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Diane Zerfas, OP

Interim Director and Spirituality Program Coordinator

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Diane Zerfas, OP

Interim Director and Spirituality Program Coordinator

Diane Zerfas, OP, is the 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.

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 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.

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. Sr. Ann 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.

Mary Catherine Fodrocy, OP

Presenter and Educator

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Mary Catherine Fodrocy, OP

Presenter and Educator

Ministry has taken Sister Mary Catherine Fodrocy to several places in Michigan. She has served in Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Ravenna, Ionia, Remus, Three Rivers, and Kalamazoo.  She recently retired from St. Joseph Parish, Kalamazoo, after 24 years as pastoral associate there.

Various ministry roles throughout Sister Mary Catherine's life have been teaching, administration, and pastoral ministry with people from 6 to 100 years old. She has been involved in sacramental preparation for adults, primarily through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) since the beginning of its implementation in the United States after Vatican II. The unifying thread through these ministries has been walking with people through the ups and downs, twists and turns of our journey of faith together.

Yolanda Ramirez-Salto

Program Specialist

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Yolanda Ramirez-Salto

Program Specialist

Kit Fessenden

Administrative Support Supervisor

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Kit Fessenden

Administrative Support Supervisor

Samantha Jewett

Administrative Support

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Samantha Jewett

Administrative Support

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. 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 Candidate, Apprentice, Spiritual Director, and Retreat Leader

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Mindy Hills

DMin Candidate, Apprentice, Spiritual Director, and Retreat Leader

Mindy Hills is a Dominican Associate, spiritual director, and assists with retreat coordination at Dominican Center. For her directees, she holds a grace-filled space so they can deepen their awareness of how God illuminates their faith journeys. Mindy is attuned with spiritual wisdom and loving intentions to walk with others. She believes when we connect with our inner light, we renew our sense of joy, thereby empowering our soul's purpose to reveal itself. Mindy's experience also includes working as both a respiratory and physical therapist, which allows her to lead with a compassionate heart for enhancing wellness.

Sandra Mitchell

Marketing Consultant, Presenter, Retreat Leader

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Sandra Mitchell

Marketing Consultant, Presenter, Retreat Leader

For 25+ years, Sandra Mitchell served as a writer and marketer for corporate healthcare, higher education, nonprofits, and small business. Now that she's an independent writer and marketer, Sandra finds she's most gratified when collaborating with those who nurture heart-centered wellness practices, ministries, nonprofits, and solo entrepreneurships. Specific experience includes designing and managing websites and blogs; writing content for online and print publication; designing print materials; leading social media efforts and paid search campaigns; and much more. Sandra's degree is a bachelor of arts in English from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Combining her coaching background with her experience as a creative, it’s Sandra's honor to provide creativity coaching as well as facilitate writing circles. It’s always her intention to hold a safe space for clients and fellow creatives to explore, make sense of, and find freedom from that which may be holding them back from fully
stepping into their creative gifts.

Geralyn Myczkowiak

Spiritual Director, Educator, and Presenter

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Geralyn Myczkowiak

Spiritual Director, Educator, and Presenter

Geralyn Myczkowiak (pronounced mitch cove e ack) completed the Spiritual Director Practicum at Dominican Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2019. She practices spiritual direction at Dominican Center, Design Futures, and in her home office. Geralyn leads spiritual book studies and teaches classes on listening, happiness, and Thomas Merton. She is a former Michigan public and private school teacher, ISD administrator, and educational consultant. Geralyn is a mother, sister, daughter, and grandmother. Her intent is to journey with others as they experience God’s love and unity in their daily lives.

Brian J. Plachta

Writer, Spiritual Director, and Speaker

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Brian J. Plachta

Writer, Spiritual Director, and Speaker

Brian J. Plachta is a writer, spiritual director, and speaker. A lay ecclesial minister for 35 years, Brian holds a master's in pastoral counseling and is a frequent teacher on a broad variety of practical spirituality topics at workshops, retreats, conferences, and colleges. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Dominican Spiritual Life Center in Michigan and is the founding partner of Plachta, Murphy & Associates, where he practices law. Brian’s passion is helping men and women discover their Inner Compass — the divine voice of wisdom in their souls.

Brian’s blog, Simple Wisdom for Everyday Living, has more than a thousand subscribers. Every week since April 2016, Brian has sent a new blog post to his subscribers. He is also the author of two self-published books: Pillars of Steel: How Real Men Draw Strength from Each Other and Life’s Toolbox: Blueprints Included.

A life-long learner, Brian recently graduated from the two-year program at the Rohr Institute for Action and Contemplation and has taken theological courses at Western Theological Seminary and Creighton University. Brian has been a spiritual director for 25 years and volunteers at Guiding Light Mission, an addiction recovery center.

He and his wife of 36 years live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with their dog, Riley, and cat, Rascal. Having successfully launched their fourth child, the Plachtas are empty-nesters who now enjoy an ever-growing brood of grandchildren.

Learn more about Brian at www.brianplachta.net

Andy Rebollar

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

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Andy Rebollar

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

Andy Rebollar is a Dominican Associate 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.