Erika Arthur spends a great deal of time wandering around in the woods of Maine, watching things change. She is working on building her capacity to serve struggles for a world free from racist/colonial/patriarchal/heteronormative/climate/etc. violence by practicing embodied compassion and Nonviolent Communication (NVC). She currently works as a researcher in the Justice Policy Program at the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy and serves on the Board of the Harbour Singers hospice chorus in southern Maine.

Holly J. Bean, Ph.D., LCPC, CRC, CTRS is a lifelong learner. Her earlier career centered around neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and clinical hypnotherapy.  As a mental health counselor and a rehabilitation counselor, those earlier skills proved useful. Holly is also certified in Mindfulness Training and is a Master Reiki practitioner and instructor.  She is the Director for Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Southern Maine.  Holly teaches Recreation Therapy, which utilizes psychosocial interventions to increase the quality of life for all individuals.  In her spare time, Holly enjoys hiking, kayaking with her chocolate lab, gardening, music, cooking, sunrises, sunsets, traveling, reading, and being with her family. 

Beth Round holds an MA in Literature and a BA in Studio Art and English from the University of Maine and has worked at USM for 18 years as Assistant Director of the Honors Program and, more recently, as a Professional Advisor for several major departments and numerous undeclared students.  She is dedicated to human development and holds certifications in the MBTI, Cliftonstrengths, Motivational Interviewing, and recently completed training in Nonviolent Communication. She joined the BCB Center for Compassion shortly after its creation and has spent the past two and half years humbly learning the powerful and challenging terrain of compassion work. This transformative experience has reinforced her commitment to expand her experience and knowledge in order to share with students and anyone needing support.