Board of Directors

Board of Directors

June Kirk

A member of the Board of Directors and President, 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.

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.

Susan Batterton

Susan Batterton is the Secretary of the Board of Directors. She graduated from Urbandale High School in Urbandale, Iowa, in 1969 and Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1974. She worked for 38 years as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, retiring in 2012 as the Clinical Lab Manager of Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, California. Susan became involved in Interfaith work after attending The Interfaith Peace Project’s September 21, 2009, celebration of the International Day of Peace at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church.  It was there she met people of other faiths one on one and was able to hear their personal faith stories and realize their stories were as valid as her own. Susan began to volunteer at the Interfaith Peace Project in 2009 and eventually took over the responsibility of keeping the website up to date and sending out our emails to over 700 recipients. 

Rev. Patrick Davis

A member of the Board of Directors, began organizing The Interfaith Prayer Outreach Services in 2008 for both adults and teenagers. In 2009, we began Interfaith Prayer Services at the Interfaith Resource Center. Patrick is a founder and the Executive Director of the Bay Area Alliance for Youth & Family Services, a youth home ministry to homeless youth.

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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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Rev. 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.

Past Board Members

Rev. Andrea Goodman
In Memoriam
August 30, 1950 – December 31, 2021

was the Co-founder and President of the Board of Directors of The Interfaith Peace Project. Andrea was an interfaith spiritual director from 2002 until her death in 2021. She was ordained an Interfaith Minister in 2009 from the Interfaith Chaplaincy Institute. Andrea was a volunteer hospital chaplain and led Sacred Visits for The Interfaith Peace Project. She was a seasoned human resources and diversity professional.

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Lonnie Bristow, M.D.

A member 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. In 2017, the Board of Directors appointed Lonnie Bristow, M.D., Board Member, Emeritus.