Board Members and Staff
Mindy Braun, Interim Director of the Journey Center, Board Treasurer
Mindy was drawn to the Journey Center because of the radical hospitality and oasis of rest it provides while at the same time having a clear mission to bring healing and wholeness through encountering the Holy. She is married and homeschools their three young men in addition to being a certified health coach.
Mindy is currently enrolled in the Spiritual Director Formation Program. Her passion is to create safe, sacred spaces for all people to experience love and belonging. One way she does this is through facilitating a group that aims to build bridges to bring racial reconciliation and unity in our community. She also hosts the monthly God In Nature Hike and quarterly Art Journal Examen.
Her favorite spiritual practices are either art journaling, tending her garden, or hiking in the forest.
Dan Beach, Board President, Co-Founder
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.
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, Jacob, Emily and Zachary.
Joanna Quintrell, Co-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.