Wendy Ulrich, founder of Sixteen Stones Center for Growth, is a licensed psychologist with over 25 years of experience. She is a former president of the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists and has been a visiting professor at Brigham Young University. She is the author of Habits of Happiness (2014, Deseret Book), The Temple Experience: Passage to Healing and Holiness (2011,Cedar Fort), Forgiving Ourselves: Getting Back Up When We Let Ourselves Down (2008, Deseret Book) and Weakness is Not Sin: The Liberating Distinction that Awakens our Strengths (2009, Deseret Book). She and her husband, Dave Ulrich, co-authored the Wall Street Journal #1 business bestseller, The Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant Organizations that Win (2010, McGraw Hill). They presided over the Canada Montreal Mission for the LDS Church in 2002-2005. Wendy is a featured speaker at Time Out for Women, and speaks frequently to both professional and lay audiences. She loves walking with friends, making things with her hands, and beating her kids (on rare occasions) at iPhone scrabble. She and Dave are the parents of three children and eight beautiful grandchildren.
Chris Packard is a licensed professional counselor and owner/director of Wellspring Counseling Center in Gilbert, Arizona. She has maintained a private practice in individual and family counseling for 19 years. Chris received her Master of Counseling degree from Arizona State University in 1994 and has received specialized training in personality disorders, marital and couples’ work, and sand tray therapy. Chris has taught in the Counseling program at the University of Phoenix and is a popular speaker with both lay and professional audiences on topics such as grief, loss, personal growth, marriage and parenting, development through the lifespan and integrating spirituality with emotional healing. She has served on the Board of the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists. Chris understands the power of sand tray work and appreciates the opportunity to facilitate Sixteen Stones retreats promoting women’s spiritual and emotional growth and resilience. Chris is married to Robert Packard and they are parents of five and have seven grandchildren.
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Carrie Skarda is a psychologist in private practice in Salt Lake City, Utah. Carrie grew up in Michigan, went to Brigham Young University, served an LDS mission in Bulgaria, and obtained her doctorate from the School of Professional Psychology in California. She has worked as a psychologist and co-director for training at the Antioch facility of Kaiser Permanente HMO in California, then as a psychologist for LDS Family Services in Utah. In addition to providing individual therapy, Carrie has facilitated numerous therapy groups on such topics as depression, work stress, crisis management, forgiveness, and adult transitions. Her current professional interests include trauma recovery and the practice of mindfulness. Carrie is joyfully married, has two young children, is a committed runner, loves to travel, delights in extended family and friendships, and is invested in Primary, mindfulness, and house remodeling, not in that order. She has a young daughter and is also expecting, so her primary interests right now involve keeping her food down. When she succeeds, she is a popular speaker and trainer and an energetic facilitator.
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