Professional Leaders Conference

October 11-14

This years Professional Leaders Conference will be held at a Resort in Lake Tahoe, CA, whose former name included a shameful word that glorified rape, violence and disrespect towards native women

and the Washoe Tribe that originally inhabited the land.

The Resort recently announced their new name, Palisades Tahoe. We support this name change and all steps people, communities and organizations take to atone for hurtful language that harms others. We encourage you to read more about the discriminatory use of the word historically and the ways our Country is working to eliminate the use of such language in the future:

We stand with the Washoe Tribe and seek to be part of efforts that promote healing.

We support and honor native women.

Register for PLC


for SPS pastors, deacons, chaplains and their partners and spouses.  

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Registration does not include your hotel & travel; Please make sure you book your lodging AND complete this form for registration.



Lodging is not included in your registration.  Book your stay at the Olympic Village Alpine Lodge here. The conference group rate is available until September 9th. Read more about the COVID Guidelines the village is following here.  


Wellness, Resilience & Revival

This year's conference will center on whole body health, resilience support and spiritual renewal. 


October 11th:

  • Deans Gathering

  • BIPOC Gathering

  • LGBTQ Gathering

  • Womens Gathering

October 12-14th: Professional Leaders Conference

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Pam Rocker

Pam Rocker is an American/Canadian, atypical activist, consultant, speaker, and musician. From pews to politics, she has worked for over a decade for the full inclusion of LGBTQ2S+ people in faith communities and beyond. She is the playwright of heterophobia, was chosen as one of the Top 40 Under 40 in Calgary, and as one of the top 30 activists in Canada. She is the former Chair of Broadview Magazine and Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble, and Co-Host of the Sacred and Profane podcast. She is currently the Director of Affirming Connections and speaks and plays North and South of the border.

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Judith Lavender Dancer

Judith Lavender Dancer, Choreographer of the Soul, Registered Somatic Movement Therapist *, Dancer, Mime, and Collage Artist, has been dancing and moving her entire life. She has a Certificate in Mime from Chabot College in Hayward, CA and a Bachelor of Art in Theatre from San Francisco State University. Her work incorporates Feldenkrais, Continuum, Tamalpa Life/Art Process, Chi Gong, Authentic Movement, Improvisation and Expressive Movement. She worked with elders as an Activities Director for 10 years where she developed a holistic movement program to keep elders more active and flexible. She brings her business acuity and acumen from working in personal finance for 13 years. A portion of this work is based on Embodied Mindfulness developed by Jamie McHugh, RSMT. 


Conference Participants

The Professional Leaders Conference is for pastors, deacons and chaplains who are credentialed by the Sierra Pacific Synod.  Spouses and partners may also register to attend too.   

Click here to read FAQs about the event.


Gerry Ebaloraza-Tunnell

Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell, is the Director of Equity for the Mukilteo School District and a doctoral candidate at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She identifies as a Pacific indigenous scholar, a transformative leader, and a designer of change. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Gerry understands the power of being an indigenous leader living in a Westernized world. As a cultural practitioner, she continues to learn how to walk in both worlds with grace and Aloha: Her cultural reference to the sacred energy that binds all things together through love, compassion, and empathy.


A certified trainer of the Institute of HeartMath’s Resilience Advantage Program, a graduate from Antioch University’s Masters of Whole Systems Design, and a graduate from Washington State University; Gerry understands the importance of co-creating change through the social science of examining and constructing culture & community.

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Ashli St. Armant

Ashli St. Armant is a celebrated vocalist, author, and arts educator.

Her band, Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards, is heralded as one of the Top 10 bands for young audiences in the U.S. Together they have appeared at numerous venues including Lincoln Center and Sprout Network (NBC), produced six albums, and have been featured by NPR and LA Times.