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Aisha received her B.A. in Humanities and has certification as a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and 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 Islam for the Interfaith Speakers Bureau.



Ameena is a founding member of ING. She co-designs 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 currently team-teaches a class on Islam and Women in the Middle East at City College of San Francisco. Ameena received her M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from UC, Berkeley, and B.A. in History from the University of Illinois. Ameena represents Islam.



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 Islam.



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



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 Buddhism.


Bob serves on the Board of Directors for Congregation Beth Am. He attends Torah study at Beth Am and Bible study at his wife Diane’s 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. An engineer for most of his career, in 2016 he retired as a global marketing director for a manufacturer of security inspection products. Bob represents Judaism.

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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 Judaism.


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. Diane represents Christianity.



Dilip is a cancer research scientist. He is a Board Member of the Multifaith Coalition of the Peninsula and was President of a Sunday school in Pennsylvania. He is a founder of the Sanatan Mandir in San Bruno. 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 over 900 youths in their interfaith love relationship issues. He has been married for 38 years and has two grown children. Dilip represents Hinduism.



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



Eli retired from a long career at Kaiser Permanente as a pediatrician and is now active in many Jewish organizations. He served on the Santa Clara County’s Human Relations Commission and 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 Judaism.

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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 Judaism.


Reverend George McDonnell grew up in New Jersey in a multi-cultural neighborhood with children who were from all different races, religions, and ethnicities. She attended St. Elizabeth College and Seabury Western Theological Seminary. George has been a priest for 15 years and makes her home in Santa Clara with her wife, daughter, two dogs, and three rabbits. She is currently the rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Santa Clara. George represents Christianity.


Habib, a gold medalist MBA, was a longtime senior manager in the financial services industry in Pakistan and the Middle East. He and his wife moved to the US in 2010 to be close to their grown children. After retiring, Habib concentrated on family, cultural studies, comparative religion, philosophy, human behavior, and volunteer work. His interests include hiking, yoga, music, poetry, and exploring America. Habib represents Islam.

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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 Judaism.

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Heena Haiderali earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago in Religious Studies, with concentrations in Hinduism and Ethics. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Rochester in Religion and Psychology. Before joining ING, Heena worked for the One America Movement in Washington, D.C. where she helped coordinate service projects and conversations aimed at reducing divisiveness in America today. Heena represents Islam.

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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 Christianity.

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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. Henry represents Christianity.


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. Now that their girls are grown, George and Irene have a shared pet care business, Pleasure Point Paws, in Santa Cruz. Irene represents Christianity.



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 Islam.

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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 Islam.

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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 Christianity.


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 Christianity.

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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 Christianity.


Kate obtained her M.A. from the University of Oxford in 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 create interfaith initiatives in Gainesville, Florida. She has a B.A. 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 and has designed and managed successful professional mentoring programs globally. Katy Dickinson is an 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. She holds an English degree from the UC, Berkeley. Katy is an author, speaker, and blogger at Katysblog. Katy represents Christianity.

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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 Christianity.


Lakshmi writes and teaches on the bhakti traditions of the great Indian “poet-saints” and has several album credits as a professional vocalist. She creates contemporary devotional music with her husband Aks for interfaith audiences across North America. Lakshmi is affiliated with Chinmaya Mission and is a frequent contributor to Hinduism Today. She has consulted for Syracuse University, Sony Music, and VICE Media, and she holds an M.A. in Religious Studies from Stanford University. Lakshmi represents Hinduism.


Madhu obtained a Bachelor’s degree in engineering in India and a Master’s degree 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 Hinduism.



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



Maha is the founder of ING. She authors training handbooks on American Muslim outreach and seminars 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 at Santa Clara University, Stanford University, and the University of California at Santa Cruz, and has been recognized with numerous awards. Maha represents Islam.

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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 globally on projects that promote social justice and interfaith dialogue. Sister Marianne represents Christianity.


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 Islam.


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Nauman grew up on the East Coast and Pakistan. He moved to the Bay Area in 2001 and currently resides in San Jose with his wife and three children. He has an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University and is Director of Enterprise Systems at Box. Nauman’s main interests are religion and sports. He is an active member in the Bay Area Muslim community and a participant in interfaith events. Nauman represents Islam.

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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 Islam.

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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 Islam.



Raania Mohsen is a Bay Area native and has worked as a government affairs professional since 2004. Raania currently works for the City of Santa Clara as a Management Analyst in the City Manager’s Office. As former Executive Director of the Cities Association, she has been instrumental in advancing important policy addressing affordable housing, sustainability, and economic development. She is active in her community and volunteers regularly at local public schools. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and MBA Degrees from Santa Clara University. Raania represents Islam.


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. Her book, From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace, was published by Orbis Books in March 2014. Rabbi Amy represents Judaism.



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 Islam.


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Sheila Mohan was born in India and has been a resident of California for over 30 years. She has an M.B.A. from San Jose State University and 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 knowledge about Vedanta. Sheila represents Hinduism.

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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 Islam.




Terry has worked as a Spanish bilingual and literacy support teacher in San Francisco and Berkeley public schools for over 25 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 Judaism.


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. Tenzin represents Buddhism.