About MN-IEA

Our mission is to offer opportunities for personal development through promoting awareness of the Enneagram, providing education about the Enneagram, and building an Enneagram community.

Founded in 1998 as a nonprofit, volunteer-led local chapter of the International Enneagram Association, we are proud to celebrate our 20th Anniversary in 2018. Over the past two decades, the MN-IEA has hosted many of the world’s leading Enneagram teachers, and the IEA has chosen the Twin Cities for two annual conferences.

MEET THE MN-IEA Board of Directors

The MN-IEA is governed and managed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors with officers including President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Tasks are carried out by committees including Membership, Outreach, Program, Communications, and Library. Feel free to communicate questions, ideas, and other feedback to any board member. We welcome your input! Contact us at info@mn-iea.org.

  • Debbi Horton
    Debbi Horton President

    Learning about our different Enneagram styles has taught me how deeply connected we all are. What a gift to experience this connection in our MN-IEA community! Whether at an member meeting, a discussion group, a workshop, or a board meeting, the beauty of each and every person touches me. Knowing the Enneagram also complements and deepens my work as a Spiritual Director. I’m a Certified Enneagram teacher and I love sharing the Enneagram with others. Learn more.

  • Linda Hoskins
    Linda Hoskins Membership Chair

    It is a privilege to serve on the MN-IEA board. I’m currently the Membership Chair and have served as President. I’m proud of the quality and depth of our programs. The Enneagram has given me deep understanding and compassion for myself and others. It’s a powerful tool we need now more than ever.

  • Darla Keller
    Darla Keller Treasurer

    I am thankful for our local Enneagram community and enjoy the many and varied opportunities available to gather with others, learning and growing. The Enneagram has taught me so much—how to listen better, how to communicate more effectively, and how to appreciate the unique perspective and gifts we each bring to the world. These insights are also helpful in the work I do assisting individuals and families manage their day-to-day financial affairs.

  • Emmy Nelson
    Emmy Nelson Secretary

    The Enneagram is the most helpful personal growth tool I’ve ever used. What I love about studying this method is how deep and rich it can be. You start with observing your own unconscious behavior, learning what motivates yourself and others, and then continue on the path to deeper understanding and spiritual growth. We are blessed to have a MN-IEA chapter with members who are so accomplished and educated in their knowledge of the Enneagram. We truly are a community that supports our members in their personal and professional growth.

  • Carla Smith
    Carla Smith Program Chair

    I chair the Program Committee for MN-IEA and also serve on the Global Board of the IEA. I’m so proud of our local chapter – the biggest and most active IEA chapter in the US! I first discovered the Enneagram almost 20 years ago and have studied under many of the major schools and teachers. I retired from the corporate world and now devote my time to my human and canine family, gardening, the Enneagram and spiritual growth work, hosting a house concert series and enjoying the natural world.

  • Mary Baker
    Mary Baker

    The Enneagram is an enlightening lens to understand myself and others.  I was introduced to the concepts about 15 years ago through a small study group.  Eventually I became part of our local Enneagram community.  I am privileged to continue learning from our chapter members as well as local and national presenters.  Being aware of how the types interact with the world enhances all of my relationships.

  • Jean Brandes
    Jean Brandes

    ​When I was younger I was primarily an outdoor adventurer. As I matured I came to realize that internal adventures were as great as those I experienced in the outer world. One of the ways I have explored the rich life within is through the study of Enneagrams. I am grateful that we have such an active chapter in Minnesota. And I am grateful to have the opportunity to delve deeper through a commitment to this board.

  • Susanne Gawreluk
    Susanne Gawreluk

    I am on the MN-IEA board to support community awareness.  As a certified Enneagram teacher, I facilitate Enneagram outreach at Shakopee Women’s prison and at our free monthly discussion group at the Roseville library. My passion is coaching self-discovery of the head, heart and body connection as a medical massage therapist and healing touch practitioner at Lakeview hospital.  I also have a private practice. Learn more.

  • Phil GebbenGreen
    Phil GebbenGreen

    Studying the Enneagram has deepened my self-understanding and faith, given new breath to my relationships, and invigorated my career. I love the MN-IEA for giving us a place to experience a diversity of approaches and teachers and bringing in national speakers that I would never see otherwise. I am a co-pastor with my wife at Edgcumbe Presbyterian Church in Saint Paul and use the Enneagram both personally and in my work.

  • Kathleen Grittner
    Kathleen Grittner

    I enjoy being a member of this active Enneagram chapter, having the opportunity to gather regularly with people engaged in personal exploration and spiritual expansion. The Enneagram has enriched my relationships and shed light onto my understanding of the imaginal realm. For me art/imagery has been a primary conduit for self-awareness. I blend my art therapy background with teaching the Enneagram. Through imagery I assist others in seeing their unique path toward wholeness as described by the Enneagram. Learn more.

  • David Hall
    David Hall

    Ever since a couple’s counsellor recommended about 20 years ago that I look into the Enneagram, I have found the Enneagram to be an incomparably deep and accurate system for focusing my spiritual quest to understand myself and to liberate myself from self-imposed suffering. I love working on our Program Committee because it gives me a chance to take part in shaping the yearly calendar of presentations and workshops for the MN-IEA. I also teach and coach using the Enneagram with my wife Katy, whom I met at an Enneagram workshop on the Holy Ideas, taught by my main teacher Russ Hudson, back in 2005. Learn more.

  • Britt Ortmann
    Britt Ortmann
    I feel that the Enneagram has given me the tools to be more present to myself and to others. I am grateful to be a part of this Enneagram community and look forward to continuing my involvement. I was introduced to the Enneagram in 2010 and since then have studied the Enneagram and use it personally and professionally.  I have found that the Enneagram continues to offer more insights into understanding our human experience and find this evolving process to be both exciting and restorative. 
  • Peter Thibado
    Peter Thibado

    Studying and teaching the Enneagram for the last 15 years has been enlightening and a blessing. Relationships with family, Taekwondo, and construction clients all seem to be grounded in a sense of compassion. My world view has broadened as well. MN-IEA has benefited me immensely. It’s a place to practice as well as study with other like-minded souls. I have deep gratitude for people here and now that are willing to take a look. Learn more.

  • Fran Zimmerman
    Fran Zimmerman

    The first time I went to an Enneagram meeting, I felt like I had come home. Being a part of the  Minnesota Enneagram community has changed my life both personally and professionally. My knowledge of myself has grown, and my relationships have deepened.  Since getting certified, I have taught  Enneagram classes, facilitated growth groups, and included the Enneagram in my work with clients as a Psychologist, Spiritual Director, and Coach. Being a part of the MN-IEA board is a true delight and privilege! Learn more.

  • Anne Mureé
    Anne Mureé Board Member Emerita

    In 1998 I co-founded the Minnesota Chapter of the IEA and the support of this vital community has blessed my journey since then. My passion is to inspire people to live from their “true nature,” be all they can be, and celebrate a life of joy and ease. The Enneagram System has been a beacon for my personal journey toward wholeness and is a cornerstone of my work. I am a Master Coach, Deep Listener, Motivational Teacher, and Experienced Facilitator. Learn more.