Gary Hillerson is a longtime Santa Cruz resident
who worked in the high tech world for twenty years before deciding to return
to school and start a career in counseling in the late 1980s. Since then he has split his time among various ventures:
||Technical Consulting, with 40 years of
experience in the software world as a designer, developer, and manager, and 20 years of running StyleEase Software, as its founder, President, and chief developer.
||Business Consulting, advising non-profit organizations and health care professionals on technical issues including web design and development
||Counseling, with a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology, and 20 years of professional work with men, women, and couples.
||Fine bookbinding, with
several years experience, an active apprenticeship, and a number of
recent, well-received shows.
Gary earned his Master’s Degree
in Depth Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 1991,
where he concentrated on men's issues, gender studies, group dynamics,
and the impact of technology on psychology. After graduating, Gary
offered counseling for individuals, couples, and groups.
Gary has also spent over forty
years working in the high technology world, as an entrepreneur, software engineer, project
manager, and information architect. He consulted for companies including Apple
Computer, Google, Cisco, Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, and Motorola. In 1994, Gary started StyleEase Software,
which has enjoyed major success by providing the world's best APA format software, used by college students to format
academic documents and references.
Gary raised two daughters as a single father, is
an avid golfer and kayaker, and enjoys spending as much time as possible in Hawaii, on Kealakekua Bay (Big Island) and Hanalei Bay (Kauai). He is married to Susan Parrish, piano teacher extradornaire, and frequently enjoys playing classical duets with her.
Gary is a veteran leader of men's groups, and has been involved with a
variety of men's workshops, leadership councils, and drum circles since 1992. He has lead a number of long-term men's groups in Santa Cruz since the mid 1990s.