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Meet Our Staff

Meet our Seattle-based staff. Also, below, meet our program teams in Schools, Clergy, and Health Care, and our Founders.

Shelly FrancisShelly FrancisMarketing & Communications Director. She is author of our newest book (which debuted in February 2018), The Courage Way: Leading & Living with Integrity. Shelly leads the creative strategy and implementation for all communications, including social media, fundraising, member communications, plus website and blog development. Shelly previously directed the trade marketing and publicity for Sounds True, the multi-media publisher featured in the book Reinventing Organizations and publisher of Parker Palmer’s audio, An Undivided Life. Before that, she had her own website design agency for clients in healthcare, non-profits, education, and small business. She also coordinated international activities for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information. Shelly is author of Damocles’ Wife, her memoir and resource on cancer caregiving and long-term survival.

Carolina BoteroCarolina Botero provides administrative support for the Executive Director, Program Coordinator, Leading Together program and the Healthcare Team. Carolina is pursing a DMA in music-vocal performance at the University of Washington, and comes to the Center with 10 years of experience as an executive assistant and paralegal. She also spent many years in Houston as a Spanish-English tutor and interpreter, as well as a bilingual music and dance teacher at a Houston elementary school. Carolina grew up in Colombia and also speaks Italian and German. Carolina loves the outdoors, reading, cooking, meditation, yoga and specially spending time with her family and dogs. She enjoys playing the piano and guitar.

Raven DudleyRaven Dudley recently earned her MBA in Project Management from Northwest University, and has degrees in business management and business/accounting. She has over 13 years accounting experience, including her own bookkeeping business. Before joining CCR, Raven worked for National CASA in accounting and fundraising. A lifelong Seattleite, Raven loves spending time with family and friends, volunteering, and is a proud mother to her daughter, Kadra. She is also beginning to study for her CPA license.

Christine Herbert, Office Manager & Program Coordinator, joined the staff in 2014. Christine previously served as an administrator for an international logistics software firm, where she specialized in customs regulatory compliance, database networking, and customer service. She has a passion for serving others and promoting healthier lifestyles. Her experience in capacity building groups of spa professionals and community volunteers spans more than fifteen years. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia as an adjunct for the Ministry of Health, and later became general manager of a non-profit vocational school in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Kathryn McElveen is director of our Young Leaders programs. She is a professional leadership coach (PCC) and Courage & Renewal® facilitator whose work helps emerging and established leaders increase capacities for personal, organizational, and cultural transformation. Kathryn thrives in creating spaces where differences among people are valued and hearts and minds can expand to integrate new awareness. As a community activist, she works towards systemic reform in racial and gender equity, interfaith collaboration, and building healthy communities. Kathryn is an ordained clergyperson in the United Methodist Church, where she has served as a congregational pastor and leadership formation consultant, and is the co-author of ‘Faith Coaching: A Conversational Approach to Helping Others Move Forward in Faith’ (2008) and ‘The Faith Coaching Toolkit’ (2009). Kathryn lives in Travelers Rest, South Carolina with her husband, Rimes, and their four young children. Together they enjoy exploring rivers and trails, growing food, learning new things, and adding love and light to the world.

Eryn Spence, Community Engagement & Evaluation Coordinator, joined the Courage & Renewal team in September 2016. She holds a degree in Global Studies with a specialization in global violence, conflict, and human rights issues. Eryn has previously worked as a teacher in Beijing, China, managed volunteer programs for the Arizona chapter of an international youth empowerment NGO, trained in non-profit management in Delhi, India, and led life enrichment programming for Seattle elders. She is passionate about promoting holistic improvement in health and education services. Eryn loves studying languages, practicing yoga, and traveling.

Alexa Strabuk, Marketing & Communications Assistant, is a multidisciplinary storyteller and community advocate. She has worked as a reporter, editor, illustrator, and editorial intern for publications including ELLEMs., YES!The Student Life, and Mochi. Having been active in community organizing spaces up and down the West Coast, her zeal for racial and economic justice, immigrant advocacy, and anti-oppression praxis remains the driving force behind both her journalism and her content creation. Alexa has a B.A in Media Studies and a minor in Asian American Studies. Outside of work, one might find her drawing comics, scouring the city for a nice dog to pet, or fervently eating a taco.

Courage in Schools Program Team

Margaret Golden, Program Director of Leading Together, is a Professor and the Director of Courage to Teach® at Dominican University of California. Her passions include educational equity and the study of social-emotional development and spirituality in children and adults. Margaret is the mother of two beautiful adult daughters of whom she is very proud. She lives in Berkeley, California with her partner, David, and dog, Eli. She enjoys the practice of yoga, long walks in the hills, and quality time with family and friends.

Pamela Seigle, M.S. is on the Advisory Team for the Courage in Schools program. She is also founder of the nationally recognized Open Circle Program, a social and emotional learning program based at the Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College. Pamela co-authored the Open Circle Curriculum and the Open Circle Parent Program. She is on the Leadership Council of the Initiative on Contemplative Education at the Garrison Institute and the Passageworks Advisory Board. Pamela is a community activist in Boston. She served as a Trustee of the Boston Public Library and chaired its Trustees’ Education Committee, which she founded to link the Library with public schools. She was a Director of the Boston Public Library Foundation and the Urban Libraries Council. She is currently a member of the Library’s Compass Strategic Planning Committee. Pamela is on the board of the Conservatory Lab Charter School and the JazzBoston advisory council. See Pamela’s facilitator profile.

Chip Wood, M.S.W. is on the Advisory Team with Pamela Seigle, for the Courage in Schools program. He has been an activist in the fields of education and child development for the past forty years, with extensive experience as a classroom teacher and principal in both public and private schools. He was a co-founder and co-developer of The Responsive Classroom® approach of professional development, and executive director of its non-profit organization, Northeast Foundation for Children. Chip is author of Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom, Age 4-14 (NEFC, 2007 revised), Time to Teach, Time to Learn (NEFC, 1999), and co-author of Responsive School Discipline, as well as numerous book chapters and articles. See Chip’s facilitator profile.

Lisa Sankowski, M.Ed., is on the Advisory Team for the Courage in Schools and Courage & Renewal in Health Care programs. Lisa has worked for over twenty-five years in leadership roles in non-profit organizations that serve adults and children in creative learning environments, including the Boston Children’s Museum and the Open Circle Social Competency Program. She is an artist and a hospice volunteer for the Visiting Nurses Association Care Network in Massachusetts. See Lisa’s facilitator profile.

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Clergy Program Team

John Fenner is Director of the Facilitator Preparation Program as well as Programs for Clergy and Congregational Leaders. He has been facilitating Courage & Renewal retreats since 2003 with people from a variety of backgrounds and professions. Previously, John worked as a consultant to nonprofits, churches, and communities on conflict resolution, dialogue, racial equity, and organizational/community change processes. Between 1989 and 2006, John served as Executive Director of the Center for Dialogue, a community-based nonprofit dedicated to the promotion of peaceful communities and positive change in individuals and organizations. See John’s facilitator profile.

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Health Care Program Team

Hanna B. Sherman, MD, is the Program Co-Director of Health and Health Care for the Center for Courage & Renewal, an organization dedicated to supporting a more just, compassionate, and healthy society by helping people bring more integrity and wholeness into their work places and lives.  In her role, Hanna works with leaders and organizations in health and health care nationally and internationally to develop safe and trustworthy spaces for personal and professional growth, positive change, and life-giving choices.  Organizations Hanna has worked with include Mayo Clinic Florida, Mission Health System, and Cambridge Health Alliance.  Since 2008, she has co-led Courage to Lead®, a retreat series for professional development and renewal for leaders in health care and other serving professions.  Hanna writes and speaks nationally about professional formation, inner leadership, and relational trust in organizations.  Her former consulting group, Relationship Centered Health Care, was a forerunner of promoting relationship centered leadership and care.  In 2010 Hanna co-founded Partners for ACCESS, an organization supporting a medical clinic, nursing school, and community development center in rural Uganda. A pediatrician by training, Hanna received her medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her internship and residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. See Hanna’s facilitator profile.

Herdley Paolini, Ph.D, joined as the Program Co-Director of Health and Health Care in spring 2015 and has been a Courage & Renewal Facilitator since 2011. Herdley is a licensed psychologist, teacher, and author. She has over 30 years of experience in the counseling field. In 2014 she founded The Institute for Physician Integration, an organization dedicated to the well-being and Leadership Development of Physicians. Prior to her current position, she created and for 12 years she directed the Department of Physician Support Services at Florida Hospital where she also focused exclusively on the development, integration, and wellness of physicians. Her work takes a prevention perspective, influencing both individual as well as organizational change through CME curriculum, leadership development, and creative programming. She holds a Ph.D. in counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University and she is the author of ‘Inside the Mind of a Physician,’ published in 2009. ‘Inside the Mind,’focuses on understanding physicians and their world through the lenses of their personality characteristics, their training, and the current culture and environment of medicine practice. See Herdley’s facilitator profile.

Learn about Courage & Renewal in Health Care.


Parker J. Palmer, founder and senior partner emeritus, is a world-renowned writer, speaker and activist. His wisdom has reached millions worldwide through his nine books, including Healing the Heart of Democracy, A Hidden Wholeness, Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, The Active Life, To Know as We Are Known, The Company of Strangers and The Promise of Paradox. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, along with ten honorary doctorates, two Distinguished Achievement Awards from the National Educational Press Association, an Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press, and major grants from the Danforth Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, and the Fetzer Institute. In 2011, Palmer was named an Utne Reader Visionary, one of “25 people who are changing your world.” Read more about Parker…

Marcy Jackson, co-founder and Senior Fellow, served as Co-Director of the Center for 13 years. Her primary responsibilities include leadership of CCR’s Courage to Lead for Young Leaders & Activists, supporting the ongoing development of facilitators in the Courage Collaboration, and contributing to the dissemination of ideas and stories related to the Circle of Trust approach through writing. She has been facilitating Circle of Trust retreats since 1996 with people from a variety of backgrounds and professions. Previously, Marcy worked extensively with individuals, groups, and families as a child and family therapist, grief counselor and group facilitator. See Marcy’s facilitator profile.

Rick Jackson, co-founder and Senior Fellow, focuses primarily on developing programs for leaders and partnerships/special projects with kindred organizations. Rick has been facilitating Circle of Trust retreats since 1996 with people from a variety of backgrounds and professions. Rick consults and speaks with non-profit organizations and foundations on a range of topics, including sustaining the identity and integrity of teachers and leaders, community leadership development, and strategies to foster long-term social change. He was an executive with the YMCA for 25 years. See Rick’s facilitator profile.

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