Practitioner Council Members


CharlieSheppard_smallCharlie Sheppard – Practitioner Council Chair 
Cell: 828-712-9229
Center: Center for Spiritual Living Asheville


Charlie has been a very active member of CSL – Asheville since 2006 & became a Religious Science Practitioner in 2009. He has served as V.P. of the Asheville Board of Trustees for 6 years. Charlie has a strong feeling that all Practitioners should have Practitioner Ministries. His Ministries are: (1) Instructor of Public Speaking & Leadership Courses. (2) Helps teach several SOM accredited classes. (3) Started a thriving Men’s Group. (4) Has been the Region 10 Practitioner Representative for 6 years. (5) Attends countless Local, Regional, and National Gatherings. He loves the Science of Mind philosophy and has read all of the Ernest Holmes biographies.

In his spare time Charlie is an avid organic gardener (especially his raspberries, blackberries, & strawberries.) He also is a skilled Native American Flute maker. His lovely wife is Marina Raye, a very talented and successful native flute recording artist. They live in an energy efficient, off-the-grid home in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Life is quiet and peaceful at the end of their secluded road.

Charlie earned a B.S. and an MBA from Oklahoma State. He has worked for Ralston Purina Co. and J. I. Case Construction Co. in finance. He worked for 20 years as a Dale Carnegie Course Instructor. He was the Area Manager for all of Southern Colorado. His education and business experience helped in his development of his skills in leadership, decision-making, delegation, planning, budgeting and personnel management. His association with CSL has broadened his appreciation and utilization of Love, Compassion, Intuition, Non-Judgment, Oneness and Clarity.

Charlie received the Practitioner’s Meritorious Award at the 2016 Convention in Salt Lake City. As a Practitioner Council member he will serve our Practitioner Community with Love, Joy, Creativity, & Boundless Energy.



Kim Burgner RScP, Vice Chair                                                                                                       Email:                                                                                                                                                                                                     Center: Inner Journey Teaching Chapter, Oklahoma City, OK



When being introduced to CSL and SOM in 2006 all areas of her life were profoundly changed. She has come to the full realization of what a privilege it is to be a Practitioner and what a great honor it is to live from her belief and faith, and to be of service and support others to do the same. Kim is Grandmother to Brianne, and Mother to Heather and Kendall. She is happily married to her best friend and husband Curt and lives on Beaver Lake, Arkansas and enjoys being in outdoors and in nature fishing, swimming and camping. Kim is a yes for Spirit and a Yes for CSL. Kim is Founder of Northwest Arkansas Center for Spiritual Living Teaching Chapter, which was established in 2000. The Teaching Chapter is a thriving CSL location in Northwest Arkansas and is the only CSL location in the state of Arkansas. In Janury of 2016 Kim has handed off this amazing community and legacy to new director, Cheryl Bell, RScP.

Kim brings to the Practitioner Council a vision of sacred listening, vulnerability, focus to the vision and mission and purpose and to create from playful creativeness and fun. She also brings 7 plus years of marketing and social media experience, which creates an opportunity to communicate from the purpose, reveal the message and articulate it through various means of media and formats to serve, support, expand, connect and grow the Practitioner community.

All Practitioners are fully supported by their communities, through prayer partnership, progressive, dynamic, and evolutionary education. Each Practitioner fully realizes their highest potential and expresses their greatness within their communities and professional practices while positively impacting the lives of others and expanding CSL and SOM in the world.

Joylynn McElroy Hertz, RScP – Secretary                                                                                                                  Center: Outreach Practitioner



Joy Lynn moved to Albuquerque from New Orleans in 2005 as a direct result of Hurricane Katrina to the love and support of the members of the Albuquerque CSL. Joy Lynn was a law firm administrator and Paralegal for more than 30 years. Presently, Joy Lynn owns and operates JoyousCreations Event Planning and Catering. Joy Lynn was a founding member and Practitioner (served as Lead Practitioner for 2 years) at the Rio Grande CSL and served on the BOT for five years (3 years as President). During the Integration process of UCSL and ICSL, Joy Lynn served on the Core Council of UCSL as the Recording Secretary. She has served on CSL Council’s Financial Impact Team. Loving kindness, service, creating happy and inspiring others to their highest potential are Joy Lynn’s life’s mission as she maintains an active Practitioner and counseling practice.

Barbara J. Gilfillan RScP, Practitioner Council Member 
Cell: 401-486-9650
Center: Cape Coral for Spiritual Living


Barbara has practiced the principles of Science of Mind since 2007 and was licensed by CSL as a Practitioner in 2011. She was elected to the CSL Practitioner Council in 2016 where she now serves as the Vice-Chair. Currently she is the Liaison to the Ministerial and Practitioner Licensing Committee and the Spiritual MatchMaker of the CSL Practitioner PrayerMatch Program

Before being elected to the Council, she served as the CSL Region 11 (Northeast) Practitioner Representative where she held monthly teleconferences to open up communication with the field Practitioners. She also served as a mentor to Practitioner Students. In January of 2017, Barbara moved to North Fort Myers Florida and became a member of the Cape Coral Center for Spiritual Living. She is currently recreating her life and providing sacred service in this Center. Barbara was a member of Concordia CSL in Rhode Island where she served on the Leadership Council, as a Ministry Leader, as the Chair of the Nomination Council and the Coordinator of the Practitioner Core. Barbara also taught certified classes at Concordia. Also in Rhode Island, by utilizing the SOM Principles, she facilitated many study groups, meditation groups and trained meditation instructor. She is a full time Practitioner who helps students empower themselves and to create a rewarding life experience.

Barbara embraces, models and promotes the CSL motto, “change your thinking, change your life.”


Ninoska Duenas, RScP, Practitioner Council Member, CSL Prayer Match Admin 
Cell: 818.618.3562
Center: Triangular Church of Religious Science


The words Change your thinking, change your Life were my first encounter with the teachings of Science of Mind. After what I call a life changing experience, I decided to take Science of Mind classes at Founders Church; consequently, I became a licensed practitioner in the year 2000. My commitment as a practitioner has been to share the principles of Science of Mind and reach out to the community in Los Angeles, California. I have done this primarily by teaching SOM accredited classes and Practitioners Studies program for Spanish Speaking students at Founders. My involvement as the Region 13, Latin America Practitioner Representative, has also provided me with the opportunity to be of service and connect with practitioners from various Centers for Spiritual Living outside the United States since 2013.

My experience as a Regional Practitioner Representative allows me to understand the needs of practitioners, both locally and internationally. It is my passion to teach and to fully embrace this philosophy which has deeply impacted my life and others around me. Additionally, my work as an educator and counselor has made it possible for me to help parents and youth from different socio-economic backgrounds. Finally, I believe that it is important to recognize all Centers for Spiritual Living as a whole, and by that I mean, that we are One. That is why I consider it vital to expand my consciousness and voluntary commitment beyond my local center.

My vision is to serve with passion, with gratitude and dedication to our community of practitioners; to help expand the teachings of Science of Mind; to assist in the communication process and to support the development of practitioners throughout the organization at the national and international level.

Kris Ferraro, RScP, Practitioner Council Member 
Cell: 973-568-0567


Kris Ferraro has been on a spiritual journey since she was a young child. At age 27, she discovered New Thought through a book she had been given by Catherine Ponder. She finally had a direct experience of God, which she had only felt in glimpses before. In the past 20 years, she has healed from numerous debilitating behaviors, fears and experiences and she continually works on her own healing/revealing of Truth. For the past 15 years, she has been a member of CSL – North Jersey, attending the first day it opened. She was the first practitioner student to become an intern and to later teach SOM classes. She has been licensed as a Practitioner for 9 years. Career-wise, after 15 years of working as a counselor in a non-profit organization, Kris transitioned into employment with a self-help company. Within two years, Kris became fully self-employed as a Coach, helping people transform their emotions and their lives. Kris speaks at healing conferences and teaches spiritual workshops in both the US and Europe. Affirmative prayer has been integrated into every aspect of her personal and professional life, where she prays several times a week with not only SOM folks but people of other faiths as well. Prayer is the start and finish of every session, group and class she leads, demonstrating her commitment and faith to others. Her Mission Statement is for others to experience God’s love for them in her presence and that informs how she serves with passion.