Presenters

Rev. Tim Tuthill, MDiv, LCSW

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Rev. Tim Tuthill, MDiv, LCSW

Rev. Tim Tuthill-Tim is a United Methodist Elder and has served communities in Dallas, Texas, along with Michigan communities, Mason, East Lansing, and Grand Rapids. Over the past 20 years, Tim has worked with individuals and communities in different roles. He has initiated groups for grief, loss, and healing, along with programs for church leaders. Tim is passionate about finding ways to live out faith within the realities of life and death.

Tim holds a Masters in Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and a Masters in Social Work from Michigan State University.  Tim completed the Center for Spirituality at Dominican Center’s Spiritual Formation Program, and is a certified spiritual director. He continues post-graduate work at the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington, DC.

Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN

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Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN

Rosita Arvigo, DN, is a naprapathic physician, herbalist, international lecturer, author, and teacher of Maya medicine. She has lived in Belize for 30 years, where she studied with more than a dozen traditional healers, the most famous of whom was her mentor Don Elijio Panti, who passed away in 1996 at the age of 103. Dr. Arvigo is the director of The Arvigo Institute, Rainforest Remedies, The Traditional Healers Foundation, and founding member of the Belize Ethnobotany Project.

In 2003, Dr. Arvigo was honored with the Wings Trust Earth Award in recognition of her life-long efforts to preserve Maya medicine and the tropical rainforest environment.

Inspired by her life’s work, Dr, Arvigo has written and co-authored six books on the subjects of Maya medicine and on herbal and spiritual healing. While still residing in Belize, she travels on a lecture circuit during the spring and fall of each year. When at home in San Ignacio Town, Belize, she does consultations at her clinic, teaches seminars on Maya medicine and spiritual healing.

Dr. Arvigo devotes the rest of her time to academic research into medicinal plants, traditional healing, and the Maya goddess of medicine, Ix Chel. Near and dear to her heart, are many humanitarian and community service projects, including: The Traditional Healers Foundation, Children’s Bush Medicine Camp, and Terrra Nova Medicinal Plant Reserve.

Fr. Leobardo Almazán, OP

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Fr. Leobardo Almazán, OP

Fr. Leo was born in México City, and is a member of the Southern Dominican Province, USA. He made his simple profession on August 12, 2001, and solemn profession on May 26, 2004. Fr. Leo was ordained to the priesthood on July 30, 2005.

Before joining the Dominicans, Fr. Leo worked as political adviser, high school professor, and college professor. After his ordination to the priesthood, he worked as parish priest, high school campus minister, and theology professor. In 2007, Fr. Leo was sent to Rome, where he obtained a Licentiate of Sacred Theology in Moral Theology at the Alphonsian Academy in 2011. He is presently pursuing a Doctorate of Sacred Theology {Moral} at the same institution.

Since 2011, Fr. Leo has been a member of the permanent delegation of the Order of Preachers to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland (Dominicans for Justice and Peace). In May 2014, he was elected Prior of St. Dominic Priory/House of Studies in St. Louis, MO.

Megan McElroy, OP

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Megan McElroy, OP

Sr. Megan joined Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids in 1988. Having served previously as a pastoral associate in Michigan and a high school theology teacher in Illinois, she is now co-director of the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate in St. Louis, Missouri. Sr. Megan is an adjunct instructor in Homiletics at Aquinas Institute of Theology.

Sandra Mitchell

Certified Integrative Life Coach and Writer

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Sandra Mitchell

Certified Integrative Life Coach and Writer

Years of living in fear and frustration and a succession of situations in Sandra Mitchell’s thirties and forties – chaos erupting as family members succumbed to addiction; the demise of her long-term marriage followed by single parenting; career moves that rarely moved her forward; and serious autoimmune disorders she couldn’t get a handle on – resulted in finally acknowledging years of unexpressed anger and untreated anxiety.

Sandra spent the hours she should have been sleeping obsessing over how to get it all right and perfect. As insomnia splintered her sleep and her soul, she wondered how she could be good enough, love enough, say enough, and do it all in spite of the fear and anxiety that always came along for the ride. Sandra was exhausted by her own impossible expectations.

After a 30-year career as a writer and marketer, Sandra was downsized from a job that no longer fit. It was at this point she said enough. When she took time for profound self-exploration and deep internal work, Sandra found herself on the threshold of not just a new career in coaching, but also a new way of being. She discovered that where toxicity and negativity once lived are now peace and possibility.

While fear still sticks around to keep Sandra alert and prepared, she has an improved relationship with it. Thanks to coaching work, Sandra was able to understand her anxiety is a real thing, and sought treatment. This work has also allowed her to reclaim her confidence, which helps her go after the things she’s always wanted, love harder and more fully, communicate more clearly, deepen her spirituality, have healthier relationships, let go of expectations, lay down boundaries, and hear her voice first.

With infinite loving kindness, attentive listening, forthright feedback, and an ever-expanding understanding of Debbie Ford’s coaching distinctions, Sandra offers clients a safe space to explore and find freedom from the fear and frustration that stands between them and the life they most long for.

Sandra’s experience in coaching, and mentoring includes: helping clients break through health and wellness issues; supporting those dealing with the heartbreak of living with addicted loved ones; empowering women grappling with career or relationship transitions; and inspiring clients to rediscover themselves and create lasting change.

Dr. Benjamin Mast

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Professor, and Author

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Dr. Benjamin Mast

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Professor, and Author

Dr. Benjamin Mast is a licensed clinical psychologist, board certified geropsychologist, and Associate Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville. He serves as an elder at Sojourn Community Church, and he is the author of Second Forgetting: Remembering the Power of the Gospel in Alzheimer’s Disease (Zondervan).

Zulema Moret, PhD

Professor, Dominican Associate, and Spiritual Director

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Zulema Moret, PhD

Professor, Dominican Associate, and Spiritual Director

Zulema Moret was born in Buenos Aires, where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Hispanic Philology at the University of Buenos Aires. She defended her Phd/Thesis in the Basque Country University (Spain). For years she taught Creativity, Expressive Languages, and Methodology of the Language at many institutions in Spain and Latin America. She has taught Creative Writing Workshops in Poetry in Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Spain, Germany, Portugal and the USA. She has written children’s books, poetry, and short stories as well as critical essays published in local, national, and international magazines. A Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at Grand Valley State University since 2004, Dr. Moret is involved in numerous service projects related with the Hispanic community in Grand Rapids. And, she loves cats! She lives with four, and their names are Luna (Moon), Noche (Night), Cielo (Sky), and Lucero (Little Star).

Linda Thiel, OP, PhD, RN

Registered Nurse and Educator

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Linda Thiel, OP, PhD, RN

Registered Nurse and Educator

Linda Thiel, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She holds a Ph.D in Nursing from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and is a professor at the University of Detroit Mercy, McAuley School of Nursing on the Grand Rapids campus. She has provided direct patient care in various hospital and public health settings, and served in nursing leadership roles. Throughout her career, she has personally integrated spirituality into her nursing ministry and presented on spirituality in nursing and spiritual assessment. Currently, her research interests are directed toward the spiritual journey and intercessory prayer.

Lucianne Siers, OP, DMin

Presenter, Dominican Center

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Lucianne Siers, OP, DMin

Presenter, Dominican Center

Lucianne Siers, OP, is a member of the Leadership Team of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids. Previously, Sr. Lucianne served as executive director of the Partnership for Global Justice in New York City, a non-government organization to the United Nations. Additionally, Sr. Lucianne served as the co-promoter of justice for the Dominicans of North America for three years. She served six years working in Eastern Europe on behalf of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops based in Washington, D.C. Sr. Lucianne earned her master’s degrees from Aquinas College and Boston College and a Doctor of Ministry in missiology and catechesis from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Jeanette Banashak, EdD

Educator, Spiritual Director, and Creativity Coach

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Jeanette Banashak, EdD

Educator, Spiritual Director, and Creativity Coach

Jeanette Banashak has been teaching and leading international trips since 1998. Professionally, her interdisciplinary focus includes education, spiritual formation, creativity, and Spanish. She holds two doctorates in education and a certificate in Spiritual Direction and the Enneagram. Most recently, she completed her dissertation on the interrelationship between creativity and contemplative prayer/meditation. She is passionate about creating experiences where people interact in  new cultural environments.  She is a Creativity Coach and former Professor of Creativity.  When she’s not teaching, she enjoys playing board games and telling stories.

Fr. Patrick Collins, PhD

Preacher, Author, Musician, and Professor

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Fr. Patrick Collins, PhD

Preacher, Author, Musician, and Professor

Father Collins is an outstanding preacher, author, musician, and university professor. Born in Peoria, Illinois, he was ordained to Ministerial Priesthood on May 31, 1964. He has served as a priest with the Archdiocese of Chicago 1993-2002: teaching, writing, preaching retreats and parish missions. He has lectured at the University of Notre Dame, University of California, Catholic Theological Union, St. Michael’s College in VT and St. Meinrad Seminary IN.

Fr. Collins obtained his Ph.D. from Fordham University in 1972 and his Masters from St. Paul Seminary in 1963. An accomplished musician, he read for a Bachelor of Music at the University of Illinois in 1959 and studied choral conducting with Robert Shaw, Princeton NJ. His writings and recordings explore Historical Theology and U.S. culture in the light of the Judaeo-Christian tradition.

Fr. Collins’ commitment to social justice is expressed in his dedication to the work of Cross Catholic Outreach as he joins with us to reach out and help the poorest of the poor in the developing world.

Carmelita Switzer, OP

Associate Coordinator, Center for Spirituality, Dominican Center

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Carmelita Switzer, OP

Associate Coordinator, Center for Spirituality, Dominican Center

Carmelita Switzer, OP, serves as a staff facilitator and presenter for Dominican Center at Marywood. 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. She 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 she 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.

Kathy Julien, RYT 200

Certified Yoga Teacher

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Kathy Julien, RYT 200

Certified Yoga Teacher

Kathy Julien believes yoga is a healing and transformative practice. While Kathy embarked on a 200-hour yoga teacher training program in 2013, it was with the intention to deepen her personal practice. But during her training program, she began to notice she couldn’t help herself from sharing what she’s learned with anyone who expressed the slightest interest. Kathy’s desire as a yoga teacher is to help students cultivate the beautiful gifts they have to offer, one breath at a time. Kathy brings to her students a mindful practice that encourages mind, body and spirit connection.

Susan Duesbery

Intuitive Counselor, Energy Therapist, Yoga Educator

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Susan Duesbery

Intuitive Counselor, Energy Therapist, Yoga Educator

Susan is passionately committed to continually living a life of authenticity and to loving herself and others fiercely, knowing that her heart’s wisdom will never lead her astray. She feels deep gratitude for many things: vibrant relationships, yoga, meditation, nature, travel, a good book, and abundant laughter.

Susan’s heartfelt intention is to help her clients remember their wholeness. She specializes in assisting individuals to understand their core stories and to see how these stories can negatively impact their health, their relationships, their happiness, and their ability to fulfill their life’s purpose. She offers concrete ways to help people let go of thoughts and perceptions that prevent them from living a life filled with love, peace and joy.

Although Susan has been an energy intuitive since childhood, in 2004 she pursued formal training with Master Intuitive, Kathy Reider of Intuitive Services Inc. and with Reiki Master, Jan Atwood, LLC. After working for several years with Kathy and with Jan, she earned her Reiki Master certification and honed her innate intuitive energy reading abilities. She has been an Intuitive Counselor and  Energy Therapist in private practice ever since.

Susan holds a graduate certificate in Holistic Health from Western Michigan University and has taught WMU’s graduate course on managing stress. She is a certified Integrative Life Coach with The Ford Institute (http://www.thefordinstitute.com) specializing in Jungian shadow work, a 500 hr. yoga teacher with 8 years of teaching experience, a Reiki Master, a certified Labyrinth facilitator with Veriditas (http://www.veriditas.org), and a Holistic Stress Management Facilitator with The Paramount Wellness Institute (http://www.brianlukeseaward.com).

In addition to working privately with clients as an Intuitive Counselor and as an Energy Therapist at The Eagle Park Wellness Collective in Grand Rapids, MI, Susan hosts retreats and presents transformative workshops as well as offers private yoga therapy, breath work intensives, meditation sessions, and weekly public yoga classes.

Diane Kreslins, MPC

Board Certified Chaplain and Spiritual Director

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Diane Kreslins, MPC

Board Certified Chaplain and Spiritual Director

Diane has served for many years as a health care chaplain for one of the largest Catholic Healthcare Systems in the United States. She is an experienced educator in the area of the spiritual and pastoral care for caregivers of people living with chronic or life threatening illnesses. She is known for her inspirational method of teaching through her experiences as a patient, chaplain, pastoral associate, caregiver, and griever.

Leara Glinzak, MSAT

Art Therapist

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Leara Glinzak, MSAT

Art Therapist

Leara Glinzak earned her Master of Science in Art Therapy with a Concentration in Counseling from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI. She is an Art Therapy Dementia Specialist working with grief, memory loss and end of life care where she is grounded within a person centered approach. Leara has previous experience working with families, adolescents and children with Epilepsy, rehabilitation, mental health, domestic violence, terminal illness and cognitive and physical disabilities. Leara is a member of the Michigan Art Therapy Association and the American Art Therapy Association. She has presented at several conferences which include the American Art Therapy Association, Mount Mary Symposium, Leading Age and Pathway to Caregiving Conference. Her research titled, “Effects of Art Therapy on Distress Levels of Adults with Cancer: A Proxy Pretest Study” is published in the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. Leara looks forward to constantly growing within her Art Therapy practice personally and professionally to guide others towards a self-transformation.

Amy W.M. Kam, CZT

Certified Zentangle Teacher

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Amy W.M. Kam, CZT

Certified Zentangle Teacher

After discovering the Zentangle® Method on her own, Amy W.M. Kam felt called to share this relaxing and transformative drawing practice with many others. She pursued certification by Zentangle founders Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts. As an avid “Tangler,” runner, gardener, and breast cancer survivor, Amy seeks to share the life lessons embedded within the patterns her students learn through simple step-by-step instructions and the outcome of beautiful pieces of art.

Amy derives her greatest joy as an instructor when a student uncovers a new appreciation of their own uniqueness and embraces the diverse beauty of different patterns they see around the table.

Amy serves on the Big Brother Big Sister Advisory Council at D.A. Blodgett-St. Johns, is a founding member and treasurer of Sole Sisters, and serves the Sunday Assembly at Dominican Center at Marywood Chapel in multiple ministry capacities.

Louise O’Farrell

Cancer Support Group Leader

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Louise O’Farrell

Cancer Support Group Leader

Louise O’Farrell was diagnosed with stage 3c Ovarian Cancer in September, 2015. Her treatment consisted of a complete debulking surgery and 18 chemotherapy sessions, which she endured with the help of God, family, and friends. Since her diagnosis, Louise has been seeking a Catholic-based cancer support group. As a result, she has devoted her survivorship to providing spiritual support for Catholics living with cancer.

Diane Zerfas, OP

Coordinator, Center for Spirituality, Dominican Center

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Diane Zerfas, OP

Coordinator, Center for Spirituality, Dominican Center

Diane Zerfas, OP, is the current coordinator for the Spirituality Center for Dominican Center at Marywood, and is deeply involved in the center’s Spiritual Formation programs through the planning and teaching of Foundations in Spirituality, Spiritual Companioning, and 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. Sr. Diane 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.

Nancy Brousseau, OP, DMin

Spiritual and Retreat Director, Dominican Center

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Nancy Brousseau, OP, DMin

Spiritual and Retreat Director, Dominican Center

Nancy Brousseau, OP, has been a spiritual and retreat director for more than 30 years. She facilitates an interfaith committee, and her work with group spiritual direction with the people of the Heartside Neighborhood in Grand Rapids is published in Group Spiritual Direction: The Lived Experience. She offers ecumenical retreats, spiritual direction, workshops, and programs in prayer, spirituality, and spiritual formation for churches in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. Sr. Nancy has certificates in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and Spiritual Direction, and is a certified grief-recovery specialist. She was director of Dominican Center at Marywood for five years and director of Spirituality Programs for six years. Sr. Nancy has a Master of Arts in Religious Education, a Master of Divinity, and a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Direction. She taught middle school students for 17 years and served five years in school administration.

Mario Pavoni, OP

Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher

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Mario Pavoni, OP

Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher

Mario Pavoni, OP, is a member of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids, in Michigan. She has educated individuals in the Feldenkrais Method ® as a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher since 1994. The Feldenkrais Method is a form of gentle and slowed movement with directed attention to improving movement and balance and enhancing human functioning. All Feldenkrais practitioners must complete 800 hours of training over a 3-4 year period. The Feldenkrais Method incorporates both group classes and private lessons. Group classes are taught at Dominican Center Marywood and private lessons can be scheduled by calling 616.458.8799.