Event Planning Teams

2017—Toronto, Ontario, Canada



Local Planning Chair:
Miriam Frey

Leadership Institute Planning Team:
Lucy Abbott Tucker, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Jocelyn Burkhart, New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada
Carolyn Metzler, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Ravi Verma, Institute Chair, Los Angeles, California, USA

Men's Institute Planning Team:
Richard J. Bonacci, MA, San Diego, California, USA
Michael McCabe, Gilbert, Arizona, USA
Joseph Roy, PhD, ThM, Wenatchee, Washington, USA
Karl Ruttan, PhD, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
David Sax, MA, Institute Chair, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Lester White, MDiv, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Spirituality and Health Care Institute Planning Team:
Lisa Azzam, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Colleen Sharka, Institute Chair, Roslindale, Massachusetts, USA
 

2016—San Diego, California, USA


Local Planning Team:
Jerilyn Harris and Lisa Lehr

Leadership Institute Planning Team:
Lucy Abbott Tucker, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Elsy Arevalo, LMU Center for Religion and Spirituality, Palos Verdes Estates, California, USA
Care Crawford, Bel Air Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, California, USA
Mary Hogan, Claret Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Mary Lou Logsdon, Institute Chair, Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Men's Institute Planning Team:
Bruce C. Calvin, MDiv, spiritual director, volunteer chaplain at Capital Caring, and SDI coordinating council member from Washington, DC, USA.
Richard J. Bonacci, MA, spiritual director and workshop and retreat leader from San Diego, California, USA.
Michael McCabe, spiritual director and writer from Gilbert, Arizona, USA.
Joseph Roy, PhD, ThM, institute chair, pastoral counselor, anam cara (soul care), and hospice and Red Cross volunteer from Wenatchee, Washington, USA.
Don Stone, MA, EdS, retired special education director, spiritual director, and intern supervisor at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House from Royal Oak, Michigan, USA
Lester White, transitional pastor, spiritual director, and workshop leader from Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Spirituality and Health Care Institute Planning Team:
Lisa Azzam, PT DPT, MTS, physical therapist and spiritual director in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Colleen Sharka, MA, LMHC, (institute chair), spiritual director and psychotherapist; co-director of a trauma healing program at Roxbury Presbyterian Church, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
 

2015—Louisville, Kentucky, USA


Local Host Planning Team:
Joe Grant, Karen Hensel, Lisa Maas, Linda Reynolds, Rita Senn, and Karen Simms-Tolson

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Left to right: Sara Ferebee, Linda Reynolds, Joe Grant, Lisa Maas, Suzanne Tyler, Karen Hensel, Karen Simms-Tolson, Stephanie Barnett, Rita Senn, and Liz Budd Ellmann

Leadership Institute Planning Team:
Lucy Abbott Tucker, MA, Institute of Spiritual Leadership, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Wendie Bernstein Lash, MS, Morei Derekh Jewish Spiritual Direction Program, Redwood City, California, USA.
Care Crawford, MDiv, ThM,  Christian Formation and Direction Ministries, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Mary Lou Logsdon, MA, institute chair, Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Michele Krakowski, Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Men's Institute Planning Team:
Bruce C. Calvin, MDiv, institute chair, spiritual director, volunteer chaplain at Capital Caring, SDI coordinating council member, from Washington, DC, USA.
Richard J. Bonacci, MA, spiritual director, workshop and retreat leader, from San Diego, California, USA.
Thomas B. Greving MFA, creative writer, certified spiritual director at Rich in Mercy Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, from Fairfax, Virginia, USA.
Joseph Roy, PhD, ThM, pastoral counselor, anam cara (Soul Care), hospice and Red Cross volunteer, from Wenatchee, Washington, USA.
Karl D. Ruttan, PhD, retired Episcopal priest, a spiritual director and retreat leader, from Columbus, Ohio, USA.

Spirituality and Health Care Institute Planning Team:
Lisa Azzam, PT DPT, MTS, physical therapist and spiritual director in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Colleen Sharka, MA, LMHC, psychotherapist and spiritual director at Still Harbor, South Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Dr. Jane Marie Thibault, clinical gerontologist and clinical professor emerita of family and geriatric medicine at the School of Medicine, University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

2014—Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA


Local Host Planning Team:
Rev. Sue Joiner, Jim Reale, and Melanie Weidner

Leadership Institute Planning Team:
Cynthia Bailey Manns, MA (Leadership Institute Co-Chair), Drew Theological School, Madison, New Jersey, USA
Mary Lou Logsdon, MA (Leadership Institute Co-Chair), Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Wendie Bernstein Lash, MS, Morei Derekh Jewish Spiritual Direction Program, bi-coastal, USA
Karen Erlichman, MSS, LCSW, Sofia University, Palo Alto, California, USA
Wil Hernandez, PhD, Nouwen Legacy, Pasadena, California, USA
Michele Krakowski, Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Ravi Verma, Stillpoint Center for Christian Spirituality, Los Angeles, California, USA

Spirituality and Health Care Planning Team:
Jenny Bakke, MA, LICSW, spiritual director, Medical and Psychiatric Specialty Care Manager, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Maia Duerr, MA, Director of Upaya Zen Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Jan Gough, MDiv, spiritual director and supervisor, Medanales, New Mexico, USA
Katya Lesher, LCSW, artist and Social Worker, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Colleen Sharka, MA, LMHC, Psychotherapist and spiritual director, Still Harbor, South Boston, MA, USA
Rev. Kevin F. Tripp, MDiv, MA, Lead Chaplain, Sutter Care at Home, Santa Rosa, California, USA

2013—St. Paul, Minnesota, USA


Local Hotal Planning Team:
Christine Luna Munger, Rev. CathyAnn Beaty, Sarah Cledwyn, Bernadette Dodge, Rabbi Amy Eilberg, and Martha West

Leadership Institute Planning Team:
Wendie Bernstein Lash, MS, Morei Derekh Jewish Spiritual Direction Program, bi-coastal, USA
Rev. Lynette Dungan, MA, Uniting Church in Australia, Wellspring Ecumenical Spirituality Centre, Ashburton, Victoria, Australia
Karen Erlichman, MSS, LCSW, Sofia University, Palo Alto, California, USA 
Wil Hernandez, PhD, Nouwen Legacy, Pasadena, California, USA
Michele Krakowski, Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Spirituality and Health Care Planning Team:
Jenny Bakke, MA, LICSW, Spiritual Director, Medical and Psychiatric Specialty Care Manager, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Mary Hogan, MPS, Executive Director, Claret Center Chicago, Illinois, USA
Lori Mathiowetz, MA, Spiritual Director, Riverbend Spiritual Care, New Ulm, Minnesota, USA
Carolyn Nickerson, MA, MSN, EdD, RN, CNE, Associate Professor, Duquesne University School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Colleen Sharka, MA, LMHC, Psychotherapist and Spiritual Director; Still Harbor, South Boston, MA, USA
Rev. Kevin F. Tripp, MDiv, MA, Lead Chaplain, Sutter Care at Home, Santa Rosa, California, USA
Jan Zeller, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, North Park University School of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois, USA

2012—Boston, Massachusetts, USA


Local Host Planning Team:
Margaret Benefiel, Team Leader, Susie Allen, Patrice Ficken, Bob Giers, Dirkje Legerstee, Holly Benzenhafer Redford, Toni Jean Siliski, and Tara Soughers

Leadership Institute Planning Team:
Lucy Abbott Tucker, MA, President, Board of Directors, Institute for Spiritual Leadership, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Margaret Benefiel, PhD, Executive Officer, Executive Soul, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA
Lynette Dungan, MA, Uniting Church in Australia, Wellspring Ecumenical Spirituality Centre, Ashburton, Victoria, Australia
Rebecca Langer, MEd, MDiv, DMin, Adjunct Faculty, San Francisco Theological Seminary, Anselmo, California, USA
Wendie Bernstein Lash, MS, Co-Director, Morei Derekh Jewish Spiritual Direction Program, San Francisco, California, USA
Maureen F. McDonnell, DMin, Assistant Professor, Regis College, Toronto School of Theology, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Spirituality and Health Care Planning Team:
Kelly Arora, PhD, Adjunct Faculty, Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado, USA
Rev. Margaret Benefiel, PhD, Executive Officer, Executive Soul, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA
Pat Fosarelli, MD, DMin, Associate Dean, Ecumenical Institute of Theology, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Carolyn Nickerson, MA, MSN, EdD, RN, CNE, Associate Professor, Duquesne University School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Rev. Kevin F. Tripp, MDiv, MA, Lead Chaplain, Sutter Care at Home, Santa Rosa, California, USA
Jan Zeller, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, North Park University School of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois, USA

2011—Atlanta, Georgia, USA


Events Committee:

Mr. Mark A. Dannenfelser, MA, MPS, LPC, Catherine Crosby, MPS, MRE, RYT, and Leslye Colvin

Leadership Institute Committee:
Maria Tattu Bowen, PhD
Rev. Dr. Rebecca Bradburn Langer
Rev. Dr. Joseph D. Driskill, PhD
Mrs. Lucy Abbott Tucker, MA
James Michael Neafsey
Ms. Carol Ludwig, MA, ABD
Suzanne M. Buckley
Carol A. Fournier, MS, NCC
Dr. Linda Thal
Ms. Maureen F. McDonnell, DMin
Dr. Mary Rose Bumpus, RSM
Rabbi Anne L. Brener, LCSW
Rev. Sandi B. Cohen, DSW
Wendie Bernstein Lash
Rev. Lynette Dungan, UCA
Geraldine Holton
Mrs. Jane H. Rabin