Living again after loss or trauma
by Amy McKenzie on April 02, 2020

“Marie Sumnicht is a mother of four children and grandmother of three. 

She is an author, entrepreneur, educator, runner and mother who survived and continues to thrive beyond the unexpected loss of her daughter, Julia, through her mission. 

Marie is an advocate for drug prevention, mental illness awareness, and assisting bereaved parents on their journey toward healing.”  




Meet The Author

Amy McKenzie

Amy's lifetime involvement in the theater offered her many opportunities to study with some of the industry's greatest directors, performers and teachers. Her formal education includes the Masters Program at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Film Certificate Program as a Teaching Assistant at UCLA. Her career spans four decades and includes venues from offBroadway to television, National Tours to Summer Stock. Over the years Miss McKenzie has worked professionally as a producer, director, founding artistic director, writer, actor, professor and coach. From an early age Amy pursued a passion for personal development, studying a multitude of disciplines from survival techniques to professional leadership training. The degree of her development is evident in her success as a published author, speaker, business owner and transformational coach. Loving all things natural, Amy has committed a great deal of time to the study of traditional and alternative healing. Miss McKenzie is a licensed HeartMath practitioner and holds certifications in various alternative healing modalities including Reiki, Energy Restructuring and Rebirthing. Her commitment to furthering the well being of others is demonstrated by the number of lives she touches in her volunteer work. Drawing on her success as a leader, trainer and presenter for Zija International, Amy teaches several classes at Sharing University, a non-profit business school dedicated to teaching Social Entrepreneurship to the homeless or anyone seeking a better life. In addition, she is VP of Marketing, committed to making this education available globally: When asked, Amy cites her most cherished accomplishment as having providing her brilliantly gifted daughter, Valia O’Donnell, significant opportunities to fully live a life she loves. Making a difference, one person at a time, is Amy’s driving force.