Important folks behind the scenes at NewStories help us do our work in the world. Right now NewStories has no staff. We turn to partners and contractors to help us, including these fine folks.
For the last decade, Amanda Mack has been working to make the world a better place by raising her two kids, as a grassroots activist and volunteer, and by teaching yoga. In her recent roles as president of her Unitarian Universalist church and her kids’ school PTA boards of director, she drew deeply from the peace of her yoga practice to provide leadership and advocacy for the interests of both organizations. In her work on boards, in her yoga teaching, and in her activism, she seeks to embody a leadership style of compassion, collaboration and thinking for the future – the kind of leadership that she feels is deeply needed at this time. After graduation from college in the late 1990s, Amanda’s first real job was working with Bob Stilger and Robert Theobald. She was actually present for the birthing of New Stories! After leaving Spokane in 2001, Bob and Amanda have stayed closely connected. Bob and Amanda collaborated on a project with Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), an NGO out of Boston, in the fall of 2018, providing new opportunities for New Stories and for Bob and Amanda to work together again. Amanda came back to New Stories in Spring 2019 to help “get sh*t done,” as Bob puts it. She looks forward to helping in the ways she can. Amanda has a master’s degree in speech communication and has enjoyed working in project coordination and teaching at the college level to both traditional and at-risk students. She also enjoys (that may be a strong word) engaging in politics to create a world in which her kids and future generations can thrive. Amanda is an RYT-500 yoga instructor who has taught yoga to little kids, at-risk youth and adults. She also is a reiki practitioner and biodynamic cranio-sacral therapist. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband David and kids Audrey and Adam.
Michele has known Lynnaea Lumbard since the late 1980's when she was a client of the national workshop company Lynnaea had co-founded. Over the course of that work she became interested in the fields of consciousness, energy work and interfaith spirituality, and has been supporting Lynnaea's work in various ways since that time. She is an experienced Voice Dialogue facilitator and has led a community solstice ritual for almost 20 years. With a deep love of nature, Michele, along with her husband Steve, has led small groups on desert camping trips and loves to introduce people to both the vastness and intimacy of that landscape. She never stops being awed by the diversity of all things - plants, animals, rocks, but particularly the similarities and differences between people and cultures of the world. She has traveled to many countries including India, China, Morocco, Guatemala and much of western Europe. Michele brings her sense of beauty and order to the NewStories growing family of websites. She provides technical support, design skills, as well as copy-editing to all the sites and has taken on a growing role as a contributor to the Great Transition Stories site.
Sommer Joy & Jon Ramer are Co Founders Of Synergized Impact Network Exchange and Compassion Games: Survival Of The Kindest. Sommer and Jon support NewStories in enhancing synergy strategy, building reach and meaningful community engagement through social media platforms and keep NewStories in relationship with the latest collective empowerment systems. Jon started the compassionate city movement in 2010 that now has over 400 cities worldwide actively participating. In 2012, what branched out of the compassionate city movement became the Compassion Games the antidote to the Hunger Games which started with two cities challenging each other to now cities, teams, and individuals around the world playing together. The Compassion Games has now served over 20 million people in over 50 countries and continues to be played three times a year amplifying service and compassion in action. Since 2011 Sommer has been on a self mastery quest and became a Black Belt Nia Teacher in 2018 and Founder of Garden Of Joy that helps individuals and organizations remove obstacles and live life guided by joy from the inside out. In 2018 Sommer & Jon started SINE (Synergized Impact Network Exchange) to empower individuals and organizations to synergize and collaborate to new heights. SINE is lead by the four A’s; Audacity, Agency, Abundance and Alchemy. Sommer and Jon just got married in 2018 with a commitment to higher love together and co creating Peace On Earth by 2030 with everything they do and share.