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SUE GILBERT ABARE studied at Ohio State University & at the Cincinnati Art Museum. She has taught privately and at the Kaleidoscope School of Art in Barrington. Sue exhibits throughout the Midwest & South, has artwork in many private & public collections, and tries to devote most of her time developing her own paintings. Watercolor: Toes in the Water & Splashdown!

MICHAEL BETTINE has been working with percussion instruments for over 40 years. He has written various books on percussion and released over 40 recordings under his name. His long running blogs, The Way of the Gong™, Art As A Spiritual Practice, and, Percussion Deconstruction™, have been embraced by both the meditation/sound therapy, and percussion communities. He is also one half of the GONGTOPIA TAIRAKU duo, along with shakuhachi flute player, Brian Tairaku Ritchie (of Violent Femmes fame). Michael is also devoted to music education and has presented workshops on Gongs at the prestigious Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in 2005 & 2012; and was the Artist in Residence at the 2016 MONA FOMA Festival in Hobart, Australia. Gongtopia

MARGE BLAKE has been teaching children from preschool age to teenagers for over ten years. She is a Girl Scout Leader as well as the Spring River Service Unit Manager. Marge currently serves on the Womanspace Board of Directors and has been the chairperson for our Womanspace Fairy Festival for the past four years. One of the ways that Marge expresses her creativity is by sharing her love of art with children of all ages. Girl Scout World Thinking Day, Earth Day Celebration, Spiritual Encounters Group

HELEN BOND is a dynamic percussionist, teacher & storyteller who has found music to be an inspiration and source of strength and resiliency since her childhood. Since 2000, Helen has traveled regularly to Guinea, West Africa to study the intricate musical traditions and culture of the Malinke people, whose ancestors created the djembe and dunun drums centuries ago. She also teaches at retreats, local schools, colleges and universities. She is adjunct-faculty at Lake Forest College where she teaches the “West African Drumming Ensemble” class. Helen offers classes in Guinean percussion music, drum facilitation, and gives storytelling performances. medusadrums. com Drumming Workshop

MARY BOYD, SSSF is a School Sister of St. Francis and just retired from the field of education after 52 years. She has an MA in Art History and was an Art Studio Major at NIU. She currently teaches art history classes at The Fine Line Creative Art Center and other groups. Art Lectures

DELORES BURKHOLDER has delighted people with a variety of sculpture and handbuilt clay art since 1997. As part of the American Kennel Club circuit, her pottery dogs are inspired by actual canines from around the world! Delores is one of our clay studio managers. Whimsical Handbuilt Creations

JANET BUCHANAN learned wheel throwing at age 10, won many awards and a scholarship to art school earning an AA in Graphic Design. After many years away from her passion, she has a renewed view of the benefits of art in daily life and finds it very therapeutic. Her favorite mediums include pottery, photography and painting. She mainly focuses on sculpture and functional ware while striving to better her skills with each turn. The Sky’s the Limit! Clay Sculpture & Handbuilding, Intermediate Clay: Hand, Sculpture, Wheel

BETH CAMPISI is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Chakra Instructor and Holistic Wellness Practitioner. Her focus and passion is helping others connect on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels to achieve wholeness, balance and well being using Spirit led holistic Healing Arts modalities such as Reiki Energy Healing, Essential Oil Raindrop Therapy, Movement/Dance, Tuning Fork Therapy and Chakra balancing. Tuning Fork Therapy, Massage as Medicine, Chakra Rhythms, Intro to Chakra

JEANNETTE DIDDENS graduated from Aurora University with a Masters of Social Work and holds her LCSW. Jeannette has been educating professionals on burnout prevention for two decades. She finds self-care to be the most effective and empowering tool for transforming compassion fatigue into personal and professional flourishing. Jeannette has worked with burned out therapists, new mothers, caretakers, nurses, educators, administrators, hair stylists, funeral directors and many business professionals. She is a high school social worker and has a private practice that specializes in burnout prevention and woman’s issues. She also hosts a podcast titled “Humanology” that dives into many shared human experiences. Helping the Helpers: Don’t Develop Burnout

KATE DOWNING grew up in nearby Dixon, the daughter of two teachers. She obtained a degree in Finance at UWWhitewater, where she also completed on their NCAA bowling team. She still bowls recreationally with her husband and enjoys other hobbies such as tennis and photography. Kate entered the financial planning profession so that she could have a positive impact on people’s lives by helping them fulfill their financial goals and protect their families. Money Basics, How Are Finances Different for Women?

LINDA EWALT & JEAN SCHNACK are retired teachers who love clay and working at Womanspace with the fantastic people in clay classes! They look forward to helping students explore and expand their clay experience in a fun environment. Wild Women in Clay

GAIL FABER is a self-taught artist, working primarily in pastels. What makes her artwork unique is her ability to bring the subject to life with rich detail. She recently won an Honorable Mention in the Pastel Journal’s “16th Annual Pastel 100” Competition. Gail enjoys teaching people who want to learn more about the brilliance of painting with pastels. Pastel Painting

AIMEE FLOTO has spent several years exploring topics of self-improvement, crystals, essential oils, tarot and intuitive oracle decks. After leaving the world of corporate marketing, she now leads Rockford Art Museum in its mission to provide art education and access to fine art for the Rockford region community. She continues to focus her energy on crystals, tarot and self development in her free time. Intro to Crystals for the Curious

DEBORAH GAINES is Program Coordinator for Womanspace. The writing classes she teaches were developed as part of her coursework at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She graduated with her MFA in Writing and Consciousness in 2012. Deb has been a Reiki Practitioner since 2003 and completed her Master Teacher training in 2009. Deb is the chair of the Wild Women Retreat Committee. She loves creating ritual and dancing with wild abandon. Creating Stories & Sharing Lives, Pre-Planning Your Funeral or Celebration of Life, Reiki One & Two, Film & Discussion: Wall-E, Green Burials & Clean Cremations, Earth Day Celebration

JIMMIE GETTER is a Certified RAD Systems Self-Defense Instructor, a Certified radKIDS Self-Defense Instructor, Prevention Educator and Therapist for Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling. For the past 12 years, she has been teaching self-defense (and many other programs) for persons ages 5–adult. She has a M.A. in Health Psychology, an M.S. in Community Mental Health Counseling, and an M.S. in Communications. rockfordsexualassaultcounseling.org The R.A.D. Systems of Self-Defense

DELINDA GRINDLE, LCSW, is a grief counselor and Director of Grief Services at kp counseling. Delinda holds a MSW and a Certification in Grief & Death Studies. In 2011, Delinda partnered with Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory LTD., to develop the Soulprints Aftercare Program, a caring and sensitive program to assist those who have lost a loved one for a year following the death. Delinda assists the individuals’ and families’ journey through grief and loss, and provides opportunities to begin the process of embracing the uniqueness of their grief. Transforming Grief: A Journey from Grief to Hope

ELAINE HIRSCHENBERGER is the Executive Director and CoFounder of Womanspace and has years of experience of practicing mindfulness and attentiveness. She received her degree in English from Alverno College and pursued further studies in art and design at College of DuPage, Rockford University and NIU. She is an active member of School Sisters of Saint Francis. Mindfulness, Seekers, Supper & Films

CINDY HUGHES, a long time Womanspace member, has had the opportunity to explore several artistic avenues. She especially enjoys basketry, pottery and collage and strives to remain open to whatever inspires her next. “It’s all about experiencing the joy of “creating.” Basket Weaving

JENNIE JOHNSON SIC enjoys every opportunity to throw on the wheel! Jennie has taken college level classes in Minnesota & Oak Park, IL, as well as, been mentored by a potter in Antigua, Guatemala. Jennie is so thankful to have found Womanspace, a place to throw, be inspired and teach. Beginning Wheel Thrown Pottery

KERI KNUTSON, Official Yoga Teacher of the Rockford IceHogs, Certified Advanced Yoga Nidra teacher, Rockford Native, and 20 year practitioner of yoga. Keri is trained in and currently teaches Vinyasa Flow yoga, Traditional Hatha Yoga, Restorative, Chair/Adaptive yoga, and Yoga Nidra in the Rockford area. She also teaches several workshops and events throughout the year and specializes in Yoga for Athletes, Yoga Nidra (a conscious relaxation practice), and working with those who live with chronic conditions, injury, illness, and/or disease. Keri, a nature and animal lover, enjoys spending her free time outdoors, reading, devoting time to her own yoga practice, and traveling. Hatha Vinyasa/Restorative Yoga, Adaptive Yoga, Yoga Nidra

LAURA LAUGHLIN has worked for Waste Management Inc., the largest recycler in North America for 14 years. Partnering with large manufacturing companies, her work with Waste Management focuses on working upstream in the manufacturing process to reduce the waste that is created in the production process. Recycling: What’s In? What’s Out?

JULIE MAFFEI , previously program coordinator at Womanspace, is owner and Vice President of Androck Hardware Corporation. She has been a student of A Course in Miracles since 1987 and has had much experience practicing what she has learned. She loves to help others discover how the Course can bring inner peace and healing to any situation. Julie has also been the co-chair of the Wild Women retreat for the last four years. Beginner’s Guide to A Course in Miracles

JANET McGREGOR is the owner of Canterbury Books & Tours in Rockford. She has been doing art since her childhood from painting and drawing, to working in charcoal, acrylics and watercolor. Her new favorite medium is cold wax and oil. The process and texture of the medium is the most interesting part of the journey. She finds herself creating pieces that offer an abstract approach to the world around us! Cold Wax Painting

KIM McIVER is an internationally- published, award-winning Ojibwa author and speaker. Her family is from White Earth Reservation in MN. Kim’s Ojibwa name, “Bekaadiziikwe” means, “Quiet Woman.” The creative writing side of her includes 15 years of newspaper and photo-journalistic work. The genres she works in include romance, children’s picture books, plays, and Native American non-fiction, and fiction writing. A hybrid author, she’s traditionally published and self-published, and is the Commissioning Editor for McIver Publishing. She’s presented Native American programs at venues all across the Midwest, and is a member of the Illinois Humanities Road Scholar Speaker Bureau. Exploring Native Culture through Craft & Oral Traditions

ANNETTE McLEAN LCPC, CEDS is a recognized expert in the field of eating disorders and issues related to women. She is an experienced licensed psychotherapist, teacher and trainer. She is passionate about helping women to find their inner voice and live more authentic lives. The Hand that Feeds Me

KATHY McNEELY-JOHNSON is a Rockford attorney whose practice is limited to the areas of Estate Planning, Business Planning, Real Estate Transactions. She is licensed to practice in Illinois and Florida. Kathy has a BS in Business Management and Administration from Bradley University and a JD, Suma Cum Laude, from Northern Illinois University. In addition to Womanspace, she is also active with the Winnebago County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and League of Women Voters. Peace of Mind Through Estate Planning

PETREA MEIER started using and sharing essential oils three years ago for occasional foot pain. She had tried many forms of traditional medicine, but they just weren’t cutting it. Right away, Petrea experienced the power of essential oils and was impressed. She set off on a path to take control of daily health needs without toxins, drugs, copays, AND full of choices! She is excited to empower others to do the same. Petrea offers many learning opportunities and support to make your oil journey great! Essential Oils

KATHY MOEHLING, RN is a Board Certified Holistic RN, Traditional Naturopath, Holistic Health & Life Coach, energy work practitioner in Therapeutic & Healing Touch, and a Massage Therapist with over 40 years experience. In addition to teaching teleclasses in holistic coaching with Wisdom of the Whole (formerly Bark Coaching Institute), Kathy maintains a private practice in her home and at Womanspace. Chakra Club

DENISE NICHOLS, OTR/L, has a passion for outpatient whole body rehabilitation. She has been an Occupational Therapist for over 20 years. She believes in the power of an educated consumer and that every day is a new journey towards health and wellness. Denise is the owner of Motivate Health Inc, an outpatient rehab clinic with 6 therapists whom all specialize in pelvic floor therapy and whole-body education. She is board certified in pelvic floor muscle dysfunction (PFMD) and biofeedback for PFMD, is also certified as an Integrative Yoga Therapist and massage therapy. She loves working with a wide variety of ages, diagnoses, and patient populations and has a long history of working with patients with chronic pain. She has a passion for working with postural re-education and body mechanics in relation to helping others gain functional mobility and improve their quality of life. She believes that a whole health approach is team oriented and empowers her patients to seek what works best for them. Healthy Habits for Women: Pelvic Health, Postural Health, Tissue Health

MARGE ORCHARD is a Licensed Unity Teacher at Christ Unity of Rockford and Unity of Fox Valley of Batavia. She has been a Prayer Chaplain Coordinator for eighteen years, a L.U.T. for twelve years, and a Spiritual Companion for the last twelve years. When invited, she presides at Sunday services. Marge also facilitates A Course in Miracles and the study of “The Work” by Byron Katie. She has attended the Ten Day School for “The Work” with Byron Katie in San Diego and her Workshop at Unity Village in Missouri. Loving What Is

BARB PHILLIPS likes dabbling in many different forms of media, but photography is one that has always been consistent. From her first beloved Instamatic 104 to her current Pentax DSLR, she realizes “the best camera is the one that’s with you. So many great shots are with cell phones, because they are always with us.” ViewFinders Group

MICHAEL PRINDLE is a graduate from University of Illinois. He continues a thirty year spiritual journey, including sitting meditation practice, practitioner of Tibetan vajrayana dzogchen, certified Qigong group instructor, completed four levels of external medical Qigong healing (courses) from a Chinese master. He has an avid interest in acquainting others with the extraordinary benefits of Qigong practice. What is Qigong?, Basic Qigong

HEIDI PROVO has worked as an educator of children for 20+ years. She is trained in both High Scope and Montessori methods of teaching. A Girl Scout Troop Leader for 10+ years and current Service Unit Manager for the Creek View Service Unit, Heidi loves camping, fishing, cooking, art, reading and teaching children of all ages. Girl Scout Programs

SHANNON REDDEN, M.H., is a master herbalist and works as a holistic health practitioner. She studied beneficial herbs for endurance athletes for her thesis project. Shannon enjoys trail running, mountain biking, camping, and kayaking in her free time. Herbal First Aid Kit

ANGIE SCHMIDT is a trained facilitator, licensed psychologist, and board certified personal coach. She established her coaching business, Potentialocity, (Potentialocity.com) to help women regain their confidence, find their purpose, and reach their dreams. She joined the Womanspace board of directors in 2016. Explorers Group

RAY SCHULZ is a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago and Famous Artists Schools. He was the art director at advertising agencies for 25 years. His work has been shown in Chicago, Rockford and other surrounding areas. Pen & Ink Drawing with Color, Introduction to Soft Pastels, Pen & Ink with Mixed Media Drawing

ALICEAN “LI” SLOUGH lived and studied Chinese Brush Painting in Hong Kong for over 10 years. She taught students alongside her painting instructor for 3 years and taught private lessons for a year and a half before returning to the USA. She exhibited her work at art fairs in Hong Kong and has paintings in private collections in the UK, Hong Kong, Australia and the US. Originally from Texas, she moved to the Rockford area in 2012. Introduction to Chinese Painting, Beginning Chinese Painting

SABRINA TASSONI is a visual artist who has been creating for as long as she can remember. She has dabbled with many mediums over the years but finally found her passion for pottery after taking classes in college. Now, she works out of her home pottery studio developing her skills in throwing and surface decoration. She enjoys being able to encourage others to make art a bigger part of their lives and working every day to do the same in her own. Evening Beginning Wheel Thrown Pottery, Advanced Beginner–Intermediate Wheel Thrown Pottery

SHIRAZ TATA came to the U.S. from India to get a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from SIU-C and then just kept moving up the state of Illinois to Rockford where she has lived for over 20 years! She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice where she creates a safe space for people to share whatever may be weighing on their minds or hearts. She loves to facilitate discussions on diversity and all topics multicultural. She also enjoys teaching mindfulness and meditation classes. Meditation: A Wellness Practice

REBECCA TAYLOR attended the Harrington Institute of Interior Design and worked as an Interior Designer for Thompson’s for many years. She has been working with pen and ink since Jr. High School and has been tangling for years before it became popular. She is now a full-time artist in local shows and competitions. Tangling with Pen & Ink, Mandalas in Pen, Ink & Colors

JULIE THOMPSON is a retired social worker who was born and raised in Rockford. Her career was spent working in various mental health settings including DCFS, adoption, grief work and private practice. She is mother of 4 wonderful daughters, 8 grandchildren. Drumming Circle

SHEILA TREVINO is a Licensed Real Estate Broker and Owner of HOME Realty. She realizes that buying or selling a home can be a complicated process, as it is always changing and not something people do often. Therefore, she enjoys educating potential home buyers and sellers so that they can go through the process effortlessly. Shelia strives to stay up to date on programs in the area available to home buyers, sellers, and current owners and loves to help people utilize them. How to Find the Perfect Home

KRIS WILCOXEN is a insurance broker who has been helping individuals with their health and life insurance needs for over 15 years and has a local office here in Rockford. Navigating Medicare & Making It Work for You

RAFAELA WICKSTRUM enjoys teaching others to express themselves through sculpture and painting. Rae was selfemployed for over 3 decades owning a printing business and a folk art gallery. She is listed in the International Sculptors Digest and has won state awards for “most creative.” She has also developed gift lines for two companies. “Most days I don’t know whether to pick up clay or a paint brush as my compulsion to create is overwhelming.” Sculpt It!

SANDRA WILLIAMS, LCSW, LMT, has been in the health care field in Rockford for almost 30 years. In her private practice, she counsels individuals in becoming more self- aware and improving their lives with goals beyond surviving and into thriving. As a certified and advanced practitioner of CranioSacral Therapy (a form of body work), Sandy has facilitated health improvement and integration of mind, body and spirit with her clients for over 20 years. She uses a variety of therapies in her practice and is drawn to those that incorporate mind, body and spirit. Sandy has a passion for holding a sacred and therapeutic space to help individuals become more present in their lives and use their whole body to live fuller richer lives. She is in the final stages of becoming certified as a presenter of Healing from the Core: Introduction to Full Body Presence, pioneered by Suzanne Scurlock-Durana. CranioSacral Therapy, Intro to Meditation: What, Why, How, and…Practice

RON WICK captures glimpses of familiar vistas and warm memories throughout America. He studied at the prestigious American Academy of Art, was asked to join the faculty, and taught there for 12 years. Ron has had many one-man shows and his paintings are in corporate and private collections in the U.S. and Europe. Painting with Acrylics on Canvas

GINA WISE has a B.A in philosophy from Indiana University and has studied poetry, religion and spirituality all her life. She is a poet who loves nature, hiking and her dog, Mimi. She made Rockford her home over 20 years ago and Womanspace is her home away from home. Learn How to Make Kefir, Learn How to Make Kombucha, Explorers Group



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