Rev. Don, an ordained interfaith minister, has many years of experience as a counselor, speaker, retreat facilitator, and spiritual director. Before coming to the Forest of Peace he was the co-founder of the La Cholla Center for Integrative Spirituality and served as a therapist at Desert Star Addiction Recovery Center in Tucson, Arizona. Rev. Don has served as chief operating officer and executive director of nonprofit organizations and presently serves on the board of directors of Sanctuary Cove, an interfaith retreat center in Tucson.
With a Master of Divinity degree, a master’s degree in counseling, and a Ph.D. in human and organizational development, he is able to be of support and guidance to many on the spiritual journey.
Rev. Don finds great fulfillment in being a companion with others on the spiritual journey. His interests in the field of spirituality include the development of an interspiritual liturgy, eco-spirituality, spirituality and the creative arts, and developing interspiritual curriculum resources for training spiritual directors. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Rev. Don completed high school and college in Oklahoma before going on to live, study, and work in Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, California and Arizona.
Message from Rev. Don:. I am delighted to return to Oklahoma to become part of the amazing community at the Osage Forest of Peace. We first came here on a private retreat and immediately fell in love with the Forest, the people, and the traditions. It is now an honor to join with the community and our board of directors to play a role in advancing the interspiritual age, providing tangible examples of how people from different faiths can live in harmony and peace.
Sheila Lazier, Guest Services Coordinator. M.S., RYT
Sheila comes to the Forest from Chicago where she spent 30+ years working for non-profit medical organizations. Most of her career was in continuing medical education, developing training materials, organizing seminars for medical specialty groups, and working with accreditation organizations to achieve certification for practitioners.
Sheila brings a strong background in continuing education and training, as well as skills gained through directing a foundation, serving as managing editor for medical education textbooks and multi-media materials, as well as a meeting planner and exhibit manager for large conventions. She enjoys coordinating details, connecting with the public and organizing and marketing events. Sheila has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Education and a Master’s degree in Adult Education. Sheila also has her 200-hour Yoga Teacher certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, MA, and is a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher.
“I’ve learned a lot working within the system of allopathic medicine, but have always had a strong desire to be part of the new paradigm of healthcare that includes healing modalities for the physical, emotional, energetic and spiritual bodies. I am grateful for this opportunity to serve in the Forest, immersed in a community dedicated to shared values regarding interfaith spirituality. I look forward to making your stay a comfortable one.”
Sister Maryann Greenwald, SSND
S. Maryann is a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, an international Catholic religious community. Her background includes being an elementary school teacher and principal, a pastoral associate in several parishes, ministering to the elderly, being a child advocate for children and their mothers who experienced sexual and domestic abuse. She also has experience and training in spiritual direction and retreat work and is a CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) trained chaplain. For the last couple of years she ministered as a hospital chaplain at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa. Her experience includes ministering to people from a variety of faith traditions, both Christian and non-Christian.
“Meditation and living a contemplative lifestyle has been a part of my spiritual practice for many years. During these years I have taken advantage of making retreats in a variety of contemplative settings, enjoying opportunities for personal growth as well as an understanding of Eastern Contemplative meditation practices. It has long been a desire and hope of mine to spend my semi-retirement years in a prayerful, contemplative setting, being present and helpful to others as a Spiritual/Retreat director. I am grateful for this opportunity to form community and as a volunteer be of service to spiritual seekers as they come to Forest of Peace.”
Karen Chatfield, M.A.
Karen joined the community at the Osage Forest of Peace after working more than 20 years at a nonprofit behavioral health agency in Tucson, Arizona. She is best known for her work in the area of organizational cultural competence, particularly as it relates to eliminating health disparities for minority and underserved populations.
As a resident of the Forest, Karen’s primary focus is on creating sacred space for persons seeking spiritual renewal and fulfillment. She is a graduate of the Tacheria School for Spiritual Direction, as well as a certified Reiki Master in the Usui tradition. She has spent considerable time studying the principles of Religious Science and the Science of Mind philosophy, and also has developed a deep interest in angels. With her husband, Don, she has co-facilitated numerous meditation classes and retreats.
“Living at the Forest of Peace allows me to answer Spirit’s call every day, in any variety of ways. Whether it is tending to the Zen garden, offering spiritual companionship or energy healing, or gently escorting a critter outside with a bug cup, I feel the presence of Spirit guiding my actions, and for that I am extremely grateful.”