The governance of Wide Horizon is the responsibility of a volunteer board of directors who are experienced students of Christian Science and professionals. The board meets regularly to review the facility’s progress, future plans, finances, benevolence, facility and staffing issues, as well as to oversee the policies and provide ongoing metaphysical support.
Board of Directors
Jennifer Babcock, President – Windsor, CO
Douglas Patti, Vice-President – Cary, NC
Douglas Izmirian, Treasurer – Lakewood, CO
Neil Kearney, Secretary – Boulder, CO
Lynn Reiff, Director – Fort Collins, CO
Cathy Veges, Director – Golden, CO
D. Brian Boettiger, Executive Director/CEO
Susan T. Wood, Director of Christian Science Nursing
Norm H. Williams, Director of Development & Outreach
Laurier Nsekukila, Director of Human Resources & Operations
John Baca, Co-Facilities Manager
Jan Dillingham, Activities/Volunteer Coordinator
Lukas Guennel, Co-Facilities Manager
Eleanor Mandonado, Co-Housekeeping Manager
Brian Shoemaker, Food Service Manager
Maria Sigala, Co-Housekeeping Manager
Wide Horizon has an average of 36 staff members, several of whom have served at the facility for more than 20 years. The staff currently includes about 16 Christian Science Nurses, including about 10 who are listed in The Christian Science Journal.
Blessings from Donors: Christian Science Nurses
An Interview with Sue Wood, Director of Christian Science Nursing
“Be prepared to be loved!” says Sue Wood, Director of Christian Science Nursing about what patients should expect when they come to Wide Horizon. “They should expect to be healed. They can expect to be supported by the people (Christian Science nurses) around them, not judged or criticized.”
In regard to why she became a Christian Science nurse, she says, “Probably my love of Christian Science is what brought me into Christian Science nursing. It wasn’t my first choice, but when I really listened to God for direction regarding employment, it seemed quite obvious that this is what I was supposed to be doing. I am a totally different person than I was when I started. I have learned to be less critical, and to turn to God almost constantly for help. I have become more patient and trusting.”
Sue is one of about twenty Christian Science nurses at Wide Horizon (half of whom are listed in The Christian Science Journal) who are supported partially by the contributions of donors. Christian Science nurses participate in the healing going on at Wide Horizon by reminding patients of Truth, voicing aloud the truth to them when needed, and reading to our guests from our Pastor and/or the Christian Science periodicals. “Christian Science nurses strive to keep their focus on the truth about God’s man and constantly watch, work and pray to not accept the material picture,“ says Sue.
Sue recalls that one “guest who was at Wide Horizon for a little over two months, arrived in very critical condition. He had some very deep wounds, had not been eating, and was very confused. It required a lot of skillful Christian Science nursing, patience and loving care to assist him and help him back on his feet.” After this guest left, Sue says, “He never stopped talking about how loved he felt at Wide Horizon.”
“We endeavor to treat each person who comes to Wide Horizon for Christian Science nursing care as we would a member of our own family,” adds Sue.