GSN Board of Directors
Wendy Stern, Founder & Executive Director
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 daughters, Hannah & Layla; and she feels the most at home while hiking with her family in Boulder, CO.
Gerald Sloat received his BA from the University of Rochester and his JD from Syracuse University. He has practiced personal injury law in Boulder, Colorado for 42 years. He holds the highest possible rating for legal ability and and ethics and was selected as a ‘Colorado Super Lawyer’ in 2010 and 2012.
Travis has spent the last two decades working at the intersection of sustainability, finance and philanthropy. Building companies that advance clean technology, renewable energy and social enterprise, he has kept a heavy focus on early stage innovation and societal health and wellness related issues. In 2011, Travis teamed up with Kimbal Musk to start The Kitchen Community, creating the Learning Garden to connect kids to real food in schools and communities across the country. The Learning Garden is an innovative outdoor living classroom designed as a catalyst for community-wide behavioral improvements in childhood nutrition, socialization and student achievement, The Kitchen Community has gone from concept to national initiative in under two years. To accomplish this, Travis has worked intimately and effectively with the highest levels of government, business, philanthropy and school districts, including Chicago Public Schools, Los Angeles Unified School District and Denver Public Schools, encompassing the second and third largest school districts in the country.