I am currently completing a book for publication with the working title, Motivate Through Service: 13 Inspiring Ways to Build Enduring Relationships with People You Lead. This book offers a way forward for people stuck in conventional leadership practices by fostering the emotional and spiritual leadership qualities of those in charge and nurturing their motivation to serve while building solid work relationships.
In August of 2021, despite all efforts, my husband, the great love of my life, caught a breakthrough Covid. He was hospitalized for 54 days. He was on a ventilator for 12 of those days fighting for life. I am currently seeking a publisher for my spiritual memoir of this experience entitled Breath of Life: How Love Conquered Fear of A Covid Death, which details this story of love and hope while remaining positive in the face of death.
Gretchen, the Life Coach and Therapist
I went on to earn four degrees from the University of Minnesota. My Master’s degree and my Doctoral degree are from the prestigious Department of Family Social Science, which offers an interdisciplinary program in sociology and psychology with an emphasis on human relationships and family systems. At the University of Minnesota, I was trained to be a researcher, a therapist, and an educator. Over my long career, I have served on the Graduate Faculty of the University of Minnesota, been the Chief Operating Officer of a large family service agency, and provided the clinical direction for two successful employee assistance organizations.
In addition, from 2008 to 2011, I held the volunteer position of Spiritual Director for A Place of Grace, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping military women and their families transition from the military to civilian life.
I have been a certified Employee Assistance Professional through the Employee Assistance Professional Association and the Employee Assistance Certification Commission since 1994. I have been a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the State of Minnesota since the Board of Social Work was established in the 1980s. I recently accepted emeritus status. In September 2020, I was certified as a Life Coach by Mary Morrisey and The Brave Thinking Institute, The Premier Training Center for Transformational Coaching.