Board of Directors

Linda WilliamsLinda M. Williams, PhD, CSD, President:

Spiritual Direction Certification: Christian Formation and Direction Ministries. PhD focus on ethics and social justice. Linda is particularly drawn to exploration of life transitions, discernment, second half of life spirituality, contemplative living, and presence. She has served the faith community by working with individuals in discernment for both clergy and lay orders, developing and co-leading a diocesan Second Half of Life Spirituality ministry, and teaching Christian Ethics on the faculty of the Deacon Formation Academy within the Arizona Episcopal Diocese. However, the opportunity to walk alongside individuals committed to contemplating and exploring their spiritual journeys is her most precious experience.

Ann HottAnn Hott, CSD, CFDM Arizona Faculty, Secretary:

Ann describes herself as a contemplative, a traveler on the Way and a very grateful friend of Jesus. Ann graduated from CFDM Arizona in 2013 and, in addition to her work as a spiritual director, Ann is the Contemplative Ministries Coordinator and Operations Director for her church, where she has facilitated Bible study groups for 14 years. She holds a B.S. in Human Sciences. Ann and her husband enjoy hiking and exploring and mountain retreats with extended family. Ann assists CFDM with Ignatian Spirituality and co-leads Spiritual Director Supervision. Her greatest joy is walking with others as they discern God’s presence and invitation in their lives.

Kim de BeusKim de Beus, CSD, Treasurer:

The human condition, a complicated affair, is influenced by many life factors that impinge on healthy living and salubrious spirituality.  Kim’s passion is to create space where people can explore the intersection of life factors and the Divine while encouraging individuals to grow in grace discerning their own inner guidance. Kim does this this through the practice of Spiritual Direction, deeply listening to people’s stories, and through the use of tools such as Centering Prayer, the Daily Examen, Lectio/Visio Divina, the arts, the Enneagram and Reiki. Kim is an alum of CFDM’s two-year program of formation and spiritual direction but also hold a Masters in Criminal Justice. She lives a contemplative lifestyle and desires to embody Richard Rohr’s motto, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Kim loves nature and animals (especially horses) and dabbles with the piano, guitar and violin.

Sandy AndrewsSandra Sutton Andrews, PhD, CSD:

Sandy, also a CFDM graduate, has been God-haunted since an early age. Her education and career focused on inclusivity, culminating in degrees in Educational Technology that she used to reach out to homeless and other marginalized populations, providing donated computers and access to those who might otherwise not have such. Upon retirement she sought the CFDM certification in order to go deeper, and at the same time, Spirit-led as she believes, converted her little adobe home in downtown Mesa, Arizona into a gallery and community space that brings marginalized people into a space where all are welcome. Sandy finds inspiration in nature and is working with gallery volunteers to build an urban garden in the back yard of the gallery. It’s an excellent place to meet with Jesus, trim the bougainvilleas, and harvest (for example) collard greens.

Gene MeiergerdGene Meiergerd, RN, MS, CSD:

Recently retired, after careers as a registered nurse, an Air Force officer, a massage therapist and a counselor, working with patients in a variety of settings facing physical, mental and emotional challenges, Gene is now drawn toward looking at the spiritual aspects of healing. This led him to acquiring a counseling degree and certification as a Spiritual Director through Christian Formation and Direction Ministries. Throughout Gene’s life’s journey he remains drawn to the embrace of the Divine in the beauty and healing of nature. And more than ever Gene finds God in each of us, regardless of their faith tradition. This belief has now drawn him to spiritual companioning with special interest in helping veterans, anyone wrestling with grief and challenges of the human condition to help them peer into the subtle nuances of daily life, awaken the Divine within, heal their soul and find purpose.

Joyce Vidal-ThornburgJoyce Vidal-Thornburg, MA, CT, CSD, Executive Director:

Joyce is a “cradle Episcopalian” who has been involved in Christian formation and ministry, both as laity and professionally most of her life. Her yearning for God began when she joined a church choir at age seven and has continued unabated as the weavings of faith and lived experience have flowed through all aspects of her life. Joyce is serving currently as a Bereavement Counselor for Hospice of the Valley in the Phoenix area and as Executive Director of CFDM Arizona. She has a BA in Psychology & Religious Studies and a Master’s in Counseling. A licensed therapist, Joyce always felt called to work in spiritual healing. To that end, Joyce changed her career path and became certified as a Thanatologist, a Spiritual Director and Supervisor. Joyce also has a private practice as a Grief counselor. Joyce is an avid reader and loves to sing. “It is an honor and privilege to accompany others as they grow in their relationship with God and discern how the Holy Spirit is bringing about transformation.”

Douglas GreggReverend Douglas Gregg, PhD, Emeritus and President CFDM Nevada:

Douglas is a retired Presbyterian minister, author, spiritual director, and supervisor of spiritual directors. He received his PhD in Social Ethics from the University of Southern California. He co-founded CFDM, with his wife Catherine, in 2001 and has been the primary administrator for the growth and expansion of CFDM, currently into six independent Affiliates of CFDM. He is also a stained-glass artist.

Catherine GreggReverend Catherine C. Gregg, M.Div, D.Min, Emeritus:

Catherine is an ordained Episcopal priest, currently Bishop’s Canon in the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada. She co-founded CFDM with her husband Douglas Gregg in 2001.