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Diane Hennessy
Diane Hennessy

Center Administrator

Diane was raised in the Science of Mind philosophy and has been long time member of CSLCV. Diane was hired as the church’s administrator in 2000 just after Dr. Heather became our Sr. Minister.

For 14 years Diane has provided our center with a myriad of services as well as been a witness and support to our growth. Designing our Sunday programs, maintaining records and paperwork for our classes, providing the Sunday and Wednesday email correspondence to our members, supporting the bookstore and keeping our office supplied and running smoothly. Diane is our point of continuity betweens members, ministers, staff and volunteers.

Diane lives a family centric life in south San Clemente. She has three grown children and seven grandchildren, Her special loves are her two rescued dogs, one cat who adopted her, and the wildlife that frequents her yard where she tends to her roses, plumerias, freesias, banana trees and many rescued plants.

Diane has had two of her of her own retail crafts businesses, and one wholesale business where she sculpted and then sold the copies of the statuary. Diane has also worked in sales, supporting her children with commissions earned through industrial sales of forklifts, industrial scales, etc. Prior to coming to the church Diane enjoyed a decade in the hospitality industry as the manager of a nine-room bed & breakfast inn across from the San Clemente pier.

Earlier years found Diane living in Pasadena and Arcadia where she graduated from high school, then on to Pasadena City College and to Sawyers School of Business. The rest of her education was by fire.

Rev. Dr. Heather Dawn Clark, Spiritual Advisor

Spiritual Leader

Dr. Heather is the Director of the Center in charge of all day-to day business affairs. In collaboration with the Board of Trustees, she sets the vision, mission, goals, objectives and policies of the Center. Dr. Heather is responsible for the staff and determines the scope, nature and course of their respective duties and authority.…

Rev. Pattie Mercado

Assistant Minister; Youth Director

In addition to her duties as Youth Director, Rev. Pattie has served as one of two Assistant Ministers at our center since 2011. An ordained minister, Rev. Pattie’s ability to wear many hats has her moving easily from youth church to teaching adult classes, and on to the platform for a midweek faith lift at the Wednesday Wisdom Service or the occasional Sunday morning Celebration Service. Rev. Pattie enjoys performing weddings, memorial services and unique rituals as well as facilitating classes for all ages. As the Assistant Minister working full time at the center a primary responsibility of Rev. Pattie is to be Dr. Heather’s back up whenever she is away. Rev. Pattie believes in the power of spiritual community and cherishes her extended church family as a place to give and receive our gifts.

Rev. Karyn Allen

Staff Minister; Creative Arts

Rev. Karyn has been in the Science of Mind teachings and at the Center for Spiritual Living Capistrano Valley since 1998, and has served in just about every volunteer position available over the years.  Currently she facilitates the events and/or services that include the arts (music, movement, visual arts, etc…).  She became a licensed minister of the Centers for Spiritual Living in 2011, ordained 2014, and oversees the Creative Arts Ministry of the center.  In addition to her ministry, she is also the center’s bookkeeper.

Rev. Karyn has been a dancer since 1974, has been a performing musician since 2003, and her instructing background includes three years as a Teacher’s Assistant in the Saddleback Valley School District and two years as a Creative Dance Instructor for toddlers, and she has been teaching the Science of Mind since 2011.  Her ministry incorporates her knowledge and embodiment of the Science of Mind philosophy with her performing arts and teaching background to create an inspiring method of learning about one’s self through creativity. She believes that everyone has a unique gift to share with the world and it can be revealed through the Science of Mind teachings and the arts.

Rev. Karyn was born and raised in Dana Point, CA and currently resides in Mission Viejo, CA.  She has three children and one grandchild, all of whom are the lights of her life.  She is a sports fan, enjoys yummy food, and loves to laugh out loud to her favorite television show, “The Big Bang Theory”.  A favorite quote of hers by Martha Graham reads, “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.”

Claudia Nelson
Claudia Nelson

Executive Suites at Talega Business Manager

Claudia has been coming to our Center since 2010. She started volunteering at the Suites in September 2012. We hired her in December 2013. She views her job to keep everyone happy and make things work properly. She does this with grace. She is extremely well organized, happy, conscientious employee. The personal information she shared is she has two daughters, thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She has a wonderful man in her life!