Board of Directors
The Board of Kavanna House is a discernment style board. Unlike traditional boards, we make decisions for the current and future direction of the organization based on listening and discerning what God is asking of us. We come to decisions by consensus, not by majority vote. All members of the board are deeply invested in their own spiritual growth and upholding the vision of Kavanna House.
If you’d like to learn more about how our board operates, you can read Discerning God’s Will Together by Ruth Barton.
Sam Miller ~ President
Originally from York, Pennsylvania, Sam has a bachelor's degree from Dickinson College and his MBA from York College. He has always had an affinity for manufacturing and knew that he wanted to contribute to the York community while being part of organizations that had a manufacturing focus. He has held positions with Glatfelter Paper and Anstadt Communication, and is currently the President and COO of Wolfgang Confectioners. He serves on the board for the Manufacturers Association in south central Pennsylvania in addition to being the president of the board for Kavanna House. Personally, he is married to Brooke Miller and they have three children. Sam enjoys sporting events (Penn State anything), hunting, golfing, and general family time together.
Mike Johnson currently works as a mechanical engineer in the fluid power industry. His varied career includes a career as a Naval officer, two stints as an engineer in the fluid power industry book- ending a period of teaching at Johns Hopkins in the mechanical engineering department and then as a world missionary. He is degreed by the US Naval Academy, the Naval Post Graduate school and Trinity University. Most recently, he completed the Living School at the Center of Action and Contemplation in 2019. Mike loves all things outdoors but his recreational passions are in reading, sailing and fishing. It's his desire to live out his life in contemplation and action among the marginalized in the world, and/or going sailing more.
Nicole Mills is an oncology nurse, spiritual director, cancer survivor, nerd, and contemplative. She is a graduate of Majestic Way Elementary School, UC Davis and Johns Hopkins University, although her true knowledge (of God, herself and the world) has come through the pain, wonder and holiness of each of the previously listed roles.
Nicole has a secret desire to be a nun or a double-dutch jump rope champion. Not being Catholic or able to jump two ropes poses significant hurdles, however, she remains hopeful. Nicole is single, has a plethora of books, and holds great love for redwood trees, Kavanna House, the mystery of God, and horses (in no particular order). She lives with her dog, Pax. She loves him too.
Roxanne has been with Kavanna House since its inception, and during this time, she has had various roles. She has a passion for helping others unearth their true selves through a holistic approach to emotional, psychological, and physical healing. She is a trained spiritual director and a trained formational prayer caregiver. She attended the University of MD and Lancaster Bible College. Prior to her work at Kavanna House, she worked in various roles in the nonprofit sector with an emphasis on development for more than twenty years.
Diane graduated from Millersville University with a B.S. in Secondary Education and has over 35 years of human resource development experience in health care and manufacturing organizations. In her current role as Senior Director of Organizational Learning and Development, she is responsible for overseeing system-wide organizational development and learning efforts including orientation and education, staff and leadership development and workforce development. In addition to being a part of Kavanna House, Diane serves as a member of the Board of Directors for both PennCares and Jessica & Friends Community, non-profit organizations serving people with disabilities. Diane and husband, Tom, have an adult son, Josh and live in York.
Diane shares this above her personal spiritual journey…I was blessed to grow up in a Christ-centered home which has provided a faith foundation for my life. In addition to many wonderful years in service-oriented church activities, my appreciation for contemplative spirituality was fueled by a spiritual practices program facilitated by Deb Turnow. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to be a volunteer Board member as my more recent years have led me on a journey of seeking to experience God in new and deeper ways.
Deb Turnow ~ Founder
Deb is the Founder of Kavanna House and currently serves as the Director of Programming. She teaches several courses. She is a trained Spiritual Director as well as a trained supervisor for spiritual directors. She has a Master's Degree in Spiritual Formation and Leadership from Spring Arbor University. Before beginning her work in spiritual formation, she provided therapy in the York, Pennsylvania area for survivors of sexual abuse.
Deb shares this about her vision in forming the board for Kavanna House...I had a different vision – a vision of creating a community in which the most important trait for each member was that they be on their own spiritual journey. My desire was that each person would have more than just an understanding of the work that is being done here. This is evidenced as each board member engages their own spiritual journey on a deep level – for example, by receiving spiritual direction. It is a pleasure to do life with this group.
Adele Seebold ~ Executive Director
Adele serves as the part time Executive Director for Kavanna House, focused on the administrative and oversight functions for the organization. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy and a minor in women's studies from Duke University. For more than 20 years, she held various staff leadership positions in non-profit organizations in Maryland and Pennsylvania, with the majority of her career spent working in volunteer management. Adele and her husband Andy have two college-age children, Ben and Grace and a very spoiled Cavapoo named Max.
Adele shares that Kavanna House was very much a refuge in the storm for her when she began volunteering in 2013. It quickly became a place where she could share her gifts but more importantly where she could begin the process of reclaiming her authentic self. The board model used at Kavanna House has created the space and place for its members to be who the Spirit intended with no judgment and no hidden agendas.