Faculty

Our faculty is the most experienced educational staff in Interfaith/Interspiritual Education

The One Spirit Interfaith Seminary faculty is the most honored, respected and celebrated teachers in Interfaith/Interspiritual education. Our Spiritual Educational Director Diane Berke has been leading Interfaith Seminary education for more than 30 years. Diane has written curriculum used at several Interfaith Seminaries nationally and internationally. Our strong, diversified and experienced group of Deans skillfully and lovingly shepherd students into ministry.

In addition to One Spirit’s core teaching staff we have an acclaimed group guest teachers such as Rabbi David Ingber, Miranda Macpherson, Mirabai Starr, Kurt Johnson, Marta Moreno-Vega, John Pavlovitz, and others.


Rev. Diane Berke, Ph.D.

Rev. Diane Berke, Ph.D.

Founder and Spiritual Director

Rev. Diane Berke, Ph.D. holds advanced degrees in sociology, psychology, and therapeutic counseling. Ordained as an interfaith minister in 1988, she is a widely respected pioneer in developing interfaith/interspiritual ministry education. Diane is on the faculty of Andrew Harvey’s Institute for Sacred Activism, a founding member of The Contemplative Alliance of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, and a certified facilitator for the Circle of Trust® work of the Center for Courage and Renewal. She is the author of numerous books and educational manuals, including Love Always Answers, The Gentle Smile, Developing and Deepening Your Spiritual Practice, and Interfaith Ministers’ Service and Reference Manual. A psychotherapist and spiritual counselor for over thirty years, Diane is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of New York. Most important, Diane is widely known and respected for the impact she has on those who study with her. With boundless care, clear intelligence, and deep safety, she creates an extraordinarily rich learning environment. Diane’s students, as well as her clients in private sessions and participants in her workshops and retreats, report experiencing profound acceptance and a deep invitation to the truth that facilitates genuine transformation and healing.


Iyanifa Rev. DeShannon Barnes-Bowens

Iyanifa Rev. DeShannon Barnes-Bowens

Co-Director

Iyanifa Rev. DeShannon Barnes-Bowens enjoys journeying with others to help them discover their personal path to freedom. In 2010, she was ordained as an Interfaith-Interspiritual minister through One Spirit and served as a first year dean for three years. DeShannon is an initiated priestess in the Yoruba spiritual tradition of Ifa which has been her spiritual path since 2001. She has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, Master’s degree in counseling and is an Emeritus Scholar for the Inter-religious on-line publication, “State of Formation.” DeShannon is also the author of Hush Hush: An African American Family Breaks their Silence on Sexuality & Sexual Abuse (2007, 2015) and A Road Less Travelled, published in the Journal of Inter-religious Studies in 2018. She is a trained sexual trauma therapist and currently serves as a professional development trainer through her consulting organization ILERA. Since its inception in 2004, ILERA has offered: transformative programs on vicarious trauma and wellness, forums to discuss the intersection of sexuality and spirituality, educational programs on sexual abuse prevention and self-development workshops grounded in indigenous spiritual wisdom.


Rev. Eileen Fisher

Rev. Eileen Fisher

Co-Director

Rev. Eileen Fisher has been teaching in NJ public schools for over 20 years. She holds a Master’s degree in education and has experience developing educational programs while working with young children, families and adult learners. She currently teaches Special Education in a New Jersey Middle School where she developed a school wide Mindfulness program for students. Eileen was ordained through One Spirit in 2010 and is honored to be a part of its evolution. She volunteers locally and abroad. A Sufi dervish in the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Order, Eileen strives to walk the path of remembrance of Allah, the path of Love. She is deeply committed to protecting and caring for the Earth and all of its creation. Eileen believes we are all connected and called to demonstrate the ​​transformative power of Love through the expression of our own Divine Wisdom in ways that will bless and heal the world.


Rev. Barbara Becker

Rev. Barbara Becker

Dean

Rev. Barbara Becker considers herself spiritual and multi-religious. As a senior community minister at Judson Memorial Church in NYC, she was instrumental in developing an interfaith program that focuses on immigration issues. For twenty years Barbara has been a committed Buddhist practitioner. Recently she has been actively associated with a delegation of Zen Peacemakers and Lakota elders in the sacred Black Hills of South Dakota. At home on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, she observes a Jewish life with her husband and two sons. Barbara is the founder and principal of EqualShot, where she develops strategies in partnership with human rights advocates around the world. For nearly a decade, she taught communications for social change at Columbia University. She holds master's degrees from The New School and The School for International Training, as well as a bachelor's degree from Haverford College. She was ordained by One Spirit in 2017. In all that she does, she strives to balance a still heart with action in the world.


Reverend Karim Beldjilali

Reverend Karim Beldjilali

Dean

Reverend Karim Beldjilali is a musician, engineer, and minister, graduating from One Spirit Learning Alliance’s seminary in 2014. Having previously served as One Spirit Board President, he offers his work and ministerial experience of organizational leadership and development, focusing on communication, technology, managing change, and mindful planning. He has worked in the non-profit sector for over 12 years, consulting with over 50 non-profits throughout the New York City area regarding strategic planning and project oversight. Karim speaks at spiritual centers, performs wedding ceremonies, and facilitates workshops on compassionate communications in the New York tri-state area. Born into a multicultural family in Algeria, then moving to US, Karim has had a life experience that continually reaffirms one truth that One Spirit Learning Alliance embodies: the great diversity of the world enriches every moment. He is blessed to have a wonderfully supportive husband and family, and he is honored and humbled to serve an organization he loves so dearly.


Rev. Sarah Bowen

Rev. Sarah Bowen

Dean

Rev. Sarah Bowen is an animal chaplain, grateful recovering 12-step champion, and award-winning spirituality author ordained by One Spirit in 2017. A fierce advocate for all creatures, Sarah is currently completing post-graduate work at Chicago Theological Seminary on the intersection of human spiritual values and animal welfare. She also studied humane religious studies at Emerson Theological Institute and holds a BA in Human Ecology. Passionate about the intersection of ancient spiritual wisdom with pop culture, Sarah’s latest book, Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perceptive and Higher Purpose (Monkfish Publishing) combines her passion areas - recovery, animals, and spiritual practice - with her favorite sacred myths, including Star Wars and C.S. Lewis’s Narnia. Her creative take on the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, Void if Detached: Seeking Modern Spirituality through My Father’s Old Sermons, won a Nautilus award. A member of Spiritual Directors International, the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, and several recovery communities, Sarah guides others in connecting with the higher power of their own understanding to reduce suffering. As a member of multiple faith communities and a retreat junkie, Sarah considers herself a deeply spiritual and religious “free agent.” When Sarah grows up, she wants to be a Jedi.


Rev. David Didio

Rev. David Didio

Dean

Rev. David Didio has called One Spirit his spiritual home since 2009 when he enrolled in the seminary program. He was ordained an Interfaith/Interspiritual minister in 2011. He has been a student of A Course in Miracles for over thirty years, and practices various meditation techniques as well as mind/body therapies. He has had an extensive career in the design industries, holding executive positions with major international brands, as well as the not-for-profit organization DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation for AIDS) where he was influential in expanding the organizations outreach through over seventeen chapters across the country. After commencement, he offered his pro-bono services to One Spirit as a member of the core team of alumnae, deans and staff that led the process of developing the Mission, Vision and Values statements. David creates bespoke ceremonies, offers spiritual mentoring to individuals and couples, and provides consultant services to those seeking a mindful approach to conscious branding. He volunteers at Gods Love, We Deliver, and continues to further his spiritual education through One Spirit’s various workshops and electives. He has completed his Shamanic Reiki training at the master level, and has published his first book, God Is…an exploration of the Divine through the art of children. David is deeply committed to healing the illusion of separation through the practice of forgiveness, and feels very blessed to be part of the diverse One Spirit community.


Rev. Elizabeth Friend-Ennis

Rev. Elizabeth Friend-Ennis

Dean

Rev. Elizabeth Friend-Ennis was Born to a devoutly Catholic family in the Midwest, Elizabeth felt a call to sacred service and exploring her spirituality from an early age. She had a career for many years in non-profit development, supporting environmental, educational, and health service agencies, at the same time that she and her husband became foster parents to several special-needs children. In 2009 she left the workforce to be lead parent for their three children, adopted through the Foster Care System. Her experiences in this arena have immersed her in the work of healing from trauma, abuse, and addiction. After ordination from One Spirit in 2016, she pursued clinical pastoral education and is currently assistant chaplain at Lutheran Care Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. Her spiritual path has been a circuitous journey from her Catholic roots to her current practice, which is heavily influenced by Buddhism and Science of Mind. Much of her experience of the Divine is through nature and the outdoors. She lives in southern Westchester with her husband, youngest daughter, three cats and her dog.


Rev. Barbara Hetzel

Rev. Barbara Hetzel

Dean

Rev. Barbara Hetzel was ordained by One Spirit in 2009 and lives her ministerial calling through officiating at weddings, memorial services, and blessings. Barbara has over 25 years’ experience in the field of training and organizational development. She has engaged individuals, teams, and executives in the ministerial, non-profit, education, and for-profit sectors to help them discover their strengths and build their skills and talent for the world. Barbara serves as a board member for LiDER a non-profit that brings leadership development to the Global South. Barbara is the owner and founder of Ridge Top Coaching, a life and leadership-coaching firm. She has a B.S. degree in psychology from East Stroudsburg University and two master’s degrees; one in pastoral ministry from LaSalle University and the other in administrative science, concentration leadership from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Barbara holds a certification in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and is a master practitioner in the Energy Leadership Index (ELI). She is a certified professional coach with an ACC designation through the International Coach Federation (ICF). Barbara is a native of Central Pennsylvania and currently resides in Harrisonburg, VA with her wife.


Rev. Diane Rooney

Rev. Diane Rooney

Dean

Rev. Diane Rooney was ordained as an Interspiritual Minister by One Spirit in 2014 and serves on the leadership team of One Spirit In Action, whose mission is to bring social justice to those who have been forgotten, underserved or are in need. Diane is a licensed acupuncturist, licensed massage therapist, certified aromatherapist and Reiki master. She integrates these techniques along with her ministerial training in her private healing sessions. Diane is also a senior faculty member at Tri-State College of Acupuncture. She helped create and launch the Integrative Therapy Department for Children with Cancer at both New York Presbyterian and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospitals. One of her passions is to travel to small towns around the world and bring healing to those who would otherwise not have the opportunity. She has treated and taught self-healing techniques to those in India, China, Africa and Central America. Another passion of hers is to facilitate workshops on The Spirit of the Tao and self-healing techniques in and around New York City.

Rev. Diane Berke, Ph.D.

Rev. Diane Berke, Ph.D.

Founder and Spiritual Director

Rev. Diane Berke, Ph.D. holds advanced degrees in sociology, psychology, and therapeutic counseling. Ordained as an interfaith minister in 1988, she is a widely respected pioneer in developing interfaith/interspiritual ministry education. Diane is on the faculty of Andrew Harvey’s Institute for Sacred Activism, a founding member of The Contemplative Alliance of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, and a certified facilitator for the Circle of Trust® work of the Center for Courage and Renewal. She is the author of numerous books and educational manuals, including Love Always Answers, The Gentle Smile, Developing and Deepening Your Spiritual Practice, and Interfaith Ministers’ Service and Reference Manual. A psychotherapist and spiritual counselor for over thirty years, Diane is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of New York. Most important, Diane is widely known and respected for the impact she has on those who study with her. With boundless care, clear intelligence, and deep safety, she creates an extraordinarily rich learning environment. Diane’s students, as well as her clients in private sessions and participants in her workshops and retreats, report experiencing profound acceptance and a deep invitation to the truth that facilitates genuine transformation and healing.


Iyanifa Rev. DeShannon Barnes-Bowens

Iyanifa Rev. DeShannon Barnes-Bowens

Co-Director

Iyanifa Rev. DeShannon Barnes-Bowens enjoys journeying with others to help them discover their personal path to freedom. In 2010, she was ordained as an Interfaith-Interspiritual minister through One Spirit and served as a first year dean for three years. DeShannon is an initiated priestess in the Yoruba spiritual tradition of Ifa which has been her spiritual path since 2001. She has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, Master’s degree in counseling and is an Emeritus Scholar for the Inter-religious on-line publication, “State of Formation.” DeShannon is also the author of Hush Hush: An African American Family Breaks their Silence on Sexuality & Sexual Abuse (2007, 2015) and A Road Less Travelled, published in the Journal of Inter-religious Studies in 2018. She is a trained sexual trauma therapist and currently serves as a professional development trainer through her consulting organization ILERA. Since its inception in 2004, ILERA has offered: transformative programs on vicarious trauma and wellness, forums to discuss the intersection of sexuality and spirituality, educational programs on sexual abuse prevention and self-development workshops grounded in indigenous spiritual wisdom.


Rev. Eileen Fisher

Rev. Eileen Fisher

Co-Director

Rev. Eileen Fisher has been teaching in NJ public schools for over 20 years. She holds a Master’s degree in education and has experience developing educational programs while working with young children, families and adult learners. She currently teaches Special Education in a New Jersey Middle School where she developed a school wide Mindfulness program for students. Eileen was ordained through One Spirit in 2010 and is honored to be a part of its evolution. She volunteers locally and abroad. A Sufi dervish in the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Order, Eileen strives to walk the path of remembrance of Allah, the path of Love. She is deeply committed to protecting and caring for the Earth and all of its creation. Eileen believes we are all connected and called to demonstrate the ​​transformative power of Love through the expression of our own Divine Wisdom in ways that will bless and heal the world.


Rev. Jennifer Bailey

Rev. Jennifer Bailey

Dean

Rev. Jennifer Bailey was ordained as an interfaith/interspiritual Minister at One Spirit in 2016. Jen’s vocation is through a combination of art making and spiritual care, particularly around issues of grief and loss. An experienced group facilitator, she has had the privilege of creating diverse arts and mindfulness programs for senior centers; and coordinating safe housing programs for human trafficking survivors. At Center for Urban Community Services, Jen provides therapeutic arts and chaplaincy in supportive housing facilities for adults, some who have been formerly homeless, many with persistent mental illness and substance abuse challenges. For several years she served as an emergency room crisis counselor for rape and domestic violence survivors at Mount Sinai Hospital. She is completing her training to be a Disaster Spiritual Care Worker for the Red Cross. While drawn to the paths of Buddhism and nature-based spirituality, Jen views art making as one of her primary spiritual practices. She is earning her Master’s in Pastoral Mental Health Counseling at Fordham University. Jen also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts and Toy Design from F.I.T. and has studied anthropology, international relations and religion at CUNY Hunter College


Rev. David Wallace

Rev. David Wallace

Senior Instructor

Rev. David Wallace was ordained as an Interfaith Minister in 2001 and had been a second year dean for One Spirit Interfaith Seminary since 2004. He is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, and has continued these studies as a lifelong student of the “great books” of philosophy and archetypal psychology. Prior to his work in ministry, David had an extensive career in publishing and marketing, and created the award-winning retail galleries, The Enchanted Forest and After the Rain in Soho. He was a founding board member of the teaching facility at Miriam’s Well in Saugerties, NY, and served on both the worship committee and board of Judson Memorial Church in NYC, where he also preached and taught centering prayer. David has an active ministry as a ceremony officiant, has served as a spiritual disaster care chaplain in NYC, and has been active with the Alzheimer’s Association. A popular teacher, David has been a regular guest lecturer at the Kripalu Institute in Lenox, MA, the Interspiritueel Seminarie in the Netherlands, and has taught at Integral Yoga, the Esalen Institute, the Omega Institute and other educational venues. In addition to the core curriculum of the seminary, David teaches electives on the sacred texts of both the Eastern and Western spiritual traditions for One Spirit.


Rev. Nura Hirmina

Rev. Nura Hirmina

Dean

Rev. Nura Hirmina was ordained by One Spirit Interfaith Seminary as an Interfaith/Interspiritual Minister in 2014 and completed the Interspiritual Counseling program in 2016. Nura holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an MBA in Global Management. She is currently working on her doctorate at New York Theological Seminary. A life-long student of the world’s faith and mystery traditions, Nura has embraced interspirituality as her path while also identifying with the spiritual but not religious movement. With over two decades of corporate experience, Nura engages in her “stealth ministry” by creating a safe and affirming work environment for those she leads and with whom she collaborates. For Nura, every interaction is an opportunity to embody kindness as a spiritual practice..


Rev. Mark Fowler

Rev. Mark Fowler

Dean

Rev. Mark Fowler is an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister. He completed the seminary program at the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York in 2012. He is appreciative of the privilege of seeking the Divine in all its manifestations on the planet. Rev. Fowler was honored to be the commencement speaker at his seminary graduation and has given the morning message regularly at the New Thought Spiritual Center of Eastern Long Island in Southampton, New York, at the Community Protestant Church in the Bronx, at Unity of New York in Manhattan, and at Sacred Fellowship Ministries in Brooklyn. Rev. Fowler continues to work on a series of sermons entitled “The Myth of….” He is on the faculty of the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, teaching First Year students in Diversity and Bias and its relationship to ministry today. He is also a Second Year Dean of Students, supporting students in their journey toward ordination, and an instructor on ministering to diverse communities, and on conflict resolution skills for ministry.Rev. Fowler provides professional development training for clergy, lay clergy, and spiritual coaching for religious and secular leaders. Topics covered include the roots of spiritual service, foundations of prayer, addressing prayer needs and prayer preparation, conflict resolution, self-care for spiritual providers, and building healthy spiritual communities. Rev. Fowler is also the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, a secular, non-sectarian not for profit. He is responsible for overseeing the design and implementation of Tanenbaum’s programmatic trainings, as well as its operations, communications and fund development. Rev. Fowler has presented at conferences globally. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and facilitator on issues of equity in race, gender, sexual orientation and religion. Rev. Fowler earned a B.A. in English and Education at Duke University and was trained as a Mediation and Conflict Resolution Specialist with the NYC Department of Education.


Rev. Robin Lane

Rev. Robin Lane

Dean

Rev. Robin Lane is an Interfaith/Interspiritual Minister and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She became a second year dean in 2007, served as Senior Dean until June of 2016, returning as second year dean in 2018. She is a Supervisor, Spiritual and Foundations Counselor for One Spirit’s InterSpiritual Counseling program. Robin was ordained in 2003 as a member of the first graduating class at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. Upon Ordination, she was hired as an Interfaith Chaplain at Jacob Perlow Hospice. She maintains a Psycho Spiritual/ Essential Counseling Practice, and an active ceremony/ritual based ministry. Robin worked in the field of women’s reproductive health for over 30 years, first running a NYC community- based family planning agency with a network of 11 clinics in NYC’s areas of highest need, and recently retiring from the Department of Health and Human Services where she provided funding for reproductive healthcare clinics. Robin has volunteered at The Health Alliance’s Oncology Support Program in the Hudson Valley, counseling and nurturing newly diagnosed women. Robin holds an undergraduate degree from SUNY Albany and an MSW from Hunter School of Social Work in NYC. She completed a training program at the Association of Spirituality and Psychotherapy in NYC. Robin has lived in Woodstock, New York for the last 13 years. Prior to that she lived in Brooklyn NY, where her daughter Rachel and five year old grandson Angel now live. She has a passion for the natural world, including gardening and bird, animal, tree, and storm watching. As well she has a deep passion for ministering to and serving her One Spirit students, clients and counselees


Rev. Ava Schlesinger

Rev. Ava Schlesinger

Dean

Rev. Ava Schlesinger is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in NY and NJ and an adjunct professor at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work. She received her BFA from Parsons School of Design and both her MSW and MPA from New York University. Avas was ordained as in interfaith/interspiritual minister by One Spirit in 2012. Ava’s expertise over the last 20 years has been focused on holistically addressing the short- and long-term symptomatology and human and community cost associated with different aspects of interpersonal, gender-based violence and trauma. This work has informed her depth of commitment to social movement and change. She has had the privilege to work locally and nationally in the arenas of gun violence, human trafficking, domestic violence, sex assault/abuse, food and income insecurity and has traveled to Thailand, Cambodia, Liberia and India in her pursuit of discovering how to best be of service to those most marginalized and compromised. Through her travels, Ava recognized that she need not look further than her own backyard to work toward change, which is where her energies are currently focused. Through her seminary education and subsequent years of spiritual practice, Ava has come to deeply resonate with the understanding that our human family is borne out of holy oneness. She is fully guided by the precious, radical, abundant love of Spirit, and is certain the shadows of hate, fear and violence hiding in the recesses of our humanity will ultimately be illuminated by this infinite love. Ava has been married for over 30 years and is both a mom to two beautiful adult children and a new “La La” to her one-year-old grandbaby Sawyer Moon.


Rev. Melissa Stewart, LCSW-R

Rev. Melissa Stewart, LCSW-R

Dean

Rev. Melissa Stewart, LCSW-R holds a Master’s of Science in Social Work Degree and has specialized in Oncology Social Work since 1992. She completed post-graduate training in Gestalt Psychotherapy and Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy. Melissa believes in honoring and providing care to the whole person. She values therapeutic approaches that include an awareness of the interplay between the mind, body and spirit in healing, which led her to seminary. Melissa attended the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and was ordained in 2010. She has served as a dean for the second year seminary class since 2016 and is grateful for the soul-expanding learning, spiritual grounding and evolving social consciousness and commitment to justice that the One Spirit community provides and nurtures. Melissa is a senior clinical social worker in a NYC hospital and provides psychoeducation, practical guidance, counseling and emotional support to people with cancer and their loved ones. She recognizes encounters with her clients/patients as sacred and has been an advocate and educator about the importance of attending to the spiritual needs of patients in the healthcare system. Melissa is an interspiritual mystic. She believes in loving-kindness as a guiding principle and that poetry and music provide a path to the divine. In addition to One Spirit, Melissa finds another spiritual home-base at Romemu in New York City.


Rev. Leslie Reambeault

Rev. Leslie Reambeault

Dean

Rev. Leslie Reambeault is an ordained Interfaith/Interspiritual Minister of the One Spirit Class of 2012. Her cornerstone tradition is Roman Catholicism; throughout her life she has taken training and practiced in many others, especially the Lakota and Mescalero Apache medicine paths, the Reclaiming tradition of Wicca, eco-spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism. Since ordination, Leslie has facilitated weddings, baby welcomings, and memorials. She is honored to have taught both core courses in the First Year of Seminary and an elective at One Spirit. She has been a Dean in the First Year of Seminary for 4 years. She is so honored to be part of the Second Year. Leslie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice for 19 years, using an integrated approach with the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual parts of clients who are adversely impacted by trauma. Since moving to New Mexico in May 2016, she has become certified in working with first responders (police, sheriff, firefighters, EMTs and flight medics) and their families, and is a member of the Red Cross Disaster Mental Health team. Leslie worked for AT&T for 30 years in an array of management assignments from recruitment to operations, engineering, finance, sales, marketing, and process improvement. She is indebted to many teachers there who supported her development and encouraged her as she worked with a small group to secure the rights of LGBTQ and two-spirited employees in gaining health care and retirement rights for their same sex domestic partners, long before legal marriage was even a faint gleam in the eye. Leslie lives with her wife and miniature poodle, Lahli, in Santa Fe.


Rev. Tony Martin

Rev. Tony Martin

Dean

Rev. Tony Martin, LCSW  is a psychotherapist with a full-time private practice in Manhattan’s Financial District. In his practice, Tony works with individuals, couples and families of various races, ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender identities. He specializes in anxiety related disorders, including bipolar and borderline personality disorders. In his education, training and practice he has cultivated his particular interests in mental wellness for members of the LGBTQ community; healing from childhood abuse, neglect and complex PTSD; recovery from addiction; and repairing maladaptive communication patterns and its resulting conflict for couples and families. His education and training include graduate studies at the University of Georgia and post-graduate training at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, the Institute for Human Identity and Positive Impact. Tony holds a bachelor’s degree in Theater. Tony was ordained as an Interfaith Minister at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in 2005. It was during his post-ordination training in Spiritual Counseling that he experienced what he considers to be his “calling” to leave his career in nonprofit administration and pursue psychotherapy training as a vehicle for service and ministry. Spiritually speaking, Tony has been everything from a Catholic to an atheist, agnostic, Religious Scientist, and grateful student of Reverends Diane Berke and David Wallace. His sacred journey is, for him, inseparable from his own journey of psychological discovery and healing. As such, his journey has been and always will be a work in-progress. Today he considers himself an agnostic Taoist and follower of Mother Mary. As a working Minister, Tony co-founded the Community for Conscious Living with five of his One Spirit classmates in 2007; delivered sermons and facilitated ritual at the Unity Church for Creative Living in Jacksonville, Florida and A Different Thought Spiritual Community in Atlanta, Georgia; performed weddings and funerals; and strived to live his vow of ministry to “show up” for himself and others, believing the axiom that “99% of life (and ministry) is showing up.”