Advisory Council


Barbara Cambron, Advisor

“As a lifelong spiritual seeker, I have experienced a multitude of ways to become more spiritually aware and grounded. As I continue my journey, I believe Spirit of Sophia will challenge me within a safe environment to expand my horizons.  My life experiences of travelling and interacting with international organizations and communities give me some perspectives that could be valuable in our circle.”  BGC

Sandra Rippetoe, Advisor

“I am a poet, lover of nature, homeschool teacher (retired), spiritual seeker, and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with bachelor degrees in psychology and nutrition/dietetics from University of KY and MA degree from Lexington Theological Seminary. My dream for the future is to buy five acres, grow organic vegetables and fruit, and create a butterfly and bee sanctuary.” SR

Dr. Melanie-Prejean Sullivan, Advisor

“I retired after more than 18 years as the Director of Campus Ministry at Bellarmine University and am currently pursuing  interfaith chaplaincy and teaching.  My doctorate in practical theology has led me on several adventures, including research into women’s ways of knowing.  I am currently serving as a Visiting Lecturer with the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge, England, founded to promote theological study for women in the church.” MPS

Mary Helen Weeks, Advisor

“A native Kentuckian, I recently found my way back to Kentucky, the clay of my Soul. While living in Colorado, I studied in a Spiritual Formation Program at Benet Hill Monastery and became a Spiritual Director. I then worked with First United Methodist Church in a program to heal grieving and hurting children, called “Holy Listening.” Currently I volunteer for Hospice of the Bluegrass. Three years ago I began searching for a Spiritual Women’s Group, and I found Spirit of Sophia. The past few years she has nurtured, healed and enlivened my Soul through the wonderful programs offered. I have met women to companion with on this spiritual journey we call life. It is an honor to serve on the Advisory Council for Spirit of Sophia and celebrate all women.”  MHW

Founding Advisory Council: Pam Yenawine, Andria Creighton, Jan Kirstein, Carla McMillin

A special thank you to these four women who served as our “founding” advisory council!