Past Presenters

Sally Smolen, MSN, PhD

Transformative Grief

Sally Smolen, PhD is a Transformative Grief Specialist whose professional life has been dedicated to the health care of others, initially in varied roles in the field of nursing for 30 years and more recently for 15 years in the field of clinical psychology.  She has taught in many programs for parish nursing at the University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, MI and for a graduate bereavement program at Madonna University in Livonia, MI.  Her interest in music led her to study music during a sabbatical and incorporating it into doctoral studies.  These experiences taught her the great potential music holds for healing and she has experienced it herself and with others in moments of loss and grief.

Patricia Cooney-Hathaway, PhD

The Seasons of Life and

their Interface with Spirituality

Patricia Cooney-Hathaway, PhD is Professor of Spirituality and Systematic Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.  She received her doctorate from Catholic University of America, where she specialized in the areas of Systematic Theology, Spirituality and Human and Spiritual Development.  She has a certification in Spiritual Direction from the Shalem Institute of Spiritual Formation.  Dr. Cooney Hathaway has been involved in the ministry of spiritual direction for over twenty years. 

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Nancy Dossin, PhD

12-Step Spirituality

Dr. Nancy M. Dossin, Ph.D., is a clinical humanistic psychologist with extensive training and over 25 years of experience in family counseling, career development, teaching, and spiritual direction.  She is the author of a mediation book for children, Tell Me About God Again as well as a Spiritual Director at the Manresa Jesuit Retreat Center in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Dr. Dossin's private practice is located in Rochester, MI and she is a member of the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce and Rochester Rotary Club.


Bill Schafer, PhD

The Enneagram

Bill is a retired clinical psychologist. In the early nineteen seventies he had the great fortune of spending eight years studying with Selma Fraiberg, who was creating a new clinical method of working with infants and their families at the Child Development Project in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan.  During those thirty-some years he maintained a private practice of psychology in Ann Arbor. Bill is also a certified teacher of the Enneagram in the oral tradition and hold a licentiate in sacred theology from the Gregorian University in Rome.

Jon Schottland, MA

The Symphony of the Self: 

Subpersonality Work for Leaders

Jon Schottland is part of a new generation of Psychosynthesis practitioners and trainers, bringing the transformational work of Dr. Roberto Assagioli in spiritual psychology to audiences around the globe.  Jon currently teaches in the professional training program at The Synthesis Center, one of the leading institutes for psychosynthesis education in North America over the past 35 years.  Jon is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and completed his graduate studies at Union Institute and University.  He works as a professional therapist, workshop leader, mediator and nationally certified life coach.  With a healthy dose of humor, playfulness, creativity and passion, Jon offers a very personal and experiential approach to his workshops to open up new avenues for self-exploration and discovery!


Michael Mallon

Superhero Training Academy

Michael Mallon is the founder and executive director of the Superhero Training Academy whose headquarters are in the Brightmoor neighborhood on the west side of Detroit.  

The children who experience the STA curriculum learn how to see themselves as a hero and to live their most courageous selves.  They discover and develop unique superpowers.  They learn to express these superpowers in positive directions and serve their communities.  Students learn to live a heroic life.

Superhero Training Academy makes a BIG difference in how children see themselves and how they shape their life experiences.


Courtney Welch

Workshop Facilitator

Courtney believes that in order to move your mind, you need to move your body. A 200-hour certified yoga teacher, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC), Courtney is also a Certified Paddlefit Level 2 instructor and teaches Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) classes during the summer. She is inspired by movement on and off the mat (and board) and loves to combine yoga with coaching to help people slow down enough to move them from their head to their heart. SUP yoga is one of her favorite things to do and teach because it allows students to return to that beginner's mind, where you slow down your movement and bring more focus to the breath. Courtney is an ambassador for Lole Rochester and Royal Oak. She is also a Women's Health Magazine Action Hero, organizing her fifth charitable run for Run 10 Feed 10. For more information visit:


Molly Young Brown, MA, MDiv

Pathways to Action in Troubled Times:

Psychosynthesis &

The Work That Reconnects

Following initial training in psychosynthesis, Molly Young Brown had the privilege of studying with Dr. Roberto Assagioli, in 1973 (the year before he died). She has shared his teaching through many training programs, workshops in North America and Europe, and individual guiding sessions. Her books, The Unfolding Self: Psychosynthesis and Counseling and Growing Whole: Self-realization for the Great Turning are important contemporary presentations of the principles and practices of this material. When her interests developed to systems thinking and deep ecology, she worked with Joanna Macy, Ph.D., co-authoring Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects


Carrie Czajka, MHA, CLC

Generosity of Spirit:

The Courage to Own

and Give our Gifts

Carrie is the director of Contemplative Leaders in Action in Detroit - a two-year leadership development program for young adults (25 - 35 years old), rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.  Trained as a leadership coach at the Institute for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University, Carrie has worked with clients from many types of organizations including non-profits, government agencies, start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. She has over 20 years of experience in the health care industry and holds a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of North Carolina and a Master of Arts in Health Care Mission Leadership program at Loyola University Chicago.

Kavya Davuluri

"Why Not Me?":

Turning Ideas into Impact 

Kavya founded

OptimizeWayne at Wayne State University as a catalyst for empowerment.  She serves on the Wayne State University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub Steering Committee as a representative for 28,000 students.  She has been key in making and sustaining OptimizeWayne's most important partnerships, such as with optiMize, TechTown, Bamboo Detroit, Grand Circus Park, and more. She has developed and led most of our workshops and has garnered over $80,000 for OptimizeWayne.  Kavya has spoken at conferences and written for Michipreneur about student innovation. She is a junior pursuing a degree in psychology with concentrations in Spanish and entrepreneurship and innovation.


Limi Sharif

"Why Not Me?": 

Turning Ideas into Impact

Limi catalyzed the creation of OptimizeWayne as a platform through which student voices could be heard. With a mission to provide access to resources that students can use to create sustainable, social change, Limi has led the development of the organization’s core team and oversees the execution of organization operations. She also serves on the Social Entrepreneurship Committee in the Wayne State University School of Social Work which works to highlight the field of social entrepreneurship. Limi is a student at Wayne State University pursuing a major in biology and a minor in psychology, with a passion for neuroscience.


Fr. Phil Cooke, SJ

Walking Together Toward a Just, Hospitable World

Fr. Phil Cooke is a Jesuit priest. Currently, he is the Associate Pastor at Gesu Parish in Detroit, Michigan. Previously, Fr. Phil helped build the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Detroit Mercy. He is passionate about blending spirituality and economic development. His deepest love, however, is leading others to discover their true self and ultimately the Spirit within them. Fr. Phil is a graduate of the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA, and was a Jesuit fellow at the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University.


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