Directors

Board of The Spiritual Resource Foundation

Board of The Spiritual Resource Foundation: L to R: Kurt Smith, Brien Reep, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Leslie Knowles, Bill Arnesen, Catherine Crossman


President: Ralph W. Emerson, CS
Ralph is a life long Christian Scientist and has always been active in church work. He has a BA degree from Principia College, a Master’s degree in education, has done advanced study in several other institutions, and has studied several languages. A term in the Army followed college. He retired from teaching in the Tacoma Public Schools and is now in the public practice of Christian Science.

Secretary: Catherine C. Crossman
Catherine has been a Christian Scientist all her life and is very active in church work. She had primary class instruction in Christian Science and has held many church offices. She also served as a member of the Board of Sunrise Haven, a Christian Science nursing facility.

Treasurer: Leslie C. Knowles
Leslie is currently in Olympia, Washington, having lived in many areas through the years including New England, California, and Washington. She is a life-long student of Christian Science, a member of The Mother Church, and has had class instruction. She has served as Librarian in the Reading Room and Chairman of the Building Committee in Kent, WA. She worked as a bookkeeper before retiring, and Now works as Treasurer for the Foundation.

Member: Dr. William T. Arnesen
Bill was born and raised in North Dakota and has been a life long student of Christian Science. Member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Olympia Washington. Enlisted in the US Army to learn the Russian Language. Worked as a Geologist, Aerospace research engineer and retired as a Professor of Psychology. Met Hildegard at a Christian Science Monitor Youth Forum in Manheim, Germany where she was a Russian linguist with the US Air Force.

Member: Kurt Smith
Kurt has been a Christian Scientist for most of his life, is a member of the Mother Church, has received primary class instruction, and has held various offices in the Anchorage and Juneau churches. He is a civil engineer who recently retired as State Traffic and Safety Engineer for the Alaska Department of Transportation.

Member: Brien Reep
Brien was raised in Christian Science and has been a member of The Mother Church for more than three decades.  He has worked for over 30 years in the oil and gas industry on projects in California, Alaska, and Russia, including 14 years on Sakhalin Island, Russia.  In his current position, he has led the successful 3 year permitting effort for the Point Thomson Project on the remote arctic Beaufort sea coast of Alaska.  He is married to Yelena, who was born and raised in Russia, and has 4 children.   He speaks conversational Russian.

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