Meet the Team

Mary MackenzieMary Mackenzie, Co-founder
Mary Mackenzie is a CNVC Certified Trainer and executive director of Peace Workshop International. She is the author of "Peaceful Living: Daily Meditations for Living with Love, Healing and Compassion". Mary holds a master’s degree in Human Relations and is a trained mediator.

Mary’s first career was as a fundraiser in higher education, where her listening skills helped people realize their dreams and helped her raise millions of dollars for the universities where she worked. She ended this 15-year career to begin work with the newly formed Flagstaff Center for Compassionate Communication.

Mary’s guiding vision is to help people fully connect to themselves and their world so that they may experience more joy. Toward this end, she teaches Nonviolent Communication to children, adults, families, couples and adolescents, and she works with organizations by offering individual or group workshops and facilitating organization-wide restructuring.

Mark SchultzMark Schultz, Co-founder
Mark Schultz was first introduced to Nonviolent Communication in 1989 while attending the BodyMind College in San Diego, California. He has been practicing NVC and organizing NVC events ever since. Mark's first career spanned 15 years in the computer graphics industry before starting an Internet design and marketing consultancy in 1995. Mark started an NVC practice group that has been active for over fifteen years.

Jenny PrennaceJenny Prennace
Jenny is a retired Librarian with the U.S. Geological Survey, a position she held for more than 30 years. This job was perfectly suited to Jenny because she became the mother hen that supported the scientists in doing their research. Jenny often refers to the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, Arizona as a family.

As the NVCA Help Desk Representative, Jenny is once again working for a “family” organization and her role is to support our individual patrons and team members. Jenny leads first in support of her relationships and because of that many of us who work with her or who enjoy her service as the NVCA Help Desk Representative, enjoy the warm hug we receive in interacting with her. Personally, Jenny is now a grandmother of two adorable toddlers. She and her husband, Art, live in Austin, Texas where they enjoy their family and friends, daily interaction with grandbabies, and an ongoing pursuit to learn and grow. Jenny has attended one IIT, many NVC retreats and ongoing classes.

Rachel GarmonRachel Garmon, Audio Editor
Rachel and her husband Bob have held eclectic positions over the years. Their last grand adventure was to own and run a Health Food Store in Phoenix, Arizona. As such, Rachel brings an amazing amount of information about the science and spiritual aspects of physical health. While some have questioned her detail-oriented manner, her perfectionistic proclivities are perfectly matched as the NVC Academy Audio Editor. Rachel brings experience running her own business, as well as clarity and passion to her work.

Personally, Rachel and her husband Bob live in a home they built themselves in Cornville, a small rural town in northern Arizona. She has two grown sons who adore her. Rachel has a strong value for community and so she spends much of her time organizing and facilitating local NVC gatherings and trainings. Rachel is a deeply spiritual person who pursues many other avenues for deeper connection with herself and others in addition to her NVC passions; she shows devotion to them all. And if you are lucky enough to get even just one of Rachel’s big smiles directed toward you, you would understand that spirituality is an inside-out experience.

lore-baur-075Lore Baur, Telecourse Coordinator
On the help desk, Lore works to create a system that supports our participants in learning NVC.  Lore is a certified trainer for the International Center for Nonviolent Communication.   She holds a master's degree in science education from the University of Iowa and has taught public school since 1993.  Her mornings are spent playing and learning with middle school students. Lore's interest in inquiry and curiosity lends itself to her practice of compassion and mindfulness. She finds inspiration in the ways that nature designs systems to meet needs through interdependent relationships.  And draws hope from research that suggests we are cooperative beings, seeking connection and belonging, and that our language influences our perceptions of the world.  She resides in Iowa City, Iowa with her loving husband Steve and the two of them hold dear their grown sons, Dan and Chris, and their sweet dog Togo.

Robin O’Brien, Help Desk Representative & Telecourse Coordinator
Robin identifies as a mother, homeschool teacher of 3, care taker, social activist, and student of life and love.  She is passionate about creating social change and world harmony through compassion, parenting, and community.  She has spent the last 10 years in study of Nonviolent Communication.  She has participated in and served as assistant to the Parent Peer Leadership Program.  She was a founding member of Maryland Families for Safe Birth, which introduced legislation to legalize home birth midwifery in Maryland.  Robin is especially passionate about work with teen girls.

Aimee Ryan,  Telecourse Coordinator & Help Desk Representative
Aimee is passionate about co-creating a world where everyone is empowered to show up as their fullest selves, where everyone’s needs matter, and where there is space for all voices to be heard. Aimee has been studying yoga, meditation and mediation practices for over 15 years, and is a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication.  She is the founder and director of Core Connections, a consulting and education services company that offers conflict transformation, NVC workshops, group facilitation, organizational development, and collaborative coaching.  She’s also deeply committed to co-creating community and organizing gatherings where people can learn, grow, and explore their edges in a safe, supportive, and loving environment.

In addition to being the newest member of the NVCA Telecourse Coordinator team, Aimee also gets to support on the Help Desk.  When she’s not with the NVCA team or working on a project, you’ll find Aimee outside in the mountains of Montana, connecting with friends and nature.

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