Meet Our Board & Staff
our Board of Directors
Watch an interview with Erin Maurie who just finished her term as a                              member of the Board of Directors.

Bread of Life board members bring diverse skills and experiences. If you need to share a concern or compliment about a board member, please send an email to and put “Attention Board Member” in the subject line.


Shari Roeseler
Board President
Shari Roeseler is a respected leader in the nonprofit sector, currently serving as the Executive Director/ CEO of Society for the Blind, which provides education and services to people who are low-vision and blind in a 26-county region. Prior to joining Society for the Blind she served as Executive Director for St. Anthony Foundation, one of the largest non-profit social service agencies in San Francisco. She also served for nine years as the Vice President of Resource Development for the West Region of Mercy Housing.

Shari has been committed to community service throughout her career. In 2006 she was selected to participate in a two-week international program at the United Nations in New York focusing on women’s economic development and HIV/AIDS education and services in developing countries. She has a B.A. in Social Work, Sociology, and Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Masters in Ethics/Bio-Ethics from Santa Clara University- Jesuit School of Theology.

She comes to Bread of Life with a particular interest in faith-based organizations and in building collaborations and partnerships in the community.

Read an interview with Shari here.
Ken Murphy,
Ken Murphy recently retired with his wife Kitty to Santa Barbara from an active practice with Arendt Fox law firm in Los Angeles where he was a member of the Automotive Practice Industry Group. A former chairperson of United Way of Los Angeles and United Way of California, Ken continues to be active in community activities. He is also a Trustee of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles. Looking for something more than the adversarial approach to public discourse, Ken has become an active member of the Bread of Life Dynamic Dialogue community of practice and is looking to begin a new Dialogue Community of Practice in the Santa Barbara area. 

Mary Richardson

Mary Richardson serves as Minister-in-Covenant at Pioneer Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. Mary is commissioned in Congregational Transformation and Covenant Renewal, and works with congregations and judicatories across denominational lines. She has worked with nonprofits in Board Effectiveness work since the 90s, and has successfully coached executives in the private sector. As Director of Education for SOLA International, Mary traveled globally to implement a company-wide executive leadership development program. In addition, she designed and managed a 2-year internship program for high-potential master's level candidates. Mary is a certified Mentor in the Dynamic Dialogue program at Bread of Life.


Lorna Sheveland
Lorna Sheveland's professional career centered on all phases of public education, from an instructional assistant in special education classrooms, to teacher, principal, director of curriculum to superintendent in her district work. As a consultant she worked for the California Department of Education and later in private practice with specialties in systemic reform and executive coaching.

Both in her district work and later as a consultant, Lorna authored and presented many programs on leadership, coaching and the use of Dialogue. When she learned about Bread of Life’s Dialogue Programs, she was immediately committed to support the work.

Continually moving as a child in a military family, Lorna has a deep appreciation of the vast diversity of cultures, countries, and religions she encountered. This has led her to explore a variety of faith traditions. Currently she is a Licensed Unity Teacher assigned to Spiritual Life Center, an interfaith Unity center, where she teaches classes on prayer, mysticism, and aging gracefully. 

In retirement, Lorna has discovered art and while she loves all mediums, she is especially drawn to pastels and the plein-air painting of nature. She is a member of Heartfelt, Bread of Life’s Creative Arts membership program, and enjoys the company of fellow artists.

She comes to Bread of Life with an interest in supporting the organization’s evolution while maintaining the integrity of its mission.


Andy Rosten
 Andy Rosten has had a long-standing relationship with Bread of Life since his wife, Mary Dignan Rosten, helped found the Spirit in the Arts program. Andy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Plant Breeding from Cornell University and a Master’s Degree in Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After overseeing cloning of plants at wholesale nurseries in Hollywood Florida and Wasco California and at Del Monte Agricultural Research in San Leandro, California, he became disenchanted with corporate culture and pursued his entrepreneurial spirit by earning a general contractor’s license and founding
Rosten Remodeling, Inc. in 1991. With no prior construction experience, he has become well-versed in all construction trades while doing home repairs for mortgagors, investors and real estate agents in Northern and Central California.  Employing many disadvantaged residents has opened his eyes to how low-income individuals handle life challenges. 

With his work experience as a contractor, employer, real estate investor and a penchant for finding cost savings, he sought to share those skills with non-profit organizations. Aside from his relationship with Bread of Life, Andy has served a number of other organizations. He assists his wife, Mary, a blind mosaics artist, to teach others her art skills including a 2013 trip to Bangalore, India to start a program at the Mathru School for the Blind and Differently Abled. He has also been a member of Big Brother/Big Sister of Sacramento, a merit-badge counselor for Boy Scouts of America and does volunteer work for the City of Sacramento Animal Shelter.


Joan Stockbridge
Joan Stockbridge is a spiritual director, storyteller, author and retreat and workshop facilitator. Recognized as a leader in the use of narrative for healing, Joan has frequently presented workshops at conferences across the country. She serves as a spiritual director on staff of the Mercy Retreat Center in Auburn. Joan has a BA from McGill University and a Masters from UC Davis. She has served on nonprofit boards for many years including the board of the Live Oak Waldorf School and the Arts Council of Placer County (currently known as PlacerArts). Joan deeply values the work of Bread of Life, having done her spiritual direction training with the organization and also attending many events, trainings and workshops. 
For more information, visit her website.


Kamal Lemseffer

Kamal Lemseffer
is originally from Morocco but considers himself practically a Davis native as he has resided in this city over 25 years. He currently works at UC Davis in the budget office. Kamal has a Masters in Computers and Robotics from France, a Masters in Software Engineering and MBA from Sacramento State University. He experienced Dynamic Dialogue with a leadership team from Salaam Mosque in Sacramento and his wife Anne Kjemtrup recently completed the two-year Dialogue practicum.

 Pia Spector
Executive Director

Sandra Lommasson
 Director of Spiritual Formation
Jean Holsten
Director of Dialogue
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Jenny Tran
Office Manager
  Amanda Baker
Dialogue Assistant
Tom Morgan
Outreach Coordinator for Spiritual Formation
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