Who Dat: Trainer, consultant, burnout foe, laughter fan. Susan's 25 years of organizing and fundraising brought stress, but 20 years of yoga dialed it back.
Fave school: UNC-Chapel Hill (Go Heels!)
Fave dancing: Salsa, 5 Rhythms
Fave job: Bo Brooks crab house server
Fave celebration: Annual summer solstice party
Fave mental health boost: Learning K-pop dances via YouTube w/ my daughter
Fave exercise: Handstands
Fave city: Bal'mer, hon
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Who Dat: Baltimore native, 15-years in education, pursuing Doctorate in Education, passionate about wellness for school leaders
Fave veggie: broccoli
Find Ty: Leading Hot Pilates class @ Bikram Yoga Works Riverdale Park
Fave dog: Bruce (don't tell the other 3)
Fave new hobby: writing a dissertation for EdD on Whole Leaders Create Whole Schools
Fave mental health boost: yoga class--these practices heal my mind and my body
Fave way help people face limits: squats, planks
Fave quote: "Waves Will Come. Ride Them."
Who Dat: Fitness professional, former Early Childhood Educator, empowered woman empowering others.
Fave veggie: Asparagus
Fave work job: supporting others, children or adults, in their physical and mental growth
Fave school: Bowdoin College -- I love Maine!
Fave new hobby: Reading for my book club
Fave workout combo: HIIT + Meditation
Fave mental health boost: exercise, music, walks
Fave foods: plantains & smoothies (not together)
Fun fact: She was named a "2020 Fitness Influencer" in Washingtonian mag
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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, where I developed my community organizing roots.
Who Dat: Rochester, NY transplant living in DC for 3 decades, inclusive workplace consultant, liberation and justice advocate
Fave veggie: broccoli
Fave people: my nephews
Fave members of the ancestors: Harriett Tubman, Ella Baker, Ida B. Wells
Fave mental health boost: knitting
Fave people to support: people furthest from justice, power, and privilege
Fave movie to rewatch: The Color Purple
Fave quote: “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” - Assata Shakur
Who dat: Californian-Virginian, Public Health graduate student, passionate about collaborating with patient populations to get the resources they deserve. Fitness beginner!
Favorite college: UCSC (home of the Banana Slugs)
Favorite Fruit: Strawberries (they are BERRY good in the summer)
Favorite Future Goal: Study Spanish
Favorite Exercises: Gentle Yoga, Zumba, BollyX
Favorite Mental Health Boost: Photography; making daily lists
Favorite Former Job: Birthday Party Teacher
Who Dat: Mental health professional, traveler, amateur photographer, passionate about advocating for vulnerable populations.
Fave band: Pearl Jam
Fave way to recharge: stargazing by the beach
Fave way to stay healthy: Wii Sports bowling
Fave way to spend a rainy day: watching movies with my rescue dog and cat
Fave book: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Fave place I’ve explored: Madrid, Spain
Who dat: Master of Public Health candidate, cancer registry professional, prefers to wake up on the right side of the bed, tent, or hammock
Fave school: University of Pittsburgh (I also love GWU but feel more like a panther dressed up in colonial garb. Hail to Pitt!)
Fave quarantine exercises: barre, yoga, running
Fave new hobby: freestyle jump roping
Fave mental health boost: spending time outside
Fave “self-care” activity: reading fiction literature, journaling
Fave pizza topping: green peppers
Who Dat: A forever learner pursuing her MPH, juggler of chaos and wearer of many hats, believes in the power of education to empower individuals to make healthy choices.
Fave School: THE Ohio State University
Fave Exercise: Running (we have a love hate relationship)
Fave Class: The Biologic Basis of Disease in Public Health—it really served as the foundation for much of my learning up until this point.
Fave Mental Health Boost: Getting outside! I love walks with my dog and just taking time to soak in my surroundings.
Fave Song of the Moment: Anything off The Greatest Showman soundtrack! Also, I currently really like Rise Up by Andra Day because it reminds me that I can do hard things especially in this really weird time.
Here's Susan's one-minute summary of why vulnerability is a key tool for your team. And how to use the stressor scorecard as a discussion tool.
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
-- Wendell Berry