Meg Hanshaw Ph.D., BCC
Founder and Executive Director
Dr. Meg Hanshaw has been called an educational and wellness visionary for the 21st century, supporting all ages in understanding and living a healthy, empowered, purposeful life. Her mission is to have a profound impact on the health and education of the world by teaching and living the principles of the world’s happiest and healthiest people. Through her forward-thinking practice, she researches and lectures about how the heart-brain connection affects the development and prevention of chronic illnesses as well as how it affects our educational system. Through her education and experiences, Meg has developed an educational model and philosophy to not only better the health and wellness of its participants, but for them to feel empowered to live their highest and healthiest visions and have many experiences of true personal success based on intrinsic values. Meg taught physical education and health at all levels for 20 years, then spent 6 years in Corporate Wellness where she learned the challenges individuals face in living a life of balance, authenticity, peace and happiness. She owned a Peak Performance business where she mastered how to provide a platform for athletes to perform at their optimal level and still lead a balanced life. She is certified Life Coach as well as a certified Wellness Inventory Coach. Meg has a masters in Exercise Science and a Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction in Education. She currently oversees the day to day development of i.b.mee. as well as teaches the W.E.L.L. curriculum and Empowerment Coaching to students, teachers and parents.
Head Student Empowerment Facilitator and Coach – W.E.L.L. Kids NOWTM School Lab
Corrie Hill-Price is a passionate educator with 8 years of classroom experience in both private, charter and public schools. She holds a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Clemson University. She has been with i.b.mee. for 5 years beginning with being trained as an Empowerment Teacher in a public elementary school and then moved into being the Secretary of our Board. She has now shifted into leading our W.E.L.L. Kids NOW Lab: An Alternative to School Suspensions. She strives to “Be the change that she wants to see in the world.” (Gandhi)
Student Empowerment Coach – Live Your Legacy
Lauren has felt the call to be an artist and teacher ever since she was a young girl. She believes it’s pertinent for education to focus on fostering emotional intelligence, wisdom, and social solidarity. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from College of Charleston and has some training in Waldorf teaching and movement facilitation. She is passionate about experiential education, encouraging a love for life-long learning, preserving our wholesome humanity, inspiring creativity, and nourishing imagination. She likes to play in expressive arts of all kinds as a means of communication, self-awareness and understanding, emotional care, and collaboration.
Author, Mom, and Veteran Educator
Writer and Researcher
Lizabeth received her a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education from Grove City College, PA, and graduated with a Masters of Education from the University of Charleston, SC. After 17 years teaching at the elementary and middle levels, she is now a part-time librarian, writer, presenter, and newspaper columnist.
Lizbeth experienced a few “rough spots” in her life and learned how to create a new reality for her life through purposeful, focused, and positive thoughts. Gaining personal perspective with each new exciting step she took, she could see further into her dreams, desires, and possibilities. This is what she not only expresses in her “Middle School Years Without Tears” book for parents, but brings to the table for i.b.mee.
Foundational Research Manager
Alicia worked at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas as a Special Educator for five years. She is passionate about finding ways to teach every child and to help them grow and flourish as individuals. She received her Bachelor’s in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis and her Masters in Education from Lamar University. She is currently staying at home with her 3 young children but looks forward to the day when she can get back into the schools in order to create and enjoy her own empowered classroom.
The i.b.mee. Board was established in January of 2011 and is comprised of three members. The Board is highly committed to the success of Empowerment Education and participates fully in all aspects of the company.
Our goal is to continue to hire student interns and staff who have the vision and passion of creating new way of learning and teaching using a bottom-up/inside-out and top-down/outside-in approach to change.
Mark Stamper, MBA, ACC
Co-Founder, President of the Board
Mark desires to bring leadership with impact to i.b.mee and its programs as the Co-founder and President of the Board. Mark is a 31year IBM veteran and retiree. He was awarded the prestigious IBM Leadership Award and coached in multiple IBM programs as well as was part of the core leadership of the IBM Coaching Community of Practice. He is a certified professional coach and has his own coaching business working with business leaders from all over the world. He is also an adjunct college professor and is certified in the Wellness Inventory. Mark uses his coaching, wellness and teaching philosophies and skills to connect with the heart of the leader and his students. His personal mission is to see the coaching process integrated into all sectors of society (religion, business, education) so all people, especially young people, are healthy and empowered. Mark lives near Knoxville TN.
Kim Griffith, MA, BCC
Co-Founder, Vice-President of the Board
Kim is a Board Certified Life, Health and Wellness Coach with her Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Studies/Psychology. She developed the WAVE Process™, an effective 4-step coaching and communication tool and practice that is the missing link to what blocks people from thriving through the power of connection. She specialized in working families where her approach integrates brain research with the principles of high-level Wellness and Positive Psychology.
“Through my years of coaching and being a parent, I discovered a major common theme – our early experiences have a tremendous impact on our ability to create and live the life we really want. What we are told as children, how we are supported, and how our early experiences shape our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, defines the quality of our life, and ultimately determines our individual experience of success. My research and experience with both parents and children led me to understand some important ingredients in providing an environment of confidence, connection, and compassion both at home and in school – that fosters a child’s innate desire to learn, love and contribute. My role with i.b.mee. fulfills my dream to share the concepts I’ve learned in both my personal and professional life to make an impact and contribute on a much larger scale. I envision a time when it becomes the norm for every child in our schools to be empowered with an educational environment that enables them to thrive.” Kim lives in Dallas Texas.
Secretary of the Board
Clare graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood & Elementary Education. After being in the classroom for 15 years, she became the Coordinator of Staff Development & Strategic Planning in a suburban school district in Pittsburgh, Pa. Even though she is retired from education she is passionate about children and the need to change education. She envisions a school where both teachers and children love coming and enthusiasm for learning is the norm. A place where children feel confident, empowered and worthy which allows them to thrive in all areas of their life. She feels privileged to serve on this board and begin the much needed process of changing the lives of children and teachers. Clare lives in Asheville NC.
I am excited to be graduating from University of North Carolina-Asheville in December 2016 with a degree in Mass Communication. Until then, I am humbled to expand my knowledge and skills concerning the professional world through an internship with i.b.mee., a game changing organization. As a thoughtful introvert with a high level of imagination, I didn’t fit in into the school system throughout my childhood! I think it will be amazing to work for a cause I believe in. Not to mention I will be doing activities I love- filming, design, photography, and writing!
Central Hub Research Intern
I am a junior at UNC Asheville, majoring in Health and Wellness Promotion. My goal after college is to someday own and operate my own medicinal tea shop, because I have a passion for holistic medicine and want to share it with the world. Right now, I am juggling being a student and working three jobs. In my free time, I love creating any form of visual art, writing, playing my guitar, and spending time outdoors with my dog. As a child, I always changed my mind about what I wanted to do when I grew up, but one thing I never thought I could be was a teacher or someone involved in school systems. I had moved around a lot during my childhood and never found a school that I enjoyed going to, even though I always had a love for learning. As an adult, I can look back on my experiences while seeing my younger siblings endure the same ones, and I know that when I have children in the future, I want them to have significantly better education experiences. I’m still not sure if I have what it takes to be a teacher, but I know that I have enough motivation and inspiration within myself to help make positive changes in our education systems for the future generations. Educating our children should always be a priority, and I believe as a society, we need to respect our children and let them become active and empowered in their education. I want to be a part of changing the way kids learn for the better, and who knows, maybe I’ll end up working for school systems after all. I’m ready to see where my passions take me and how I can personally grow through my exciting internship here at i.b.mee. This is my 2nd semester working at i.b.mee.
Social Media & Marketing Intern
Hello! I am a senior at Western Carolina University and am studying Journalism with a minor in Political Science. I am excited to be working for i.b.mee. and feel like my experience here will help me in doing what I love after I graduate, …supporting others in “changing the game” through media. I am using my skills to help education change into an empowerment system. I believe education needs to change, and change quickly.
Fundraising and Technical Writer Intern
I am a senior at Western Carolina University and am majoring in Technical Writing. My dream is to graduate and work for an organization where I can make the “hard to understand” research & information in the medical field easy to grasp through my writings so the every day person totally knows their medical condition and the right treatments and decisions to make. Working for i.b.mee. allows me to practice these skills by taking the loads of educational research out there and enroll people in joining the Empowerment Education Revolution in whatever way they can!
Fall 2015 Spring 2016
Cheyenne Bryant – Central Hub Research Intern
I am currently a senior at Western Carolina University where I am pursuing a BA degree in English – Professional Writing with a minor in Studies in Women and Diversity. I will be graduating in August 2015 and will continue my education at WCU in the Fall for my MA in English. I believe that my recent connection with i.b.mee has been a universal calling for me to incorporate i.b.mee’s vision into my own life as well as to help advance the organization’s core values, mission, and vision. I can’t wait to see where my experience with i.b.mee will take me.
I am currently a senior at Western Carolina University studying English – Professional Writing and Dance. I am so excited to be the fundraising intern at I.B.MEE! I will be attending Western again in the fall to receive my M.A. in English. This position is a great opportunity to gain experience working with non-profits and companies that share my passion in wellness and children.
Social Media Marketing Intern
I am graduating this Spring from UNC Asheville with a major in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. I am from Dallas, Texas but school, tennis, friends, and the mountains make this my second home! I am interested in non-profit for the purpose of doing good for others, but I still have yet to figured out how I best can be used. I am excited to learn and grow in this position and to discover if this is where my skills lie. I am also so excited to work under the mentorship of Dr. Hanshaw and to integrate i.b.m.ee’s core values in to my own life as I pursue the unknown after graduation!
Student Empowerment Symposium Project Manager Intern
I am a senior at Asheville High School hoping to go into Psychiatric Nursing. I first met Meg at a health conference at UNCA where she talked about what her program and what made her start it. Because I could relate to her athletic experiences, I became interested in the connection between the mind and the body. I then decided to do my graduation project, with Meg as my mentor, on the connection between the two. Since I am a part of the population that Empowerment Education is geared towards, I hope to utilize my own perspective in developing the Empowerment Symposium. I am excited to see how it will turn out and I hope to give people a different perspective on learning and thinking through situations.
Senior, University of North Carolina, Asheville: Health and Wellness Promotion Major
Assistant Director, i.b.mee. Institute
Susannah is a high energy, fun, and intrinsically motivated young woman. She came on board in June 2014 and had the task of creating i.b.mee. Institute’s foundational research protocols to move forward in the development of i.b.mee.’s Empowerment Education Certification for schools.
While working at i.b.mee., her goals are to:
1. Update the i.b.mee. White Paper to give a clearer evidence-based foundation for why Empowerment Education and the certification are needed. (includes trauma, brain, connection research)
2. Help create the Working Definitions and Criteria for wellness, empowerment, leadership, and live your legacy from our foundational research.
3. Develop the protocols for the Empowerment Education Certification Criteria
4. Develop the Research Hub Form to house all empowerment media and keep all information organized.
5. Create the Foundation Research Form to set the pre-criteria for the certification.
6. Begin to find qualified media to read the Research Hub Brief (mini-blog) and create the protocols for Simply Empowered (Tips on Pinterest). Analyze the media and pull out the main empowered information.
Junior, University of North Carolina, Asheville: Health and Wellness Promotion Major
Assistant Marketing and Social Media Director
Cheyenne was hired in August 2014 to help create a solid foundation for our marketing division.
While working at i.b.mee., her goals are to:
1. Create a marketing protocol for the department and begin to follow it.
2. Create a template for our Pinterest Pins
3. Create the Empowerment Education E-Letter Template and release our first E-letter in December 2014.
4. Assist in creating our program logos.
5. Assist in promoting our blogs, forums, and speaker series written by our Board and Staff through the social media outlets.
Senior, University of North Carolina, Asheville, Health and Wellness Promotion Major
Assistant Manager, Special i.b.mee. Project (For the School Health Advisory Council: Wellness Opportunity Workshop)
Rebekah worked on a special project called the Wellness Opportunity Workshop or W.O.W., that was developed to assist the 49 public schools in Buncombe County Asheville NC to create and maintain functional School Health and Wellness Teams. The local School Health Advisory Team created, sponsored, and promoted the event and Rebekah worked on the master plan, helped at the actual event, and created a W.O.W. manual that will be used for years to come. The goal of W.O.W. is to educate and motivate our public school health & wellness teams to be a STRONG school influence and support for their health and wellness initiatives, services and programs.
2013 Student Intern – Assistant Website Designer and Assistant Curriculum Designer – Student Programs
I have seen many sides of the problems that students face and the ways in which our current system struggles to address these problems. As a senior at Asheville High School and a Youth Leader at another local non-profit I have experience in student leadership and public health. My work at i.b.mee. continues to expand my knowledge and change my perspective in a way that merges equity, education and wellness! Tyler is now attending Wofford College in Spartanburg SC. His work to get the web-site up and functional and create many of our company processes that we still use today.
Other Past Contributors
Steffi Rausch & Brandi Delancey – Evolv – Website Developers – https://www.evolv.com/
Victor Antillanca – Video Specialist (Front page video, Corrie’s video, Stat Video)
Maria Whitworth – Media and Marketing Specialist
Jason Garris – Video Specialist – http://vimeo.com/jasongarris
James Gaffney – Blue Dozen Design – Original Website Developer