TNE Board of Directors

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. 

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Joyce Plaza

Joyce Plaza, MS, MBE, CIP, has been a Certified Narrative Enneagram Teacher since 2009 and is a Certified Professional Life Coach trained by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC).

She has studied the Enneagram since 1998 and served as a Board Member of Enneagram Association in the Narrative Tradition (EANT) before joining The Narrative Enneagram (TNE) Board. She also is a professional member of the Arizona Enneagram Association (AEA).

She teaches classes and conducts workshops on personal transformation using the Enneagram of Personality System and uses the Enneagram in her personal and professional life. She continues to study the Enneagram Personality System in addition to studying the Gurdjieff Work.

She has more than 40 years of teaching experience, in various subjects, which included teaching all levels of students and adults, from high school students, college freshman, graduate students, college faculty, and medical school students.

Joyce has an undergraduate degree in biology and two master’s degrees including a Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked in Academia and is recently retired from Columbia University in New York City, where she managed a research compliance office in Human Subjects Protections.

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Sheryl Cohen, PhD

Sheryl Cohen, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in the greater Cincinnati, OH area. She is director of Temenos, a center for growth, collaborating with like-minded professionals who use an integrative approach to healing and growth. Enjoying education on both coasts, she graduated from Ohio University in 1983.

Sheryl's clinical interests over the past 30 years include grief, loss and bereavement, couples and family therapy, and the resolution of trauma. She also has developed a specialty in consulting and teaching other therapists in the community.

Studying the Enneagram for more than 20 years was a natural fit for her early and ongoing questions concerning the interface between the psychological, the somatic and the spiritual domains of life. She has been a devoted member of the Enneagram Narrative retreat community in Bergamo, OH since 2008, and takes responsibility for continuing education administration for the Enneagram Center of the Ohio Valley.

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Mike Alexander

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.

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Evan Barbee

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.

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Felicia Lee

Felicia J. Lee, PhD is the founder and president of Campana Leadership Group, Inc., a consultancy supporting corporations, universities and non-profit organizations to respond with clarity, courage and compassion. She specializes in executive coaching and team leadership development, integrating diversity in her work as a necessary competency to be effective in an increasingly global workforce.

With more than 25 years of demonstrated success in facilitating learning pathways for leaders and global teams, Dr. Lee frequently draws on her management experience as a former Vice President and Dean responsible for complex staffing, budget and program strategies at premier academic institutions.

She is an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified executive coach. Informed by her training in Conversational Leadership with David Whyte, her unique invitation for leaders to step into courageous conversations for themselves and with others results in profound and meaningful change.

Committed to the transformative power of the Enneagram, her knowledge is enhanced by intensive studies with various Enneagram teachers. She is a Certified Narrative Enneagram Practitioner and an IEA Accredited Professional. She received her PhD from the University of Southern California, holds master’s degrees from Stanford University and Colorado State University, and doubled majored in Psychology and Sociology from the University of California, Irvine. She has been a longtime supporter and volunteer of several Bay Area organizations that provide access to health care and education for underserved populations.

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Kirsty Spence

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.

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Monica Tinoco

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.

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Brian Vent

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.