Hope Johanson is Practice Administrator for Hakomi Educational Resources. Hope’s background is in business and the social sciences. Her education includes a B.A. in Psychology from Georgia State University., a M.Ed. in Counseling from Lewis and Clark College, and a MSC from The New Seminary in New York City.
She has also completed numerous workshops and a Professional Skills Course in Hakomi Therapy. She has practiced massage and Reiki healing, has worked with emotional disturbed children in residential settings, taught various classes including World Religions and A Course in Miracles, preached and taught in a variety of churches, and given leadership to such organizations as The Walk to Emmaus.
On the business front Hope has worked in banks, retail stores and offices, and was administrator for a seminar company and a dental practice. She is known for her warmth, helpfulness, and social graces on the phone and in person.
She handles administrative aspects of the practice, including phone contacts, mail and emails, and is bound by the same strict confidentiality as the Director. She may be consulted in relation to many aspects of the practice.
Indian Boundary Park
Across the street from former Hakomi Educational Resources location in Chicago
Cherith Hope Johanson
January 26, 1947 -- June 19, 2012
Cherith "Hope" Johanson, loving wife, mother, and human extraordinaire died June 19th after a two month illness. Hope died overlooking the beauty of Oregon from the porch of the home she loved, in the arms of her soul mate; the unwelcome but perfect passage. Hope was born in Portland, OR January 26, 1947 to Arthur and Emma Jane Hansen. In Portland she graduated from Jefferson High School where she was the student body secretary, and went on to earn a BA from Georgia State Univ., a M.Ed. in counseling from Lewis and Clark, and a MSC from the New Seminary in NYC. Over her career she worked in banks and retail, with emotionally disturbed children, as an administrator in dental offices and for the family psychotherapy training business, Hakomi Educational Resources. At the same time she fully embraced her role as wife and mother, homemaker, friend, and supporter of her clergy husband serving churches in Oregon and New Jersey. Her interests included nature, art, reading, massage, holistic healing, hiking, cooking, teaching world religions, and the Walk to Emmaus program. Her surviving friends, responding to her unexpected death, have described her as: "unfailingly authentic;" "warm, generous, and welcoming;" "expressive, engaging, open and gracious;" "sweet, kind and loving soul;" "the kindest and gentlest of people;" "touched and warmed in her presence;" "much love in her heart;" "precious and beautiful with an amazing spirit;" "embodied grace;" "a light, so generous, smart, and committed to people;" "wonderful student of things spiritual;" "delightful to know with a depth and intelligence;" "a calm grounded spirit;" "incredibly special person who brought the gift of her special touch to our office;" "full of life, vitality and concern for others;" "gentle but solid presence;" "wonderful hostess with a light touch;" "dedicated to healing with a passion for transformation;" "the conduit that God used in my life." She is survived by her husband Gregory J. Johanson of Mill City, son Leif N. Johanson of San Diego, sister Faith Sills (John) of Salem, sister Zoe Kersey (Keith) of Stayton, her beloved nephews, nieces and their families, cousin-in-law Terry Watson of Portland, and the family of deceased cousin-in-law Julie Joel of Portland. Her memorial service will be held at the Stayton United Methodist Church (1450 Fern Ridge Road SE, 503/769-5700) Sunday June 24th at 4pm. Her loss is mourned, as the influence of her spirit continues in all those who knew her.
Memorial Bench Placed in Hope's Honor