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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our Board of Directors has a deep commitment to the philosophy of Science of Mind and a broad range of expertise to support our organizational objectives and long-term growth.  All Directors are religious scientists who practice the teachings of Science of Mind in their work with donors, Centers, advisors, and friends.
Walter Drew
President - Dr. Walter Drew
Walter has been a religious scientist since 1996. Walter has been in national service since 2003 when he was elected to Core Council of the United Church of Religious Science In 2012 he was elected to the Leadership Council of Centers for Spiritual Living and has served two terms. During that time, he sat on the Science of Mind Foundation board

Walter and his wife, Barbara, speak, teach and write about the importance and impact of spiritual practices in their lives. Their latest program is called: Creative Aging: Embracing Life with Passion, Purpose, and Possibilities. Walter is a life long learner and is always taking a class or two.

Science of Mind has had a tremendous impact on Walter and he is dedicated to lovingly participate in moving the philosophy forward by creating an endowment that expands forever and forever.

Favorite quote: “I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.” Louise Hay.”

Believes: World peace is possible in my lifetime.

On my bookshelf: Four Fold Way Angelis Arrien

Ero Johnson
Vice President - Ero Johnson, COMA, CFP
Ero is a Director of Portfolio Management at TIAA, FSB.  He leads the team of Portfolio Managers responsible for managing the investment portfolios for endowments, foundations, and non-profit institutional clients.

Ero has worked as a Director and Senior Portfolio Manager for Endowment and Foundation clients, as a Director of Distribution for Endowments and Foundations, and as a Director of Wealth Management Investments. He previously headed distribution for a private placement firm, ran an independent branch of a major brokerage, and brings more than 24 years of experience as an investment professional.

He holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designations, and received his BA in Economics and his MBA from the University of Colorado.

Ero also serves on the Science of Mind Foundation Finance and Investment Committee.

Favorite quote: “You’ve got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.” Ray Bradbury

Bert Hughes
Treasurer & Secretary - Bert Hughes
Bert graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Industrial Engineering and later obtained his MBA from the University of San Francisco. He enjoyed a great very fulfilling “career” in the old “Bell System” (AT&T) for 28 years.

In 1990 he started his Fee-Only Comprehensive Financial Planning firm which he headed for 20 years. During that time, he was Chair of the West Region of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) and served on the NAPFA National Board. He retired from Financial Planning in 2009, but still does tax work as a Registered Tax Preparer in California.

Bert served as Treasurer of Light on the Mountains Center for Spiritual Living (LOTM) in Ketchum ID for three years 2013 – 2015. In that time, he worked with Rev. John Moreland, the Spiritual Leader, and other Leadership Council members improving cash flow, debt reduction and overall financial awareness in the congregation. In 2018, he returned to the Leadership Council as Treasurer and is currently serving in that position.

He and his wife Carol split their time between Ketchum ID and Danville CA. Their true spiritual home is Light on the Mountains CSL in Ketchum ID. They feel blessed to support and participate in its mission.

Truthfully, Bert has a second spiritual home: Bald Mountain. It’s about two miles North of Light on the Mountains Spiritual Center. He has skied and hiked this mountain for many years, and he and his family and friends love being here.

Best Advice When Bert was a Young Man: “If you don’t know what to do, just start scratching at it and do something”. From Bob Gryb, Vice President at AT&T, circa 1971

Favorite Book: “Outliers” by Malcom Gladwell

Thoughtful Teaching About Anger: Pema Chodron “Don’t Bite the Hook”

Rev. Dr. Robert Grabowski
Director - Rev. Dr. Robert (Bob) Grabowski
Rev. Dr. Bob Grabowski graduated from Michigan State with a degree in Industrial Design. He later studied at the Corcoran School of Art before embarking on a career in designing custom jewelry. Bob owned art galleries for 43 years in Monterey, Carmel and Ojai, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. His interest in real estate led to a parallel career in investments and management of various holdings in several western states.

When he moved in 1987 to Sun Valley, Idaho he became a founding member and the first Board President of Light on the Mountains Spiritual Center, recently altered only slightly to become Light on the Mountains Center for Spiritual Living.

At the end of his Practitioner training in 1994, Bob went to Russia to teach an abbreviated “Introduction to Science of Mind” course. He was so moved by the people’s response to the Science of Mind philosophy that he returned home and enrolled in Holmes Institute with an emphasis on international work. Following graduation, Bob traveled extensively in Europe, Africa, Mexico, and South America teaching Science of Mind and licensing Practitioners. After Ordination, the CSL position of Global Ecclesiastical Representative was created and he served in that capacity for 10 years. This service was recently recognized with the award to Bob of the Doctor of Divinity degree.

Bob fulfilled his military service at a cutting edge Research and Development laboratory in D. C. where the director had a turtle on his desk that had a little sign saying: “CONSIDER THE TURTLE, HE NEVER GETS ANYWHERE WITHOUT STICKING HIS NECK OUT.”   These became words to live by thereafter. The military experience was so mutually fruitful that the position was created for him as a civilian and he remained for another 4 years.

INSPIRING QUOTE written by Charles Fillmore, co-founder of UNITY in his 94th year.  “I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm as I spring forth with a mighty faith to do the things that ought to be done by me.”

Rev. Liz Mirante
Director - Rev. Elizabeth (Liz) Mirante
Reverend Liz Mirante has been a minister with Centers for Spiritual Living since 1999, receiving her ordination in 2003. Rev. Liz hails from the Seattle area, where she did her ministerial training and served on the staff of CSL Seattle for 14 years, as well as raising her two daughters.

Between two several-month stints teaching for the Center in Ukraine, Liz served as Senior Minister of the Monterey Center for Spiritual Living from 2008 through 2013. Liz is delighted to be back in the Pacific Northwest as of last June 2018, not retiring, but “rewiring”.

Ministerial Vision: Love Revealing Wholeness

Ministerial Mission: To awaken people to their own magnificence, empowering them to authentically love and transform the world

Favorite Quote:  Sufi master Meher Baba encapsulates the theme of Liz’s ministry – “Where love is present, the path to Truth is joyous.”

Rev. Dr. Robert Grabowski
Director - Charlie Goldsmith
Charlie was raised in the New Thought tradition and discovered the Science of Mind twenty years ago.

Charlie sold institutional money management services and made the conscious decision to transition his relationship-building skills into fundraising and development work.  He has worked with individuals and organizations to achieve their philanthropic and fundraising goals for over fifteen years.  Charlie served on the Mile Hi Church Foundation (Colorado) Board and later became the Planned Giving Ambassador for the Mile Hi Church Foundation.  Charlie’s life goal is to help spiritual communities transform their relationship with philanthropy.

Sonia Byrne
Director - Rev. Sonia Byrne
Rev. Sonia Byrne has more than 20 years of leadership experience across the financial, academic, manufacturing, distribution, and retail sectors. She holds an honors Bachelor of Arts and Science from the University of Toronto, a Certified Human Resources Leaders (CHRL) designation from the Human Resources Association of Canada and a Masters in Consciousness Studies from the Holmes Institute and the School of Spiritual Leadership with Centers for Spiritual Living™ (CSL). Rev. Sonia’s extensive business and entrepreneurial background have led her to work in Canada, USA, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East North Africa (MENA) Region.

Rev. Sonia is Centers for Spiritual Living’s Executive Director and is responsible for the overall program planning, policy development, fiscal management, administration, and operation of all Centers for Spiritual Living functions, activities, and programs. She oversees the organization’s global priorities and drives organizational performance in alignment with the CSL Strategic Plan.

Re. Alice Reid
Director - Rev. Alice Reid
Rev. Alice Reid is a synergistic, dedicated, and committed Spiritual Leader with over 30 years of exploring, studying, and practicing spiritual principles. Alice has been a licensed CSL minister for over 11 years and couples this experience with over 35 years of professional business experience in the public and private sectors.

Rev. Alice is currently the Spiritual Director of CSL Santa Cruz in California.  Prior to this, she was the founding minister of a CSL Center in central Maryland.  In addition to her ministry, Alice owned and operated a small tax and accounting practice, Compassionate Tax Service.

Her 35 year plus career in Finance and Accounting included public accounting experience as well 15 years in the non-profit sector at both the national and international levels.  She retired from her first career in late 2016 with the sale of her business.

Rev. Alice is a collaborative leader and a perpetual learner, currently practicing and studying modalities such as co-creation and the Q Process that add depth to her passion for facilitating healthy groups and communities.

Rev. Alice sees the New Thought movement as a philosophy whose time has come.  The challenge for Centers for Spiritual Living is to be both fiscally sustainable and relevant to the needs of our more sophisticated constituencies as more and more, we find our principles being taught and practiced in the mainstream.

Rev. Dr. Sharon Hudson
Director - Rev. Dr. Sharon L. Hudson
Rev. Dr. Sharon L. Hudson is the Field Leader for Centers for Spiritual Living. As a dynamic and inspiring speaker, teacher, and facilitator, she is passionate about using the power of Science Of Mind to transform lives.

Sharon has been in Religious Science since she was a teen; and a minister since 1995.  She was the founding Minister of the Light of Life Center in Rancho Bernardo.  She served as a chaplain at San Diego Children’s Hospital and Horizon Hospice in Poway, CA.

Her background as a Human Resources Director, Accountant, Software Developer, Manager of a data center and programming staff, has allowed her to master leadership and business skills.  With a focus on interpersonal communications, conflict transformation and spiritual principles, she has facilitated classes, workshops, and retreats at Holmes Institute, Big Sky Retreat, Asilomar conferences, and many CSL Centers.

Rev. Dr. Sharon was Chair of the CSL Minister Council and has served on many CSL committees and the Advisory Council for the Ukraine Ministry, Tememos.

Rev. Dr. Sharon brings deep faith, love, wisdom and a peaceful presence to all that she does.

STAFF MEMBERS

Michael Schlut
Director of Philanthropy - Michael Schlut - for Science of Mind Foundation & Centers for Spiritual Living

Mr. Schlut has been in nonprofit administration for his entire career.  For 11 years he worked in administrating parishes and schools as a Catholic priest.  After leaving active ministry he entered into a new career in fundraising.  Most of his nonprofit experience has been in the area of administrating and fundraising for arts organizations and human service agencies.

He has worked in fundraising for The Colorado Music Festival, Colorado Ballet, Historic Denver, and the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.  He served as executive director for the Colorado Initiative for Inclusive Higher Education and the Eating Disorder Foundation.  During his time with the Colorado Initiative for Inclusive Education, he worked to bring Senate Bill 16-196 the “Inclusive Higher Education Act” before the state legislature.  This bill was passed and brought funding for three Universities in Colorado to start programs for people with developmental disabilities. Mr. Schlut was one of six staff to open and operate the Parker Arts, Culture & Events (PACE) Center.  This facility leads the way for outlying towns and cities to establish vibrant arts centers for their people.

 He has served as president of the board for the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras and Howard Dental Association (low-income family dental center).  He is a founding board member of the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado and currently serves as secretary.  He served on the committee to renovate the Auditorium Theatre in downtown Denver into the Elle Caulkins Opera House.

 After obtaining his undergraduate degree in Denver, Mr. Schlut continued graduate studies for seven years in Rome, Italy, receiving advanced degrees from the Gregorian University and the University of Saint Anselm.  The opportunity to travel the world was an integral part of his time living in another country.  Mr. Schlut considers himself as a resident of the world and follows news from all parts of the world where he has established friendships.

 He enjoys learning and considers education as a lifelong journey.  He has taught at all levels of education from elementary to post-graduate students. The subject he most enjoyed teaching was “A History of the World as Experienced in Science and Art’.

 Mr. Schlut believes that Science of Mind is what will bring the world to a place of great joy, unity, and above all, peace.

Peggy Keens
Operations Manager - Peggy Keens

Guided by God/Universe, Peggy began what she describes as her “passion-life” at the Science of Mind Foundation in November 2017. Peggy intuitively sees the big-picture and is a creative out-of-the-box solutions maker. Her innate ability in establishing relationships and access to a wide range of resources allows her to gain insight into situations and facilitate resolutions. This, combined with her experience in IT Professional Services, Project Management, Business Analysis, Office Management, and a natural desire to help people propels the Foundation forward with operations, marketing, projects, and achieving their goal of making Science of Mind teaching/philosophy perpetually available for all spiritual seekers.

Certifications: ITIL v3 Foundation, Microsoft MCSE, MCP+I, and CompTIA A+