Welcome to the Center for Spiritual Care in Vero Beach Florida

Carol Ludwig

Carol Ludwig founder of the Center for Spiritual Care in Vero Beach FloridaCarol brings twenty years experience as a Spiritual Director to her work at the Center for Spiritual Care, which she co-founded with Maureen Schlitt in October 2000. She trained at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation (Ecumenical) in Washington, D.C., the Washington Theological Union (Roman Catholic), and Mercy Center in Burlingame, California.

In addition to her ministry at the Center for Spiritual Care, Carol works on the Spiritual Directors International (an organization of 6,500 spiritual directors in 40 faith traditions around the world) organizing committee for its annual Leadership Institute. Her articles, interviews and book reviews appear in SDI’s journal, Presence.

Carol also teaches in Loyola University and Sacred Heart University spiritual direction formation programs, and is on staff of the Audire Spiritual Direction training program at the Orlando diocesan San Pedro Center for Spiritual Development.

A career diplomat in the Foreign Service of the United States before she came to Florida, Carol has lived for extended periods in Japan, Italy, Mexico and the Philippines. Both her experience abroad and her educational background helped develop her expertise in interpersonal and intercultural communication. Her Master's degree from the University of Dayton is in Asian and American history, and she completed doctoral studies in international communications at the American University in Washington, D.C.

Carol offers individual and group spiritual direction, guided retreats, facilitates personal spiritual growth groups, staff retreats and days of recollection. Her primary interest is feminine spirituality. Carol can be reached at 772-567-1233, ext. 3, or by e-mail: centerspiritualcare@gmail.com.

Debbie Avery - Office Manager



Debbie Avery comes to the Center after volunteering with the marketing committee for 6 months. She has moved to Vero Beach because of the arts community, the beach and closeness to one of her sisters in the West Palm area. Debbie has years of experience with marketing, public relations, and nonprofits. She most recently was the Executive Director of the St Thomas Historical Trust in the Virgin Islands. Debbie still does events and fundraising for the Cultural Council of IRC and is on the board of Main Street Vero Beach and is a Sunrise Rotarian. She attends Christ by the Sea UMC.

Patti Gibbons - Public Relations

Patti Gibbons - public relations staff at the Center for Spiritual Care



Patti, a native of Atlanta, graduated from Vero Beach High school in 1967. With a degree in Liberal studies from Barry University, she worked in Atlanta, GA, San Francisco, CA, Boston, MA and in Winchendon, MA in community action programs. Patti moved back to Vero Beach in 1989 with (late) husband, Darby Gibbons, and daughter Emily. She worked for Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Development and Membership until her retirement last August, 2011. Then from August, 2011 to August,2012 she worked part-time for Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA), where she started a membership program for Team ORCA. Presently Patti serves on the Board of Directors for Dollars for Scholars of Indian River County and is helping the Center for Spiritual Care in Vero Beach with marketing and PR.


Martha Johnson, LMT#52145 Massage Therapist and Reiki Practitioner

Massage with Martha Johnson



I am originally from Vermont. After years of traveling on a 43 foot sailboat with my husband I moved to Vero Beach, FL in 2006. I graduated from Space Coast Health Institute in Melbourne, FL in 2007 and became a Licensed Massage Therapist. I am trained in Swedish Relaxation and Deep Tissue Massage. I am a Certified Baby’s First Massage Instructor. I provide one on one classes and group classes to parents and caregivers of young infants. I give them the skills to provide loving touch massage. I am also a Certified Reiki Practitioner. I believe massage and reiki help to bring the body into balance and well-being and my wish is to support and enhance that process. I can be reached at (772) 205- 5084.

Colleen Kessler

Colleen Kessler at the Center for Spiritutal Care in Vero Beach Florida


Hello! I'm religiously skeptical, eclectically spiritual (spiritual-but-not-religious per se), Unitarian Universalist ("Junitarian"), believer in Original Grace. I get jazzed by most things psycho-spiritual, physical-spiritual, dancing, reading, funny movies & TV, as well as baking, exercising, animals, gardening and nature in general. Diving the waves is perhaps my favorite spiritual practice. My favorite sanctuaries include oceans and beaches, libraries and bookstores, waterfalls and wildflower meadows, and the Key West Butterfly Conservatory. I have a Bachelor's in psychology, a Master's in counseling, and am currently working toward a Master's in theology. Am getting an unofficial graduate education in communication from a local Toastmasters speaking club. Heard about the Center for Spiritual Care's Women's Spirituality Book Club just before the October meeting. Walked into the Center for that and discovered a new spiritual home. Love this place!

Yvonne Tso, Calendar Coordinator and Data Base/Website Liaison

Yvonne Tso at the Center for Spiritual Care in Vero Beach


Yvonne has a long career in the field of education and training, working first as a teacher for students with learning disabilities and then moving into adult learning. She has developed training materials and served as a trainer for many organizations, including the U.S. Senate and the American Red Cross (Biomedical Services division).