Renewal Center retreat presenters include experts in addiction recovery, spiritual care professionals, popular lecturers, and noted recovery authors. All presenters bring extraordinary expertise and compassion to their work with Renewal Center guests. Bill Alexander is a writer and retreat leader. He has led retreats at the Dan Anderson Renewal Center for 20 years. In 1995, Bill was ordained by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. He has studied deeply in many world religions, with an emphasis on Christianity, Buddhism, and Taoism. His book, Ordinary Recovery, is considered a “classic” and has been in print continuously for 19 years. Paul Anderson is the manager of programs and spiritual care at the Dan Anderson Renewal Center. He has worked in the field of addiction for the last 30 years. In addition to his work in addiction, Paul has spent 11 years in public education working with students in many different capacities. He has a deep passion for helping people recover from the damaging effects active addiction has had in their lives and find hope through the spiritual principles of the Twelve Steps. Allen Berger, PhD, is a psychotherapist who has written extensively about the experience of recovery, emotional sobriety, and the psychological forces operating within the Twelve Steps. He is author of 12 Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery, 12 Hidden Rewards of Making Amends, 12 Smart Things to Do When the Booze and Drugs Are Gone, and 12 More Stupid Things That Mess Up Recovery. Echo Bodine is the author of 11 books, including A Still, Small Voice: A Psychic’s Guide to Awakening Intuition and Look for the Good and You’ll Find God. Roger Bruner is a renewal specialist at the Dan Anderson Renewal Center, a 37-year member of the recovery community, a spiritual director, and founder of "The Gathering with Roger B." He also serves as director of Gopher State Tape Library, Inc., a nonprofit recovery-based recording service. JoAnn Campbell-Rice is a spiritual care professional at Hazelden in St. Paul and worked at the Dan Anderson Renewal Center for eight years. A writer with a private practice in spiritual direction, JoAnn lives in Minneapolis. Karen Casey, PhD, is the best-selling author of Each Day a New Beginning, which has sold more than three million copies and has been translated into 10 languages. Among her other best-selling books are Keepers of the Wisdom, A Woman’s Spirit, Fearless Relationships, and A Life of My Own. Womens-Spirituality.com. Kevin Chandler, JD, MA, LADC, director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Legal Professionals Program, is a licensed attorney and board-certified alcohol and drug counselor. He is the author of The Lawyer’s Light, a book of daily meditations for attorneys. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Minnesota Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, which provides assistance to lawyers, judges, law students, and their immediate families. Prior to joining the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Kevin practiced law in Minneapolis with a focus on securities and antitrust litigation and served as Majority Whip in the Minnesota State Senate. Ben Connelly is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest and dharma heir with 20 years' experience in the Twelve Step community. Author of Inside the Grass Hut, he travels across the United States teaching Zen and secular mindfulness. Ermanno Di Febo-Orsini is a poet, storyteller, and artist who works as a designer in the movie industry. His workshops focus on enhancing the process of recovery through the use of art. He is a visionary member of the RecoveryAid Foundation, dedicated to reducing the stigma toward addiction. Doug Federhart is a spiritual care professional at Hazelden in Plymouth, Minnesota. He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and a spiritual director and teacher with Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality. As a gay man in long-term recovery, Doug has had many years of practice integrating his gay identity and sexuality in his own life. Kevin Griffin is a Buddhist teacher and longtime Twelve Step participant. He is the author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps and Recovering Joy: A Mindful Life after Addiction. He teaches internationally on this synthesis. Fred Holmquist recently retired after a 40-year career in the field of addiction and recovery services. He directed the Lodge Program at the Dan Anderson Renewal Center since its inception in March of 2002 . Fred draws on a variety of sciences and wisdom traditions in teaching the life principles of the Twelve Steps. Will Hudson is a renewal specialist at the Dan Anderson Renewal Center. A popular presenter and lecturer, Will brings authentic love, knowledge, humor, and compassion with him wherever he goes. Thérèse Jacobs-Stewart, author of Mindfulness and the Twelve Steps, has worked as a psychotherapist, meditation teacher, and mindfulness practitioner for over 30 years. The founder of MindRoads Meditation Center in St. Paul, Thérèse’s most recent book is A Kinder Voice: Releasing Your Inner Critics with Mindfulness Slogans (Hazelden Publishing, 2016). Heather Jeffrey, CTC, has been with Acres for Life since 2007, working with individuals, groups, families and youth in a variety of experiential learning modalities. She holds advanced certification with EAGALA and is pursuing LADC/LPCC licensure. Delia Jurek is a teacher, artist, and actor with more than 25 years at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. She sees the Big Book as a source of wisdom for daily living and teaches the simple, practical use of this manual for recovery. Carrie Kappel, BS, RN, LADC, is the assistant director of Hazelden’s Health Care Professionals Program and coordinator of the Nurse Professionals Program in Center City. She is a registered nurse as well as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and serves as a committee member for the Nurse Peer Support Network in Minnesota. Bussho Martin Lahn, CSD, is a certified spiritual director and an ordained Soto Zen Buddhist priest. He is a teacher at the Aslan Institute, the Episcopal House of Prayer, and the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center where he's a frequent speaker at the "Buddhism and the Twelve Steps" group. Learn more at mnzencenter.org or aslaninst.com Elene Loecher is a spiritual director and mindfulness teacher with 40 years of experience leading retreats, including 31 years at the Dan Anderson Renewal Center. She has a private practice of spiritual direction in Minneapolis. Diane M. Millis, PhD, is the author of Deepening Engagement: Essential Wisdom for Listening and Leading with Purpose, Meaning and Joy and Conversation–the Sacred Art: Practicing Presence in an Age of Distraction. To learn more about her work, visit DianeMillis.com. Lynn Moore, LADC, cofounder of Acres for Life Therapy and Wellness Center, holds advanced certification with EAGALA, the global standard for equine-assisted psychotherapy. Marc Myer, MD, is the director of Hazelden’s Health Care Professionals Program in Center City, Minnesota. He is a board certified addiction specialist, an active member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and president-elect of the Minnesota Society of Addiction Medicine. He is a former chairperson for Physicians Serving Physicians in Minnesota. Jay Stackhouse, LADC, is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor who has worked at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in a variety of positions since 2004. He lectures regularly on the disease of addiction, symptoms and phases of the disease, and Chapter 3 from the Big Book. Sara Stromberg is a dedicated member of the recovery community. She is passionate about helping people. Annetta M. Sutton, MA, AAPC, is the founder of Five Point Consulting. She brings more than 25 years’ experience in recovery, leadership, and spiritual counseling. Her professional life includes work in the private and public sectors as an educator, author, and speaker. She is the author of Catholic Alcoholic: A Witness to Addiction and Redemption, and she has developed several grief programs for children and adults. Teesie Vallero is a renewal specialist at the Dan Anderson Renewal Center and on staff at the Midwest Institute for Forgiveness Training. She has a private practice as a forgiveness coach and Reiki master practitioner at The Well: Healing Arts Center in Minneapolis. Fran Williams, PsyD, LP, LMFT, is a clinician, educator, and senior psychologist for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, where she works with individuals, couples, families, and groups. She is an adjunct professor at the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies in Center City, Minnesota, and St. Mary's University in Minneapolis, as well as a member of the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.