Barbara Rhode, LMFT
Founder of Red Tent

  • Favorite Song(s): Bruce Springsteen’s. “If I Should Fall Behind“.
  • Favorite Book(s): A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • Go To Coping Skill/Self-Care: Meditation, prayer, a walk on the beach
  • Favorite Quote(s): “We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are.” ~ Anais Nin

Susan Katz MSW
Assistant Director

  • Personal Impact of Red Tent:  Working with Red Tent, I am able to experience the magic that happens when women share openly and honestly with one another. The support and empathy we give to our sisters is a powerful and abiding tool available to each us for our individual and collective journeys.
  • Favorite Song: “The Wind” by Cat Stevens
  • Favorite Book(s): To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; House of Light and Dreamwork by Mary Oliver.
  • Go-To Coping Skill/Self-Care:  Walking my dog, laughing with my niece and nephew, talking to my friends, listening to music.
  • Favorite Quote: “Be kind, for everyone we meet is fighting a hard battle” – Philo; and: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

Melissa Lauria

Case Management/ Fund Development

  • Personal Impact of Red Tent: Working with this organization has given me perspective and made me appreciate what God has given me. We are all connected beings and I want to make the biggest positive impact I can in this life. Being apart of the Red Tent has helped me work towards this goal and has ultimately made me a better human being. It fills me with love to know that I have the opportunity to help my community and leave a lasting impression on this Earth. Women are the glue of our society and healthy women leave a positive, rippling effect on those that surround them. I am so thankful to be apart of that.
  • Favorite Song: I like them all!
  • Favorite Book: The Lost Book of Enki: Memoirs and Prophecies of an Extraterrestrial God by Zecharia Sitchin
  • Go to Coping Skill/ Self- Care: I go to the beach to fill my soul
  • Favorite Quote: “I am thankful for my struggles, for without them I wouldn’t have stumbled on my strength.”

Bonnie Schwartz

Volunteer Coordinator

  • Personal Impact of Red Tent: Being retired, Red Tent gives me a chance to interact with new people and organizations. I feel like I make a difference in people’s lives. I can keep up with my computer and communication skills. I meet people of all ages and walks of life. I meet and work with amazing women. I make lasting friendships which feed my soul. I learn, I share and I laugh!
  • Favorite Song:  Pachabel’s “Canon in D”. I play the piano but never played this piece. I like all types of music including classical.
  • Favorite Book: Hill Towns by Anne Rivers Siddons. One of my favorite authors, a Southern great.
  • Go To Coping Skill/Self Care:  When I’m really feeling down, I compare my life to other people’s. There is always someone with much worse problems than mine. It puts my life in a different, and better, perspective.
  • Favorite Quote:  “Once you believe in yourself, you can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” E E Cummings

Jill McCracken, PhD
Volunteer; Research Partner and Advocate

  • Personal Impact of Red Tent: Red Tent is actually creating women in community. We get to create ourselves together. I learn something new each time I’m involved—about myself and about what it means to be in community and to be deeply connected to others. Red Tent creates hope and embodies love and self-worth for everyone involved.
  • Favorite Song: To Make You Feel My Love (Adele/Boy Dylan); I Wanna Be Like Me (Sara Bareilles)
  • Favorite Book(s): The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown; The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley; The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk;
  • Go-To Coping Skill/Self-Care: Journalism, Singing, Painting, and Reading;
  • Favorite Quote: Furthermore, we have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us, the labyrinth is fully known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.” ~Joseph Campbell

Meg Hogan, HeartMath® Coach / Trainer


  • Personal Impact of Red Tent: The personal impact I experience working with Red Tent is life transforming – humility and awareness two of the most profound areas of personal development for me. Working with women whose precarious history, generally due to the experience of trauma beyond the average person’s comprehension, is tremendously humbling. Hearing their stories, learning their challenges, feeling their defense; then witnessing the women, many the mothers of our future generation, embrace possibilities of self-worth, confidence, and hope through support, care, and tutelage of other women in a safe and creative environment, is a testament to human resilience and a consciousness of raising each other up.
  • Favorite Song: “Here Comes the Sun” – Richie Havens
  • Favorite Book: I have many but could read this book over and over – Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan
  • Go to Coping Skill/ Self- Care: HeartMath® Resilience Advantage™
  • Favorite Quote: The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller