OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
L-R: Eric Lamar Thomas, Creative Director; Maude Wilson, Event Coordinator; Rev. Sunshine Michelle Coleman, Founding/Sr. Minister & Chair; Rev. Verona Garland, Treasurer; Ron Marshall, Technical Consultant & Former Chair; Jessie Kreiss, Secretary
Rev. Sunshine Michelle Coleman
Rev. Sunshine Michelle has been active in Religious Science since 1980. She became a licensed practitioner in 1987 and later became a licensed minister in Centers for Spiritual Living (CSL) in 2013. Rev. Sunshine Michelle has a diverse background and experience. Her passion is in helping people to express fully with integrity from their true authentic self, which is the subject matter of her doctorate in Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), as well as her ministerial focus. She is the founder of Authenticity Journey of Renewal (AJOR), a non-profit CSL affiliated focus ministry that provides tools and techniques for individuals to discover and live from their true authentic selves in spirit, mind, and body.
Rev. Sunshine Michelle has a Masters of Art degree in Consciousness Studies from the Holmes Institute and a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco. She served as the Director of Human Resources at CIIS for 8.5 years, and has worked for many years in Human Resources and Administration in the corporate world before moving into the non-profit higher education sector. She has designed and delivered empowerment workshops and support circles, and has taught self-realization classes. She brings an enthusiastic passion to the topic of authenticity and integrity with the intention of supporting people to live their best lives all the time, no matter what they’re doing, especially while at work. She is the proud mother of Freddie Lambright, III, who is soon to graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They are collaborating on a book project called Mother and Son Embracing Art, Affirmations, and Authenticity.
Verona Garland is an Emerson Theological Institute graduate credentialed as an Interfaith Minister of Religious Science. She serves as Associate Minister of Awakened Living – a member of the Agape Communities and as a licensed practitioner with the Centers of Spiritual Living. Rev Verona's ministry encompasses classes, workshops, spiritual exploration, global cultural learning, prosperity mentoring, and spiritual counseling.
Jessica Kreiss, RScP
My name is Jessica Kreiss. I currently live in Laguna Honda and have been working as a Sales Administrator in San Francisco for the past few years. I love working at a company where I get to be exactly as I am and thrive each day. I became a licensed practitioner in 2015 while serving at the Launching Pad, a CSL spiritual community for young adults to gather and study the Science of Mind. I am now a licensed practitioner at Authenticity Journey of Renewal.
As Founder and Executive Producer at Ascend Events, Maude’s personal mission is to create inspirational and transformational experiences that offer the world more opportunities to BE and share Love. Her life and her creative expression is built on Love, Truth, Community and Joy and she attempts to make every decision - business and personal - from these values.
Eric Lamar Thomas
Minister Eric Lamar Thomas, known as The Psychic Designer, is an artist, actor, fashion designer, psychic medium, and spiritual coach. Born June 19th in Chicago ILL, he moved to East Palo Alto Ca in 1965. The son of a retired Stanford engineer and former Chicago hair and fashion model, he received his training from God, his mother, and the S.F. Institute of Design and Merchandising. A designer with over 40 years of experience, his designs can be admired in numerous places, including utube, NBC’s Entertainment Tonight, Motown’s 30th anniversary show, Bobby Jones gospel hour, facebook, and Tramaine Hawkins album and video “ Tramaine Live”
Ron Marshall, RScP is a licensed Spiritual Practitioner at Heart and Soul Center of Light in Oakland, CA. He is dedicated spiritual coach, teacher, revealer of Truth and IT professional. Ron’s life purpose is to be a healing presence of peace and harmony, wherever he is. Alongside his spiritual calling, Ron loves to cook and makes smoked seafood products. He is a longtime cyclist and participant in AIDS LifeCycle, a 545 mile bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles that raises funds for HIV/AIDS services and a cure. Ron is originally from New York and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Wilma and their two cats, Monty and Rodney.