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Teresa Cecil
I now work on a per diem basis for four local long-term healthcare settings treating primarily swallowing disorders and cognitive impairment as a result of neurological insult. When I am not called to work, I am volunteering for the “Read to Succeed” program at Cumberland Elementary School and LUM. I also spend time training my dog, writing my memoirs, assisting my sister long distance in the care of my father who has dementia, and playing piano.

I was raised Roman Catholic but am still searching for a welcoming faith community.  I identify more with the Mystical Body of the church as opposed to the Institutional Body of the church. I have expanded spiritually to incorporate other spiritualties that include compassion, forgiveness, love, and service to humanity in the attempt to make my life a prayer. My husband of 35 years and I met at I. U. and married young. We raised our two boys in an interfaith family celebrating both Jewish and Catholic holidays while encouraging questioning and discussion of religion and spirituality. I am passionate for social justice which I recall began in the third grade at my Catholic grade school when I witnessed a poorer classmate being humiliated by a nun for not having enough lunch.  I served on the Hunger Hike Committee and Tithing Committee for St. Thomas Aquinas and made trips to Haiti on a medical mission and El Salvador.  I facilitated a workshop on “Just Economics” at St. Tom’s Fall 2013. I have volunteered for 4 years as justice promoter for peace and justice and care of creation for the lay Dominicans of the central province. I became a lay Dominican because I agree with the charism of sharing the fruits of my contemplation and speaking truth to power although I am no longer an active participant in the province. I continue to grow spiritually and to be challenged in finding common ground with those around me.
  
I am the youngest of 5 children with only 2 remaining siblings. My passion for justice and feminism began when I witnessed how my mother, a divorcee, was treated back in the ‘60s when women were entering the work force in greater numbers and how my mother, as the head of the family, had to struggle to be taken seriously by those with whom she did business. Both my mother and my  two older sisters have been role models for me as they have stepped up to fill the needs of those less fortunate and have been leaders by showing immense courage when they followed their own voices.
I grew up in South Bend, IN after moving from San Diego at the age of two. I received my Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from University of TN, Knoxville in Speech-Language Pathology with an interest in adult neurogenic disorders. Since moving back to Indiana and to the Lafayette area in 1984, I have worked in acute care and long-term health care settings and worked in the Indiana First Steps program for 11 years until my youngest of two sons left for college at I.U. Bloomington.