Archives Leadership

A nine member Board of Directors governs the Science of Mind Archives and Library Foundation.  They operate in accordance with the Archives bylaws.

The Archives is a nonprofit religious corporation dedicated to preserving and sharing artifacts that support the activities and expressions of Science of Mind.

Board of Directors:

James Van Cleave, Ph. D. – President
James Van Cleave’s vast research-based theological and literature background and knowledge—particularly around Ernest Holmes and Science of Mind history—is invaluable to the Archives.   James’ educational background includes:   BS and MS in Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois; MA Theological Studies, Claremont Colleges (School of Theology) CA; and a PhD Bible and Theology, Claremont Colleges (School of Theology), CA 2003.

His occupation and community involvement includes being the Systematic Theologian, InSpirit Center for Spiritual Living, Orange County, CA; a Board Member at InSpirit Center for Spiritual Living, Orange County, CA; and Vice President of the Science of Mind Archives, Golden, Colorado.  He is, also, a retired VP of Engineering, NavCom Defense Electronics, Corona, CA.
James’ publications include: Plato and Jesus, dissertation, UMI Dissertation Services, 2003.  He has numerous articles on radio, radar, signal processing, and he has 6 patents.
Rev. Steve Yarborough – Vice President
Rev. Steve Yarborough graduated from Holmes Institute in San Diego in the summer of 2016 and immediately received a letter of call from his home Church in Reno.  A successful businessman and entrepreneur, he is a living demonstration of what he has learned and implemented through his deep studies of the Science of Mind and Spirit.  He is a powerful leader, an inspiring speaker and a compassionate spiritual counselor. He and his wife, Laurie, have
three wonderful children and a full—yet balanced—life.

Rev. Karen Oxrider – Secretary

Karen Oxrider was first introduced to the Science of Mind teachings through her husband 23 years ago and together they received their practitioner license 12 years ago. Her spiritual journey began at the Center for Spiritual Living in Westlake Village, California which is now known as the Global Truth Center. For three years, Karen has served as the Practitioner Core Co-Leader for a team of 50 at the Center providing inspirational speakers, educational programs and leadership.

Karen Oxrider is a nonprofit veteran and had spent over 20 years working with youth and environmental education programs. When her job came to an end, after the Woolsey Fire in 2018, a different type of journey began as she embarked on a spiritual journey of becoming a minister. She graduated in the summer of 2020 from the Emerson Theological Institute. In addition to her studies, Karen has served the last 7 years on the Science of Mind Archives and Library Foundation Board preserving, protecting and presenting the historical artifacts of Ernest Holmes and other New Thought leaders.

Karen loves the outdoors, enjoys traveling to off-the-beaten-path locations, volunteering in her community, and spending time with her husband of 25 years, Brad.

Rev. Dr. Deborah Gordon – Treasurer
Dr. Deborah Gordon discovered the teaching of the Science of Mind in 1986 and has been an avid student ever since. She attained her practitioner license in 1991 and became licensed as a minister in 1997 whilst co-founding the Centre for Spiritual Living with her husband Dr. Kenn Gordon, (which began in 1993). She was ordained in 2001and received her Doctorate of Religious
Science from International Centers for Spiritual Living in 2010.
Her background, previous to her call to ministry, includes a degree in Psychology, experience in entrepreneurial administration, as well as 12 years as a stay at home mom.
She is currently the Senior Minister of the Centre in Kelowna, B.C. Canada, overseeing the community, which has a large staff and practitioner ministry. She has taught Science of Mind classes for over 22 years, including 6 Practitioner courses and 3 Ministerial training programs.
Through the years she has served the larger organization (both International Centers for Spiritual Living as well as Centers for Spiritual Living) on many committees including the summer conferences committee, the intensive ministerial student experience, and various other groups.
She currently sits on the Professional Advisory/Deans’ Steering Committee.
She is married to the former Spiritual Leader for Centers for Spiritual Living, Dr. Kenn Gordon. They have 2 children and 2 adored grandsons.

Board Members:

Rev. Dr. Marilyn Leo

Marilyn has been a part of Religious Science since childhood. Her father, Rev. Dr. Reginald Armor, was a minister and well-known figure in the New Thought Movement, and the Armor family was very close to Ernest and Hazel Holmes. Marilyn has served on many committees and received several special recognitions including the “Living Treasure Award” given by her ministerial colleagues.

At the present time, although retired from the usual ministerial duties, she serves Religious Science in many capacities including the Religious Science Archives; she is the Founder and a past President of the Science of Mind Archives and Library Foundation. Marilyn has been on the Hefferlin Foundation Board since its inception, appointed by Marian Hefferlin, herself. 

She has contributed the manuscript for That Was Ernest written by her father, Dr. Reginald Armor; compiled and edited Love and Law published by Tarcher/Putnam in 2001; wrote the foreword for John Waterhouse’s book Five Steps to Freedom and authored a book about the personal life of Ernest and Hazel Holmes, In His Company – Ernest Holmes Remembered. the book Chronicles of Religious Science Volumes 1 and 2, the History of the Religious Science Movement. She contributed to the book, Conversations with Ernest. Her latest project is Mother of a Mystic: The Story of Anna Columbia Heath Holmes. 

Rev. Doug LeBow
Rev. Doug LeBow is the Senior Minister and Spiritual Director at the Hi-Desert Center for Spiritual Living in Apple Valley California.

Rev. Doug is also an Emmy award-winning producer of music and video, composer, arranger, music supervisor, and music engraver, with over 150 feature film, TV movie, television series, recording, and publishing credits.  He also served a five-year, 635 episode stint as the Music Director on General Hospital, ABC-TV’s longest running daytime drama.

Currently under contract to Disney Publishing Worldwide as a producer, composer, songwriter, and recording artist, Doug has written, produced and recorded more than 100 songs for Disney’s Disney Junior and Disney English projects since 2008.

Doug is also the President and CEO of LeBow Music & Multimedia, Inc., a L.A. based B2B multimedia production company, which creates all manner of music, video, streaming media, engraved music, and instructional design media for a wide variety of industries.

A graduate of The Grove School of Music, Doug’s affiliations and memberships include: The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS); The Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL); The American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC); The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP); The American Federation of Musicians; Professional Musicians, Local #47 Los Angeles, and the Recording Musicians Association of Los Angeles (RMALA).

Doug resides in sunny (and HOT!) Santa Clarita, CA; with his wife, Rev. Sharon Earle, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

  Kristen Ashley, RScP

Kristen was introduced to New Thought when she was 19 years old through late night conversations and esoteric research with her best friend.  She began attending Unity of Houston, TX in 2007 with her son, Reaghan. In 2011, Rev. Michael Gott (a Centers for Spiritual Living Minister) joined Unity as an Assistant Minister and became her first Spiritual Mentor.  When she moved back to her hometown of Asheville, NC in 2012, she decided to try out Science of Mind because Rev. Michael informed her “they would teach her to pray like he does”. She immediately fell in love with Science of Mind and the teachings of Ernest Holmes and took every class available to learn as much as possible.  She was licensed as a Practitioner in 2017 and moved across the country to Napa, CA to pursue her dream of attending Holmes Institute School of Spiritual Leadership in Santa Rosa, CA. Kristen is currently a Senior in Ministerial School and is expecting to graduate in June of this year.

Kristen is the Youth Director at Napa Valley Center for Spiritual Living as well as the Co-Lead for NextGEN Retreat, the premier spiritual retreat for adults ages 18-35ish.  Her background is in teaching, and she has worked with Autistic Individuals, both adults and children for over 12 years. In addition, she is also a Certified Tantrica, a licensed Oneness Blessing Giver, and Social Justice Activist.  She loves studying teachings and paths that allow all beings to live in harmony and balance within themselves, one another, and the Earth. She believes that all people deserve freedom, love, respect, equality, safety, and happiness, and she strives to live by these values in all that she does.  She has an innate gift to hold space and support people in their process and experience while still seeing their Divinity.

Rev. Dr. Kristina Collins

Dr. Kristina began her spiritual journey at the Huntington Beach Church of Religious Science under the direction of Dr. Peggy Bassett in 1980. She has been a continuous student ever since. She became a Licensed Practitioner in 1984, and graduated from Holmes Institute, School of Ministry in 1992.  She has served in the Burbank Center for Spiritual Living (1992 – 1996) and the United Church of Religious Science Home Office (Ecclesiastical Coordinator 1994 – 1996). She is currently the Senior Minister at The Sanctuary for Spiritual Living, Covina, Ca. (since 1996), which she considers her greatest blessing. Her deepest desire is to simply be a “good minister.” This vision continues to unfold in the day-to-day joy of ministry.

Dr. Kristina has been blessed to continuously teach Science of Mind Classes from Foundations Class to Ministerial Class since 1984. She co-authored the Professional Practitioner Studies, Year I and was awarded the Vetura Papke Great Teacher Award in February 2013. She has inspired and mentored numerous Ministerial students and new Ministers along the way, adding to her own growth and unfolding ministry.

Dr. Kristina has served on numerous committees for Centers for Spiritual Living, including the First Archives Committee, Education Committee, Personnel Committee and the Asilomar Summer Conference Committee. She was the first recipient of the Hazel Holmes Award for her love of Asilomar in 2001.

Dr. Kristina was invited to serve on the Science of Mind Foundation Board of Directors in 2009 and completed her term as President of that Board in Jan, 2019. She was blessed to work with many churches to develop individual Endowments, creating financial stability for their communities. Dr. Kristina is excited to join the Science of Mind Archives and Foundation to continue to preserve the precious history of Religious Science and New Thought.

Rev. Sonia Byrne–Archives Board Liaison to Centers for Spiritual Living Leadership Council

Board of Governors:

Rev Dr. Marilyn Leo – Chair

Rev. Dr. David Alexander

Rev Dr. Ruth Deaton

Rev Dr. Kenn Gordon

Kathy Juline, RScP

Rev. Dr. Roger Juline

Ken Lind, RScP

Rev Dr. Christian Sorensen

Rev Dr. Roger Teel

Rev Dr. Lloyd Tupper

Rev Dr. John Waterhouse

Science of Mind Archives Staff:

Rev. Kathy Mastroianni, Executive Director
Kathy has over 20 years experience in nonprofit management, including 10 years as the Chief Executive Officer and the main communications manager, grant writer, fundraiser, and volunteer manager for PeaceWorks, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to healing relationship violence and providing sanctuary for family members and pets.  Rev. Kathy was formerly the Chair of the Resource Development Committee and Vice President of the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of South Park, Colorado for six years.

She graduated from the Holmes Institute and the School of Spiritual Leadership Denver Region passed her oral panels to become a licensed Religious Science Minister in August of 2018. She brings her Consciousness, along with deep skills as a non-profit leader to the Archives. Rev. Kathy lives in the mountains of Bailey, Colorado with her critter family.  Her wonderful 21 year old daughter, Izabella, is entering her final year at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Rev. Kathy enjoys chanting/Kirtan, camping, traveling, baking, chocolate, and exploring our beautiful world.
Rev. Valerie Torphy, Prosperity Manager
Valerie Torphy is a Minister, licensed in 2011, ordained in 2014, and a licensed practitioner since 2004. She has worked with and for non-profit organizations since 1985 as board member, board president, executive director, administrator, and youth director.   She was in banking for over twenty years in many positions from teller to vice president.  She and her husband, Rev. Michael Torphy, have just moved to the North Denver area and are planning to start a spiritual center in that area.  Together, they have three grown children, six grandchildren.

Melinda Eskridge, RScP

Originally from Dallas, went to camp in Colorado as a child, and finally got to move here in 1986. After retiring from IRS, I found Science of Mind, and started learning!  Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Regis University in 1996, majoring in Organizational Development.

Licensed as a Religious Science Practitioner in 2001, serving as Teaching Assistant, Ministry of Prayer., and as Director of the Mile Hi Church Prayer and Guidance Center. In addition I have volunteered at the Archives for 9 years, assisting with the finalization of Chronicles 1 and 2, and making extensive corrections to the Excel inventory spreadsheet as I reviewed the contents of each of the 500+ archival boxes.

Other volunteer activities include:

  • working in a Habitat for Humanity thrift store and keeping the books for it
  • serving on the Animal Ministry Steering Committee of Mile Hi Church
  • serving on the Practitioner Council at Mile Hi.

Kim Larmee, CA

A Certified Archivist, Kim obtained her undergraduate degree from Indiana University.  After college she moved to the Washington, DC area and worked as a fund raiser, a computer network administrator and researched and produced cancer-related multimedia information products for newly diagnosed patients. She moved to Iowa in 2016 and became a house director at a sorority while she completed her MA in Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa. She studied in San Gemini, Italy where she earned a Certificate in Paper Preservation and Restoration and holds a Certificate in Special Collections. Kim enjoys working out, volunteering, reading and playing with her Blue Heeler Lucky and her Lab mix Maggie.


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Kathy Mastroianni
Executive Director

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