The Narrative Enneagram is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform lives and create a more compassionate world through education about the Enneagram. Our Board of Directors is committed to steering the organization toward a sustainable future by providing oversight and adopting sound governance and financial management policies.
Sheryl Cohen, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in the greater Cincinnati, OH area. She is director of Temenos, a center for growth, collaborating with like-minded professionals who use an integrative approach to healing and growth. Enjoying education on both coasts, she graduated from Ohio University in 1983.
Sheryl's clinical interests over the past 30 years include grief, loss and bereavement, couples and family therapy, and the resolution of trauma. She also has developed a specialty in consulting and teaching other therapists in the community.
Studying the Enneagram for more than 20 years was a natural fit for her early and ongoing questions concerning the interface between the psychological, the somatic and the spiritual domains of life. She has been a devoted member of the Enneagram Narrative retreat community in Bergamo, OH since 2008, and takes responsibility for continuing education administration for the Enneagram Center of the Ohio Valley.
Christopher T. Copeland is an ordained minister, spiritual director, Veriditas-trained labyrinth facilitator, InterPlay leader, and founder of Illuminating Paths, a practice of accompanying individuals and groups on their spiritual journeys.
As the Director of Leadership Development & Spiritual Life at Wake Forest University School of Divinity in Winston-Salem, NC, Chris provides guidance and resources for students as they discern and express their vocations. By teaching and leading retreats, workshops, worship and courses in spirituality, Chris offers opportunities for students to nurture and deepen their spiritual lives.
Chris studied at Wake Forest University, Candler School of Theology, Emory Law School, and San Francisco Theological Seminary, earning degrees in mathematics, theology, law and spiritual direction. Chris has studied the Enneagram for more than 20 years, and became a Certified Enneagram Teacher in the Narrative Tradition in 2014. As a member of the ESNT board, Chris’s desire is to promote the Enneagram as a powerful tool for growth and transformation.
A native of North Carolina, Chris lives in Winston-Salem with his husband, Bernie Newton.
I came to the TNE Board with a background in arts management and skills in visioning, leadership, fund raising and policy development. I retired from my position as Arts and Cultural Director for the City of Mesa, AZ in 2007, after overseeing the building and programming of Mesa Arts Center theaters, galleries and classrooms.
My background in board development involved founding 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporations in culture and leadership communities. I am currently president of Gerry Fathauer LLC, a consulting firm in Cleveland, OH, in which I combine executive experience with intuition to support individuals and organizations in realizing their full potential utilizing the Enneagram, Life Centered Therapy and wellness practices.
The Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition has captured my imagination for more than 20 years. I lead with Type Three, and value the Enneagram for personal growth practices and for its capacity to transform relationships, organizations and potentially, relationships among nations. I certified as an Enneagram Teacher in the Narrative Tradition in 1999 and am a past president of Enneagram Association in the Narrative Tradition. I was a founding board member of the Arizona Enneagram Association. I hold a Bachelors in Music from DePauw University, and a Masters in Arts Administration from Indiana University.
My vision for The Narrative Enneagram is to retain the highest caliber of Enneagram training in all areas of the world. As stewards of the Narrative Tradition, TNE bears witness to opening the individual to peace within, so that the world may someday know peace.
My journey of Recovery began when I entered into a TweIve Step Program in a charming seaside town in Connecticut at the age of 21. The challenging work of telling authentic personal stories of human suffering and dependency provided a powerful means of healing from addiction. By listening and sharing my experience, strength and hope with others, I was opened to receive the Grace of God through the power of story.
Working the Twelve Steps process throughout my 20s put me on the pathway to a deeply meaningful and fulfilling life I had never imagined possible.
I first learned the Enneagram in the early 1990s from a Franciscan Brother in the Mountains of North Carolina. Another 18 years would pass while I pursued my career in Architectural Design. In 2008 I found myself in Asheville, NC, listening to David Daniels and Terry Saracino present a workshop in the Narrative Tradition. As I listened to their inquires, drawing out the panelists’ personal stories, all the events and pathways of my life suddenly came together and I realized that this powerful and transformative work would become my life’s calling.
Since then, I have become a professional member of the International Enneagram Association, having earned certified status from The Narrative Enneagram, The Enneagram in Business, and The Enneagram Institute. Currently, my commitment and focus is bringing the Enneagram into the Recovery Community.
I am honored to be on the TNE Board of Directors during this this crucial time of transition. Through our nonprofit organization, I hope to broadening and deepening our outreach into the mainstream as we further our mission: “transforming lives and creating a more compassionate world.”
Tina Heck is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), artist, tai chi practitioner and teacher, Narrative Enneagram teacher, and served as the EANT Board President since 2015.
As the Director of Reservations and Communications for United Camps, Conferences and Retreats, a nonprofit camp and retreat management cooperative, Tina provides direction and resources for the Reservations and Marketing Team to promote retreat and camp experiences. She works closely with program staff to ensure positive life-changing experiences. Tina has practiced tai chi since 2008 and enjoys spending weekends in her studio painting in acrylic and watercolor.
Tina first learned about the Enneagram in 1997 while serving as the director of a retreat center. She became a Certified Enneagram Teacher in the Narrative Tradition in 2012, and has brought the wisdom of the Enneagram interwoven with mindfulness practices, tai chi and The Artist's Way in small groups and retreats. Tina is very interested in how the Enneagram knowledge can loosen our bone structure in working with creativity and body wisdom.
Joyce Plaza, MS, MBE, CIP, has been a certified teacher in the Narrative Enneagram since 2009 and is a Certified Professional Life Coach trained by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC).
She has studied the Enneagram since 1998 and served as a Board Member of Enneagram Association in the Narrative Tradition (EANT) before joining The Narrative Enneagram (TNE) Board. She also is a professional member of the. Arizona Enneagram Association (AEA).
She teaches classes and conducts workshops on personal transformation using the Enneagram of Personality System and uses the Enneagram in her personal and professional life. She continues to study the Enneagram Personality System in addition to studying the Gurdjieff Work.
She has more than 40 years of teaching experience, in various subjects, which included teaching all levels of students and adults, from high school students, college freshman, graduate students, college faculty, and medical school students.
Joyce has an undergraduate degree in biology and two master’s degrees including a Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked in Academia and is recently retired from Columbia University in New York City, where she managed a research compliance office in Human Subjects Protections.
Laura Valtonen is a Certified Enneagram Teacher in the Narrative Tradition, and learned about the Enneagram at an early age. She lives in Helsinki, Finland with her two children, and has spent the recent years working in a nonprofit, dedicating most of her time to bringing the Enneagram Prison Project to Finland as its first affiliate. After leading IEA Finland for three years, she recently joined the global IEA board.
Laura, who identifies as an Enneagram Type 4, has a master’s degree in social sciences, and anthropology is especially close to her heart. Her interests have taken her around the world. A deep interest in what makes us similar and what makes us different, and how we can better understand each other and value our uniqueness, is combined in the Enneagram and an anthropological viewpoint.