We are a small collaborative of artists committed to empowering art programs and creative interventions that make life on earth better for all beings.

In the Family Way was established in 2004 to serve families during pregnancy and birth, and grew into helping people more fully experience all major life transitions as creative rites of passage that serve the mutual unfolding of individual, collective, and cosmos. Our years of practice and study have affirmed that boosting creativity during major transitions, and supporting creative interventions to address practical problems, are meaningful ways to relieve suffering, cultivate transformation, and help all families thrive.

Our volunteer board of directors facilitates a select range of beneficial programs, publications, and events, and provides small grants and fiscal sponsorship for worthy new initiatives that are aligned with our mission. Please contact us if you’d like to learn more – thank you!

We are artists dedicated to supporting creative interventions in personal and community life to help solve practical problems in a way that contributes to positive change in the world.


Julie Chase-Daniel, President

Julie Chase-Daniel is a poet, potter, and former doula focused on creativity, archetypal systems, and conscious evolution, with an M.A. in transformative leadership from California Institute of Integral Studies. Mother of one, her family has been in New Mexico since the 1800s and she has lived in Santa Fe since 1989. For three decades, Julie’s brought her skills as a thought partner to such roles as founder, director, or board member of both non-profit and for-profit organizations, and as an arts consultant, writer, and I Ching diviner. She is the recipient of a National Parks Arts Residency in the Dry Tortugas, where she and her husband, visual artist Matthew Chase-Daniel, collaborated on The Blue Fold (Axle Contemporary Press, 2017), a series of writings and photographs. Julie is the founder of in the Family Way, and co-author of Mothering Change, an approach to I Ching divination rooted in myths and archetypes of the feminine.

chasedaniel.com     motheringchange.com

Anne Staveley, Vice President

With more than 20 years of experience as a professional photographer and a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Anne Staveley has dedicated herself to capturing evocative portraits of the endless creative human spirit. From Santa Fe, where she raised two children, Anne is also an accomplished large-scale photo muralist and installation artist with a passion for representing women in their power through myth and imagery. Her portraiture spans a wide emotional spectrum, from the wild fiery fringes of the renegade art pirate spirit to the deep waters of grief and vulnerability. Her latest work represents a major turning point in her journey as an artist, diving headfirst into the depths of what wise women call the Maga, the fierce creative rebirth that occurs after the nurturing phases of the Maiden and Mother, and before the stoic rootedness of the Crone.

annestaveley.com     wheeloffortunetarot.com    livinlargephoto.com

Jill D’Agnenica, Secretary

Jill D’Agnenica is a filmmaker, artist, and mother of two who lives and works in Los Angeles. Across genres, she is a visual storyteller, a lover of narrative, and a delighted fan of the myriad ways in which a story can be told. Explorations of community and interconnection are recurring themes in her work.  For her most well-known piece, “Angels” she  engaged the help of over 150 volunteers to place 4687 small magenta angels throughout the city of Los Angeles as a unifying symbol in the aftermath of the LA Riots. Jill has worked on features, PSAs, short films, music videos and lots of television. The Los Angeles Times called Life Inside Out, Jill’s directorial debut, “a gentle, poignant drama whose heart and head are squarely in the right place.” Jill holds a BA in History from UCLA and an MFA in Visual Art from Claremont Graduate University.

jilldagnenica.com          jillmakesfilms.com

Matthew Chase-Daniel

Matthew Chase-Daniel is a photographer, sculptor, and co-creator of Axle Contemporary, an alternative art space on wheels. He has exhibited across the U.S. and abroad. Father of one with Julie, he is a friend and helper to In the Family Way.

chasedaniel.com // axleart.com

In the Family Way is a federally recognized tax-exempt 501c3 public charity. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.