Claire holds a master's degree in European History from the
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and a Doctorate in
Ministry from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
A fourth-generation Polish American, she has traveled to
Poland several times and is the author of Season of the
Slavic Soul: A Quest for an Authentic Polish Spirituality.
Claire currently serves as the Executive Director of Siena Retreat Center.
Certified Spiritual Life Coach
Robin has been in the health and wellness industry for over
30 years. 14 years ago her life her life was unmanageable.
Making the courageous decision to seek sobriety, she
changed the trajectory of her life path forever. The
spiritual basis of the 12 steps of AA lead her even
further into spirituality for herself. On a continued path
of spiritual growth, she brings her personal experience,
strength and hope in her teachings.
Rev. Jim Conlon PhD
Former Director and Professor of spirituality, Holy Name University, Sophia Center in Culture and Spirituality, Oakland, CA.
Jim was presented the 2013 Thomas Berry Award by Mary Evelyn Tucker, senior lecturer and senior research scholar at Yale University and trustee of the Thomas Berry Foundation. This award was initiated in 1999 to recognize those instrumental in carrying on the work and legacy of Thomas Berry. This award honored Conlon’s more than two decades of leadership as director of Holy Names University
A Native-American-style flute player, writer and painter.
Learning and playing the flute helped Cerantha regain
her health following a virus attack on her heart.
She shares the power of the flute wherever she can.
Richard B. Guess MEd
Executive Director of a community mental health center,
a native South Carolinian with 25 years of experience
in the field of human services. Former Springbank Board member.
Being of Cherokee heritage, Richard brings a deep respect for all life.
Theresa Linehan, SNDdeN, MA, MSN
is educator, nurse practitioner, Certified in Diabetes Care/Education, Healing Touch and Clinical Aromatherapy practitioner. Former Springbank Team member, Fall 2011 - Summer 2020. Ministered in California in education, nursing and outreach to the agricultural workers in the area of Diabetes. Theresa is of Mohican heritage; Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohicans, reservation in Wisconsin. Theresa enjoys drum-making, native/leather crafts and is committed to living consciously for Earth's sustainability
Miriam MacGillis OP
Co-founder of Genesis Farm where she teaches and practices
biodynamic methods of agriculture, which are in tune with the
natural rhythms of Earth. Miriam teaches and coordinates
programs on the work of Thomas Berry and the New Cosmology
A member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order, and a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin Ireland, is a social psychologist most of whose working life has been in social ministry, as a couple's counsellor, in bereavement work, AIDS-HIV counselling, and, in more recent times, with homeless people and refugees. As a workshop leader and group facilitator he has worked in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, The Philippines, Thailand, India, Peru and in several African countries, facilitating programmes on Adult Faith Development. His best known books include Quantum Theology (1996 - revised in 2004), Ancestral Grace (2008), and others. He now lives in Dublin, Ireland.
Gillian embraced her love of arts froma young age.
She graduated from College with a degree in fine arts.
Her love for nature as her teacher, drew her to the writings
of Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme, seeing the parallel
between the creative process and the journey of the Universe.
For a few years, she continued her artistic process with
Mary Southard, CSJ as guide. Gillian is now the facilitator
of the "Come and Paint" retreats at The Well Spirituality
Center, La Grange Park, Il.
Pepper Sarnoff MS MA
Pepper Sarnoff, counselor, therapist/educator, interdisciplinary
and improvisational explorer, joyfully encourages deep inquiry
and engaged curiosity about the experience of living in the
present moment. Integrating science and poetry, story telling
and song, rhythm and movement, Pepper promotes practices
for vitality, compassion and equanimity in the midst of change
Linda Szocik SSJ-TOSF
A member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order
of St. Francis, Linda brings her contemplative heart to
the creative process of basket making. She is a family
nurse practitioner and spiritual guide. She collaborated
to establish a day program in Milwaukee for women in
the street-based sex trade. She shares time with the women
who now have a pathway to find hope, resources and
support to live healthier, safer lives.
Certified Yoga Instructor
Joe Vinceguerra is a passionate truth seeker and
a lover of yoga, learning, technology, blogging,
biking and Italian culture. A native of New York,
Joe studied with numerous instructors including Tao-Porchon-Lynch,
who at 100 years is the world's oldest yoga instructor. Joe has
travelled to Dharamshala, India, the birthplace of Yoga
to deepen his practice and knowledge of yoga and received
his 200 hours level training there
Joe is a licensed Broga Yoga Instructor teaching students of all ages in the Charleston SC area.
Dr. C. Vanessa White M.T.S., D.Min
Associate Professor of Spirituality and Ministry at
Catholic Theological Union, Chicago Dr. White is an
experienced workshop presenter, retreat facilitator,
spiritual director and teacher. Her areas of research
focus on the intersections of spirituality and ministry
and issues pertinent to the spiritual and pastoral life
of African Americans. She is the past Convener of the
Black Catholic Theological Symposium, member of the
Board of Directors of the Society for the Study of
Christian Spirituality and a Secular Franciscan (over 30 years).
Springbank Retreat Team
Trina McCormick, OP, MFA
Executive Director, artist, spiritual director, licensed massage therapist. Trina has been committed to retreat work and native spirituality and rituals for more than 30 years and has developed the ecological initiative at Springbank. As Jim Conlon states, "Springbank is Trina's canvas for her art."
Anita Braganza, IBVM
A member of the Loreto sisters of the Province of S.Asia. Anita Braganza joined the Staff at Springbank with her experience as Province Leader, Formator, High School Principal and work with University, High school students and children living on the streets of Kolkata, India. Anita has an MA in English Literature from Jadavpur University,India, MS in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University, Maryland and a Licentiate in the piano from the Trinity College of Music, London. As Assistant Executive Director, Anita brings her love for the message and mission of Springbank to her ministry, assisting the Director in the planning and implementation of programs, Office administration as well as bringing music to life at Springbank
Jim Conlon, PhD
Former Director and Professor of spirituality,
Holy Name University, Sophia Center in
Culture and Spirituality, Oakland, CA.
Jim was presented the 2013 Thomas Berry Award
by Mary Evelyn Tucker, senior lecturer and senior
research scholar at Yale University and trustee of the
Thomas Berry Foundation. This award was initiated
in 1999 to recognize those instrumental in carrying
on the work and legacy of Thomas Berry.
This award honored Conlon’s more than two decades
of leadership as director of Holy Names University
Sophia Center. Visit Jim online at www.jimconlon.net
Doreen Cloutier, CSC
Sister of Holy Cross, BA in Special Education and Psychology,
Doreen has spent 30 years as a foreign missionary both in Mali,
West Africa and Haiti. An accomplished educator, she has accompanied women and youth from varied cultures and backgrounds through school administration, parish, youth, campus ministry, and community leadership. Doreen brings her rich experience and creativity, deep appreciation for indigenous wisdom, love and respect for the beauty and abundance of Earth’s Gifts and her passion for justice to the team here at Springbank. Helping wherever there is a need, she is responsible for the healthy,
well-balanced, eco-friendly meals served on the campus
Barbara Fava, OP
Dominican Sister of Peace,
MA in Theology, MA in History, experienced
in Education, Pastoral Ministry, campus ministry,
Outreach programs (social and human services)
ecological and environmental committees.
Barbara helps with guest preparation and
on-going needs, recycling and the gardening project.
She enjoys golfing and has great interest in Eco-Spirituality.
Marcia Wilson, BA, RN
Marce is a pediatric nurse and certified Healing Touch
practitioner who gives time out of her schedule to come
from Canada and be part of the mission of Springbank
for four plus months of each year. Her love of the
outdoors and her skills in building and grounds enhances
and beautifies the Springbank grounds. Her commitment
to healing contributes to the well-being of participants
and the natural world.
Virgie Fincher BA BIT
Virgie works part time in the Springbank office,
helping with various administrative tasks.
Virgie brings to Springbank her experience of working
in various office roles in the Phillipines. With her commitment,
efficiency and secretarial skills, Virgie is an asset to Springbank.