Board and Organization

Patrick Finney
President (August 18, 2020)

Patrick has been coming to gatherings on The Land since the early 90s and has been an Oak Spirit for just over 20 years. He has been serving OSS as an ordained clergy person since 2022. He has an academic background in philosophy and religious studies. Professionally, he works as a librarian and has experience in nonprofit management and fundraising. He is a hobby-level juggler and unicycle rider and believes in religion as artistic expression.

Dawn Finney
Treasurer (September 3, 2017)

I first discovered the gatherings on the property that is now Oak Spirit Sanctuary in 1993. I stayed involved, intermittently through the years, until a move to Columbia in 2011 allowed for more involvement. I joined the Board of Directors in 2017 and took on the role of Treasurer.
One of the main things I love about OSS is the the mission of maintaining and making available a 160-acre, pagan-owned land sanctuary right in the middle of Missouri. I am a mother of two adult children, former homeschooling parent, interested in urban 'homesteading,' and work as a Certified Professional Midwife with a private home birth practice.
I consider myself a 'keeper of the old ways.'

Madeline Wright
(August 1, 2021)
I stumbled upon OSS the lunar before Samhain in 2014, freshly 18 years old. I was invited by a friend to join them for a bonfire at what was described to me as their friends property. At the time, the only thing I knew about paganism was what was I learned in history books at school. I remember driving up the gravel road, with the clear stars shining above me, and hearing the sounds of the drums beckoning us closer and closer. I was instantly captivated. We pulled up after ritual was already over, and everyone was revelling around the fire pit by Big House. I spent the rest of my evening getting to know the community. I remember I eventually loosened up enough to sing my first song around the fire that very night. I know every inch of that land like the back of my hand and love it as though it we're a physical part of me. It is where I grew into a women, and I must say; It is of the biggest honor and privilege that I be here today to serve my fellow community and the land as your newest Board Member.

Find board meeting minutes on our organizational documents page: