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Board of Directors

Zabine Van Ness
  • Past Executive Director & Founder, International Child Placement Agency
  • Public Relations Director, Child & Family Services
  • Founding Executive Director, Florida Bahá’í Historical Society
  • Producer & Editor, Hawaii Bahá’í History Calendar
  • Executive Director, Bahá’í Community Services
Wesley Dyring
  • Violist, Seattle Symphony
  • Owner, Dyring Music, LLC
  • Arranger, Orchestrator, Producer, Instructor of Violin & Viola
  • Principal Violist, Orquesta Filarmónica, Santiago, Chile
  • MM & Performer’s Certificate in Viola, Eastman School of Music
  • Active promoter of intercultural, international & racial unity
Peter Terry
  • PhD (study towards Doctoral degree in Islamic Studies), University of Chicago, 1977-1978
  • MM (Master of Music), San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 1984-1987
  • Adjunct faculty courses in religious studies, Wilmette Institute, 1994-2014 passim
  • Freelance classical solo performances, United States (California, Massachusetts, Maine, New York, Illinois, Missouri, Washington), England, Germany, Iceland, Israel, India, Madagascar,1974-2022 passim
  • Management and organization: of classical music concerts in Boston (2010-2013); of arts programs for two ABS conferences, in Seattle (2001) and Cambridge, Massachusetts (2005)
  • Director of Boston Learning Center, Massachusetts, 2005-2012; of Firm Foundation Academy, California, 2014-2023
  • Author of books, book chapters, articles and papers published: Amazon;;;;, 2005-present
  • Host and participant in zoom courses: Clearwater Baha'i Center, 2023-2024

Larry Tysome
  • Former Senior Partner & Managing Director Boston Consulting Group
  • Co-founder & non-executive Chairman i-insight AI
  • MBA, London Business School
  • UK Masters rowing gold medalist
Dr. Jeffrey Perkins (Jr.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh Public & International Affairs·
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA), University of Pittsburgh·
  • Bachelor of Science/Public & Business Administration·
  • Retired Adjunct Faculty: Public Administration/Multiple Universities/Undergraduate and Graduate Level
  • Consultant & Technical Grant Writer to Local Governments, Corporations, Foundations, Hospitals, and Nonprofit Organizations·
  • Founder of New Directions Planning Initiative (NDPI)·
  • For more information on his career of impacts in the public and private sector visit Dr. Perkins on LinkedIn at
Dr. Amy Colbert
  • PhD, Scandinavian Studies, University of Washington
  • Lived in Denmark three years
  • Retired hospital worker
  • Parents were both Museum Curators
Cory Crocker
  • U District Advocates
  • Project Manager, Webkey
  • MArch, University of Washington
  • Studies in Norway,  Spain & Croatia
  • U S Peace Corps Volunteer, Fiji Islands
Eva Johnson
  • Business Owner and Co-founder of two iconic businesses on The Ave, Seattle Records and Innervisions 
  • Arts and Culture, Cultural Creative
  •  Started first all ages dance club on The Ave called the Underground 1987-1992 
  • Worked at Tower Records on The Ave 1986-1990
  • Started first prop house on 2nd Ave, renting props to movies such as Twin Peaks, Sleepless in Seattle, Come Fire Walk with Me, and Singles. 
  • Created Seattle's first DJ Academy teaching basic music skills to elementary schools and adults 2013-present 
  • Urban Planning with UDP council attending monthly meetings 
  • Performed at all major Seattle Venues such as Showbox, Nuemos, SODO 
  • Skills/Fundraising, entrepeneurship, Tech, Iphone, public safety with focus on The Ave and mental health awareness 
  • Background in radio and PR as well as organizing events
  •  Born and raised in Seattle :)
Robert E. Mark
  • BA, Political Science & Communications, Dartmouth College
  • Sales & Customer Service Career, retired
  • Former Executive Vice President, Continental Central Credit, Inc. 
Dr. Emitis Hosoda
  • MD, University of Texas, Health Sciences Center, Dallas
  • BS, Molecular Biology, University of Texas
  • Physician, Internal Medicine & Women’s Health, Auburn Medical Center
  • Faculty, Nutrametrix Educational Institute
Kibibi Monié
  • Executive Director, Nu Black Arts West Theatre
  • President, Seattle local, American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA)
  • Masters degree, Executive Director Masters Program, Seattle University
  • Diploma in cinematography, The New York Film Academy
  • Actor, singer, playwright, passionate mentor of Black & Brown communities
Neda Najibi
  • Poet, journalist, acclaimed author, human rights activist
  • Anchor & Reporter, KLBJ Austin—Co-Recipient, Edward R. Murrow Award
  • Associate Producer, K-EYE Television
  • Host, NPR’s All Things Considered, Hawaii Public Radio
  • Founder, Be True To Yourself nonprofit
  • Current Vice President of Business Operations, utility firm in California
Judy Rohm
  • Secretary, Uniting Hearts Networking Institute
  • MA, Counseling, Seattle University
  • BA, Sociology, University of Washington
  • Senior Counselor, Kent Public School District
  • Adjunct Professor, Seattle Pacific University
Mytyl Hernandez
  • Mother & Tulalip Tribal Member
  • Human rights & diversity activist
  • Manager, Hibulb Cultural Center & Natural History Preserve
  • Chairwoman, Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce Board
  • Marysville Diversity Advisory Committee
  • Archbishop Murphy High School Board of Trustees
Susan Old
  • MS, Psychology (Counseling), University of La Verne, California
  • BS, Psychology, California State University
  • Retired Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Counselor
  • US Peace Corps Volunteer, Zaire & Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Published author of urban fantasy books
Maura Fox
  • BA Degree - Portland State University - Education/Middle Eastern Studies
  • Professional Educator - Portland Public Schools
  • Assistant to Auxiliary Board of Protection, Baha’i Faith for Hmong-American Relations
  • Head Archivist - Portland Baha’i Archives
  • Oregon and Portland History Educator / Speaker
  • Member of Portland, Oregon Branch of NAACP
  • Equity Team Facilitator - Portland Public Schools
Burton Smith
  • Civil and Geological Engineering, Princeton 1977
  • Performed in Carnegie Hall with Tom Price and Van Gilmer, 2002
  • Contributor to Historical Society of Greater Lansing "Walking Tours"
  • Researched the "Lost History" of Lansing, MI and public speaking on many topics
  • Founding member of Princeton Univeristy Jazz Ensemble 1975
  • Co-founder of the Princeton Baha'i Club
  • Travelled to Ghana and Haifa in December, 2006
Ajit Giani
  • Ajit served as a board member of Interfaith Ministries (, for 9 years (2006-2015) and as chair the refugess services committee. He was secretary of IM’s board for 6 years.In this capacity he worked to raise funds for IM, presenting the case for supporting our MOW programs to churches and synagogues and several times to the United Way. He represented the Interfaith Relations department at various functions and events around Houston. 
  • In the past he has served on the Council of Congregations for SEARCH (an organization supporting the homeless), on various committee of the Rothko Chapel, member of the Interfaith Thanksging Service Committee for 27 years, and on Mayor Bill White’s committee for assisting wounded veterans of foreign wars. 
  • He has participated in the Clergy Leadership Council of the ADL and has served as a docent at the Holocaust Museum Houston. He served on the Interfaith Thanksgiving Committee for 27 years. This service was held at the Rothko Chapel every year. 
  • In Austin he served on the IACT board for 5 years and as board secretary for 3 years. 
  • Ajit Giani was a member of the Houston Baha’i Community for 36 years (1980-2016), where He served on the assembly for over 25 years, as secretary of the assembly for 22 years, and its external affairs officer. In the later role he represented the Baha’i Faith in public forums, speaking to 15-20 groups each year (churches, synagogues, schools etc.) 
  • He has spoken at the JCC in Houston, at Beth Yeshurun, Temple Beth Israel and at the Congregation for Reform Judaism. 
  • He has presented the Baha’I Faith at the Vivekananda Vedanta Society and at the Arya Samaj in Houston. He also served on the Mahatma Gandhi Museum Committee and has been the key- note speaker at the observance of Gandhi’s death anniversary observances. 
  • Moved to Austin in 2016 where he serves on the iACT board as secretary and a member of the executive committee. 
  • He has conducted seminars of an Introduction to Judaism (4 hours) and Introduction to Christianity (6 hours) and an introduction to Islam (4 hours)
Susan Old
Maura Fox

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