Born and raised in San Francisco, Chela completed a Masters of Divinity degree in 1991 but discerned not to become a religious professional. She enjoys serving the UUFCO congregation as administrator, working "behind the lines" in a supportive capacity. She likes to quote the insight of an acquaintance years ago, "There are 'career people' and there are 'journey people.' You, Chela, are a Journey Person."
Before moving to Bend, Chela spent 16 years leading, providing musical accompaniment for, and co-creating the Dances of Universal Peace in Portland, which broadened her horizons and deepened her spiritual experience.
Currently her spiritual work focuses on providing live-in care to her mother -- and all the lessons of love and loving that affords -- and co-chairing the Central Oregon Move to Amend affiliate.