Shannon has over twenty-five years of experience working with at-risk youth, women and leaders, a B.A. and extensive Masters-level coursework in Sociology. She is a truth-teller, life-long learner, organizational consultant and leadership coach pulling from her certifications as a yoga instructor, massage therapist, flower essence practitioner, ordained minister; and training in herbalism, nutrition, energy psychology, aromatherapy and expressive arts therapy. She lives life with a juicy, fierce, tender fiery passion. Her superpowers are loving the unloveable, and using her powers for Good. Shakti Rising is her destiny, her dharma and her daily choice.
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Janice is our number one wing woman, always tending to the unseen details as our Business Director to make sure our work thrives. She holds a Bachelor in Liberal Arts degree and is currently in B School. She has extensive social service experience including intensive work in inner city Oakland ranging from mentorship of at risk teens, youth services, refugee resettlement, working with dual-diagnosis patients, osis patients, teaching physical education, and community building. As a volunteer, Janice co-directed the San Diego Women’s Film Festival for two years during which she oversaw operations and volunteers. She also has over five years experience running a small property management business in San Diego. Janice began at Shakti Rising as a volunteer in 2009 and has since held various formal roles in the organization, lending to an embedded knowing of our models and systems. She has mastered the integration of structures and systems into a fluid and feminine model that involves shared leadership and continual inquiry.
Christina Burke, Director of Abundance, currently leads Resource Development and engages our spectrum of stakeholders in their various capacities to contribute as a natural asset-mapper. Over the last decade she has worked in community development throughout San Diego County, Europe, and Africa. Christina devoted herself to macro-level redevelopment projects, channeling her passion for community building into a platform to help communities redefine themselves as they work toward progressive social change. She has developed educational seminars in cross-cultural spaces, leadership programs for low-income communities, and serves as a guest speaker for universities, national organizations such as the American Cancer Society, and community-based organizations focused on leadership, service, and community well-being. Christina holds a BA in Urban Studies & Planning and another in Sociology, as well as several certificates from NeighborWorks America Training Institute for civic engagement, community organizing, and community leadership.
Allison Brooke Hjelle brings lots of nurturing touch to Shakti’s Sunshine House. She has an amazing capacity to simplify the complex and pull diverse threads together into a cohesive system. She has an MBA specialized in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reporting, is certified in the the Global Reporting Initiative, the UN Global Compact’s highest standard of CSR reporting; the Green Associate level of LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design); ITIL v. 3 Foundations and Project Management. Allison loves enhancing sustainability (if you couldn’t tell) and brings the wisdom from her BA in Sociology to our community education and transformational recovery work. She tends to women like she tends to the garden in the Sunshine Home – with passion, consistency, sunshine and healthy touch. Allison graduated from Shakti Rising’s TR Program in 2009, and is a great advocate for second chances.
Check out an interview of Allison on Sustainbility by the Citygirlischanging here!
Sarah Karpicus, Shakti’s Expressive Arts Therapist has been part of the Shakti Rising Transformational Recovery Program for over 9 years and has sat in the seat of: Apprentice, Graduate, Volunteer, House Staff and Staff for 3 years as the Transformational Recovery Director. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Minor in Women’s Studies in 1999. Her passion for women’s issues, healing, art and creativity allows her to weave her knowledge of expressive arts therapy, the healing power of art, as well as energy therapies into her role at Shakti. Weaving therapeutic work and the arts has gifted her with valuable information from the women Shakti serves on their recovery journeys. Sarah has co-created curriculum, program development and group work to be specifically tailored to the needs of the current women in the program.
Tess Meissner, will take you there. CHt has been part of the Shakti Rising Education and Transformational Recovery team for over 5 years. With her Bachelor’s degree in Lit/Writing from UCSD, Tess’s skills in storytelling have translated to an ability to deeply listen, gather and capture powerful qualitative data from our students, women in our Courting program, and Apprentices. This has been instrumental in the development of new and innovative curriculum and programs to respond to the ever shifting and changing needs within the Shakti Rising community, including the launch of our Community Apprenticeship (a modified version of the Apprenticeship tailored to specific women’s needs), and a number of classes and trainings offered to students, volunteers, and women in San Diego. Her training and certification as a hypnotherapist has honed her natural ability in creative inquiry and asking open ended questions which elicit a wealth of information.
Teri Hedman, ELSW, MSW, is part of the Transformational Recovery and Educational Director team. Teri completed her masters in social work at the University of California, Berkeley. Her superpower is to make lemonade out of life’s lemons, share it with others to help them find the sweetness in their own lives Through her Heroine’s journey, she arrived at Shakti after voicing out loud her desire to create a home where women could find safety in the face of trauma. Her clinical work specializes in the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), specifically in the realm of sexual trauma as well as psychosis co-occuring with PTSD. Her purpose build a bridge between the medical model world she comes from and the work of the feminine at Shakti.
Chelsea Cotton teaches us about devotional service, with a deep commitment to women and awakening our relationship with the natural world. At age 13, Chelsea committed herself to shamanic studies, she has done ritual all over the world from Jerusalem to Peru; supported births in Tanzania, and served at Mother Teresa’s home for the destitute. Chelsea holds a BA in Women’s and Ethnic studies from Mills College. Through her experiences she has honed the skill of deep listening to the groups and individuals that she works with and has learned to translate her findings across diverse groups of people and cultures. For her, the restoration of the Feminine is the most important work on this planet, and she is devoted to being an embodied steward of this way of being, living, and leading.