Delores “Dee” Cox
Dee first began studying the Enneagram in May, 2014. As a life-long seeker, she was captivated by the paradigm of spirituality imparted in the teachings. “It provides a way to see and be seen; to hear and be heard; to know and be known; to feel and be ‘felt’; to understand and be understood,” she says. An Ego Type 7 who seeks joy in life, recently, when it came time to choose a place to live, she found herself drawn to the coastal woodlands of Pauley’s Island, which is 30 miles from where she grew up. As a child, she enjoyed the outdoors and nature. She spent as much time as she could on the beach and in the woods. Now, as she moves towards a deepening appreciation for her soul child sensibility, Dee finds herself once again drawn to the beauty of this natural setting. After retiring from teaching in the public schools, she has turned her joy of sharing her knowledge to her clients in her LPC practice. Dee has been married for 47 years and has two sons and two grandchildren.
Ann was born on her grandmother’s cotton farm in 1938. “The rooster crowed, the chickens were scratching, and the mules harnessed for a long day’s work,” she recounts. “I followed my Grandmother around as she did her day’s work.” Over the past year getting back in touch with the rich appreciation for life she had as a child has been part of Ann’s work within the Spirituality of the Enneagram. Her recent life has been shaded by loss. She was married to the love of her life, Robert Ellison, for 41 years before he died in 2010. She also lost two sons. After becoming a widow, Ann retired from her work as a hospice social worker and long-term care consultant. Ann was the SW director of the first hospice program opened in a nursing home in South Carolina. After the death of her husband, she moved to her hometown in Gaffney, S.C. where she attends the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation and is in her third year of EfM.
Since Brenda began studying the Enneagram it has helped her become stronger and more flexible to change. “Because of this study my relationships are flowing better and are not so restrictive,” she says. “As I have moved around the hexad, I see that this study has opened my world to incredible new experiences.” Brenda grew up in Anniston, Alabama, where she still lives today. As a child, she enjoyed swimming, going to church, playing the piano and all forms of music. Today, she is a member of Highlands Church in Birmingham, Ala. and attends classes at the Yoga Center in Anniston. Retired from the Army Department of Civil Service, she enjoys spending time with her three children and five grandchildren. As an Ego Type Two, Brenda aspires to practice moving around the hexad in her professional world to see where changes will lead.
Dick has worked at various paying jobs since age 12. Following graduation from college, he joined the Navy and flew fighter aircraft aboard ship. After 12 years he transitioned into Aeronautical Engineering Duty, performing management RDT&E functions until his retirement. He then went to work with GE Aerospace and, after 20 years in defense aerospace management, retired from the Boeing Company. “All I can say about these experiences is that I grew in many ways over the years, finally desiring to return after final retirement to my childhood dream — spiritual work. It first manifested as church work, but now has evolved to learning the Enneagram and its spiritual depth.” Dick has two children and seven grandchildren. He now lives in a relationship with Lynn Welling (also in the ICB class of 2015) who significantly feeds his soul, allowing for personal growth while enabling Dick’s desire to be supportive. He is a member of the International Spiritual Directors Association. His spiritual life has become one of daily meditation and study of the Enneagram — especially its spiritual dimensions. “The Enneagram has showed me the strong role ego plays in our lives, how we stray from Essence, and how we can ‘alchemically’ be changed (thanks, Joe!!) to become conscious and integrated as ego and essence.”
Sharon grew up in the low-country of South Carolina. As a child, she enjoyed playing house and building forts using fallen logs in the woods, and spending summers at the beach. After receiving a Masters in Counseling from The Citadel, she worked in Human Resources management, before moving into private practice in clinical counseling. Sharon currently lives in Columbia, SC where she shares office space with her daughter, who is a clinical psychologist. One of the main modalities she uses with her clients is the Voice Dialogue/Psychology of the Selves and Aware Ego process, which is a psycho-spiritual approach to consciousness. “I am learning that this process coupled with the Enneagram facilitates a more rapid understanding of self,” she says. “I have used it in my life as well as with clients, focusing on how this information can facilitate a better understanding of one’s self and one’s motivations. Studying with Dr. Howell this year, I have begun incorporating the Enneagram’s deeper process of the Holy Ideas and the soul child, providing a deeper connection to myself and greater empathy for others.”
The Rev. Mary Morrison
The Rev. Morrison enjoys getting to know people and their stories. As a pastor she has the opportunity to engage with persons throughout their life journeys and especially at times of transitions like birth of a child, parenting, illness, crisis and death. These times offer deeply personal interactions and holy moments when faith and life intersect in powerful experiences. Mary’s gifts as a teacher provide creativity engaging in Scripture and theology, as well as practices of the faith. She is sharing her knowledge of the Enneagram with the pastoral and program staff of the church to aid them as they both work together in ministry and share that responsibility with leaders in the church. The One’s Holy Idea of Holy Growth fits well with Mary’s call as Associate Pastor of Discipleship at Fort Hill Presbyterian Church in Clemson, SC. She prefers to think in terms of potential instead of the trap of perfection. Mary holds two masters degrees in Christian education and divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary. She is married to her best friend, Mark, and together they enjoy camping, hiking, and photography and keeping up with their two young adult daughters, Hannah and Sarah.
Melanie is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree. Throughout her career, she has blended together her love of teaching and performing, as well as providing music for therapeutic and praise/worship purposes. Currently, Melanie is on the faculty of Birmingham Southern College’s Conservatory of Fine and Performing Arts as a violin, fiddle and viola instructor. She considers providing music for Kanuga Conferences a very special privilege; one which feeds her soul and fills her with joy. “The journey of the Enneagram, like walking a labyrinth, has cleared an inward path bringing me back to my true self,” she says. “In becoming ‘reacquainted’ with my essence and ‘making friends’ with the oldest, purest parts of my soul, I am stronger and more equipped for the path outward. In better understanding and owning who I am, I can better fulfill the role I was designed to play in God’s bigger picture.”
The Reverend Spenser Simrill
The Rev. Simrill identifies himself as an Ego Type Two. He has been married for 43 years to Stuart Simrill (also a member of the ICB Class of 2015) and they are the parents of four children. Spenser’s healthy desire to give is evidenced in his work as a priest in marginalized communites. He counts among his accomplishments the ability to bring “humor, compassion and care for the outsider.” He is a sixth grade school teacher and volunteer coordinator at Koinonia Farm, a Christian inter-faith community in Americus, Georgia, which is focused on demonstrating the way of Jesus. He is also a member of the Piedmont Mindfulness Community. “The Enneagram provides a clear, holy path for my personal and spiritual maturity,” he writes. “The soul work of the Enneagram has given me a sense of freedom and grace, which allows me to know that I am not my job. I am accepted and loved not because of my giving, but by Jesus’ grace.”
As an Ego Type Five, Stuart discovers great satisfaction in the study of art, history, ornithology, field biology and education. She grew up in Harrod’s Creek, Kentucky playing in the woods, biking, camping, horseback riding and (of course) reading. She has been married to Spenser for 43 years and together they embarked upon the study of the Enneagram with the Institute for Conscious Being after attending the Enneagram Conference at Kanuga in December, 2014. Stuart’s journey with the Enneagram began decades ago; however, around the same time she began her work as a Spiritual Director. She is also a partner in Koinonia Farm, a certified Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator, a member of Spiritual Directors International and the Piedmont Mindfulness Community. She is a yoga practitioner, sings in choir and applies her very healthy Ego Five ability of observation as a birdwatcher. “The Enneagram has helped me move from a life of self-doubt to a rich, full artistic life,” she says. “A life full of self acceptance, and family and friends.”
The Reverend Pam Smith
The Rev. Smith began her career as a psychiatric social worker in Valparaiso, Indiana. An Ego Type Five with a thirst for knowledge, she went on to receive her law degree from Stetson University. As an attorney, she provided legal services in private practice, as well as for municipalities. Then in 2008, she turned her intellect to spiritual pursuits and earned her divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. She served as pastor for churches in Georgia and Florida before accepting a position with First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Nashville, Tennessee in 2014. Discovering the Enneagram has been a further addition to her spiritual growth. “In times of stress, I am increasingly aware of my tendency to act from my ego type rather than my true self,” she says. “And in those times when I feel ‘on my game’, so to speak, I can see how that draws on my true self. In those awarenesses, I grow.”
Reginald “Reggie” Thomas
Reggie grew up in a rural village in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, an island in the southern Caribbean. As a child he loved to help his parents with chores and in their shop. He went on to receive his MBA in finance and now serves as Executive Director of the social security program in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, where he does his part to lessen the suffering in the world. He has been married for 26 years and has three sons. Reggie also serves as lay pastor in the Methodist church in the Caribbean and the Americas serving St. Vincent and is Regional Assistant Trainer for the Walk to Emmaus (Caribbean Region). He first encountered the Spirituality of the Enneagram two years ago at the Academy for Spiritual Formation. “The Enneagram has brought me an awareness of life and living that is essential,” he says. “It offers a lens through which my outlook, relationships and general actions are accessed.”
A consummate Ego Type Seven, Lynn grew up in Paradise — Paradise, Kansas, that is — where her glass was always half-full. As a child, she directed her neighborhood troop into fabulous adventures of dauntless wagon trains, bike trips into the country and sports competitions. “Music was a huge part of my life,” she writes. “I was particularly joy-filled when I just played alone, swinging and singing my awe, wonder and appreciation to the beauty of Nature.” Moving towards her healthy integration point, Lynn received multiple majors at the University of Kansas (Psychology & Speech Communications & Human Relations); a Masters in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and certificates in many professional curiosities. Applying these degrees to various careers, Lynn’s Seven energy can be seen in her varied career as high school psychology teacher, fund raiser/executive director, investment advisor, mortgage banker, sales/marketing professional and Independent business owner. Her inherent quest for knowledge led her to study the sound healing work of Tom Kenyon. She is also a member of the International Association of Spiritual Directors. In 2013 her quest led her to meet her dear love, spiritual companion and fellow traveler, Dick Marsden (also a 2015 ICB graduate), and together they were drawn to study the Enneagram with Dr. Joe Howell in 2014.
Matthew is a spiritual seeker with a background in Christianity and a deep longing to discover truth in whatever form he may find it. Matt lives in Pell City, Alabama where he works as a juvenile court liaison for JBS mental health. He has a Masters in community agency counseling and is working towards license in private practice. Matt is a single dad to a precious six-year-old daughter, whom provides him with great inspiration as he rediscovers his soul child. In 2014, his journey brought him to study the Spirituality of the Enneagram with Dr. Joseph Howell. “After discovering my ego type, the Enneagram has provided an awareness and a path to follow for finding myself on a deeper level,” he says. “I look forward to continuing my journey.”
Margaret identifies herself as an Ego Type Six. As such, she has lived a life of participating in her community — wherever she roamed. Her husband’s 50 year career in academic surgery found Margaret moving to Charlottesville, Baltimore, St Louis, Rochester and Augusta. They retired to the Savannah area in 2012. While in St. Louis, Margaret was on the chapter at CCC and a delegate to the convention in addition to teaching Sunday School. She has remained active in the Episcopal church, been the class representative from the nursing school at the University of Virginia to the Alumni Association, part of the University Wives Association, hosted exchange students with American Field Service students, and serves on the board of the Bedford Stem Cell Research Foundation, whose mission statement is to find cures for conditions that have been previously untreatable. Margaret also works with Hospice Savannah in the outreach and education programs, and is currently enrolled in the EfM course and teaching Godly Play at St Peter’s Episcopal church on Skidaway Island. She also enjoys volunteering at Kanuga Conferences. Margaret has found the Enneagram to be “a roadmap for clarifying my options and choices.”