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Board of Trustees

Carol Shields


carol shields.jpgBorn in San Francisco, Carol has enjoyed singing with choirs and ensembles throughout her life, along with playing piano, guitar, and violin. She sang professionally with rock and country bands during the 1980s and 1990s, and was a member of The Fanfares, a jazz ensemble from Foothill College, recording and traveling within California and Hawaii. She has two grown children, Kate (Sonoma) and Patrick (Seattle).
Carol moved to Sonoma County in 2003 and began attending the Center the following year. At the Center, she has been a member of the One Heart Choir, the All for One quartet, the Christmas Choir, and enjoys performing backup vocals at Sunday services. She has served the Heart-in-Hand Grief Support ministry since 2006.
Currently, Carol is a Realtor, where she is involved in leadership positions with the Local Women’s Council of Realtors. Prior to real estate, Carol helped start companies in Silicon Valley, and most recently was vice president and general manager for a startup manufacturing firm. She has a master certification in neuro-linguistic programming, a counseling tool for helping others identify and use their gifts in career and life planning, trauma, grief, and other personal issues. She also has prior certification in clinical hypnotherapy through the American Board of Hypnotherapy.
By bringing her management and personal skills to the Board of Trustees, Carol hopes that she will be helpful in continuing the vision of the Center in manifesting the unconditional love of Spirit in our community.


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Teresa Franklin

I was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. My family was Catholic and I attended parochial school. I moved to Sonoma County in 1983, the same year my daughter was born. I also have one step-daughter and five grandchildren. I am married to Louie Salazar, also an active member of the Center.

I attended Santa Rosa Junior College, graduating in 1990 as a Registered Nurse. I have worked for Kaiser Permanente since that time. In addition, I have been a Hospice Nurse Case Manager and worked for numerous health care services in Sonoma County. I currently serve as a Sonoma County Law Enforcement Chaplain.
I came to the Center in 1997 following personal and spiritual challenges and have made the Center my spiritual home ever since. I have a passion for spiritual growth, the arts, culture, and the natural world. I spend as much time as I can doing the things I love—scuba diving, travel, bicycling, kayaking, backpacking, hiking, gardening, reading, music—and sharing these loves with family and friends.

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Fran Bolduc


bolducBorn in Santa Rosa, I have enjoyed living in Sonoma County for most of my adult life, leaving only when marriage or job opportunities took me elsewhere.

I am the mother of six—four sons and two daughters. I have seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
I am a graduate of Santa Rosa Junior College and have attended Sonoma State University. It was always my desire to obtain a BA, so at the young age of 50 I became a full time student and a part-time employee. I was on a mission to compete my education, but Life had another plan for me. I was offered a position with a California State Senator and moved to Sacramento to begin another career that took me inside the world of politics, a world that I had never considered as a career. When he was elected to Congress, I was offered another position on staff and this meant moving to Washington, DC, which I did.
After my retirement I returned to Santa Rosa and for the past ten years I have been enjoying travels with my sister. Time with family, friends, classes, and seva at the Center fill my days. I also enjoy reading, painting, working with beads, and glass fusing.
I discovered the Center in 2005 and became a member in 2006. At the present time I volunteer in the Business Department, Stepping Stones Books & Gifts, Heart in Hand, Grief and Loss Spiritual Support, Telephone Prayer Ministry, Membership Outreach Team, and the Stewardship Committee.
Currently I am enrolled in Practitioner Studies and look forward to serving the Center as a Professional Prayer Practitioner.
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John Brown

john browtn.jpgAfter a one year absence from service on the board, John looks forward to serving our community again as a trustee.
John has lived in Sonoma County since 1977. He has 40 years of experience in the banking and mortgage industries working in branch banking, management, operations, lending, and human resources. He was also the owner of a mortgage brokerage firm for 13 years. John retired in 2009 and has never been busier. He is up early taking his grandchildren to school, sometimes going from there to the river to catch the elusive steelhead. He also enjoys golf, boating, and traveling.
John and his wife Judy have been members of the Center since 2004. Together they enjoy traveling with other members and have attended The Gathering, Asilomar, and the Center for Spiritual Living, Kansas City. They also enjoyed a trip to Thailand with members of the Center.
John has taken many of the spiritual classes offered at the Center and serves on the stewardship team and in the bookstore—sometimes as handyman, other times as sales clerk or computer tech. He also enjoys using his skills in the kitchen to help prepare food for special events at the Center.


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Janet DePree

depreeI grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan and my high school years included music, art, acting, and basketball. I went to undergraduate school at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, majoring in both research and clinical psychology.

Exposed to meditation and Eastern thought in the 1970s, I began a lifelong journey and quest for teaching, teachers, and methods that made more sense to me than my rigorous Presbyterian upbringing.

I completed my Master's Degree in Economic Geography at UC Berkeley while working for NASA on technology transfer projects, one focus of my studies. Later I worked as a teaching assistant and lead research assistant on an NIH quality of life study at UC Medical Center, San Francisco.

After moving to Sonoma County and raising a stepson, I worked in construction, built my own house, and also worked as a bookkeeper, laborer, painter, and small business consultant.

I first came to the Center during the early part of my training as a sign language interpreter and real time captioner, which is what I do now. Our teachings caressed my battered but eager soul, nurturing me, and providing me with a home place to reach and stretch.

I love learning and I’m curious to know how everything and everyone works. I enjoy a variety of crafts and have been making quilts for my grandnieces and nephews as they arrive. I read extensively, take walks, and practice yoga.



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