Staff

Lawrence J. Lincoln, M.D.

A Board Certified Internist (Columbia Medical School) and Infectious Disease Specialist (University of Pennsylvania), Larry is also currently the Medical Director of the Tucson Medical Center (TMC) Hospice Program. After being invited to lead Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s five day “Life, Death, and Transition” workshops, Larry began promoting this unique group process through trainings and lectures in Australia and New Zealand as well as in the United States for Dr. Kubler-Ross. Larry also facilitated 5 day “Safe Harbor” workshops for abuse survivors, under the leadership of Sharon Tobin, LCSW.
In 1985, Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross encouraged Larry to create the three day “Growth and Transition” program in Tucson, Arizona, under the auspices of the Tucson Medical Center. For close to 25 years, this program has evolved into the current format and process that Larry and Anne, as well as other former staff of The Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Center, are now presenting as the Growth and Transition Professional Caregivers Training Program.

Anne Taylor Lincoln, L.P.C.

A Nationally Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Approved Supervisor in the state of Arizona, Anne has been in private practice since 1987. Anne specializes in grief and loss, addictions, and family trauma. Anne’s earlier training was in the field of education, teaching elementary school (BSED, The University of Delaware) and parenting their two children, born in 1973 and 1975. She helped create and implement a business model for their three ice cream stores between 1979 and 1984.
In 1985, Anne began staffing workshops, intensives, and training programs for Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Additionally, Anne conducted day long seminars for several treatment centers in Tucson, Arizona and facilitated at the “Safe Harbors” workshops. Currently, Anne is the coordinator and co-leader of the “Growth and Transition/Grief and Loss” Workshops.

Additional Staff:

Sharon J. Burnett, M.F.T., PhD.

Sharon J. Burnett is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist in California, specializing in grief, loss, and trauma. With a Masters of Arts in Counseling (California State University) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (Southern CA School for Professional Studies), she has been in private practice since 1981. A member of the American Psychological Association, Sharon also serves on the Medical and Counseling Advisory Board for WeSpark Cancer Support Center. Having been trained at the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Center, she was invited to staff “Safe Harbors” workshops, as well. Sharon joined the Growth and Transition staff in 2000.

Robert Pontarelli, Certified Life Coach

Robert Pontarelli is a Certified Life Coach (New York University) who began staffing Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’’ “Life, Death and Transition” workshops in the late ’80s. Bob also worked closely with the Jungian analyst Gregg M. Furth, assisting numerous workshops in the interpretation of spontaneous drawings. He trained with the visiting Nurse Service of New York hospice volunteer program, and was a facilitator for “Safe Harbors”. As an independent entrepreneur with successful businesses in NYC, Bob draws on more than two decades of corporate experience with The American Ballet Theatre, where he was responsible for communications, global marketing, and international media relations.

H. Pannill Taylor, Psy.D.

Pannill Taylor is a Licensed Psychologist who was Co-Director of Keystone’s Extended Care Unit from 1999 until 2004. With a Master of Counseling (University of Delaware) and a Doctorate in Psychology (Widener University), Pannill provides lectures and workshops throughout the country on sexual compulsivity and trauma. Currently in private practice in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Pannill specializes in trauma, addiction, grief and loss, HIV and terminal illness.

Natasha Korshak

Natasha Korshak is a long time teacher of Yoga, Meditation, and Mindfulness. Additionally, she is an ordained Interfaith Minister. She has worked in the field of Integrative and Complementary Health Care her entire professional life. Current;y, she directs The Sol Center - a teaching, training, and consulting organization in Tucson, Arizona. She was trained in the Growth and Transition workshop model by Anne Taylor Lincoln and Larry Lincoln.

Lisa Ann Spartin, LCSW

Lisa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who studied at Bryn Mawr College, and a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Pennsylvania. She completed her postgraduate work at the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. Lisa has a small private practice working with Individuals, Couples, and Groups in Chadds Ford, PA. She has facilitated various externalization workshops since she completed the Growth and Transition Training for Professional Caregivers in 2011.

Erin McKeague, Psy.D.

Erin is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Chadds Ford, PA. She completed the Growth and Transition Training and Supervision Program for Professional Caregivers in 2011, and has frequently facilitated at the G&T Workshops in Tucson. In 2015, she was a member of the training team for the 2nd Growth and Transition Training Program. Erin and her co-leader, Lisa, run a monthly support group using externalization for former participants of the G&T Programs.

Leanne J. Abdnor, MSW

Lea Abdnor has a Masters in Social Work and works as a victim’s advocate in Boulder, Colorado. Specializing in grief and trauma work, she has also been a health care advocate for patients with chronic or terminal illness. For many years, Lea was an advocate for change with a variety of political issues in Washington, DC. She was a staff member of the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Center.