The Women and Spirituality Conference would not be possible without the help of volunteers.  The volunteer planning committee's work allows us to keep the rates low for registration for you. We also rely on many volunteers to assist us in managing the events of the weekend.  If you would like to volunteer for the conference, please review the volunteer openings below and then contact Jessica Ripley, Volunteer Coordinator, via email at

Volunteer Opportunities

Vending Hospitality

Help us make the experience fabulous for our exhibitors. You'll be there to assist with any questions about load in and to watch booths if vendors need to go to the bathroom, etc. You will not be asked to carry any vendor's merchandise. Work one shift and attend the rest of the conference for free!


Maker’s Space Assistant

We are particularly looking for TEENS to help with this area! Help set up, assist the community with art projects and then clean up the area so it will be ready for the next project.  Check out the Maker's Space art projects here!

Sign up to work one full day at the Maker's Space and get the other day of the conference for FREE!



You will have a variety of duties including greeting folks and answering their questions from stations throughout the conference area, helping folks find their workshops and assisting with pre-purchased lunch and dinner (if that falls during your time slot).  Work one shift and get into the rest of the conference for FREE!


Workshop Proctors

Workshop proctors agree to assist in workshops one day and then attend the conference for free the other day.  Proctors will staff 3 workshops per day.  We will make every effort to assign you to a workshop you are interested in attending anyway!  Duties will include checking in with the speaker, making sure the room is arranged correctly, contacting AV services if speaker needs any AV assistance, introducing the speaker if they request that you do so, and offering hospitality and assistance to the speaker and workshop participants.

We are particularly interested in offering proctor positions to youth who would sign up with an adult to co-proctor the session.  Then the youth can get "on the job" training with the adult in hopes that the youth could move into leadership positions in subsequent years of the conference.  Parent/child, Youth Minister/parishioner, Mentor/Mentee and any other trusted youth/adult relationship would be perfect for assisting as Workshop Proctors.  The great news is that if you register as an adult/youth team, you BOTH get to attend the conference for free on the day you aren't working!!

Planning Committee Members:



Terri Allred, Producer, Women and Spirituality Conference

Jorrie Johnson, Publisher, Rochester Women magazinE

Virginia Cooper, Thresholdworks Media

Molly Dennnis, community membeR

Diane Anderson, Hermitage Farm Center for HealinG

Mary Laven, Wind Over Fire Healing CenteR

Teaki Garcia, local artist and Maker's Space Coordinator

Melissa Eggler, local artist and Exhibitor CoordinatoR

LuAnn Buechler, Passionate Owner of PMC Events & ConsultinG

Selamawit Unger RN, Advocate, The Women's Shelter, Inc.




About Event Producer, Terri Allred

Terri Allred is a professional event planner,  belly dancer, owner of Third Eye Tribal and the Belly Dance Business Academy. She also runs Third Eye Consulting, a nonprofit and small business coaching and training company.  

Her professional background is in nonprofit management in the field of rape crisis and domestic violence. She has served as the Executive Director of rape crisis centers and women’s centers in North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee.  She also served as Executive Director of the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South.

She has a Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School in Feminist Theology.  Her primary focus of study was the relationship between sexual and domestic violence (trauma) and the spiritual component of healing.  She has lectured across the country on this topic to clergy/faith communities and helping professionals. 

Producing the Women and Spirituality Conference allows her to combine her commitment to women’s empowerment and freedom of spiritual expression with her love of hosting parties and events.

She lives in Rochester, MN with her partner Daniel, her two sons Dylan and Jack and her dog Belle.   She is originally from North Carolina and loves to relax by the ocean and hunt for sea shells, both of which are hard to do in Minnesota.