenda Faye received a Master of Education in Counselor Education from University of New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana and a Master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Lenda Faye is certified as a National Certified Counselor (NCC).
Currently, Lenda Faye coordinates and provides services to a Specialty Court Initiative in Jefferson Parish Louisiana. Lenda Faye enjoys quiet moments, reading, music, scrabble, traveling, relaxing, and jigsaw puzzles.
Hi! My name is Lianna, and I'm excited to be a facilitator with Pace! My love for group work started when I was a teacher. I really enjoy seeing the connection that can happen between group members and the transformation that often comes with it. There's something almost magical about the growth that can happen when two (or more) people are able to support each other in a group. I live in Denver now, but was born and raised in NYC, which I think has made me a very direct (but also gentle) communicator. On a personal note, I love dogs (mine especially!), pizza, chocolate, reading, and doing logic puzzles.
First and foremost, Lo is a lover of life and wants to support others in (re-)discovering the passion and joy in their lives! By being comfortable and confident with herself, she hopes to inspire others to do the same. She believes that in order to change the world, we each need to take responsibility for our own healing and growth.Lo loves small group settings because the power of connection, compassion, and perspectives is both incredible and transformative.
In her groups, you can expect reflective questions, support, energy, and playfulness! Lo is a formally trained Life Coach (through the Co-Active Institute), Advanced Energy Psychology Facilitator (PSYCH-K®), and trauma-informed (CCTS-I) professional. In addition to helping her clients, she has transformed her own life, overcoming anxiety and depression, body dysmorphia, and limiting beliefs about life, love, work, and money.
Lori Rolf (pronouns: she/her) is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about creating a safe and healing space that embraces connection, empathy, exploration, and creativity. She believes in the power of mutual empathy within the group process to foster personal growth through connection with others.
Lori received her Masters in Social Work from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. She also has a Certificate in Addiction Studies and for the past 13 years has provided counseling to individuals experiencing mental health and substance use disorders. She specializes in providing treatment services that are strengths based and trauma informed.
In her personal life, Lori enjoys cooking, reading, and being outdoors. She is an adventurer at heart and excited to travel the country in her Airstream while exploring new mountain bike trails and rock climbing routes with her Boyfriend.
Maddy Wingerath, LMSW, utilizes a cultural humility framework, which places emphasis on co-learning, and the mutually beneficial relationship she cultivates with her psychotherapy clients. She has a B.S. in Outdoor Education from Ithaca College, a M.Ed with the NYC teaching fellows at Brooklyn College, and an MSW from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter college.
Along with her passion for social work, Maddy is also a certified personal trainer. In order to support her clients, she facilitates healing through inner awareness of the physical and emotional bodies.
When Maddy isn’t working, you can find her outside basking in beautiful nature, playing capoeira, or playing her ukulele.
As a licensed professional counselor, Dr. Malkema Martin seeks to effectively guide her clients to positive life decisions. She focuses on building a trusting therapeutic relationship with clients and creating a judgment free environment in which individuals can freely discuss their needs, concerns, and overall wellbeing. Dr. Martin has been advocating and promoting mental health within urban communities for the last 5 years.
Dr. Martin received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Spelman College and her Master’s in Clinical Counseling from Eastern Illinois University. Dr. Martin received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision at the Chicago School for Professional Psychology.
In her spare time, Dr. Martin enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and living an active to help promote her own wellness and growth efforts.
Hi, I’m Mallory (she/her). I’m a certified coach, experience designer, and librarian passionate about creating a more meaningfully connected world. I believe that when we come together and bring our stories to life we transform loneliness and doubt into authentic connection, aliveness, and the vibrancy of what’s possible. I’m a Certified Professional Coach trained in Energy Leadership Coaching through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and hold a Master's in Library & Information Science and a B.A. in Communication Studies. What you can expect from me as a facilitator: warm curiosity, creative exploration, and championing energy.
Hi! My name is Marci Weinstein. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Kripalu yoga teacher. I currently work as a well-being coach, holistic psychotherapist and integrative yoga instructor in Austin, Texas.
I received my MSSW from Columbia University and my 200 hour YTT from Kripalu School of yoga and meditation. Outside of Pace, you can find me spending time in nature, swimming, dancing, journaling, and baking. Through leading groups over the last five years, I have enjoyed watching group members learn to connect more deeply with both themselves and others. In our Pace groups together, you can expect me to show up as my most authentic and curious self. Looking forward to connecting with you!
I am first and foremost an enthusiastic and engaged student of life. I love learning and I love life in all its fullness… BOTH are so much richer when shared with others. Facilitating, and participating in, meaningful, connective groups creates an upward spiral for our very human needs of connection (honesty, trust, and vulnerability), personal and collective growth, and wise action in our day-to-day lives. Not to mention, it lights me up! In my groups expect to show up fully human, fully accepted, and be ready to authentically share and openly listen to other members as we engage in the dance of mutuality and diversity to live and grow in ways both expressed and unexpected. Expect to be lit up!
Hello, hello! I'm Marguerite, a person that wears many hats that basically all boil down to helping people show up as their best selves. Over the years, that's meant teaching, advocating for mental health services, building and facilitating leadership development programs, and coaching teams through talent transformations. There's simply nothing like helping groups forge real connections and make real impacts, at work or in their lives. Things have skewed a bit corporate over the last decade, and it's nice to get back to basics and real life, occasionally. Hence, why I'm here at Pace: I want to help you take a step out of the never-ending busyness of life and find the support you need as a person. Know that if you're in group with me, you'll definitely hear laughter, probably see a few tears, and always have space to be you.
Dr. Maria Rocchio is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in trauma focused and mindfulness based interventions to veterans within the Department of Veteran Affairs. She is warm and passionate about empowering those she works with by providing a safe and collaborative environment that promotes growth and values based living. She enjoys training future psychologists in the area of cultural competency and sensitivity.
Dr. Rocchio received her PsyD. from Nova Southeastern University Center for Psychological Studies and has worked with individuals across the lifespan in a variety of settings.
In her free time, her personal interests include parenting two amazing and energetic little humans, enhancing her amateur chef skills, yoga and a new found love for gardening.
I am an extrovert/ hugger- I enjoy interacting with people; connection gives me energy, yet, I deeply value my time with silence to decompress and replenish. I hold a bachelor's degree in Psychology and am a Certified Professional Coach with a specialty in transition coaching. Beyond the degrees and certifications, I am well-traveled in this journey called life. I have experienced trauma in my childhood and as an adult; I've survived domestic violence, the loss of a partner, one of my siblings, and the loss of myself (figuratively) at some points. I've struggled with finding my self-worth, boundaries, and my voice. Hidden in the growth of my brokenness, I discovered my purpose to see others in theirs and support them through their journey. My sweet spot is the ability to compassionately help people transition from painful experiences or challenging situations in their life to discover their superpowers.
My coaching and group specialty are working with individuals navigating their way through transition-altering moments in their lives; in search of finding their balance and a better sense of self and well-being. Groups have unique abilities to bring people together in a way that 1:1 interactions can't. There is something magical about vulnerability in front of others who share the same experiences, coupled with acknowledgment and validation of feeling heard and seen...its powerful! My appreciation for the power of connection and vulnerability aligns with Pace and the magic they create within their platform. I have facilitated groups for nearly ten years and it has been a joy holding a safe space to spark self-awareness, connection, and growth. As a facilitator, I pride myself on creating a safe for my groups to feel like they are "coming home" to each other when we meet, and I am sure you will too!
Marika Dillon, MA, is a warm, caring, insightful group facilitator with nearly 20 years of professional experience working with various diverse populations and providing counseling and coaching services. She is dedicated to creating safe, supportive, creative spaces that encourage profound shifts and meaningful transformations for those she works with.
After graduating with her master’s degree from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM, she immersed herself in her profession. She worked in many different settings, including as a university counselor, in school settings, with military populations (US and overseas), in agencies, and in private practice. She also has a background in Art Therapy, Wilderness Therapy, Somatic Therapies, Creative Life Design/Life Purpose Coaching, and yoga instruction.
When not working with others she’s focused on her own personal growth, her community, connecting with long-time friends, making art, gardening, spending time outside; and learning how to always be a better partner, parent, and overall human.
While she looks forward to each of her groups and getting to know the incredible members, she especially cherishes watching connections form as people learn and grow with each other. “We are definitely not meant to be doing our lives alone. Community just makes sense—it’s what we’re drawn toward.”
I’m Marnette Falley, and I’m a team and executive coach and a group facilitator. I’m part of Pace because I believe in the magic of groups.
In workplaces, I believe a great group means a happier work-life and outcomes where 1 + 1 = 100. In non-work groups, I find that genuine connection makes the high moments more rewarding and the low moments more manageable.
It’s so important that none of us feels alone. I want each of us to have a place we can go and be our real selves, say the difficult thing out loud, and find support from others. In my Pace groups, that’s what we’re working to create together. Authentic, meaningful connection and a place where we all feel recognized and accepted. Looking forward to welcoming you in!
My name is Matt (he/him), and I am very excited to facilitate spaces of meaningful connection and emotional support through Pace. My career has involved leading groups and teams and creating meaningful developmental experiences in higher education and nonprofit settings. I am trained as a health and wellness coach and have extensive experience facilitating dialogue and crafting group engagement opportunities for college students, young adults, and professionals. I have led groups on leadership skills, navigating transitions, wellness, goal-setting, values clarification, community connection, and many other topics. What I value most about facilitating connection in groups is the opportunity for each member to tap into their authentic selves, and for other group members to share and celebrate that authenticity in each other. Group connection can evoke new moments of clarity, insight, and vulnerability, and I am excited to share that with Pace group members. Members who join a group with me can expect joy, laughter, curiosity, and a safe space to be themselves.
I am a Pace facilitator because I want to be a part of empowering people to connect more authentically with others and themselves. I know first-hand the power of such groups, both as a participant and a facilitator. My background includes 23 years of Naval service as a chaplain, helping people find a balance between faith and service, and helping people hold onto faith during seasons of trauma. As a licensed professional counselor, I am oriented toward forming professional relationships that empower people to accomplish their goals in the areas that matter most to them.
I am a life-long learner, evolving through formal education, vibrant relationships with others, and personal exploration. In this season of my life, I am growing in my practices of mindfulness and yoga, experiencing a powerful connection between stretching my body and my mind. Flexibility is especially important to me as I navigate the experience of parenting an adult son with complex special needs.
As a facilitator, I am committed to supporting your growth as a person, believing that peace within is the beginning of peace for all.
Matthew is a Facilitator and Clinician at Pace. He is passionate about providing member-centered, values-based groups, helping people:
Gain insight into their emotional and behavioral experiences; and,
Guiding people as they develop meaningful emotional connections in their lives.
He’s become a huge advocate for group work at the VA and for his own self-care. What you can expect from him as a group facilitator is authenticity, connection, and humility.
In his free time, Matthew enjoys spending time by the ocean, hanging out with his two dogs and watching the sunset. Born and raised in New York City, he currently spends time living in New York and San Francisco.
I’m Meagan Faraone, (she/her/hers) a Clinical Social Worker who both professionally and personally, is someone who feels passionate about making meaningful connections and building community. I’ve led groups for other therapists, and foster and adoptive families, and have helped create inclusive spaces where those who felt alone or misunderstood have been able to “find their people.” These are some of the most exciting, rewarding, and meaningful experiences I’ve had over the years and I’m honored every time I get to be a part of a group’s collective journey. When I’m not behind a screen doing virtual work, I enjoy getting lost in a book, exploring local trails, playing co-op board games with my spouse, and crafting items I tend not to finish. I believe that curiosity and authenticity are superpowers that we don’t always have the space in our own lives to explore fully. I feel that Pace groups are an amazing space to really be able to practice those expressions in important and meaningful ways. Those moments when we realize that we aren’t as alone as we thought we were are magic and my goal is to help people find their similarities while also being open to learning from their differences.
Megan Carnahan (She/Her) is a relationship therapist. She specializes in helping people deepen their relationship with themselves first. Once you know yourself, you can deepen your relationship with your partner, child, or whoever is in your life. She believes that each individual has the innate wisdom already inside them to grow and evolve.
Megan received her MSW from Saint Ambrose University in 2009. She has worked with children, adults, and couples in private practice for the past nine years. She recently has begun supervising new counselors and started conscious parenting coaching.
Outside of Pace, Megan enjoys time outdoors, reading, exploring, and nurturing her love of lifelong learning. Megan works on her own growth so that she can be a clear channel for the people she works with.
Meghan Ashley (She/Her/Hers) is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas. She prides herself on providing a space where people can be their full selves and explore who they are destined to become. Meghan focuses on empowering people to understand their own beliefs, thoughts, and actions to help them to learn to better understand themselves.
Meghan Ashley received her Masters of Science in Counseling psychology from Louisiana State University at Shreveport. Throughout her career Meghan has worked with clients realizing their full potential in settings like prisons, inpatient psychiatric facilities, and outpatient mental health clinics.
Outside of therapy, Meghan loves photography, reading historical fiction, designing t-shirts and exploring cities with her family. If you catch her at a stoplight she is most likely rocking out to a Disney movie soundtrack. Meghan values the psychology of different cultures and studies life like as the forever student she hopes to always be.
Melody Brooke (she/her/hers) is an open hearted present professional dedicated to growth and human potential. Her clients describe her as energetic, creative, insightful and caring. Melody is passionate about helping people discover more parts of themselves and inviting all of their parts to more actively participate in a creative and empowered life.
Melody graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 1987 and has experience working with adults, adolescents and children in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Initially she worked with adolescents and their families in an inpatient setting at Arbor Creek Hospital in Sherman, Texas. She then developed and ran a Dissociative and Traumatic Stress Unit at the famous Timberlawn Mental Health Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Since that time she has been in private practice in the Dallas, Texas area. Her book, Oh Wow this changes everything, published in 2012, presents the model she developed after working with these populations.
Moving to Denver, Colorado in September 2020 allowed Melody to spend more time with two of her adult daughters and their families in the area. She enjoys the beautiful landscape of Colorado where she skis, enjoys hiking, and a regular yoga practice. In addition to her extensive background in counseling, she is an award winning professional actor, director, and screenwriter.
Hi, My name is Michelle Evans and I am beyond excited to be a Facilitator with Pace!! My credentials are as follows, BSc, MA, ICF Certified Life Coach. My background stems from a variety of global experiences as an HR professional and an ICF Certified Life Coach. I have been working with and facilitating groups from both large global companies and start-ups, having worked in London, Europe & US, with parents, adolescents, and within the fitness industry.I enjoy working in groups and bring immense optimism and open-mindedness, allowing every participant to be heard and have a voice whilst eliciting deep and meaningful discussions. My group members can expect thought-provoking and rich conversations. I invite every member to bring their authentic selves to each session....our time together will be fun, challenging, and meaningful. I know everyone has something to give and I want everyone to have a voice, share, ask questions, and challenge each other to grow. A little about me! I am extremely grateful for my health and family and friends. I am an avid gym rat and enjoy powerlifting as well as road biking and running. I have been successful in finishing a marathon and achieving podium finishes in multiple triathlons. When I am not working out I enjoy spending time with my husband and 3 children in CO.
I am a feminist ICF-certified coach, public speaker, and professor specializing in cultivating brave spaces where people can explore, connect, and show up authentically. My approach to group facilitation is rooted in curiosity, humor, and trust in each individual’s wholeness and resilience. Nobody needs “fixing” around here. After earning a Ph.D. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Clark University, I taught in Croatia as a Fulbright Scholar and led diverse collaborative programs worldwide. My private coaching practice focuses on helping glass-shatterers disrupt limiting beliefs and perfectionism to gain confidence and make their unique impact in the world. You will also find me whipping up the latest cabbage recipe, scoping out new coffee shops, sleeping on a redeye flight somewhere between Chicago and Zagreb, Croatia, or hanging out with my family.
Hi there! I'm Miranda (she/they), and I am so glad to be a Pace Facilitator.
I chose to become a part of the Pace Team to connect with and support others who are seeking new insights and transformation through community. I am grateful to come to Pace with over 9 years of experience in the human services field as an LSW (licensed social worker) who specializes in training, facilitation, and coaching (International Coaching Federation Credentialed). In that work, I have had the privilege of leading many groups around topics ranging from holistic individual and family assessment, racial equity, personal growth, and more. It is truly my passion to foster community, connection, and learning in any group I facilitate. I cherish the moments in groups where we find surprising commonality or reach pivotal aha moments together.
As a facilitator, my aim is to provide a supportive and non-judgmental space for deep exploration while also holding space to challenge ourselves. I also aim to co-create compassionate accountability with my groups as we support each other's growth and development. As a person, I bring calm and open energy and a sense of curious playfulness that sometimes translates into a silly sense of humor. If we are lucky enough to match, I will be so excited to get to know you. Be well!
I'm a mom of two young, active boys. When I'm not running around after them, I love to work with people to help them get to know and feel comfortable with themselves as they are--this is what drew me to Pace! Formerly I taught special education and it was my goal to have my students feel confident in their abilities and comfortable with themselves. In my groups, expect to be challenged to grow but always supported. Also, there will be laughter because life is funny.
Monica (she/her/hers) brings energy, humor, and compassion into counseling. She describes her work as a trauma therapist as “joyful” because she loves helping others find their voice and celebrate their right to take up space authentically and safely. Listening, questioning, exploring, supporting are the foundation of her practice.
Monica earned her Master of Arts in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. She has worked with both adolescents and adults, has served as the Trauma Program Coordinator for a psychiatric hospital in the Midwest and has worked extensively with body based trauma therapies and communication skills in her private practice. Monica spends a good deal of time doing research on mental health topics and treatment strategies and provides trainings for clinicians working in non-profit agencies.
Art and nature are her other loves. When she isn’t working, chances are she is creating something in her studio, planting something on her land, playing with her dog or cooking something tasty for her wife.
Monique Wischusen, LMFT, (she/her) owner of Aspire Counseling, LLC, is a therapist in private practice who approaches her therapeutic work from a strengths-based and mindful perspective with an emphasis on embracing your human-ness. Monique is constantly evolving and working on her own self-growth and is passionate about staying curious and fostering that in others.
Monique received her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her post-master's clinical training and experience have taken place in many different settings such as in-home therapy, head start schools, churches, IOP, in-patient facilities, and group practices. She has run groups with a variety of populations and ages in these locations with a range of topics such as stress management, boundaries, parenting and couple support, and spirituality. Outside of Pace, Monique is married to her husband and mama to her 3-year-old daughter and 2 dogs. She enjoys spending time hiking, canoeing, reading comics, and thinking about what tattoo she is going to get next.
Nabilah Khan (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who strives to create a safe, thoughtful, and warm therapy environment. She tailors therapy approaches to fit the needs of members’ unique identities and life experiences. Her practice is social justice oriented, trauma informed, person centered and strength based.
Nabilah received her Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in the City of New York, and has post graduate training from University of California at Berkeley. She has practiced for six years in a variety of settings, including underserved communities, hospitals, and university campuses. Currently, Nabilah works at Life@Wellness for Meta in Menlo Park, CA.
Outside of Pace, Nabilah loves being surrounded by nature, traveling, and spending time connecting with friends and family. Some of her favorite activities include cooking, watching movies, dancing, practicing yoga and meditation.
Naomi Yu (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice, a psychedelic therapist facilitating Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy, and a corporate trainer. Working from a social justice lens, she helps people build a stronger sense of self, practice self-compassion, and develop skills to create a meaningful life.
Naomi attended Boston College for her Bachelors in Psychology. She received her Masters in Marital & Family Therapy with a specialization in Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Outside of work, you can find Naomi trail-running in the mountains, reading, and making or enjoying live music. She is devoted to the pursuit of self-growth and things that set you free.
Natalia El-Sheikh (pronouns she/her) is a psychotherapist, mom, cyclist and student who loves to see people find their voice, and become unapologetically themselves.
Natalia got her Masters degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in the Bay Area. She is currently pursuing the Analyst program at the C.G Jung Institute of San Francisco.
Natalia spends her free time with with her two teenage children, her husband and her dog Puff. She is originally from Colombia and is very interested in the trials, tribulations and wonders of multicultural families.
I've spent the last 25 years in the yoga/wellness world. I've been a yoga instructor, business consultant, and practitioner. It's played a starring role in my life because of its transformative quality. But to be honest, mind/body practices have always been my passion! I have unlimited curiosity about human potential, so I'm always learning, teaching, and exploring. Building community through authentic connection is very important to my wellness, whether I'm facilitating or joining a group. Pace is providing a thoughtful space for vulnerable and supportive conversation, which leads to growth, insights, and empathy. I'm elated to join Pace as a facilitator and get to know all of you!
I am a joyful, curious human committed to uncovering the lessons that cross my path and journey through this life excited to see what unfolds each day. My professional career began in education, and it was an honor to walk alongside my students as they figured out who they were, wanted to be, and how they wanted to show up for themselves. I left the Dean’s Office and launched my coaching business to start honest conversations about how we sacrifice ourselves for our careers and dim our light in the process. My sweet spot is working with professionals around burnout prevention and recovery to untangle patterns of self-sabotage and create new habits to honor who they are & what they need. Holding up a mirror and tapping into the wisdom in the room is what I love about facilitating groups. The wisdom we seek is within and sometimes we need someone to guide us to it. Anticipate questions, curiosity, wonderings, laughter, silence, tears, vulnerability, and unwavering belief that you are fully capable to tackle anything that comes your way. A study abroad in college planted a seed of travel and a love of crossing cultures. I’ve moved 6 times since grad school and have visited 20 countries with a list of “must-visit” growing by the day. I relocated to Eugene, Oregon during COVID and am grateful every day to be in the Pacific Northwest. In my free time, you can find me in the kitchen, on a hiking trail, wandering the beach, on my yoga mat, curled up reading a book, or recording a new episode of my podcast.
Dr. Randall Wilson is a clinical psychologist who specializes in trauma, anxiety, and mindfulness-based approaches. Dr. Wilson partners with clients to help them create more psychological flexibility and balance, and to deepen their sense of their values and direction in life.
Dr. Wilson received his Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, CA. He trained clinically in numerous VA Healthcare Systems across the United States where he specialized in working with PTSD, anxiety, and other general psychological issues.
Dr. Wilson is a father of 2 small, wise, and beautiful human beings, is a life-long surfer, runner, hiker, camper, gardener, and has a deep connection with and appreciate for nature and wild things.
Renee is a licensed clinical social worker and certified sex therapist in Central Florida. In counseling, Renee creates a warm and inviting space where she focuses on self-love, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence. She enjoys being a part of her clients' growth and self-exploration in their journey. Renee is a firm believer that we all have a right to live a full life, one that is built on being your authentic self.
Renee attended the University of Central Florida, where she received her master's in social work and a graduate certification in Marriage and Family Therapy. Renee also received a certification from the International Institute of Clinical Sexology, which provides additional training on sex and relationship issues, research, and interventions.
When Renee is not working, she enjoys walking, sitting by the water, earthing, and relaxing under a tree in Florida sunshine.
Dr. Rick Auger (he/his/him) is an authentic, compassionate professional with a wealth of group experience. He strives to foster a supportive, inclusive, and fun group environment that also challenges members to deeply explore who that are and what they can be.
Rick earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, which included extensive internship experiences in outpatient mental health settings. More recently he has served as a tenured professor in a counselor education department, during which time he taught numerous group courses.
Away from PACE Rick is a committed father--both to his 20-something twin sons and to his spoiled rotten dog, Spencer. He enjoys biking, walking in nature, reading, seeing movies, and spending time with immediate and extended family.
Robin Joy (she, her, hers) is a passionate certified coach and facilitator who helps you uncover your whole story and speak your truth unapologetically. She has discovered what a joyful lifestyle truly means and is a believer that everyone deserves to create a life that they love and deserve! She loves connecting and inspiring people which is why being a Pace facilitator is important to her.
As a Pace facilitator, she is dedicated to creating a respectful, safe, non-judgmental environment that promotes space for self-reflection, authentic connection, and a place to grow emotionally. In my groups, you can expect real and raw conversations as we support each other through listening, curious questioning, and science-based strategies that help increase self-awareness, self-worth, and self-acceptance. As we get vulnerable together and build strong connections, we will move through whatever is getting you stuck by uncovering past patterns, creating new habits for you to thrive finding balance, and establishing healthy boundaries.
When she is not working with clients, Robin Joy enjoys spending time with family, cooking, traveling, hiking, biking, and good weather. She also loves her Bernadoodle Molly.
Ruth Parsons is passionate about helping others find acceptance and kindness for themselves in a safe, caring group environment. She believes in everyone's potential to release limiting beliefs and to embrace life as it is, which may lead to a deeper awareness of one's vast possibilities.
Ruth earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a licensed clinician and corporate wellness presenter. She completed teacher training in Mindfulness and Self-Compassion through the Center for Mindfulness, UC-San Diego, and with Mindfulness Northwest in Bellingham, WA.
Outside of work, Ruth loves to grow fruits, vegetables, and flowers with her husband. She enjoys cultivating biodiversity in the backyard – a home to birds, pollinators, worms, mushrooms and more! She enjoys regional food tourism, exploring the bountiful Pacific Northwest through visits to local food producers, supporting both the vision and reality of a sustainable, life-giving food system for all.
Hi, I’m Rae and I love being a Pace Facilitator because we get to explore, grow and play in a beautiful space of curiosity. I have been facilitating groups for the last 5 years in workshops, online group programs, certified life coaches, breathwork, and spiritual retreats. What I cherish most about my groups is seeing the personal breakthroughs and transformations that everyone has. We all simply mirror reflecting parts of our consciousness to one another; this is the key to relationship mastery, emotional connection, and what I call the magic to change and growth. I’m a trailblazer with a little bit of a hippy spiritual vibe who holds my groups with one major key element… love. I look forward to seeing you soon!
Samantha Silverberg, M.A., L.P.C. (She/Her/Hers) is an empathic and supportive professional. As a therapist and doctoral candidate, she is passionate about creating space for individuals to explore and grow. Samantha has a friendly, warm presence and deep dedication to the people she works with. This builds a collaborative and thoughtful approach to emotional well-being and genuine connection.
Sam received her M.A. in Psychology through the New School and La Salle University and is a current doctoral candidate at Fielding Graduate University. Sam has worked in various mental health settings focused on supporting individuals through trauma-based interventions while also developing programming to implement trauma-informed care throughout clinics and hospital settings.
Outside of Pace, Sam enjoys traveling and trying new activities with her husband and toddler. Her first career as a musician keeps her busy playing with a band and having any chance to see and experience all forms of live music.
Sarah Barnes (pronouns: she/her) finds great joy in building meaningful, supportive relationships with others. She is a former teacher turned counselor, and in recent years, has combined those experiences into efforts to support the wellbeing of educators. Sarah is a graduate of Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana and received her Master's of Education in Counseling from the University of New Orleans. Sarah loves to take walks, travel to visit friends, and hang at home with her pet cat, Vanna.
My style is compassionate, humorous, warm and deeply honest. My groups are a safe and powerful place for people to witness one another as we transform, grow and achieve goals while also recovering from the painful aspects of our lives. I take inspiration from the first group I ever participated in as a younger adult - one that I joined after being diagnosed with a challenging, incurable disease precipitated by trauma and the early death of a parent. In a world where alienation and putting up a protective front is the norm, my groups are designed to be a place of relief where everyone can keep it REAL.
I got my start in executive leadership for a public company but later pivoted to mental health research, behavioral health and coaching. My work in mental health includes time spent at the Veterans Health Administration, National Center for PTSD and Rape Trauma Services. Most recently, I led and designed the behavioral health coaching program for a large biotech and telemedicine company. I’m also a national board certified coach who approaches my work from a social justice and activist lens. I live in San Francisco and I spend my free time socializing, traveling, meditating, hiking, reading or volunteering.
Dr. Sasha Scott (She/Her/Hers) is passionate about helping individuals explore the mind-body connection and deepen their understanding of themselves while building inner strength. She strives to create an environment that is open, interactive, and allows individuals to express themselves freely.
Dr. Scott received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University. She has had extensive training within the VA Healthcare system specializing in Clinical Health Psychology as a Primary Care Mental Health Integrated (PCMHI) Psychologist. She is also an active member on the Diversity Committee helping to grow the VA system.
In her free time, Dr. Scott enjoys engaging in a variety of activities both outdoors and indoors, especially those that her dog can attend. She seeks out opportunities that allow her to grow both physically and emotionally.
Shana Galbraith is an inquisitive, intuitive, and empathetic professional, dedicated to creating an atmosphere that invites exploration, freedom, and empowerment for her clients. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, she believes that the quality of our lives are largely affected by the quality of our relationships. She has a passion for diving deep into relationship dynamics and enhancing connections with ourselves and with others.
Shana received her M.Coun in Marriage and Family Therapy from Idaho State University. Her early work was with those overcoming addictions and past trauma, specializing in group therapy and EMDR for those in addiction, and their loved ones. She now continues crisis work in ERs, for those needing inpatient psychiatric treatment.
Outside of work, Shana can be found playing her guitar, reading voraciously, or studying poker plays to up-level her Texas Hold'em skills.
Sharika House is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. As a professional, she owns and operates a therapy practice that provides counseling, coaching, and consultation services within an individual and group setting.
Sharika received her Bachelor of Science from Bradley University and her Masters of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. She spent half her career working in the non-profit sector to support children and families, then transitioned into management within a corporate healthcare setting providing behavioral health services.
When Sharika is not working, she enjoys traveling with her family, reading empowerment books, and volunteering with non-profits to support her community.
Hi there! I’m Shereen Thor, a comedian turned coach who loves to bring hope and humor everywhere I go. I am the founder of Awaken the Rebel which is a movement that helps people to be their authentic selves rather than being who others expect them to be so that they can fulfill their life’s greater purpose.
A year ago I opted out of social media so that I could ditch ego-driven connections, and have loved joining forces with Pace to unlock true emotional connections instead. I am the bestselling author of a book called Revolutionary Woman and am writing my signature TEDx talk on how following your heart is the most genius way to live. I have been an executive coach for over fifteen years, and have worked with companies like Google, Facebook, Chevron, Yale, and The Social Justice Learning Institute. If you join a group with me you can expect to have fun, feel safe, be empowered, and come alive in your life.
Sigrid Rapp is a warm and empathetic professional who navigates life with a sense of curiosity and optimism. As a transformation coach and facilitator, she is passionate about helping others live life authentically. She strives to create a supportive environment that promotes self-reflection, compassion, and growth.
Sigrid is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation and earned her bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from Texas Tech University. She is a TRACOM® Certified Social Style & Versatility Instructor, facilitating workshops on topics like growth mindset, resilience, and mindful leadership. As a coach, she works primarily with corporate professionals, graduate students, aspiring leaders, and working parents.
Sigrid lives in Dallas with her two teenage boys and labrador, Chewy. In her free time, she enjoys nature walks, connecting with friends, and traveling to beach or hiking destinations.
Dr. Sita Sawyer (She/Her/Hers) is a warm and curious clinical psychologist. She is an astute listener and creates a supportive space to be gently challenged, stretched, and courageously explore. She is a second generation Indonesian-American, first-generation college student, and deeply values understanding our identities from an intersectional lens.
Dr. Sawyer received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona and BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. She completed her postdoctoral training at Stanford University School of Medicine specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Sleep Medicine, and predoctoral training at VA Puget Sound-American Lake. She is passionate about the interplay between physical and emotional wellness, and strengthening both sides of this coin.
Outside of work Sita can often be found looking for exercise that’s fun, exploring delicious food at home and abroad, traveling, and watching sports (especially football).
Sonya (she/her) is a lifelong learner, community builder, and facilitator. Sonya brings her experience as a therapist to her non-clinical facilitator role at Pace. Her facilitator approach is rooted in empowering clients to build lives that are meaningful to them.
Sonya grew up in a multicultural environment, is a native French speaker, and is a member of the BIPOC community. She integrates a social justice lens in her work and explores the ways in which identity impacts the way we move through the world. She leads groups with the intention of cultivating community, compassion, and curiosity. Sonya supports individuals in leaning into the fullness of who they are in her coaching practice, Wayfind Coaching.
Sonya is based in San Francisco and enjoys reading about history and physics, cooking up a storm, and analyzing reality TV shows. She also enjoys going to the beach with her Labradoodle, Orion.
Dr. Sophia Ben-Hamoo is a health psychologist who focuses on bringing more vitality, meaning, and inspiration to everyday life. She approaches therapy from a lens that is both intellectual and creative, to catalyze intentional change and foster optimal well-being.
Following her doctoral training at the University of Denver, Dr. Sophia completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Health Psychology at Primary Children’s Hospital. She also studied Creative Arts Therapies, with a focus on therapeutic yoga for chronically ill children.
Dr. Sophia’s passion for healthy living extends beyond her time at work. In her free hours, she enjoys surfing, hiking, cooking for her friends, or searching for the next best live music to boogie down to.
Dr. Spencer Cruz-Katz (He/Him/His) comes to Pace having facilitated groups for over 20 years. His experiences and training allow him to create safe, supportive, and non-judgmental group spaces in which meaningful connections and emotional growth can flourish. Together, members collaborate and evolve while expanding their minds, ultimately allowing for a better understanding of themselves.
Dr. Cruz-Katz received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University in New York. He began his work co-facilitating support groups for foster parents, which led to facilitating mindfulness based treatment groups before leading a rehabilitation group center in New York City. Currently, Dr. Cruz-Katz is the founder and lead clinician of Beacon Psychology, a private practice in Charlottesville, VA.
While Dr. Cruz-Katz is passionate about his work, he also values his personal well-being. To maintain balance, his off hours are spent having a blast with his two young children who keep him active and smiling.
Hi, my name is Stacie and I am an award-winning vocalist, speaker, and music psychotherapist with over 15 years of experience in mental health treatment. I've had the honor of leading meaningful groups and experiences for a wide range of individuals and organizations, including The Grammy Foundation, The Riveter, GoogleArts and Culture, and YoungArts. I deeply value the resiliency of the human spirit and the ways in which we can be transformed by seemingly "bad" experiences. It is my great joy and passion to explore the "algorithm" of life with the intention of unlocking the beauty, intelligence and often delightful surprises encoded in each moment. My hope is that each group I facilitate is a microcosm of this grand exploration of life and its meaning...reminding us, despite what we are going through, that we are never alone and can never be separate from Life and its infinite treasures.
Born and raised in Colorado, I grew up with a love of lip sync dance parties and exploring nature along with an insatiable curiosity about everyone I met. I became a Pace Facilitator because I believe in the power of collective healing. As bell hooks said, "Rarely if ever, are any of us healed in isolation. Healing is an act of communion." Just realizing we’re not alone is such valuable medicine.
I’ve led groups for deeply caring high achievers, and groups on topics such as boosting boundaries, building mental fitness, improving relationships, and being more heart-centered. In my groups, you can expect enthusiasm and authenticity. Clients have described me as “an intuitive coach who brings compassion, joy, and safety to get right to the heart of things.” I trained and completed my professional coach certification with the Co-Active Training Institute. I’m also a Heart Centered Facilitator with Danielle LaPorte, Inc. I've crisscrossed the US a few times and now I live in Athens, Georgia with my partner and my ever-growing collection of houseplants.
Dr. Stephanie Scott (she/her) is a licensed mental health counselor with experience working with adolescents and adults in a variety of practice settings. She utilizes a holistic and integrative approach to her work, drawing from multiple theoretical foundations to support self-awareness, connection, and authenticity. Dr. Scott’s style is supportive and encouraging, as she strives to facilitate each individual’s efforts to become the best version of themselves. She believes that self-actualization and growth are best achieved together, as we foster mutual insight and understanding through connection.
Dr. Scott earned her MS in Professional Counseling and PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has also earned credentials in EMDR, critical incident stress management, and trauma recovery. Dr. Scott has been a licensed counselor for over 20 years and has been a faculty member in counselor education for 15 years. Her love for group work was born out of her experiences in witnessing and facilitating the transformative power of groups in clinical, educational, and community settings.
In her down time Dr. Scott can be found somewhere in or around water -- swimming, paddling, or just relaxing on the beach. She also enjoys reading, nurturing her creative drive, and snuggling her needy-but-lovable rescue dogs.
I’m a licensed art therapist and leadership coach who has taken the path less traveled in life. As a free spirit, I often felt alone in my desire to forge my own path. It wasn’t until I found a supportive community that I felt empowered to action. This is why I love facilitating with Pace- it is a space to find belonging, clarity, and authentic connection. From that place, we can find the courage to step into the future that is meant for us.
As a facilitator, I hold a judgment-free space for however, you need to show up while also standing for you to live your most authentic and aligned life. I offer empathy, compassion and sometimes, tough love (lots of love!). Personally, I have experienced and moved through family alcoholism, crushing heartbreak, the death of a parent, professional failure, chronic pain, and moments of “what am I doing with my life???” I lean on this earned wisdom to support you in your journey and I’ll show up with vulnerability and light-heartedness.
Summer Myers (she/her) is warm, caring, and real. She laughs a bunch and isn't afraid of tears. Summer does her best work when she is empowering and connecting with folks who are creative and sensitive. She is particularly skilled in working with people who are anxious and who can be pretty hard on themselves.
Summer attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, earning her MA in Marital and Family Therapy with an emphasis in Clinical Art Therapy. Outside of Pace groups, she offers clinical services online across the state of California, helping folks to overcome anxiety, perfectionism, and insomnia.
When she's not on the clock, Summer loves to paint in her basement studio or walk through the woods with her family and their dog, Bear. She does surprisingly well at pub trivia and tolerably well at plucking the banjo.
Susan is a Licensed Independent Social Worker who is genuine, warm, and curious. Most recently Susan served as Director of Post Adoption Services supporting adoptees of all ages (and birth and adoptive parents) to build strong identities and carve new relationships while navigating themes of ambiguous loss, attachment, and trauma, often through a lens of trans-racial and/or trans-cultural family systems. Prior to her work in adoption, Susan worked with adolescents struggling with substance abuse, and collaborated with families in an urban school district supporting the needs of children – both neurotypical and neurodivergent.
As a Pace Facilitator, Susan is dedicated to creating a safe and compassionate space that promotes self-reflection, values clarification, and personal development through connections with others.
In her groups, you can expect to carve out time to breathe deeply, share honestly, take some risks, go deeper and gain insights. You will be able to take what is helpful and leave what is not. Susan is married with 2 grown children, who are each married. When not in the office you will find Susan enjoying time with family and relaxing outside while hiking, boating, skiing, traveling, and hanging out with horses.
My name is T'Airra but feel free to call me T. I chose to become a Pace Facilitator because I believe in the power of representation and connection. I have had the pleasure of leading various groups ranging in topics. In all of these experiences, we have grown through the process. If you work with me expect it to be authentic and genuine.
I am Tara Baldwin, a 43-year-old woman from Baltimore MD, now residing in Central Florida with my long-term boyfriend Allen. I'm a bonus Mom to his teenage daughter and a kitten Mom. I enjoy the water, kayaking, swimming, boating, the beach, mountain biking, nature, spirituality, meditation, yoga, and helping create and consume my boyfriend's amazing cooking. : )
I decided to become a Pace facilitator, because of the company's mission to connect through meaningful, authentic, vulnerable, conversation. This feels natural to me. In my experience, flow, synchronicity, expansion, the most magic, support, unfolding, and aliveness happen from this space. Receiving, giving, and allowing the good in. (and Love and Connection are contributions are my top needs, I took a test.)
What people can expect from me, is authenticity, vulnerability, warmth, safety, honesty, kindness, and a bright genuine smile. People report feeling easy-going, yet enlivened, support, growth, positivity, (leaving room to feeling feelings,) and connecting with gratitude after hanging in my groups, but truly each experience is what we create as a group. This is our opportunity, let's make it a good one. To possibility.
Teresa (she/her/hers) is a compassionate and enthusiastic professional. As a clinical social worker, it's her deep intention to facilitate open, warm, reflective (and adventurous!) spaces for people to connect to themselves and others more fully. She finds it such an honor to come alongside folks as they share their stories, gain insights, move toward growth and begin to feel more alive and at home in their own lives.
Teresa obtained both her bachelors and masters degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia. She's currently in private practice. Through the years she has worked as a sexual assault coordinator, director of children's day treatment program, therapist for folks transitioning out of federal prison and in various roles with active duty military members and their families.
When not working, Teresa can be found in her kitchen, garden or sewing room. The act of creating moves her, whether a quilt, quiche or poem. She's a life-long learner and a lover of words and her current favorite quote is, 'There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.' -Emerson
Thane Marcus Ringler is a former professional golfer now dedicated to unlocking the potential in others. As a Development Coach and Leadership Guide, he works with individuals, teams, and organizations on improving performance and becoming leaders worth following. He is the co-founder and podcast host of The Up & Comers Show, as well as a speaker and the author of two books: From Here To There: A Quarter-Life Perspective On The Path To Mastery, and Catalysts For Hope: Unlocking Energy, Optimism, And Your Full Potential.
Thane's mission is to help others live and work better. He is passionate about speaking about the journey from the journey and is striving to empower this generation to take ownership of their lives and never settle for less than they are capable of.
Thane lives in Denver, CO with his wife Evan. If he's not golfing, snowboarding, or doing other sports, outdoor activities, or fitness challenges, then you will probably find him making a beautiful cup of coffee, enjoying a riveting book, or having intentional and meaningful conversations with humans he loves.
Living authentically as yourself is a huge value for Thane, and creating spaces where others can do the same is necessary. You can expect a group and an experience that encourages you to be fully yourself and accepts you as you are, while also calling you to what you can be. At the end of the day, we are all human, and each one of us is just trying to figure it out.
Tiffany Huggins is a dedicated and driven mental health professional. As a licensed mental health counselor, she helps children and adults navigate their way through challenging life situations with compassion while helping to foster hope for the future.
Tiffany received her MEd from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC,. Tiffany has been trained in Mental Health 1st Aid, certified as a Disaster Mental Health Crisis Response Specialist, and is the final steps of being a certified Emergency Responder and Public Safety Clinician.
In addition to working as a Pace Facilitator, Tiffany enjoys crafting, exploring restaurants and food trucks in the Charlotte area, and is active in the local chapter of her sorority.
Tiffany Loggins, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and mental health wellness speaker. She helps organizations with social responsibility and DEI diversity efforts, as well as, intertwines both a multicultural framework and evidenced-based approaches to cultivate a safe space of active learning to help individuals illuminate new insights that accompany feelings of direction and purpose.
Dr. Loggins received her Psy.D from Our Lady of the Lake University, and completed specialized clinical training at University of San Francisco and Kaiser Permanente Oakland Enhanced Eating Disorder Program.
Beyond her clinical efforts, Dr. Loggins provides psycho-educational workshops to underprivileged BIPoC high school students seeking careers in STEM. She also enjoys spending time with friends at brunch, hiking, and workout classes.
Tiffany is a transformation coach who is passionate about helping her clients recognize the power and choice they have to move toward the lives they want. Her coaching approach includes working with clients to identify and challenge limiting beliefs, clarify values and reconnect with their emotions and bodies as vital sources of information. To do this, she engages in active listening, powerful questioning and evidence-based practices that help clients increase self-awareness, self-compassion and self-acceptance. Tiffany operates out of a firm belief that her clients are whole, resilient people with unique, powerful stories to tell. Tiffany is honored to partner with them as they consider what they want the next chapter of their stories to be.
Tiffany completed her coach training at the University of San Diego, where she also earned her master's in Leadership Studies. Tiffany is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation and a Board Certified Coach with the Center for Credentialing and Education. She has coached individuals, groups and teams; and her clients include female leaders, graduate students, professional athletes, early-mid career professionals, mid-senior level management, and clients experiencing life transitions.
Tiffany grew up in the Southeast and now lives in San Diego with her partner. When not coaching or facilitating, she enjoys soaking up the beautiful Southern California sunshine and connecting with friends. She also loves live music, travel, hiking and curling up at home with a good movie or book.
Tori (she/her) believes that we are all on a hero’s journey - embarking on adventures, facing challenges, and evolving along the way. She has a superpower for creating an inclusive space for groups to connect for deeper insights. Tori combines the latest research and science-based holistic techniques integrated with social and emotional wellness, neuroscience, and mindfulness. Tori holds a Master’s of Arts in Integrative Health & Healing, Certified ICF Executive and Career Coach, Certified (AADP) Health Coach, Certified Strategic Life Coach, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming Associate Practitioner. Tori is based in New York City with her three young daughters (including twins).
Vicky Jocelin, a Licensed Master of Social Work, is based out of New York City. Vicky obtained her M.S.W in 2016 at Lehman College and became a licensed social worker in 2017. For 5 years Vicky worked in New York City at a community-based program helping over-age and under credited students earn their high school diplomas. Currently, Vicky works in impoverished neighborhoods to help end the stigma of mental illness and bridge the gap in mental health services. Additionally, Vicky works as a telephonic counselor answering the calls of individuals in psychological distress.
Vicky is passionate about mental health awareness and believes her purpose is to build a culture of wellness. Vicky’s motivational life quote is: “If you come to help me you’re wasting your time, but if you’ve come because your mission is bonded with mine then you’ve come to the right place”.- Lila Watson.
Greetings, I am Vicky, I am the friend you want to spend your days with, I am the sister that tells you like it is, I am the thoughtful daughter that warms your heart, and the adventurous best friend that you can count on to be by your side. Navigating the world can be a daunting task however, it is my inherent belief that you don’t have to face it alone. I have found my passion in being there for people, and Pace creates the place for us to be a “present” for each other. Emotional connections create opportunities to express joy, pain, success, and a place to ask questions. Group members can expect a room filled with optimism, joy, and happiness with a touch of honesty, accountability, and love. Join me as we lean on each other on our journey towards growth and development.
Dr. Vivian Oberling is the Founding Psychologist at Pace and a strong proponent of the power of groups in unlocking emotional connection together. She's also a licensed clinical psychologist who has dedicated her career to improving the lives of clients across the lifespan. Background-wise, she's been trained and worked in academic centers and hospitals (Stanford, CPMC, Kaiser and Rady Children's), and utilizes evidence-based treatments and research to enhance non-clinical, supportive services.
In her free time you'll find Vivian running after her sassy, but loving children, attempting various baking challenges, and enjoying (one too many) lattes.
William Thiele, PhD, serves as founding director of the School for Contemplative Living, adjunct professor at Loyola University New Orleans, certified Compassion Cultivation Training teacher, spiritual director, and licensed professional counselor in private practice. He is author of Monks in the World, (Wipf & Stock, 2014). He has an adult son and three grandkids after 42 years of marriage, and loves walking meditation in nature and authentic sharing in groups.
I am a professional who has a heart for motivating and encouraging other women. I have a background in customer service and professional development training. I've facilitated groups of people from various backgrounds and ethnicities while working in the major airports on the East coast. For the past six years, I facilitated professional administrative assistant training for groups of young women and men. I value trust when connecting to groups. I speak from the heart, and I believe that those I interact with, feel that. When you are in my group, you will experience a multitude of emotions. We will cry, laugh, encourage and support one another. In the end, you will experience a sense of true belonging.