The facilitators at Quest Institute bring rich and diverse backgrounds from psychology, medicine, business, the arts, and education. Each facilitator has participated in their own healing journey as well as our rigorous Facilitator Certification program. Each facilitator attends an annual training plus continuous professional learning while on site. They are deeply invested in their own personal growth process and dedicate themselves to supporting others in their healing process.
Barbara Sachs, MA, LPC
Barbara is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is a graduate of both University of Maryland and Argosy University.
In her work with adults, couples, and adolescents she focuses on chronic physical or emotional pain, difficult decision-making, relationship difficulties, career issues, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.
“I believe that each one of us can find peace in our lives to reduce both our emotional and physical pain, and to manage change. My experience is that we can learn to better cope with our situations, heal our discomfort, and improve our relationships. Sometimes we just need a safe place to be to find love and acceptance for ourselves and a trusted guide to walk with us on our path.”
Bill loves being a coach and mentor. For almost 20 years he has facilitated intensive retreats as well as hosting a monthly men's support groups in Nashville.
He has participated in a variety of workshops including the Onsite Living Centered, Al Peso's Psycho-Drama, and STAR. Each year he attends the annual Mentone Men's Gathering hosted by John Lee.
He developed a love for Rumi poetry after listening to readings by Robert Bly, Coleman Barks, and John Lee. His appreciation has grown to include the works of many great poets. Another of Bill's loves is riding his Harley Ultra Classic Cruiser.
Bill is president and CEO of a mechanical construction firm with offices in Nashville, TN, and Huntsville, AL.
Cindy Henning, MS
For the past several years, Cindy has served as a certified facilitator for intensive healing retreats.
The unfolding of Cindy’s spiritual development and dedication to personal growth began over 30 years ago through her own 12-Step recovery. Throughout her re-awakening years, and before retiring from the US Department of Labor, Cindy earned a BS in Psychology as well as an MS in Human Resource Development.
The most significant joy of her career was developing and managing a nationally recognized holistic and comprehensive job training program for women in transition. Cindy believes the greatest honor one can have is to bear witness to and hold a sacred space for others to heal. Quest affords her this opportunity.
Between traveling for adventure and facilitating for Quest Retreats, Cindy splits her time between Asheville, NC, and the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.
Dana Williams, BSN, RN
For over two decades Dana has pursued personal growth and transformation experiences, by serving as a certified facilitator for healing retreats and as a massage therapist.
Being in the healing professions as an RN, Dana loves supporting others, facilitating for Quest, and leading Breathwork. She is also passionate about the Earth, its inhabitants, and the creative process. Dana has a BSN from East Tennessee State University, certification in Massage Therapy from The Cumberland Institute for Holistic Therapies, and certification by Jacquelyn Small’s Eupsychia Institute in Integrative Breathwork and Soul-Based Psychology.
Joyfully retired after 33 years as an RN and Massage Therapist, she gardens, reads, travels with her husband, and plays with their grandkids and dogs.
In addition to being a Certified Quest Facilitator, Dianna is partner and co-founder of The Pendolino Group. She has over 25 years of hands-on experience in facilitating and consulting in human resources and operations management, including senior global leadership roles at National Semiconductor, Beceem Communications, Lam Research, and Hara.
Since launching The Pendolino Group in 2009, Dianna and her team have served over 300 clients across many industries and internationally in the areas of compensation, leadership development, recruiting, talent management, human resources information systems, and executive management practices. With a focus on developing leadership capabilities in organizations and individuals, under Dianna’s leadership, The Pendolino Group has helped clients develop and deploy scalable global infrastructures directly aligned to the business strategy, financial objectives and optimizing the human resources function.
In 2009 Dianna was recognized by the HR Symposium with the “Excellence in Partnering with HR” award for her dedication to the HR Profession and Leadership Development
The Pendolino Group works closely with several non-profit organizations and is committed to supporting these organizations through Executive Coaching services. Dianna graduated from the Women Unlimited, LEAD program in 2000.
An avid golfer, USGTF certified golf instructor, CTI certified life coach and Yoga practitioner, Dianna recently founded The Samadhi Institute, which is committed to bringing together people with people and people with their dreams!
Edie Allen is a Transformational Life Coach, Mental Health Specialist, Reiki Master-Teacher, Intuitive, Medium, Certified Angel Card Reader, Professional Actress & Voice-Over Talent and a recently retired Nationally Certified Massage Therapist with over 30 years experience and 12,000 clients to her credit. She is honored to be a Certified Quest Facilitator at Quest Healing Retreats and is passionate about finding ways to heal that are uplifting and joyous.
She has lived, practiced, and performed in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta and is proud to be back home in the Low Country where she founded her business, Dragonfly Dojo ~ A Sacred Learning Space, in Charleston 2001.
She has studied and worked with Esther Hicks (Abraham), Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Brian Weiss, Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith, Doreen Virtue, Mike Dooley, Cheryl Richardson, and the extraordinary staff at Quest. In 2015 Edie became South Carolina’s only Chakradance™ Facilitator and recently attended a retreat in Chicago with the founder, Natalie Southgate of Australia, where she danced with 50 other facilitators from around the world.
Janet Knutson, MS
Janet has worked full time as a Pediatric Speech and Language Pathologist since 1985, after receiving her Master's Degree from the University of Wisconsin.
Before establishing the practice in 1991, Janet worked in a variety of settings, including private clinics, hospitals, and public schools, where she was instrumental in developing and implementing progressive programming in Pediatrics.
Janet specializes in evaluating and treating children with language and auditory-based learning disorders that affect academic performance including Auditory Processing Disorders and Dyslexia. She also has extensive experience in developing high-level social and pragmatic language skills in children with a variety of diagnoses including Aspergers's Syndrome, Autism/PDD, ADD/ADHD, and behavioral disorders.
Janet also enjoys being a dedicated Quest Facilitator.
Jennie Murdock, MA, LCSW
Jennie has worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1991 when she received her Master's in Social Work from BYU.
She specializes in the treatment of severe behavioral disorders in children, attachment, adoption issues, and developmental delay problems; as well as complex PTSD trauma victims.
She has worked in inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities with children, teens, and adults. This work has included being a trainer for a domestic violence center, clinical director for an adolescent residential treatment program, specializing in the treatment of attachment disorders, and crisis work.
Serving as adjunct faculty, Jennie has supervised many graduate students in the process of gaining their licensure. She also conducts training locally and nationally on the subject of attachment/bonding and trauma.
She loves her work and considers every day a privilege and a blessing to get to be a part of someone’s healing journey. As a loving wife, proud mother of 6 children, and 12 beautiful grandchildren, in her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family. She also loves to read, exercise, travel, dance, sew, attend theater, art shows, concerts, ski, swim, and participate in humanitarian work.
Kevin has a BA degree in psychology from The University of Connecticut and enjoys serving as a Certified Quest Facilitator.
He feels alive when he is privileged to be a part of the healing journey of others. With 19 years of sales and marketing experience in the financial services industry, he has held positions as Vice President and Regional Sales Director for Cohen & Steers Capital Management, JP Morgan Asset Management, and as a Regional Vice President Pioneer Investments.
Kevin is in Atlanta where he founded a local chapter of Bread for the Journey in 2004. He enjoys playing ice hockey and walking in the woods with his golden retriever, Tess. Kevin recognized for acts of compassion and kindness with the Civic Recognition Award, Atlanta.
Mike deepened his healing journey during an intensive retreat a few years ago and felt it was so valuable he immediately wanted to help others get the same experience.
The following year he trained as a facilitator and has served in that capacity ever since. Mike says, "I love being a facilitator. I think I get just as much out of being a facilitator as the participants, and I love seeing their transitions as they go through the process."
When he's not at Quest, Mike is helping as a firefighter. He recently retired as the Chief at a small mountain department in the heart of the Rockies, but he works all over the U.S. assisting on wildfires whenever called.
In his spare time, Mike enjoys being outside hunting, fishing, or dirt bike riding in the mountains around his home. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys traveling the world whenever possible and photographing the wonders of his travels. Mike holds a BS Degree in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University.
Mo is very committed to and passionate about his work at Quest Institute, its philosophy, and the capacity to change lives.
For over a decade, Mo has been a facilitator in personal growth retreats and participated in a number of personal growth programs including STAR and the Onsite Living Centered workshop. He continues to be instrumental in a monthly men's support group in Nashville as well as attending the annual Mentone Men's Gathering hosted by John Lee in Mentone, AL.
Mo has served as an officer and board member of several nonprofit and public service organizations including the STAR Foundation, local Red Cross Chapter, Junior Achievement and various youth athletic organizations and booster clubs.
He is a graduate of the University of the South, in Sewanee, TN, with a BA degree in Economics. As the owner of Benefit Resources, he provides consulting to businesses regarding their employee benefits and retirement plans, as well as financial planning with business owners and individuals. Mo has earned several professional designations including Chartered Financial Consultant, Chartered Life.
Rye is an innovative self-starter and is motivated by being creative and supporting others.
He is dedicated to his personal and professional growth and is passionate about being a facilitator at Quest and being a part of the transformation of others.
In his work life, Rye serves as a Senior Engineer at Phoenix Engineering Services, Inc. His experience is in the electric utility industry including both power plant and transmission system construction and maintenance. He has academic and industry research experience in thermal power systems and composite material manufacturing and testing.
As a lead engineer and project manager for large capital projects, he enjoys working as a team leader. He specializes in Protection and Controls design and testing as well as thermal analysis of energy systems.