Board Members and Staff
Julie Miller, Board President
When I was a child, I was often found immersed in the natural world and completely engaged. That path of curiosity and connection to nature has not altered but has only expanded. I not only wanted to be in wild places but share that sense of raw power, tranquility and connection with it with others. I sense that my truest self communicates with the Creator best when I am in a natural setting. I pursued careers teaching environmental education to youth and as a Park Ranger in a variety of National Parks.
The practice of silence, alone or with others, as well as the skill of deep listening and reflection were first experienced when in nature but have found residence in my daily living through contemplative practices. I yearned for a way to bring my traditional church values and history alongside what I experienced in nature but did not have the exposure or language until my first year of seminary. I thought I would find a way into deeper fellowship with God by attending seminary but what I realized is that I was seeking soul connection, not head connection. I completed my Masters in Theological Studies in 2012. It was in seminary that I took an introduction to Spiritual Direction course and was exposed to practices that seemed innate to me. When I became involved in the then new Journey Center back in 2008, I finally entered into a community of like-minded people who were on a spiritual quest for more… more connection, more Spirit, more experience of God, more love. I had found my tribe.
After completing the first 2-year course in Spiritual Direction offered via the Journey Center (JC) in 2010, I became a member of the Spiritual Direction team and a member of the JC board. In 2011 I joined the team of facilitators who work with the students in the Spiritual Direction Formation Program. I enjoy leading retreats, workshops and backpacking trips through the Journey Center as well as offer 1:1 spiritual direction. I practice a contemplative, incarnational mode of spiritual direction described as “enabling a person (the directee) to: pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her; respond to this personally communicating God; grow in intimacy with this God; and live out the consequences of the relationship.” – Sue Pickering
Dan Beach, Board Vice-President
Hi! Let me tell you a bit about myself:
As a certified Spiritual Director, I am interested in preparation, contemplation and practice. I am a person growing in pursuit of the Great Mystery. I am interested in experiencing the presence of the Holy in people’s lives and find it a privilege to be invited to sit and listen with them in their Spiritual journey.
One of my favorite philosophers presented a system of progression for mankind 400 years ago in one of his works entitled, “As You Like It.” The progress throughout life he presented continues to be true for audiences today. Sometimes you get profound current applicable points from ancient texts. I have been in development all my life and plan to continue for the rest of it.
Oh, and, I also serve others through my licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist and as an ordained minister.
Mindy Braun, Board Treasurer, Administrator/Bookkeeper
I was drawn to the Journey Center because of the oasis of rest it provides while at the same time having a clear mission to bring healing and wholeness through encountering the Holy. I am married and homeschool our three young men. I am a certified health coach and work part-time at the Journey Center as Administrator/Bookkeeper. I also facilitate a group that aims to build bridges to bring racial reconciliation and unity in our community. My favorite spiritual practice is either art journaling, tending my garden, or hiking in the forest.
Ann Hall – Board Member
Ann is a 2019 graduate of the Journey Center’s Spiritual Direction Formation Program. A teacher by vocation, she has worked in the public school system as well as in youth groups, ESL and adult literacy programs. She has recently changed professional lanes and is currently working as a church Finance Coordinator.
She and her husband have lived in Santa Rosa since 2000 and have two kids, a daughter in high school and a son in college. Deeply invested in her community, Ann is drawn to service and expanding her spiritual experiences, which was how she first encountered the Journey Center seven years ago. The Journey Center has been a place of both refuge and intense stretching of her understanding and experience of Spirit. Ann is especially drawn to living into the tension of contemplative activism, the Enneagram, and the healthy integration of body, mind and spirit. Spiritual direction has been life-changing for her, and she finds joy in being able to provide a sacred space for other seekers.
Ann is a foodie and baker, values hospitality, and is convinced that the best conversations take place around a candlelit table over a simple meal and wine. When not at work, she might be found doing yoga, baking, reading, journaling, wandering in a bookstore, meeting a friend at a coffee shop, visiting an art museum, trying out a new restaurant or listening to a podcast.
Matt Nightingale – Board Member
Matt Nightingale is an educator, musician, pastor, writer and spiritual director. He is a teacher at Sonoma County Day School in Santa Rosa and the worship leader at The Quest in Novato.
For seventeen years, Matt worked as a full-time worship pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church, serving churches in Redwood City, CA; Houston; Tulsa; Seattle and Santa Rosa. He recently completed The Journey Center’s 2-year Spiritual Director Formation Program.
Matt is passionate about the intersection of sexuality and spirituality. Through his writing, speaking, podcast appearances and even a TEDx talk, he works to create safe, sacred space for people exploring their own understanding of these important matters.
Matt lives in Santa Rosa, and is the proud father of Joshua (23), Jacob (21), Emily and Zachary (17).
Robin Terwilliger-Orton, Director of Hospitality
Robin Terwilliger-Orton serves as the Director of Hospitality and as a Spiritual Director at Journey Center Santa Rosa. She received her training and certification in 2014 from the Spiritual Direction Formation Program offered through the JCSR, and facilitates the weekly A Quiet Place for Lectio Divina. She also assists in a variety of workshops, community gatherings and special events, has facilitated book studies and currently helps with coordinating the art gallery exhibits. Robin has also served in worship and music ministry, has been on staff at a local covenant church and has been involved in Journey ministries since the beginnings of their inception and birth. Her deep desire is to help others notice and experience the depth of God’s love and presence in their everyday life. It’s her great joy to be the mother of three adult children and a grandmother to four very adored grandkids.
Joanna Quintrell, Founder/Mentor/Advisor
Joanna Quintrell is the founding Director of Journey Center Santa Rosa. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Journey Center Association (supporting those birthing Journey Centers in other locations) and is the co-director of their 2-year Spiritual Director Formation Program. It was in the year 2000 that Joanna found herself in a spiritual crisis and first learned about spiritual direction. Her own experience of meeting with a spiritual director was life-changing and heart-transforming, as she learned how to nurture her own inner life with God. After a few years, she felt a calling to serve others as a spiritual director and was initially trained at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA in 2003 (one-month intensive). Joanna has been serving as a spiritual director since then and received additional training through the 2-year program at the Center for Spiritual Direction in Chicago, IL. Joanna loves to hold sacred space for those seeking a deeper experience of the Holy. She is also a certified Enneagram teacher and oversees the Enneagram Series at Journey Center Santa Rosa.