The Advisory Board is tasked with determining the long-term viability of Centering Space, identifying the funding needed to continue the ministry in collaboration with the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, and identifying the resources and staffing needed to maintain and expand the ministry. They meet regularly offering guidance, advice and support.

Tim Walters

Tim Walters is a former community organizer and current advocate for the homeless. He founded and for three years managed the Metanoia Project, a seasonal homeless shelter located at St. Malachi Parish. He is father of eight and grandfather of 23 (or maybe 24).

Katie Talarico

Katie Talarico is a program manager of employee well-being programs at KeyBank. She is a certified health and life coach, currently enrolled in a 3 year program to become a spiritual director, and published author. She attended John Carroll University for a B.S. in Psychology and Regis University for an M.A in Organizational Development. She is an active volunteer serving in ministries of writing, music, youth and adult, and outreach to sick and poor; and also a third order Secular Franciscan..

Julie Sullivan

Julie Sullivan is the president of the Thomas C and Sandra S Sullivan Foundation. Julie serves on the boards of the Sullivan Scholars Foundation and Metro Catholic School. She has an M.A. in History with a focus in women’s studies from Cleveland State University, earned a certificate in Spiritual Direction from John Carroll University and is an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Her greatest joy has been raising her now grown son and working with the extraordinary people who are dedicated to making a difference in our community.

Gerry Stylski

Gerry Stylski spent 45 years in ministry in the Lutheran Church, participating in evangelism, Altar Guild and the Women’s Group, as well as serving as Youth Director. Working with her husband, who recently retired from parish ministry, she listened to, prayed for and loved the church family they served. Gerry has four children and seven grandchildren.

Michael Reiling

Mike Reiling is a retired high school theology teacher and retreat leader, who leads adult spirituality programs at a number of places, including Centering Space. His specialty is providing programs around the thought and vision of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin S.J. Mike is also a Tai Chi practice leader at several recreation centers.

The Rev Keith Owen

Keith has served as the Rector of Saint Peter’s since August, 2004.He is a graduate of the University of Virginia (1982) and the General Theological Seminary in New York City (1988).He lives a few blocks from Saint Peter’s with his wife Monica, and their children Alison, Joshua, and Rachel.Keith has taken Arabic and Islamic studies at Cleveland State University, to assist with a lifelong interest in the issues and history of the Middle East.

Mark Laskey

Mark Laskey is recently retired asExecutive Director of Chaplain Partnership.. He is a graduate of John Carroll University and holds a postgraduate certificate in Labor Relations from Cleveland State University.

Marian Durkin

Sister Marian Durkin, CSA is a member of the leadership team of her congregation, the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine. She received her certification in the Ignatian Spirituality Program at John Carroll University in 2005 and has been a Spiritual Director for the last 12 years. Marian has been an avid supporter of LGBTQ Catholics for many years and facilitates an annual retreat for them and their family members. A teacher and administrator in the Cleveland Diocesan schools for almost thirty years, after leaving the school system she did ministry with persons who were HIV+.for 15 years.

Rachel Drotar

As a former Americorps volunteer at Saint Martin de Porres High School, Rachel was led to Centering Space for a volunteer retreat. The kindness and welcoming atmosphere that she experienced made her want to become more involved. When the opportunity arose for Rachel to be the Young Adult Representative on the Advisory Board, she gladly accepted!”

Anne Butts

Anne C. Butts
Anne is a retired hospice chaplain. Previously, she worked in campus ministry, sales, and education as an English teacher. A member of St. Peter Church in Cleveland, Anne and her husband Bert live in Avon Lake and enjoy spending time with their two daughters and two grandchildren. She also enjoys reading, journaling, walking and gardening.