The facilitators at Quest Institute bring rich and diverse backgrounds from such areas as psychology, medicine, business, the arts and education.
Each facilitator has participated in their own healing journey as well as our rigorous Facilitator Certification program.
- Facilitators attend an annual training plus continuous professional education when they are on site.
- Our facilitators are invested in their own personal growth process and are dedicated to supporting others in their healing process.
Wendy Lemke, Clinical Director
Wendy Lemke is a licensed psychologist with a clinical and consulting practice in Clearwater, Minnesota. She serves as adjunct faculty for St. Cloud Technical Community College where she teaches several psychology courses including the Psychology of Trauma, which she developed. She is a sought after presenter for her engaging style and expertise in the fields of trauma, clinical hypnosis, and ego state therapy. She is a fellow and an active member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD).
She has published articles in the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, Many Voices, and the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. She also wrote and produced the popular DVD: You’re Not Crazy & You’re Not Alone: Inside the Inner World of Dissociative Identity Disorder, and has produced two Self-hypnosis CD’s: Self-hypnotic Mental Vacations, and Peaceful Mind, Peaceful Sleep.
Besides her passion for helping others, Wendy is passionate about her children. She lost her son at the age of 19 to a drug overdose resulting from a dependency to prescribed medications for a chronic pain condition. She continues to survive that journey of grief through her faith, her career, and the love of her two grown daughters. They all share a mutual love for travel and adventure, and try to make the most out of every moment, every state, and every country. Ironically, one of Wendy’s favorite quotes is from Helen Keller, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” Something she reminds herself with each new life challenge, including her youngest daughter’s recent diagnosis of retinitis pigmentosa, which results in blindness. She’s grateful her daughters also see life as a challenge and not a threat despite the obstacles along the way.
Wendy Lemke is an American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) certified approved consultant, an active member, and former Vice President of ASCH. She is also an active member of the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis (MSCH) and has served on the Board and various committees for both organizations as well as teaching basic, intermediate, and advanced workshops at regional and annual conferences. She has been honored with three ASCH awards, a journal award for publishing, a Merit award, and most recently a Presidential award for her continued efforts to expand clinical hypnosis education to the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Her other achievements include being a 2015 Nominee for Teacher of the Year at St. Cloud Technical Community College, and the 2014 recipient of the Daniel P. Kohen M.D. Outstanding Clinician Award for recognition of outstanding leadership in the clinical practice, teaching, and utilization of therapeutic hypnosis by the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
After twenty years spent building and leading his own successful business, Bill faced a challenging life crisis which led him to begin a new journey to discover the secrets of developing an emotionally healthy life. This work began with a personal therapist who guided Bill to re-connect with the wisdom of his body through group therapy, bio-energetics, boundary exercises, and Holotropic Breathwork, to name a few of the modalities utilized over approximately 3 years.
He attended psychodrama workshops under the direction of Al Pesso, known for his pioneering use of psychodrama in overcoming the effects of childhood trauma. Bessel van der Kolk, in his book The Body Keeps Score speaks to his own work with Al Pesso and the usefulness of psychodrama to support the healing of childhood trauma.
Bill participated in the one-week Onsite Living Centered Workshop intensive, and a few months later decided to attend Barbara Findeisen’s seventeen-day intensive workshop for overcoming childhood traumas. Bill participated in Barbara’s workshop in 1993 and again in 1995. Under her guidance, he became a facilitator, was invited to join the board of directors of her foundation, on which he served as chairman and treasurer for nineteen years. During this time, he also became a lead facilitator of small groups.
Bill has attended numerous men’s conferences led by Robert Bly, John Lee, and Robert Moore, pioneers in the men’s emotional health movement.
Joseph Campbell’s works on mythology and the hero’s journey has been a source of inspiration and insight for Bill’s own journey, and after listening to Rumi poetry translated by Coleman Barks and Robert Bly, he developed a deep appreciation for the healing impact of poetry. David Whyte, Mary Oliver, and Mark Nepo are among the list of inspirational poets that have been an important part of Bill’s emotional healing work.
He has also hosted a monthly men’s support group in Nashville for twenty years. In 2014, Bill started a new chapter in his journey with a vision to create a home for this work in the southeastern United States, and the seeds of the Quest Programs sprouted. Bill has a B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University, and has done graduate work in psychology at Keiser University.
Bill and his wife, Dana, split their time between Florida and Tennessee, so they can be with his two children and their four wonderful grandchildren.
Dana Williams, RN
For over two decades, Dana has pursued personal growth and transformation. Beginning with group therapy, she participated in modalities such as therapeutic bodywork, Holotropic Breathwork, Healing Touch, and bio-energetics. She sought out deeper experiences through intensive retreats at STAR, Onsite Workshops, the Hoffman Process, and the Eupsychia Process.
Dana developed a passion for bringing to others the gifts she has received, such as the healing possibilities available in safety, the experience of belonging to a non-judgmental community, and the power of reclaiming and sharing her story. She also wants to share the healing, inspiration and solace she finds in nature, music, art, and connecting with others.
Dana has a BSN from East Tennessee State University, certification in massage therapy from the Cumberland Institute of Holistic Therapies, and certification by the Jacquelyn Small’s Eupsychia Institute in Integrative Breathwork and soul based psychology.
Retired after 33 years as a RN, Dana lives with her husband Bill in Florida and Tennessee, spending time with their grandchildren and supporting the work of Quest, and loving on their dog Rocky.
Mo is very committed to and passionate about his work at Quest Institute, its philosophy, and its capacity to change lives. On his journey to find answers to his personal life challenges and questions, Mo has participated in many personal growth programs including two STAR Foundation retreats, and the Onsite Living Centered workshop. For the last 15 years, he has served as a facilitator for personal growth retreats, and has participated in a monthly men's support group in Nashville, TN. These experiences led him to create and lead a men’s group which meets weekly in his hometown of Dickson, TN.
Mo has served as an officer and board member of several non-profit and public service organizations including the STAR Foundation. He also finds fulfillment in community service by leading a group of volunteers who assist those who are unable to makes needed home repairs.
He is a graduate of University of the South, 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 enjoys travelling, riding his Harley Davidson Ultra Classic trike when time and weather permit, and spending time with his son, daughter, and granddaughter.
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/or substance abuse.
Barbara states that, “I believe that each one of us has the ability to 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.”
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 soul searching re-awakening years and prior to retiring from the US Department of Labor, Cindy earned a BS in Psychology, majoring in Organizational Management and a MS in Human Resource Development, majoring in Total Quality Management.
The greatest joy of her ever changing work life and career was to have developed and managed a holistic, comprehensive nationally recognized job training program for women in transition. One of the most enduring lessons Cindy learned during that time and throughout her own evolutionary transformation is that the greatest honor one can hope to have is to bear witness to and hold sacred space for others. Quest affords her this opportunity.
Between traveling for adventure and facilitating for Quest Retreats, Cindy splits her time between two beautiful locations: Asheville, NC, and the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont.
In addition to being a Certified Quest Facilitator, Dianna is partner and co-founder of The Pendolino Group.
Dianna 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.
Dianna was recognized by the 2009 HR Symposium for her dedication to the HR Profession and Leadership Development with the “Excellence in Partnering with HR” award.
The Pendolino Group works closely with several non-profit organizations and has a stated commitment to support 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. The Samadhi Institute is committed to bringing together people with people and people with their dreams!
Edie is honored to be a Certified Quest Facilitator at Quest Healing Retreats. She is passionate about finding ways to heal that are uplifting and joyous.
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 in Personal Development as well as the Healing & Performing Arts and well over 12,000 clients and sessions to her credit, Ms. Allen has lived, practiced and performed in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta and is proud to be back home in the LowCountry 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.
Jennie Murdock, MA, LCSW
Jennie has worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1991 when she received her Masters in Social Work from BYU.
She specializes in the treatment of severe behavioral disorders with 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 crisis worker; trainer for a domestic violence center; clinical director for an adolescent residential treatment program, and for many years of private practice specializing in treatment of attachment disorders. Serving as adjunct faculty, Jennie has supervised many graduate students in process of gaining their licensure. She also conducts trainings 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 peoples’ healing journeys. As loving wife, proud mother of 6 children and 12 beautiful grandchildren; in her spare time, she loves to read, exercise, travel, dance, sew; attend theater, art shows, concerts; ski and swim; do humanitarian work; be with family; and watch sunsets.