Keith Gorley – Chairman
Keith was baptized in 1951 in Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church of New Haven, Connecticut, where he served as an altar boy. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Southern Connecticut State University, and a Master’s Degree in Contemplative Theology from Prescott College of Arizona. He is an ordained Interfaith Minister through the Interfaith Theological Seminary of Tucson, Arizona. He has also worshipped with the Unitarian Universalist’s and Baha’is. He aspires to be a full embodiment of our Science of Mind philosophy.
Keith has served on several boards, which includes a previous term on this board. He has volunteered with the United Nations Association Center of Southern Arizona. He has two adult children. His favorite pasttimes are reading, writing and Argentine Tango.
Holly Baker – Secretary
Holly hails from the state of Kansas, the sunflower state and previously worked in convention promotions and publishing and as a psychotherapist with troubled children and their families. She moved to Tucson in 2007 to try her hand as an entrepreneur. She holds undergraduate degrees in Sociology and German and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Kansas.
Holly is currently publisher/owner of Natural Awakenings Tucson Magazine, Southern Arizona’s guide to a healthier, more balanced life offering readers leading-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, spirituality and personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle. Holly is active in the local business community and specializes in helping small businesses grow and thrive.
Holly’s been on an active spiritual path since the age of 26 but remembers feeling God’s presence much earlier. She’s been a member of the Center for Spiritual Living Tucson since 2008.
Born in Detroit, with an innate love for animals and remote wilderness, Sheila considers herself an urban cowgirl. Though Sheila was raised Catholic, she found little resonance with Catholicism and at an early age began searching for a different spiritual path. She attended different church services every Sunday, from Pentecostal to Unitarian, in her quest for a spiritual philosophy that fit. It was during this search that she found Jack Boland’s Unity church. There she began absorbing the New Thought teachings and was introduced to The Science of Mind.
In her life before moving to Arizona, she raised her beautiful daughter in a log cabin near Lake Michigan and operated her own interior landscape business. During this time she served as a founding board member of the Traverse City Botanic Gardens and Many Hands Farm School. She was also active in the Traverse City Orchid Society, NW Michigan Bioneers and taught classes for the Leelanau County Master Gardener program.
After the sale of her business in 2012, Sheila traveled with her animals, camping and working on various Arizona ranches. Currently she lives in Catalina with her horse, two dogs and a cat in an older home she primarily remodeled herself.
Sheila came to CSLT for the first time in 2009-2010 when she first began exploring the desert southwest and jumped into the educational programming offered here. Though she has not be a steady presence at CSLT in the intervening years, she has continued to work with, explore and experience the truths taught in the Science of Mind philosophy. Sheila brings business acumen, and a love for youth to the Board as well as a desire to see CSLT grow and prosper, expanding our reach throughout Tucson.
Leah values the power of imagination and uses it as a CSLT Board member. She joined CSLT in 2013 and first took the role of team leader for the Center’s bookstore, a position she enjoyed for several years. Leah used the power of her imagination to change the old story of her life and continues to successfully reinvent herself as a student of The Science of Mind. She recently completed her licensing as a Professional Religious Science Practitioner (RScP).
She now welcomes the opportunity to expand her service by helping the Board envision and foster the future, forward direction of our Center. She has trained, and loves working, in mediation as a means of conflict resolution. Her current employment is with Pima County as a Public Defender where she leads the Juvenile Division. Leah believes, along with the Juvenile Court, that every child is capable of success, no exceptions. She has worked for over a decade in collaboration with the Court to decrease both racial bias in the juvenile justice system and the use of incarceration for kids.
As a new practitioner, she plans to mentor others in growing, developing and expanding their spiritual practices and application of the principles described by Ernest Holmes. She is the grateful mother of a grown son actively engaged in his own spiritual path.
Carla Hodge is a first generation native Tucsonan. Her two adult children and their families also reside in Tucson. After an adventurous career, Carla retired from the US Army, February 2013. Her assignments include: Senior Advisor, Logistical Operational Leader, Operations Manager, and Chaplain Assistant; she served tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Twice awarded the Bronze Star, Carla’s most memorable experience was her assignment in Nome, Alaska when she was presented the chance of a lifetime to drive a snow mobile across the frozen Behring Sea and to visit the remote Western Alaska Islands. Her most humbling experience was her assignment as a Casualty Assistance Officer for a Native American Soldier in Kayenta, AZ.
Carla understands the importance of developing teams and the ability to work with people from various backgrounds. She credits the noteworthy contributions of the outstanding colleagues that she worked with for their power of action which influenced her level of understanding in team development, communication skills and diversity within social groups.
Carla regards herself as a life-long learner; she believes that each person possesses the ability to grow to his/her fullest potential. Carla encouraged her children to always put forth their best effort into a given task and to never fault anyone for making a mistake. The philosophy of “no blame – no shame” is exactly what attracted Carla to the CSLT as she is now currently in Practitioner Training. She believes that it is important as a community to continuously, and mutually, encourage and motivate each other.
I was born into a typical dysfunctional family and for many years my life had no direction or meaning. Poverty, moving between stepfathers/states/schools, absence of my mother who spent several frightening two-year stints in hospitals, and no parental guidance landed me in a treatment center for drug and alcohol addiction at age thirty-four. From that day forward, I had hope, because I was introduced to the concept of a Higher Power. I knew it wasn’t that First Christian thing that made all my relatives so judgmental, but Alcoholics Anonymous told me it could be whatever I felt comfortable with. It took another eight years before I walked through the doors of CSL Seattle and realized I had found my home at last.
After I got sober, I wanted to see if my brain still adequately functioned so I took two college classes, aced them, and that was the extent of my college education. In 1978, I was hired as a woman to fill a non-traditional job at Pacific Northwest Bell and I became an underground cable splicer, a job I totally loved. After 29 years, I retired. Most of my working years were spent in Seattle, which I consider my hometown, though I was born in Iowa and spent many childhood years in Fargo, North Dakota, and various Midwest towns.
My spouse and I moved to Tucson in 2001 to escape Seattle’s oppressive weather and ridiculously thick traffic. Though I’d never forgotten Science of Mind teachings, I hadn’t attended a CSL Center since leaving Seattle, until my divorce in 2008. Rev Donald Graves was like a breath of impossibly fresh air, and I hungrily took every class offered. I also signed up for service (volunteer) work, began to tithe for the first time in my life, and served on the Board for a short stint. Now it’s mine to serve on the Board again, and I am delighted and honored to do so!