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.
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.
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.
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.”