COUNCIL OF STEWARDS
Small groups of people can do great things not because their minds are together but because their spirits are together, their ideas are together, their hearts are together. ~ Keshavan Nair
Celebration Circle is led by a Council of Stewards who guide and consult on all major decisions. They are personally invested in the Circle’s growth and committed to full participation in fundraising, management, support, and the work required to maintain our organization.
ZET BAER, CFEE
Co-Founder + Creative Director
Zet Baer is an artist, dancer, event producer and creative director who loves the challenge of working in a variety of media and venues. Her compassion for people, her love of nature and her commitment to living holistically have all brought her to a life of supporting others in expressing the truth of who they are.
Zet co-founded the Celebration Circle in 1992, with her husband, Rudi Harst. Together they are deeply committed to the process of building community through creative expression. This is best expressed in the way they have supported their son, Mateo, as he has grown into a compassionate and loving man.
Chair, Council of Stewards
Krista is honored to serve as a member of the Spiritual Leadership Team and chair of the Council of Stewards for Celebration Circle. She feels very lucky to be the mother of a sweet, spiritual, and equally sassy seven-year-old daughter. Krista enjoys community service and participating in the recovery community. In her free time, she loves spending time with family and friends, as well as gardening, creating visual art, and practicing new baking and cooking recipes.
Secretary, Council of Stewards
Michele is a retired public-school educator having spent 18 years teaching English at Frank M. Tejeda Academy in Harlandale ISD and completed her last six years teaching 7th Grade Reading at Jefferson Middle School in Northside ISD. Her daughter CC, her stepson Brendan, and her grandson TJ light up her life! She began attending Circle in 1995 at the Rebarn Center for Spirituality and Art at Incarnate Word University, and in 2015 made a spiritual commitment to fully participate in the Circle. Currently, Michele serves as Secretary on the Council of Stewards, reads extensively, has walked the virtual length of the monarch butterfly migration, and dreams of experiencing in-person Circle celebrations, live theatre, art openings, and choosing her own produce at H-E-B.
Treasurer, Council of Stewards
After the tragic loss of her daughter and 1st grandchild, KC transformed her darkest moment into a world of light for herself and others. She not only survived this tragedy, she moved deeply into grief, embraced it, and emerged a woman of grace and courage with a willingness to share her experiences. KC became a Certifed Grief Recovery Specialist to help others navigate their way through the pain of loss.
Alexis has been a life-long questioner, especially in matters involving faith. Her journey includes anthropology, psychology, and museum education with graphic design and now digital media in the mix. She enjoys being able to toggle between the forest and the trees and figuring out how seemingly disparate things actually work together. Celebration Circle came to her as a reminder that “all shall be well.”
Tam truly Lives to Inspire. As an ecstatic artist, they wished they had that "cool extra someone cheering me on, and inspiring me towards my goals as an artist, I lacked self-confidence and inspiration. I now share my art and story in order to help inspire others towards their inner fire."
Tam felt welcomed by Celebration Circle and joined the Council of Stewards as they felt inspired to help lead others in their journey. They enjoy the spiritual space that Celebration Circle has created for all.
Betty has been an active member of Celebration Circle for over ten years. For most of those years, she has served on the Council of Stewards and served as Chair of the Council of Stewards for five years. Betty continues to support the mission of the Circle, especially when we have events. Betty notes that Circle has been through many changes over the years and she hopes it will continue in the future "since there is nothing else like it out there--a place for everyone to experience spirit and acceptance for all."
Karl started coming to Celebration Circle in 2007 after some big changes in his life--he had lost his job and his social circle seemed to vanish. Karl and his wife Betty were acquainted with The Circle through mutual friends and thought it would be a good time to check things out. Karl was raised in a more traditional religious setting, so he found Celebration Circle’s approach to spirituality a complete surprise. In fact, it took him a while to warm up. But soon he fell under the spell of the Circle’s simple message, the awesome power of Love. He says "the spell must have worked because soon I was laughing, hugging, singing and praying with the best of them. My social circle had returned."
[In 2019] Karl was asked to serve on the Circle’s Council of Stewards. This has given him the opportunity "to help others benefit from this unique organization which has done so much for me."
Maria is a 2010 UTSA graduate who finds joy in cooking, shopping locally, volunteering, photography and is a novice in country dancing. She loves coming home to the wagging tails of her two fur babies. Being on the Council fulfills her desire to connect and collaborate with others who are mindful in embracing joy, peace, acceptance, and love which fuels her spirit. For it is in giving that she feels happy and uplifted.
Angel is a transpersonal coach and a catalyst for transformational change and growth. He first came to Celebration Circle in 2011 through the Wednesday Night meditations. He later became part of the community at large in 2015 as he began a mentor relationship with CIrcle Founder Rudi Harst. Angel has been a part of the Council of Stewards since 2018 and helped create and facilitate Circle's formal Spiritual Leadership Training. In 2019, Angel was ordained into the Circle ministry. In the Circle, Angel has found a spiritual refuge.
EDWARD "BUTCH" SAGEBIEL
Butch was present on the very first Sunday meeting of the Celebration Circle in 1992 and has remained a steadfast member of the Council of Stewards since its inception. A retired public school librarian and active volunteer at his local branch library, he is an ardent bibliofile who adds depth and consciouness to our community.
Chuck stumbled onto Celebration Circle about 25 years ago. He had not been searching but very quickly recognized that the Circle fulfilled a need in his life. "The community, the wide variety of speakers and ideas, the music, and the simple rituals all serve me well. " Chuck volunteers as much as he can to help sustain the Circle "so that I can share communion with such lovely people as we continue to explore spirituality."
Rudi Harst is a first-generation Eurasian immigrant raised with a global perspective, having been conceived in Indonesia, born in The Netherlands and raised in South Texas where his family immigrated when he was five years old. He sang his first solo with the church choir at age six, began giving sermons when he was 15 -- and has spent his life writing, singing and speaking about spirituality ever since.
His passion for an inclusive, creative approach to interfaith spirituality lead him to co-found Celebration Circle in 1992. He has shared his inspirational words and music in hundreds of churches, concerts, schools, and cultural events throughout the US, Europe, and the Mideast. He's written and published nine albums of original songs, as well as Hurry Slowly: Living from the Inside Out, a book of reflections that was adapted into a successful theatrical production.