Barbara Resendez (Executive Director) first came to the Big Sky Retreat in 1992. She served on the Board from 1997 to 2015 undertaking the role of Retreat Coordinator in 1998. In 2015 Barbara accepted the newly created position of Executive Director of the Big Sky Retreat. At home, Barbara is a Financial Liaison specializing in financial strategies for retirement, college planning, and tax-advantaged wealth-building for all ages. In 2012 Barbara’s spiritual studies shifted to a deeper level with Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha, a Cherokee Elder who merges native wisdom with brain science. Living in Denver, Colorado, she has taken up sailing and in her spare time you´ll find her on the dance floor–ballroom and swing dancing! She became a true devotee of this Retreat the first year she attended.
Rev. Penny Hayhurst (Activities Coordinator) attended the first years of the Retreat, from 1976 – 1982, when it was in the Tetons, and in 2003 become a “regular” again. Penny was raised in a metaphysical household, her parents being involved in Unity. She discovered Religious Science in Salt Lake City in 1966. Penny worked as a writer for six years at Silent Unity in Unity Village, Missouri.
Rev. 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.
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.
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.
Dr. Elizabeth Marshall
Dr. Elizabeth Marshall (Assistant Cashier), Senior Minister of the Inglewood Center for Spiritual Living, began attending this Retreat in 1980. She has been active for many years in Religious Science International and was awarded the Youth Champion Meritorious Award for outstanding service to RSI for 35 years. Under her leadership, her Inglewood, California church provides space for a Day Care center, and community services such as parenting classes, aerobics classes, Toastmasters, AA meetings, and the Inglewood Cultural Arts programs. In January of 2017, Dr. Elizabeth was honored for her 40 years of devoted service at the Inglewood Church.
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.