We are blessed at Gather the Women by the gift of brilliant leadership, women who lead from a place of deep service. We are grateful for their creativity, their expansive vision, and their integrity. Gather the Women relies upon the effective power of circle principles for leadership of our grassroots global movement.
Our Conveners make up our Board of Directors
and keep Gather the Women moving forward.
Dawn Gandalf: Matrix Convener
There are things I know, things I have learned from deep inside. I have learned patience, acceptance, and tolerance from my relations the TreeElders. I have learned community from BeeSisters, been affirmed by the consistent flow of a river to the ocean, and the hoots of an owl while sending prayers on the wind in the deep silence of the pre-dawn. I have assisted bringing in life, looked into the eyes those leaving and washed/anointed their bodies. I have rocked children and Sisters, shared the “deep end of the pool” with many hearts while gaining respect, compassion and bridging differences. I have felt how healing forgiveness is; and, most importantly, I have loved and been loved. Who else I am won’t be measured by linear standards but by how I show up when called. The best role model in my life is how “S/HE” has shown me infinite patience and generosity, creatively providing “lessons” to grow by through unconditional love and acceptance and no attachment to outcome. I strive to do no less with others. I have been “called” and am ready to continue to serve HER, sharing what I have learned of the Divine Feminine with GTW. I have spoken and I am complete *) featherdawn 9 aka fd9
Mayra Hawkins: Treasurer Convener
As a Motherless Daughter, I always found myself surrounded by the love of my beloved Aunts. They were always there for me to love and support me during my young age and even after I became a single Mom. They have all transitioned by now and I really do cherish everything about our relationship, especially the pearls of wisdom. My journey with Gather the Women began in 2016 when I was looking for a place where I could be in the company of other women who would make me feel loved and understood like I did with my Aunts. I wanted to have those deep conversations again without any fear of judgment. I remembered entering my information to receive the newsletter from Gather the Women and received a call and the invitation to create Circles in my area instead! At first, I was not sure how or when, but as soon as I began to host Circles, I really felt at home. They are now a part of my life and I am honored to be a part of this matrix. I have been in the Banking and Financial Industry for over 20 years and have always loved building relationships with my clients and being of service to them. Listening to many of their stories inspired me to become a Spiritual Life Coach in 2011.
Melissa Teel-Hartman: Secretary Convener
The Black Hills of South Dakota are where I and my two teenage children call home. I have been with GTW since January 2020 as a participant and circle FireTender. Being a self-employed entrepreneur of two successful businesses is one of the many things that keeps me on my toes. I find immense joy, solace, and deep self-care in sitting with Nature and creating blankets of love through my hobby of crochet. Singing and being on the theater stage are two of my ‘hidden’ passions. My professional background includes health and wellness coaching, life coaching, energy work healing and intuitive mediumship. I have earned three undergraduate degrees and a Master's degree in Education.
Elaine Robles: International Circle Coordinator Convener
In my heart I knew there was a larger place that would fill my heart and the hearts of others with love, compassion, understanding, and a safe place where women could gather without judgement. I was introduced to GTW and very quickly saw the commonality of the community of women. I facilitate my own circles in The Bronx, New York City. I felt a deep calling to be part of GTW, not only as a participant, but as a voice with the organization. As time went on this role found me and I am honored to be a part of GTW. We currently serve women from 93 countries around the world. There are 48 International Circle Coordinators representing 24 countries, not including Canada and the U.S. As the International Convener I welcome our sisters from all over the globe. I assist them in finding a circle or perhaps in creating one in their community. I work with the U.S. and the Canadian Circle Coordinator Conveners to welcome our sisters and give them the direction required to join a wonderful space.
Lisa Schmidt: USA Circle Coordinator Convener
I live with my husband and two college-aged children in Michigan. Previously, I worked as a nurse and a health educator. I found that work to be rewarding and it filled my life with purpose and meaning. Now I find myself on a new path as I enter the “second act” of my life. One of the most powerful things I have ever experienced is having deep, spiritual conversations with other women in circle. The energy, connection, and sisterhood fills my soul. When I first found GTW, I immediately felt at home. I had attended the Virtual Annual Gathering, and although I had not previously met the women I was in circle with, I felt a bond with them. Afterwards, I knew I wanted to be a part of GTW and help further its mission of transformation at a personal, societal, and planetary level. I look forward to welcoming new sisters to GTW and helping them to connect with others in circle where they may find a safe space to be deeply heard and held.
Carol Hansen Grey: Communication & Marketing Liaison Convener
Helping women empower themselves and facilitating a consciousness around the importance of personal empowerment has been my life’s work for over 35 years. Thus, it is with great joy that I have been invited to “come home” to Gather the Women, a project that I was instrumental in helping initiate as Executive Director of Women of Vision and Action back in 2002. Now GTW has grown into a vibrant. organization that is connecting women through circles throughout the world. When I was contacted last year by a current GTW convener and asked if I could “fill in the gaps” as to how GTW began, I was more than happy to do so. I think I must have been an archivist in a past life, because I have always felt it important to save historical data. Thus, I had saved all the relevant GTW documentation and was able to easily reconstruct the history (see In-the-Beginning). Since then I have gotten to know and work with the amazing women who are now leading GTW. When asked if I would be willing to be a convener, I was truly honored. I look forward to helping GTW continue to grow and expand its vision. It’s good to be home!