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    Connecting People + Story with Heritage

    What's your story of heritage?

  • organizational anthropologist | writer | photographer

    Storying systems of heritage for all in multiple genres

    coach | consultant | facilitator | ecuminister

    Supporting people, partnerships, and organizations

  • About

    Live. Love. Story.

    Research

    PhD-OS | MA-ComL | BA

    As an organizational anthropologist, I research how to build cultures of heritage through transitions by aligning ideal visions with practice. I apply story, narrative, visual + performance arts, + dialogue into this research. Recent research supported a local partnership of faith by synthesizing compassionate community with stories, photographs, + motivational interviews to understand their "we story." Current projects include researching heritage development in contexts of caregiving for "bookend generations." I integrate creative + visionary approaches with the heart of the matter. I strategize health systems + organize care of people during transitions to heritage. Ultimately, I desire that my research support an anthropology of heritage that integrate people's "we story" so we can thrive. Contact me below to learn about my applied + creative research.

    Consulting + Coaching

    Aligning ideal visions with practice

    In May 2020, I launched Dogwood Group, a suite of consulting, coaching, creative, development, + heritage services. I encourage people to integrate shared visions, align ideals with strategic practice, + to share their story with heart and skill. I develop communal + compassionate health systems, especially around transitions of heritage. I coach leaders, teams, + partnerships to bridge the me to we story. I base this work on my research + writing for partnership + heritage. I apply storied systems design to dialogue partnerships that nurture solutions-based cultures for health + communal well-being. Projects have supported partnerships for human + health services, marketing of nutrigenomics work, + various local civic, grassroots, + community engagement campaigns + coalitions. Visit Dogwood Group to book or inquire.

    Photography

    Editorial | Go local | Especially outdoors

    Photography has been a way for me to beautify + editorialize daily life since an aunt gave me a pink wind-up camera when I was 12 years old. I have since integrated photography with my research, completed assignments for editorial, portrait, + event photography services, + published photographs for a local magazine + newspaper. Once upon a time I ran a photography business for portraits, special events, + organizations. Now I enjoy photographing local events, especially for community or civic engagement, nature + public commons placemaking locally or whilst traveling. I search for an editorial quest or detail for the story behind the image, + everyday life with family. Follow me on Instagram or Flickr, + view the collections below. Contact me for how to include photographs in your projects + organizational communication.

    Writing

    Transitions | Faith, hope, love | On the ground

    I enjoy short stories, reflective expositions about faith, advocacy, + love, + poetry with my background in creative writing + communication. I integrate story-crafting into my consulting + research. Current projects include the Kingdom Come trilogy about a theology of heritage, + more installments for the "Heritage Chronicles," or a series of nine books in different genres about heritage development. Previous projects shared the story of faith partnerships, poetry about loss, editorials about civic + public life, technical writing, + intermedia copy. Future projects include post-doctorate storied systems design for supporting a "we story" of heritage for leaders + caregivers healing the crises of our times, writing journal articles, a screenplay, + speeches. Visit the blog below for notable mentions about consulting, research, writing, travel highlights, + for current or archived news!

    Ministry

    Encouragement | Calling | Ecuministry

    I am currently receiving high-quality biblical + ministry training for bi-vocational ministry of writing, coaching, small groups, + inter-church relations. God saved me when I was six years old, + I've attempted to preach since I was three. I feel called to serve by encouraging people with a writing + coaching ecuministry. I base this ecuministry on heritage theology, formation, + care. I support church partnerships, leaders, + caregivers to support cultures of caregiving + unity with heritage + dialogue circles, community engagement, narrative + story-building, strategic visioning, neighborly practices, + retreats. God has prepared my previous training to serve this ecuministry. Contact me to learn more.

  • Together

    Life ever a transition. Bridge the gap. Go far!

    Kindly, Dr. Dena

    Learning to live + love through transitions

    I encourage people with a "we story" to align ideals, stories, + visions with strategic communication to cross the gap between the struggle + the flourishing. I'm passionate to support people needing a boost through transitions, or wanting to create beneficial change in their communities. Bonus: I also beautify the mess, but only if it makes sense to your story. Contact me below to ask about your project or vision today!

    Testimonials

    Hear from people satisfied with their projects

    Glowing from meaningful work with community grassroots campaigns, to global health initiatives for nutrition, to political municipal campaign, to saving a local library and community icon, to human + social service para-church + non-profits, + conversations about easing the transition to parenthood. Hear what people have said about my rapport + practice. Visit the blog above for more testimonials for projects.

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