Board of Trustees Biographies

Leah Hamilton – Chairman

Leah HamiltonLeah 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.

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Sheila Campbell – Vice Chairman

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.

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Pat Masters – Secretary

Pat (Bennett) Masters, a fourth-generation Arizonian, was born and raised in Cochise County, part of a large family of cattle ranchers. Living in the country or in small communities gave her a strong connection to the Arizona landscapes, both the deserts and mountains.

Because she took time out to raise her two children, it took Pat 13 years to earn her first college degree. She subsequently taught both English and Psychology for 30 years, from 7th grade through community college. She later became a high school counselor, and then a Marriage, Family and Child Therapist.

As a curious child, she was always questioning the world and her place in it. Fortunately for her, she had a father who never tired of her constant questioning about spiritual matters and gave her information and advice based on Science of Mind principles (though neither of them knew it at the time).

When she moved to Ojai, California in 1982, she found her first Science of Mind Church and knew she had discovered her spiritual home. She took many of the classes that were offered, participated in book studies and workshops, and continued to deepen her spiritual practices.

After her retirement, Pat moved back to Tucson in 2002. She knew she would find the people she would want as friends at the Church of Religious Science. She took the classes that were stepping stones toward becoming a practitioner. She served on the Board, and in that capacity, was one of the “rocks” who kept the church afloat after the resignation of their minister. She was still on the Board when they hired Rev. Donald Graves in 2006.
After her marriage in April of 2006, she became a snowbird, dividing her time between Pine Top in the summers and Tucson in the winters. She also divided her time between Unity of the White Mountains and the Center for Spiritual Living Tucson.

After the death of her husband in 2011, she took Foundations (for the 5th time!), and again accepted a position on the Board of Trustees where she served as Treasurer. She also taught various classes and led book studies from then, continuing in the present. Pat sees accepting another term on the Board of Directors as a way to serve her community in a loving and giving way.

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Renee Mezzone – Treasurer

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!

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Richard (Dick) Laird – Member at Large

Dick was born and raised in International Falls, Minnesota and return there regularly to look after his sister. In his youth, he attended Falls Congregational church.

Dick attended Michigan Tech in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and graduated as a metallurgical Engineer. He worked in the Mining industry in many different states and due to the international company he was with, traveled extensively.

Dick was introduced to Religious Science by his wife Rosalee and became a member of Mile High Church of Religious Science in 1995. In 2000, he moved to North Carolina and joined Triangle Center for Spiritual Living and served on their board for 7 years. He has been a member of Center for Spiritual Living Tucson since December 2014 and became a board member in April of 2015 and Treasurer in January 2015. He enjoys being in service and looks forward to being part of the growth of the center. He has rejoined this current board as a member-at-large, with a broad reach of responsibilities.

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Mariann Moery – Member At Large

An authentic Oklahoma farmer’s daughter, she spent her first 21 years working on the farm, attending catholic grade school, public high school and graduating from Oklahoma State University with a degree in English and a Teaching Certificate. She promptly moved to New York City with her first husband and began a career in direct response fundraising and eventually became a Senior Marketing Director for publications including The Wall St. Journal, Family Circle, and McCall’s. She concluded her 35 years as a marketer at Kids Discover Magazine. During those years in NYC, DC and NH, she sought a spiritual practice that would comfort her soul while not insulting her intelligence.

Retiring in 2015 she moved to Arizona to take pictures and to escape North East winters. Still looking for a spiritual home, she read an intriguing book which referenced Centers for Spiritual Living. Discovering that CSLT existed she began attending classes as a way to judge the Center’s culture and beliefs. Soon attending Sunday services as well, she has finally found that spiritual home she has sought for so long.

As a Board member, she hopes to use her marketing and analytical experience to introduce CSLT to a larger community so they too can share the joy and peace that CSLT has given to her.

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