Introducing EPP's Founding Board and Board of Advisors

Susan Olesek

Born outside of Boston, Susan spent her formative years in Asia with occasional forays into places of extreme suffering like The Walled City of Hong Kong and the streets of Bombay. These experiences made deep impressions on her  Enneagram Type 1, ideological heart. By the time she entered Occidental to study sociology, Susan’s resolve to somehow make a contribution to the world was embedded in who she was becoming. This determination percolated while she raised three boys and began to study the Enneagram, a process that took her deeply into her self and the great losses suffered in her own childhood. In 2009, Susan emerged hopeful and certified, full of ideals, and with just enough self-belief to accept the challenging invitation to teach the Enneagram to 100 inmates in a little prison in Texas. This decision changed the trajectory of her personal and professional life, forever. With a burgeoning career  that moved her from HR to teaching this fascinating system to “any and every one brave enough to admit to having a personality,” Susan delights in the unknown yet vast unfolding of the Enneagram Prison Project. A mission that's become an aspect of her life’s work that is clearly driven by a very deep and compassionate calling.  Email Susan...

Rick Olesek
Founding Board Member
Executive Director

Rick is a Stanford grad and former Vice President of Information Services and Human Resources at Flagship Facility Services, Inc., a San Jose services company. in July 2015, Rick left his corporate career behind him to become the Executive Director of EPP, a leap of faith that reflects his profound belief in its vision. Rick ran his own successful database consulting firm for 15 years where he taught himself business acumen to technical expertise and virtually everything in between. Rick, who has been known for years as "Fun Daddy " to all the children in his life is the “steady Type 7” partner to EPP Founder, Susan Olesek. He makes miracles happen with his off-the-charts innovation and ingenuity, and can find just about anything on the Internet – usually for free. Rick is poised to complete the internship portion of teacher certification with Palmer-Daniels in 2016. He is actively cultivating the sober sides of Type 7, spent a good chunk of time right out of college volunteering with Mother Theresa in India — working with the dying, and in Helen Palmer's own words is "A peach in God's orchard," with which most anyone would heartily concur.  Email Rick...

Suzanne Dion
Founding Board Member
Marketing Communications Director

Suzanne consistently produces artwork that leave her client audience with the distinct impression that her designs have been divinely downloaded. Her work has informed the branding of master teachers such as Helen Palmer and David Daniels and now — to our delight — the emerging presence of EPP. Running her own private practice, chaeldion group intl, for the past 19+ years, Suzanne has been co-producer of EANT''s TALK Journal and is one of the communications designer for the Enneagram Association in the Narrative Tradition (EANT), havng focused on the marketing of their annual conference for some years. She sat on the once-formed USA board for the International Enneagram Association (IEA), has been a part of the design team for IEA's Conference marketing, and has served as a board member of EANT since 2009. Exemplifying the emotional breadth and mental clarity one can only display in the wake of excavating self-work, Suzanne is an inspiration. In the unique way that Type 1s have of seeing the potential in “what could be…” she's had a clear and compelling vision for EPP long before its founding. Once certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, Suzanne spent 25 years as the director of a nonprofit international sports federation based in Tokyo, Japan and pursuing a next-stage passion, Suzanne certified as a Palmer-Daniels Enneagram teacher in 2008. Email Suzanne...

Eric McCluskey
Welcome! New Board Member

Eric is a native Californian who splits his time between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. As a Social Type 5, Eric has long had a strong affinity for models as an essential tool to understand just about everything he observes. In fact, the core of his professional career over the past 20+ years has centered around leading financial planning teams and creating financial models for high-tech businesses. Prior to that, Eric was responsible for programming the US economy model for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. It's not surprising that Eric found himself immediately attracted to the Enneagram as a powerful human personality model. Over the years, Eric attended workshops that applied the Enneagram to parenting and couples study, as well as eagerly serving on Type 5 panels whenever requested. When he heard about the work being done by EPP, the potential seemed obvious. But the true power and potential of EPP revealed itself when he attended his first EPP class session on the inside. From that time there were no doubts: this is exceptional and uniquely impactful work for everyone involved with the project. With his newfound involvement in EPP, Eric's goal is to leverage his decades of experience in growing enterprises to support the ability of the project to touch as many lives as possible. Visit Eric’s LinkedIn profileEmail Eric...


Board of Advisors 2016

David Daniels, M.D.

David Daniels, MD is clinical professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford Medical School, a leading developer of the Enneagram system of nine personality styles, and co-author of the bestseller, The Essential Enneagram (Harper Collins) updated and revised with vital new material in 2009. He also co-developed the outstanding DVD, "The Enneagram: Nine Paths to a Productive and Fulfilling Life and The Enneagram in the Workplace." In private practice for over 40 years, David also has taught the Enneagram system at Stanford, in the community, and internationally for 22 years. Together with Helen Palmer (author, professor) he co-founded Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition (ESNT), The Enneagram Professional Training Program (EPTP), and was one of the founders of the International Enneagram Association (IEA).

James Flaherty

James Flaherty, MCC, is the founder of New Ventures West, co-founder of Integral Leadership LLC, and the author of Coaching: Evoking Excellence in Others, which is widely recognized as a seminal text in the field of coach education and is used internationally in universities and coach training institutions. James developed New Ventures West's approach to coaching by integrating recent discoveries in linguistics, developmental psychology, twentieth-century philosophy, and biology into the practical and customized methodology known as Integral Coaching®. He designed the Professional Coaching Course and dozens of other programs, and over the past two decades he has led coaching and leadership courses involving thousands of people throughout North America, South Africa, Asia and Europe. He was educated at the University of California and is currently writing a second book entitled Coaching Now.

Russ Hudson

Russ Hudson is one of the principal scholars and innovative thinkers in the Enneagram system's development worldwide. He is executive director of Enneagram Personality Types, Inc. and co-founder and president of The Enneagram Institute, a training and certifying school dedicated to the work of human liberation and transformation through the teachings of the Enneagram. He has been teaching its Enneagram Professional Training Programs since 1991 and is a founding director and former vice-president of the International Enneagram Association (IEA). He is also co-author of The Wisdom Of The Enneagram, Personality Types (Revised Edition), Understanding the Enneagram (Revised Edition), Discovering Your Personality Type (Revised Edition), and The Power Of The Enneagram (audio tape). He also assisted Author Don Riso to write Enneagram Transformations. Russ holds a degree in East Asian Studies from Columbia University in New York.

Gabor Maté, M.D.

A renowned speaker and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, stress, early childhood attachment and developmental trauma. Following decades in family practice and palliative care, for 14 years, Dr. Maté worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside—notorious as perhaps North America’s most concentrated area of drug use-- with patients suffering from hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver’s Supervised Injection Site. Based on this experience and on his extensive knowledge of the scientific literature, Gabor developed the groundbreaking view of addiction not as a behavior choice or inherited brain disease, but as a complex psychological and physiological response to childhood trauma and emotional loss. This perspective is outlined in his award-winning bestseller, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; His other books, published in 20 languages, include When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection; Scattered : How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It and Hold on to Your Kids, Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers co-authored with Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D. Dr. Maté is the co-founder of Compassion For Addiction, a new nonprofit that focuses on a trauma-informed understanding of addiction and paradigm-shifting approaches in recovery.

Mark Schwartz, Sc.D, MFT

Dr. Schwartz graduated from John’s Hopkins University with a doctorate degree in psychology and mental health. He worked in the Department of Psychology at John’s Hopkins and co-taught at the university. He later joined the staff of the Master’s and Johnson Institute where he served as the Director of Workshops, Director of Research, Developer and Director of the Masters and Johnson Trauma and Compulsivity Institute, and as the Executive Director for 16 years. Dr. Schwartz has published research articles, textbook chapters, and has edited three books, as well as has worked wth violent sexual criminals in prison. Dr. Schwartz has extensively studied intimacy and early attachment disorders as related to addictive disorders and relational disorders in adult life. He lectures widely throughout the United States and Europe to thousands of psychotherapists and treats patients daily at Harmony Place Monterey and the Marriage and Therapy Institute, located in Monterey, CA.