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!
Judy Moses 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.
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.
Frank R. Williams is President 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.
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.