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.
Linda Szocik SSJ-TOSF
Family Nurse Practitioner and spiritual director
who leads retreats on the contemplative art of basket-making.
Christopher Marie Wagner OSF MFA
Art Instructor for 30 years. Chris restores
stained-glass windows and is dedicated to
the study of iconographing the Russian style
Certified Yoga Instructor
Joe Vinciguerra is a passionate truth seeker and
a lover of yoga, learning, technology, blogging,
biking and Italian culture. A native of New York,
Joe’s journey on the mat began in 2012, taking his
first yoga class in Manhattan, NY.
Joe quickly discovered the benefits of mind and
body connection, and took his own practice to
different yoga studios around the city and down
the east coast of the states. He studied with
numerous instructors including Tao-Porchon-Lynch,
who at 100 years old has over 70 years of teaching
experience and is recognized as the world’s oldest yoga instructor.
After becoming more interested in the ancient path of yoga, Joe flew to the birthplace of yoga,Dharamshala in India, looking to deepen his practice and knowledge of yoga. In Dharamshala, he studied the yoga asanas, meditation, philosophy, pranayama, anatomy, teaching methods and received his 200 hours level training. Joe is a licensed Broga Yoga Instructor after completing his training in Brooklyn, NY and also holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in New Media from SUNY Purchase College. In August 2014 Joe moved to Charleston, SC and is involved in the yoga community there, thriving on instructing students of all levels.
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.