Our Board of Trustees

Robert Quintana Hopkins, PhD, RscP

Robert Quintana Hopkins, PhD, RscP

Co-President

Robert Quintana Hopkins has attended East Bay Church since 1999 and has been a Licensed Religious Science Practitioner (RScP) since 2009.

Michelle N. Blakely MA

Michelle N. Blakely MA

Co-President

Michelle became a member of EBCRS in late summer 2018 and knew she had found her spiritual home after years of searching. Volunteer experience at EBCRS includes work in the Bookstore; Kwanzaa Committee; Black History Committee; the 46th Anniversary Gala: co-Lead Silent/Live Auctions; Centers for Spiritual Living (CSL) voting member representing EBCRS for the selection of CSL’s new Spiritual Leader and EBCRS new Minister Nominating Committee.

Rev. Arleen King

Rev. Arleen King

Chief Operating Officer

Rev. Arleen has been a member of East Bay for over 20 years and has been a Licensed Practitioner for 12 years. She served on the Board of Trustees for 13 years. She is a Ministerial Student at the School of Spiritual Leadership in San Diego.

Noadiah Eckman-West

Noadiah Eckman-West

Treasurer

Noadiah Eckman-West started attending and being transformed by the teachings at EBCRS in 2006. Professionally, he is a geologist and owns Eckman Environmental Designs, Inc a consulting and design firm that specializes in the regulatory portions of land development.

Helen Anderson RScP, Emerita

Helen Anderson RScP, Emerita

Board Practitioner

Helen Anderson, RScP is a spiritual practioner emeritus at East Bay Church of Religious Science and is currently available to see clients.

Rev. Dereca Blackmon

Rev. Dereca Blackmon

Trustee

Rev. Dereca Blackmon is a licensed minister in the Centers for Spiritual Living where she has dedicated over 25 years of service to the spiritual transformation of the entire planet.

Luretha Senyo-Mensah, RScP

Luretha Senyo-Mensah, RScP

Trustee

I am an East Bay Area native. I was born in Berkeley, grew up in Oakland, went to Oakland Public Schools, and spent most of my adulthood living and working there.

Caitlin Smith

Caitlin Smith

Trustee

Caitlin began to fold her love of plants into her career after she began attending East Bay and took Foundations about eight years ago. She has taken many classes in the Landscape Design and Horticulture program at Merritt College, and has worked in many special gardens, including the Sunset Magazine test gardens in Sonoma.

Constance Slider Pierre

Constance Slider Pierre

Trustee

Constance Slider Pierre is the Organizing Director at The Utility Reform Network (TURN), a public interest law firm specializing in regulatory and legislative energy and telecommunications advocacy on behalf of consumers.

Brenda King-Randle, RScP, Emeritus

Brenda King-Randle, RScP, Emeritus

Trustee

Brenda King-Randle arrived at EBCRS in 1992, where she has been a loyal member and a committed Spiritual Practitioner for over 26 years. Brenda has served EBCRS in many different capacities: Practitioner Coordinator, Instructor of SOM classes. Twice as a Board of Trustee: 1993-1994 as a member and 2014-2016 as President. She is currently available to see clients.

Advisors

Pat Baxter

Pat Baxter

Advisor

Pat is a financial advisor and owner of REAP Legacy, Inc. located in Oakland. She was introduced to SOM in 2001 and joined EBCRS in 2003. Since 2007 she has been an active and consistent volunteer in the EBCRS Tape Ministry.

The Board is Currently Meeting the Third Saturday of the Month from 10am-12pm

Become a Church Leader

Join the Board of Trustees

Serving as a Board member is a rewarding experience that includes the following responsibilities:

  • Attend all regular and specially called meetings of the Board of Trustees
  • Represent the board as a liaison to one or more church ministries
  • Consult with staff regarding the operation of the church
  • Listen to opinions and feelings of the congregation and reflect the sense of these conversations in deliberations within the board, ministries and committees
  • Learn about all facets of the church such as the different ministries it supports, the activities of committees, the needs and responsibilities of staff, short- and long-range planning, and the budgeting process

Being a pledging/tithing member of the church

History of church involvement

Ability to express one’s own opinion, listen carefully to the merit of those held by others, and work toward consensus

Willingness and ability to devote time and effort necessary to conduct the church’s affairs effectively for the duration of the term

Patience and commitment

Trustees serve one to three year terms. The congregation each year in March elects new trustees to the board. In September, the Trustees Nominating Team collects applications and interviews interested board candidates to select a slate for election by the congregation. Candidates who replace Trustees at term’s end are presented to the Board for approval. If you would like more information on becoming a Trustee, contact the church office.

The Board of Trustees typically meets on the third Saturday of the month at 10am in the Fellowship Hall. Minutes of each board meeting are available upon request.

Board Application

If you are interested in joining the Board, please fill out our application form, below, and contact one of the current Board Presidents:

Robert Quintana Hopkins
Send Robert an email

Michelle Blakely
Send Michelle an email

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