Ann Southcombe is an
Animal Relation Specialist and licensed wildlife rehabilitator who,
for over 35 years, has dedicated her life to the care of gorillas,
squirrels, lynx, bears, and many other species in captivity. It has
been her goal to learn and perfect how to facilitate their process
of “meaning making” as they renew their lives after trauma
and hardship. Ann has learned there is a delicate balance in being
with them as a human yet relating on their terms. Ann is the author
of several books and conducts wortkshops and lectures throughout North
America including series called “Kinship With Animals”
that shares her experiences with diverse species to raise public awareness
concerning the deep emotional feelings and intellectual capabilities
of other animals on the planet. Ann brings profound knowledge of animal
experiences and values to intergate into human science and culture.
Ann has no formal academic degree: her teachers have been the animal
individuals who she has cared for. She therefore exemplifies the new
kinds of learning and knowledge that can teach other humans and include
other animals' participation in knowledge-making.
Laura Stille, LMT—Secretary Laura Stille, Licensed Massage Therapist, has over 20 years experience in massage therapy, body work, and energy medicine. Laura received her initial training at the Oregon School of Massage in Portland, Oregon. She has been licensed by the State of Oregon, Board of Massage Therapists, since 1989. She is also a Certified LaStone Therapist, since 2003, and Reiki practitioner since 2002. She has additional training in aromatherapy, foot reflexology, and MTT (Meridian Tapping Therapies).
Laura is a native Oregonian who grew up in Bend in Central Oregon. Laura’s family members include two rescued stray cats who now thrive on Reiki, excellent veterinary care, and lots of love. Laura has volunteered with SNYP (Spay Neuter Your Pet) in Medford, Oregon. She is also a former member of Soroptimists (10 years). In her free time, she enjoys singing, playing guitar, music, hiking and her companion animals.
Laura has worked with chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, and acupuncturists in conjunction with their therapies.
Janet Kaylo, MA, CMA, SrDMP, RSMT—Treasurer Janet holds an MA (with Distinction) in Jungian and Post Jungian Studies from the University of Essex, Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, UK. She is a Movement Analyst, Registered Dance/Movement Psychotherapist, and a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist. She is Founder/Director of Laban/Bartenieff and Somatic Studies International, which presents professional certification in Movement Analysis and Bodymind Practice™.
Janet danced professionally in New York City, and co-founded as Dance Editor InStep with the Performing Arts of New York, a 32-page monthly dance-based tabloid. She founded her own Repertory Dance Theatre Company, presenting original works with nationally-recognized choreographers, musicians and visual artists. Janet trained in Movement Analysis at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, NY, and worked as core faculty on Certificate Programs in Movement Analysis at the University of Maryland, College Park, and at the University of Quebec at Montreal before becoming full time faculty at the Laban Centre, City University, UK. She collaboratively designed the MA in Dance/Movement Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths University of London, spearheading the programme as the first Course leader. She spent a decade training dancers and dance movement therapists in Movement Analysis and somatic approaches to technique, improvisation and clinical work in the UK; has presented workshops and short trainings throughout Europe – and in India, where she co-designed a dance therapy model for NGO workers, emphasizing somatic elements of attunement and nonverbal communication in therapeutic work.
Janet is currently training in Equine Hanna Somatics®, based on a neuro-muscular, therapeutic modality that enhances a horse's (and other animals') somatic agency through voluntary re-patterning movement work. Her publications include "The Phenomenological Body and Analytical Psychology"; "Movement Observation and Phenomenology"; "Imagination and the Mundus Imaginalis"; and "Anima and Animus Embodied – Jungian gender and Laban Movement Analysis."
Victoria Crowninshield Drake, MA Victoria was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in Chicago, USA, and Paris, France. As long as she can remember, she always wanted to be a conservationist, focused primarily on endangered species. For eight generations, her family has owned and worked a corn and soybean farm in central Illinois. Victoria holds a M.A. in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She also received a B.A. (cum laude) from Harvard University in History & Science where she wrote an honors' thesis on the life of Harold J. Coolidge (1903-1985). Victoria spent a year conducting doctoral work at Cambridge University in Applied Biology and conducted fieldwork in Thailand, Malaysia, and China studying gibbons. She established the first IUCN-US office under the aegis of the Smithsonian Institution's Natural History Museum and worked in Gland, Switzerland at IUCN/World Conservation Union headquarters until 1988 when she joined the team of Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, Assistant Secretary for External Affairs, Smithsonian Institution.
Victoria enrolled in MSc. (master's of science) studies at University College London in Environmental Economics and was a 21st Century Trust Fellow in Environment. She continued her national and international conservation work in diverse projects, including Global Alliance for Africa, which assists HIV/AIDS orphans in Africa, Openlands board of directors and The Field Museum of Chicago with a collaborative network of conservation/community development projects in Yunnan, China. She is completing her second Ph.D. in depth psychology. Victoria has been married to James Evan-Cook of Kent, UK for 19 years. They are endlessly proud parents of their three girls, Angelica, 13, and sororal twins, Isabella and Lily, 9.
Celeste Wiser, MD Celeste is Board Certified
in General Psychiatry, specializing in trauma of children and adults.
She is currently at the University of California, Children's Hospital,
Department of Pediatrics. Previously, Celeste was Chief of Professional
Education, Napa State Hospital, where she was responsible for Continuing
Medical Education activities, teaching seminars on Pain Management
and End-of-Life Care; coordinating psychiatry rotations and seminars
for medical students and residents; supervising employees of the Professional
Education department and the Professional Library; training all clinical
faculty (approximately 500 clinicians) in the implementation of the
new federally-mandated Recovery Model. In addition to her medical
work, she is active in global peace initiatives and outreach.