JoAnn holds a B.S. in Nursing from Northern Michigan University, an M.S.W. in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma, and the Interfaith Minister credential from One Spirit Seminary. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, JoAnn works with individual clients. In her role as an interfaith minister with Sacred Services, she provides spiritual direction and ceremonies for weddings, funerals, and house blessings. She is a longtime friend of the Forest and you can often find her there during the week tending the trails and grounds.
Gaye Mazzei has a diverse background in technical writing and editing, market research, corporate training and development, distance learning, administration, and international cross-cultural work. She has a broad understanding of management and organizational issues. Her educational background includes Myers Briggs Certification, Foreign Service training and Russian immersion, a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Education. She participates in her church’s choir and hand bell choir, and volunteers in a weekly music ministry and The Salvation Army.
Kathy earned a Master’s degree in Human Relations, Human Development, and family studies at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to her retirement, she served as Director of Health Education and Promotion at the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Kathy is a member of the Forest Benedictine Oblates, connected to the Clyde Monastery of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. She is currently training as a spiritual director with the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.
Jim Mazzei is a nationally-recognized expert in communications satellite technologies and systems and is employed by a Federally Funded Research and Development Center. As a retired Air Force officer and former industry executive, Jim has held technical positions from test engineer to chief technology officer and management positions from satellite earth station manager to division general manager. His non-nerd activities center around singing in church choirs, being a good grandfather and overseeing the Forest of Peace budget.
Joli Jensen is a media studies professor at the University of Tulsa, where she also directs the Faculty Writing Program. She leads writing workshops, including journaling workshops for women recovering from addiction. She is a member of Congregation Bnai Emunah, and has been attending the Tulsa Zen Sangha’s monthly meditation sessions at the Forest for several years.
Michaela studied at McCook Community College (Nebraska) and earned the B.S.B.A. degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Tulsa. She worked for over six years with IBM as an information technology specialist and as a system analyst. Michaela now works as a system analyst with Phillips 66. Michaela is a member of the Forest Benedictine Oblates, connected to the Clyde Monastery of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and she provides monthly music on Oblate Sunday.
Sr. Pascaline Coff, OSB, Foundress
Ruben L.F. Habito
Rev. Brian Pierce