Board of Directors

Caitlin Shea is an almost-native of Minnesota, having moved from Washington, D.C. at 7 years old. After returning from teaching English in Turkey for 3 years, she is now an Adult ESL Instructor working with different populations throughout the Twin Cities. When not working with Creative Spirit, she enjoys spending time with her better half, Geoff, and misbehaving chihuahua, Jack.

Catrina Huynh-Weiss has been involved with Creative Spirit as an educational performer and artist since she was 12 years-young. Under the direction of Creative Spirit’s founder, Gabriel Ross, Catrina learned about various spiritualities and religions, and experimented with different artistic methods — all of which largely shaped her interests and skills to date. These days you can find her producing events and educational programs. Her repertoire includes television programs and videos for PBS, C-SPAN, Discovery and The Travel Channel. She’s also helped design events including the Minnesota Dance Theater’s Annual Gala,  Nutcracker Tea, and children’s summer ballet camps. Catrina received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and has lived in Costa Rica, London, and four states along the U.S.’s Eastern Coast. She is happy to be back in Minneapolis and working with Stagetime Productions.

Douglas Schmid has a BSB Degree major Accounting from University of Minnesota –Minneapolis. After college, he was an accountant with Control Data Corp and Honeywell and later as accounting manager and assistant treasurer at Data Card Corp.  Prior to retiring, he served as controller and treasurer at Apollo/Thrall corporation, a large industrial supplier, and later as CFO at Sybaritic, Corp. Doug currently maintains an income tax preparation practice in Burnsville and stays busy serving on the board of directors for Creative Spirit, Hearing and Service Dogs of Minnesota, MARC (Mall of America Religious Council) an interfaith nonprofit, and on the Finance Committee at Mary Mother of the Church. Together with his wife, they raised 5 sons and have 10 grandchildren.

Gabriel Ashley Ross has an MA in Catechetics and Liturgy and is the director of Creative Spirit. She has worked in educational and church settings for 35 years. Gabriel has taught courses in theology, world religions and speech, at the University of St. Catherine’s.  She is a trained drummer and visual artist.  Her special interests are Celtic Spirituality, Eco-spirituality, Women’s Spirituality, animals and the arts.

Greg Peterson is by profession a Business Analyst whose Alma Maters are U of M, University of St. Thomas and Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland Born and bred in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Greg lives in South Minneapolis in a home that was built by a cousin of his great grandparents who emigrated here from Sweden. Greg has lived in Poland twice – once as a student during the Solidarity movement in the early 1980s and twenty years later teaching English.  Greg is also a retired Polish folk-dancer “I’m in my 50s after all.”

James Murck – aka – Jamez has been involved with Creative Spirit since it’s inception almost 24 years ago.  A graphic artist by trade, his contribution has been through development of our logo mark and overall graphic identity as well as design and production of our newsletter and various brochures and other PR collateral along with the PR committee.  He lives in North Minneapolis and enjoys, art, music, spirituality, socializing and being a general all around raconteur…

Kay Kane is a former middle school teacher and author who spent the majority of her career as a librarian working in public and academic libraries. Her experience includes work in special collections, reference and consultation services, project management in digital media, and library management as Director of Academic Programs for Arts and Humanities at the University of Minnesota Libraries. A native of Faribault, Minnesota, Kay and her family spent many years living in Denver, Colorado before moving back to the Twin Cities in 1987.  While in Denver, she co-authored two editions of Discover Denver, A Pennywise Survival Handbook.  Kay is married and has two grown children and two grandchildren.

Rachael Kroog is a singer/songwriter/naturalist and dreamer who is living her dream of working with children, music and nature. Her life’s work is about weaving powerful spiritual themes through music and drama. She creates a multifaceted presentation customized for each particular audience. A naturalist with the MN Zoomobile for over ten years, Rachael focuses on the metaphors in nature and the spiritual lessons we can learn from all creation.