Change, in our lives and our organizations, can be an opportunity for insight and growth if navigated well. But we often fear change and resist or rush through it. Both approaches can hinder efforts to move toward better ways of living and working.
My name is Dana Brinson (she/her) and I began Consulting Betwixt because I know magic can happen in the space "betwixt" the old way of being and the new. I am dedicated to supporting individuals and organizations in moving thoughtfully through periods of transition so that what works is preserved and what doesn't is released to make space for new ways of being.
I bring more than twenty years of experience as an educator, consultant, facilitator, writer and grant maker to my work with people who are navigating change. I have partnered with non-profits, small businesses, schools and individuals to reflect on the past, create plans for navigating the void between an end and a new beginning, and take initial steps toward the future. I can support your strategic visioning, change management, leadership transition, program design and capacity building efforts.
I work with individuals one-on-one in a coaching relationship or as a grief partner as well as with people in circles to navigate periods of transition including: career changes, life-phase change such as caring for an aging parent, or facing a medical challenge. These one-on-ones can be a la carte when in need of a supportive sounding board or in a four-month, eight-session package for ongoing support through the course of a major change.
I have also explored change and transition in the areas of dying, death and grief. As an end-of-life doula, I partner with dying people and their families. I work with others who are moving through loss and grief and provide a non-judgmental, safe space for mourning. Doula offerings include life reflection and legacy creation, vigil planning and vigil sitting, developing guided meditations to manage pain and fear and other options discussed under "What is an End-of-Life Doula?" In addition to my years of study, my work is informed by personal experiences with the dying processes of my parents, sudden loss and medical challenges.
I also work with people to face their mortality at any stage in life. Preparing for our own deaths can help us embrace life more fully. I am a Certified Living Funeral Practitioner and conduct in-person and virtual Living Funeral Ceremonies that provide a space to explore your own relationship with death and your mortality. In addition, I help people prepare for their own end-of-life through workshops focused on vigil planning, writing letters to loved ones, writing your own obituary, and legacy project creation. These are designed as self-exploration workshops to help you reflect on your values, realign with your soul's purpose, and make the most of your life while attending to end-of-life plans. Folks in their 30s-60s will find these most helpful. See my services page for what is currently on offer.
Our society's youth obsession and death phobia leave many of us without the knowledge, traditions and skills to support loved ones in their dying times. Trained as an end-of-life doula, a hospice volunteer, and a circle keeper, I partner with people to build skills to support their loved ones or to face their own dying time with strength, curiosity and grace.
Dana, founder of Consulting Betwixt (consultingbetwixt.com) is a consultant, coach and circle keeper who partners with organizations and individuals navigating periods of transition including life and career changes and the dying process. She works with small organizations to thoughtfully navigate periods of change, including leadership transitions, launching new program areas, strategic visioning and bringing programs to a close.
She became an independent consultant and coach to also make space for her work as an end-of-life doula, grief partner and death educator. Dana partners with dying individuals and their caregivers and loved ones, presents on topics related to end-of-life planning and reflecting on our mortality, and holds spaces for open conversations around death, dying and grief. She came to this work through the dying processes of her grandparents and then parents, personal experiences that resulted in facing her mortality early in life, and supporting numerous people through experiences of loss and grief. Training and experience as a Hospice volunteer, death doula and soul midwife further shaped her approach to being a supportive, caring presence during some of life’s most challenging moments.
Prior to founding Betwixt, Dana was a Program Officer at Oak Foundation’s Learning Differences Program where she managed a $20+ million portfolio of grants supporting teacher coaching, youth leadership development, mentoring, parent support, and research and innovation with the goal of promoting the academic, social and emotional success of students with learning differences such as dyslexia. Previously, she was a Senior Consultant at Public Impact, focused on educational philanthropy; special student populations; school turnarounds; and charter schools. Prior to consulting, she served as a treatment foster care social worker managing the cases of children with medical and emotional needs that impacted placement, as a special educator at a public therapeutic school serving Boston-area teens, and as a benchmarking consultant at a firm serving Fortune 500 clients. Dana is the Chair of the board of Boomerang, a youth development and alternative-to-suspension program in Chapel Hill, NC and serves as a founding board member of SELF in New Orleans, LA, a nonprofit that provides professional development in special education provision. Dana holds a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, bachelor’s degrees from West Virginia University, and a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University.
See Dana's Resume.