Who We Are

Spirit Mountain Retreat Board of Directors


Carol McClinticCarol McClintic, Co-Chair, was a teacher for 35 years from pre-school through University Extension. She was also an educational consultant across the United States with the Caine Learning Center for 15 years and the co-author of two books. She has co-authored another education book at UCR extension, managed grants, been a union negotiator as well as vice-president of her local education association, been president and held other offices for numerous organizations and boards both here in Idyllwild and through out her career. In 2017 she published her first book of poetry here in Idyllwild and continues to write poetry, sings with a women’s acappella group, travels, reads, gardens, spends time with her family, and explores her personal spiritual path.


Bronwyn Jones Bronwyn Jones, Co-Chair, brings to the Board 30 years of experience in the world of publishing, during which she edited and co-authored a series of metaphysical books with Ralph Blum that focused on how to use the Viking Runes as a tool for self-counseling. An Idyllwild resident since 2001, she serves on several local boards, is a passionate gardener of native plants, enjoys singing, photography, and meditation, and is actively engaged in the development of Spirit Mountain Retreat.


Kathy HalkinKathy Halkin, Secretary, has been a resident of Idyllwild since 1986. As a retired professional social worker, she brings an array of skills to Spirit Mountain Retreat including administrative, needs assessment, and the desire to help others become their true selves. She is involved in several community organizations including past president of the Idyllwild HELP Center, a non-profit helping more than 500 people in need. As a reverend, she also enjoys marrying people! Kathy enjoys hiking, traveling, dancing, and being.


Margaret Mary Leusch

Margaret Mary Leusch, Treasurer, brings years of experience as an educator, administrator, consultant, and currently as a spiritual care counselor at the Betty Ford Center. She was a board member of the Idyllwild Help Center serving as Secretary for five years. Margaret Mary is an Associate with the IHM Sisters in Monroe, Michigan. She lives with her husband David in Pine Cove, loves family and her two lovely granddaughters. Margaret Mary brings a deep commitment to the vision and mission of Spirit Mountain Retreat.


Maxine SchenkMaxine Schenk, Volunteer Coordinator, is a retired teacher's aide for Hemet Unified School District and child-care worker for Morning Sky School. She served at the Idyllwild Help Center as president, secretary, and thrift store worker through the early years of its development.

Maxine is committed to her own growth and change.Serving on the collaborative Board of Directors at Spirit Mountain Retreat has been a personally enlightening experience.

Through workshops and private retreats, she holds a great appreciation of Spirit Mountain Retreat as a center that offers opportunity for spiritual insight and growth. She holds the Contemplative Garden as a special place of transformation wehre she believes nature reveals herself in a very special way.


Susie BennetSuzie Bennett, Holistic Services Coordinator, has lived in Idyllwild, CA since 2014 and spent her long career in healthcare administration/business development as well as holistic health. She is a California licensed massage therapist and energy healer with over 30 years experience, having studied with many of the pioneers in the field. She is a certified aromatherapist, infant massage educator and has learned many holistic healing modalities. Suzie is active in the community serving on several boards. She enjoys writing, having published her first book in 2016, reading, nature, music, spirituality and floral photography. Her family includes two children and four grandchildren.


Staff


Mary Morse, Executive DirectorMary Morse - Executive Director

Mary has served in the nonprofit arena for the past thirty years, running an administration department for a large nonprofit for seventeen years, serving as Executive Director of a homeless shelter for five years, working as a principal of a private school for severely emotionally disturbed adolescents, as a child abuse prevention resource teacher for Riverside County Office of Education, as a family therapist trainee for families damaged by abuse and addiction, and twenty-one years as President of the Human Relations Council of the Greater Hemet and San Jacinto area, educating the community about social justice and other community issues and resources available.

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Some day, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity,
we shall harness for God the energies of love.
Then for the second time in the history of the world,
we will have discovered fire.
~ Teilhard de Chardin

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