Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Rev. Andrea Goodman

is the President of the Board of Directors of The Interfaith Peace Project. Andrea has been an interfaith spiritual director since 2002 and she was ordained an Interfaith Minister in 2009 from the Interfaith Chaplaincy Institute. Andrea is a volunteer hospital chaplain and leads Sacred Visits for The Interfaith Peace Project. She is a seasoned human resources and diversity professional.

 

Patricia Black

is the Treasurer of The Interfaith Peace Project. Since 1992, Pat Black, has been a Detention Minister, most recently at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, CA. She is a retired Director of Adult Faith Formation at St. Isidore’s Catholic Church in Danville, CA. Pat is a former Vice-President of Operations of Bay Area Rentals and has held various management and bookkeeping positions.

 

June Kirk

A member of the Board of Directors and Secretary, began the Dialogue with Interfaith Children in 2009. One father and son joined a visit to a mosque and said, “We saw a people, who like us, love God. We watched fathers and sons coming to worship and to pray as they have through the ages. I thank God for this experience and am excited to bring together our children for some outside activity where they can come to know and understand each other.” June has a background in religious education for children and was involved with setting child safety standards for children in religious settings.

 

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Lonnie Bristow, M.D.

A member emeritus of the Board of Directors, is leading The Peace Pole Initiative. The Peace Pole Project was founded in 1955 by Masahisa Goi in Japan after the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima. The Interfaith Peace Project planted our Peace Pole on September 1, 2009 and we are promoting The Peace Pole Project in homes and communities in Contra Costa County. Lonnie is an award-winning physician and is a former President of the American Medical Association.

 

 

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Melissa Granchi

Melissa Granchi lives at a small retreat center in the Sierra Nevada Foothills with her husband and works at a small local mental health office. She believes in the human capacity that enables people to tap into a deep source of inner wisdom.

 

 

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Leah Grace Maxwell-Styles

Leah has been an interfaith seminary student at the Chaplaincy Institute in Berkeley, California, and will be ordained in 2017.  She attributes her life long interest in Interfaith Studies to an early childhood teaching from her paternal grandmother (a reverend in a Christian metaphysical church), who said, “There are many paths to God, the important thing is to choose one.”  Leah found her path in Religious Science, also called Science of Mind, a New Thought philosophy founded by Ernest Holmes.   Since childhood, Leah’s spiritual path included the study of all scriptures, philosophies, and theologies, as well as science and the application of Universal Principals in her life.  She knows that the integration of these principles, ideas, and practices helps her to understand her neighbors and gives her hope that world peace is possible.  Leah believes in her heart the words of Mother Teresa, “If there is no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another.”  Inspired by those seeking to create peace, Leah began to volunteer with the Interfaith Peace Project in January 2016 and can frequently be seen greeting guests during the Center’s weekly open house. Leah has also been an active member of Interfaith Interconnect of the Tri-Valley since 2014 and serves on their leadership committee.  Interfaith Interconnect hosts monthly Religion Chats and periodic larger events with the mission “to enrich, inform, and educate ourselves and others about the great diversity of faiths and cultures in the Tri-Valley”. http://interfaithinterconnect.weebly.com Leah earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of California at Irvine in 1995, and recently left a 20+ year career in pharmaceutical research to pursue her dream of seeing world peace in her lifetime.  Her outreach, Warm Embrace with Grace, involves promoting religious literacy by cultivating an atmosphere of mutual respect, tolerance and mercy, through compassion and deep self-knowing.  Leah is passionate about her study of traditional Hawaiian dance, Hawaiian culture and Indigenous spirituality.  She has been a hospice volunteer since 2014.  She enjoys developing relationships with interfaith youth group leaders and advocating for the sick, the elderly and their caregivers.  Leah lives in Livermore, California, with her wife and their fifth Bassett Hound, Happy.