Our Practitioners

New Thought Center for Spiritual Living practitioners support our spiritual community in a variety of ways. You can easily find our practitioners, as they wear a white stole on Sundays. Spiritual Practitioners are available for you in the following ways:
Prayer support before and after Sunday Services
Responding to your written, email and phone prayer requests
Holding the High Watch at special events.
All of the above services are provided as a gift to our spiritual community.

Spiritual Practitioners are also available for individual spiritual support sessions on a fee basis. A session with a Spiritual Practitioner provides a safe, nurturing environment for you to explore your spiritual practices and current beliefs that you would like to change. You are provided with the opportunity to co-create a "new" thought in your life that allows you to change your thinking and change your life!

To schedule a spiritual support session, contact one of our Spiritual Practitioners listed below:

Alison Hilber, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner, Dir., Practitioner Program
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Alison Hilber is a licensed practitioner through the United Centers for Spiritual Living and is affiliated with New Thought CSL in Lake Oswego, OR. Alison received a BA in Transpersonal Psychology in 1999 at the age of 49. She was introduced to New Thought by her partner, Pamela, in 2007 and completed her Practitioner training in 2011. She and Pamela were joined in holy union on September 16, 2011, and legally married on the same date in 2014. In 2011, during the Season for Nonviolence, Alison facilitated the 10,000 Cranes for Peace project, which has expanded into an ongoing Crane Ministry. The proceeds provide scholarship assistance to children wanting to attend Peace Camp. Alison led the NTCSL HUG (Holy Usher/Greeters) Team for five years, until assuming the position of Director of the Practitioner Program in 2014. She participates in all practitioner service areas and is available for private practitioner sessions for a sliding scale fee. Alison loves to serve her blessed spiritual community, and assist and witness people reveal and express their authentic selves. For more information, including her blog, "Sacred Self-Acceptance," go to www.spiritualmigrations.com. "Love is my path.”

Barbara Buckingham-Hayes, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner
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Barbara Buckingham-Hayes is licensed as a Practitioner through the United Centers for Spiritual Living and is currently serving at New Thought Center for Spiritual Living. Born in Washington, DC, Barbara found her way to Oregon by way of Liberia, West Africa, where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1974-75. She is married and has one adult daughter who lives in Portland. Barbara began working in the healing arts and later received her MA in Counseling at the University of Portland. Barbara has been a spiritual seeker since her 20's, and has studied both Eastern and Western spiritual teachings, prior to her discovery of New Thought. Barbara is especially inspired by volunteering in the children's ministry at NTCSL and enjoys leading meditation circles. Barbara welcomes the opportunity to pray with community members and to know the truth together.

Beth Unverzagt, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner

Beth Unverzagt started her spiritual search at age 13. She feels fortunate and grateful to have been guided to great metaphysical teachers, learning experiences and opportunities for growth. In 1979 she learned to meditate using the technique of Kriya Yoga and studied with Katherine Cowls Beck in Los Angeles. These experiences and hundreds of books have built the foundation for becoming a member of NTCSL and becoming a NTCSL practitioner .

Charles Rosenblad, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner
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Charles Rosenblad is a licensed Religious Science Practitioner through the United Centers for Spiritual Living under New Thought Center for Spiritual Living. He was born in San Francisco, CA. and received degree in Political Science from Portland State University. On his ecumenical spiritual journey, Charles has experienced god in all faith traditions. Daily spiritual practice includes Meditation, Prayer (spiritual mind treatment), extensive reading of spiritual masters, participation in spiritual retreats. Service has been a life long passion, working with youth, hospital visitations, 10 years of prayer ministry work, founding member of Prison ministry program support for ministers in delivering curriculum. Charles is inspired by and available to stand with clients in knowing the truth. Available for fee-based practitioner sessions as you explore your spiritual inquiries to realize the presence within. Namaste.

Christine Ruddy, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner

Christine and her daughters are active members of the NTCSL Community. As a Licensed Practitioner and the Operations Manager of the Center, Christine holds a unique position in the community. Christine has a private spiritual counseling practice and is available to meet with congregants as requested. She has been a student of New Thought principles since 1999, following a series of life changing events, when she had the blessed opportunity to attend a New Thought retreat. Christine has a degree in psychology, is a published author and has worked in social services, specifically in childcare and mentoring for the last 20 years. Christine shares "It is my honor and joy to work closely with Volunteers, Staff, Ministry and Congregants to ensure smooth and meaningful Operations at the Center. Christine enjoys managing and working through consciousness, allowing God's highest vision to be made manifest at the Center.

Dana Montgomery, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner
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Dana began her "Spiritual Quest" as a youth and had what she considers an awakening experience at an early age. This experience set her on a life long mission to discover the keys or Infinite Universal Truths to assist in navigating life's many challenges, not only for herself but with a deep passion to serve, assist, and empower others to do the same. She studied Psychology at Washington State University. Dana has examined many religions and philosophies through her hunger and drive to learn.

Dana began attending a New Thought Spiritual Center in the 90's, and in 2010 she made New Thought Center for Spiritual Living in Lake Oswego her Spiritual Community and Home. In 2010 she began taking the courses offered at NTCSL and was called to continue on to the Professional Practitioner Program. Dana is a licensed Religious Science Practitioner through The Centers for Spiritual Living. She feels wholeheartedly that through this philosophy and her committed Spiritual Practice she has discovered Universal Truths and tools to successfully navigate through life's many challenges and to transform them into "opportunities for spiritual growth." Dana honors all paths to God. She is often available for prayer at the Center after services. Dana has a private spiritual counseling practice and is available by appointment.

Dave Knowles, MA RScP

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Licensed Practitioner
Link to contact Link to http://www.daveknowlescounseling.com

Dave Knowles, MA, RScP is a licensed Religious Science Practitioner through the United Centers for Spiritual Living under New Thought Center for Spiritual Living. Dave has extensive background working with people of all backgrounds first as a Naval Officer and then as a Senior Manager in major High Tech companies for two decades. Dave has valuable relevant experience with other cultures as a result of extensive travel in Asia and Europe and as a member of Commonway Institute he is deeply and firmly committed to inclusivity. After returning to school to earn a Masters Degree in Counseling from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, Dave has been working with men with addictions in a residential setting at a local Portland agency. Dave completed his practitioner training in 2007 and has been serving as a practitioner with New Thought Center for Spiritual Living until 2008 when he was licensed by UCSL. Dave is a founding member of New Thought Center for Spiritual Living and a founding member of the NTCSL Choir. Dave can be found leading meditations between services on Sundays and is available most Sundays for individual prayer before and after services. Dave co-facilitates relationship workshops and sacred space cleansing ceremonies with his life partner and serves as a small group facilitator in Religious Science classes. Dave is also available by appointment for fee-based practitioner sessions for those who want to go deeper in their spiritual journey.

Elaine Jacobson, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner
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Like so many others, I too, have been a life long seeker on a spiritual path, searching for the meaning of my life and my purpose in it all. This led me to answering the call to become a licensed Science of Mind Practitioner (RScP). My search led me to train in the energy healing practices of Healing Touch, Energetic Healing and Theraputic Touch. I trained with teachers and Shamans in the energy healing traditions of Peru. I am also a Reiki Master. I am a working licensed massage therapist (LMT). I became a licensed Practitioner because of a deep desire to be a witness to the Truth of the Spiritual Being that is each of us. I have seen demonstration of the healing work that happens through prayer and treatment. I am so Blessed to be in service to our Beloved Community as your Practitioner. I am available for private sessions and I am always available for prayer.

Helen Ohm, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner
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Helen began sensing her spiritual path and true calling more than 15 years ago. She was introduced to and has participated in New Thought teachings for well over a decade and has been an active participant in New Thought Center for Spiritual Living since its inception. She has always felt her life purpose to be in service to her family, her community and her spiritual home.

Helen is committed to her own personal unfoldment and brings an extensive background in alternative healing. She is a Centers for Spiritual Living Licensed Practitioner.

Helen is delighted to be of service at NTCSL and wants you to know she believes in You!

Kip Knote, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner

Kip began his spiritual quest in the mountains and prairies of Montana and began a life of service to others when he joined the Marines after high school in 1986. In 1994 he married his high school sweetheart Arlene Anderson and shortly thereafter, they started their family. Life soon found him and his young family in Littleton, Colorado, where he was fortunate enough to attend Mile Hi Church and take classes for ten years. Kip was very active in the Youth Ministry where he taught various age groups, accompanied youth groups on several excursions, and facilitated the construction of a cardboard city called Dome Zone (where his structural/civil engineering background came in handy) at the annual Rainbow Day Camp for over 200 children. Wanting to dive deeper into the principles of Science of Mind, Kip began Practitioner training in 2011 and completed just prior to moving to Oregon in August 2013. Kip was installed as a Practitioner at New Thought CSL that same month. He has again immersed himself into the Youth Ministry as a teacher & spiritual leader. Kip additionally facilitates “Becoming a Love and Logic Parent” workshops at NTCSL and other facilities in the area. Passionate about leadership and youth, Kip is clear that his path is to provide leadership by being the best example he can be. He is available to spiritual travelers of all ages who are interested in Practitioner sessions, prayer support, or guided meditations.

Laura Perkins, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner 503.332.0099
Link to contact Link to http://www.lauraperkins.net

Laura Perkins was born and raised in Alabama where she completed a BS in Math and Science Education from Auburn University. After a decade teaching in Utah at an Alternative High School she relocated to the Pacific Northwest.

In 1997 a friend referred her to Living Enrichment Center in Wilsonville, Oregon where she was first exposed to New Thought Philosophy. At that time she was amazed at all the like-minded people she was meeting through an established spiritual philosophy that Laura had believed she was “making up as she went along” throughout her life.

In early 2003, Laura completed her initial Professional Practitioner Studies and licensing. Still raising two sons, she supported and taught classes, began seeing clients for private sessions, and added music ministry to her personal spiritual practices. She believes song is a dynamic form of prayer and a profound expression of the Divine demonstrating in flesh and voice.

Laura works primarily providing professional spiritual counsel to private clients. She serves at New Thought Center for Spiritual Living as Registrar and Instructor in Education Ministry, as a vocalist in Music Ministry, and in the Practitioner Ministry. Also, Laura serves beyond her church community as a teacher, guest speaker and musician.

Leslie Nicodemus, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner
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I am very grateful to be in service as a licensed Master Practitioner and to live spiritual practices daily. Living in gratitude and surrendering to God who lives within me are daily goals.

What I know, that I know, that I know is Spirit is all there is. There is nothing outside of Spirit. As children of God, we are Holy and Divine. Creative wisdom within us KNOWS the answer to our questions. If life challenges are keeping you from healthy living I am available as your spiritual counselor to provide tools to reveal peace and harmony, if you are open to healing. Sessions are guided by Spirit for the highest good possible. Be prepared to share from the soul, pray, and allow your emotions to flow. It is all good-because God IS GOOD ALL THE TIME (even if we forget).

I am blessed with 3 children and 6 grandchildren who top my gratitude list. I am deeply grateful for the relationship I have with each of them. My cat Bella is my live-in God reminder of unconditional love.

I attended OSU for a teaching degree and discovered medicine was a better fit for me. I am fortunate to love what I do for dollars. For years I have had the pleasure of being a volunteer assistant at a free clinic for uninsured adults.

I believe life can be viewed into two categorizes - love or fear. Let's do what it takes to learn to live in Love and release fear.

Relationships are a blessing and a gift.

Loretta Knowles RScP

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Licensed Pracitioner
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Loretta G. Reith, RScP is a founding member and spiritual practitioner of New Thought Center for Spiritual Living in Portland, Oregon. Loretta became certified as a spiritual practitioner in 2003 and recently became licensed as a UCSL practitioner. Loretta passionately serves as the coordinator of New Thought Women’s Prison Ministry at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon. She facilitates weekly services held inside the minimum facility and mentors women in the Home for Good Program. The power of prayer is demonstrated in Loretta’s personal life through the compassion carved out in her consciousness as a result of praying through some difficult life situations. Loretta’s devotion to God and her daily spiritual practice propelled her to voraciously study the teachings of various New Thought teachers, Buddhism and learn a cleansing and purifying Vedic practice from a master in India. Loretta continues to assist Sharif Abdullah and Commonway Institute in its membership drive and visioning about Creating a World That Works for All. Loretta facilitates meditations, visionings and relationship retreats with her life partner. Loretta is always available to pray, provide hospital visits, facilitate memorial services and sacred space cleansing ceremonies. In addition to her service work she is available for fee-based one-on-one sessions for spiritual counseling. Please see Lorettareith.com for more information.

Michael L. Doss

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Licensed Practitioner
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Michael’s lifelong passion for spiritual expression led him to New Thought in 2003. He has participated and served as a choir member, on the Facilities Team, with the Youth and Family ministry, and on the HUG Team. As a Practitioner, Michael continues to grow and deepen his relationship to Spirit expressing through him.

Through his company Luminary Voices, Michael supports conscious musicians, artists, performers and speakers sharing their talents, gifts and presence with the world. Michael brings organization, marketing, communication, and negotiation skills to Luminary Voices and its clients.

Rev. Cheri Unger, MS, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner
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Rev. Cheri Unger enthusiastically brings her professional skills of deep listening, caring and compassion into her ministry as an Associated Minister of New Thought Center for Spiritual Living, a Religious Science Licensed Practitioner, Coordinator of the Sacred Silver Sages, and choir member. She was ordained in December 2001 and served at Living Enrichment Center. In 2004, Rev. Cheri sponsored the Sacred Silver Sages, bringing them under the umbrella of New Thought Ministries of Oregon. She initiated, implemented and coordinates the Sunday meditation. Rev. Cheri's background includes a BA in Nursing and a Masters in Counseling. Her past volunteer activities have included service as President of the League of Women Voters of Portland and of Oregon, Chair of the Multnomah County Mental Health Advisory Board, Volunteer at Friendly House Inc. and William Temple House. Rev. Cheri serves her spiritual community with joy, dedication and commitment and with the intention to realize God everywhere, at all times, in all circumstances. Her inner conviction is to use the spiritual practices including listening, meditation and prayer to effect profound healing. She is available for spiritual counseling, teaching, prayer and sacred ceremonies.

Rosemary Turner, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner

Rosemary is a licensed Religious Science Practitioner though the United Centers of Spiritual Living. Rosemary completed her Nursing degree in 1987 and obtained bachelor level alcohol and counseling certification in 1997. Rosemary has worked helping those in recovery for over 17 years, and with that work became inspired to go deeper into the area of Spirituality which led to becoming a RScP. Rosemary shares, “ It is my experience of witnessing transformation of myself as well as those I work with that gives me a greater passion and love for this work.” Rosemary is an active, loyal and supporting member of New Thought Center for Spiritual Living and has dedicated her life to knowing Spirit within herself and all those she meets.

Roxana Hall, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner 503-808-0909
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Roxana is a life-long student devoted to discovering the Truth about the Universe, and has been studying the spiritual principles of New Thought since 1985. She applies these principles to her life and is passionate about sharing her experiences. Roxana is a Licensed Spiritual Practitioner (RScP) with United Center for Spiritual Living and is in service to the community of New Thought Center for Spiritual Living.
Roxana brings a respect for all paths to understanding the Divine. Roxana is dedicated to facilitating the sacred process of holding a space for others to develop their own unique connection.
Roxana is in service in a number of ways: as a member of a team of ministers who serve at the Coffee Creek Women’s Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, OR, and is the founder and director of her independent ministry called “Sacred Theater”. For many years, Roxana has worked in the public schools as a Language Arts and Performing Arts teacher. Roxana graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree from New West Seminary is 2005.
The process of discovering how to serve the divine has brought Roxana into a place of conviction of the great power of the Spirit and continues to stay in the inquiry about how to serve the One.

Shelly Walker, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner
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Shelly Walker’s life focus is prayer and family. After moving to Portland from Texas in the year 2000, Shelly discovered New Thought and her passion about life lived well. With a growing family, Shelly is an avid volunteer with youth.

Shelly is a professional writer and editor, with a focus on parenting issues and healthy families. She’s had more than 500 articles published online and in print. Shelly believes that empowered people give rise to healthy children and that our children will transform the world.

Service, prayer, tithing and community, with a focus on Love and Spirit, are the foundations of Shelly’s practice. She shares these principles through both adult and family workshops that integrate learning with music and play and through one-on-one spiritual counseling sessions. She is honored to serve New Thought Center for Spiritual Living as a licensed Practitioner of Religious Science.

Sylvia DePue, MS, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner
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Sylvia came to New Thought in 1986, became a Chaplain in 2001, was certified as a Practitioner in 2003 and in 2008 became a licensed Religious Science Practitioner through The United Centers for Spiritual Living.
Sylvia is available Sundays for individual prayer, is on the Prayer Team, and leads meditations. She volunteers on the Acts of Kindness team, Peace Now, and at MacClaren School for Boys.
Sylvia has had many profound experiences during her more than 30 years as an educator and consultant in regular and Special Education and Deaf Education. They provide her with opportunities to practice observation, deep listening, non-judgment and accepting each individual right where they are and then to empower them to go beyond their fears and do more. She supports each in developing their communication skills to express their needs and wants and to work through a situation with others with apologies and/or forgiveness. Virtues/God qualities are also part of the daily experience. She continues to evolve these skills in her own daily life, as a Practitioner and a Life Coach. (Sylvia is also a certified Life Coach with Maria Nemeth’s Academy for Coaching Excellence).
Sylvia enjoys supporting her clients to be the best they can be, to resolve situations in their lives which they wish to experience differently, to do their forgiveness work, and to celebrate their successes on the road to being a “human-being” instead of a “human-doing” and living their life with “ease” and “grace”. Sylvia has a deep commitment to the well being of all people.

Jeannine Massey, MA, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner, Board President
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Jeannine Yancey has been on her spiritual path, consciously, since she was in her teen years. A defining moment was when she started asking a priest questions during class and was told, "Don't ask questions, believe what is written." She sensed at that moment that she had an inner knowing and that she would have to find the answers herself. Thus began her journey. When she lived in Tucson, Arizona and her three daughters were young, she taught religious education, was a parish council board member, and eventually a church staff member responsible for a 500 student elementary religious education. Upon moving to Oregon she sought the spiritual nourishment she had come to value. In 1987 she discovered The Living Enrichment Center and became an active member and subsequently became a Practitioner. She's been active in this spiritual community in many ways - always learning, growing, and encouraging others to do the same. Jeannine brings to her practitioner practice a grounded knowing that truly, all is well. Jeannine demonstrates spiritual practice in her every day life and is eager to share those principles with her spiritual community.

Jeannine's professional journey has focused on assisting individuals and organizations achieve results. She's worked in private, public, and non-profit organizations with a focus on facilitation, training, project management, conflict resolution, and coaching. She has an undergraduate degree from Marylurst University in Business Administration and Communications. Her graduate degree is from Antioch University in Whole Systems Design, with a certification in Organizational Systems Renewal (change management). Jeannine also has certifications in MBTI, Wilson's Learning Styles, Situational Leadership, and is a certified coach and licensed seminar leader with Maria Nemeth's Academy for Coaching Excellence.

Jeannine is a demonstration in the professional world of how showing up as spiritual principle can be rewarding and fun.

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This community is where I come to celebrate Divine Source within me and looking back at me through everyone I meet.

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I love my spiritual home!

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NTCSL - a community learning together what it takes to have a more fulfilling life.

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