53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085 • 413.562.3627

Board of Directors, Staff, Volunteers & Volunteering

Board of Trustees

  • Yvonne Boudreau, ASP, Chair
  • Bryarly Lehmann, Vice Chair
  • Kevin O'Connor, Treasurer
  • Lisa McMahon, Secretary
  • Mary Pat Carr, SSJ
  • Julie Crane, SP
  • Val Liptak
  • Elizabeth Oleksak, SP
  • Kathleen Popko, SP
  • Brian Richards
  • The Right Rev. Gordon Scruton
  • Bill Toller
  • Elizabeth Walz, ASP
  • Ann Weber


  • Elizabeth Walz, ASP, Executive Director
  • Sr. Elizabeth Oleksak, SP, Foundress, Gardener, Sabbatical Team, Spiritual Director


Administrative Team

  • Jo Ann Bourquard, Retreat Coordinator and Spiritual Director
  • Jane Comerford, CSJ, Sabbatical Director and Spiritual Director
  • Bonnie Druschel, Marketing Coordinator and Photographer
  • Annette Lally, Administrative Coordinator
  • Cindy Lees, Financial Services
  • Trisha Riga, Registrar and Hosted Groups Coordinator
  • Jean Risk, Program Manager

Operations Team

  • Jennifer Moynihan, Head Cook
  • Dulce Pimentel, Head Housekeeper
  • Wayne Cumberlander, Plant Manager

Earth Caretakers

  • Kathleen Kitka, Arboretum Consultant
  • Janet Kondrat, Herb Gardener
  • Aaron Begin, Gardener
  • Mary Haberstroh, Gardener
  • Daniel O'Connor, Gardener
  • Ronnie Sienkiewicz, Gardener

Program Committee

  • Yvonne Boudreau, ASP, Consultant
  • Jo Ann Bourquard, Consultant
  • Jane Comerford, CSJ, Consultant
  • Ann McGaharn, ASP, Consultant
  • Sr. Ruth McGoldrick, SP, Consultant
  • Jean Risk
  • Liz Walz, ASP

Spiritual Direction

  • Jo Ann Bourquard
  • Jane Comerford, CSJ
  • Ruth McGoldrick, SP
  • Donna O’Connor
  • Elizabeth Oleksak, SP 
  • Liz Walz, ASP
Faith makes all things possible, and love makes them easy. Faith in God is never out of season. Faith justifies the believer, but love justifies his faith by the works which it produces. Faith believes God to be true; love proves faith to be true.
- Charles H. Spurgeon