Spirit of Resh Board of Directors...
Lily Myers Kaplan, Founder & Director
With a Master's degree in Culture & Spirituality, and thirty years as an ordained non-denominational minister, Lily has made a career of guiding people to build meaning and purpose from the most challenging of life circumstances. Beyond her private practice as a soul-coach and life-cycle celebrant, Lily has been a hospice volunteer manager, the program director of a modern day mystery-school, and executive director of a non-profit family camp. She says, "I am so proud to be the Director of Spirit of Resh Foundation, dedicated to the memory of my sister, Lois and brother in law, Dave." Using story as force for healing in her southern Oregon community is a way Lily keeps Lois and Dave alive and ensures that her own heart is continually re-invigorated.
Sally Long, Co-Founder & Board Chair
For Sally, the Spirit of Resh Foundation is a living memorial to the legacy of love left by Lois and David. As Lois and Lily’s elder sister, she was both distraught and inspired by Lois and Dave’s extended cancer journey and untimely deaths. Fueled by the two emotions, she imagined a world where renewed life purpose could spring from honoring death. Her knowledge as a long-time educator combined with her non-profit board experience led to co-founding Spirit of Resh with Lily. From the beginning Sally cheered from the background as the emerging Foundation took shape. Now, retired from her multi-faceted career in higher education, she continues to be a creative champion of Resh and is proud to serve as the current Board Chair.
Deborah D'Ottavio, Board Secretary
As with most of us humans, I have experienced loss and grief throughout my life and these experiences influence my service on the Spirit of Resh Board of Directors. Being a member of the Resh team is part of my own legacy as I bring my experiences, adding value to our programs and supporting those we serve. With approximately 30 years of experience in the technology field, and almost as many in volunteer work for various causes, I find joy in working on Resh's social media platform where I can offer inspiration for those who are our followers. I strongly believe in the Spirit of Resh principles, most specifically this one: Life is precious; this moment is all we have. It is an honor to serve as the Secretary of the Spirit of Resh Board of Directors.
Marnie Olena, Board Treasurer
It is a deep privilege to serve as Treasurer of Spirit of Resh Foundation. Through my service, I know that I am supporting others as they walk the path of grief and begin to translate their loss into legacy. I know firsthand the value that our programs bring to those in the midst of grief, having experienced losses of close friends and family. I’ve worked in the financial industry for nearly 25 years, and bringing my business skills, as a source of fiscal support to the Spirit of Resh Foundation is a pleasure. Our values, in particular, honesty, love and respect, are core beliefs for me and I am honored to be part of the work that is Resh.
Megan Farnsworth, Board Director
Megan is an Associate Professor of Special Education at Southern Oregon University, and a holistic educator who uses story and breath to explore the human condition. Her son, Keita, died in 2012 from complications due to Bipolar Disorder. This loss has deeply affected her personal and public identities, leading Megan into research on how grief affects teaching and learning. With a PhD in Multicultural Special Education, Megan's 17 years of teaching in private and public schools is a solid foundation to her emerging emphasis on using story for re-writing grief-stories. Megan says that, "The Spirit of Resh Foundation's premise of trusting in the connection between that which is seen and unseen underlies how the magic of story—and creatively exploring my son’s death—has helped me transform fear into love and discover healing within my own mourning journey."