GSN Executive Director
Wendy Black Stern
Wendy dedicates her life’s work to supporting people to heal and transform through the process of grief. The Grief Support Network’s mission, programs and network of resources are inspired and informed by Wendy’s personal experience of loss and professional background as a yoga therapy practitioner, yoga instructor, teacher trainer and group facilitator.
Wendy has devoted the last 20 years to being a student and teacher of yoga. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and is certified as a yoga therapist, teacher, reiki practitioner and facilitator of yoga therapy groups for grief support and self-empowerment. She is greatly inspired by the teachings of Shiva Rea, Twee Merrigan, Shannon Paige, and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, and she offers a unique fusion of prana flow yoga and Phoenix Rising, interweaving deep, personal reflection into a vinyasa style class.
Before the loss of her son, Noah, Wendy had spent years helping others to explore, express and integrate experiences through the practices of yoga and body/mind exploration. In her private practice as a Phoenix Rising Yoga therapist and PRYT faculty member, Wendy witnessed the ways that thoughts, emotions and life traumas manifest through our bodies. In 2007, when Noah passed away, her grief propelled her into a process of profound transformation, which has taught her to live with more joy and gratitude in her life. Through this journey, Wendy found herself deepened in her commitment to support others. Such began the birth of the Grief Support Network.
Wendy is filled with love for her husband, Brian, and daughter, Hannah; and she feels the most at home while hiking with her family in Boulder, CO.
GSN Advisory Board
Alison has devoted the last 22 years to being a student and teacher of Yoga. She first came to yoga after losing her mother at a young age to cancer in 1990. Her first Yoga class was in Boulder with her primary Teacher Richard Freeman. Yoga became an essential part of healing her grief and has been the guiding point in living life with more joy and gratitude. In 1997 she travelled to India to study Ashtanga with Shri K. Pathabhi Jois and also studied yoga philosophy and Ayurvedic cooking and nutrition while she was there. These months in India were transformational, directing her more clearly onto her path as a teacher and healer.
Upon returning from India, Alison pursued her interest in the healing arts by training at The Rolf Institute and graduating in 1999.
She integrates the many styles and modalities of yoga into her teaching, weaving Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Tantric philosophy as well as her understanding as a Certified Rolfing Practitioner of Structural Integration. Alison teaches to all levels of practitioners, meeting each individual wherever they are in their bodies. She helps people release blocked energy and discover more ease of movement and a greater connection to joy and peace in life. Her passion is in facilitating groups of women to discover a deep sense of well being through awakening to the radiance and power within themselves.
She is also a mother of two beautiful children and loves her outdoor lifestyle in Boulder, CO.
RYT500 Yoga Instructor
Cynthia is a pioneering practitioner, educator and business coach for emerging practitioners. With a vast background in both traditional nutritional sciences and Eastern philosophies, she offers a ground-breaking model for showing people how to profoundly transform their relationship with food, thereby masterfully achieving their health and body goals. Cynthia has been a professional in the nutrition industry for over 11 years, and Eat Empowered, LLC is her second business adventure. The first, Cynfully Healthy, was founded in 2003 as a private practice in Manhattan, serving a wide variety of clients seeking nutritional counseling and lifestyle coaching.
Cynthia has also served as the Director of Nutrition Services for a holistic center providing acupuncture, herbs, yoga and stress reduction techniques to treat infertility and reproductive disorders. Cynthia has appeared in magazines, local TV programs, and had her own nutritional/wellness column on elasticwaist.com. Cynthia holds a B.S. from NYU, and continued her studies with several health and fitness certifications, including Professional Certified Holistic Health Counselor accredited with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, Certified Whole Foods Nutrition Counselor from Heartwood Institute in California, Dynamic Eating Psychology Counselor from The Institute for the Psychology of Eating, and A.C.E Certified Group Fitness Instructor.
Certified Eating Psychology Counselor
Certified Whole Foods Counselor
Certified Holistic Health Coach
A.C.E. Certified Fitness Instructor
Merryl E. Rothaus, MA, is a Board-Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Rothaus has a vibrant private psychotherapy practice in Boulder where she utilizes Transpersonal Psychology, Art Therapy, Hakomi somatic psychotherapy, Gestalt, Brainspotting, Shamanic Psychotherapy and more. Merryl works with a diverse population, from children to adults, treating a wide array of people’s challenges with her compassionate, eclectic, creative approaches to growth and healing. As an educator, Merryl was Core Faculty in the Art Therapy and Applied Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy Department at Antioch University in Seattle and is also Adjunct Faculty in the Graduate Transpersonal Art Therapy department at Naropa University. Merryl’s training and her experience working for hospice, as well as her significant personal initiations into grief and loss inform her ability to empathically and skillfully helps others in their walks through grief and loss.
Board-Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC)
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Since 1979,Teresa Robertson RN, MS,Certified Nurse Midwife, Birth Intuitive TM, has been involved in the realms of; women’s health, birth and alternative healing. Teresa utilizes numerous concrete mind/body/spirit techniques and tools; including connecting with your unborn baby. Her integrative approach is concrete, supportive and empowering.
Teresa’s work in fertility and pregnancy as a Birth Intuitive has been endorsed by Dr. Christiane Northrup in her best selling books; Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom. and her new Mother Daughter Wisdom. Teresa is also well versed with working with childbearing and non childbearing clients as they navigate the world of loss and grief; supporting them in understanding their next steps as they reclaim their new selves.
Teresa’s expertise includes working with all stages of pregnancy loss, including; miscarriages, still birth, infant death and abortion resolution. In addition, she has supported clients living through transitions as the result of divorce. Teresa’s work as a part time Hospice RN over the past three years, has only deepened her understanding, compassion and skill with working with the mystery and terrain of loss and grief.
Certified Nurse Midwife
Birth Intuitive TM