IEA Staff and Global Board

For over 25 years, the IEA has been led by a dedicated group of working volunteers serving as the IEA Global Board of Directors. The IEA and its programs have grown significantly over the years thanks to their efforts. In 2021 the Board determined it was time to hire an Executive Director to partner with the Board in leading the organization to achieve its strategic goals. An interim Executive Director was hired in January 2022 to begin the transition and restructuring process and a search has begun for the new IEA Executive Director.

The IEA Global Board consists of 7-15 members who are selected from the membership at large, interviewed and recommended by the Board’s Nominating Committee, and elected by the Board. IEA Global Board members may serve up to two consecutive three-year terms. The Board generally meets monthly via Zoom and annually in person in conjunction with either the IEA Global Conference or a Regional Conference sponsored by IEA National Affiliates and/or US Regional Chapters.

Contact the IEA Office if you are interested in serving on the IEA Global Board of Directors or would like more information about the Executive Director search.

IEA Staff

Carla Smith

INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – MAPLE PLAIN, MN, USA
Carla Smith was on the IEA Global Board from 2016-2021 and was Co-President of the Board from 2020-2021. She also served for a number of years on the IEA Minnesota Chapter board. Carla first discovered the Enneagram over 20 years ago while working as general counsel and a senior executive in a global financial services company. Since leaving the corporate world, Carla has applied her legal, governance and policy background to service on the boards of a variety of mission-driven non-profits and cooperatives. In addition to degrees in music and law, Carla is a graduate of the Center for Action and Contemplation’s Living School. She is passionate about life-long learning, land stewardship, and creating a more just, equitable and sustainable world. Carla is devoted to her human and canine families, with three grown daughters, a new grandbaby and a pack of huskies and retrievers. She is also the host and promoter of a house concert series supporting the creation and performance of original acoustic music.

Sandy Hatmaker

ADMINISTRATOR – CINCINNATI, OH, USA
Sandy has been the IEA Administrator since 2002 and has supported the IEA through many stages of changes and growth.  She has a love for the organization and takes great care in supporting IEA members.  Sandy is the Owner and President of Association Connection, a full-service association management company.  For over 20 years, Sandy and her team have been committed to providing superior administrative support to local, regional, national, and international nonprofit membership associations. Sandy has a background in meeting planning. Prior to starting her company, she was with a large hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona for over 13 years where she served in many roles including several years as Director of Catering.    Sandy lives with her husband in Morrow, Ohio.

IEA Global Board of Directors

The IEA Founders created a rotating Board of Directors led by a Board President and other officers. The current Board President and officers (collectively, the Board’s Executive Committee) and other current Global Board members are:

Trent Thornley

PRESIDENT – SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA
Trent is executive director and director of clinical pastoral education at San Francisco Night Ministry. Trent is an ordained minister in the Metropolitan Community Churches, a progressive Christian denomination with an outreach to the LGBTQ+ community. He is also an ordained Buddhist dharma leader in the Nyingma lineage of Anam Thubten and Dharmata Sangha and holds a master’s degree in Buddhist studies from the Graduation Theological Union and a certificate in Buddhist Chaplaincy from the Institute of Buddhist Studies. Trent also has a law degree from Indiana University School of Law. Trent is an IEA Accredited Professional and has been serving as Secretary of the IEA Board. He also was Co-Chair of the IEA Global conference in July 2021. Trent uses the Enneagram – both the personality and process teachings – when supervising and educating emerging spiritual leaders in his clinical pastoral education work.

Tamer Zanaty

VICE PRESIDENT, 2023 GLOBAL CONFERENCE CHAIR – CAIRO, EGYPT
Tamer Zanaty is a passionate and resourceful executive coach who assists leaders and executives to explore their true motivations, celebrate strengths, and grow using the knowledge of the Enneagram personalities system. He is the General Manager of Awareness to Action International. Before his coaching, training and consulting practice, Tamer spent 28 years in the IT and worldwide Telecom industries, holding many technical and managerial positions, including as head of corporate strategy and operational excellence. Tamer was Co-Chair of the IEA Global Conference in July 2021. He was also the first President of IEA Egypt and led the effort to build the Enneagram community in the Middle East, including organizing the first IEA regional conference in the Middle East in Cairo, Egypt in 2020.

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

Talía Guerrero González

TREASURER, 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 corporations, including 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. She has applied the knowledge in her work with organizational teams for talent development and to enhance collaboration, trust and integration. Talia is currently working independently and 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. Since joining the IEA board, Talia has chaired the Insights and Languages task groups.

Milton Stewart

SECRETARY, EVENTS CHAIR – MEMPHIS, TN, USA
Milton C. Stewart, MBA is a certified Enneagram and Career Coach. He is the founder of Kaizen Careers, Coaching, and Consuting LLC; where he teaches, coaches, facilitates and consults using the Enneagram. He has learned the Enneagram from a variety of different schools. These schools include the Enneagram in Business programs, Narrative Tradition, CP Enneagram, Spectrum Enneagram, and Enneagram + Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Anti-Racism program. Milton is also an Associate Member of the Enneagram in Business Network. Milton is the host of Do It For The Gram: An Enneagram Podcast. Prior to Milton’s Enneagram work, he worked in the education sector in adult and elementary education. Milton feels compelled to mentor youth and to teach the Enneagram to underserved communities in hopes of healing them.

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 – 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.

Deborah Threadgill Egerton

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION 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.

Montse Fernandez

AFFILIATES CO-CHAIR – BARCELONA, SPAIN
Montse Fernandez has a degree in Business Administration and in Marketing and market research. She specialized with a Master in Business and Live Coaching, postgraduate in Emotional Intelligence and Licensed Practitioner in NLP and Master in Supply Chain Management moreover she has several trainings in Management, Leadership, project management, negotiation and nonviolent communication.

She has more than 31 years of experience in international and multicultural environments with worldwide management, negotiation and leadership responsibilities. She has a lot of experience in project management and team leadership at international level. She uses coaching and enneagram for leadership development and team’s effectiveness.

She decided to follow her enneagram passion and she is IEA Accredited Professional. She has certified with two Accredited enneagram Schools:  Awareness to Action (Module 1, 2 and 3) and with “Master de Eneagrama” (Master). During these years she has studied enneagram with 21 different IEA Accredited professionals.

She currently combines her corporate work with her retirement project “MonConscient” and she is a Trainer & coach associate of Awareness to Action International.

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.

Matías Maceira

TECHNOLOGY CHAIR – CORDOBA, ARGENTINA
Matías Maceira is from Córdoba, Argentina, he has worked with the Enneagram for 11 years and is currently VP of the IEA Argentina board. He comes from the IT world. For 17 years he owned an IT company where they developed telecom oriented software. He is currently a founding member of Educar ConCiencia, a non-profit organization, and a Mentor, Life Coach, Team Coach and Facilitator of various Enneagram and Coaching trainings. Matías is passionate about continuous development and personal growth. He has obtained 3 International Coaching Certifications and  a university postgraduate degree with a major in Coaching, NLP and Team Leadership with  Magna Cum Laude Certificate. He has been married to Coty for 20 years and they have 2 beautiful sons.

Lynda Roberts

ACCREDITATION – DECATUR, GA, USA
Lynda Roberts is an IEA Accredited Professional With Distinction and a Riso-Hudson Certified Enneagram teacher. She designs and facilitates Enneagram workshops and programs, including an IEA Accredited Enneagram Training Program. She has also designed and taught Enneagram based self-awareness and authentic leadership programs for businesses and organizations. She has served on the faculty of The Enneagram Institute and the Deep Coaching Institute. Lynda enjoys being “in community” with fellow Enneagrammers and spiritual seekers. She previously served on the IEA Global Board for six years (2010-2016) and as IEA President for two of those years and has continued to serve on IEA Global Committees. She’s a co-founder and on the Board of the IEA Southeast USA Chapter. She’s been in the Diamond Approach work for over thirteen years as a member of Sandra Maitri’s International Retreat Group. Lynda is a Certified Project Management Professional and is retired from a management career in Information Technology and a teaching career in Georgia Tech’s Professional Development Program.

Past Presidents

Past 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, Patrick Kayrooz, Jan Shegda and Carla Smith.