FORUM SERIES: Hidden Struggles – Public Persona vs Private Reality

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 at 6:30p

Hidden Struggles – Public Persona vs Private Reality

“We can kid the world, but we can’t fool ourselves, like most people, no matter what we do…nor escape ourselves, no matter where we run away.” – James Tyrone, Jr. (A Moon for the Misbegotten)

What are the masks we wear to hide our deeper struggles? And to what lengths will we go to keep our demons concealed from those around us? These are the questions posed by Eugene O’Neill’s classic and achingly personal text, A Moon for the Misbegotten. Set in 1923, an era when the working class felt the economic tide turning against them, the cultural realities that amplify the personal trials faced by the play’s central characters feel all too familiar. Join us for a discussion of the ways avoidance, addiction, and facade contribute to a constellation of concealment with tragic consequences.

Panelists for the evening will be:

Ryan Duerk, VP of Adult Ministries Miracle Hill Greenville:  Ryan Duerk has worked in many capacities for Miracle Hill over the years. He began his career at Miracle Hill working in the Relief Ministry. Since, he has served in several roles in Adult Ministries including counselor, program manager, and as Director of Overcomers. Ryan holds a BS in Experimental Psychology from USC Upstate and a MBA from Anderson University. He is also a Board Certified counselor through the American Association of Christian Counselors. Ryan is married to Lauren and they have one child, Lincoln. Ryan’s passions are spending time with his family, endurance sports, and woodworking.

Neil Sondov, Senior Therapist Compass of Carolina: Neil Sondov (M.ED., LPC, CEAP) is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Employee Assistance Specialist who has been working at Compass of Carolina since 1999. He specializes in individual/ couples therapy depression/anxiety issues, grief/loss issues, stress management, anger management, workplace wellness, and relationship issues. Neil also facilitates batterers’ treatment groups for the Family Violence Intervention Program. He was a member of Governor Nikki Haley’s Domestic Violence Task Force and has spoken on Intimate Partner Violence issues across various media platforms and at conferences and trainings. Neil earned a B.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of South Carolina, and a M.Ed. in Community Agency Counseling from Winthrop University.

Savannah Newkirk:  Greenville native(ish). Life began in innocence, then I fell from grace, collapsed into the pit of addiction, I cried out, rose to recovery, walked as a wounded healer, remembered what I had forgotten: my child of God-ness. My voice is to share my experience so that others will know that they are not alone and that the universe will rise up to meet you as you walk home.

Moderator for the evening will be Jonathan Parker, Director of City Involvement at Fellowship Greenville.  As always, the Forum is free and open to all.