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Aisha received her B.A. in Humanities and has a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certification. She also has an M.A. in Adult Education and Training. As a specialist in language proficiency, Aisha develops tests and trains teachers internationally. She lives in Sonoma County and is Principal of the Islamic School at the Islamic Society of Santa Rosa. Aisha represents the Muslim religion.




Ameena is a founding member of ING. She co-designs and develops ING’s educational presentations and cultural competency seminars. Ameena has delivered hundreds of presentations in schools, colleges, universities, churches, and other venues on Islam and related subjects. She has also appeared on many news outlets speaking on issues relating to American Muslims. She currently team-teaches a class on Islam at San Francisco City College. Ameena received her M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and her B.A. in History from the University of Illinois. Ameena represents the Muslim religion.


Bahira was born in Vancouver, Canada and grew up in the Bay Area. She obtained her bachelors in Electrical Engineering as well as her MBA from Santa Clara University. She went on to work in the industry for 11 years in the areas of technical marketing and corporate training. She now devotes her time to homeschooling her daughter. Bahira represents the Muslim religion.



Bat Sheva Miller has been involved in Jewish education for 20 years, since she moved to California in 1993. She is currently a graduate student at the Graduate Theological Union, working on her thesis on interfaith education. Bat Sheva has taught every grade from 1st through high school in both the private and public sectors. She holds an MA is Special Education from San Francisco State University, and a BA in Journalism, from PUC-SP, in Brazil. Bat Sheva worked as a journalist in Sao Paulo and in Israel, where she lived for five years. Bat Sheva represents the Jewish religion.



Berget has had a Buddhist meditation practice since 1986 in the Zen and Theravada traditions. She teaches in San Jose and Redwood City as well as other Buddhist centers, and is an active participant in several interfaith organizations. In her role as a Buddhist minister, she performs weddings, funerals, and baby blessings for families. Berget represents the Buddhist religion.



Bob is active in his synagogue, Congregation Beth Am, where he currently serves on the Board of Directors. He enjoys attending weekly Torah study at Beth Am and monthly Bible study at his wife Diane’s church, All Saints Episcopal Church. Bob has a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Masters degree in Material Science from Stanford University. Bob worked as an engineer for most of his career and in 2016 retired as a global marketing director for a manufacturer of security inspection products. Bob represents the Jewish religion.


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David is a retired software developer and systems expert who lives in Walnut Creek. He is active in the Jewish Community Relations Council, his synagogue, the interfaith community, and the Princeton alumni community. He has been studying philosophy, history and the religions of the world since 1958. David represents the Jewish religion.



Diane is an active member at All Saints Episcopal Church in Palo Alto, California, and serves as Trustee on the College of Wooster Board of Trustees and on the San Francisco Advisory Board of Facing History and Ourselves. She is a Senior Fellow in the American Leadership Forum — Silicon Valley and is active in its Faith Leaders Group. Diane received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center, magna cum laude, and her B.A. from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. After a long career as a corporate lawyer and partner at several Silicon Valley law firms, Diane recently retired from the active practice of law. Diane represents the Christian religion.




Dilip is a cancer research scientist. He is a Board Member of Multifaith Coalition of Peninsula, San Francisco area. He was a President of Plymouth Balvihar (Sunday school), Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, and is a founder of the Balvihar at Sanatan Mandir, San Bruno, California. He co-authored the book Vivaha Samskara: The Hindu Wedding Ceremony. Dilip founded a Forum for Interfaith Marriage with Equality in 2009 where he guided more than 900 youths in their interfaith love relationship issues. He is married for 38 years and the couple has two grown children. Dilip represents the Hindu religion.




Sulochina is a physician at Santa Clara Kaiser Permanente, specializing in allergy, immunology, and pediatric lung diseases. She has attended extended classes in Hindu scriptures at the Vedanta society and the Chinmaya Mission and has been a coordinator of the Gandhi Youth camp, which promotes Gandhian values of peace and nonviolence. She is also a board member of the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council. Sulochina represents the Hindu religion.




After a long career at Kaiser Permanente as a pediatrician, Eli retired and is now an active member in many Jewish organizations. He served on the Santa Clara County’s Human Relations Commission and has helped plan the County Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony. Eli attended the University of Michigan and received his M.D. at the University of Chicago. He and his wife have two grown children and three granddaughters. Eli represents the Jewish religion.


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Esther has degrees in Mathematics from Brandeis and Stanford Universities. She worked in the computer industry as an engineer for 15 years. Trained at Equity Institute, she has been active in the diversity arena, speaking, training, and facilitating, for two decades. Esther works as a Professional Registered Parliamentarian and is as President of CSAP.  She is a past president of Keddem Congregation (Reconstructionist). She is listed in Who’s Who in America. Esther represents the Jewish religion.


Habib, a gold medalist MBA, has had a long senior management career in the financial services industry in Pakistan and the Middle East. He and his wife moved to the US in 2010 and to the Bay Area in 2015 to be close to their three grown up children and their adorable families. After retirement, his recent years in the USA are characterized by family bonding, cultural studies, comparative religion, philosophy, human behavior, interactive blogging, social, cultural and volunteer work. Habib’s interests include hiking, yoga, music, poetry, exploring America, attending events at universities, educational institutions, religious and community centers. Habib represents Islam on the Interfaith Speakers Bureau panels.


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Harry recently retired from his position as a staff physician at the San Jose State University Student Health Center. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Missouri. After his internship and residency, Harry served as a Medical Officer in the U.S. Navy and then worked as in internist with a large medical group before moving to his position with San Jose State. Harry enjoys hiking and nature study in his spare time. He lives with his wife in Saratoga. Harry represents the Jewish religion.


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Helena’s interest in interfaith work began in high school when she participated in a trip to the Middle East aimed at cultivating mutual understanding. She received her B.A. in History and Religious Studies from Fordham University and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. She currently lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and teaches in the Religious Studies department of St. Ignatius College Preparatory School. Helena represents the Christian religion.


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Henry holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies, with a focus on Jewish-Christian relations, from UC Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union,  and has taught humanities and history of religion at Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and the Graduate Theological Union. He worked for 16 years in language and cultural preservation with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in Oregon, where he participated in their traditional religious life. His interfaith experience also includes involvement with Jewish and Buddhist communities. Henry represents the Christian religion.



Irene received a B.S. in Biology and later a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Science in 2007 from UCLA. She contributed to the science of marine reserves in California and also helped further sustainable aquaculture worldwide with Seafood Watch. Irene and her husband George attend Twin Lakes Church, an evangelical Christian church in Aptos, California, where their two girls attended grade school. Now that their girls are grown, George and Irene love serving families through their shared pet care business, Pleasure Point Paws, in Santa Cruz. George is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Bible study and worship remain a vital part of their daily lives.




Ishaq earned his B.A. from Hamilton College with a major in Anthropology and minors in Education and Middle Eastern & Islamic World Studies. While at Hamilton, he served as the Senior Chapel Fellow; president of the Muslim Student Association; and co-founder of the All Beliefs Union, an organization dedicated toward promoting dialogue between people from different religious and secular backgrounds. Ishaq is also a member of the Interfaith Youth Core Alumni network. Ishaq represents the Muslim religion.


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Ismael Nass received a B.S. in Computer Science from King Fahd University in Saudi Arabia and an M.S. in Software Engineering from San Jose State University. He is currently the president of EngineersWhoWrite, a consulting firm specializing in the development of technical documentation and publishing tools. Ismael represents the Muslim religion.




Venerable JianHu is the first overseas abbot of Chung Tai Zen Center of Sunnyvale. After he earned his doctorate in Artificial Neural Networks from UC San Diego, he renounced the secular life and was ordained at Chung Tai Chan Monastery in Taiwan in 1994. In 2000, JianHu Shifu, with four other Dharma masters, came to northern California and established Buddha Gate Monastery, the first overseas branch of Chung Tai, to plant the seeds of Buddhism in the United States.


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Jean is a lay member of the Dominican Order of Preachers. She earned a B.S. from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union as well as a B.S. from Creighton University. Before retiring in 2013, Jean was the Director of Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic parish in Palo Alto for 20 years. She presents workshops on Centering Prayer around the Bay area. Jean represents the Christian religion.



Jonathan Homrighausen converted to Christianity at 18 and attends St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Santa Clara. He is a graduate student in Biblical Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, where he focuses on Abrahamic scriptures and interreligious dialogue. Currently he is writing a book on The Saint John’s Bible, the first commissioned illuminated manuscript of the Bible since Gutenberg. Jonathan represents the Christian religion.


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Joy has been a teacher of religion for 38 years, and for the last 23 of those she has been a Master Catechist for the Diocese of San Jose. She has also been the Adult Formation Coordinator at St. Martin of Tours Parish for the past 15 years. Her position brings her into contact with people with diverse faith traditions. She currently resides in San Jose with her husband of 42 years and has two grown children. Joy represents the Christian religion.



Kate obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Oxford in the Study of Religion, with concentrations in Islam and Hinduism. Before joining ING, Kate worked for the University of Florida’s Center for Global Islamic Studies and Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions, helping to coordinate conferences and events and creating interfaith initiatives in the Gainesville, Florida area. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Flagler College, with degrees in Psychology, Philosophy and Religion. Kate represents Christianity and is the facilitator of all interfaith panels.


Katy is the Founder of Mentoring Standard in the Silicon Valley.  Katy Dickinson has designed and managed successful professional mentoring programs in the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia – while holding a variety of senior executive roles. Katy Dickinson is lifelong Episcopalian and an Accredited Mentor by the University of the South – School of Theology.  She is the Diocesan Coordinator for the Education for Ministry theology education program in the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real.  Her degree from the University of California at Berkeley is in English with a focus on Shakespeare.  She is an author, speaker, and popular blogger on Katysblog.

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Laurie became a personally devout Christian at the age of fifteen. Laurie and her husband work in Christian ministry at a church in Aptos, California. Their work has taken them around the country and to many places around the world. For the past eleven years she has also taught world religions at the undergraduate and master’s level. Laurie and her husband have three children. She earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies and a Masters degree in Christian Theology. Laurie represents the Christian religion.



With an M.A. in Religious Studies from Stanford University, Lakshmi writes and teaches on the bhakti traditions of the great Indian “poet-saints.” Originally from Singapore, she has several album credits as a professional vocalist and develops shows of contemporary devotional music with her husband Aks for interfaith audiences across North America. Lakshmi has been affiliated with global Hindu organization Chinmaya Mission for many years and is a frequent contributor to Hawaii-based international magazine Hinduism Today. She has consulted for Syracuse University, Sony Music and VICE Media. Lakshmi represents the Hindu religion.


Madhu obtained his Bachelors in engineering in India, and Masters in Computer Science in Texas. He works as a software engineer at a large silicon valley company. Madhu studied the Hindu scriptures under various masters at the Chinmaya Mission for the past 25 years, and has been teaching at the sunday school for the past 10 years. Madhu has also conducted mediation groups at his work place. He enjoys hiking, chess & swimming. Madhu represents the Hindu Religion.




Maggie was born and raised in India. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Bangalore University and moved to the US in 1983. She worked for several technology companies where she held senior management positions in Marketing and Business Development. She is involved with several non-profit organizations both in India and the US as a volunteer. She lives in San Jose with her husband and son. Maggie represents the Hindu religion.



Maha is the founder of ING and author of training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims as well as training seminars for public institutions on developing cultural competency with the American Muslim community. She received an M.A. in religious studies from Stanford University and B.A in political science and economics from the American University in Cairo. She has taught classes on Islam in the modern world at Santa Clara University, Stanford University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz, and has been recognized with numerous awards, including the “Civil Rights Leadership Award” from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations and “Citizen of the Year Award” from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. Maha represents the Muslim religion.


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Sister Marianne belongs to the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Indiana. She is associate professor at the Dominican School of Philosophy in Berkeley and a faculty member of the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union. She received an M.A. in Pastoral Theology from Santa Clara University and a Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from Boston College. She has worked on projects that promote social justice and interfaith dialogue in North America, Asia, and Africa. Sister Marianne represents the Christian religion.



A native of Southern California, Muizz Rafique has studied or worked for short periods in the Muslim world, including Egypt, Turkey, Yemen and Jordan. He is an avid snowboarder and enjoys the outdoors. He currently lives in the Bay Area with his wife and two daughters, where he works as an attorney. Muizz represents the Muslim religion.


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Nauman grew up in Philadelphia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia and Pakistan. He moved to the Bay Area in 2001 and has lived here ever since. He currently resides in San Jose with his wife and three lovely kids. He has an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University and is Director, Enterprise Systems at Box. Nauman loves spending time with family and friends. His main interests are religion and sports. He is an active member in the Bay Area Muslim community and an active participant in interfaith events. Nauman represents the Muslim religion.


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Nora is a second-generation American Muslim. Although she was born in Baltimore, Maryland, she spent her formative years in historic Palestine. Nora returned to United States after high school to study pharmacy at the University of Maryland. She currently practices as a community pharmacist in the East Bay where she lives with her husband and two sons. Nora has been volunteering with ING since 2002. Nora represents the Muslim religion.


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Nuha was born and raised in the east coast, but moved to the Bay Area sixteen years ago. Nuha is a dedicated mother of five children. She loves to volunteer at her children’s elementary and high schools. Nuha also enjoys volunteering for ING, Zaytuna, and other non-profit organizations. She also volunteers for the GiveLight Foundation, which builds orphanages for children of war, poverty, and/or natural disasters. Nuha is a firm believer in strengthening the ties between all races and faiths. She currently resides in Redwood City. Nuha represents the Muslim religion.


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Raania is a native of the Bay Area and joined the Cities Association’s Executive Team in September 2009. As the Executive Director of the Cities Association of Santa Clara County, Raania works with local elected officials from across the county to foster collaboration, represent the mutual interest of the diverse 15 cities of Santa Clara County, and presents a unified voice for the cities in dealing with other agencies, organizations, and levels of government to enhance the quality of life for the people of our county. Raania represents the Muslim religion.



Rabbi Amy Eilberg is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi and serves as the director of the Pardes Rodef Shalom (Pursuer of Peace) Communities Program, helping synagogues and Jewish organizations place the pursuit of peace in interpersonal relationships at the center of their communal mission. She has been passionate about interfaith dialogue work for many years. Her book, From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace, was published by Orbis Books in March 2014. Rabbi Amy represents the Jewish religion.



Salman Asadullah is a Cisco Distinguished Engineer and CTO of Americas Partners Organization who also serves as co-chair and advisor for many notable industry organizations including IPv6 Forum Fellow and Broadband Forum Ambassador. As a recognized expert within Cisco and the industry, Salman has been working on large-scale SP and Enterprise networks and technologies for two decades. He represents the Muslim religion.


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Sheila Mohan was born in India and has been a resident of California for more than 30 years. She has an M.B.A. from San Jose State University. She has worked in local government for several years and is currently finance director for the City of Cupertino. Sheila is an active member of the Chinmaya Mission, a non-profit global organization that provides individuals with the knowledge of Vedanta. Sheila represents the Hindu religion.


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Sobia received her M.D. from the King Edward Medical University in Pakistan. She did her residency training in Texas and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Currently she works as a pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente. She lives in the East Bay with her three children. In her spare time, Sobia enjoys poetry and music. Sobia represents the Muslim religion.




Terry has worked as a Spanish bilingual and literacy support teacher in San Francisco and Berkeley public schools for over 20 years. She is a member of Congregation Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco. Terry is a Middle East peace activist and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. She enjoys learning new languages, singing, bicycling and yoga. She lives with her husband in Berkeley. Terry represents the Jewish religion.



Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi, an ordained Buddhist nun, has been studying and practicing Buddhism for over 3​5 years. She completed a six-year solitary meditation retreat in 2006, and since then has been teaching at Buddhist centers in the North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.​​ Ven. Tenzin is presently the resident teacher at Vajrapani Institute in Boulder Creek, California, and is also actively involved in teaching Buddhist meditation and philosophy in prisons.