Servant Hearts Board of Directors

Tandy BowmanTandy Bowman
Founder/Executive Director

Tandy Bowman founded Servant Hearts in 2004. Her passion for serving the community through non-judgmental and inclusiveness is the key foundation of the organization. She is a graduate from Bemidji State University with a double major in Music History/Vocal Performance. She a self-taught pianist, guitarist and percussionist creating music from her heart. She recorded her first CD in 2007 and two singles in 2014. In 2007 she began Reflective Music Facilitation providing one on one work with individuals who face hardships in breathing and anxiety, opening the door to working with Seniors in nursing facilities. In 2009 she added to her musical accomplishments and became a HealthRHYTHMS Drumming Facilitator and in 2011 an Adolescent HealthRHYTHMS Facilitator. In 2010 she graduated from the Northwest Minnesota Foundation Leadership Training Program and also became a Certified Anger Management Provider. Currently she provides Empowerment drumming for Senior facilities in Northern California, Empowerment drumming circles for the Wisdom Project and other Empowerment drumming opportunities as needed. She has been together with the love of her life, Cathy Perry, for 12 years and counting. She can be reached at or or

Cathy PerryCathy Perry
Board Chair
Programs Development Director

With over 40 years of experience in the public and academic nonprofit sectors, retirement continues to elude the thought that Cathy plans on slowing down anytime soon. Her focus remains on developing projects under the nonprofit umbrella of Awareness & Empowerment Projects of Servant Hearts, which raises social awareness, promotes cultural understanding and gives voice to underserved populations. She currently serves as the Board Chair of Servant Hearts, is Program Director for Wisdom Project = LGBT Elders, provides LGBT elder cultural and sensitivity trainings, and until recently served on Sacramento County Adult & Aging Commission. A mother of 3 grown children and grandmother of 6, she enjoys international travel with her life partner of 12 years. Cathy delights in celebrating her colorfully diverse and multicultural life journey… She can be reached at or

“Travel is fatal to bigotry, prejudice, and narrow mindedness …” (Mark Twain)

Cheryl YarnottCheryl Yarnott
HIV/AIDS Advisor

Cheryl has been a registered nurse since 1970. She worked at Hines Veterans Hospital in Chicago prior to moving to Minnesota in 1972. She worked at Rice County Hospital in Faribault for almost 10 years. This was followed by 3 years as an assistant director of Faribault Manor and then spent almost 3 years working as an RN at the Minnesota Correctional Facility (men’s prison) in Faribault. A relocation to Bemidji saw more opportunities to stretch her nursing skills. Bemidji is located in far northwest Minnesota and is in the center of 3 different Indian Reservations. While in Bemidji Cheryl worked at the county public health office providing home care, working with WIC and immunization clinics. While at the county public health she started with the tireless like-mindedness of a pediatrician a clinic for children with no insurance and no medical home. Cheryl has been a sexual assault advocate. For the last 11 of her career she was a medical case manager at the Rural AIDS Action Network. Ice and snow and COLD frequently accompanied her for visits to her clients some of whom lived 3 hours each way from Bemidji. Throughout Cheryl’s career she has provided care to those across the lifespan in a culturally sensitive way.

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.

Cheryl and her husband of 48 years and counting have 2 grown daughters and 5 grandchildren. The grands and their friends smell fresh cookies from miles away. How nice for Cheryl and Al to be known by so many as Grandma and Papa. Cheryl volunteers at the local hospital and in that capacity rocks babies in the special care nursery. She has been on the Board for the area homeless shelter for the past 17 years. Cheryl can be reached at

Dr. Jan OsbornDr. Jan Osborn

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

John GuntyJohn Gunty

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

Peter RolitaPeter Rolita RScP

Peter is a Religious Science Certified Practitioner, he received his license form the Centers for Spiritual Living in November 2017. Peter is a native of California and has lived in the Sacramento are for over 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. Peter lives in Carmichael California and has worked for the hospice program at Kaiser Permanente in Roseville California for 16 years. Being over 60 Peter is proud to be a member of the LGBTQ senior community. You can reach Peter at or

Paul TrislerPaul Trisler
Servant Hearts Advisory Team

Paul has over 35 years of experience in Health and Human Services (HHS) and large-scale system implementations, such as the Case Management Information Payrolling System (CMIPS) II and the California Welfare Information Network (CalWIN.) He possesses extensive experience working with all levels of state and county government, from end-users to director-level stakeholders, and oversight organizations, as well as vendors, suppliers, partners, and sub-contractors.  As a team lead, Paul is well versed in the management of local and remote team members, including offshore resources. He has extensive experience in the analysis, design, development, implementation, operations, support, and software modification and/or enhancement of complex information systems.

For fun, Paul rescues and provides foster care for English Springer Spaniels.  For excitement, Paul has a stable of five sport motorcycles.  And to give back to the community, Paul works with social service organizations, such as Servant Hearts and the Wisdom Project, to help provide outreach through modern digital services like Facebook.

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

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

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