Suzanne Edison ’82, ’76

Suzanne Edison ’82, ’76 (Antioch University Seattle, MA, and Antioch Yellow Springs & Baltimore, BA in Psychology and Dance) was appointed to the position of Mental Health Coordinator at the Cure JM Foundation. Her responsibilities will include oversight of Cure JM’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellness program. The goals of this new Cure JM program are to assist and provide support and resources to pediatric rheumatology departments across the country to expand mental health counseling and awareness to patients and families.

Suzanne Edison“Many children and adolescents with juvenile myositis not only struggle with the physical aspects of the disease, but with emotional and mental health aspects brought about by the disease and the side effects of the medicines used to treat it,” says Edison. “Parents of JM children have been very clear that they would welcome more mental health support from their providers as they see their children suffer from anxiety, depression, and social withdrawal. My job is to help providers recognize challenges and build mental health services into JM standards of care.”

Edison serves as a member of the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) Mental Health Task Force and has helped to devise consensus treatment protocols for including mental health assessment and treatment pathways for pediatric rheumatology illness diagnosis. CARRA is the professional training and membership organization serving pediatric rheumatologists in the U.S. and around the world.

“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children and families living with a Juvenile Myositis diagnosis,” added Edison. “JM is a rare, autoimmune disease primarily manifesting as skin rashes, and weak muscles, but can target any organ system in the body. Mental and physical health go hand in hand and all my training, both undergraduate and graduate work done at Antioch, was about the body/mind relationship.”

Edison filled many volunteer roles at Cure JM after her daughter was diagnosed with JDM in 2007 at the age of six. She started the coping skills workshops for parents at Cure JM’s annual meetings. She has continued to support parents through Cure JM as the International Family Support Director, the co-chair of the Pacific Northwest Cure JM Chapter, as a former board member and Research Committee co-chair. She was instrumental in initiating the Cure JM Center of Excellence at Seattle Children’s Hospital, was a parent advocate in the clinic, and has continued on the Center’s steering committee.

Edison has a background as a counselor in high school and private practice. Edison’s early work in college and graduate school focused on the body/mind aspects of illness and healing. She has a background in movement education, kinesiology, and movement analysis as well as psychology. In 2016 she completed her MFA in Creative Writing with a focus on illness, trauma and healing.

Edison has published many poems about hers, and other parents’ journeys with a chronically ill child, as well as two chapbooks of poems. The last chapbook, The Body Lives Its Undoing, was funded by three artist grants and produced in collaboration with The Benaroya Research Institute in Seattle.

She has presented her work at The Examined Life Conference in Iowa, at The Mayo Clinic Medical Humanities conference in Arizona, and at the 5th International Health Humanities Conference in Seville, Spain. She is the recipient of a 2019 Hedgebrook Women Writer’s Residency and has a book of poems forthcoming in Spring 2022.

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Leatrice Oram ’16 and Martha Miser ’11

Dr. Leatrice Oram ’16 (GSLC, PhD) and Dr. Martha Miser ’11 (GSLC, PhD) co-authored the article “All Ears: The Gift of the Introvert” that appeared in Coaching Perspectives. Read Dr. Oram’s dissertation A Method to My Quietness: A Grounded Theory Study of Living and Leading with Introversion here. Read Dr. Miser’s dissertation The Myth of Endless Accumulation: A Feminist Inquiry Into Globalization, Growth, and Social Change here.  

Greta Creech

Dr. Greta Creech ’21 (GSLC, PhD) published a new article entitled, “Misaligned Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion in the Intelligence Community” in the International Journal of Intelligence and Counter Intelligence. Read Dr. Creech’s dissertation Holding on to Who They Are: Pathways for Variations in Response to Toxic Workplace Behavior Among U.S. Intelligence Officers here.

PhD in Leadership and Change Students and Alum to Present at Conference

PhD in Leadership and Change students LauraLynn Jansen, Cindy Mako Robinson, Kader Gumus, and alumna Dr. Shana Hormann will present at the International Association’s Women in Leadership Conference in Portsmouth, United Kingdom June 15-17, 2022. The conference includes three days of programming including keynotes, reflective conversations, workshops, panels, presentations, and more. The conference will provide space and time for participants to reflect and rejuvenate while inspiring each other and developing research and practice as leaders for today and tomorrow. The schedule and presentations include: Wed, June 15, 8:00 to 8:40am: PhD in Leadership and Change student LauraLynn Jansen will present “Integrated Alchemy: Awakening

Angela M. Franklin ‘20

Angela M. Franklin ‘20 (Antioch Los Angeles, MFA in Creative Writing) conducted Our Soul wRITES: Sexual Trauma Undressed, a two-part healing and writing workshop series, presented through the Anansi Writers Workshop during women’s history month in March 2022. The events were held at The World Stage in Leimert Park, in Los Angeles. “After attending several poetry workshops, I noticed a reoccurring theme of sexual trauma being expressed through poets’ work. As an overcomer of violence, I sensed a calling to conduct an intimate setting where women would be free to express themselves without shame or censorship,” said Franklin. “The participants

Elizabeth Sampson ’17

Elizabeth Sampson ’17 (Antioch Online, BA in Liberal Studies, with a specialization in Literature) was a member of The Road Theater’s Under Construction Playwriting Group, where she developed her newest play, The Skeleton Flower. The play had two staged readings for the Road, one on Zoom in 2020 and another on the Road Stage in Fall 2021. “It was a great experience to develop the play with such an accomplished group of nine other playwrights,” said Sampson. She also appeared in PEN15, Season 2 Episode 11 “Yuki” and last fall began as a full-time Professor of Performing Arts at Savannah

Cari Simson ’05

Cari Simson ’05 (Antioch Seattle, MA in Whole Systems Design) is an artist and an environmentalist who thinks in whole systems and has an impressive career working for social and environmental justice. She talks about her exhibit “Our Plastic Planet” which was presented as part of the opening event for Our Blue Planet exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum. View the video here. 

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