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Sarah Montgomery-Richards – Director of Lifespan Experience

Sarah Bio

Sarah Montgomery-Richards attending the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions – photo by Al Hartmann/Salt Lake City Tribune

Sarah Montgomery-Richards comes to us with abundant experience in cultural and religious studies. Originally hailing from Ludington, MI, Sarah studied Comparative Religion at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI).  Additionally, Sarah is currently enrolled in the Interfaith Action M.A. program through Claremont Lincoln University in California.

Her experience includes:  teaching at Western Michigan University in the Department of Comparative Religion during graduate school; a current adjunct faculty role in the Philosophy Department at Northwestern Michigan College where she teaches Western and Eastern Traditions; serves as the Director of Lifespan Experience for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse; has taken multiple trips abroad; and participated in the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, UT.

Sarah has a background in world religions, history of religion, psychology of religion, philosophy of religion, interfaith action and myth and ritual just to name a few.  She enjoys teaching, leading group meditation, ritual, and participates in celebrations of a variety of world spiritual perspectives.

You can reach Sarah via email:, or phone:  (231) 947-3117

Sheri Novak – Business Administrator

You can reach Sheri via email:, or phone:  (231) 947-3117

Susan Sherman, MSD – Office Administrator


Susan previously worked in the legal and medical fields, arts and hospitality, as a conference and workshop coordinator/facilitator, and as a business organizer and administrator.  She has also been a volunteer hospice and crisis volunteer. Together with her husband, they co-created their home property as Michigan’s first Green Certified residential development.

She has studied and continues to practice numerous healing modalities, has a master’s degree in Spiritual Direction, and periodically teaches online classes in spirituality.

Her interests include hiking, connecting with nature and ritual work, gardening, exploring natural health and healing and exploring the inner life through spiritual practice.  She enjoys engaging with people, and strives to keep her feet on the ground in the present and her hopes to the future.

You can reach Susan via email:, or phone:  (231) 947-3117