Office Administrator, Joan Johnson

I have been a part of Spirit United since nearly the beginning. I take care of all the “business” details for our community. I help people schedule events, find resources, do the necessary paperwork, and care for our files. I coordinate the many needs for events, activities, services and our physical space.

I have worked in a variety of administrative positions. I worked at the Mikel Institute and Center before I began with Spirit United. I began with Spirit United soon after Rev. Jan Skogstrom founded the community. In the beginning she invited people into her home. We moved to Richfield and then to Minneapolis on Como Avenue.

I am also involved with Spirit United as a member of the Enhanced Prayer Group and the “Welcomer” Team.


Music Coordinator, Lynn O’Brien
(begins 7/1/16)

I am passionate about the intersections of creativity and compassion, with an extensive background as a touring singer/songwriter, event coordinator, and as a board-certified music therapist in hospital/Hospice settings. Since I began performing as a guest musician for Sunday gatherings, I have been touched by the warm, authentic and ever-expanding heart of this community.

As Music Coordinator, I help organize and integrate the presence of live musicians at Spirit United gatherings, and collaborate with the team to ensure that our events are meaningful, diverse and engaging.  I am thrilled to continue growing with Spirit United in this way.

Outside of Spirit United, I manage my music business (live performance, weddings, and custom songwriting), travel, teach music lessons, and spend time outside with people who light up my world.  Go to my business website,



Kids With Spirit Educator and Coordinator, Newsletter/Website Administrator and Editor, Shannon Dufresne

I am a builder of relationships. I am an early childhood specialist and parent educator. I am the mother of five beautiful Beings-Victor, SaraRose, LilyAnn, LaurelEileen and Andrew. For as long as I can remember I knew I was to leave beauty wherever I go. I am to promote love, mindfulness and heart connections. I feel honored to serve the families, children and people of Spirit United.

As teacher/coordinator of the children’s programming, I support each child’s unfolding with mindfulness and love. I embrace each family with my heart as we together live the New Story. I provide an environment designed to nurture and link everyday living with spiritual and healthy development.

As editor, I present who Spirit United is and what Spirit United offers with compassion and grace.

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Social Media Administrator and Editor, Stephanie Siddiqui

I am Stephanie Siddiqui.  I provide Spirit United professional social media services through my consulting business, Touching Worlds, which I began in November 2012. I have been a software administrator, support, training and project manager for 20 years. And, I have a master’s degree in counseling psychology.  I share my expertise in social media administration by maintaining Spirit United’s Facebook, Meetup and Twitter accounts.  As a volunteer, I manage the digital photography process and I help the community in a variety of ways every month.

I enjoy Spirit United because it is a place of connection and healing.  It is a great place for interfaith families and people because it serves from a mystical heart.  I like hearing and honoring multiple perspectives.