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About the Authors (Principled Commitment)

Melanie J. Davis                                                   

Melanie is an author, sex education consultant, and owner of Honest Exchange, LLC. She has been an Our Whole Lives facilitator for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Somerset Hills, New Jersey, where she co-founded a health ministry service group and a sexually healthy congregation interest group. Melanie delivers lay services to UU congregations in the Metropolitan New York District. Melanie has a B.A. in mass communications and a minor in women’s studies from California State University, Hayward, and an M.Ed. in human sexuality education from Widener University, where she is a doctoral candidate in the same field. Melanie is an adjunct professor of human sexuality at Moravian College and is a founding member of the Consortium on Sexuality and Aging. She was named a 2007 Emerging Professional in Sexuality Education by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.

Stephanie Haymaker, Ph.D.

Stephanie is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Oldwick, New Jersey. She is a partner at Oldwick Associates and is a consultant for the New Jersey Department of Labor. She maintains a general practice in addition to specializing in marital therapy, the assessment and treatment of eating disorders, psychotherapy with children and adolescents, and women’s issues. Prior to opening her private practice in 1996, Stephanie was senior psychologist at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. While there, she was responsible for training staff, psychology interns, and psychiatry residents, in addition to providing direct clinical services. She completed undergraduate work at New York University and received her M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical and health psychology from the University of Florida.

Craig Hirshberg, M.Div.

The Reverend Craig Hirshberg is a community minister in private practice specializing in teaching spiritual and contemplative practices and facilitating spiritual formation retreats. As a spiritual director she serves as an adjunct faculty for the Shalem Center for Spiritual Guidance in Washington, DC. For nine years she was parish minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills in Somerville, New Jersey, serving as its founding minister. She received her M.Div. from Drew Theological School in 1996, and her B.A. from Kent State University. Other formal study includes programs at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Guidance, the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and New York University. Other professional experience includes positions in program development and international education for YMCAs in Ohio, California, and New York. As a trainer for the YMCA of the USA, Craig provided staff courses in cross-cultural communication, group work, program development, values education, and global education. Her “Global Education Workbook” includes 40 global education activities in the areas of interdependence and cross-cultural communication.

Richard Bellingham, Ed.D.

Richard is the CEO and founder of iobility, a New Jersey–based consulting firm that specializes in aligning people and organizations with a company’s mission, vision, and values. He has more than 25 years of experience working in the areas of ethical leadership, organizational learning, leadership development, team development, and business transformation. Richard has held executive positions within major corporations, including Senior Vice President, People and Culture, Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC); Vice President, Organizational Learning and Workforce Development, Genzyme Corporation; and Vice President, Leadership Development, Northern Telecom. Richard has written more than fifty publications and training guides on topics including ethical leadership, leadership myths and realities, corporate culture change, spiritual leadership, wellness, and corporate culture.

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Last updated on Saturday, October 29, 2011.

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