Servant Hearts Board of Directors


Tandy BowmanTandy Bowman
Founder/Executive Director

Tandy Bowman founded Servant Hearts in 2004. Her passion for serving the community as a whole through non judgmental and inclusiveness is the key foundation of the organization. Her leadership roles began at the age of 16 as a Youth leader. After moving to Minnesota in 1986 as a Music/Youth Director she increased her skills in advocacy as she began working with vulnerable adults. In 1997 Tandy graduated from Bemidji State University with a double major in Music History/Vocal Performance.

From 1997 – 2006 she spent time both in Texas and Minnesota working in various music fields, expanding her writing, composing and creating music as a self-taught pianist and guitarist. She recorded her first CD in 2007. From 2006-2010 she opened an Adult Foster Home for Mentally and Developmentally Challenged adults. In 2007 she began Reflective Music Facilitation, which led to working with Senior nursing facilities. In 2009/2011 she added to her musical accomplishments and completed Basic and Adolescent training with HealthRHYTHMS and became a Drumming Facilitator. In 2010 she graduated from the Northwest Minnesota Foundation Leadership Training Program and also became a Certified Anger Management Provider through Century Anger Management.

Tandy currently provides Empowerment drumming for Senior facilities in Northern California, Empowerment drumming circles for the Wisdom Project and other Empowerment drumming opportunities in Minnesota and Northern California as well as Anger Management for Individuals in Northern California. Rhythms of Empowerment is one of Servant Hearts projects and continues to grow. Now living in Northern California with her partner Cathy Perry, she is the Supervisor for Southside Art Center Community Volunteerism Department in Sacramento, California. You can reach her at tandiwae@hotmail.com.


Cathy PerryCathy Perry
Board Chair
Programs Development Director

From California to the Upper Midwest and back, Cathy continues to advocate and educate around issues that raise social awareness to the unique needs of the LGBT community. With 35 years experience in the private and academic non-profit sectors, she has developed two non-profit organizations and countless programs to serve limited English students and families and LGBTQ people from youth to elders.

2011 recipient of PFund Foundation’s Power of One Award for her work in LGBT advocacy in the Upper Midwest ( www.pfundonline.org Programs/Recognition Awards), she currently serves as Board Chairperson for Servant Hearts - Awareness & Empowerment Projects, develops programming and resources for the Respect Awareness Project and Wisdom Project-LGBT Elders. In relocating back to the Sacramento area, she is pleased to serve as secretary for the Sacramento Rainbow Village, is an Educational Ambassador for SAGE (Service & Advocacy for Gay Elders), and provides LGBT cultural education presentations.

From 2006-2013, while living in Greater Minnesota, Cathy served on the Headwaters Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Family Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program Advisory Board, and Board of Rural AIDS Action Network. Educating and advocating as she re-energized GSA’s, organized community events that introduced greater diversity with performances by One Voice and the Minneapolis Gay Men’s Chorus, LGBT educational workshops and speaking out to the growing epidemic of LGBTQ bullying.

In 2004, she retired from California State University East Bay as Facilities Director of University Union. Cathy received recognition in 1994 for her work in the Amador Valley Schools in Pleasanton, California and from the American Association of University Women of the Amador Valley as Outstanding Friend of Education. She is the mother of three grown children, grandmother of 6, enjoys international travel and delights in celebrating her colorful and diverse life’s journey. She can be reached at cathy.perry@att.net.


Cheryl YarnottCheryl Yarnott
Director
HIV/AIDS Advisor

Life is beautiful! This sums up how Board member Cheryl Yarnott looks at the world.  It begins with Al, her husband of 45 years. She describes him as her best friend, confidant and spiritual companion. A cheerleader and one of the best Volun-tolds imaginable. Next to bring joy are her adult daughters Lynnette and Elizabeth. They have provided joy beyond imagination. Can it get better?  Resoundingly "Yes!"   The 5 'Grands' have been magic and bring happiness to every day. 

Professionally, Cheryl has been a registered nurse for 45 years. She has worked in a variety of settings--VA hospital in the late '60's and early '70's; community hospital, assistant director of nursing in long term care; prison nursing and public health nursing.  While working as an advocate in a sexual assault program, she attended a community informational event that ignited her passion for working with and for those infected with HIV.  She has been a medical case manager with RAAN (the Rural AIDS Action Network) for the past 10 years.  Being a case manager for those infected with HIV in rural northwestern Minnesota can be a challenge.  The stigmatization of those living with HIV even today is abhorrent!  When Cheryl began this leg of life's incredible journey, she was even asked if she would ever be able "to see her grandchildren when she worked with those people"!  The assumption was that "those people" were gay men. That ignorance ignited the drive to provide education to a larger community. The journey towards gender equality is what seemed like a natural progression.  Cheryl is a founding member of Servant Hearts.  Being an ally, educating people whether individually or in groups, supporting legislation are integral to how Cheryl lives. She has taught classes at Bemidji State University, Northland Community College and was invited by her granddaughter to teach a high school class. Enough said!

As a community member, Cheryl has served on the Board of Directors of the local homeless shelter for the past 15 years.  She has witnessed the Shelter’s growth from a 2 bedroom house to a state of the art facility that can house 12 families with children. On occasion, she finds time to work at the community food shelf.  Family, reading, and travel help it all click. Cheryl describes her life as brimming to overflowing with endless love and excitement. And, yes she does see "The Grands" at every opportunity! Cheryl can be reached at milleryarnott@gmail.com.


Dr. Jan OsbornDr. Jan Osborn
Director

Jan Osborn has a Bachelors in Nursing and a Masters and Ph.D in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University. She has taught Marriage and Family Therapy at Northwestern University in Chicago, California State University, Sacramento, and Alliant International University. She is an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy approved supervisor, and has a certificate in EMDR for the resolution of trauma. She has practiced psychotherapy for twenty-five years, specializing in couple work, LGBT issues, addiction, trauma recovery, anxiety and grief and loss. Jan has published several articles and presented numerous trainings in family therapy, mindfulness, communication and LGBT issues. Jan can be reached at drjanosborn@gmail.com


John GuntyJohn Gunty
Director

John has been working with teenagers in Catholic high schools and parishes for over 30 years. He has been a religious studies teacher, a youth minister and a school counselor. Currently he is Director of Counseling at a coed Catholic school in the Bay Area with just over 400 students. He helped those students start an LGBT advocacy club which sponsors educational and social activities throughout the year. He has begun speaking to administrators of other Catholic schools, demonstrating how recent Catholic social teaching compels us to provide this kind of explicit support for LGBT teens. He holds a Masters degree in counseling psychology and a Pupil Personnel Services credential for counseling in California schools. He can be reached at john_gunty@comcast.net


John GuntyPeter Rolita

A native of California, Peter Rolita has lived in the Sacramento area for 30 years. Working in the field of health care as a Nurse Assistant and Home Health Aide, Peter has worked in the acute, long term and home care settings. Peter has extensive experience providing care to hospice patients and giving support to their families. His book, 'I'm Here for the Bath', published thru Balboa Press in 2016 is available on line. Peter is a Graduate of American River College with an additional certificate of completion in Gerontology. In addition to his CNA and CHHA certificates Peter successfully challenged the LVN board exam. Peter is a member of Foothill Center for Spiritual Living in Auburn California where he is enrolled in the Professional Practitioner study program and plans to earn his RScP license in 2017. Peter lives in Carmichael California and has worked for the hospice program at Kaiser Permanente in Roseville California for 16 years. At 61 Peter is proud to be a member of the LGBTQ senior community. You can reach Peter at prolita@att.net or imhereforthebath@gmail.com


Donald Charles ConnerDonald Charles Conner
Board Member Emeritus

Joining the Servant Hearts Board of Directors in 2008 with his wife, Patricia Anne Conner, Donald Charles Conner is a strong advocate of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer communities. As an active member of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Bemidji, Minnesota, Donald served on the Same Gender Blessing Committee, advocating for formal ceremonies of blessing for gay and lesbian couples. With his commitment to his church, Donald has also served as Senior Warden, Treasurer and active in "Outreach." In 2011, he will be ordained a Deacon in the Total Ministry group at his church. Professionally, Donald is a retired geological engineer working for two major oil companies. Donald can be reached at pdconner@paulbunyan.net


Patricia Anne ConnerPatricia Anne Conner
Board Member Emeritus

Joining the Servant Hearts Board of Directors in 2008 with her husband, Donald Charles Conner, Patricia Anne Conner is a long-time activist in peace and social justice issues. Starting with protests against the Vietnam War in the 1960s and Peace Vigils every Saturday for four years during that time, Patricia is now committed to eliminating antigay prejudice, especially the bullying of teenagers. Professionally, Patricia is a retired English Professor from Bakersfield College and is currently very active in her Episcopalian Church, St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Bemidji, Minnesota. Patricia can be reached at pdconner@paulbunyan.net


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