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Dialogue Mentors



Brenda Kress, Dialogue Facilitator, Dialogue Mentor

For over ten-years, Brenda Kress has practiced listening and being with people in her role as a mentor and coach. Recently certified as a DynamicDialogue mentor, Brenda wishes to work with those who struggle with talking about the more difficult topics of death, dying and how to achieve greater understanding and peace within families.  It is her deepest desire that we meet at the place that connects (our humanity) so that we can create healthy relationships around areas that may divide us.



Darcy Wharton, Dialogue Mentor

Darcy has served as an active mentor in DynamicDialogue since 2016. Her clients are individuals (primarily in retirement) who seek to engage the practice of dialogue to live more peacefully within their families, friends, and faith communities.  She is also interested in clients who are parents and are seeking to build a strong foundation in dialogue with their children.
Originally trained through the two-year practicum, Darcy also facilitates a monthly Community of Practice in DynamicDialogue . Since she sees dialogue as a spiritual practice, she is currently in the formation process for spiritual direction and hopes to incorporate dialogue work into her future spiritual direction practice. After initially working with children as an elementary school teacher, for the past 20 years she has served full time in ministry. She is now serving as the Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Rocklin. She and her husband are parents of three young adult daughters. Darcy's hobbies include volunteer work, reading, assisting her husband with home wine-making, and spending time in nature. 


Debbie Baker, Dialogue Facilitator, Dialogue Mentor

Debbie is a graduate of the 2-year dialogue practicum and a certified DynamicDialogue mentor. Since 2014, she has worked with a variety of audiences to help them develop their inherent gifts of peaceful presence, authentic relationship and inspired creativity. As a mentor, she helps others to become aware of their quality of presence and engagement; focusing on ways to move past default defensiveness, and mindfully honoring how we are all truly interdependent. 


Joan Byard, Dialogue Mentor 

Joan’s scholastic training in the sciences coupled with her passion for all of Creation led her to fashion a continuing 4-decade career of service to the creatures among us and the humans who hold them dear. The work bringing her most joy has been tending to the ‘in-between places’—bridging the gap experienced between veterinary professionals and all the wonderful medicine that science has to offer, and the animals’ health needs and their devoted caregivers at home.  Dialogue work is the bridging tool that brings these together in powerful and life-changing ways.
Joan graduated with the 2014 Dialogue Practicum class – a 2-year intensive training, and has participated in many 4-day DynamicDialogue workshops.  She continues to be active in ongoing communities of dialogue practices, continuing education, and has had extensive Mentor training.  Joan’s mentoring skills are expanded through intensive training in the art of Spiritual Direction, as well as her years of receiving and offering personal Spiritual Direction.  Her broad-based faith is deeply rooted in lived recovery spirituality.  
These learned core practice skills and ways of being offer a rich ground from which to navigate as a DynamicDialogue mentor in the sometimes turbulent waters of family and/or organizational dynamics and interpersonal relationships.