Conscious Aging Facilitator Directory

Conscious Aging Facilitator Directory

Below is a directory of Conscious Aging Facilitator Program graduates,
listed by country and state/province.

IONS does not endorse or recommend individual facilitators. All information in the directory, including qualifications of facilitators, is provided by the program graduates and has not been verified by IONS.


New South Wales

Carolyn O'Brien
Sydney, New South Wales
0403 321 785
My professional background has been as a trained facilitator in Market Research focus groups. My intention through delivery of Conscious Aging workshops is to contribute a meaningful legacy through inspiring older people to challenge their limited beliefs, change their emotional reactions, and in so doing, shift their perception of reality.


Philip F Crouch
Hobart, Tasmania
Welcome to fellow Tasmanians, and globally fellow practitioners.As a community leader and volunteer aged 67 years passionate, I'm currently facilitating two meditation/circle discussion groups on conscious aging-related topics.Background experiences include lifelong learning, spiritual growth, dream workshops, social justice, disability,men's work, positive aging, theatre/drama work. I welcome your enquiries.


Sandra Euringer
Fremantle, Victoria
I hold a MA in Sociology (University of Marburg, Germany) and I'm a trained drama therapist (DGfT). Besides this I've been practicing meditation (Zen and Vipassana) for over 25 years. I'm particularly interested in the spiritual aspects of aging and dying, those aspects of life which give meaningnnection, integrity, harmony, hope and awareness.
Kim Parker
Bairnsdale, Victoria
Director: Europa Centre Conscious Living & Cafe. Author: Cross Cultural Shaman. Dream Circle Facilitator. I'm a spiritual healer, enthusiastic about assisting people to harvest the wisdom obtained in their aging process and driven to foster connectedness and the wider perspectives on life that sharing experiences brings.


Blythe Bohonos
Calgary, Alberta
I am so honored to facilitate this transformative workshop. It is wonderful to witness what unfolds ­ as we bring compassion, depth and meaning to our conversations. I enjoy partnering with others, including community groups, agencies, churches, senior & wellness centers. An avid supporter of IONS, I coordinate our Calgary IONS Community group. I also host screenings (& discussions) of the film “Death Makes Life Possible” and promote creativenscious aging through the expressive arts.
Cheryl-lyn Carlson
Okotoks, Alberta
Helping people has always held a spot near and dear to my heart. I have accomplished this through my life experiences and related careers. Becoming a Usui Reiki Master has also provided me with the opportunity to share the Universes energy with others along their life's journey.
Phyllis Goldsmith
Calgary, Alberta
I am 77 years old and my life is full of passion, purpose and meaning. I have a rich inner life and enjoy awakening others through simple meditation practices that have kept me strong and seem to invite inspiration. I love mentoring young women and volunteering at a cancer wellness center. My life is lived from my center of consciousness - my heart. It is from here that I speak and act and welcome each moment. I am excited about Conscious Aging and have already made wonderful connections with others who are also involved.
Colleen Lemire
Okotoks; Calgary area, Alberta
Learning and teaching are what I most love to do. I want to help others have important and valuable learning experiences in a classroom, a conference room, or informally, so sharing this course is now part of “my work”. I am also a certified mediator.
Howard J. Parsons
Calgary, Alberta
A former human resources executive, Howard has been a professional Life Coach for the past sixteen years. He has worked with people from all walks of life. Howard is a life-long learner, believing the best life is one lived from understanding the essential self and the possibilities it brings.
Judy Steiert
Calgary, Alberta
I have researched, created and presented workshops related to Conscious Aging since 2004 at University Continuing Education, Churches,Community Centers, Retreats and Conferences. A favorite course is ""Elder Wisdom in Movies"" where participants view and discuss videos related to the themes of Conscious Aging.
Myreene Tobin, MA, BSc
Calgary, Alberta
My education and experience is all about working with people. I seek to do meaningful work with compassion and wisdom.
Linda Wilson
Calgary, Alberta
Linda Wilson is a Conscious Aging Facilitator, a Certified Career Development Professional, and a Retire to the Life You Design© facilitator, with a Master of Adult Education degree. She enjoys designing and facilitating experiential learning on topics related to aging, retirementreer and personal transformation, in both workshops and retreats.

British Columbia

Dianne Appleby BSc Physiotherapist, MA Leadership, Eldercare Consultant
Kelowna, British Columbia
Healthcare manager with experience developing and implementing employee wellness and engagement programs. Skills include analytical problem solving , team leadership, and wellness and rehabilitation program development supported by a Masters degree in leadership and training. An experienced wellness professional committed to integrity who is passionate in work with Seniors, and embraces the vision of a conscious aging process!
Robin Fried, MA
Vancouver, British Columbia
I started offering courses fifteen years ago through UBC's Continuing Studies, including the Art of Aging, and the Wisdom, Worries and Wonder Aging. I am now thrilled to be a Conscious Aging facilitator and look forward to joining with others as we explore the opportunities for creating a new vision for aging. Currently I teach at Langara College in their Advanced Integrative Energy Healing Certificate program: an Awareness Dialogue course and a new course on Integrative Energy Healing and End of Life Care. For a full CV and references please contact me.
Patryce Kidd
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Facilitating the IONS Conscious Aging Workshop is a natural extension of my work as a Transformational Coach. I am passionate about human development and creative longevity, and have been keenly interested in the aging experience for many years. As part of a Master’s degree in Intercultural Communication (which I undertook at age 58!), I wrote my thesis on the changing cultural paradigm of aging. Located in Vancouvernada, I partner with community and educational organizations.
Iris Mary Todd-Lewis, MEd, BA, RN(ret'd)
Mission, British Columbia
604-557-6704 (Canada) 507-6202-0856 (Panama)
Iris is an experienced facilitator with extensive training in counselling, teaching, and healing arts. Her passion is to empower other seniors to approach their lives with joy and anticipation and to share their wisdom, experience and collective learning with others. She loves to teach, and her dynamic style is an inspiration to young and old alike! Iris plans to offer Conscious Aging workshops in the Fraser Valley, east of Vancouver, within the coming few years. Meanwhile, she is offering weekly information and inspirational bites through her website.
Susan Wright, Ed.D., MCC
Vancouver, British Columbia
I am passionate about leadership in the final third of life. I have coached leaders for 30 years and as an elder myself, I want to continue to lead in service to the world. I believe we baby boomers can contribute substantially to evolving consciousness through our individual and collective efforts. I am dedicated to supporting meaningful transitions for leaders moving into later life stages.


Norma Audain
Toronto, Ontario
Lorraine Clemes Ed.D.
Toronto, Ontario
Lorraine is an experienced, engaging facilitator, certified professional consultant on aging (CPCA), author and coach. She knows the deep rewards that come from aging and living with courage, authenticity and consciousness. Lorraine works with individuals, and groups in universityganizations and the community. She feels it a privilege to engage in the conscious aging field.
M. E. Dunbar
Georgetown, Ontario
M. E. is an educational consultant, trainerach and the author of the book Your Rights To Be Well. Her focus is to assist those who are ready to take control of their own well-being to help them be empowered and well.
Sue Griggs
Toronto, Ontario
416 226 2902
Sue Griggs is currently exploring what aging means to her in how she lives her life right now. She is both a certified coach and psychotherapist as well as an accredited conscious aging facilitator. She is currently offering programs in Toronto and is available for speaking about issues around aging, death and dying.
Lurena Hay-Miller, DNM
Brockville, Ontario
With over 30 years of experience in holistic health, education and spiritual development, my passion has remained steadfast: to assist others in discovering their innate beauty and Oneness while maintaining balance and harmony. When we are moving pro-actively we flow more easily with the rhythms of life. With choice we have power. With power we discover we can transform tears into song and all the threads of our life into gold.
Alison Mahony, RN
Peterborough, Ontario
Alison Mahony is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of health care experience. Alison brings a sincere desire to make positive change in the world to all that she does. Alison is pleased to offer Conscious Aging workshops in the Peterborough and surrounding areas.
Ruth Ann Wilhelm
Windsor, Ontario
I was educated as a social worker and blessed to find the Pathwork later. My focuses on service and personal growth were paramount most recently through my husband's illnesses and death as well as my grieving process. Conscious Aging, as my encore career, builds on my passion, skills and experience. I was excited to study this program and happily anticipate sharing it with others!

Prince Edward Island

Heather Seguin, BA, BEd
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
I am an HR Consultant in Prince Edward Islandnada. Additionally, I have a Certificate in Applied Spiritual Counseling and am studying to be an Ordained Interfaith Minister. I lead workshops related to spirituality and offer Conscious Aging workshops from a spiritual perspective to seniors groups.


Patricia Cherry
Plymouth, Devon
At 70 years old and feel fully qualified to run live workshops and also an online course and coaching for people who are 50+ years old and approaching their Elder years. I have done this myself and am enjoying my Eldership helping others to learn have a successful 3rd age.


Brian Hayward
Lindford, Hampshire
Brian Hayward is a Human Potential Coachunselor and mindfulness teacher with over twenty years experience of training people in the skills and strengths of positive change. For the past five years he has been running workshops in Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life.


Helen Jelfs
Liverpool, Merseyside


Mary Jane Verniere
Tralee, Munster
353 86 338 2962
Mary Jane Verniere is an artist whose deep interest in consciousness and transformative practices has been a guiding force in directing her life's work in ways that encourage others to reach their full potential. With courage, compassion, and vitality, she supports and inspires others in their own transformation.

Tzur Yitzhak

Karen Modlin,B.Sc(O.T.)
Tzur Yitzhak, Tzur Yitzhak
972 9 7493136


Juan Antonio Santesteban
Cuernavaca, Moelos
(52) 777-380-0005
I work as a health professional in the field of CranioSacral Therapy (trained with the Upledger Institute). For the past thirty years, my wife María González Torres and I have traveled around the world giving talks and facilitating workshops on consciousness and everyday spirituality.

South Holland

Saki Lee, Ph.D.
Voorburg, South Holland
0031703867800 (if calling from Europe) 01131703867800 (if calling from US)
In her work as a practitioner of Traditional Oriental medicine and as an interfaith minister and spiritual guide, Saki loves supporting and awakening people to the peace, sacredness, love and beauty which are precious treasures within them and the ever-changing cycles of life.


Babbie W. Earle
Boquete, Chiriqui
Acupressure/Massage therapist 17 years, Reiki master, Touch for Health practitioner. Studied Jin Shin Jyutshu, cranial sacral therapy, and couple's therapy. Certificates for "Strategies For Conscious Living, " The Inner Quest Intensive. Co-produced of over 50 couple's retreats. Hospice volunteer 34 years. Co -founder of the first active hospice in Central America.

Los Santos

Iris Mary Todd-Lewis, MEd, BA, RN(ret'd)
Pedasi, Los Santos
604-557-6704 (Canada) 507-6202-0856 (Panama)
Iris is an experienced facilitator with extensive training in counselling, teaching, and healing arts. Her passion is to empower other seniors to approach their lives with joy and anticipation and to share their wisdom, experience and collective learning with others. She loves to teach, and her dynamic style is an inspiration to young and old alike! Iris plans to offer Conscious Aging workshops in the Fraser Valley, east of Vancouver, within the coming few years. Meanwhile, she is offering weekly information and inspirational bites through her website.


Irena Popiolek
Calheta, Madeira
00351 914394231
Through my work in alternative therapies and meditation teaching I recognise the deep connections between our state of mind and health and happines. "Mind-over-matter" intrigues me and I am convinced that we can work together to bring a more fulfilling and positive approach to the joys of our senior years.


MaryCatherine (Cathy) Burgess
Edinburgh, Edinburgh
44 (0)131 558-9305
MaryCatherine Burgess, PhD, has worked professionally as a human relations consultant, licensed professional counselor, certified teacher, university multifaith chaplain and honorary fellow, shamanic practitioner, manager of medical management, director of quality integration, and trainer of psychodrama and sociometry. She balances her life and work between the UK and the USA.

The Highlands

Iona Lister
Strathcarron, The Highlands
I have worked for 20 years in the UK National Health Service, as a Speech & Language Therapist,(adults) and now I work as an online tutor, a writer, and a facilitator with diverse groups, including teleconference groups for people with sight loss and reading groups.
United States


Carol Blonder, M.S.S.A.
Phoenix, Arizona
Kim Carter, MA
Mesa, Arizona
Kim uses Healing Touch and yoga to help people navigate transitions in their lives. Her background includes facilitating bereavement groups and volunteering with hospice. She seeks to empower clients to discover their own answers and find a sense of peace even in the midst of challenges.
Lorraine Festa
Peoria, Arizona
Holding a Ph.D. in Psychology, Lorraine has been a counselorach, and university professor. Incorporating her prior experiences and education, she has also developed leading-edge workshops in personal changereer development, life balance, emotional intelligence, and creativity. Recognizing the importance for attention to life-span issues, the Conscious Aging program will be a valuable asset.
Diana Hunt, Ph.D
Paradise Valley, Arizona
Dr. Diana Hunt is an author, educator, and facilitator of integrative healing modalities. Offering new perspectives through the Conscious Aging dialogue opens awareness to all of us living the second half of our lives. She is passionate about the opportunity to start dialoguing within the senior communities.
Diane H. Lukich, M.A.
Peoria, Arizona
I've very excited to become an IONS Conscious Aging Facilitator. I have been involved in the field of personal development and training for the past 25 years. My current profession is an instructional designer designing training programs. I am transitioning into my encore career of psychology. My educational background includes an M.A. in Instructional Design, and an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology with an emphasis in Consciousness, Health and Healing. I am currently pursuing a doctoral degree in psychology and working on my dissertation on the topic of Conscious Aging. I am very happy to find this great program and a support group for us to collaborate and support each other. There is a huge need for this work and I am quite excited about getting started. I live in the Phoenix area and am open to collaborating with others.
Diane L. Meyer, PhD
Tucson, Arizona
Dr. Diane Meyer is a transpersonal psychologist, artist, writer, and educator. Meyer holds a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Arizona, a MA in Counseling and Psychology from Prescott College, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology with a special certification in Creative Expression.
Theresa L. Ojala
Kingman, Arizona
As a member of the nursing profession I have dedicated my life to caring for people. Serving as a facilitator for the Conscious Aging program is a similar calling to nursing. I am a passionate, spiritually oriented individual who desires to reach out to others with unconditional love and support.
Mary Pike
Nogales, Arizona
Former professional development trainer working in the field of communication (interpersonal and intercultural), I currently instruct part-time at the local community college and have done extensive work with intuitive studies. I consider myself to be an active retiree who contributes to the local community as a teacher and board member.
Dr. David Sadker
Tucson, Arizona
Dr. David Sadker is an author and professor emeritus in Tucson, Arizona. As a Courage & Renewal® and IONS facilitator, David provides a place of calm for people to reflect, rejuvenate, and reignite. David brings his passion to many settings, including spiritual groups and retirement communities. Feel free to contact him for more information.
Carol Paradise Tornow, Ph.D.
Tucson, Arizona
Carol Paradise Tornow, Ph.D. is a psychologist with extensive experience leading individual, group and organizational change and providing individual coaching.
Patti Tree
Phoenix, Arizona
A native of Southern California, Patti’s career in Dental Hygiene spanned 25 years before moving to Arizona to pursue her Dental Coaching business, Practice Fulfillment, transforming individual performance and enhancing dental cultures with happiness. Patti is an accomplished graduate of Landmark Education; Curriculum For Living, Toastmasters, and The Conscious Aging Facilitator Training Program.
Laurie Whittle
Show Low, Arizona


Amelia (Milly) Smith
Fair Oaks, California
Michael Baroff
Santa Monica, California
I have been a human resource development consultant for 30 years, am the author of The Inner Work of Work (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2000), served as President of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (1992), and have led workshops at the Esalen Institute. l am also a visual artist --my paintings and video art have been shown in local galleries -- and I do my own personal practices of meditation, yoga, gym workouts, hiking and ecstatic dance. Please join me for a Conscious Aging workshop in the Los Angeles area.
Pat Batoosingh RN
Santa Rosa , California
I have been a registered nurse for over 32 years. I have practiced in hospitals, clinics, surgery centers, and most recently with hospice services. I have a passion for the elderly and enjoy hearing their stories. I continue to learn and enjoy helping others.
Renee Cardenas, CHt
Palm Springs, California
As a resident Hypnotherapist for We Care Spa I teach classes and offer private sessions. My background in Psychology, hypnotherapy/NLP and extensive training in many other holistic modalities has been a great vehicle to facilitate transformation for many clients.
Julie Christine, MBA
Novato and Claremont, California
I offer services to aging adults and their families through consulting and counseling services, resources, advocacy, and other aging assistance. With my degree in Psychology, my MBA, and 25+ years of experience, I bring my passion to the field of aging and my clients. I work with individuals and groups.
Cathy Coleman
Sonoma, California
I am a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies East-West Psychology doctoral program, and have worked at the Institute of Noetic Sciences for the past 11 years, and currently as the Global Community Network Liaison and Planned Giving Associate. I have worked with all ages of people on the spectrum of the life cycle, and am particularly interested in the health and wellness aspect of aging. In collaboration with my colleague Rose Welch, our first Conscious Aging class is offered August 28-October 16, 2014.
Rev. Cathy Cook, Interfaith Minister
Sacramento, California
(916) 396-9659
As an ordained interfaith minister and credentialed teacher, I offer classes in which you can learn and grow as you discover, choose, and engage in the wonders of your life, no matter your age. Come and explore who you wish to be for yourself and the world as you consciously age vibrantly into life's third act.
Teri Crane, Ed.D., LMFT
Santa Clarita, California
Combining belief that everyone has a story to tell, contains their own solutions, and is informed by collective wisdom, I offer consultation in writing your stories, journaling, and Conscious Aging. Available through internet classes or by phone. LMFT, MFA, doctorate in education. Contact me if I can be of help.
Jennifer Crebbin
Nevada City, California
Jennifer Crebbin is a Life Coach, educatorganizer of free community gatherings called “Preparing for the End of Life," with experience working with seniors and hospice patients. As Baby Boomers nearing our 60s and 70s and beyond, we have the opportunity to have ground-breaking impact on aging, like we did on child birth when we were bearing children. I am offering ongoing Conscious Aging groups to discover what Socrates meant when declaring, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Contact me to join the next course.
Maida Curtovic, Certified Traditional Naturopath
Long Beach, California
I was many things and none of that completely describe who and what I am. According to my diplomas and degrees I was an actress, singer, writer, lawyer, teacher, healer....and again, I was none of that..I realized that my space and my time can give support to many forms of functioning and many channels for communicating. I am living consciously and openly every single possibility, testing life and giving it the shape and sound of my inner Beingmpletely trusting that everything is always as it should be, as well I am always as I should Be.
Don Deffenbaugh LMFT#46322
Santa Rosa, California
Do you feel like you are sitting on the sidelines? Becoming involved individually and in community effectively and energetically will change your life. For over 25 years, I have coached many people on this path and witnessed a positive transformation creating lives that are rich and fulfilling. I welcome your participation.
Reverend Tinker Donnelly
Pismo Beach, California
Reverend Tinker Donnelly is Science Of Mind minister affiliated with Centers For Spiritual Living and Founder/Spiritual Director of HeartWorks, a community outreach ministry serving the California Central Coast. Rev. Tinker is a gifted facilitator and counselor with a passion for sharing ritual and transformational programs. Conscious Aging is among the most meaningful of her workshop topics, and one that offers powerful inspiration and information to those seeking to enrich their personal aging journey.
Betty Jean Eilerman
Santa Rosa , California
Lynda Ellis
Ventura, California
In 1996 I left the East coast and a twenty year career as a Financial Advisor and moved to San Francisco. Within a month I was introduced to Institute of Noetic Sciences. They opened my mind to a world I never had time to explore. Since then I have written two books and have held events for the purpose of helping women to make peace with their mothers and daughters. Bringing the Conscious Aging Workshops to those of us who are looking for ways to grow older with grace, wisdom and dignity is now my purpose, passion and pleasure.
Jessica Fergus
San Rafael, California
Jessica Fergus, M.Ed., CCP, is a Certified Coach Practitioner and a member of the Certified Coaches Federation. She uses Archetypal Psychology and Psychosythesis to support people as they face life's transitions. She combines her skills as a listener, problem solver and planner to help people create full and balanced lives.
Gitane, Ph.D.
Davis, California
Mary Gordon is passionate about connecting people to who they are and helping them step into what they have only dreamed of. As a Conscious Aging facilitator, Mary brings a deep knowing that we can transform ourselves through self-compassion, mindfulness, and letting go. She supports each person's individual journey.
Mary Gordon
Petaluma, California
Mary Gordon is passionate about connecting people to who they are and helping them step into what they have only dreamed of. As a Conscious Aging facilitator, Mary brings a deep knowing that we can transform ourselves through self-compassion, mindfulness, and letting go. She supports each person's individual journey.
Michael H. Green
Woodland Hills, California
Rebecca E. Gutierrez
Temple City, California
Rebecca E Gutierrez is the owner of Metaphysically Speaking targeting the Elder/Senior community to be of service. She weaves humor into all subjects as a inspirational speaker and lecturer.
Marti Hanna, MA
Santa Rosa, California
Marti Hanna, M.A., is a retired career counselor from the University of California, Davis and a resident of Oakmont, a 55+ active adult retirement community in Santa Rosalifornia. After a long career of working with college students to help them identify and pursue meaningful work, Marti has now shifted her emphasis to working with seniors. She's now certified to facilitate IONS' Conscious Aging program, a series of workshops designed for people who want to create a new vision of aging for themselves and live the last third of their lives with intention, heart, meaning and purpose. Marti welcomes inquiries from retirement centers and communities as well as healthcare and faith-based organizations, including meditation centers. She'll work with you to set up a Conscious Aging workshop or series tailored to your population.
Kundi Hess
Pacific Grove, California
(831) 884-5488
Alice Jacobs Vestergaard
Roseville, California
Dr. Alice Jacobs Vestergaard is a passionate and dedicated advocate for positive aging - working with both groups and individuals. She has over 18 years of experience across a myriad of settings: Skilled Nursing, Assisted Livingntinuing Care Communities, Active Adult Communities, Park and Recreation Departments, Senior Centersuntry Clubs, and Church-related groups. She is a published author, and has done training and workshops throughout the United States as well as internationally. She has dedicated her life to promote a new model of aging.
Barbara Jewitt Byrum
Pacifica, California
I am an ordained Zen priest. I have a meditation center in Pacificalifornia, where I hold meditation retreats and facilitate non-denominational study groups on expanding awareness through mindfulness. I wish to share our common desire to live our elder years with purposempassion, and gratitude, in either small group settings or in larger residential center.
Cheryl Johnson, MA
Mckinleyville, California
Cheryl Johnson is a Life Coach helping people make holistic, fulfilling choices about work and retirement. She taught college psychology,"Love & Forgiveness" and her own "Surfing the Silver Tsunami- Thriving- Not Just Surviving."Conscious Aging Facilitator training aligns perfectly with her philosophy that difficult things get better when shared!
Mina Litvak
Oakland, California
Mina Litvak is a Certified Professional Coach through the ICF and was trained specifically in Energy Leadership and the Law of Being at the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching. She is a Spiritual Counselor as an ordained reverend and is trained in Reiki and energy healing. She has been a human rights activist and immigration attorney, providing workshops and trainings on human rights issues. Her experiences give her a unique perspective on the role of community in supporting elders and a passion for supporting the eldering process. Contact Mina for individual coaching services or group workshops in your area.
Loretta Lowrey
Mill Valley, California
As a Zen Hospice Project volunteer, and alumnus of the Metta Institute’s End-of-Life Practitioner Program, I have been privileged to garner wisdom from hundreds of people living their final days and have been mentored by some of the nation’s most distinguished sages. With over 20 years experience in non-profit management developing and executing community education programs, and as a certified facilitator of the IONS Conscious Aging program, I offer these transformative workshops to your Bay Area organization or community.
Lorna Minewiser, PhD
West Sacramento, California
As a member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences for more than 25 year, I have used many of the IONS resources. As I now approach 70 I am delighted to be able to facilitate “Conscious Aging” workshops in my community and offer its wisdom to my coaching clients.
Pam Nichols
Santa Barbara, California
(805) 685-2702
As founder and president of AretŽ International I have facilitated professional and personal development for individuals and groups for over 22 years, expanding individual capacities and evolution by using experience, mindfulness and coaching. My purpose is to create a passion for life and a commitment to continual learning in everyone.
Susan A. Purnell
Yorba Linda, California
714 293-7917
Stephanie Rainbow Lightning Elk, MA
Sonoma, California
I was born, raised and nurtured by the sensuous waters of the Northern Florida Panhandle. I was educated, nurtured and matured by the eclectic ways of Northern California. I have taught Spiritual Sexuality workshops. I co-created the 13 Healing Moons of the Great Turtle Mystery School. I offer my wisdom as a Counselor, Teacher, Warrior, Magician, Lover of Mother Earth.
Janis Richman
Oakland, California
Joanne Rikli
San Rafael, California
As a Counselor and Educator, Joanne has extensive hospice experience and training in Transpersonal psychology and spirituality. Joanne's mission is to make a difference in the lives of people by lessening the fear of death and affirming the beauty and sacredness of Life.
Rev. Rita M. Rogers, RScP
Concord, California
925-680-0967, 925-818-6030
Rita Rogers is a lady who wears many hats. She is a mother, a business owner, and an Ordained Religious Science and Interfaith Minister. She is also a retreat facilitator, speaker, Police Chaplain, and a Licensed Religious Science Practitioner. Rita loves to teach workshops so that she can support and inspire people on their spiritual path. She has developed and taught classes in visioning, spiritual growth, and healing abuse. Rita’s quest to know herself and her life purpose has directed her to study many modalities and disciplines. Her studies have culminated in an inclusive, wholeness to her services and teachings. As a certified IONS’ Conscious Aging facilitator she works with seniors ready to embrace this phase of life. This program offers a way to grow older with grace, wisdom, and dignity. It is an opportunity to create a new vision of aging. When she isn’t teaching spiritual growth she is a free spirit running around the county in her vintage motorhome.
Rev. Patricia A. Seeley
Santa Rosa, California
Patricia is a licensed minister with the Centers for Spiritual Living. She has a Masters Degree in Consciousness Studies and a Masters Degree in Leadership & Management. She works with individuals interested in personal growth and spirituality. Her areas of expertise include successful single parenting, mid-life transitions, and conscious aging.
Roberta Teller
Sebastopol, California
Roberta Teller is a retired educator and skilled workshop facilitator. Through her highly successful Wise Woman Storytime events and Circles for Aging and Saging Women, she gives 55+ women voice, visibility and vision for a fulfilling, rich and meaningful third life stage.
Kayla Waxman, MA, MFT #37869
Sherman Oaks and West Los Angeles, California
As an MFT with over 20 years experience including facilitating a bereavement group, I witnessed the power of the group to move participants out of their grief to a new self-reliance. Through IONS’ Conscious Aging workshops we can transform the way we go through the aging process. If you’re someone who’s ready to age consciously and graciously an agency, senior center, retirement community other group who wants to help your members/residents reduce isolation and improve their well-beingntact me to schedule a Conscious Aging workshop.
Rose Silvera Welch
Big Sur, California
I am excited to bring “life” and passion to the Conscious Aging Program. An IONS Staff Member for 25 years (many of those as the IONS Community Group Coordinator) while simultaneously working/interning in a retirement facility to complete my Masters in Gerontology, I have both a lifelong interest in the anthropological passages of aging as well as the practical life challenges as I go into my own retirement years. I have grounded my outlook on life with irreverence and humor. I know that my aging process will be much different than my parents and I want to help others engage and embrace our Elderhood with gusto in a safe community of learning.
Flora Wiegers
Glendale and El Segundo, California
Flora Wiegers is a life Coach who is passionate about supporting her clients‚ personal, professional, and spiritual development. She uses assessments and practices that enhance mindfulness, self-awareness, and joyful living. Ms. Wiegers received two graduate degrees in International Education and in Counseling Psychology and is a speaker and workshop facilitator.
Celeinne I. Ysunza Ph.D Transpersonal/Spiritual Counseling Ordained Minister & Metaphysical Practitioner
La Quinta, California
831 262-8821
Researcher, writer and facilitator of consciousness through the integrated lens of spirituality of ancient wisdom, Eastern thought, Western mystery schools, mysticism, religion and modern quantum science. Practices include focused prayer/meditation, therapy- writing, sacred geometry theory and exercises including collage and mandala workshops.


Suzanne A. Bolton RN, HN-BC
Durango, Colorado
Home - 970-259-3226 Cell - 970-759-3226
I am a Registered Nurse, Board Certified in Holistic Nursing. I am excited about moving consciously into my elder years cultivating love and wisdom for myself and others. It is my intention to inspire and be inspired by others in my workshops to create an optimistic model for aging.
Catherine Dockery, MA
Denver, Colorado
Catherine Dockery, MA is a professional facilitator and energy work practitioner. She has over 30 years of experience in personal growth exploration. She is Executive Director of the Center for Conscious Aging and a member of the City and County of Denver's Commission on Aging. She is passionate about creating community among the boomer generation. Services include workshops as well as facilitated individual and family communication.
Pam Herriott
Lafayette (near Boulder/Denver), Colorado
MA in Human Resources with over 25 years experience including global executive responsibilities. Facilitated various training sessions on change, skill assessment, and talent development. The most rewarding aspect throughout this time was providing group and individual coaching for people to reach their potential. The Conscious Aging Workshop is an extension of this to help people live each day consciously, with compassion and in celebration of life.
Pam Kircher
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
As a 70-year-old retired family doctor, hospice physician, and clinical hypnotherapist, I'm addressing issues of meaning and growth in my own life. In my reading on aging, I discovered Conscious Aging and chose to become a facilitator to enhance my own life and to share questions and discussions with other people in my age group who live in southwest Colorado.
Debra MacKillop, MA, LPC
Denver, Colorado
As a licensed professional counselor in Colorado with 7 years experience working with older adults, I am passionate about helping seniors view aging as an adventure and opportunity. Working with the Center on Conscious Aging and People House in the Denver area, I bring skills in coaching, facilitation and mindfulness to our 8 session workshops. We also sponsor a monthly community gathering. I volunteer on the Denver Commission on Aging to advocate on a broader level for a paradigm shift around valuing our elders and increasing choices in aging in community. I also lead older adult walks for Walk2Connect in Denver. I will receive an Advanced Certification in Gerontology from CU Denver in May 2016. Please contact me, by phone or email, whether you are an interested participant or practitioner.
Susan Ullman
Mancos, Colorado
Susan Ullman is a Physical Therapist currently directing an outpatient rehabilitation clinic with Infinity rehab in partnership with Vista mesa Assisted Living residence in Cortezlorado. She is an IONS certified Conscious Aging facilitator who offers new vision, brings transformative healing practices and meaningful personal growth experiences to elders, family and community.


Jeanne Lebens
Burlington, Connecticut
At the age of 51, Jeanne left a rewarding career in the financial services industry to start her own business as a leadership and executive coach, fueled by her passion for "helping successful people lead extraordinary lives." She is excited to help clients make their post-retirement years extraordinary through Conscious Aging!
Barbara O'Neil LMT, RM/T
Seymour, Connecticut
Barbara is founder/director of Anam-Care Initiative whose mission to rekindle and establish the presence of the ancient Anamcara healing tradition within local palliative care settings, makes accessible its associated compassionate healing practices addressing the spiritual components of pain in patient, family and caregiver alike.
Susan Spaniol, EdD
West Hartford, Connecticut
I earned a doctorate in Developmental Studies from Boston University in 1993 at the age of 50. I became an Associate Professor at Lesley University the following year, earned a Masters in Fine Arts at age 68, and currently teach at Springfield College. Inspired by participating in a Conscious Aging Group for over two years, I currently facilitate a Conscious Aging Small Group Ministry at the Unitarian Society of Hartford. I am also an exhibiting artist.
Peter J Ulisse
Trumbull, Connecticut
Peter J Ulisse was on the english faculty at a community college for 40 years with 20 of those as Humanities Chair and 2 years as Acting Academic Dean. Recently retired. He is former President of CT Poetry Society with over 100 poems published. He has meditated and been an IONS member for decades and will now use all these abilities to facilitate Conscious Aging Workshops.


Roger Cochran, PhD.
Jacksonville, Florida
My PhD in medical sociology and gerontology came following remission from Stage IV colon cancer 25 years ago. My consciousness training includes 30 years of experience with Zen meditation and as a Zen lay practice leader. My commitment to aging issues includes board service with an Area Agency on Aging along with research on health in aging. I believe we help others best when we have self-understanding and self-compassion- things that are integral to Conscious Aging. I have a special interest in providing Conscious Aging training as a part of wellness programs for organizations.
Peg Evans, MS
Miami, Florida
Peg is an RYT Yoga Instructor and Stress Management Specialist.
Gail S. Greenfield
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Gail S. Greenfield, RN, BSN, Certified Holistic Nurse, Retired hospice nurse, Reiki Master, and facilitator of meditation group. I am interested as a senior myself to help others "age consciously" and look forward to facilitating interested groups in my area.
Lori Marshall
Sarasota, Florida
I am a Professional Medium, Intuitive Life Coach, Spiritual Educator and lover of life. My passion is to support you in finding possibilities and understanding to your most important questions and matters of the heart through awareness and expansive thinking. I work with authenticity and positive intention.
Rev. Betty Martin-Lewis
Sun City Center, Florida
Betty Martin-Lewis is a Unity minister in Sun City Center, Florida. She loves helping people discover and use their hidden potential. She served as a corporate trainer in leadership skills and has a Ph.D. in human development. She is available to facilitate Conscious Aging workshops and conducts spiritual counseling.
Pamela S. Saladino
Sarasota, Florida
Pamela Saladino's lifelong educational background includes acquiring four academic degrees related to human understanding combined with a rigorous experiential program designed by four daughters and a few husbands. A lover of Nature, she continues to maintain a capacious curiosity and dynamic interest in spiritualitynsciousness, and presence.
Margo Steinfeld, LCSW, MA, Certified group psychotherapist
Boynton Beach (January-March), Florida
Are you a senior yearning to age more consciously through self-reflection, engaging in conversation circles, and connecting in a community with like-minded souls? I invite you to join me in this exploration in an 8-week workshop series in Conscious Aging created by IONS. I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in Brooklyn, NY and Boynton Beach, Florida. I have a psycho-spiritual approach to healing and growth and specialize in all relationship issues, working with individuals, couples, & facilitating groups as a Certified Group Psychotherapist. Please explore my website at and call me at 718-783-5066 or email me at for more information. Let the doors open to your own exciting journey as an elder!
Marjorie R.Witt RNMA
Ponte Vedra, Florida
I am a retired nursing administrator with advanced degrees in psychology and counseling. I initiated and facilitated the bereavement support program for a local hospice as a volunteer. My experience in leading multidisciplinary groups has been life long. Aging well is my passion, and meant to be shared!


Donna J. Melcher
Roswell, Georgia
I guess I have been consciously aging since I was about 30! To me it is realizing that each moment is an opportunity to awaken and be with what is happening. Through my career in corporate America and with my studies to be a minister, I realize how much a mystery it all is! I would love to hear from those looking for a transformational learning experience that this course offers for themselves and for their organization.
Lyneve (Eve) Willson
Woodstock, Georgia
Lyneve (Eve) Willson has 30+ years experience as a masters level social worker. Retired from a career in public sector social services, she now works as a consultant and life coach and continues to follow her passion to support others in living meaningful and satisfying lives.


Dr. Donald A. Child, Ph.D.
Honolulu, Hawaii
I am a doctor of Natural Health, offering health and life coaching, as well as a professional writer and consultant for various publications ranging from technical to literary. I am also a longtime IONS Community Group leader.


Marc S. Blesoff, JD, Mediator
Oak Park, Illinois
For over 50 years Marc has been a political activist, a peoples\' lawyer, a caring mediator, a husband, father and grandfather. He continues to be a part of the generation that has re-written rules at every step of the way. Marc relishes the excitement and passions of conscious aging and anticipates the mutual learning in his second half of life.
Karenelise Clay, M.S., L.C.S.W.
Downers Grove, Illinois
630 985-7414
I am director of Creative Learning Associates, founded in l988, and dedicated to helping people move gracefully through transitions with conscious awareness. I hold advanced degrees in Adult and Continuing Education and Social Work as well as having trained with metaphysical and shamanic practitioners world wide. I have led Vision Quests, weekend retreats and seminars, as well as working individually with clients. Life is full of transitions which can be painful and working with me can help harvest the hidden blessings and recreate a sense of adventure, play and joy.
Martin J. Hebda, D.Min.
Darien, Illinois
I have been an ordained Catholic clergyman for 48 years. I possess advnced degrees in Psychology (M.A.), Theology (S.T.L.), and Pastoral Care and Counseling (D.Min.). I am a certified Marriage and Family Therapist (AAMFT) and a certified chaplain and C.P.E. Supervisor (NACC). I recently retired from a hospital where I was the Vice­President for Spirituality and Mission. My expertise includes Ethics and End of Life Issues. My professional interests have always been focused on helping others journey through any period of their lives with awareness, intentionality and a commitment to action. As I age in what I hope is wisdom and grace, assisting others in consciously aging seems to be a logical next step in my ministerial practice.
Chuck Ruth
Elmhurst, Illinois
Newly certified by IONS, not currently seeking classes outside of groups I am affiliated with. Successful 35-year career in business (still working full-time). Experienced in facilitating "deep sharing" groups outside of work. 40-year meditator. Reiki practitioner. Unique combination of practical experience and depth in consciousness and spirituality.
Rebecca Serpe
Elmwood Park, Illinois


Jim Baker
Des Moines, Iowa
As an aging male, my experience of aging is that it is a habit born of the expectations of others. We respond to stereotypes, marginalization and perceived irrelevance. This habit can be broken by consciously developing new responses to triggers. I conduct Conscious Aging Workshops, classes and retreats for individuals, businesses, churcheslleges and others.


Richard Stuecker
Louisville, Kentucky
502 681 8704
Ric Stuecker is founder of the Vibrant Emeritus Center in Louisville, KY and author of Vibrant Emeritus: The Elder in the Twenty First Century. The center offers workshops and trainings on conscious aging, the annual Vibrant Emeritus Weekend, and an annual conference for men and women over 50. Website: Phone: 502-681-8704.


Patricia D. Sidman, CPCC  
Lafayette, Louisiana
I am a certified professional co-active life coach, an ordained Gnostic priest, and an author offering both individual and group coaching. My coaching focuses on spirituality of all traditions, personal growth, and health. I now offer Conscious Aging workshops privately and through senior organizations. Send me a message to be notified of the next workshop being formed.


Tammy Vitale
Lusby, Maryland
I am a certified IONs Conscious Aging practitioner with 20 years of community-based work holding a space for leaders to emerge. I have an MA in Story and Social Change. I work with women 55+ who want a safe place to explore themselves in relation to others and the world around them - you do not have to walk through the dark forest alone!


Nancy Heaton Lonstein, Ed.M
Westborough, Massachusetts
As an Executiveach, and Consultant, Nancy has a strong expertise in leadership and organizational development. She is excited about introducing over 50 clients to the wisdom and growth opportunities of Conscious Aging, as individuals begin to be mindful of what it means to "live a life worth living."
Lyn Small Walfish
Lynnfield, Massachusetts
I am a clinical social worker with experience dealing with people throughout the life cycle. I am also a trained clinical hypnotist, Prepare For Surgery workshop facilitator, a Reiki Master Teacher, and an Angel Messenger Practitioner. I have training in a variety of energy healing modalities.
Debra A. Thompson
Newbury, Massachusetts
I was drawn to the Conscious Aging program since I am aging! I have a master's degree in transpersonal psychology with a strong background in loss and grief. My work experience includes hospice and social service work. My goal: support, and grow with, my peers and myself as we age together.


Constance Baab PhD, LMSW
Traverse City, Michigan
Constance Baab PhD, LMSW is a licensed Clinical and Macro Social Worker providing consulting services to seniors and those who serve them.
Gaylyn SL Kaufman
Madison Heights, Michigan
Greetings! An Elder-In-Training, I'm passionate about sharing the amazing process of IONS' Conscious Aging Workshops.I'm a Personal Trainer, Senior Specialty, teaching positive approaches to aging. Contact me today, together we can create a new vision of celebrating the second half of the Circle of Life!


Delmarie Gibney, FSPA, D.Min
St. Paul, Minnesota
My Crone years have ignited a deep passion to study the gift of aging. Reflecting on life experiences has been a great teacher. I facilitate workshops on awakening consciousness, spirituality, meditation, and awakening to the gift of aging. Integration of our outer and inner worlds is the key to becoming an Elder in the 21st Century.
Brian L Johnson
Tower, Minnesota
218 590 6910
Lucia Leck
Plymouth, Minnesota
I have been involved in the practice of conscious aging both personally and professionally since 2005. I am eager to help others discover the power of conscious aging to transform their lives as they age. Call or e-mail for various venues around the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.
Kirin Loomis
Minneapolis, Minnesota
I have been a counselor for over 15 years, and was a teacher before that. I particularly enjoy helping people reflect on their lives, make deep internal changes and become happier, no matter what the circumstances. I facilitate Conscious Aging groups in the Twin Cities and I do individual counseling.


Tanya Lelo, ELI-MP
Branson, Missouri
A workshop facilitator, educator, and ICF-accredited, certified professional life coach, Tanya has passionately conducted over 600 workshops for many varied audiences. Now a certified facilitator for the Conscious Aging program, she looks to reach out to our elder wisdom keepers who have a desire for more personal growth and consciousness development, from a spiritual aspect. Tanya is currently working on completing her Masters degree in Metaphysical Science and doctorate of philosophy.


Maribeth Goodman
Bozeman, Montana
Trained mediatornflict skills trainer, and community facilitator. International Association of Public Participation, Heartland Institute‚ The Art of Convening, Deep Listening Deep Questioning with Michael and Justine Toms, and National Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation. Hospice volunteer. Shared Crossing Project on end of life and veil between physical and nonphysical.

New Jersey

Margaret Brown
Morristown , New Jersey
Nancy L. Wahl
Collingswood, New Jersey
Being a senior myself and knowing how easy it is to isolate in our adult communities, lovely as they are, I feel the importance of bringing people together who are on like journeys, sharing our accumulated wisdom in a warm, friendly, and relaxed way. I have been a 500RYT Kripalu Yoga Teacher since 2003, and I am an Ayurveda Consultant and Yoga Specialist.

New Mexico

Berje A. Barrow-Kaiser, PhD
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Berje Barrow-Kaiser, PhD is seasoned teacher, speaker, trainer and motivator with a professional background in clinical psychology. Her initial exposure to the concept of conscious living and dying began with hospice work in the late 80's. She is currently running an Alternative Integrative health care clinic in New Mexico.
Kayleen Dowell
Placitas, New Mexico
Walter M. Drew
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Mediator and facilitator Walter Drew, 73 and his wife, Barbara, 67, are deeply involved in daily spiritual practices. Both are certified IONS Conscious Aging facilitators They studied with Angeles Arrien and now work with Jean Houston. They both feel deeply called to this work for their own personal development and to assist others in this wonderful arena of the second half of life.
Barbara Doern Drew
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Barbara Doern Drew has worked deeply with the consciousness ideas of such teachers as G.I. Gurdjieff, Angeles Arrien, Ernest Holmes, and, currently, Jean Houston. She is a certified IONS ""Conscious Aging"" facilitator and edits books on, writes and teaches about, and engages in consciousness/spiritual practices in daily living. She and her husband, Walter, are cocreators of their program “Creative Aging: Embracing Life with Passion, Purpose, and Possibility.”TM

New York

Lin Murphy
Saratoga Springs, New York
Lin Murphy, MA is passionate about aging gracefully and well. She is 64 years young and says she's getting "lighter" as she ages. She holds a Masters degree in Psychology, is a Minister with Unity Church, a Life Coach, and a Yoga teacher. She has facilitated may discussion circles on various topics such as Conscious Evolution, Becoming your Essential Self, and Radical Self Care. Calling all those 50+ years to participate in a Conscious Aging discussion group. We will talk about the things there seems is no place to talk about: how we feel about our aging mind, body and spirit, how can we age successfully and joyfully and how can we prepare for our own death?
Deborah Serani, Psy.D.
Smithtown, New York
As a trained psychoanalyst, I have spent my life's work helping others build meaningful lives. Adding to this foundation is the path of learning how to age well - with insight, openness and acceptance. Conscious aging is a transformative experience that am privileged to offer as part of my treatment services.
Susan Starr, M.A., CHHC
Hauppauge, New York
Margo Steinfeld, LCSW, MA, Certified group psychotherapist
Brooklyn, New York
Are you a senior yearning to age more consciously through self-reflection, engaging in conversation circles, and connecting in a community with like-minded souls? I invite you to join me in this exploration in an 8-week workshop series in Conscious Aging created by IONS. I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in Brooklyn, NY and Boynton Beach, Florida. I have a psycho-spiritual approach to healing and growth and specialize in all relationship issues, working with individuals, couples, & facilitating groups as a Certified Group Psychotherapist. Please explore my website at and call me at 718-783-5066 or email me at for more information. Let the doors open to your own exciting journey as an elder!
Ruby Tsang
Brooklyn, New York
Counselor/Lecturer Hunter College/City University of New York 1973 to 2009 (retired) M.Ed Multicultural Education Consultant ESL Instruction Certified BA/MA As a life-long Educator by profession and training, I am excited to have discovered the work of Conscious Aging Workshops as a powerful tool for helping my peers with meeting the challenges of the next critical stage of life. As an experienced human relations facilitator, I hope to help elders in the workshops find meaning to their own journey as they move from self-reflection to joining others with shared experiences as the foundation for building the community of collective elderhood. I also see the work in the Conscious Aging Workshops as preparatory for an Inter-generational Consciousness on Aging.
Stephanie Ward, osf
Fayetteville, New York
I am a Franciscan Sister with Degrees in History, Religious Education and Spirituality. My experiences in ministry have include classrooms, parishes and retreat centers. I am passionate about helping others become all they are called to be.
Cynthia J. Wood, LCSW, MS
Baldwinsville, New York
As I age, I find myself not only trying to make meaning about the changes I go through, but also how I now fit into our culture and society. Sometimes it's frustrating, often enlightening, but always thought provoking! I look forward to facilitating a collaborative group conversation about how we might envision a soulful and purposeful life for ourselves using IONS's Conscious Aging Study Guide. I am a former licensed clinical social worker and have had extensive experience leading and teaching groups on a wide range of topics including life transitions, grief and loss, stress reduction and addiction. Personally, I practice meditation, energy work, walks in nature, spiritual contemplation, and a good dose of humor to help me find balance in mind, body and spirit.

North Carolina

Beth Bluth
Asheville, North Carolina
In every community that I have lived, I have always yearned for the wisdom of the elders in my community. I enjoy empowering elders to share what they have experienced in their lives and to validate what they have learned. I enjoy creating sacred space so that others can move through stuck patterns and more holistically re contextualize some of ""their stories"" to move with ease and grace to this ashram like chapter in their lives. I am a proponent of celebrating life and assisting others to connect with their inner guidance and feeling supported by others. ""It takes a village" is not only about raising children but holds true for being human and expressing our fullest potential.
Evalina Everidge
Asheville, North Carolina
For over 35 years I have assisted others in navigating life transitions. Much of that time I worked as a board certified psychiatric nurse in a variety of settings. My path subsequently led me to hospice, sharing the end of life journey with individuals and their family and friends. This has been a profound and humbling experience, one that provided valuable lessons guiding me now, as I choose to live a fulfilling, creative and spontaneous third act in my own life! I look forward to having this conversation with many others through sharing the rich exploration of the Conscious Aging course and workshops! I bring my life experience, professional knowledge and tools for body, mind and spirit I have accrued as a facilitator, guide, teacher and always, to the end, student.
Maggie Purnell
Asheville, North Carolina
The last 13 years of my nursing career have been working in Hospice. I have received many great life lessons from my patients during their dying process. The Conscious Aging course has elaborated on many of these lessons and more. My next passion in life is to share this wisdom with others.


Rev. Bob Meyer, D.Min
Wooster, Ohio
I have been a pastor for over 30 years, walking with people through all the stages of life. I am also a certified spiritual director through the Ignatian Spirituality Program, Cleveland Ohio. The image of the "fair witness" guides me in spiritual direction as one looks at oneself with a sense of wisdom and detachment. The overall spirit is to "keep the witness, throw out the judge."


Barbara Cowan
Salem, Oregon
I am a retired teacher with 30 years of experience and am now facilitating Conscious Aging workshops for anyone interested in providing a thoughtful and positive program on eldering and aging in today's society. Churchesmmunity groups, and senior centers, please contact me for more information.
Dean A. Derek
Portland, Oregon
Dean Derek is an engineering professional with experience leading groups in new technology development for over 35 years. He has multiple degrees in science and humanities. He has always held a belief we are all energetically connected to the universe.
Dr. John Kalb, MS, DC
Ashland, Oregon
John M. Kalb, MS DC is an educator, scientist, Chiropractor for over 30 years, and author of Winning at Aging. His passion is translating the latest scientific discoveries and psychological insights to inspire his patients, readers, and students. He is an adjunct faculty member at Southern Oregon University and a wellness coach for individuals and business.
Alexis McKenna, PhD
Talent, Oregon
With a PhD in Communication, and an MA in Counseling, Alexis has been a counselor, transpersonal coach, and university professor. Her skill in helping clients identify unique gifts and talents expands their sense of what is possible for them; this expanded sense of possibilities enables them to make more proactive choices and decisions about personal well-being, aging, and vitality.
John C. "Jake" McMichael
Wilsonville, Oregon
503-694-2127 H, 503-312-9596 C
I am retired from careers in the military and technical arenas. As I move into elderhood I am now favoring more right brain activities. Extensive prior facilitating experience in engineering project management/team start-ups is now being redirected toward assisting and aiding others on their life's path.
Marlene Mish
Medford, Oregon
Marlene Mish has been a teacherunselor and high school principal for over 35 years. She is a retired Executive Director of a Children's Advocacy Center. In her over 40 years of public service, she has facilitated thousands of workshops for youth, adults and now is actively working with elders. Conscious Aging and Writing as Legacy are her passions as she enters her own third act.
Nancy Sawtelle
Fall Creek, Oregon
I live in beautiful Oregon where nature provides me with a rich metaphor for aging. I am trained as a Life Coach as well as recently certified as a Women's Retreat Leader. I am excited to offer IONS Conscious Aging Workshops where transformation emerges out of conversation circles!
Barbara E. Solomon, RN (retired)
Portland, Oregon
Barbara Solomon is an acupuncturist and retired RN who has worked in health care since the 1970s in private practice, ICU and other settings doing patient care, research, and teaching. Dealing with aging issues herself, and currently enrolled in a holistic coaching program, she wants to help others explore how to approach aging with love, dignity and an open heart.
Micki Turner, MSW, Ph.D.
Bend, Oregon
With over 10 years of experience designing and facilitating personal/spiritual growth classes and workshops and 35 years as a private practice social worker, I look forward to facilitating the workshop Conscious Aging. The challenges and losses of my life have sent me deep into the Truth of my Being including as a student of Consciousness. I feel honored, as a certified facilitator, to be able to assist others in their growth and expansiveness beyond their limiting beliefs and concepts that keep them from being the source of healing we need at this critical time in our history.


Diane Catrambone
Coatesville, Pennsylvania
Diane Catrambone, lifelong learner, spiritual warrior and coach by trade brings her experience in the health and wellness industry and passion for searching to the third phase of life. She is interested in working with baby boomers/elders who are open to learning new ways to be in this vastly changing culture. Her intention is to conduct Conscious Aging workshops virtually, so no matter where you live,get in touch! Live long with love!
Carolyn Heil, Ph.D.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
I have enjoyed working with people across all agesreers, and interest areas. Throughout my career, I have found that the most satisfying experiences are those which promote personal growth and transformation. I am presently involved with groups of people who enjoy life and who continue to inspire me to enjoy mine and who encourage me to share the Conscious Aging workshop with elders in our area. I welcome inquiries from those who are or wish to become vital and purposeful as elders and influencers in their communities. Together, we can make a difference!
Nancy O'Toole
Media, Pennsylvania
Founder of Live At Home Seniors, Nancy is a certified trainer with 25 years of Human Resources experience. She is resourceful and passionate about providing the aging and their families with choices to improve quality of life. Contact Nancy for information on scheduling a Conscious Aging workshop for your group.
Susan Lebby Spector, M.A.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Have you heard the phrase, “growing older ain’t for sissies”? Do you believe that? Would you like to develop the inner strength and resilience to cope with the knocks, challenges and losses that inevitably come with having a body? Are you interested in creating your own vision of aging, with an open mind, compassionate heart and soaring spirit? If you suspect there’s something more for you and would like to make the rest of life, the best of life, I’d love to hear from you. For 40 years, as a psychotherapist, life coach and teacher, I’ve worked with individuals (in person or by phone), couples, families and groups to help them dramatically improve the experience of their lives. I have an M.A. in Clinical Psychology, am a graduate of CoachU, The Family Institute of Philadelphia and The School for Enlightenment and Healing. Most recently, I became a Certified Facilitator of the IONS Conscious Aging workshop. I know it’s never too late to make meaningful positive change and never too early to start. I also welcome inquiries from groups and organizations interested in programs for living and aging consciously. Please contact me through my website or by phone.

South Carolina

Simone Guenette MSN, RN
Fort Mill, South Carolina
I have held a variety of clinical and teaching positions that included group facilitation and supervision. I have had a considerable number of years in psychiatric nursing including hospice experience. My personal spiritual quest led me to a school of healing that focused on the study of human energy consciousness and personal transformation. My personal and professional transformations have been closely interwoven. As I evolved I have sought to shepherd others to challenge their limited beliefs and images. Facilitating conscious aging just seems to be my natural next step in a long journey of exploring consciousness. it is what led me to IONS many years ago and continues to hold my passion. My recent relocation to an active adult community presents a perfect setting where I can begin to offer this important work.


Rosemary B. Davis, CPC
Oakland, Tennessee


Bob Harbuck
Lufkin, Texas
Anna Donihoo, MFA, MSW, LCSW
Nacogdoches, Texas
(936) 622-0993
Anna Donihoo, MFA, MSW, LCSW is a social worker in the Nacogdoches, TX area. While she is a licensed clinical social worker, Anna also has a background in fine arts which she often draws on when working with clients. She has several years experience working in both the nursing home and hospice settings. Through her work with terminally ill individuals and their families Anna has developed a special interest in the aging population. She is looking forward to helping clients develop useful tools to navigate this challenging chapter in life, as well as learning from them. The Conscious Aging Group will be offered through Dogwood Mental Health and Wellness located in Nacogdoches, TX.
Beverly Featherston, LCSW
Houston , Texas
Beverly Featherston, graduated from the MSW program at San Diego State in 1989. Currently reside in Houston, Texas. She assessed a need for seniors to have a safe place to discuss aging from a spiritual and psychological perspective and offer each other a shared wisdom. Conscious Aging workshops/discussion groups can meet that need.
Susan B. Mishal
San Antonio, Texas
Susan brings years of self-study and spiritual practice to her work as a Conscious Aging facilitator. She has experience working with older adults, including people in nursing homes and hospice. These experiences inform her transition, and her support of the transition of others, as we take this life journey together.
Mary Anne Reed, PhD, LMFT-S
Dallas, Texas


Marilyn Patterson Toone
Pleasant View, Utah


Hayat Donna Bain, MSN, RN
Richmond metro area, Virginia
I am a holistic nurse, interfaith minister, transformational musician, teacher and healer in private practice, with degrees in nursing, psychology, and music, and with 35 years of experience teaching, managing being a team leader. I feel called to support and uplift individuals, families and groups as they move through transitions and challenges. I invite individuals, groups and organizations interested in programs for living and aging consciously to contact me.
Robin L. Hills, DNP, NP-C
Richmond, Virginia
It's never too late to consider Mary Oliver's question:"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" With 20 years of nurse practitioner and nurse educator experience, Dr. Hills will create a safe and caring space for individuals anticipating in their third act of life, to explore this course. A teaching and nursing career focused on health and wellness qualifies her to serve as a Conscious Aging facilitator. She looks forward to joining with others in creating a new vision for aging.


Denise Long, MEd
Vancouver , Washington
Now that she's retired from public school teaching, Denise shares her joy for conscious living in various ways and with a wide age-range of people. She is the author/illustrator of the Art of Heart Awakening Contemplation Deck and Daily Meditation Book. Denise also teaches area elders how to write legacy letters so they may share their stories with their descendants. She welcomes opportunities to share Conscious Aging with church groups, community college Mature Learning classes, organizations, hospice centers and retirement homes.
Kurt Nicholson
Seattle, Washington

West Virginia

Robert M Hunter
Cottageville, West Virginia


Patricia Zealley
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Patricia Zealley is a seasoned woman, a spiritual guide and transition companion, and a retired pastor. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and writes a blog called View from Over the Hill. Conscious aging calls her to age with grace.


Loran Hills, M. Coun.
Sheridan, Wyoming