Our Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse and passionate group of individuals who are devoted to sharing Nonviolent or Compassionate Communication (NVC) and expanding our compassionate community in the greater Houston area. Each of us have come to discover NVC through different avenues but we share the experience of being profoundly touched and inspired as a result. Our stories are below.
Susan Wildin - Treasurer
Chairperson of Operations
I was trained as a developmental and behavioral pediatrician. I became interested in contributing to peace and justice in the world while staying home to raise a child. I have found NVC helpful in my own interactions with my family, neighbors and others. NVC gives me hope that humanity can learn to live in harmony, partnering with one another to meet the fundamental needs of all people.
Bren Hardt - Founding President
Chairperson of Training Committee
As a life long teacher and peace advocate, I cherish the opportunity to share Compassionate Communication with others as I see it as empowering each of us to “be the change we wish to see” for a peaceful world. I feel hopeful when thinking how these tools contribute to harmony, collaboration and connection in all my relationships.
Bren is a CNVC Certified Trainer
Karoline Müller - Secretary Secretary
At a time when I was dealing with clinical depression, my therapist recommended Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication book. I read the book like I would read a good mystery book: I couldn’t put it down. Aware that the main benefit from NVC would come from consistent practice, I got involved in the Heights practice group. NVC has guided my "re-learning process" of changing my habitual thought patterns and the way I see myself and the world. As a result, I am enjoying life so much more now. I have a PhD in Chemistry and I would love to become a Certified NVC trainer in the near future.
I discovered NVC through reading Marshall Rosenberg’s book “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life” about 12 years ago. Being introduced to perspectives such as universal needs, shared by all, and expressing feelings and needs openly and authentically without blame or judgment was really transformative for me! Through studying NVC for the past 10 years in workshops, retreats, and year-long programs I have come to see this practice as more of a spiritual pathway than as a way to communicate. My relationships with others and with myself have improved. As a mediator and youth mentor, I see the value of listening empathically with an awareness of needs. I have also studied Restorative Circles, a community conflict resolution process in harmony with the principles and practices of NVC.
Karen Starz, MA, MAEC, CNVC Cerification Candidate - President
Chairperson of Communications Committee
I spent a lifetime learning and practicing different spiritual and philosophical belief systems. I received two Masters’ Degrees from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, N.M. The first was in the Western Classics (Great Books Program) and the second in the Eastern Classics. Although there was a great benefit to going through all these processes it wasn't until NVC and Marshall Rosenberg that hope for humanity bloomed in my heart. I resonated deeply with Marshall's belief that human beings enjoy contributing to one another and that all actions are at the service of getting a need met. I felt completely alive in that concept. I made NVC the central focus of my life and now lead three weekly practice groups, facilitate workshops, listening circles and I am on the Steering Committee for Compassion Week Houston. More importantly, my aim is to live in congruence at all times with the practice of nonviolence, expressing authentically and listening empathically. Facilitating in and around Houston and other U.S. cities, gives me the opportunity to engage with a diverse variety of people of all ages, races, socio-economic backgrounds, religions and genders. My aim is to connect through differences.
Per our bylaws, board members are elected for a 2-year period and with half of the members terms expiring each year. Elections are held before the start of the new year and new terms are effective immediately. If you would like to contact our board members or to be considered for a board position, please email us at info@HoustonNVC.org
Board Meetings are held in November each year and are open to the public. Please contact info@HoustonNVC.org if you are interested in attending.
We invite people to participate in our meeetings (most are held via the video conferencing tool ZOOM) and welcome volunteers to further our vision.