John B. Adams, M.Div., BCC
John is a confirmed # 2 on the Enneagram spectrum. He is a ‘Giver, Helper,’ and all round winsome guy. He continues to strive to help others for the others’ sake, spontaneously and freely. However, on occasion he has been very creative in finding ways for others to need him, even when they don’t realize their need. By Grace, he is working on the area of genuine humility and being really conscious and present.
John is the Director of Congregational Care for the Turner Ministry Resource Center, a division of the Pastoral Institute, Columbus, Georgia. He has worked as a Professional Counselor, Family Life Educator, Employee Assistance Professional, and John is a Board Certified Coach.
For more than 30 years, John has led workshops for religious and business sectors on topics of personality types, learning styles, conflict management, staffing patterns, strategic planning and personal growth and development. Most recently, John has led workshops and retreats on the use of the Enneagram.
John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mercer University and a Masters of Divinity degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. John is certified as a trainer for the Myers-Briggs Temperament Inventory.
John’s interest and study have led him to become certified in the Enneagram. This ancient tool continues to open new doors of promise and hope for life with purpose. He obtained certification through Dr. Jerome Wagner, Loyola University, Chicago and he recently completed certification as part of the inaugural class with Dr. Joe Howell, author of the book, ‘Becoming Conscious: The Enneagram’s Forgotten Passageway.’
Diana Blosser lives in College Park, GA with her husband Donn and two large dogs – an Airedale and a Lab mix. They have three grown sons and 4 grandchildren. She graduated from Agnes Scott College with a BA degree with a music major, has a Masters from Georgia State in organ performance, and completed 105 hours of post grad work in Curriculum and Instruction with a cognate in Management at Georgia State.
Diana has worked as an Organist/ChoirMaster at many churches in the Diocese of Atlanta. She is a workshop and retreat leader, a Spiritual Director, and a Benedictine Oblate at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA. In addition to her “church” work, she has also worked in Adult Education at Georgia State and Clayton State.
Studying the enneagram with Dr. Howell has opened both my mind and heart as to who I am and given me a better understanding of my family and friends. I feel that it is a wonderful “tool” to use both in a workshop/retreat mode as well as in my Spiritual Direction Practice.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in public relations almost 20 years ago from The University of Alabama, Beverly Casey is now in graduate school earning a master’s degree in humanistic psychology from the University of West Georgia. Beverly and her husband, Patrick, are parents to two amazing kids and work together in the family business. Beverly has worked in the private sector on and off over the course of her career in public relations and management consulting as well as owning and operating a retail business. She is active in her community, church and loves performing in local theater.
Beverly came to know Joe Howell and the Enneagram almost a decade ago and has found her life converging in a spirit-led way with this incredible opportunity to study, learn and teach the ancient wisdom that Dr. Howell has brought to a growing audience through his book, Becoming Conscious: The Enneagram’s Forgotten Passageway. Written so eloquently in layman’s terms, this incredible resource has helped her grow in Christ and love as she has experienced the continuing awareness that springs from the truth born of the Enneagram’s knowledge. As a student of the wisdom, the knowledge and spirit of the Enneagram has become the central way in which she moves in the world through an understanding of her own ego-driven motivations and the message of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the sacred container through which Dr. Howell teaches. Complete peace can be received when the ego moves from the forefront and consciousness takes root in everyday life. Becoming aware of this movement of consciousness that continues to surface around our planet in an ever-increasing wave of thirst for peace and understanding of our fellow human beings has been a positive life-changing experience. “Understanding my own fears and the true source of them has been a liberating experience. The Enneagram has given me the tools that along with my spiritual life in Christ have made my existence meaningful and full of the joy that God intended for us all to harbor.”
BsEd and MEd with a concentration in Counseling Psychology
Retired 2001 — Education 29 years. – Elementary Teacher and Guidance Counselor
Retired 2012 — Business Manager of Chropractic Office for 10 years.
Mother of 3; Grandmother of 8
Attended first Enneagram Conference in October of 2012 This changed my life and I decided I wanted to learn all I could and share with others.
Daniel L Miller (Dan) is a retired educator and has a varied background in education. Most of his professional life dealt with disability services, a focus on deafness and attentional deficits. His avocation of music has placed him on the organ bench or in the choir loft most of his life. He has trained as a Spiritual Director in connection with his work as Director of the Pond House Retreat Center, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Talladega, AL. His desire for a fuller life has included completion of The Academy for Spiritual Formation and Enneagram. The Enneagram has provided a solid foundation to help him focus his path for a closer walk with the Divine.
Susan Sedberry Murphy
Susan Sedberry Murphy is a school counselor at Rocky Ridge Elementary in Hoover, AL. As a mother of four and grandmother of three she is on a constant learning curve. As a cradle Episcopalian in the Diocese of Alabama and history of playing in God’s backyard / Camp McDowell, she has enjoyed a rich spiritual life. Her journey has included many tools such as Faith Alive, CSU, Faithful Friends, Bible Studies, Cursillio, the Alpha Course, Alanon, EfM and the Enneagram. “I am exploring the Enneagram in my life & work. It has minimized the conflict in my life as it goes deep and wide; way beyond Denominations, Religions, Race, Gender, Nationality and Politics. I believe it can do for Individuals & families what Cursillo has done for our Church! Growing up in Alabama, Bishop Carpenter’s motto was “Remember who you are and what you represent” and in a phrase, that is what the enneagram does.”
The Reverend Rick Putman
The Reverend Rick Putman is a priest of the Episcopal Church, having served in a variety of ministries for over 40 years. Currently, his ministry is focused on spiritual formation and spiritual direction through teaching, speaking, writing/blogging, and working with individuals and groups. Rick graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1966 with a BS in Psychology. After serving for five years in the US Air Force as an officer and B52 crew member, he studied at The Candler School of Theology of Emory University, receiving his M. Div degree in 1974. This was followed by two years of post – graduate study in Jungian Psychology. Rick is a graduate of the Haden Institute for Spiritual Direction, is certified by CAPT as an MBTI Step I & II Practitioner, certified as a Reiki Level II Practitioner, and certified by The Institute for Conscious Being as a Teacher of the Spirituality of the Enneagram. Rick has an abiding interest in primitive and indigenous spiritualities. He resides in Birmingham, Ala., which is his hometown. He has three daughters, each of whom he admires for their depth of spirit and caring hearts.
A native to Tuscaloosa, AL, she and her husband, Steven, live in Tuscaloosa with their son and daughter; who are both currently attending the University of Alabama. Frances and Steven are University of Alabama graduates. Frances has a BS degree in Retail with interest in art. Ministry interests have been Christian Formation and various groups within Christ Episcopal Church. She has attended many Spirituality and Christian Formation conferences at Kanuga, serving on staff twice. She has attended National Christian Formation conferences and was part of the administrative staff at Christ Episcopal Church serving as Children’s Ministry Director. She served a three year term on the Diocesan Christian Formation Council and has formal training in Godly Play and Workshop Rotation Methods.
Frances and Steven have been active participants in the Alabama Cursillo movement for many years.
“The Enneagram has been a wonderful learning and enriching experience for me. It has helped me see many truths about myself, about life and about others. It gives passage to who I am and who others are – at the core of our souls. It is an ongoing process that requires honesty and work within the self. I am grateful to those who have and will journey this road with me.”
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Bradford Health Services
Clay is the founder and president of Anonymous Hands for Recovery, a non-profit that touches lives by connecting addicts and alcoholics to the resources they need. The organization provides outreach, support and financial assistance to those motivated to live free of mind altering substances. Clay has been a leader in addiction treatment in the public, proprietary and non-profit sectors since 1977. Clay was a certified Mental Health Professional from 1977- 1983. Clay came to Bradford in 1980 from Charter Medical Corporation where he administered both adult and adolescent treatment units. After serving as Executive Director of several Bradford facilities, Clay was named Bradford’s Chief Executive Officer until the Parkside acquisition in 1993 when he became the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Bradford Health Services. Since 1994 he has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. Clay has served as the Chairman of the Psychiatric Constituency Section for the Alabama Hospital Association. He has served as a member of the Alabama Certificate of Need Review Board, and an appointed member of the Statewide Health Coordinating Council. Clay earned his Bachelor of Art in psychology from the University of Georgia and his Masters of Art from Georgia Southern University. Clay was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honorary Society.
Sandi earned her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology from Auburn University, her certification in Early Childhood Education from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and her Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University. Sandi works with women who suffer from the effects of addiction in the life of a family member or a friend. Sandi is a certified Catechist for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori method providing children opportunity to deepen their relationship with God. Sandi has worked as an addiction counselor through the East Alabama Mental Health Association, and a college student counselor for Talladega College and West Georgia college. Sandi was a speech therapist for the Carrollton City Schools in Carrollton, Georgia. Sandi has been a Certified Professional Photographer through the Professional Photography Association. Sandi worked for twelve years as a Series 7 Registered Financial Consultant and Assistant Vice President for Merrill Lynch and for Morgan Stanley. Sandi is a member of “Sistas” a fellowship of women sharing a rich spiritual journey. Sandi enjoys dancing, writing, and painting the joys of her soul.
Barbara Sloan is the Development Director for Camp Winnataska, a place where she learned at an early age about the four dimensions of a human being: spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical. She is a visual artist and writer who has a 40-year career in the theatre. For over two decades, she taught theatre at Samford University and has designed costumes and scenery for over 250 productions. Barbara also served as the Creative Director of the American Village (2001 – 2007) and as Executive Director of The Seasoned Performers, Alabama’s only senior adult acting company (2007 – 2013). A playwright and non-fiction writer, her book Barefoot Among the Thorns tells the story of dance in Birmingham. Her daughter Elin Glenn works at the Hoover Library Theatre and has three children, Emmeline and twins, George and Arthur. Her son Seth Olson is the curate at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Decatur. Barbara’s work with the Enneagram has helped her more clearly understand how our egos constrict our true essence. A/er categorizing herself as a creative and melancholy Four, she now is beginning to glimpse a conscious self behind that facade.