About Terry LePage

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Terry LePage founded Open Door Communication to fulfill her vision to share Compassionate Communication and related life-serving tools with people from all walks of life in Southern California. Terry is committed to peacemaking and organizational transformation. She has found three wonderfully useful tools for this purpose:

She believes that a critical mass of people practicing Compassionate Communication can transform our society in line with Martin Luther King’s vision of the “Beloved Community.”

Education and Background

Terry has extensive experience with speaking, training, coaching and curriculum development in corporate, university, and church settings. She has studied Compassionate (Nonviolent) Communication with a variety of trainers certified by the international Center for Nonviolent Communication at an International Intensive Training and in other settings. In 2008 she was certified as a Teacher of Nonviolent Education and Parenting by Echo Parenting and Education.

Previously she earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University and worked as a research chemist and team leader at 3M, and at the University of California at Irvine as the Molecular Modeling Facility Director. Terry had a career change in 1999 and obtained a Masters of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, an open-minded, justice-seeking Christian denomination. She is an Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist and has served churches around Southern California in that capacity.

She is a graduate of the Mediation Skills Training Institute of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center and she is a CA DRPA-certified mediator for the Institute for Conflict Management. Other training includes Clinical Pastoral Education, Healthy Congregations and other Bowen Family Systems Theory.


Terry lives in Irvine, California with her husband Scott. She enjoys Bikram Yoga, astronomy, choral singing, gardening, meals with friends, and learning new things.

Organizations served

Pacific Southwest Regional Convocation, Disciples Women
Serra Parent-Participation Preschool, San Clemente
Our Lady Queen of Angels Mothers Group
, Newport Beach
Discovery of Learning Homeschool Center
, Fullerton
Chapman University Disciples on Campus, Orange
Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa
Harbor Christian Church, Newport Beach
South Coast Interfaith Council
Golden West College Peace Studies Program
Smiling Monkey Kids Yoga

Center for Living Peace, Irvine
Gather the Women
, Mission Viejo
Living Opportunities Management Company, Long Beach
Echo Parenting and Education, L.A.
Soul at Home
, Tustin
FAITH Coalition
Hesperia Physical Therapy
Spiritual and Religious Alliance for Hope (S.A.R.A.H.)
Pacific Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, CSU Fullerton
Vista Verde Elementary School and PTA, Irvine
Attachment Parenting Support Group in Irvine
Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim
Numerous Unitarian Universalist Churches
Numerous United Church of Christ Churches
UCC Conference Youth Ministries, Southern California
Southern California Nevada Conference UCC
Institute for Conflict Management, Santa Ana
University of California, Irvine
Community Service Programs, Inc., Santa Ana