The IEA is led by a Global Board of Directors. Board members are selected from the membership at large and from The General Assembly of Affiliates and Chapters. (The General Assembly of Affiliates and Chapters meet once a year and is comprised of representatives from the IEA Affiliates and Chapters.) IEA Global Board members serve up to two three-year terms. The Board meets monthly via teleconference with two in-person meetings, January and July, at the location of the IEA Global Conference. Contact the IEA Office if you are interested in serving on the IEA Board of Directors.
The group of IEA Founders created a rotating Board of Directors with a Board President. IEA Board Presidents have included: Maria Beesing, Peg Fischer, Patrick O’Leary, Theodorre Donson, Paul Bonham, Helen Peacock, George McCaul, Bonnie Fowke, Tom Flautt, Ginger Lapid-Bogda, Beatrice Chestnut, Uranio Paes, Deborah Ooten, Mario Sikora, Maria Jose Munita, Lynda Roberts, Curt Micka, and Patrick Kayrooz.
Board of Directors
CO-PRESIDENT – LOS ANGELES, CA, USA
Jan Shegda is an executive coach, consultant, and founder of Clarity Coaching. She is certified with Enneagram Spectrum, a trained guide with Enneagram Prison Project, an IEA Accredited Professional, and in the process of completing level 1 certification with Awareness to Action. She holds Masters degrees in Clinical Psychology and Spiritual Formation, certifications in Organizational Behavior and Executive Coaching, and is an ICF credentialed coach at the PCC level. Jan specializes in career and organizational development, often using the Enneagram, MBTI and/or StrengthsFinder with clients.
After attending 2 IEA conferences, Jan founded the IEA Colorado chapter with 5 other enthusiasts in 2015 and joined the global board in 2017. In her roles with the IEA, Jan’s mission is to co-create spaces of belonging, meaning, and acceptance.
CO-PRESIDENT, US CHAPTERS CHAIR, ACCREDITATION CO-CHAIR – MAPLE PLAIN, MN, USA
Carla Smith first discovered the Enneagram over 20 years ago while working as general counsel and a senior manager in a large financial services company. She has studied with a wide variety of Enneagram teachers and received a Full Circle Enneagram Training Certification. Since leaving the corporate world and active law practice, Carla has applied her governance and policy background to service on the boards of mission-driven non-profits and cooperatives. In addition to the global IEA Board, Carla currently serves on the Board of the IEA’s Minnesota Chapter. She is a 2018 graduate of the Center for Action and Contemplation’s Living School, and is passionate about life-long learning, gardening, sustainability, wilderness and her human and canine family. She is also the host and promoter of a house concert series, Sun Dog Farm Concerts, supporting the performance of original acoustic music at her rural home.
TREASURER, AFFILIATES CO-CHAIR – BARCELONA, SPAIN
Montse Fernandez has a degree in Business Administration. Degree in Research and Market Techniques and Master international in business and life coaching, Master in Supply Chain Management. She is Enneagram certified with the accredited Enneagram school “Master de Eneagrama e Inteligencia Relacional”, and she has “The Awareness to Action Enneagram Certification Program” with Mario Sikora. She works as a Raw Materials Manager for a medical devices multinational company. She is an IEA Accredited Professional and a Member of IEA Spain.
SECRETARY, MEMBERSHIP CHAIR – SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA
The Rev. Trent J. Thornley, J.D. educates spiritual care leaders in a clinical context using the Enneagram, and he facilitates Enneagram workshops. He is an ACPE Certified Educator Candidate at UCSF Health in San Francisco. Trent is an ordained minister in the Metropolitan Community Churches, and an ordained Buddhist Dharma Leader in the Nyingma lineage of Anam Thubten. Trent holds a J.D. degree from Indiana University, an M.A. degree in Buddhist Studies from the Graduate Theological Union, and a Certificate in Buddhist Chaplaincy from Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, California. Trent maintains the website www.LivingEnneagram.com.
MARKETING CO-CHAIR – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Andrew Derkatch, is a Principal Graphic Designer and Horticulturist at AECOM in Sydney Australia. He is a team leader and mentor for the Design + Planning team at AECOM. Andrew has a Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture and an Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design. He was introduced to the Enneagram over 13 years ago and has undertaken trainings with Peter O’Hanrahan, Patrick Kayrooz at Enneagram HQ and Uranio Paes. He has a passion for connecting with and understanding why people do what they do. Being a graphic designer, he has a great fascination in the relationship of sacred geometry and the Enneagram and how this can be applied in the world.
BOARD MEMBER, OMAHA NE, USA
Having spent nearly three decades in community organizing and international humanitarian work, Chris’s commitment to supporting movements that exist to nurture community remains his passion. in 2012, Chris Heuertz co-founded Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism to support the development of consciousness by making contemplative practice accessible to individuals, communities, and organizations who engage in challenging social justice perils of our time. He’s authored 5 books including his most recent the award-winning and best-selling book, The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth and the upcoming The Enneagram of Belonging: A Compassionate Journey of Self-Acceptance. He and his wife, Phileena, and their puppy, Basil, live in Omaha, and you can follow his work at gravitycenter.com
BOARD MEMBER, MASON, IL, USA
Teresa McCloy is an executive coach, consultant, speaker/trainer and Founder and CEO of the REALIFE Process®, LLC. She is certified with ©iEnneagram Motions of the Soul and is an IEA Accredited Professional. Teresa is also a certified Spiritual Director through Sustainable Faith and an ICF Credentialed Coach at the ACC level. She has a passion to help coaches and spiritual directors use the tool of the Enneagram to know their REALSELF well and then bring the tool into their business practice to serve their clients and grow their business. Teresa provides ongoing training and group facilitation for coaches using the Enneagram as well as for those discovering the Enneagram through her weekly podcast The Enneagram in your REALIFE. She lives with her husband on their 3rd generation family grain farm in the Midwest region of the United States.
2019 CONFERENCE CO-CHAIR – REGINA, SK, CANADA
Brian is a certified coach, Enneagram Teacher and Nine Domains Facilitator. He started Be Mindfully Well, to work with individuals, couples, families and organizations in 2010. Brian wishes he had the knowledge of the Enneagram when he taught for 12 years in inner city Toronto. When he moved to Regina and shifted to working for the church in adult education, supporting congregations and leadership across the country, he was encouraged and supported to learn about the Enneagram. So it seemed only natural to develop a business to continue to deepen this understanding, by sharing and working with others that want to meet the challenges of everyday living with an open heart.
Deborah Threadgill Egerton
BOARD MEMBER, FRESNO, CA, USA
As the founder of Trinity Transition Consultants, Llc Dr. Deborah Threadgill Egerton is an internationally respected psychotherapist with a diverse professional background. A dynamic speaker, business consultant, Executive coach and Enneagram Master Teacher, Deborah offers an alternative path to “doing what you’ve always done and getting the same unsatisfying result”. Deborah teaches the Enneagram as an integral component in the mechanism of healing across differences in the many dimensions of our human diversity. “Bigotry and bias inflict wounds that are difficult to heal. When left unattended these wounds fester causing pain in the individuals leading to seemingly unrepairable devastation to the fabric of our society. Deborah’s evolution as a change agent and social justice warrior is rooted in her own journey. “My father told me that when you are blessed you must be a blessing to others. I honor that to the best of my ability.” Deborah pioneered the development of “The Platinum Connection, building bridges across differences”; and has launched the Enneagram Healing Humanity Collaborative bringing the Enneagram to homeless shelters and communities that work with men and women who are marginalized.
AFFILIATES CO-CHAIR, ACCREDITATION CO-CHAIR – STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Tina is a Riso-Hudson certified Enneagram teacher and ICF coach with a previous career within banking. She founded the company Enneagram Center in 2008 and has ever since – together with her business partner – used the Enneagram in organizations for the purpose of enhancing self-awareness and communication. They have also created the first ever Enneagram certification program in Sweden. In 2015 they published their own Enneagram book – one of few in Swedish. She initiated the start of the Swedish Enneagram Association in 2011. Tina is a member of the Scandinavian Diamond Approach group. What motivates her in her work is helping people understand and accept themselves and each other.
Earl J. Wagner
TECHNOLOGY CHAIR – SANTA CRUZ, CA, USA
Earl J. Wagner, Ph.D. is a software engineer at Google. He has long been fascinated by the variety of perspectives that we as different individuals hold. This led him to discover the Enneagram nearly ten years ago, and to appreciate how it illuminates our personal motivations. He has trained with Russ Hudson and the teachers of the Enneagram Institute, and Katherine Chernick and David Fauvre, and attended the workshops of various other teachers. He is also involved in the US Nonviolent Communication (NVC) community having trained, and assisted in trainings, on both the East Coast and West Coast.
EXTERNAL RELATIONS CO-CHAIR, SCHOLARSHIP CHAIR – PETERSHAM, MA, USA
Bart Wendell, Ph.D. is a psychologist serving as facilitator, advisor and coach to leaders and their families. He is also ‘The Migraine-Free Coach’ for those suffering from chronic migraines. The Enneagram has informed all facets of his life since 2001. As a master facilitator and trusted adviser, his clients have included organizations such as The International Monetary Fund, PBS and NPR (US Public Broadcasting), WestRock, The Ford Foundation, The United States Air Force Academy and the Harvard Business School Executive Leadership Program. Bart earned his B.A. from Wesleyan University and Ph.D. in Psychology and Organizational Development from Duke University. He has a career-long commitment to public education as a past school board member and decades-long consultant to area public secondary schools. Bart currently serves in the elected position of Town Moderator in the rural town of Petersham, MA. He is a past Vice President of the IEA. He lives with his wife Sandra, a visual artist and their pets. Happily, their two adult children, both live their own lives within driving distance.