Global Board

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

Jan Shegda

CO-PRESIDENT, MEMBERSHIP CHAIR, NOMINATING CHAIR, EVENTS CHAIR, EXTERNAL RELATIONS CO-CHAIR – 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.

Carla Smith

CO-PRESIDENT, US CHAPTERS CHAIR, ACCREDITATION 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.

Montse Fernandez

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.

Trent Thornley

SECRETARY, 2021 CONFERENCE CO-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.

Annabella Al-Nafusi

BOARD MEMBER – COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
Annabella AL-Nafusi is a teacher specialized in the cognitive mediating and mental training arena, mainly in services for people with special needs. She is an Enneagram, NLP & Performance Coach, as well as a Healer, Stress Release, and Regression Therapist.

She shares a personal and miraculous experience with the Enneagram in the international bestseller book ‘Ignite Love’, about how ‘The Lost Childhood Messages’ can be used as powerful love messages.

She started the biggest and liveliest Danish Enneagram Community 10 years ago, as well as a Type 7 Ennea-group. In 2020 she became the vice-chairman of IEA Denmark.

Stephanie Davis

SOCIAL MEDIA CHAIR, COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR, INNOVATION CO-CHAIR – SAN DIEGO, CA, USA
Stephanie Davis is educated in Psychology, Business, and Systems Theory and runs a coaching/consulting/training company helping people and companies express their fullest potential. She encountered the Enneagram in the late 80s and with the gluttony of a 7, voraciously consumed everything she could find on it. She studied extensively with Claudio Naranjo, Don Riso, Russ Hudson, Helen Palmer, David Daniels, Tom Condon, Eli Jackson Bear, and Robert Holden and has since taken over a hundred workshops with other Enneagram teachers. She is certified in the Narrative Tradition and accredited with distinction as a professional with the IEA. She has been passionately bringing the Enneagram to people and companies in 14 countries over the past 30 years. She is married with 6 kids and 2 grandkids (plus a menagerie of animals) so she sees the Enneagram playing out in new and exciting ways every day.

Andrew Derkatch

MARKETING CHAIR, TECHNOLOGY 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.

Deborah Threadgill Egerton

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION CO-CHAIR, ENNEAGROUPS CO-CHAIR – 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.

Talía Guerrero González

INSIGHTS CHAIR, LANGUAGES CHAIR – MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
Talía was born and lives in Mexico City. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Communication.  Her professional career has been built in the Social and Market Research arena, mainly in corporate companies like PepsiCo Mexico, where she worked for 16 years and led the Insights Department.  She discovered the Enneagram in 2004 and after years of independent study, completed the Training Program for Certification by the Enneagram Institute, and has applied the knowledge in her work with organizational teams with amazing results in talent development plans and enhancing collaboration, trust and integration skills.

Recently she has been doing independent work developing new projects where she can combine her corporate, marketing and research expertise with the Enneagram, using its deep people understanding to embed Empathy Programs into the cultural and organizational behaviors under a Human Centric view.

Tom Johansen

ENNEAGROUPS CHAIR – OLSO, NORWAY
Tom is a type 9 with a type 1 wing with social instinct first. He has been married 25 years in his second marriage and is a proud father of two sons with four lively grandchildren.  Tom has no commercial interest personally with Enneagram activity.  Tom had his first experience with the lessons of the Enneagram in 1997.  He has since embarked on a path of Enneagram study,  learning about the interesting layers of knowledge in a master program.

Tom participated in the meeting that established IEA Norway in 2014.   Since 2015, he has served on the board of the IEA Norwegian affiliate.

Chloé Keric-Eli

AFFILIATES CO-CHAIR, DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION CO-CHAIR, INNOVATION CO-CHAIR – MONTREAL, QC, CANADA
Chloe is a certified Enneagram coach, teacher and speaker. She founded Dixit Ennéagramme, an accredited IEA School (AES) running three accredited training programs (ATP) in 2014. After completing the Narrative Tradition professional training program in Paris with Eric Salmon, she attended most of Ginger Lapid-Bogda’s intensive Enneagram programs, being now an EIBN Senior Member. Holding a master’s degree in organizational communication from the Université de Montréal, she has worked in Marketing and Communication internationally for 10 years. French and Argentinean, she speaks English, French, and Spanish, and has traveled to more than 50 countries. To her, one does not need to come from different countries or speak different languages to have intercultural dilemmas, miscommunications, and interpersonal toxicity: “As humans, we are all strangers to each other just by being unique within our own cultural identities. Greater self-awareness and understanding of individual differences, as the Enneagram map proposes, is a fundamental key to a path towards social peace: inclusiveness, diversity, openness, curiosity, compassion and bienveillance”. She often tells her students: welcome to 350 years of self-growth, and we are all in it together!”; explaining how without concrete regular practices aiming at stretching one’s comfort zone and level of self-mastery, knowing one’s Enneagram profile doesn’t do anything; except maybe increase ego traps and spiritual bypasses.

Bart Wendell

ETHICS CHAIR, 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.

Tamer Zanaty

2021 CONFERENCE CO-CHAIR – CAIRO, EGYPT

Tamer Zanaty is a passionate and resourceful executive coach with a solid record of helping executives to uncover their development paths.  Tamer’s life has revolved around the coporate and the Enneagram.  He coaches leaders and executives to explore their true motivations, celebrate strengths, and grow using the knowledged of the Enneagram personalities system.

As the first President of IEA Egypt, Tamer led the efforts of building the Enneagram community in Egypt, creating awareness about the Enneagram in the Middle East. He organized the first International Enneagram Conference in the Middle East – IEA Egypt 2020 Conference- that was well recognized by the international community. He is currently the Managing Director of Powerhouse Consulting & Training, and VP of Strategy and Business Development for Awareness to Action International. Before his coaching, training, and consulting practice, for 28 years Tamer held many technical and managerial positions in the IT and Telecom industries, including Head of Corporate Strategy and Operational Excellence with Etisalat – one of the leading telecom operators worldwide.

Tamer is a family person, a husband and a father of two young ladies