Center for Spiritual Living Capistrano Valley

Board Commitment

We, the Board of Trustees, as servant leaders of the Center for Spiritual Living Capistrano Valley, are united in our commitment to serve our Center with love, wisdom, courage, faith, confidence, acceptance, authority and authenticity.

We know that in so doing we create a spiritual environment that is energetic, welcoming, safe and fulfilling to all, physically, mentally and spiritually.

We are dedicated to creating a Center which is committed to providing spiritual tools for everyone; awakening humanity to its own magnificence encouraging spiritual maturity and developing a relationship with God, thereby creating a world that works for everyone.

Individually and collectively we demonstrate our faith and our conscious awareness of the power of the One Mind by the clarity in which we hold the vision for our beloved Center as a vital, loving, abundant expression of Spirit.

Rev. Alice Reid – Spiritual Director to Board of Trustees

Lee Van Slyke – President

Rev. Carla Schiratis – Vice President

Marge Hobbs – Secretary

Rev. Karyn Allen – Trustee

Toni Sparks – Trustee

Dave Friedman – Trustee

Board Qualifications

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Board Commitment

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Members of the Board of Trustees

Rev. Alice Reid

Spiritual Director, Center for Spiritual Living Capistrano Valley; Spiritual Director to the Board of Trustees

My purpose in life is to reveal love in everything we do. I’m not talking
about unicorns and rainbows love, but the power of Love to always lead us to
the highest and the best expression of God that we can be.

Maybe you can relate to my experience; the moment I walked into a Center for
Spiritual Living I knew I was home. That first day back in September of
2001 when the world wasn’t making sense, in a Center like this one, I found
not only comfort and solace but a resonance to a way of life that felt both
mystical and practical.

Life can be a mixed bag with all the demands on our time and attention,
sometimes it can be challenging to remember who we truly are and why we’re
here. In spiritual community we support each other as we find our way and
reflect back to each other the things that are real and important that help
us stay in balance with our true nature. That, in my opinion, is what being
in community is all about.

Marge Hobbs

Board of Trustees - Secretary

Marge Hobbs has been a member of the Center of Spiritual Capistrano Valley (CSLCV) since 2017. While living in San Clemente for the past 20 years, she was invited to CSLCV where she found a warm, inclusive spiritually accepting center, her new spiritual home. She has attended consciousness expanding courses, Sunday morning services and Wednesday night gatherings, small groups gatherings, etc. She found these opportunities were life changing and has committed herself to this community and to spiritual enrichment. She believes “life is better when we’re together” in the CSLCV community.

Marge is a native Southern Californian whose career began as a teacher and evolved through administrative roles in five school districts and universities. She retired from her educational life in 2008. She enjoys traveling having a long list of future locations and countries to visit. She belongs to AAUW and Friends of Yimbo, a non-profit organization that supports a village school and community in Kenya. She has two beloved daughters and two precious grandchildren.

Lee Van Slyke

Board of Trustees - President

Lee has been coming to the Center for Spiritual Living Capistrano Valley since 1994. He attends classes regularly and says, “Life goes better when I’m in a class.” An active Rotarian in San Clemente, Lee supports our outreach into the local community in south Orange County.Lee and his wife Dena Hart Van Slyke, RScP, are active in interfaith work. They have attended conferences of the American Humanist Association and the Parliament of Religions. They work with a Calvarian (Pentecostal) ministry in Copperbelt, Zambia, aiding widows, orphans and vulnerable children in one of the poorest areas of the world.

Rev. Carla Schiratis

Staff Minister - Healing Ministry and Congregation Outreach; Board of Trustees - Vice President

Rev. Carla has been an avid student in the study of metaphysics and the spiritual path.  This passion led her to studying the Science of Mind course work and becoming a licensed practitioner.  Fueled with God’s direction and the love of this philosophy, Carla became a licensed minister in 2011 and was ordained in 2016.Rev. Carla served as a staff minister at Center for Spiritual Living Newport Mesa for five years, prior to being led to Center for Spiritual Living Capistrano Valley in 2016. During that time, she served as the Director of Practitioners, Center Chaplin, and assisted presiding at Sunday Services each week. Carla’s role at the CSLCV is clergy of the Healing Ministry and Congregation Outreach. Knowing that life is perfect, but not always easy, it is Carla’s great honor to offer spiritual support and guidance to the members of our community.Rev. Carla enjoys teaching accredited Science of Mind classes, speaking, spiritual counseling, performing weddings, memorials, and christening ceremonies.  In addition, she has twice traveled to Bali as a spiritual leader and co-director, as it is her joy to passionately live and share our teaching wherever she is.Rev. Carla is a native of California and currently resides in San Clemente.  She is married to Stephen, has three children and is the prideful grandmother of three.  Her passions are gardening, cooking, reading and to live with a deep spiritual connection with all of life and to share it generously with others.

Toni Sparks

RScP; Board of Trustees - Trustee

Toni has been a member of the Center for Spiritual Living – Capistrano Valley since 1997. She is a licensed Practitioner of Science of Mind and the leader of the Animal Kinship Ministry. She enjoys singing in the choir and teaching in the Youth Church. She also acts as a pleasant greeter on Sunday mornings and gives her time on the Hospitality committee. She “believes in service and the oneness of all Life. This led her to become a vegan in 1982 and to get involved with the Animal Kinship Ministry. “We support the human-animal bond through prayer, education and service.”

Rev. Karyn Allen

Staff Minister; Creative Arts; Bookkeeper; Board of Trustees - Trustee

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.”

Dave Friedman

Board of Trustees - Trustee

Dave has been a Practitioner of Science of Mind since the Summer of 2013. An active member of CSLCV, Dave is the organizer and facilitator of the Men’s Group, part of the Choir, and helps with the Youth program. He also acts as a teaching assistant, and is generally around to help out with whatever needs to be done. For him, “the process of becoming a Practitioner was one of the best things I’ve done, up until now. The revealing to me of my pure Truth was and continues to be well worth the journey. While I am and will always be on my adventure in personal discovery, I am also able to assist. others with their life challenges. I consider this a tremendous gift.Dave is a lover of music, sports and anything outside. Travel is also a favorite activity. Born and raised in Ohio, and fortunate enough to call Boston home for 25 years, Southern California has been home for Dave for 10 years.