Healing Touch Certification Governing Committee
Barbara Ann Starke has over 20 years of experience as an advance practice nurse. She specializes in energy-based therapies as well as functional medicine interventions. Barbara is currently Vice Chair of the HTP Certification Board. In-between supporting HTP either through certification, program development, or her own practice in Berrien County, Barbara can be found on their Christmas Tree farm talking with the trees . . . or in the kitchen.
Ann Darmstetter, Member, Administrator
Walle Adams-Gerdts, Member
Sue Erlewine, Member
Sharon L. Walker, Member
Ruthie Hall-Kunz, Public Member
Lisa Mentgen-Gordon, Non-Voting Member
Cynthia Hutchison, Non-Voting Member
Walle Adams-Gerdts RN, BA, CHt, HTCP/I has been studying energy healing since 2003 when her nursing Heart was energetically tapped to take a Level 1 class! Sparks flew and the Healing Touch Program journey unfolded, as she moved through Practitioner and Instructor Certifications. Walle loves teaching the curriculum and continues to mentor a large group throughout the DE, PA, NJ, and NY areas. She has assisted several times with the Level 4/5 classes in the PA area and is very persistent in remaining current on all certification requirements. She loves her HT work and is honored to serve on this committee. When not reviewing packets at her computer, Walle can be found climbing trees.
Jerry Becker, HTCP/I, CAE: Jerry is a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner Instructor and has been an HT practitioner since 2002. He is the Energy Therapy Director at Kanyakumari Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he has been practicing energetic healing arts since 1990 with Chi Kung Healing methods.
Susan DeSalvo-Reed is a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner and Instructor, Wellness Coach and Nurse of over 25 years experience. She became a Healing Touch Instructor and Practitioner in 1994 and has been teaching Healing Touch in acute hospitals nationally and internationally since. Susan is a activist when it come to Healing Touch and Lifestyle Management. She believes healing comes through the body/mind connection. In her own words, "my quest is to bridge the gap between allopathic medicine and complementary medicine", she states, "this is the place where true wellness within can be found."
Donna Donato is a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner and Instructor and LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor). She became a Healing Touch Instructor in 1996 and has been active with the Healing Touch Certification review committee since 2012. She has over 30 years experience in the field of psychology and brings a non-nurse, phychological perspective to Healing Touch
Dee Gerken, who was born in Ohio, has lived in Southwest US for more than 25 years. She is a HTCP/I, Certified Holistic Nurse, Reiki Master, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Family Nurse Practitioner. She is committed to holistic modalities being used in every household, in every country and to healing the heart of humanity. She especially enjoys teaching Healing Touch, mentoring, and working with clients seeking ongoing health maintenance. For fun, she loves to hike and bike.
Karolyn Howard has 20 plus years as an energetic psychotherapist working with women, children & families. Her vision of people's potential and talents along with her empathy and concern for people has always served to make a difference in their lives. Certification with Healing Touch became a natural next step in her Adventure of Life. As a Healing Touch Instructor and Mentor, Karolyn is passionate about sharing how Healing Touch can enhance the lives of her students as well as the clients she sees in her private practice. Karolyn lives in the western suburbs of Chicago and enjoys being in Nature, photography, painting, writing, 6 grandchildren and 3 King Charles Cavaliers.
Claire Nelligan is a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner, Global Career Development Facilitator, Clinically Certified Aromatherapist, Certified Professional and Life Coach, and a professional business writer. Claire is an intuitive who has studied many healing modalities and is passionate about the healing arts. She delights in working with individuals in transition - as they create their lives and step into their authentic selves. Claire is a Healing Touch Instructor, Mentor, and Certification Reviewer. She supports her local healing community by co-developing and facilitating advanced healing and intuitive "playgroups." For joy, she formulates organic lip balms and body butters, gardens, paints, and sings off-key opera accompanied by her vacuum cleaner.
Jeannette Nienaber has over 30 years experience with energy therapies and is a dedicated practitioner and instructor for HTP. Her career as a science educator brings many skills regarding assessment and evaluation to the certification board. Jeannette is passionate about building community at all levels and bridging HTP with allopathic medicine through workshops and program development. She lives in the forest by the ocean and can be found snorkelling with seals or talking to eagles.