Frank R. Williams is Chair of the Board of Directors. He retired in 2017 as the Social Services Director at Casa de la Luz Hospice. Previous to his service with hospice he was in several positions, including Executive Director of Family Counseling Agency (now Our Family Services) and before that served twenty years on the Family Studies faculty at the University of Arizona. He is a United Methodist minister and served churches in California and Arizona and was founding pastor of St. Francis in the Foothills, United Methodist. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona, his Masters of Sacred Theology from Boston University School of Theology and his doctorate from Boston University.
Judy Moses is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors. She graduated from Tacheria School for Spiritual Direction in 2008 and decided to repeat the experience, graduating in 2016. She joined the Tacheria Board in 2009. Judy delights in examining the mystery that is life, and is endlessly fascinated with human nature. Catholic by birth, Jewish by choice and Interfaith because she knows there are many paths, she feels that the multi-faceted approach makes life richer. As a 40+ year resident of Tucson, she loves the desert but needs to get away occasionally for an ocean fix. Without ever having had children, she takes great joy in being Grandma Judy to her lovely wife’s three grandchildren. Photography feeds her soul.
Nihal Hassan is Secretary of the Board of Directors. She is a graduate of the first Wisdom’s Way Interfaith School of Spiritual Direction, the sister school to Tacheria in Phoenix, in 2016.
Nihal was raised in the faith of Islam and is a practicing Muslim. She was first exposed to Interfaith Spirituality when she was interested to take a World Religions class as an elective in high school. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, she was involved in various Interfaith Dialogue groups, prior to her move to Arizona. Nihal has a great love for the Southwest (the sun, the mountains, the saguaro), and was drawn to move from Chicago to the Southwest, where she now has been living since 2006. Nihal is a mental health counselor working with children & families, with a focus on serving Native American Communities. She holds two Master’s Degrees, in Community Counseling and Cultural Anthropology, and is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition. Nihal pulls on her varied educational backgrounds to provide a more integrative approach to counseling, in order to address the person as a whole.
Channin Gladden is Treasurer of the Board and a 2020 graduate of Wisdom’s Way Interfaith Spirituality School. She was born and raised in Arizona, and the Sonoran desert nourishes her soul. Channin has a Master’s degree in Sociology and works in privacy and cybersecurity until she can retire and be a full-time spiritual companion. Her practice includes dream work, discernment, and intentional movement, and she is the chair of the Arizona Episcopal Diocese Regional Discernment Committee, helping aspirants to the diaconate and priesthood to discern their calling. Most importantly, she has two daughters who fill her soul with joy and her days with laughter and sometimes pain but mostly laughter.
Amber Matthewson has worked for the Pima County Public Library system for 27 years. After holding several positions (including the driver of the Bookmobile) she was named Director of the Pima County Libraries in 2016.
Amber served two terms as Past President of the Arizona Library Association where she has also served as the President, President Elect, Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee, Chapter Councilor to the ALA Council, and the Chair of the U of A School of Information Advisory Committee. In addition to sitting on the Tacheria Board, Amber’s community involvement includes sitting on the boards of Literacy Connects and Lutheran Social Services of the South West. Amber is also a participant in Tucson Women’s Chorus and active member of Crosspoint Lutheran Church in Sahuarita, Arizona.
In her free time Amber is an avid doodler, bicycle rider, reader and cloud watcher. She has three grown children, three dogs and recently acquired a passport for the first time – look out world!
Kimberly Murphy graduated from Tacheria School of Spiritual Direction in 2015.
Certified Intrinsic Coach®; Reiki Master and a graduate of International Council on Active Aging’s Leadership in Wellness Management. Additionally, Kimberly has been submerged in aquatics for 40+ years, sharing her love and passion for the healing properties of water through multiple modalities. Along with aquatic certifications, Kimberly holds multiple certifications in land based movement.
Currently, Kimberly is serving as the Living Well Director at La Posada @ Park Centre. Kimberly is blessed with her husband of 39 years, twin daughters and son.
Kimberly enjoys a holistic approach to living.
Cathy Stafford, Ed.D spent over 35 years in the education profession as a teacher, reading specialist, university professor, and public school administrator. In 2012, after serving in Avondale Elementary School District for 20 years, she retired as their Superintendent.
She is a 2013 graduate of Tacheria Interfaith School of Spiritual Direction where the Spirit stirred the creative longing of re-membering being a teacher. With the support of the Tacheria Interfaith Spirituality Center Board in 2014, Cathy became the Director of Wisdom’s Way Interfaith School in Phoenix as a “sister” spiritual direction school. Cathy’s husband, Gil Stafford Ph.D., D.Min., is her partner in this pilgrimage. He is a writer and retired Episcopal priest.
Cathy is a seeker of Wisdom (Sophia) and a pilgrim of compassionate presence. Her passions are her holy grandboys who are her best teachers, spiritual companioning, The Circle Way, and being open to the Divine in her journey of growing and learning.
Linda Williams, a Spiritual Director since 1995, was the co-director of the Tacheria Interfaith School of Spiritual Direction until 2018. Her spiritual direction practice is from an Interfaith perspective that is open to all persons, accepting of LGBT, and with special focus on life transitions and women’s spirituality. Linda is a retreat leader with special emphasis on creation of sacred spaces. She is a graduate of the Academy for Spiritual Formation of the United Methodist Church, Tacheria School of Spiritual Direction, and the Education for Ministry of the University of the South. A trained member of the Order of St. Luke, the Healer, she is also a trained supervisor in the Stephen Ministry program.
Rev. Jamia Janine Walter (she/her) graduated from Tacheria in 2019. Having come from a lineage of white European Christians, her soul was thirsty for a more inclusive experience of the Divine and her heart found its spiritual home within Western Sufism. Jamia is a Sufi Minister or Cheraga, ordained through the Sufi Ruhaniat International and also a member of the Dervish Healing Order. Her ministry includes supporting people in uncovering their true and interconnected nature through heart-opening experiential practices such as Dances of Universal Peace, the Universal Service for Peace, Spiritual Direction/Companionship and Social Justice education/work. In her professional life she is trained as an Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, longtime Taoist bodyworker/educator and Mindfulness instructor. In her private practice she specializes in helping people integrate their true nature in an embodied way resulting in
a greater capacity to enjoy life. She is mother to her beloved son, Elijah. In her free time she enjoys singing in groups and communing with nature.
Sue Gemoets graduated from Tacheria in 2015; retired after many years of teaching and management roles in the field of early childhood education; has been a Stephen Minister and Leader for 27 years; enjoys weaving the
experiences from Stephen Ministry with being a Spiritual Companion; a facilitator/trainer with Interfaith Community Services’ End of Life Program; a favorite practice is finding the Divine through creating meditations and altars, many times using children’s books for the basic theme; developing programs and curriculum for children and adults to help further their understanding of the Divine, relating to others and themselves; being a daily knitter, knitting is a favorite spiritual practice.
Kara Rosseaux spent her early years in Tucson and though she has relocated to the Phoenix area, she remains a loyal and forever Arizona Wildcat. Working formerly as a Director of HR and currently as a Firm Administrator for a law firm, she enjoys wearing the many hats that further the growth and development of both the people and the business. Feeling a yearning to explore and deepen her relationship with Mystery, Kara listened and followed the still small whisper – leading her to The Chaplaincy Institute in Berkeley, CA. In 2016, Kara was ordained as an interfaith minister and chaplain. For the past three years, Kara has served with the Maricopa County Indigent Burial Program as a volunteer chaplain. In 2017, grace and good fortune led her to Wisdom’s Way Interfaith School of Spiritual Direction where she graduated in 2019. In her free time, Kara enjoys cycling, desert gardening and feeds her soul through meandering in the desert.
Robert Effertz completed the spiritual direction course at Tacheria in 2019 and is currently serving on the board of directors at Tacheria. He is a retired school psychologist and counselor, having worked in the public schools over 20 years.
Bob’s spiritual pursuits began as a child when he attended the Christian Church until a young man, serving as both a junior deacon and also Sunday School Teacher. In his twenties, after extensive travel throughout Asia, he was drawn to the Buddhist teachings. Later, while living and teaching in Japan, he got immersed in Vipassana Mediation, and subsequently spent much time in India at centers of Buddhist mediation, including a pilgrimage to Bodhgaya where the Buddha was enlightened. While in India on one trip, he was drawn to the teachings of Ramana Maharshi: “We have the inherent capacity to notice our pure sense of existence, the feeling of ‘I AM’ that never changes and is always with us.” Later, because of Bob’s sense of service, he stayed at the Mahatma Gandhi Ashram in Indonesia off and on for several years where he joined in activities to promote understanding and acceptance of all spiritual traditions. In the U.S. he turns to Adyashanti for spiritual guidance with his teaching that “the ability to perceive absolute completeness, or God, in all things as well as in oneself, is to see and perceive the reality of life here and now.” Bob was recently initiated as a Sufi and has a spiritual director with an interfaith approach. As Bob loves to dance as well as play a variety of world ethnic instruments, he strives to promote interfaith spiritual acceptance as a leader of the Dances of Universal Peace in Tucson.
Jeanette Renouf, D.Min., Phd. Is a retired clinical psychologist and educator. She is a member and former head of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, whose headquarters is at the Society’s retreat and conference center, Adelynrood, in Byfield, MA. She trained as a spiritual director when she was working for the Church of England in London, England and taught in that same training program. She has been involved in the formation and development of three more schools for spiritual direction, two of which are for the training of interfaith directors. Tacheria Interfaith School for Spiritual Direction was started by Lupon Claude DeEstree and Jeanette Renouf, Jeanette continues to serve on the board of that program. She has lead retreats and taught in Europe, Asia, the U.S. and Latin America. She lives in Tucson, AZ.
Karen Gatlin is a spiritual companion and a retired UCC Minister. She is a 2021 graduate of Tacheria School and completed spiritual direction training in 2015 at the Chaplaincy Institute, Berkeley, CA. Karen is passionate about experiential spirituality via creative arts, dreamwork, earth-centered spirituality, and the emerging of the Divine Feminine. In addition to helping Tacheria with the website and providing tech support for Tacheria alumni, giving and receiving soul support and being a trustworthy companion for the soul’s journey is her current calling. Karen loves leading spiritual circles and retreats. She and her partner, John, live in Oro Valley. They have four children and eight grandchildren.
Chuck Kirchner, a 2021 graduate of Tacheria, has had a life-long yearning for the spiritual in our lives, especially our creative lives. An accomplished photographer and photo educator, Chuck has led workshops on photo creativity and it’s spiritual components at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico and the Grunewald Guild in eastern Washington state. While an interesting career in environmental and transportation planning provided a steady source of income over the years, the passion for traveling the world to see first-hand the realm of cultures, rituals and spirit never ceased, nor the desire to create photographs of the journeys. He grew up in a traditional Roman Catholic family and, over the years, transitioned to the Episcopal tradition, currently a member of St. Philip’s in the Hills in Tucson. He has had, and continues to have, a fascination with religions and rituals world-wide and finds kernels of truth in all of them. After living in the Puget Sound area most of his life, he and his wife and daughter relocated to the Sonoran desert over three years ago and finds the Spirit alive and well in the open spaces of the desert as he did in the open spaces of the ocean.