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Jump to: Donna Davis-Andervis | Dawn Heller | Rev. Sharon Hudson | Bernie Jacobs | Joann Jacobs | Mark Joyce | Vito Leanza | Katie LeviAmanda Pelaez


Donna DavisDonna Davis-Andervis

Donna Davis-Andervis (Production Assistant) is a Reiki Master, Registered Nurse, Esthetician, and Interfaith Alliance of Divine Love Minister. She is also a Life and Health Coach and is the co-owner of Your Phoenix Is Rising Inc. which is a team that coaches women across the globe. Donna is a “Possibilitarian” that encourages women to rise from the ashes of their past and into a new experience to live their best life. Donna resides in Ocala, Florida, where she is the Program Director for the Center for Spiritual Living Ocala church. 2018 was Donna’s first year in this position after serving on the Retreat’s AV Team in 2017.

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Dawn HellerDawn Heller

Dawn (Cashier Assistant) has attended metaphysical churches most of her life. She came to her first Big Sky Retreat with her two sisters in 2007. Dawn volunteered to assist the cashier in 2016 and joined our staff in 2018. She worked as a payroll manager for Jack in the Box, where she had her career for 27 years. Dawn has held several positions on PTA boards over the last 12 years including president, treasurer, and auditor. She currently volunteers as an usher team captain for the Old Globe Theatres in San Diego, California. As retirees, Dawn and her husband, Don, enjoy spending time with their family and traveling the world. They have two grown children and two grandchildren. Dawn also enjoys gardening, reading, volunteering at school, and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events.

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Sharon HudsonRev. Sharon Hudson

Rev. Sharon Hudson (Ministry of Prayer Coordinator) is a dynamic and inspired speaker, teacher and facilitator with a focus on interpersonal communications, conflict transformation, and spiritual principles.

She is the elected Field Leader for Centers for Spiritual Living. In this role, she is responsible for ecclesiastical leadership and oversight in matters such as licensing and credentialing, ethics, affiliation, regional support, constituent representation, and education. She also promotes Centers for Spiritual Living’s strategic vision and intentions in partnership with its member communities throughout the world.

Sharon was the Founding Minister of Light of Life Church in Rancho Bernardo, California. Her background is in business, technology, and Human Resources. She also served as a chaplain at San Diego Children’s Hospital and as a hospice chaplain. She attended her first Big Sky Retreat in 2003.

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Bernie-Jacobs-ProfileBernie Jacobs

Bernie Jacobs (On-Site Liaison) has been attending the Big Sky Retreat since 2012. He has been researching metaphysics since 1990, which led him to the Salt Lake Center For Spiritual Living in 2007. This is where Bernie learned about the Big Sky Retreat and where he’s met many wonderful friends. He was born and raised in Utah, where he currently lives with his beautiful wife and daughter. He has been a proud Union Member of Local 140 – Plumbers, Pipefitters, HVAC&R for over 25 years. Bernie has been a foreman/ supervisor for over 13 of those years. He enjoys spending time with his family, outdoors, biking, hiking, & riding ATV’s.

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JoAnn JacobsJoAnn Jacobs

JoAnn Jacobs (Volunteer Coordinator) has been an entrepreneur, businesswoman, & self-healer at various stages of her life. Much of her thirties and into the current time have been spent in self-healing and training on a variety of topics of interest. She has been attending the Big Sky Retreat since 2012 and considers it a required “re-set” button for the next year’s planning and goal setting.

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Mark JoyceMark Joyce

Mark Joyce (Bookstore Manager) is a newbie to the Big Sky Retreat, attending his first one in 2018. He immediately jumped in to help with whatever needed to be done. He says his spirit thrives in the Big Sky vibration. Mark started his spiritual journey in 1957, at birth. His path led him to Unity of Houston where he has been a member for 23 years and counting. He and his wife, Lorna, have a son named Evan who attends Texas Tech. Early in their marriage, Lorna suggested Mark start volunteering in the Nursery. Little did they know how quickly he would take to the blessed little angels. Currently, he is a Youth and Family Ministry teacher with the 4th and 5th graders. Semi-retirement in November 2018 hasn’t slowed him down. He is using his talents as the YFM Special Event Coordinator, Administrative Assistant to the YFM Director, and works part-time with the Boy Scouts of America as a new unit mentor. As if that weren’t enough, Mark is also studying to become a License Unity Teacher.

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Vito Leanza Vito Leanza

Vito Leanza (Activities Liaison) was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, has lived in Orlando, NYC, and now Atlanta, Georgia. He has traveled the world as an actor and performer, traveling in Up With People, the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, several children’s shows, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and has been to 48 of our 50 United States. His vast travel experiences have led him to many local adventures in each city he visited. His travels took him abroad to Europe, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. This is his second year at Big Sky Retreat. His first year, he took advantage of the surrounding area which makes him the perfect Activities Liaison to guide others to all the natural wonders available here!

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Katie LeviKatie Levi

Katie Levi (Facebook Administrator) fell in love with the Big Sky Retreat Family after attending her first Retreat in 2017.  “This special group of people that gather each year help remind me as to what is important in this life…and that is the human connection.  This Retreat brings peace and love through time together, incredible education from today’s greatest spiritual gurus, and a beautiful space to soak up and play in nature.”

Katie first stepped foot in a Center for Spiritual Living in 2002, it was then she knew she would be a lifelong student of New Thought.  She recently completed her licensure requirement as a Religious Science Certified Practitioner (RScP) and plans to graduate this fall with her Doctorate in Spiritual Studies at Emerson Theological Institute.  As for work, Katie is a IT Analyst with the Department of Veteran Affairs and has served in various capacities of the US Government for the past 20 years.  Her hobbies include a good home improvement project and most anything that includes nature, adventure and good adrenaline rush!

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Amanda PelaezAmanda Pelaez

Amanda (Food and Beverage Manager) first came to the Retreat in 2017. She currently works as a metaphysical therapist in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Amanda has worked in the mental health field for fifteen years serving with children, individuals, and families marked by trauma, addiction, and loss. She graduated with her Master of Social Work from Florida Atlantic University and is a licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and Substance Abuse Professional who provides clinical training to expand trauma-informed care and workshops for community members to learn self-regulation skills. Amanda serves as Director of Marketing for South Florida Society of Trauma Based-Disorders. In her spare time, she likes to paint, read historical fictions and dinner with friends. Amanda joined our staff in 2018.

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