Suzanne Dickenson

-Board Member-

Who am I, why am I here, what’s my purpose? Those amazing three questions several years ago set Suzanne on a journey of self-discovery. She explains that her journey started by learning to meditate, which was not easy as her thoughts were constantly wandering. Now, Suzanne says that her life has been transformed through meditation and, while at times her mind still wanders, she is easier on herself and able to bring herself back to center.

In her own words, “Through all of life’s challenges, I’ve been a student and fellow traveler discovering my inner potential and becoming more of my authentic self. I’m learning to blend my spiritual and metaphysical selves and the tools offered by the Jwalan Mutkika School have enhanced my process. I’ve come to understand that we are all fellow travelers and that some of us need a situation or an epiphany in order to awaken our true potential and fulfill our purpose. My home in the woods of Montana surrounds me with solitude. Here, nature speaks to me through the trees and the birds and animals that come to visit, and I am enveloped in tranquility and peace.”

It is Suzanne’s belief that the Jwalan Muktika School for Illumination is a community that gives the building blocks to support individual personal growth.


Shannon Haycox

-Board Member-

Shannon has been a student at the Jwalan Muktika School for Illumination for a number of years and presently serves as the Director of the Board. Her curiosity for learning and her passion for personal growth is an inspiration to the entire Board!

Shannon has a love for horses, which led her to open Wholistic Equine Center with a business partner in 2009. Together, they teach riding lessons, horse management, and do body and energy work on horses.

Shannon was raised in the Philippines and Kenya, met her husband in Kenya, and moved back to the United States where her husband joined a large corporation. She and her husband moved numerous times throughout the United States and to the Philippines before retiring to Montana. In the Philippines, Shannon was president of Delca, a charitable organization that employed local women to make handicrafts, which were sold in a small boutique.

Shannon Haycox is married with three daughters and five grandchildren.


Terri Oshiro

-Secretary of Board-

Terri is a graduate of JMSI’s Master’s program. She was living in Seattle and became involved with JMSI when her doctor referred her to Carolyn Rutherford who acts as a medical intuitive. She graduated from the University of Washington with BS and MPT degrees in Physical Therapy. Subsequently, Terri moved to Oahu, Hawaii to be near her family where she works in the family optometry business and acts as a spiritual mentor to her nephew and niece.

Terri is JMSI’s Board Secretary and makes sure that the minutes of our board meetings reflect what actually took place. That task demands keen senses. She laughs when she says, “The people at the local Starbucks know me by name.”  She loves to listen to classic jazz, read books, go to the movies and walk the family dog.


Neil Leonard

-Board Member-

Neil Leonard was Jwalan Muktika’s first BA graduate in Integrated Healing. Neil and his wife, Debbi, live on the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc reservation in Kamloops, B.C.,Canada. He is also a graduate of Olds Agriculture College, Olds, Alberta. Currently, he is owner and president of Sweet Pine Ventures Ltd, Copper King Explorations Ltd, and Leonard Consulting Services.

Neil has served as Director for the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, Director for the Kamloops Indian Band Development Corporation, Spi’ullecw Ranch Corporation, TIB Business Development Manager, and Leader – Morris Crow Sundance

An elder in his community, Neil is a Pipe Carrier and a Sweat Lodge Keeper. He’s participated in and lead many cleansing, prayer, and healing ceremonies. He is also a Grandfather Advisor  for the Path of the Buffalo Sundance. Neil enjoys hunting, fishing, billiards and working in his workshop.