Founding Board

MOFSA is grateful to the founding board members whose dedication and hard work made MOFSA possible. Thank you!

Robert Oberg

Robert Oberg received bachelor’s and doctor’s degrees in Mathematics from the University of California (Berkeley) and Harvard University. He taught Mathematics at the college level and worked for computer companies as a software engineer. Now semi-retired, he writes training materials in software development for his company, Object Innovations. He and Marianne were married for almost forty years and pursued spiritual journeys together. He founded MOFSA in Marianne’s memory.

Carly Smith Ouzts

Carly Smith Ouzts received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Furman University. As Medical Coordinator at Carolina Raptor Center she is responsible for the medical care of the 900-1000 injured birds of prey that are admitted each year.  She also manages the medical volunteers and interns. She met Marianne in 2011 when Marianne began volunteering at the Raptor Center. They shared a connection with animals and their spiritual qualities.


Carlos Alvarez

Carlos Alvarez is a Fine Artist, Art Teacher and Self-Published Author ( His many years of experience in the field of Fine Arts include, running his own gallery/frame shop, representation by galleries in Charlotte, NC and Key West, FL, and helping to develop an Art Center in Mint Hill, NC. Carlos first met Robert and Marianne Oberg as his students in the latter mentioned Art Center. Carlos and Robert have developed what could be called a spiritual connection in recent years that goes beyond the student-teacher relationship; which has inspired Carlos to be part of the Marianne Oberg Foundation for Spiritual Art.



Robert Canavello

Robert Canavello received his Bachelor’s degree in music from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a Master’s degree from Lesley University in psychology and music, and a Master’s degree in theology from Harvard Divinity School. To supplement a piano teacher’s salary, Robert became a programmer and later a technical writer. He retired a few years ago, which has given him the time and freedom to teach and perform. He met Bob and Marianne in the 1980s, who both significantly contributed to his own spiritual thought and practice.