The Narrative Enneagram is an educational nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives and creating a more compassionate world through education about the Enneagram. Our Board of Directors is committed to steering the organization toward a sustainable future by providing oversight and adopting sound governance and financial management policies.
Brian Vent has a pro-bono coaching and consulting practice working globally with nonprofit and social impact leaders. A former COO and CEO, his career spanned both Fortune 50 and start-up enterprises. Brian brings this leadership and business experience to his current work focusing on under-resourced youth, social justice and health and wellbeing. He supports leaders in a commitment to increase their personal impact, and that of their organizations, in the communities they serve.
Brian has worked with the Enneagram for more than 15 years and recently completed the Narrative Enneagram teacher training track. He holds a BS from Skidmore College and an MBA from the University of Virginia. He lives in Ojai, CA with his wife Joyce and their (female) cat Bob.
Mary Jo retired in 2016 after more than 30 years working at a management level with nonprofits and local governments. She is now a full time Spiritual Director as well as a workshop and retreat facilitator.
Mary Jo has studied the Enneagram since 2006 and is an active member of The Enneagram Center of the Ohio Valley (ECOV). Since 2007 she has participated in the bi-annual retreats of TNE Bergamo Learning Community in Dayton, Ohio. Experiencing the Enneagram through the Narrative Tradition has informed Mary Jo’s spiritual life as well as her work as a consultant and a Spiritual Director.
She was the President of her own consulting firm, Creating Common Ground Inc, from 2003 until 2016. As a process consultant, Mary Jo worked with various local and national nonprofits to create organizational cultures of strategic problem solving including building staff and board skills in active listening, communication and negotiation. From 2008 until 2016, Mary Jo was privileged to work with Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition, the predecessor of TNE, first as a consultant and then as both its Operations Director and Executive Director.
Mary Jo lives in Florence, Kentucky. She graduated from Nazareth College in Bardstown, KY and studied Community Planning and Development at the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Kendra A. O'Hora is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist and owner of a group practice, Wellness & Co. Dr. O'Hora is passionate about de-mystifying the couples therapy process and educating her clients and community on the power of the Enneagram. Dr. O'Hora also uses her expertise, and personal experiences, to train female entrepreneurs how to launch and grow a six-figure private practice in one year. Dr. O'Hora values authenticity, intentionality, self-awareness, generosity and service.
Dr. O'Hora received her undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Virginia Tech and her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University. Dr. K has been working with the Enneagram for the last five years and most recently is leaning into slowing down, resting and the beauty of showing up authentically. She lives in Maryland with her husband, Jason, and their four furbabies.
I have a passion for bringing the Enneagram to organizations and helping people develop into becoming a better version of themselves. Integrating my business understanding with human developmental skills helps me work effectively with leaders and teams of several organizations throughout Mexico. The areas I support and develop are Sales, Leadership, Teams, Communication and Conflict Management among others.
I am certified as an Enneagram Teacher in the Narrative Tradition and a Certified Business Coach with diplomas on areas of Human Development, Gestalt Training and Psychodrama Diploma. I also have attended Ginger Lapid-Bogda's trainings in Leadership, Coaching and Organizational Development. I majored in international business, and my work experience with Fortune 500 companies includes 3M, Toyota, Holcim Apasco, TELMEX, Santander Bank and more.
Mike Alexander earned a BA in Criminal Justice, an MA in Organizational Leadership, and trained as a Life and Leadership Coach through the Professional Christian Coaching Institute. During his distinguished 38-year career in law enforcement, he served as chief of police and city manager in several cities after retiring from Austin Police Department.
At the Louisiana Community Policing Institute, he evaluated the performance of police departments and sheriff offices in the area of community policing and made recommendations for implementation. He designed leadership and ethics curriculums that are still being taught throughout the United States. After his retirement from the Austin Police Department, Mike was employed as a Major with the Office of Inspector General Internal Affairs Section where he was in charge of a statewide Internal Affairs investigation division.
Mike is the founder of LION (Loyalty Integrity Optimism Nobility) Organizational Development Institute, which focuses on healthy work environments, officer wellness, ethics, emotional intelligence and leadership. He is also principle owner of the LION Strategy Group, LLC, with a focus on stress management, mental health and the effects of trauma within emergency services, onsite security assessment, violence in the workplace, leadership placement and other organizational challenges.
Mike is an Enneagram enthusiast in the Narrative Tradition.
While volunteering in India in 2010, a chance encounter led Evan to the Enneagram, and an immediate and profound appreciation of this work took root in her life. First and foremost a devoted student, she has studied with the Enneagram Institute and TNE, and is currently working to complete her certification as a Narrative Enneagram Teacher and Practitioner.
Evan is honored to serve on the board of TNE and is focused on broadening the platform for this work at both the local and national level. It is her desire to assist in capturing a wider audience amid the younger generation while maintaining the spirit, the method and the teaching standards of the Narrative Tradition.
Her work is directly informed by her own experience and has helped shape a long-term goal of bringing the Enneagram into low-income areas, to resource-poor populations, and to any individuals who might not otherwise have access to personal development work. For the past two years she has worked in collaboration with the Sheriff’s office in a program for women experiencing incarceration, which is the highlight of her week.
Evan is a coach, writer and educator based in Nashville, TN. www.evanbarbee.com
Since 2004, Dr. Kirsty Spence has worked as Associate Professor in the Department of Sport Management at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. She received a Doctor of Philosophy from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts in 2005. Previously she taught kindergarten to high school students, spanning a variety of public and private educational contexts in Canada, U.S., Russia and Taiwan.
As an award-winning University educator, she is excited to assume a new position of Associate Dean, Teaching and Undergraduate Studies at Brock University in July 2019. Kirsty’s value of experiential learning pedagogy as a method for students’ development underlies all learning activities in the courses she teaches. In her research work, Kirsty loves to uncover the processes that support leadership development, predominantly using Ken Wilber’s All Quadrant, All Level Theory and the Leadership Development Framework in her published works.
Kirsty is a (PCC) certified Integral Master Coach™ and supports both leaders on a variety of work- and leadership-related topics and students, as an ICC Faculty "Phone Coach." Currently, Kirsty is in the process of becoming certified as a Narrative Enneagram Teacher and Practitioner. She is an appreciator of all things nature-based, and lives in the Blue Mountains in Clarksburg, Ontario with her husband Bart and their three Golden Retrievers.
Erlina Edwards, passioned by her business interests and spiritual pursuits, is known to many as an organizational builder, human resources leader and Enneagram Practitioner. Driven by her commitment to human potential development, she successfully built sustainable organizations that sought to advance emotional intelligence and overall psychological wellness. Erlina Edwards initially earned her Enneagram certification through the Enneagram School of Narrative Tradition and went on to earn numerous certifications through other Enneagram programs.
After incorporating the Enneagram into her professional processes, she found that those specific practices created cooperative, compassionate corporate environments that advanced the achievement of ethical management goals and improved bottom-line results. Erlina Edwards is a graduate of The International Interfaith Seminary, is a certified IDEA consultant (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Anti-Racist) and a spiritual director in training.
Erlina also holds multiple accredited academic certifications that have advanced and broadened her business and spiritual studies. She is currently president of The Arizona Enneagram Association, runs a private spiritual consulting practice and lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband Gene.
Both optometry and the enneagram allow us to “See Life Better”—the motto of Dr. Jason Chow's long-standing private practice. He advocates for TNE to be a prism—shining a light on the spectrum of diversity within our communities. Seeing the world through different perspectives cultivates empathy and, just as light is simultaneously a photon and a wave, people are multidimensional.
Recently, Jason brought his passion for personalized patient care into life-coaching as an Associate Integral Coach (ICC) and Certified Narrative Enneagram Practitioner. He is passionate about helping people see their inner beauty as well as the shadows that
burden them - and to help them grow and experience freedom. His Enneagram collaborations are guided by love, balance and self empowerment.
An entrepreneur, with one of the largest private optometric practices in the state, Jason holds dual degrees in Economics and Molecular Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. He currently resides in central NC with his wife, Jena, and their baby daughter, Mae.
I like to say I woke up with the Enneagram. Introduced to me at one of the lowest points of my life, learning this system was akin to being given a playbook for my life. I am a leadership coach with a passion for working with women leaders and their teams. I hold a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and bring over 30 years of experience as a business owner, certified rehabilitation and career counselor, expert witness and professional coach. I became certified as a Narrative Enneagram teacher in 2014 and have remained a devoted participant in the Menlo Park Learning Community. I believe that when you know yourself deeply, you have the freedom to live and lead with purpose, create impactful change, and inspire others to bring out the very best in themselves. My subspecialty is working with people who want to change their relationship with food and alcohol. I’m a certified Gray Area Drinking coach and use the Enneagram along with strategies based on neuroscience to combat stress and integrate new, healthy habits. I’m a strong believer in service. I volunteer with CWEE, the Center for Work Education Employment in Denver, an organization that supports the advancement of individual families and the prosperity of the community. I’m highly involved with the Enneagram Prison Project as an apprentice guide at San Mateo Prison and as a coach to formerly incarcerated individuals. I joined the board of TNE in 2021.