I enjoy working at GuideSpring and being able to pass on some of the gifts given to me on my journey. My experiences at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) at a crucial time in my life when I was experiencing the trauma of a church conflict was transformational. I received a bachelors in conflict transformation and sociology from EMU and continued my studies in Restorative Justice and Trauma at EMU. I enjoy walking with others in their journeys with conflict and brokenness experienced in community and therefore hoping to repair in community.
I am drawn to offering a peaceful presence to those who are suffering or who are experiencing struggles with connecting to themselves, others and God. I am trained and licensed as a social worker and attended Eastern Mennonite University and received my Master’s at Temple University and meet people through the lens of story, attachment and trauma. I enjoy meeting with individual clients as well as couples. I work with all ages of clients and especially delight when I have the opportunity to work with children and teens.
I enjoy meeting with people to help them learn about themselves and their relationships through the lens of the Enneagram. I am a deep listener and able to ask curious non-judgmental questions to help people see themselves and others around them more clearly. I received training through the International Enneagram Association as well as training on trauma and restorative processes. I care deeply about the work of grief and know from personal experience the pain of many losses in my life.
I enjoy greeting and caring for people where they're at, whether they call or come into the office. People come into the office with the weight of the world. I hope that by coming into the office I am able to help lessen their load and let them know this is a safe space for them to be in and different from the rest of the world. I enjoy helping and caring for the staff in their needs as well. I enjoy trying to do better and learning new ways of hospitality and what that can and does look like. While I’ve only been here a short time I’ve grown and learned so much. I’m thankful to be here and know you will be too.
I feel called to walk with those who are struggling financially, recognizing the benefits of the numerous supports I have received that others with different life stories have not. I continue to recognize the traumatizing impact of life with a continuous scarcity of resources, including lack of any close community support. As a semi-retired engineer, I seek to provide a big picture overview for clients and GuideSpring, as we look to bring emotional health to an ever-expanding community where everyone’s story is heard and valued. I hope to partner with others in providing a glimpse of the “blessed community” in which I want to participate in.
I have a passion for the mission and vision of GuideSpring. I enjoy offering creative budgeting and administrative support to help provide financial sustainability for the ongoing work of GuideSpring. My deep conviction that God and people are generous, spurs me on in my work and encourages me in my own healing journey.
As an adult who has struggled with negative thinking patterns that I learned from my own trauma; I wish to listen and to pass on this torch of hope to other women that has helped me on my journey toward better mental health.
I am a Story Coach because I love stories and story-telling has been a huge part of my own healing. To be able to sit with people and regularly hear their stories, documenting the stories in a way that lasts, and helping them make sense of their experiences is a real dream-come-true. I've written a few of my own books and have dug deep in the process myself and now it's time to help others with theirs. I have my Bachelor's degree in Psychology currently, and am continuing on to get my Masters as well. I want people to know I see them and their process because I have lived it, I believe them, and I know that this process can lead towards more healing and wholeness
I love a good story. I see how every single person holds a story inside of them that begs to be listened to and cared about. Stories have always captured me and drawn me in a way that few other things do. My love for listening to people's stories is born out of my own past and realizing that I also have a story that is unique to me. I have done courses through the Allender Center on story work and family of origin and also done conferences by Adam Young. I enjoy therapeutic approaches to people's stories and helping people connect present behaviors to past experiences of harm and trauma.
After suppressing my emotions for the first 25-30 years of my life, I'm very interested in learning more about how accepting the full range of emotions can benefit relationships in community settings. I have a longing to encourage people to expand their thinking, because that can help us to be more open to other people's stories. Acknowledging the legitimacy of other people's experience seems huge in any form of restorative justice.When I was invited to team up with Katherine as director of Mentoring College it seemed like a good opportunity to have a connection with the Guidespring community and to explore ways that Katherine and I could combine our gifts to contribute to more authentic relationships for us and communities around us.
I have lived my entire life cross-culturally, whether it be mainstream or Old Order or Puerto Rican, atheist, Catholic, or Anabaptist. Marvin and I are raising our children cross-culturally by default. I have spent 18 years in the midwifery world navigating between hospital birth and out-of-hospital birth "plain" community and "mainstream" community. I love sitting in a Mentoring College classroom setting and swapping stories with others who are wondering "how does community really work...successfully?" I, too, want to know how can we really care for each other when we often find we don't understand each other or even our own selves.
I love connecting with everyone at GuideSpring as I appreciate when people strive to live in a restorative way. I first learned about Restorative Justice and other restorative practices 25 years ago when my husband and I were living in Rochester, NY. Since coming to central PA, my interest in this field has grown, and I've been expanding my learning. I want to be part of creating safe spaces for important dialogues and wider conversations using circles and a restorative consciousness. As a retired nurse, it may seem like a stretch to now work in areas of storytelling and community building, but I find joy in creating and holding spaces for difficult conversations, which can happen anywhere!
Joining Guide Spring's Restorative Justice/Conflict
Resolution team has been hugely helpful in our marriage and really, life in general. As we study the many different lenses through which people see things, it helps us understand so much about conflict and ourselves. Also, learning how our past experiences, whether good or bad, affect our current way of doing things, is tremendously eye opening, thus it's our desire to walk with others too as they address hard things in life.
John & Joanna Hoover
I first came to GuideSpring through helping people with mental health issues one on one. When I saw Restorative Justice, I became more interested in working in a group because of some of my family experiences. I was also interested in seeing how Restorative Justice could help with church issues.