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Michael Wood

Interim Director

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Michael Wood

Interim Director

Diane Zerfas OP

Spirituality Program Coordinator

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Diane Zerfas OP

Spirituality Program Coordinator

Diane Zerfas OP is the Spirituality Program Coordinator for Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College, and is deeply involved in the center's Spiritual Formation programs through the planning and teaching of Foundations in Spirituality and the Spiritual Direction Practicum. She holds bachelor's degrees in math, chemistry, theology, and education from Aquinas College; master's degrees in Arts in Religious Studies and in Pastoral Studies; a Specialized Certificate in Parish Life and Administration; and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction. Sister Diane Zerfas has ministered in many ways, including teaching high school as well as serving as formation director for Grand Rapids Dominicans, initiation and evangelization director at St. Mary Magdalen in Kentwood, Diocesan director of RCIA for the Diocese of Grand Rapids, co-director of Pastoral Life at Marywood, and leadership team member for the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids.

Carmelita Switzer OP

Spirituality Program Associate Coordinator

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Carmelita Switzer OP

Spirituality Program Associate Coordinator

Carmelita Switzer OP serves as a staff facilitator and presenter for Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College's spiritual formation programs. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from Aquinas College and a Master of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies from Providence College. She completed Pastoral Studies with an emphasis in Formation Studies at Aquinas Institute on the campus of St. Louis University. Her ministries include teaching, pastoral ministry in a parish setting, and pastoral administration in a parish that had no priest. Sister Carmelita Switzer has also spent time in ministry on behalf of the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters as director of formation and as co-director of Pastoral Life for the Marywood Campus. Coming from a rural farm community background, Carmelita Switzer loves Michigan’s many lakes and natural beauty and God’s creatures large and small. Study of spirituality and living an integrated contemplative and active lifestyle have been long-time interests and priorities.

Ann Walters OP

Spiritual Direction Referral Coordinator and Enneagram Educator

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Ann Walters OP

Spiritual Direction Referral Coordinator and Enneagram Educator

Ann Walters OP earned her master’s degree in Christian spirituality from Creighton University. Sister Ann Walters is active in leading adult faith formation classes, workshops, and seminars; preaching at and directing retreats; and providing spiritual direction. Her past work includes serving as co-director of Collaborative Dominican Novitiate of the United States Dominican Women’s Congregations; director of formation for Grand Rapids Dominicans; and elementary and high school education administration. She has also been active in inner-city ministries in Detroit; Chicago; rural northern Michigan; St. Louis, Missouri; and Gusau, Nigeria, West Africa.

Kit Fessenden

Administrative Support Supervisor

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Kit Fessenden

Administrative Support Supervisor

Yolanda Ramirez-Salto

Program Specialist

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Yolanda Ramirez-Salto

Program Specialist

Amanda Dobson

Apprentice and Spiritual Director

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Amanda Dobson

Apprentice and Spiritual Director

Amanda Dobson is the associate coordinator for the Foundations in Spirituality program and is a member of the Formation Team at Dominican Center Marywood. Amanda is a 2019 graduate of Richard Rohr's Living School (Albuquerque, New Mexico), a spiritual director, wife, and mother of three.

Mindy Hills

DMin, Dominican Center Apprentice, Spiritual Director, Dominican Associate, and Retreat Leader

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Mindy Hills

DMin, Dominican Center Apprentice, Spiritual Director, Dominican Associate, and Retreat Leader

Mindy Hills is a Dominican Associate and certified Spiritual Director who assists with retreat coordination and facilitation. With radiant hope, she offers deep listening and gentle prompts to help others reflect on the spiritual dimensions of life and to notice the loving invitations of God’s presence within the ups and downs of their journey. Her faith-filled lived experiences support a belief in the gifts of retreat experiences that are designed to access the beauty of creation as a contemplative practice. As a prayerful companion, she empowers others to release limiting beliefs and feelings of hopelessness to live consciously active and fulfilling lives. Her ministry embodies heart-centered spiritual care with a passion for helping others rediscover and restore their capacity for resiliency.

Sandra Mitchell

Marketing Consultant, Writer, Certified Coach, and Presenter

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Sandra Mitchell

Marketing Consultant, Writer, Certified Coach, and Presenter

As a coach and creative, Sandra Mitchell guides and supports those on a path of transforming fear, frustration, and heartbreak to that of wisdom and healing. In addition to coaching, she facilitates retreats and Write Your Heart Out sessions where she holds space for you to hear your voice first. Sandra earned a degree in English literature from Aquinas College; spent more than a year in intense study, training, and practice with The Ford Institute for Transformational Training where she received her coaching certification; completed Martha Beck’s Write Into Light and Practical Wayfinding: The Creativity Mindset programs; and has 30 years of experience in storytelling, writing, and marketing for healthcare, wellness practitioners, ministries, and good causes. Learn more at www.sandramitchell.online.

Andy Rebollar

Spiritual Director, Dominican Associate, Spiritual Direction Practicum Facilitator, Writer, and Speaker

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Andy Rebollar

Spiritual Director, Dominican Associate, Spiritual Direction Practicum Facilitator, Writer, and Speaker

Andy Rebollar is a Dominican Center Apprentice for the Spiritual Direction Practicum, a spiritual director, writer, and speaker. For more than 19 years, he has served the church in various roles ministering to youth, young adults, and adults, nationally and internationally. Andy loves the journey that God’s invitations have led him on, especially the people and places.

Esther Yff-Prins

Presenter, Spiritual Director, and Centering Prayer Facilitator

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Esther Yff-Prins

Presenter, Spiritual Director, and Centering Prayer Facilitator

Esther Yff-Prins listens to sacred stories in spiritual direction and mentors aspiring spiritual directors. She writes poetry and lives an intentional, contemplative life.