Emalene Renna, Ed D. is a retired educator that served as a teacher, elementary principal, middle school principal and finally superintendent of schools for 17 years. During her years in education, one of her focuses was conflict resolution which included win/win negotiations, peer mediation and service learning.
In retirement Emalene has been on the Executive Board of the Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County for over nine years, serving three years as president. Emalene is also a certified mediator and does volunteer mediation at the Dispute Resolution Center. She received the basic training in Compassionate Listening, primarily to increase her skills as a mediator, and subsequently attended an Israel/Palestine Delegation. Emalene is committed to bringing Compassionate Listening to her work and home life.
Ilene Stark has worked in the realm of education for over 30 years. During this time she has worn many hats including those of classroom teacher, administrator, adult educator, teacher coach, facilitator and advocate. Ilene has provided training for hundreds of teachers in violence prevention and is a certified mediator specializing in family mediation and conflict resolution coaching. Ilene is a volunteer mediator and mentor at two Dispute Resolution Centers and has her own mediation practice, Just Options. She also volunteers at Monroe Prison teaching classes including Compassionate Listening. Ilene hopes to complete her certification with the The Compassionate Listening Project.
Therese has been involved with TCLP since 2002, attending the first Advanced Trainings and being among the first cohort to become Certified Facilitators. Her previous experience as Midwifery Program Director at Seattle Midwifery School provided a good background for being an educational consultant to TCLP in 2004-05 as the organization worked to refine the Advanced Training courses. Her organizational experience includes being past president of the Midwives Alliance of North America, president of the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council, and board member on the Midwives Association of Washington State. Currently she serves on two other boards in addition to TCLP. She has worked in the TCLP office providing administrative support off and on since early 2008. In addition to her work with TCLP, she offers ceremonies, circles and Compassionate Listening trainings at her eco-retreat center Sacred Groves, located on Bainbridge Island.
Phil Fratesi’s work as an educator and an organizational development consultant has focused on the personal and professional development of individuals and the strengthened dynamics of groups and organizations. His work is designed to further these ideas and beliefs through leading innovative and thoughtful strategic planning processes, building and refining management skills and techniques, and developing work systems that foster personal and professional responsibility and accountability. Certified as a Compassionate Listening facilitator, Phil has participated in CL delegations to both Israel and Palestine as well as Guatemala. He lives in the Baltimore, MD area with his wife, Amy Rakusin, also a CL facilitator, and is active in his Quaker Meeting.