Deep Living Lab Collective

The Deep Living Lab Collective includes our Board of Directors, employees, and facilitators who collaboratively develop and facilitate Deep Living transformative experiences, fulfilling our mission and vision.

Board of Directors

Roxanne Howe-Murphy

Founder and Board Co-Chair

Since I was a child,  I’ve been drawn to the preciousness of this human experiment, to experiencing the Sacred in all that exists, and to exploring the great Mysteries of life. Read more about Roxanne here.

Irma Velasquez

Board Co-Chair

As mother, educator, nonprofit leader, artist and life coach, I’ve come to be passionate about exploring the common threads that  connects us to each other, to ourselves and to our communities. Building the capacity for presence has been at the core of my work for the past eighteen years. This practice has guided as a parent of a special needs young man and a leader in education field. It’s a unique privilege to coach parents with similar experiences, as this has become the focus of my coaching practice. I value power of collectively sharing our inner experience with others as a way to heal ourselves and our world.

Marcia Hyatt

Board Member

We are so much more than we know. Building our capacity to be present we become more self-aware. With this awareness we see choices that lead to a more generative and intentional life. Working with leaders (and myself) over the past several decades, I know we can change. We can move beyond our patterns to become increasingly more grounded and aware; to become leaders in our lives and in the world. I have experience working inside corporations, government, higher education and non-profits. In 1991, I co-founded a leadership consulting firm and in 1997 co-founded a public Women’s Leadership development program still operating today. In 2008, working with WTIP, I created a weekly radio feature, Best of Ourselves. I am certified by Power & Systems (systems thinking) and the Deep Coaching Institute and International Coaching Federation (coaching) and the International Enneagram Association (enneagram professional). I live in the northwoods of Minnesota with my husband and our two dogs.

Deep Living Lab Employees

Liz Vanderwerff

Co-Executive Director

As Co-executive Director, I will be primarily focused on actualizing the mission of Deep Living Lab by helping the organization consciously grow and structure itself to reach a diversity of more courageous individuals who are exploring their own path to their truest selves. Over the last 13 years, I have served in key roles at several visionary non-profits including the Center for Healthy Minds, Healthy Minds Innovations, and Usona Institute, who are collectively advancing our understanding of mental health and wellbeing, exploring bold new ways to deepen consciousness, and offer relief from suffering.

Barbara Mathison

Co-Executive Director

It is with deep gratitude that I join the Deep Living Lab (DLL) team, focusing on the visioning and strategic planning process. In the last 30-plus years, my executive director positions focused on transforming patient care delivery systems in the areas of women’s health, oncology, and integrative medicine. I also worked to scale the neuroscience findings at the Center for Healthy Minds and, most recently, at Usona Institute, focused on moving psilocybin through the FDA process. These experiences required leading change through collective wisdom versus a top-down approach. Through deep listening, strategic analysis, building trust, and creating new organizational structures to support vision, I led teams through major growth, financial sustainability, improved clinical outcomes, and more human and compassionate experiences. I am also honored to serve on the Board of Directors for Well-being and Equity (WE) in the World https://weintheworld.org/what-we-believe, assisting in their strategic visioning and implementation.

Diana Redmond

Experiential Learning Director

It is with great pleasure that I bring my experience and passion for transformational learning to further the mission of Deep Living Lab. My love for the practical wisdom contained within the Enneagram developed from a long-standing desire to bring deeper knowing and understanding into the challenges of our complex daily lives. During years spent studying and practicing eastern scriptural texts and bringing that esoteric wisdom into the western mindset, I learned the value of an experiential, presence-based approach in allowing the wisdom of our hearts and bodies to take a front seat in our consciousness. Having spent the last two decades as a coach, Enneagram facilitator, and curriculum designer, it is a privilege to now work with an outstanding team of facilitators in providing a wide array of programs that cultivate a deep, abiding trust in our innate intelligence – an intelligence that naturally moves us towards wholeness and living our deepest nature.

Jean Blomo

Program Manager

Jean helps develop and deliver Deep Living Lab Retreats, Courses, and Circles while learning and growing into her own role as a coach and facilitator. After working as a certified personal trainer for 10 years, Jean completed her Certified Deep Coaching Professional with DCI and is expanding her coaching practice into personal and professional development.

Deep Living Lab Facilitators

Devon Carter

Devon is a Life Leadership Coach who works with individuals, teams, groups and parents. She specializes in a presence based approach to embodied leadership principals drawing from an eclectic background. Devon is accredited by the International Coaching Federation. She is a Certified Deep Coaching Professional through the Deep Coaching Institute. She is a Leadership Embodiment Associate Professional through Embodiment International. She is also a graduate of the Core Strengths Positive Psychology Coaching program at San Francisco State University. Additionally she has 35+ years of training and experience as a Somatic Therapist and teacher. Devon is known for her ability to synergize her diverse background into an individualized, action oriented approach, guiding her clients toward maximizing positive change both personally and professionally.

Laurie Cummins

Laurie was born with a desire for deep connection and has long been a spiritual seeker.  In 2015, she encountered a psycho-spiritual model she recognized as a remarkable instrument for inner and collective peace—The Enneagram.  This moment of clarity was so dramatic, in fact, that she would later refer to “life before” and “life after” the Enneagram. Laurie immersed herself in the study of it and learned to connect with quiet mind, true heart, and somatic wisdom.

Further exploration led her to the Deep Coaching Institute, where she became a certified deep coach.  With the goal of bringing the Enneagram and Deep Living principles to others, Laurie now offers typing services and leads an Enneagram circle in her hometown of Iowa City, IA.

She also combines her passion for these ideas with her fondness for writing and editing to spread a simple message: Boundless love is powerful beyond our wildest imaginations.

Lara Heller

My love for depth, connection and the truth led me to become a Life Coach. In this work I have had the honor of exploring with others the deepest questions we dare to ask – Who am I? What is my deepest truth? What am I meant to be doing with my one, precious life?

My early studies in psychology and appreciation of teaching led me to become an elementary school teacher, which I left in order to raise my two children (a spiritual path of its own). Becoming a parent made it evident that many skills are necessary in order to develop wholeness and grow into our full potential. It inspired me to study many different schools of wisdom including Buddhist practice and perspective, the teachings of the Diamond Heart School, Somatic Experiencing and Trauma and everyday mindfulness.  The knowledge embedded in these schools of thought has naturally been incorporated into my coaching.

Becoming a Deep Coaching Practitioner has allowed me to integrate my love for the profound wisdom of the Enneagram with my passion for Life Coaching.  Working with the Enneagram has had great impact on my own life and relationships, and I hope to inspire others to delve into and make use of this precious resource, which can lead each of us home.

These personal experiences and explorations made coaching a natural path for me.  My trainings and certifications include the Deep Coaching Institute (DCI), International Coach Federation (ICF), International Enneagram Association (IEA) and Co-Active Coach Training Institute (CTI).

Pamela Johnson

Spiritual Coaching is my passion, joy and Soul’s Life Purpose.

Pamela has been a Spiritual Coach for over 10 years with certifications from DCI – Deep Coaching Institute and CMED – Caroline Myss Educational Institute. She also has a certification from Enneagram Worldwide and is a “Fire Keeper” for DLI – Deep Living Lab (formerly Deep Living Institute).  My Soul Path Guidance™ approach results in your ownership of the insight and courage required to answer your Soul’s calling.

 I work effectively along a person’s SoulPATH™ — the intersection of where Ego + Soul meet

This intersection is symbolized through The Enneagram and Soul Archetypes or Soul Contracts. The distinctive journey I guide you along is yours alone. It is deep, personal work activating awakened + alive access to your whole self.  I personally experienced this awakening to and journey through the intersection when I started on my personal Soul Counseling path. I did and continue to do this work for myself.  It’s become a way of being for me and it will for you too.

In working together you will feel seen, held in compassion and deeply understood as together we identify and manage both light and shadow aspects of your being. You will be empowered and learn to do this for yourself. I teach that your shadow is not to be discarded but celebrated because it points directly to your light.  

Your PRESENCE and inner space will expand. As wisdom enters, motivations behind your processing of thought into words and action illuminate. You’ll come to own the healthful side of your sovereign power, thereby constantly strengthening your inner compass. It’s a profound journey. I promise it can be a healing one.

Dr. Avon Manney

Avon Manney, DO, MS, uses the Enneagram as a spiritual map for transformational work and alignment with Divine will both personally and professionally. As a physician, Enneagram consultant, and more recently a co-facilitator of group circles, she has helped people create healthier relationships with the self while striving for balance energetically, mentally, emotionally, and physically.

She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from U.C. Berkeley, a master’s degree in counseling, and a medical degree with a specialty in physical medicine and osteopathy. She has also integrated into her practice energy medicine, Reiki (Usui and Angelic) and shamanic healing. 

Avon sees the importance of bringing presence, empathy, and intuition to medicine and healthcare. She believes the Enneagram continues to be a powerful means of bridging spirituality and awareness with medicine and healing.

Brian Mitchell-Walker

Brian considers himself, like all of his clients, as a complex human being where only parts of who he is show in any given moment.  In his past, Brian would describe how he would forget or bury many different aspects about himself when trying to emphasize the skills that were needed at that time.  After extensive training with Don Riso and Russ Hudson of the Enneagram Institute, Andrea Isaacs of EnneaMotions and the ongoing work with the Deep Coaching Institute,Brian now operates with the belief that the more in touch he is in the moment – that it enriches not only the skills he brings but also what can arise to enhance the moment.  So although Brian brings much more, these are the aspects that he brings to this work.

Samuel Schindler

Samuel is a Personal Development/Life Coach with certifications and training from the Deep Coaching Institute, The Narrative Enneagram, and the Diamond Approach. His heartfelt interest is to support, guide and accompany you into your unique experiences of Presence – True Nature/Spirit itself as You – often perceived as a palpably felt ‘isness.’

Samuel employs body–based inquiry practices to guide you into greater contact with your immediate, felt experiences of sensation, feeling and quiet mind knowing to discover hidden truths, uncover obstacles to growth and access your inner guidance. His coaching draws on depth of personal and professional life experiences including teaching, training and employee coaching in culturally diverse settings.

He holds this work as one of awakening together, discovering truth and guidance within the coaching dynamic as the consciousness of both coach and client impacts each one and the other.