United States

 

Arizona

 

Kathy Garrett, M.Ed.

Sun Lakes
ktkgarrett@gmail.com
520.252.0412

Currently offering Guided Autobiography at New Adventures in Learning at Chandler-Gilbert Community College: http://www.cgc.maricopa.edu/SunLakes/newadventures

Available for private group classes upon request.

 

CALIFORNIA

 

Anne Middleton

Your Life Tales
anne.middleton@me.com
www.yourlifetales.com
858-229-2140

Currently teaching GAB classes in private homes in San Diego (winter/spring) and North Lake Tahoe (summer/fall)

 

Flora Morris Brown, Ph.D.

Flora Brown Associates, Southern California
5753-G Santa Ana Canyon Rd., #360
Anaheim, CA 92807
flora@florabrown.com
florabrown@gmail.com
714-401-2261
Facebook.com/coloryourlifehappy | www.FloraBrown.com | www.Coloryourlifehappy.com
www.Coloryourlifepublished.com

In addition to local basic GAB workshops, I’m adding workshops on variations such as writing a letter of appreciation, writing a holiday letter, etc.  I’ll soon be launching an online GAB class so geography won’t be a barrier for eager participants.

 

Patricia Hamilton

Keepers of Our Culture, Park Place Publications
publishingbiz@sbcglobal.net
keepersofourculture@gmail.com
parkplacepublications.com
keepersofourculture.com
831.649.6640

I am currently teaching GAB classes through the Pacific Grove Library. My company offers personal coaching, professional editing, book design and layout, publishing and printing, marketing materials and social media blog/website set-up. I provide a free consultation to discuss your project: what you have, what you want, and how we get there: who does what, what it will cost and how long it will take. I have published over 100 books since 1983. I love my work!
 

Jamila Rufaro Ph.D.

Palo Alto, California (San Francisco/San Jose/Bay Area)
jamilarufaro@gmail.com
www.jamilarufaro.com

Special interest in issues of culture and diversity

 

Patricia Bronzo

Newport Beach, CA
Patricia.bronzo@gmail.com

 

Micki Sauer

Los Angeles, California
mickisauer@aol.com
310 613-6425

Starting a class January 2017. I run small groups out of my home or one of the student’s homes limited to 4–6 people. I’m open to someone gathering together people and I will come to your home, with a reduced fee for the host/coordinator.

 

Bonnie Bernell

Treasures That Matter
San Francisco Bay Area
BLBernell@gmail.com
650-941-9000
BonnieBernell.com

Having given 50+ GAB workshops, many of them one day experiences, for men and women, and as a long time clinical psychologist, what I offer are themes with a psychological focus. They are therapeutic although not therapy. Many people come multiple times because each workshop is distinct. Participating gives you a chance to be part of a community, enhance your well being, create a legacy, and stimulate your brain. Please join us!

 

Melanie Vetter

Wellfleet Circle
San Francisco Bay Area
www.wellfleetcircle.com
Melanie@wellfleetcircle.com
415-608-6508

I teach Guided Autobiography both in public classes and private groups. I also teach legacy writing and practices such as memoir, legacy letters (ethical wills), intergenerational philanthropy plans and family mission statements and mottos. I am passionate about the power of our personal stories and the creation of legacy. I founded Wellfleet Circle to help others tell and share their stories and preserve and share legacy.

 

Liz Dossa

San Francisco Bay Area
Mercy Center, Burlingame
edossa@aol.com
www.tellingyourstory.net

I have worked with several groups of women religious (Sisters of Mercy) who have been very receptive and enthusiastic about what GAB brings to their sense of community. I think GAB is very valuable for them and would encourage others to reach out to other women's communities (and even men's!) I am also leading a group of lay people at Mercy Center. Both have been very enriching for me!

 

Lisa Smith-Youngs

Northern California
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Davis
Lisa.smithyoungs@gmail.com
916-825-0334

A GAB guide working with small groups in Davis and Sacramento, CA. Sessions scheduled as my time permits. Please email to inquire.

 

Sheri Kohlmann

Southern California
More Than Words, Inc.
714-420-5092
www.morethanwordsinc.com

The most valuable gift you can give is your story.

 

Tricia Homrighausen

Volunteer Action for Aging, a SCAN community service
thomrighausen@scanhealthplan.com
http://independenceathome.org
562.637.7157

We have Birren Center Certified Instructors leading workshops in Southern California communities within Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino/Riverside, and San Diego Counties. Our 5-week series is designed for seniors 55+ and offered at no cost. We also offer volunteer opportunities related to the workshops.  

 

Robert Phelps

Santa Ana
Safe Haven Senior Outreach
safehavenccc@yahoo.com
714.876.3031  

I am providing GAB sessions for senior centers and senior living facilities in Southern California.

 

Jill Morris

Walnut Creek
Jill@yourlifeyourwords
GAB classes throughout the East Bay

 

Pamela Hueckel

Pasadena
pamela.hueckel@verizon.net
909.670.8239

I teach a Saturday morning Guided Autobiography course for the Extension Division at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, CA and have several groups meeting bi-weekly in members’ homes.  Workshops lasting 2-3 hours are available and offer a taste of GAB to those who might be curious. They’re also a fun way to throw a party!  References available upon request.

 

Jean Stumpf

Novato
Time 4 Your Stories
time4yourstories@gmail.com
http://time4yourstories.com/  
415.827.5612

 

Pam Nichols

Santa Barbara
Aretê International
www.areteinternational.com
Pam@areteinternational.com
805.685.2702
805.689.8645

 

Leonor Urbain

San Carlos
Lurbain@comcast.net

 

Helle Brisson

Carlsbad

hellebrisson@yahoo.com
www.hellebrisson.com
www.hellebrisson@yahoo.com

 

Alberto López Pulido

San Diego
University of San Diego
apulido@sandiego.edu   
619.260.4022

Currently working on incorporating Guided Autobiography into my Ethnic Studies Courses at the University of San Diego and in the community of Logan Heights in San Diego, California. For more details, please be in contact.

 

Barbara Field

San Diego

barbara@writinglifestories.com
Website: writinglifestories.com
Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/barbarafieldwritinglifestories 
858.245.9593

Currently teaching GAB classes to groups in libraries, museums, and universities and privately in NYC & San Diego. Special discounts for corporations, nonprofits and associations.

 

Colorado

 

Eugene "Gene" Dawson, PhD., LCSW

13901 E. Marina Dr., #112
Aurora
3eugene3@gmail.com
720.535.9672

 

Pattie Logan  

Boulder
Live it. Tell it. Life Stories
logan.pattie@gmail.com
303.641.3103
WildMareProductions.com

 

Jean Unger

Erie
lifestoryjean@gmail.com
720.458.0321

 

Elizabeth Matthews

Lafayette
www.elizamatt.com
elizabeth@elizamatt.com

 

Janet Meyer, MA, LPC

Boulder
From the Heart Counseling & Legacy Services
FromTheHeartBoulder.com
Janet@FromTheHeartBoulder.com
303.525.5247

 

Connecticut

 

Meg Mc Nichol Scarpetta

Stamford
mmspes@optonline.net
203.918.2908

 

Margaret Flesher

Guilford
Your Life, Your Stories
margaretflesher.com
203-457-7111

I’m offering GAB classes as an integral part of Margaret Flesher Associates, a strategic communications consultancy, focused on helping businesses, nonprofits, and individuals tell their stories. Through Your Life, Your Stories, I work with individuals seeking professional assistance in writing their memoirs and offer GAB classes in retreat centers, libraries, community centers, and private homes. I’m particularly interested in the benefits writing one’s stories brings to women in life and career transitions.

 

Florida

 

Val Perry

Bloomingdale Writers Connection
Lifewritersbloom@msn.com

I have been giving these 10 week courses for ten years and work with a team of instructors/facilitators.  We are a library-sponsored program, located east of Tampa at the    Bloomingdale Regional Library.  The classes are underwritten by the Friends of the Library and are free to the public.  In 2013 we published an anthology of our stories. After    graduation the writers have the option to move into monthly writing groups managed by our program.

 

Pam Mayers

Naples (Winter)
Evanston, IL (Summer)
pammayers@hotmail.com

 

Diana Trevouledes, Ph.D., P.A.

St. Petersburg
drtrevouledes@gmail.com
www.drdianatrevouledes.com
727.310.7455

 

Nancy Hutter, MA, LMHC

Boca Raton, FL  
nhutter@insightfulchoices.net
914.260.4662or561.402.9917
Insightful Choices, PA

I provide counseling to individuals in transition and people who are on a journey of self-discovery.  I offer Guided Autobiography workshops and classes.

 

 

Hawaii

 

Mee Joo Kim

Oʻahu
kim.meejoo@gmail.com

With Hawaiʻi being spread across eight islands, I offer GAB classes online. Also, I specialize in working with adult adoptees, especially interracial and intercountry adoptees, and have classes with an emphasis on exploring one’s adoption narrative. My website is currently under construction and will be updated in January 2017.

 

Indiana

 

Christa Hoyland

Jeffersonville and Sellersburg
Life Stories I Class
Thursdays, Jan. 26-Mar. 16, 2017 6:30-8:30 p.m.

New Albany Deanery Aquinas Center
Tuesdays, April 18-May 26 6:30-8:30 p.m.
TheMemoryKeeper27@gmail.com

 

 

Illinois

 

Carolyn Young

Evanston
carolynvyoung@gmail.com

 

INDIANA

 

Carolyn Parrott

Indianapolis
Kept Memory, LLC
keptmemory.com
keptmemory@gmail.com
317.843.1507

I offer Guided Autobiography in small groups of five to seven participants in the Indianapolis area. I maintain a list of individuals who want to participate and confirm the timing and location for classes when there are sufficient participants to form a group. The GAB groups meet weekly for seven sessions.  If you live outside the Indianapolis area, Guided Autobiography can also be experienced in half-day or full day workshops, in your location.

I also publish personal history books and can help you get the stories you write for GAB classes into beautiful limited edition books with your pictures to share with family and friends.

 

Kansas

 

Lili Shank

Kansas City
lili@voicesintime.com
www.voicesintime.com
816.392.9917

Please contact me about upcoming GAB classes in the Kansas City area.  They are formed once a group of 6 -12 students accumulate.  GAB groups meet weekly for six sessions.  I also help people record their life stories on audio.

 

LOUISIANA

 

Deanne Groves

Lifestories, LLC
Deanne@lifestoriesllc.biz 
www.lifestoriesllc.biz

I routinely teach GAB classes at two locations and can accept invitations to teach just about anywhere. In addition, I teach spiritual journey, obituary writing and legacy letter writing classes. I also offer book editing and publishing.

 

 

MARYLAND and DC

 

Pat McNees

Pat McNees, Writers and Editors
patmcnees@gmail.com
http://www.writersandeditors.com | http://www.comfortdying.com
301.897.8557

I am teaching GAB at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD in Jan.-Feb 2017; I teach it now and then at Montgomery County, MD, public libraries, but no sessions are currently scheduled.  I've been doing print personal histories since 1990and also do corporate histories.

 

Sparkle (Linda) Cofiell

Baltimore
cofiell@yahoo.com
cofiell@comcast.net
443.49.6715

I believe in the power of GAB!

 

Shefa Nola Benoit

Roots & Reasons Storytelling
info@rootsandreasons.com
202.575.1123

Currently offering a variety of guided autobiography options from traditional group to reflective vacations on location. I serve the DC, MD, and VA areas.

Visit www.rootsandreasons.com for more details.

 

Maine

 

Katie Murphy

Portland
katie@univoicehistory.com
Personal Historian

Please contact me about upcoming GAB classes! They are formed once a group of 6–12 students accumulate. GAB groups meet weekly for six sessions.

 

MASSACHUSETTS

 

Michelle Beckman

Sunday Dinner Stories
Michelle@SundayDinnerStories.com
www.SundayDinnerStories.com
978.455.2166

I help parents and grandparents write or record their life stories so all generations of their families know they belong, have been heard, and will be remembered. GAB is one method I use to inspire my Storytellers to remember stories that express their beliefs, values, and life lessons.

 

Patricia O’Neill

Oxford Gerontology Consultants
trish1385@gmail.com
Certified GABInstructor; Life review

 

Pam Pacelli Cooper

Boston Area: Cambridge, Brookline, Boston, Arlington, Somerville
Verissima Productions
pam@verissima.com
617.629.5999
Upcoming Classes: Spring and Fall 2017

 

Susan Turnbull

Manchester-by-the-Sea
Personal Legacy Advisors
www.personallegacyadvisors.com
www.legacytoolkit.com
sturnbull@personallegacyadvisors.com
978.468.3715

The GAB principles are thoroughly embedded in my work as a specialist in ethical wills and letters of intent. The same principles—of presenting a narrow doorway through which to explore the largest questions of your life in a safe and creative way—are evident in the materials I have developed for individuals and families to express themselves and connect to each other: The Wealth of Your Life: A Step-by-StepGuide for Creating Your Ethical Will, Life Legacy Cards and the Life Legacy Toolkit.  The website has more information on these materials, as well as listings for workshops and presentations.

 

Meg Mc Nichol Scarpetta

Falmouth
mmspes@optonline.net
203.918.2908

 

MICHIGAN

 

Han-Jung Ko (Kokoro/Koko)

Central Michigan University
hanju1k@cmich.edu
https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/ehs/program/HDFS/IIGR/Pages/Programs.aspx
(989)774-3290

We offer one to two GAB sessions each semester. I personally do not facilitate the groups but recruit past GAB attendees (community partners or students) to lead the groups. The GAB sessions are sponsored by the Institute for Intergenerational Relationships, College of Education and Human Services at Central Michigan University.

 

Minnesota

 

Ben and Judy Ament

Moose Lake
blament@gmail.com
218.481.8771
GAB classes in northern Minnesota

 

Diane Nimmer

Minneapolis
2950 Dean Pkwy. #703
Minneapolis, MN 55416
dianenimmer@gmail.com
763.242.1067
www.intentionaljourneys.com
Legacy Coaching causing meaningful intergenerational conversations

 

MISSOURI

 

Lori Jurgiel

Saint Louis
Personal Historian
lorijurgiel@gmail.com
www.LifeReviewGAB.homestead.com
(636) 485-5147

See Calendar page for open Guided Autobiography classes

 

Nebraska

 

Robbi Ryan

Lincoln
Relative Connections
PO Box 5612
Lincoln, NE 68505-0612
Robbi@RelativeConnectiOnsonline.com
724.624.9056

 

New York

 

Linda Conte

Westchester County
lindaconte2016@gmail.com
(914) 271-5324   

 

Kristan Roehrs

New York City
kroehrs@gmail.com
610.888.4461

 

Carol D’Agostino

Rochester
Social Worker/Private Practice
Caroldagostino527@gmail.com

My work primarily focuses on running groups in senior living communities in Rochester.

 

David Grogan

Brooklyn
davidwgrogan@gmail.com
718.875.1977
718.344.8769

Editor/Writer and member of the Institute for Retired Professionals, a peer-learning program at The New School in Manhattan. I periodically offer Guided Autobiography classes at The New School in Manhattan.

 

Terri Spano

Nyack
www.timeforyou.me
 

Barbara Field

New York City
barbara@writinglifestories.com
Website: writinglifestories.com
Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/barbarafieldwritinglifestories 
858.245.9593

Currently teaching GAB classes to groups in libraries, museums, and universities and privately in NYC & San Diego. Special discounts for corporations, nonprofits and associations.

 

 

North Carolina

 

Caroline Manheimer

Asheville
https://cmanheimer.wordpress.com
828.254.5170

I have led GAB workshops at the OLLI Center (UNCA), the Jewish Community Center,
and the Senior Opportunity Center. In addition I am interested in visual representations of life experiences.

 

Fracaswell Hyman

Wilmington:  New Hanover and surrounding counties
The SOYL (Story Of Your Life)
Classes and DocuMemory films
310.779.1766

 

Janet Kangas

Willow Spring
janetkangas@hotmail.com
www.janetkangas.com
https://www.facebook.com/janetkangas444/
919.609.3148

 

Ohio

 

Michele Wolf

Amelia
micheleawolf@gmail.com
513.478.9887

 

Ramona Charles

Cleveland
ramonagab7@gmail.com

 

Susan Bond

Cleveland
susanbond3@yahoo.com

 

Sarah Kappus Peck, MSS

Cleveland Heights
Yourstory Catcher, LLC
www.yourstorycatcher.com
216.310.2864
sarahp@yourstorycatcher.com

As a Personal Historian I help individuals and families record the stories of their lives and bind them into heirloom books. As a writing coach I can help guide individuals through their own writing process. I am excited to facilitate Guided Autobiography Classes for groups interested in exploring life themes and the unique stories behind them. Please contact me for more information on upcoming GAB courses.

 

Oregon

 

Dana M. Perry

Bend
THIS LIFE: A Life Story Program
danamperry@earthlink.net|
541.420.4301

 

Pennsylvania

 

Jerry Waxler

Quakertown
jerry@jerrywaxler.com
267.733.2002
http://www.jerrywaxler.com

Join the Memoir Revolution. I offer individual coaching to help you find your story, and I speak, teach, and lead groups to help communities find theirs.

 

 

 

RHODE ISLAND

 

Jennifer Shaker

Memory Lane Lifestories
(401) 316-6288
jennifershaker@cox.net
www.memorylanelifestories.com

I am currently teaching GAB classes at the University of Rhode Island OLLI and Village at Waterman Lake. I also offer book editing and design for finished memoirs.

 

South Carolina

 

Beverly Yancey

Summerville
b67a88n91@aol.com
843.557.5580

 

Texas

 

Elaine Scholly

Dallas
Remembering When/Talk Share
elaine.rwts@gmail.com
www.rememberingwhen.org
904.305.7078

 

Anna Fay Williams

Houston
Life Stories Workshop
annafay2016@gmail.com
texaslion11@yahoo.com
Facebook.com/Life Stories Workshop

I have presented GAB themes and approaches in Life Stories Workshops that have been conducted at Christ the King Lutheran Church-Houston for over 12 years.  I am now offering these courses to other community groups and organizations and in small privately conducted groups. Over the years several books have been published with stories from the workshops and video-taped interviews.

 

Utah

 

Heather Bloyer

Salt Lake City
vague_uncertainty@yahoo.com

 

Vermont

 

Donna Gacetta

Essex
LifeLore
lifelorevt@gmail.com

 

VIRGINIA

 

Karen Bender

Leaves of Your Life
karen@leavesofyourlife.com
www.leavesofyourlife.com
(703) 220-0080

 

John Countryman

Richmond
johncountryman@meaningfulmemoir.com          
https://www.linkedin.com/feed/
https://www.facebook.com/JC-Countryman-436262956514015/

 

WASHINGTON

 

Heidi Thorsen

Kitsap Penninsula, Poulsbo
Through Your Eyes
tyememoirwriting@gmail.com
TYEmemoirs.com

I offer Guided Autobiography classes in Central and North Kitsap County. The schedule and type of class offered is designed to meet your personal goals for reflecting on and writing the stories of your life. You can email me for additional information and the TYEmemoirs.com website should be up and running in 2017.

 

Joanne M. Horn

Woodinville (Seattle area)
Second Half Connections
joanne@secondhalfconnections.org
www.secondhalfconnections.org
(206) 953-9912

I have been teaching GAB classes continuously since 2010.  I teach my GAB classes at community colleges, retirement communities, and retirement or other older adult organizations in the Puget Sound area. I now offer GAB I, GAB II, and as of Spring 2017, GAB III classes.  I have developed GAB II and GAB III as writing skills classes organized around the concept of using weekly themes to write life stories and maintaining the Birren structure of one half of the class devoted to sharing stories and providing peer feedback.  

 

Melissa Layer

Olympia
lissalayer@yahoo.com
425.941.5832

I have been successfully teaching GAB classes at a local thriving Senior Center and welcome all inquiries for bringing this wonderful opportunity to your organization, church, club or dining room table!  Let's discuss the possibilities - and give each other the gift of becoming enthusiastic Storycatchers (as author Christina Baldwin loves to say)!

 

Candice Bullard

Port Angeles
Life Stories/Life Portraits
cbullard@olympus.net
360).808.4581

I currently teach two GAB classes at the Port Angeles Senior Center but will be expanding to other areas on the North Olympic Peninsula in 2017.  My classes also feature a Life Portrait option provided by local artist, Gay Whitman.

 

Wyoming

 

Michele Halseide

Sheridan
Milestone Memories
Curating Life Stories for Future Generations
michelehalseide@gmail.com
307.752.3917

  • Weekend guided biography retreats in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado & the greater Atlanta area.
  • Weekly classes spanning 8–10 weeks online or in-person. Email me for details. 
  • Supplemental material woven into the curriculum for Bible-based journeys. 
  • Life coach emphasis for participants looking to refuel their passion for life.
  • Editorial services offered by the hour.

 

CANADA

 

Ontario

 

Richard Campbell

Guided Life Stories
Richard@guidedlifestories.com

Richard teaches GAB on transatlantic crossings with Windstar Cruises.
Co-author (with Cheryl Svensson) of Writing Your Legacy – The Step-by-Step Guide to Crafting Your Life Story – Published by Writer’s Digest Books

 

british columbia


Wendy Bancroft

Vancouver
GAB Sessions
wendy@gabsessions.ca
www.gabsessions.ca

I lead GAB workshop series in my home, in the classroom, and online (my online participants come from across Canada and the US). For private sessions, I take enquiries, make a waitlist and, when numbers warrant, we vote on a time that works best for all. In addition to GAB1, I’ve developed a GAB2 curriculum (inspired by the Birren Center’s GAB2 syllabus), where we delve more deeply into writing memoir, and explore our experience of some of the inner forces driving behaviour. 

 

HARRY LEWIS
 

Victoria
harrylewis36@gmail.com
https://heresmystory.ca

 

Norman MacKenzie

Vancouver
A Life In Stories
mgbpta108@gmail.com
778.828.7622

 

Ontario

 

Helene Kauffmann  

Ottawa
Eastern Ottawa Family Health Team
leokau123@gmail.com
(613) 875 9799

Currently teaching GAB classes in winter and fall at the Eastern Ottawa Family Health Team.  As a gerontologist and mental health counselor, I have been teaching GAB classes since 2011 in Eastern Ontario. Currently the Eastern Ottawa Family Health Team sponsors the GAB sessions. We offer one GAB session each semester. I also run 8-weeks series for small groups out of my home.

 

Alberta

 

Shirley Lyster

Camrose
lyster61@gmail.com

 

Quebec

 

Elizabeth Johnston

Montreal
Own Your Creativity
info@ownyourcreativity.com
www.ownyourcreativity.com
514.441.6874

It’s never too late to tell your story.

 

Nicole Caza

Montreal
nicole.caza@hotmail.com
letempsretrouve-caza@hotmail.com
www.letempsretrouve-caza.com
514.688.1180

 

GREECE

 

Leoni Thanasoula

Athens
The Precious Tree Biography
leoni@precioustree.gr
www.precioustree.gr

Particular interest in the Diaspora community and life stories.

 

AUSTRALIA

 

Victoria

Gillian Ednie
Your Biography
yourbiography@optusnet.com.au
www.yourbiography.com.au
0425 770 605

I write biographies and family histories. I also help individuals prepare their autobiography by ghost writing it for them, or providing writing coaching/editing and production support so they can write their own. I am delighted to be able to add GAB groups to my repertoire and to be only the second Birren/Svensson GAB instructor in Australia!

 

UNITED KINGDOM

 

Rugby, Warwickshire

 

Marie Rowe

Thanks for the Memoirs
mrowe97@gmail.com
thanksforthememoirs.com

UK Code: 017888 10106 (h)
UK Code: 074479 93714 (cell)

 

South Korea

 

Mee Joo Kim

Seoul
kim.meejoo@gmail.com

In addition to offering regular GAB classes in-person and online, I specialize in working with adult adoptees, especially interracial and intercountry adoptees, and have classes with an emphasis on exploring one’s adoption narrative. My website is currently under construction and will be updated in January 2017.

 

Ireland

 

Con Hurley

Cork

cohurley@eircom.net

 

Germany

 

Ruth Anne Uhl

Wiesbaden
Cheerful Word
Ruthanne@cheerfulword.com

 

Taiwan

 

Shwu-Feng(Phoenix) Tsay RN, PhD

Taipei City
phoenixsf@yahoo.com
nhphoenix@mohw.gov.tw