don't rely on self-care. rev up team-care.

This team of problem-solving women, profiled below, is applying collaborative curiosity to the intractable challenge of nonprofit burnout. 

The pilot team

Susan Comfort


Who Dat: Nonprofit consultant, FUN-draiser, burnout foe, laughter fan. Susan's 25 years of full-time organizing and fundraising brought stress; 20 years of yoga dialed it back. 

Fave hobby: Hosting dinner parties

Fave school: UNC-Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) 

Fave dancing: Salsa, or however I can embarrass my teenagers

Fave job: Green Corps organizer

Fave celebration: Annual summer solstice party

Fave mental health boost: Gratitude practice

Fave exercise: Handstands

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Rachel Rosner, MPA

Rachel Rosner

Who Dat: Social justice researcher, evaluator, learner, facilitator, manager of projects big and small.  

Favorite exercise: biking, swimming, running, hiking, playing catch. 

Favorite way to dance: 

Salsa, when cooking in the kitchen

Favorite mental health boost: 

7 minute daily yoga practice. Or stepping outside to take an air bath.

Favorite school: University of California Santa Cruz - worked there for a dozen years at the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community.

Favorite job: United Farm Workers; got my community organizing roots.

Iyana Turner


Who Dat: Wandering Detroiter, Mom, teacher, blogger, Jane of many trades--master of some. Frmr Playworks coach. 

Fave veggie: Asparagus and broccoli  

Fave work job: Tutoring high school math and public speaking  

Fave school: Michigan (<---GO BLUE)   

Fave new hobby: Walking the District with local GirlTrek members!  

Fave mental health boost: Podcasts! Casefile, Terrible, Thanks for Asking, Convs w/ People Who Hate Me, Sh*ttown

Fave family role: Household co-leader, Mom, Producer of nutritious meals

Claudia Arango


Who Dat: Foodie, yoga teacher, fundraiser, Colombiana, traveler. (Claudia & Susan built EWG's email list together.) 

Favorite exercising: Power Yoga, sweat

Favorite dancing: Merengue, vallenato

Fave school: Rochester School (high school); I loved its focus on the arts.

Favorite job: Teaching yoga

Fave vegetable: Mushrooms on EVERYTHING

Fave snack: Pressed juice (w/ charcoal)

Fave family roles: Twin sis & Tia.  

Gabby Lubin


Who dat: Fitness professional, former Early Childhood Educator, empowered woman empowering others. 

Fave veggie: Asparagus

Fave work job: supporting others, whether they are children or adults in physical and mental growth

Fave school: Bowdoin College in Maine -- I love Maine!

Fave new hobby: Reading for my book club

Fave exercise: spin & HIIT

Fave mental health boost: exercise, music, and talking walks

Fave food: plantains & smoothies (preferably not together)

Caroline Philson, JD


Who Dat: Environmental attorney, proud Tar Heel, long-distance runner, veteran vegetarian

Favorite snack: Old school carrots 

Favorite dancing: Vigorously, in my living room, with my 5yo, to Michael Jackson. 

Favorite job: I'm a board member of a not-for-profit, Just Bakery, staffed entirely by refugees. Humbling stories meets indefatigable work ethic meets immigrant pluck meets dark chocolate with sea salt cookies. 

Favorite new habit: My office has a treadmill desk, perfect for opening email and returning calls, and makes every webinar a bit better.

Favorite mental health break: A call with one of my fantastic friends -- nurturing relationships and creating community always comes back, multiplied exponentially. 

Candy Geise, MPH


Who Dat: She applied her Masters in Public Health to corporate wellness programs, later specializing in mental health and serving on community boards. Candy also played (and ref'd) field hockey.

Favorite exercising: Walks, hikes, dancing

Favorite dancing: Free styling to rock-n-roll 

Favorite vegetable: Any vegetable roasted

Fave school: UNC-Chapel Hill....not an alum but always dreaming of it 

Favorite job: Occupational health and safety

Favorite healthy snack: Popcorn

Favorite mental health boost: Planting annuals, good comedy

Favorite family role: Grandma (see above)

Manpreet, MFA


Who Dat: Graphic designer, Social media whiz, strong / proud Indian woman, Wellness advocate with BFA and MFA.

Favourite family roles: Wife, Daughter, Household leader

Favourite Dancing: Bhangra, Free style rock and roll

Favourite Drink: Soy Latte, Lassi, Fresh Juices

Favourite Veggies: Lettuce 

Fave mental health boost: Running, motivational podcasts, cooking 

Favourite new habit: Waking up at 5am and going to the gym 

Favourite Hobby: Traveling (Mountains), Doodling  

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Mauri Ziff, PhD


 Who Dat: Evaluation wizard, Public health researcher, Organizational change agent. Mauri & Susan wrote grants and longitudinal surveys for trainings and student organizing 20 years ago @EnviroCitizen.

Fave veggie: Roasted cauliflower

Fave work job: UC Center for AIDS Prevention Studies

2nd fave job: Amusement park, dressed as pioneer, made funnel cakes

Fave family jobs: Dog ma, Twin ma

Fave hockey team: Pittsburgh (it causes family strife)

Fave mental health boost: "My Favorite Murder" podcast

Fave hobby: Background actor on TV shows (eg. Homeland

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