Open Spirit's

Steering Committee

Rabbi Katy Allen

Rabbi Katy is the founder and spiritual leader of Ma'yan Tikvah - A Wellspring of Hope, which holds outdoor services all year long. For ten years,Rabbi Katy, a board certified chaplain, served as chaplain at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. In 2015, she founded the One Earth Collaborative, a project of Open Spirit, which seeks to foster community through shared connection to the Earth. She writes about matters of the spirit and world, is a member of the Advisory Boards of and Shomrei Bereshit: Rabbis and Cantors for the Earth, on the board of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, and co-convener and the President of the Boston-area Jewish Climate Action Network.

Helen Berman

Helen is the co-facilitator of the Prayer Shawl Knitters program at Open Spirit. Participants in this program create shawls as spiritual practice, reaching out to those in need of comfort and solace. Helen's past experience includes teaching children about animals, the outdoors and cooking through a Jewish Community Center.

Reverend Debbie Clark

Reverend Clark has been ordained in the UCC for 26 years and as pastor at the Edwards Church for 20 years. She is the founder of Open Spirit, serves on the Steering and Advisory  Committees and is the Interfaith Coordinator. 


Sandra Hewitt

Sandy is on the Steering and Advisory Committees. Her career has been in healthcare, with clinical background as a physical therapist and later a hospital administrator and consultant. As a management consultant for Spaulding Rehab, she started up inpatient and outpatient rehab centers, and was on the consulting team that planned and developed Spaulding's Rehab Hospital on the Cape. She has worked in outpatient centers, academic medical centers and non-profit clinical environments. Throughout her career she has had a strong interest in integrating Eastern and Western medicine, having had this interest strengthened by her trips to India. 

Rosanne Kates

Rosanne is the Coordinator of Community Connection and serves on the Steering and Advisory Committees. Having an extensive background in the field of education, Rosanne leads the Nourishing Teachers/Strengthening Classrooms Project for Open Spirit. This is a community outreach program that supports both teachers and students in mindfulness practice and mind/body awareness. Rosanne has experience as a classroom teacher, literacy specialist, and an adjunct faculty member of Framingham State University. She has also served as a board member of the Massachusetts Reading Association, where she developed the Teachers as Writers Project.

Bette Norton

Bette is a retired preschool teacher who is Open Spirit's Liaison with Edwards Church, of which she has been a long time member. She serves on both the Steering and Advisory Committees. Bette's personal mission is to educate community members on the benefits of tai chi and yoga as healing practices. she believes that they are an important adjunct for helping individuals with physical challenges and disabilities. 

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