Sarah MacDougall, Ed.D., has been a board member for fifteen years. Circle is Sarah’s passion. Since sitting in her first circle in 1993, she has practiced circle process in her professional and personal life. A former high school science teacher, Sarah earned a doctorate in educational leadership and change in 2005. Her dissertation is an ethnographic study of PeerSpirit circle (The Circle Way) as transformative process. There is a pressing need for humans to listen to one another, collaboratively create solutions, and take action to assure a more equitable and just world. Circle provides a way to do this.
Tenneson Woolf (www.tennesonwoolf.com) is a facilitator, workshop leader, speaker, and writer. He designs and leads meetings in participative formats. To help people be smarter together. To get people interacting with each other — learning together, building relationships, and focused on projects. From strategic visioning with boards to large conference design. Living systems, self-organization, and emergence inspire his work. In 1993 Tenneson began working through The Berkana Institute, a group of global friends and practitioners working to bring forward new leadership forms. It was there that he first encountered PeerSpirit and began practicing deliberate forms of circle that are now at the heart of all of his work. He sees these forms as supporting a wholeness consciousness in the world and in himself. Tenneson is also a long time steward in the Art of Hosting community of practice. His educational background includes a Masters Degree in Organizational Behavior and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. He lives in both Lindon, Utah and Seattle, Washington.
Nancy Fritsche Eagan (www.peoplepotential.org) is founder and President of People Potential and has provided consultation and training services to public and social sector organizations for over 20 years. She applies her direct services and management experiences in government and the social sector to her work. She is a specialist in change strategies, relationship and community building, leadership development and project management. Nancy designs meetings to foster meaningful conversations in support of collaborative and inclusive processes. Nancy is known for her ability to create and customize services and interventions that are suited to the needs of each organization.
Shelly Jurmain, CPA, has over 30 years of business and accounting experience in governmental and non-profit organizations. She was first exposed to The Circle Way circle practice while attending the Arizona Council of Grandmothers Annual Gathering in 2008 and fell in love with the circle process. She is looking forward to bringing two passions of her life, accounting and circle practice, together as she takes a seat on the rim of The Circle Way board.
Beth Sanders (www.populus.ca) works and volunteers in local government and community organizations that strive to make the most of the limited human and financial resources available while supporting the three pillars of a sustainable community: economic, social and environmental networks. Beth facilitates and coaches local decision making with processes that create a strong focus, allowing each organization to be purposeful and calm amid fierce storms of competing demands, both at the board table and within communities. Under current exploration is the evolutionary relationship between citizens and cities.
Katharine Weinmann, MSW, CPF (www.katharineweinmann.com) is honored to sit on the rim of The Circle Way board as a realization of her commitment to steward the global movement of The Circle Way. She is a practitioner of circle, embodying its wisdom, form and values in her hosting and facilitation. Katharine introduced circle practice and the Art of Hosting to leaders and staff within a large metropolitan school district to heartfully and mindfully invite meaningful conversation, authentic engagement and satisfying learning. Since stepping into her encore in 2012, Katharine has hosted circle practica in her community, and continues to support leaders as they attend to their inner lives to live, learn and lead with courage, clarity, compassion and creativity.
Amanda Fenton (amandafenton.com) worked in the co-operative sector for nearly seventeen years with thirteen of them in Human Resources, including HR consulting, leadership and organizational development, change projects and collaborative strategic planning processes. She is a co-teacher of The Art of Hosting and The Circle Way, and is skilled in designing participatory gatherings using circle-based methods such as The Circle Way, Open Space Technology, World Cafe, Collective Story Harvest and others to host and harvest conversations for thoughtful change, working with non-profits, churches, schools, other organizations and networks.