Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform lives and create a more compassionate world through education about the Enneagram. The ESNT 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.
A dear friend first introduced me to the Enneagram more than 20 years ago. I had studied other personality typing tools and found them to be interesting and insightful. The Enneagram provided me with a map and a plan, becoming my greatest facilitator of interpersonal work.
A partner in a CPA and consulting firm for 30 years, my entire practice focused on long-term care, serving 350 nursing facilities at our peak. I volunteered on a number of boards during my career – mostly advancing public awareness of the living conditions of long-term care residents and proposing changes to improve their lives. I began to understand the institutionalized elderly are a very disenfranchised population with very little voice. Actively speaking out on their behalf, I regularly asked government agencies to provide more funding for their care through Medicare and Medicaid programs. I notice I still have a heart for the disenfranchised, and I still look for ways to help. Also, I have taught in various settings, including university-level classes in accounting and long-term care management, continuing education workshops for health-care licensed professionals, and music ensemble workshops. I continue to consult part time in long-term care and love to teach the Enneagram.
Living in Bowling Green, KY, I enjoy my family, my piano and a peaceful home. I love to travel, especially to places where I can engage in new cultures and learn more about people everywhere.
To me, being a Board Member of ESNT means working with like-minded people to spread the Narrative Tradition. In that context, I believe we have the capacity to change the world.
Donna J. Chase, MA of Phoenix, AZ, is transitioning into the coaching profession after 32 years as an aerospace industry executive. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University, and a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. A dedicated lifelong learner, Donna is enrolled in the Hudson Institute’s Certified Leadership & Transitions Coaching program, and will complete her formal studies in June 2015.
Donna is committed to seeking opportunities to serve in capacities that both nurture and develop self and others, while remaining devoted to personal growth in service of the evolving global consciousness. She has been very involved with the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition for 20 years and is a professional member of the Arizona Enneagram Association.
“Serving on the ESNT Board is an honor and privilege, a unique opportunity that calls forth putting into daily practice the teachings of the Enneagram, particularly those associated with mutual understanding, respect, appreciation, tolerance and compassionate support, for we are all stewards of the Narrative Tradition.”
I came to the ESNT 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, guided self-healing 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, and am a Senior Member of the Enneagram in Business. I hold a BM in Music from DePauw University, and a Masters in Arts Administration from Indiana University.
My vision for ESNT is to retain the highest caliber of Enneagram training in all areas of the world. As stewards of the Narrative Tradition, ESNT bears witness to opening the individual to peace within, so that the world may someday know peace.
I was first introduced to the Enneagram more than 25 years ago by a therapist named David Daniels, who suggested it as a short-cut to understanding some of the issues that were bedeviling me at that stage of my life. One read through Helen Palmer’s book (several times through the chapter on Type 9) and I was convinced. To deepen my understanding, I attended the Enneagram Professional Training Program, and became a Certified Enneagram Teacher in the Narrative Tradition in 1999. The Narrative Tradition has been a vital part of my life ever since.
My career has centered on development and management of small nonprofit organizations. Following a stint at the Ford Foundation, I oversaw pilot projects for the Vera Institute of Justice in New York and Paris, organized the Department of Juvenile Justice in New York City and served as its first Commissioner, founded International Development Exchange (IDEX) in San Francisco, was Executive Director of Volunteers in Asia (VIA), and served on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations. I am now retired and spend half the year on my hay farm in western Massachusetts.
I joined the ESNT board because I want to help this teaching, which has meant so much to me, find a permanent organizational home that allows it to expand to its full potential as a resource for the psychological and spiritual healing of the human race.