Maria Schuchardt – President

Maria SchuchardtOne day in early 2018 Maria found a “wish” stone on a curb. What she wished for was a closer connection to God. Then she happened on “The Secret” then found CLST’s website. After listening to Rev. Janis’ Sunday Reminders, she ventured to one of the Sunday Services on March 31, 2018. During the service Rev. Janis talked about “being engaged”. Maria took it as a sign and has moved forward ever since, taking classes and volunteering in different capacities. She has found kindred Spirits at CSLT, and sees how her journey has led her to be a member of this community, and the board. She looks forward to contributing to the growth of the CSLT community.

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Marya Wheeler – Vice Chairman

Marya Wheeler

Marya was born and lived for 21 years in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in central Minnesota. She attended the United Methodist church as a child. At the age of 18 she went through treatment for alcoholism and has been clean since. Active in 12-step programs, she didn’t attend church until her youngest child asked, at age 4 years old, when she could go to church and wear black patent leather shoes. Her family attended the Unitarian Universalist church of Tucson for 13 years and made life-long friends. After her children were grown, she reclaimed her Sunday mornings and quit attending.  A friend suggested CSL as an alternative church. A google search led her to CSLT where she discovered Science of Mind (SOM). Through an active spiritual practice based on SOM, daily meditation, tithing, service and therapy, she has, in the last 3 years, started her own business and found growing relief from a lifetime sense of despair stemming from childhood abuse. Interesting in that, yes, it’s a story and it’s one that is being healed through a combination of loving input from CSLT and trained professionals.

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Janet Salese – Treasurer


Janete Salese

Moving back to Arizona in 2002, Janet was introduced to New Thought teachings when she discovered the Unity Church of Prescott. She was so excited to find a home with warm and inviting individuals delivering a message she resonated with that she became very active in the congregation. At various times she was on the Fellowship and Usher/Greeters teams, was a Chaplain for two years, held every leadership position within Women of Unity and could always be found in Rev. Charli’s book discussions.

When she moved back to Tucson in 2009, she found that same welcoming, enriching atmosphere at CSLT. But it wasn’t until about 5 years ago that she had the time to become more active here, taking classes and volunteering. When asked why she was attending the Wednesday evening discussions at the office, her standard response was, “Because it’s Wednesday.” Janet is excited to see what ways she’ll be able to serve this CSLT community.

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Janie Hooper – Secretary

Janie HooperJanie found CSLT in 2008 from a Natural Awakenings magazine ad, and never looked back. She knew she had found her home. She had attended a Unity church in Vail, Colorado for several years when she lived in Colorado, and when visiting friends in Denver, as She often did, she attended Mile High Church and the science of mind philosophy really appealed to her.   In 2011, She moved away from Tucson, back to Vail Colorado to return to a previous job.  When she and her husband decided to retire in 2015, they both knew we wanted to return to Tucson for many reasons. She was so happy to reconnect with CSLT, and continue her spiritual practice there. She has taken many of the classes, including Foundations and Prosperity I & II. The classes and the friendships she has made at CSLT have enriched her life and encouraged her to want to be of service to her Spiritual home.  She is honored to serve as a general member of your Board, and is excited about the forward movement of our Church.

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Madeline Pallanes – Member

Originally from NY, I transplanted to Tucson in 1986.  I have 2 sons who are my greatest pride and joy.  David, born in 1991 is severely handicapped.  Brandon, born in 1996 brings me great laughter & joy and is a tremendous help to me with caring for David.  We moved to Arizona City in 1998 where we still reside with our St. Bernard, Sissy.  In 2018 I retired from the USPS as a city mail carrier in Casa Grande, a career I loved.


Being an avid reader of self-help books, often the authors talked about Religious Science, which led me on a search to find a Sunday service.  Many years ago, I found the Center for Spiritual Living Tucson. The Science of Mind teachings and spiritual guidance through CSLT has had a profound effect on creating and living a life I love.

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