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TREHOUSE Project Board Members

Executive Director

Christine Varnavas, MS
Anandaworks Wellness Education Center

Christine Varnavas focuses on what she loves: food, fitness, and fun. She teaches yoga, is a TRE ® (trauma release exercises) Provider, leads retreats to Greece, recently opened ANANDAworks Wellness Education Center and is launching a new nonprofit, The TREHOUSE Project that will provide body based healing for those living with adversity.

She has taught group fitness classes, yoga, spinning, and more for over 30 years. She is a certified Yoga Alliance instructor, a certified TRE® facilitator, and a lifetime certified spinning instructor. She has a Master of Science in Training and Development, a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Education, and an ADAS in Hospitality Management. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, she worked at the University of Wisconsin-Stout for 10 years in outreach programming, teaching, grant writing, administration, and event planning. Her current focus personally and professionally is on stress and trauma, the physiological effects it has on our bodies and presenting TRE ® at state and national conferences.


Dawn Garcia
Pursuit of Excellence

Dawn Garcia, has owned and operated a successful business management consulting practice in Eau Claire, named Pursuit of Excellence LLC for five years.

Personally, she’s always been an advocate and champion of physical fitness and wellness, where she connected with Christine a number of years ago through yoga.

As Christie was embarking on her non-profit venture, Dawn was naturally one of the folks that she reached out to, for advice and support on the board.

Dawn believes in Christie’s many talents in advancing physical wellness through body-based healing services, including TRE and Yoga, and agreed to serve, aspiring to make the dream of total wellness a reality for everyone.

Voting Member

Dr. Anthony Buchert
Life Time Dental

He has just celebrated 40 years of providing the Chippewa Valley with state-of-the-art dental care. You will find his office relaxing, friendly, and low pressure. He will do one of the most complete exams you have ever had- guaranteed. He will take the time to explain which ways your teeth are at risk and work out a solution which makes sense for you. Therefore, you may find our new patient experience different from others. In 1998, Dr. Tony was the first dentist in the Chippewa Valley to provide conscious sedation dentistry. He was also first to offer the miracle of “drill-less” dentistry. Comfortable modern technology is used with computerized anesthetic-no metal syringes. He has taken the time and expense to acquire over 2000 hours of advanced study. He is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and by the Academy of Pain Management.
Out of the office, Dr. Tony will celebrating 40 years of marriage, two married daughters and two grandsons. He also enjoys ballroom dancing, fishing, reading and home improvement projects.


Kate Noe
Ameriprise Financial

By day, Kate Noe is a financial advisor and managing partner of River Prairie Wealth Partners and by night is a busy mother of three young children. She fiercely believes physical, mental and financial health go hand-in-hand and has personally experienced the calming effect of practicing TRE.


Debra Van Deurzen
Retired – Stifel Investment Services

Recently retired after 42 years in the financial services industry. I found TRE in January 2017 and became an instant advocate. I hope to help bring TRE to the community and especially to the people who need it most but may need some assistance.

Advisory Board

Colleen Bates

James Dunning

-Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota State University

-Masters Degree in Environmental and Public Health from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

-12 years as a manufacturing engineer for Control Data Corporation and Texas Instruments

-Owner and manager of a hardware store in Shakopee, Minnesota for 12 years.

-Environmental Health engineer for the Ho-Chunk Nation from 1992 to 2004.

-Adjunct professor in the Environmental Health Dept. at UWEC from 1994-2007

-Eau Claire County Supervisor since 2006 and currently Chair of the Finance and Budget Committee

Dr. Carleen Sterner, MD

Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Reiki Practitioner, Laughter Yoga Leader

I am an MD who practiced Family Medicine for almost 25 years. I was first exposed to the initial concepts, research and technique that has been refined to become TRE at a medical conference many years ago. It was presented as a case study and a very successful approach for facilitating the recovery of a returned vet from a severe case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). TRE has now evolved into an accessible, effective and very significant tool for processing the many forms of past, present and future mental and emotional “trauma” that we all will encounter in the course of our lives to different degrees.

I have been privileged to experience TRE in both individual and group settings firsthand on multiple occasions. The process of trusting my body and giving it “permission” for physical release of the results of years of various forms of unprocessed stress and emotion was incredible for me. The experience is comparable to a “detox” on both a physical and energetic level and I am grateful for the calm relaxed and joyful state that follows for me. Surprisingly (to me) giving up a desire to always” be in control” and allowing myself to observe and accept the innate mechanism my body has for “release” when doing TRE leaves me with a greater sense of clarity, peace and less need to have that control in the first place. I love it and will keep doing it as able!

Matthew Woestmann



Renee Barth
Renee Barth Photography

Tech Ninja

Jessica Vollmer
Capture Life

Corporate Sponsors

TREHOUSE Project 501(c)3

EIN 46-398621

320 Putnam Street
Eau Claire, WI 54703