Meet the Board
Janine Harris Degitz, Board Co-President
Janine has been studying Non-Violent Communication (NVC) since 2005 with a primary focus on Robert Gonzales's work of Living Compassion. She is a graduate of Robert's 2009-2010 LIFE program and was an assistant for Robert in the 2012-2013 LIFE program in Portland, OR. She has spent over 700 hours practicing and supporting Robert and his work. In addition to NVC Janine has been studying conflict resolution, restorative circles, community building, mediation and restorative justice for the past 19 years. She has earned her Masters degree in Restorative Practices at the International Institute of Restorative Practices in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Janine lives in Columbus Ohio with her life partner of 29 years, two children and several hives of bees. Janine regularly facilitates classes and workshops in her community on embodied practices of living compassion. In addition she is the creator and owner of Fermenting Abundance, a certified teacher of The Embodied Present Process as developed by Phillip Shepherd and a teacher mentor of Urban Zen Integrative Therapy. Each of these passions lead Janine in practical ways to support others in sensitizing to their true nature and returning to the wholeness and connection to the passion in their life.
Carole Menge, Board Co-President
Carole has been a member of the nonviolent communication community since 2005. She was among the 21 community organizers who brought Dr. Marshall Rosenberg to Columbus, not once, but twice. She is a member of the Peer Development Group and has served on the Board of Directors since 2007. Professionally, she has over 40 years of experience in leadership and program development for nonprofit organizations with particular knowledge of social services, homeless issues and child welfare.
She has a personal mission to make a difference in the lives of others. As the mother of two adult children and grandmother of four granddaughters, she lives and models the principles of NVC.
Carole Menge, MSW, LISW-S, ACSW
John Henson, Board Treasurer
John Henson, CMA, CPA, LSS GB, MBA, MFE, PMP
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Amy Watson, Board Member
Amy is a leadership coach for ministers, executives, and idealists who want to speak up, create, and lead. Her clients would tell you that her real specialty is uncovering their hidden genius and using that to make their lives easier. Her coaching practice is based in Columbus, Ohio, and you can learn more at CareerLeadershipAlignment.com.
Gary Kopp, Board Member
Gary has worked, trained and volunteered in the field of libraries, retail, construction, and non profits for over 40 years. Gary served as a volunteer recruiter, trainer, and coordinator (teens and adults) for Columbus Metropolitan Library branches for over 20 years. Since 2005 Gary serves as a volunteer assistant trainer, facilitator, and Practice Group leader for Compassionate Communication of Central Ohio. He received his B.S. in education from the Ohio State University.
Additionally, Gary had been a volunteer with Kobacker House, a hospice facility 1997 - 2010. Gary served on the Board of the American Council of the Blind-Columbus Chapter. He also has certifications in Aquatic exercise, Ai Chi, Life Guard, and Personal Safety. Gary has been a member of the Village Singers chorus since 2012, and began volunteering at the Grandview Heights Public Library Youth Services department in the summer of 2013. Most recently, since November 2015 he has been serving on the Board of the Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio. He is also a member of the Programming and Contract Committees of CCCO, and a member of PDG (Peer Development Group) of CCCO.