Training and Experience: I completed the three-year Spiritual Directors’ Institute at Mercy Center in 2006 and the Internship in the Art of Retreat Direction, also at Mercy Center, in 2007. I’m also trained in the supervision of spiritual directors (Together in the Mystery, 2015).
Denominational Affiliation: My church homes have ranged from Baptist to Presbyterian to Vineyard and to the Episcopal tradition, where I settled in 2009. Each tradition has nurtured me in my faith journey, and I’m grateful to God for the rich experiences I’ve had in each community.
Specialties: I provide individual and group spiritual direction, and supervision of spiritual directors, in person in my Midpeninsula home and also by phone or Skype. I’m experienced especially in working with those who have been hurt by the church, those who are living with serious illness, those who are in recovery, and those who are embarking on spiritual disciplines or retreats such as the Ignatian Exercises, as well as those who are trying to discern their next steps in a life transition.
Style of direction: Our spirits are tender, often wounded, and must be treated with loving care. So I’m honored when another person shares with me what is stirring in their spirit. I listen with genuine interest and try to respond in ways that help the person discover what those stirrings might be, in an atmosphere free of judgment and agendas.
Personal information: I love interacting with nature—hiking in redwood forests, biking at a contemplative pace, and kayaking. As a longtime cancer survivor, I’ve spent a great deal of time with those who are experiencing serious illness or are companioning someone through that experience, or are grieving over the loss of someone they love. I’m grateful to have enjoyed, so far, 40 years with my husband, who still makes me laugh. And on most days, I’m grateful for my job with a high-tech company.