People of CSL
SPIRITUAL LEADERS

Dr. Chris Michaels
Dr. Chris Michaels – Spiritual Director
Dr. Chris Michaels is a national speaker and author. He founded the Center for Spiritual Living in Kansas City, Missouri in 1990 and has served as Spiritual Director for over twenty years. As an educator and counselor, he has helped thousands of people understand the basic spiritual principles that govern our lives. With over two decades of study into the spiritual nature of life, Dr. Chris is a leading authority on the new spirituality movement. He is the author of Your Soul’s Assignment and his new book, The Power of You, available at bookstores nationwide or on amazon.com.

Along with speaking engagements at conferences, churches, and special events nationwide, Dr. Chris was a guest on Martha Stewart Living heard on SIRIUS satellite radio. His weekly radio show, "Healing Your Life" With Dr. Chris Michaels, is offered via podcast at www.itunes.com. In 2013 over 105,000 people downloaded his spiritual lessons from 95 different countries around the world. View his website at chrismichaels.net.  Contact Dr. Chris: drchrismichaels@gmail.com



PROFESSIONAL PRAYER PRACTITIONERS

The word Practitioner may be new to you, and it simply means that these designated people are high-level practicers of the Science of Mind principles.

A Practitioner works to assist you in solving problems and experiencing greater good in your life. They work to help you understand your challenge and its cause, and then, through Affirmative Prayer, spiritual laws are set in motion to resolve your issue.

Having participated in extensive training to develop themselves into being Consciousness On Demand, practitioners are licensed and skilled in using Science of Mind principles and especially Affirmative Prayer. This requires a minimum of three years of class work and practice and passing a written paneled exam before licensed ministers and Practitioners.

You will see our Practitioners onstage at the end of services or standing by the side walls between services and wearing a purple stole around their necks. They are available at these times—free of charge—to assist you with your prayer needs or at other times by appointment on a fee basis. Feel free to contact any of our Practitioners for more information.
Rev. Hobbit Forrest
Rev. Hobbit Forrest - Prayer Team Director
hobbit.forrest@gmail.com
(305) 807-7985


Rev. Kandi Haggerty
Rev. Kandi Haggerty - Staff Minister
KanKunken@aol.com
(954) 592-0055


Suzanne Kline
Suzanne Kline - Prayer Practitioner
Suz@SurfsUpGizmo.com
(561) 818-4900


Ray Lekowski
Ray Lekowski - Prayer Practitioner
rlekowski@aol.com
(954) 565-7197


John Rossetti
John Rossetti - Prayer Practitioner
johnniero@yahoo.com
(954) 993-5171




MUSICIANS

Antonio Edwards
Antonio Edwards– Musical Director/Lead Vocalist
Antonio is originally from St. Louis, Mo. and now resides in Wilton Manors, FL. His father was a minister, as was both of his grandfathers. His grandmother was a choir director and his mother was the lead vocalist in the choir. There was no avoiding becoming a singer in church. It was all around him. After many years working in corporate America and customer service, Antonio decided to move to New York City to pursue singing as a career. He worked as a contract musician singing for weddings, dinner dances, Broadway showcases, and corporate events. After visiting many times, he decided to make the move to south Florida to again pursue singing full-time in paradise.

Antonio was introduced to Science of Mind over 25 years ago in Dallas, TX where he was the lead vocalist. After moving to New York City, he became involved with Unity Church of New York as a member of the Voices In Unity choir as well as a soloist and a member of the world renowned vocal group Spiritus. Antonio is very excited to be the new Lead Vocalist for CSL Fort Lauderdale and looks forward to many Sundays filled with great music and moving messages.

You can catch Antonio every Wednesday night in the Manchester Room at the Alibi in Wilton Manors at 9:00 pm, immediately following Tony and Gloria on the stage. Also, on the second Wednesday of every month with Lenora Jaye for their DUETS show! Check him out on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/mrantonioedwards

EnVee
EnVee– Vocalist
Cuban born, Miami raised with a vintage influence, EnVee's background is as diverse as the music she creates. She comes from humble beginnings, and had music destined in her future from the very start . At the tender age of 2 , new to the United States and barely speaking,  she created melodies with few words and a big voice. 

Daughter of a professional singer and Influences from Celia Cruz to Barbara Streisand, Frank Sinatra & Ella Fitzgerald to Luciano Pavarotti, is where EnVee's creativity stems from.

She was accepted to the American Music and Dramatic Academy, a music conservatory in New York City where she quickly moved after graduating high school. This gave her the opportunity to study vocal performance, dance, acting and musical theater.

Upon returning to Miami, Envee joined the music department at Miami Dade College where she became lead soloist for Juba Gospel Choir, leading them in a national competition and tour. She began her writing career shortly after that.

EnVee's professional career has led her to a two year running show at Magic City Casino & The Casino at Dania Beach as the Opening Act for Kevin Ceballo.  She has performed in great community events such as, Miami Beach Gay Pride 2016 and Orgullo 2015 &16 and Co created the theme song  for the World Out Games Miami 2017. She had the honor of being the opening act for Cher at Hilary Clinton's Presidential campainge fundraiser with the cast of The Cabaret South Beach at The Filmore Miami Beach.  She has sung  “The National Anthem” for The Florida Marlins both in 2012 & 2015, and was a special guest at the Orlando,Pulse tribute at the America Airlines Area. Envee was also invited to sing at the “Miami Rocks Concert 2016”with MISO The Miami Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Eduardo Marturet , Music Producer & song writer Rudy Perez and Broadway stage Director Richard Jay Alexander at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, Fl.

She was crowned the First “Ultimate Voice Miami” and has competed in National and International television singing competition such as the NBC show "The Winner Is" hosted by Nick Lachey, and “Yo Soy El Artista” on Telemundo finishing top 6.

Envee can currently be seen as the featured singer at the Faena Theater, inside the Faena Hotel  in their new resident show SENSATIA and is  working on a new jazz project which promises not to disappoint. Her music is for all ages, multiple genres and pleases the masses. We can’t wait to hear what is next!!!


Jackie Arrendondo
Jackie Arrendondo– Vocalist
Jackie comes from a family of actors and singers; growing up in theaters, she began her career at the early age of 4 as an actress, debuting at the theater where her mother worked.  When she became young lady things got very tough, college was expensive and rent too.  She took a job as an 18 wheeler truck driver and it wasn’t easy and it changed her musical route forever.

She became a vocal coach at an early age while studying music in the United States in the best schools in the city of Miami, FL, where her own teachers discovered she possessed an enormous gift for teaching.  Her instructors found that she had the ability to achieve results in students that many vocal coaches could not.  Jackie so effortlessly and quickly would capture the weakest points from students getting them to do things with their voices they never dreamed they could.

This ability attracted the attention of music producers, promoters and songwriters. Soon Arredondo began to prepare artists for very important people in the Hispanic Music industry.  And due to such short deadlines, she was forced to develop a much more aggressive teaching technique which she named “SINGING BY SENSATION!” and it was this very unusual method that caught the eye of record executives at Sony Music Latin who made her an offer she couldn’t refuse by giving her the opportunity of a lifetime.  Sony Music Latin made Jackie their vocal instructor handing to her all their rough talent to train, polish and turn into stars.  What Jackie never imagined was that this opportunity, after 9 years, would land her the first gig in a Hispanic reality show where she would appear as a vocal instructor for TELEMUNDO/NBC giving her the chance to take her work from in between four walls to 30 countries through the small screen.

By her 4th Hispanic reality show, and after being categorized as one of the best vocal instructors for the Hispanic music industry, Emilio Estefan took interest in her and swept her away to instruct his reality show.  This attracted the attention of one of the most powerful RNB producers, Sean “PUFF DADDY” Combs.  Here she was given the opportunity to train Puff Daddy’s first Latin artist for his Hispanic Label “BAD BOY LATINO”.  This caught the eye of record industry mogul, TOMMY MOTTOLA.  Arredondo would train for him one of the most famous divas in the Hispanic music and television industry as it is THALIA.

Jackie Arredondo, now having accomplished her country dream and now having a name with enough weight in the Hispanic music industry as a vocal instructor for reality television attracted attention once again, this time from another major television network “UNIVISION”.  She was hired to train singing competitions for their highest rating variety show, SABADO GIGANTE giving her yet a more challenging task by allowing her to co-produce their segment by giving it a reality show image. She was the show the last 10 years of their 53 year run which ended in September 2015.


Hal Roland
Hal Roland– Pianist
Having recorded with some of the biggest names in pop music, including Barry Gibb and Michael Jackson, as well as performing in some of the biggest concert venues in the world, Hal Roland has enjoyed the levels of success that all contemporary musicians dream of. He started his career touring with 80's pop sensation Expose' and Jon Secada. He subsequently began arranging and producing music for the TV show 'Star Search'. He also was called upon to arrange and recorded the soundtrack for the musical "1492", which was recognized by the Bush Administration (41) as the official show of the Quincentennial celebration of Columbus Discovering America.  He then continued on to record and perform with many top artists worldwide. 

In addition to his performing and production credits, Mr. Roland is a published author of a textbook on keyboard programming called ''FM Synthesis for the DX7'', published by Warner Brothers Music, and taught these and related subjects at the University of Miami. Additionally, Mr. Roland has shared these experiences and perspectives with the public, on his Radio Show ''The Latin Jazz Quarter'' on WDNA 88.9 FM for the last 10 years. He also is the Program Director for “Jazz Radio Miami”, an award winning internet radio station dedicated to playing and promoting the many jazz artists the live and perform in South Florida.


Mr. Roland has a diverse and loyal public following, and is currently producing album projects for PMAO Records, while recently completing a master’s degree in jazz piano from Florida International University. He is a south Florida native, and currently lives in Miami.


Alberto Alarcon
Alberto Alarcon– Bass Player
Alberto, better known as “Betto”, began playing guitar at the age of 4 with his elder brother.  Thereafter, he developed a passion for the violin.  At the age of 15 years he did his first tour abroad, covering the states of Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma in the US, with the Society of the Pedagogical University of Veracruz. Playing different string and percussion instruments such as the guitar, the revelry, the vihuela, the bass guitar, harp, huehuetl, teponaxtli and others belonging to Mexican culture and also participating in festival throughout Texas City.  

His parents were not too fond of him becoming a musician so he paid his way through college, only to become more than he ever dreamed.  “Betto” is a MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST, skilled at around 50 instruments which include folkloric instruments from Latin America, Central America & Europe.

Betto has had the opportunity to play all kinds of instruments of wind, string and percussion folklore throughout Latin américa performing concerts throughout the territory of Veracruz. And participating regugularly on TV and in festivals.

He studied at the School of Bachelors 1917 Constitution Xalapa Veracruz.  Did his masters in violin at the Faculty of Music at the University of Veracruz, MX and Conservatory of music of Universidad Veracruzana. Xalapa Ver. 

His studies began paying off when he was invited to join the first band where he would sing and play guitar and  bass.  This allowed him enough exposure to be noticed by the Folkloric Company Convention Center of Cancun, MX where he he played a very important role as a soloist, being the youngest of them all.  Betto’s many talents earned him a gig sharing the stage with the famous Tony Williams from The Platters.

He left Mexico to embark yet another adventure and moved his residence to Europe where he finished his masters at the Aula of Musics of Barcelona, Spain. He then joined an International Orchestra as lead singer, guitarist and percussionist. This gave him an opportunity to tour Finland, Munich, France, Morocco and the Canary Islands.

He moved to the United States in 2013 only to begin his jouney doing background vocals for Emilio Estefan.

​​Today he lives in Miami, FL where he co-owns a music school with his life partner called Jackie Arredondo’s Music World which caters to mayor recording labels and the very elite of the Music Industry such as Emilio Estefan, Tommy Mottola, Puff Daddy and many more.


Alberto Lopez
Alberto Lopez– Drummer
Alberto never imagined that he would become a rock and roll drummer, as he was trained as a classical percussionist. He began at the age of seven, receiving drum lessons at the ASM music school, after convincing his parents he was meant to be a drummer. Alberto won first place in multiple competitions, not bad for a guy who had just started taking drum lessons.  

Alberto was born March 30 in Miami, Florida. He started his professional music career playing with his first rock band, then with a Latin group, and a couple of local artists. Alberto just felt it was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. One day a producer discovered him and offered for him to play in a national television channel, Univision. After many years working on TV, many artists started offering him to go on tour, and that’s when his music career was at his best.  In his spare time he started teaching his drum skills to children at the same music school where he learned everything he knows.

After many years working as a full time musician he met his wife, a singer with a beautiful voice, and they have three kids together.

He is currently a full time musician, and continues teaching drums all around Miami, and really enjoys being a part of the CSL family.




BOARD OF TRUSTEES


Dr. Chris Michaels
Dr. Chris Michaels – President
drchrismichaels@gmail.com
(954)566-2868



Wayne Gibson
Dr. Wayne Gibson– Vice President
waygib1@mac.com
(770) 861-2600

Dr. Wayne Gibson graduated from Huntingdon College and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, while completing his PhD at Northwestern University. He has taught in colleges and universities across the Northeast and the Midwest, but the bulk of his career was spent as chair of the music department at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta. Dr. Gibson is past president of the Music Teachers National Association, with a membership of 25,000 music teachers.

Dr. Gibson has volunteered on several arts boards and has served nearly fifteen years on the board of the Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta, founded and led for twenty years by his late partner, Kennedy Shultz. He was a Charter Member of the Atlanta Center and earned Science of Mind certificates through Level IV. He is pleased to have attended CSL Ft. Lauderdale for more than ten years now.

Pamela Bryant Pamela Bryant– Corporate and Recording Secretary
pamela.bryant48@gmail.com
(954) 218-3208

Pamela Bryant has been a member of the Center for Spiritual Living Ft. Lauderdale community for over 7 years. She is a successful business owner, a student of the Science of Mind teachings, and the mother of two adult children who are her pride and joy.

Pam uses her skills as a coach, licensed massage therapist, and business organizer, to assist her clients in experiencing and expressing their optimal life in work and play. She brings her business savvy, and lover of Truth to her role as a Board of Trustee member in order to be a good steward of the resources that have been entrusted to her.



Francis Buckley
Francis Buckley– Lay Member
vfbuckley@aol.com
(954) 514-7715

Francis is a service oriented descendant from a family with a long tradition of public service dating back to a missionary to the Native Americans in Western Massachusetts. He has viewed his career as a public librarian as a helping profession.

Francis administered library services in Detroit, MI; Shaker Heights, OH; and Washington, DC. For five years he served as a political appointee in charge of the dissemination of U.S. government publications produced by the Government Printing Office. Francis has also served on the Board of a number of professional library associations, nonprofits, and community organizations. He tries to exemplify the values of peace, respect/love for others, care, and compassion. Being on the CSL Board or Trustees provides many opportunities to serve the community.

Ken Mikel
Ken Mikel– Lay Member
kenmikel@gmail.com
(954) 727-1685

Ken grew up in Atlanta and graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in Business Administration. He served in the military during the Viet Nam Era as an US Coast Guard Air Crewman in the Mediterranean where he found his love for travel. He has had several varied careers from owning and operating a pub to managing a Systems Design Group for a Fortune 500 clothing manufacturer finally landing in a career in high tech sales where he was high level technical support for large call center systems sales.

Always a seeker of spiritual development he found his way to the Atlanta Church of Religious Science in the early 1980’s. He took the first three years of Science of Mind courses from Dr. Kennedy Shultz and Reverend Karen Wolfson. He served on the Atlanta church Board of Trustees under Dr. Shultz and then under Reverend Paul Gonyea. Ken is a Reiki practitioner.

After getting an early retirement from corporate America he moved to Fort Lauderdale in 2004 and has been a member of CSL Fort Lauderdale since then. He is excited about the expanding consciousness and the broadening prospects of CSL Fort Lauderdale.

Jeanne Looper Smith
Jeanne Looper Smith– Lay Member
wistfulwordsmith@gmail.com
(816) 808-4464

Jeanne Looper Smith is a wife, mother of three adult children, grandmother of seven grandsons, a freelance writer, columnist, editor and a “Wild Woman of Wellness.”

The “wild” incarnation, and a business that resulted from it, came after a 2011 diagnosis of bilateral breast cancer. She chose to return to wellness through the application of an alternative mind, body, spirit approach rather than the conventional, allopathic cancer treatment protocol.

Jeanne is a passionate proponent of the body’s ability to heal, through “food as medicine,” exercise, meditation, affirmative prayer and removing toxic thoughts such as unforgiveness and resentment—all things that support the immune system in returning the body to homeostasis and health.

She attended the University of Kansas, is a graduate of the Hippocrates Health Institute’s Life Transformation Program and a partner in a business called “Be Wild and Well.”

She has recently begun a new writing service, “Creative Life Tributes”—thoughtful obituaries and eulogies that don’t read like an resume but reflect the personality and distinctiveness of an individual—thus capturing the essence of a life uniquely lived.

In December of 2016 she published her first book, “Retro Road Trip: Taking the Long Way Home,” a compilation of 12 years of her newspaper columns about growing up in small town mid-century America. (It’s a front seat look at the good, the bad and the ugly of that time and culture.) Check it out on Amazon at Retro Road Trip: Taking the Long Way Home

Ken Gesel
Ken Gesel– Lay Member
kengesel@cslftl.org
(954)540-3360

Ken Gesel is another ‘damn Yankee’ living in South Florida.  Growing up in Buffalo, New York, he is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo and brings his love of chicken wings, snowdrifts and consecutive Super Bowl losses to the Sunshine State.  After a search for the perfect spiritual home he has been attending CSL Fort Lauderdale regularly since 2012.  Ken is also our Community Outreach Director.  Every month he is active in getting our Center and our members working with, and giving back to our local community.  

After a successful career in (legal) pharmaceutical sales, Ken recently started his own business buying, rehabilitating and reselling homes in the Fort Lauderdale area.  His true passion is classic American cars.  Ken is currently single, this despite being rather awesome…   perhaps he shouldn’t be allowed to write his own bio next time.



YOUTH DIRECTOR


Cherie Simmons
Cherie Simmons
(816) 289-1021

Cherie has over 20 years of industry experience working in education, coaching, training, and curriculum development. Her topic range is extensive and includes strategic planning, communications, grammar and writing, leadership, conflict management, teamwork, people skills, sales, and problem-solving.  She is also known for writing seminars and designing curriculum, and her talents have been drawn upon to deliver training to other trainers.  Her experience includes non-profit, corporate, educational, blue collar, and retail clientele as well as doing executive and personal coaching. Currently, she is part of a team that writes and builds e-learning for companies around the world.  

In 2009, Cherie discovered Center for Spiritual Living in Kansas City. It was a match in philosophy and spirit, and she began attending and getting involved in the community.  Within a year, Cherie became the Youth Director and later took on the role of Director of Development. In early 2017, Cherie moved to Florida; she is excited to be part of the Ft. Lauderdale CSL and to help continue the youth department’s growth.  

When she’s not at a computer or on the phone, you’ll likely find Cherie walking the beach or with her pets. 



OFFICE STAFF


Martha Suris
Martha Suris– Business Manager
Martha@cslftl.org
(954)566-2868


Jim Johnson
Jim Johnson– Facilities Manager
jim@cslftl.org
(954)566-2868


Tom Pessolano
Tom Pessolano– Webmaster
pessolano.t@gmail.com
(954)566-2868