Ivory Garden Nonprofit Corporation
Board of Directors
| Patricia Goodwin, MA|
Patricia is from Seattle, WA. She has earned an MA from Pacific Lutheran University. She graduated Cum laude with majors in Psychology, English with Writing Emphasis and minor in Sociology. She is Certified in State of WA as a Special Education Teacher, specializing also in K-8, and K-12 English, Language Arts, and Psychology. Patricia retired from teaching and then, in 2007, founded and still operates a message board called Ivory Garden DID Support Group - http://www.igdid.com/. It is the most active DID community message board today and has well over 2000 members. Patricia is also president and founder of Ivory Garden, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support to survivors and those who support survivors, as well as raising public and professional awareness of the effects of childhood trauma. She enjoys researching, doing crafts, writing poetry both nonfiction and fiction, and web-design. Patricia has spent some 45 years actively supporting survivors of child abuse and continues today by speaking in the public arena, becoming involved with other supporters and survivors, and organizing the “2015 Trauma and Dissociation” conference being held in Seattle - Conference Site
| Beverly Martin|
Beverly Martin grew up in southeastern Michigan. She earned her BA at Adrian College, her MA at Eastern Michigan University and her special education endorsement at Pacific Lutheran University. She moved to Alaska for a teaching job after she graduated from college and has lived there for 33 years. She is an elementary school teacher who has taught both general education and special education resource students. She loves working with elementary age students and with military families.
| Lora Denton, MA|
Lora's areas of interest are diverse as can be seen by the degrees she holds. Lora holds her A.A. degree in Theatre Arts, her B.A. degree in Deaf Studies (with an emphasis on human services) and her M.A. Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has spent much of her life working as a Social Worker helping children and families struggling with the cycle of child abuse. However, she has worked in multiple industries along the way. She put herself through much of her schooling by waitressing. Her varied list of jobs include: a legal secretary, a pet bather and groomer, a veterinary assistant, and a supervisor of inside sales for a telephone company. After serving as a children's social worker within a county Deaf Unit, she worked for group homes, foster care agencies and other county agencies with hearing populations. After receiving her Master's Degree, she worked as a MFT intern in inpatient care settings for teens and also for adult criminals serving their jail time in an adult locked facility. she has also worked as an MFT intern with a population of people over age 60 only. She believes her strongest alliance and preference is working with teens. She utilized her theatre training by volunteering at a local theatre in Fullerton, CA with many of her friends whom she graduated with at the Community College more than 20 years ago. She has stage managed and run lights for several shows and enjoyed herself each run she worked on. She gets quite passionate when she is working for Ivory Garden, and has helped make each conference a success through her hard work. She also is quite an advocate. She exceeds being passionate when it comes to helping a person stand up for themselves when they have been unfairly denied their rights. She stands with those who are the "underdog", "the outcast", the "lost", the misunderstood and under represented. In this, she has made her life’s goal helping people who struggle with mental illness as well as trauma and dissociation. Lora is also a strong advocate in the Deaf community (especially the Deaf mentally ill) and is culturally competent in Deaf culture and American Sign Language. Her own life experiences and the subsequent (perhaps lifelong) therapy she has been in has only added to her resilience and strength to empathize and speak up for all humans who have been maltreated. Lora combines all her passions and talents in working with Ivory Garden.
| Susan Ratner, PhD|
Sue Ratner grew up in the borough of the Bronx in New York City. She earned a B.A. in Statistics from Princeton University, an M.A. in Biology from City College of the City University of New York, and a Ph.D. from University of California at San Diego.
| Kathryn Woods|
Kathryn studied Music Theory, receiving a bachelor's in 1979, worked in a group home for developmentally delayed adults for 11 years and while doing that attended a program for Registered Occupational therapists, achieving a bachelors and beginning a masters in that program. She retired in 2013 and now, also volunteers as an administrator on Ivory Garden Trauma and Dissociation Community and Owner of Trauma Survivor Support Group, both online support communities.