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 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 "Love is my path.”

Beth Unverzagt, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner
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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 .

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 CSL. She initiated, implemented and continues to serve with 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 guidance, teaching, prayer and sacred ceremonies.

Rosemary Turner, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner
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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.

Christine Ruddy, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner
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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 guidance 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.

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.

Cassandra Rae, MA, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner
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You have a Divine Purpose and Calling. And you have everything you need within yourself to answer that Calling. But, how can you unlock those inner resources and connect with your inner guidance and wisdom? Cassandra Rae is passionate about helping you be who you are meant to be and do what you are being called to do. She provides a unique blend of peaceful, yet powerful guidance teaching you the spiritual principles and practices that empower and enable you to answer your Calling and let your soul blossom. In addition to being a Licensed Practitioner with the Centers of Spiritual Living, she also has degrees in business and counseling psychology. She teaches from a whole person perspective knowing that both the free flow of creativity and the practicality of structure are important elements in the transformational work of the soul. Are you ready to answer your Calling? Cassandra offers workshops, groups, and private one-on-one sessions. Learn more on her website and blog at

Laura Perkins, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner 503.332.0099
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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 guidance 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.

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!

Leslie Nicodemus, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner
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Leslie is currently on a leave of absence as a Licensed Professional Practitioner with NTCSL. However, in all parts of her life, she lives in gratitude for her spiritual practice and connection with her community. As she takes this time to focus on her children and grandchildren, she continues to know the Truth that there is nothing outside Spirit. She is always evolving on her journey of co-creating a healthy, peaceful, harmonious and loving life. Leslie reminds us that there are only two emotions -- love and fear -- and encourages us to release fear and live fully in unconditional love.

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 guidance practice and is available by appointment.

Sylvia Miller, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner

Sylvia is deeply, and profoundly grateful for being blessed by the community here at NTCSL. She transferred here from the Grants Pass CSL as a second year Practitioner student and quickly became part of the Sangha sisters. As a lifelong learner, she started taking Science of Mind classes ten years ago and quickly followed her calling to become a Practitioner. As she celebrates the glorious gifts of life which God has so generously given to her, she is able to be of loving service to this spiritual community in many capacities. She is an accomplished artist, an experienced teacher, and a Professional Licensed Practitioner with Centers for Spiritual Living. She has a BA in art and biological science and holds standard lifelong teaching credentials. Currently, she teaches artistic spiritual journaling classes, offers affirmative prayer treatments and is part of the pastoral care team. She is sincerely grateful to be of service.

Aimee J. Mattila, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner
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In 2002, Aimee J Mattila started Practitioner classes at the Spiritual Growth Center in Eugene, OR. She completed training in 2006 and became a Licensed Practitioner in 2007. After that, she served at the Chico New Thought Center for sx years before moving to Portland.

Aimee was born into a Presbyterian family and became an atheist in high school. In college she began studying and practicing Buddhist meditation. A decade later, Aimee became involved in the Native American way of life, participating in many ceremonies and vision quests. She also began practicing Kundalini yoga when pregnant with her daughter. For many years Aimee’s spirituality was a combination of meditation, yoga and Native American ceremonies.

Parallel to Aimee’s spiritual life is her passion for the arts and her love of nature. She has a BFA in jewelry and metal-smithing and a MFA in sculpture. Aimee is a professional artist, photographer, expressive arts therapist, meditation instructor, workshop facilitator and Licensed Practitioner through the Centers for Spiritual Living. She is available for private spiritual guidance sessions. Website:

Jeannine Massey, MA, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner, Board Member, Director of Education Ministry
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Jeannine Massey 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 program. Upon moving to Oregon she sought the spiritual nourishment she had come to value. In 1987 she discovered a New Thought Center and became an active member and subsequently 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.

Sandy Leybold, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner
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Born in California, raised mostly in Asia, and a resident of Oregon since 1992, Sandy has been exposed to a variety of cultures and ways of being. In 2015, Sandy retired from her health care management career to focus on deepening her own practice, building community, and supporting others on their spiritual journeys as a Licensed Religious Science Practitioner.

As a child, Sandy's theosophist grandfather taught her to honor all paths to God and the divinity within each person. Later she explored Buddhist philosophy, other mystical traditions, and the mind-body connection. Sandy joined a New Thought church in 1997, and has been active at NTCSL since its first day in Lake Oswego. Contributing her time, talent and treasure to NTCSL, Sandy leads the HUG team, serves on the Finance Committee and Board of Trustees, and supports NTCSL's ministry and community as a Licensed Practitioner.

As a Practitioner, Sandy gratefully shares spiritual principles and tools to remind us of the Truth of who and what we are--spiritual beings having a human experience. Sandy explains, "The Bible says 'wherever two or three are gathered in my name, there I am', and when we say 'Namaste', it means 'Spirit within me recognizes Spirit within you'. In a client session, through deep listening and affirmative prayer, the client and practitioner align with Spirit, allowing a revelation of Truth and an experience of healing." Sandy is available for prayer after church services, and for fee-based client sessions by appointment.

Loretta Knowles RScP

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Licensed Pracitioner
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Loretta G. Knowles is a founding member of New Thought Center for Spiritual Living in Lake Oswego, Oregon. She began her spiritual journey in her twenties, joyfully communing with mother nature as a full time professional field forester. Her practices of Tai Chi, Aikido, Chi Kung and meditation eventually led her to the Dharma Rain Zen Center, a Buddhist Community.

In 1989 she found her way to a large independent New Thought community and found her life’s calling. She became a Licensed Spiritual Practitioner in 2003, and presently serves as the lead volunteer for Coffee Creek Correctional Facility’s New Thought Ministry, facilitating weekly services and mentoring adults in custody. Loretta has been full time employed as the lead patient care coordinator at several different Naturopathic Centers in the Portland area since 1995 and also received her B.S. in Psychology from PSU in 1996.

Loretta enthusiastically practices the principles offered by Centers for Spiritual Living and other New Thought and Spiritual Communities. Loretta is committed to practicing Inclusivity, a deep practice offered to us by Shariff Abdullah of Commonway Institute. Loretta’s daily spiritual practices include prayer, meditation, spiritual readings and a Vedic daily sadhana she was initiated into in India in 2014. Loretta married her Divine Partner in 2010, who is also a Licensed Spiritual Practitioner at NTCSL. Loretta is passionate about prayer and serving God. Loretta is available for one-on-one Practitioner sessions at her office in SW Portland and at NTCSL

Dave Knowles, MA RScP

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Licensed Practitioner
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Dave Knowles, MA, RScP, is a Centers for Spiritual Living Licensed Practitioner affiliated with New Thought Center for Spiritual Living in Lake Oswego, Oregon. 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. In addition to a BS in Engineering, an MS in Management Science, Dave also holds an MA in Counseling Psychology. 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.

Dave completed his practitioner training in 2007 and has been serving as a practitioner with New Thought Center for Spiritual Living since then. Dave is a founding member of New Thought Center for Spiritual Living and a founding member of the NTCSL Choir. In 2010, Dave married his Divine Life partner who is also a Licensed Practitioner at NTCSL. Dave can be found leading meditations between services on Sundays and is available most Sundays for individual prayer after services. Dave is also available by appointment for fee-based practitioner sessions for those who want to go deeper in their spiritual journey.

Kip Knote, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner
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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.

Elaine Jacobson, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner, Board of Trustees Vice-President
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Like so many others, Elaine has been a life long seeker on a spiritual path, searching for the meaning of her life and her purpose in it all.

This led her to answering the call to become a licensed Science of Mind Practitioner (RScP), because of a deep desire to be a witness to the Truth of the Spiritual Being that is each of us. She has witnessed demonstration of the healing work that happens through prayer and treatment.

Her search also led her to train in the energy healing practices of Healing Touch, Energetic Healing and Therapeutic Touch. She trained with teachers and Shamans in the energy healing traditions of Peru. She is also a Reiki Master and is currently working as a licensed massage therapist (LMT).

She is a founding member of NTCSL and has volunteered in many areas, including being a choir member for 18 years, being on the Count Team, assisting in the More Than Words Bookstore, and active in the Coffee Creek prison ministry. She is currently pursuing additional studies in CSL ministry.

Elaine feels blessed to be in service to our Beloved Community. She is available for private spiritual guidance sessions and, of course, is always available for prayer.

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.

Georgena Eggleston, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner

Georgena Eggleston, M.A., is an author, speaker, Science of Mind Practitioner and Trauma Specialist. She facilitates Grief Relief Meetings and study groups on her book, "A New Mourning: Discovering the Gifts in Grief." Georgena is a certified Clean Language Facilitator and Rubenfeld Synergist, Psych-K Practitioner, co-creator of Affirmative Innergetics and leads Body-Mind exercises so people may connect with their Sacred Center, God within.

Bonnie Duncan, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner
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Following the passing of her beloved grandfather, six-year-old Bonnie had a humbling, yet profound spiritual experience. This mystical experience has influenced her entire life and continues to influence her while now stepping into service as a Licensed Spiritual Practitioner.

Being a devotee of Truth, Bonnie's faith journey always amazed her as the many expressions of God, The Good, were revealed. She explored and honored many different faith traditions including: Methodist, Pentecostal, Bahai', Unity, and Science of Mind.

Bonnie married her high school sweetheart and is the proud mother of two beautiful sons. Along her spiritual journey Bonnie has been an elementary school and high school special education teacher, a fitness instructor with emphasis in the body, mind, soul connection, and a Special Olympic coach. As a promoter of the creative arts for all populations, with an inclusion emphasis honoring diversity, Bonnie became the proud creative director of "Have A Heart"....a sacred dance, clown, mime business. Her performances and workshops emphasized environmental, peace, and social justice issues, plus honored all orientations and paths to God.

Currently, Bonnie is a writer, an avid hiker, yoga student, Caring Closet and Dress For Success volunteer. She resides in Tigard, OR with her second husband, Michael, and their 15.5 year old 'forever' daughter Suzie, who is expressing on the amazing autistic-artistic spectrum. Bonnie is a testament to never giving up on one's childhood dreams by answering the sacred call to adopt, at age 54!

Bonnie truly feels blessed to be in service as a prayer practitioner, knowing that there is really nothing to heal, only the Truth to be revealed. She recognizes that all spiritual work is uplifting the Namaste' Oneness Consciousness on an individual, local, and global level, thereby, contributing to a world that truly 'honors' everyone. As Bonnie states, "The greatest Spiritual Truth I have ever found, is in honoring my Higher Knowing daily, by loving the I Am within me, forgiving myself, appreciating that everyone truly is a sacred teacher, plus knowing that divine choice and creative self expression are my birthright. Namaste'

Michael L. Doss, RScP

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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.

Sylvia DePue, MS, RScP

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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.

Barbara Buckingham-Hayes, RScP

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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.

Deanna Brand, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner
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Since dedicating herself to the practice of the principles of Science of Mind in her daily life, Deanna has undergone profound changes and growth in every area of her life. Her experience has been a complete transformation of painful life circumstances into demonstrations of true forgiveness, emotional freedom and self-empowerment.

As a practicing Licensed Spiritual Practitioner, Deanna believes she is answering her life’s calling - to live in communion with God and in service to humanity. She is committed to compassionate service and living a ‘surrendered’ life, and she is passionate about sharing the transformational gifts of New Thought philosophy, especially as it applies to the area of relationship health and codependent recovery, through individual and group spiritual guidance sessions.

Deanna is inspired by the work of many wonderful teachers. Ernest Holmes (The Science of Mind), Emma Curtis-Hopkins (Scientific Christian Mental Practice), Melody Beattie (The New Codependency), Michael A. Singer (The Untethered Soul), and her beloved teacher and mentor, Rev. Shannon O’Hurley, have been her greatest influencers over the past four years. She is incredibly grateful to bring the fruit of their gifts into her own spiritual guidance practice.

Deanna is a Licensed Religious Science Practitioner through the Centers for Spiritual Living and offers private spiritual guidance and support sessions on a sliding scale through her professional practice.

Vanessa Tomie, RScP

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Vanessa Tomie began her studies in Science of Mind in 1988 in Honolulu, Hawaii and appreciated learning the SOM values of inclusivity and ‘ALL paths lead to God’ under Rev Helen Street’s Religious Science International Church which advanced Vanessa to become a RScP in 1993. She actively studied/lived these principles and eventually moved from Hawaii to California in 2002. In 2011, Vanessa experienced a near tragedy, which reminded her again of the importance these principles can play in her everyday life. She found a church of United Religious Science, and began again, studying for her Practitioner's license in San Francisco, as well as, being active with the Church/Center. Fast forward, Vanessa visited NTCSL on a Sunday in May 2015. On that day, she met several other Practitioners-in-training. Spirit had already been conspiring
her to move here to Lake Oswego, Oregon from California. Within only a few months, Vanessa passed her Practitioner Orals at NTCSL, became a Licensed Practitioner at CSL-AH (San Francisco), had moved to Oregon, transferred her CSL membership and Practitioner’s license to NTCSL and purchased a home in the Mountain Park area. Vanessa feels she has finally come home.

Vanessa is a recently retired RN who has traveled for the past 3 years. She is ready to settle down and serve God in a new way. Vanessa is called to help the Youth Ministry (having for many years volunteered and headed the children's ministry
back in Hawaii) to help develop young minds to think on their own and make intelligent choices that serve themselves and humanity. She also wants to incorporate what she has learned in Science of Mind and in dancing tango. She hopes to share dancing as a possible way for healing and expressing joy. Her other studies include Hula, Aikido (brown belt), Taoist Tai Chi, Tai Chi Chih, Feldenkrais, Sufism and Latin Dances (Salsa and Argentine Tango).

Vanessa’s daily practice is mediation, prayer for herself, family and friends, and the Center. She believes that by delving into our dark side we can come through to a lighter, more fulfilling place. In this work, we become more transparent to the Truth and the understanding that we all deserve to be happy. She strongly believes in Ernest Holmes’ famous quote, "Change your thinking, change your life."

Nancy Stephens, RScP

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Licensed Practitioner
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Nancy is honored and very excited to serve as a Spiritual Practitioner with NTCSL, Lake Oswego! She transferred from the Celebration Center for Spiritual Living, Falls Church, Virginia, where she was an active leader and licensed Spiritual Practitioner (RScP) with Centers for Spiritual Living since 2011. Nancy relocated to the Portland area to be closer to her family in July 2015. Nancy has a professional background in Human Resources Management with skills and experience spanning a variety of disciplines, which includes many years of assisting, coaching and guiding people through both personal and professional challenges. Making a difference in the lives of others has been the greatest reward of her career, and serving in the professional field of spiritual guidance is both a natural progression and a gift. Nancy is committed to experiencing Divine unfoldment in her life and assisting others in revealing theirs. With great gratitude and love she looks forward to being in service to this community.

Laura Schlafly, RScP

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For most of her adult life Laura has been fascinated with uncovering one’s life purpose and then figuring out how to live it. Through Laura’s search of a new consciousness and way of being, she ultimately discovered her unique self, gifts and talents.

It has been said that “our wound is our gift”. This has been true for Laura and it may be for you as well. Laura’s childhood wound was not feeling supported or affirmed. So not surprisingly, her calling as a Licensed Spiritual Practitioner with Centers for Spiritual living is to support others in healing and in being their purpose. It is Laura’s deepest desire to be a way-shower by bringing light to your life in a myriad of ways.

As a Practitioner, Laura listens deeply, guiding her clients to discover their inner power to heal themselves. They come to understand how healing is not a destination, but a process of self-discovery to find out who they really are and how to always be at choice in every aspect of life.

Laura’s guidance and support draws on a background in Asian studies, business development and career coaching. This varied knowledge allows her to be adept at helping her clients navigate changes and transitions in life, as well as uncovering each individual’s unique way of serving in the world. Laura is available for private practitioner sessions to assist you in recognizing your light and allowing it to shine brightly. You may find out more at:

Shelly Walker, RScP

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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. As a teacher, speaker, workshop facilitator and spiritual guidance Practitioner, Shelly empowers others to access Truth within to help transform, uplift and renew. When the inner work is done, then the fun begins of helping to make the world a better place, for ourselves, each other and, always, the children.

Service, prayer, tithing and community, with a focus on Love and Spirit, are the foundations of Shelly’s practice. She is honored to serve New Thought Center for Spiritual Living as a licensed Practitioner of Religious Science.


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