Board

SiVIC Board

(Organization names for identification only.)

  • Mahmut Altun (Muslim)
    BAY CC/ Pacifica Institute, Sunnyvale
  • Sukhdev Singh Baniwal (Sikh)
    Sikh Gurdwara, San Jose
  • Rev. Andrew Bear (United Methodist/ Buddhist Order of Interbeing)
  • Nina Bhaisa (Zoroastrian)
  • Dolat Bolandi (Zoroastrian)
  • Kate Chance (Christian)
    ING (Islamic Networks Group)
    Board Vice Chair
  • Rowan Fairgrove (Wiccan)
    Covenant of the Goddess, Bay Area
    Board Vice Chair
  • *Diane Fisher (Jewish)
    Director, Jewish Community Relations Council of Silicon Valley
    Board Vice Chair
  • Deacon Steve Herrera (Roman Catholic)
    Santa Teresa Catholic Church, San Jose
  • Ven JianHu (Buddhist)
    Abbot of the Chung Tai Zen Center of Sunnyvale
  • Bev Kam (Kriya Yoga)
    Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, San Jose
    Board Secretary
  • *Rev. Dr. D. Andrew Kille (Baptist)
    Director, Interfaith Space, San Jose
    Immediate Past Chair
  • Theresa Ladrigan-Whelpley (Roman Catholic)
    Bannan Institutes, Santa Clara University
  • *Rev. Joy-Ellen Lipsky (Unitarian and Center for Spiritual Enlightenment)
    First Unitarian Church of San Jose
    Board Chair
  • Dr. Sulochina Lulla (Hindu)
  • Mihir Meghani (Hindu)
    Hindu American Foundation
  • Rev. Celinda Miranda (Baptist)
    Immanuel Baptist Church, San Jose
  • Arvind Patel (Hindu)
  • Garth Pickett (Latter Day Saints)
    Board Treasurer
  • Rabbi Elisheva Salamo (Jewish)
    Congregation Keddem, Palo Alto
  • Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia (Jewish)
    Addison Penzak Jewish Community Center, Los Gatos
  • *Girish Shah (Jain)
    Former President, Jain Center of Northern California, Milpitas
    Board Vice Chair
  • *Samina Sundas (Muslim)
    Director of American Muslim Voice, Palo Alto
  • Shelley Swan (Kriya Yoga)
    Carry the Vision, San Jose
  • Shobha Vora (Jain)
    President, Jain Center of Northern California, Milpitas

*Indicates member of Planning Team/ Steering Committee

Board Officers

  • Chair: Rev. D. Andrew Kille
  • Secretary: Rev. Joy-Ellen Lipsky
  • Treasurer: Girish Shah
  • Outreach Committee Chair: Diane Fisher
  • PACT Liaison: Rowan Fairgrove

Planning Team/ Interim Steering Committee

The members of the Planning Team were named at the community gathering on May 12, 2010, at the South Bay Islamic Association. The Team was charged to ” draft a proposal for a multi-faith organization in Santa Clara County, and to bring the proposal to the larger group within the next few months.” They met regularly throughout the summer, and presented their proposal to the community gathering on September 28, 2010, at Temple Emanu-El.

At that meeting, it was agreed that the members of the Planning Team would become the Interim Steering Committee to oversee the continuing development of the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council, or “SiVIC.”

In addition to the starred Board members above, the Planning Team/ Steering Committee included Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones (Unitarian), pastor of First Unitarian Church of San Jose, and Dr. Philip (Boo) Riley of Santa Clara University.

Previous Board Members

  • Imam Tahir Anwar
    South Bay Islamic Association
  • Rabbi Joshua Berkenwald (Jewish)
    Rabbi, Congregation Sinai, San Jose
  • Rev. Ann Hayes (Kriya Yoga)
    Center for Spiritual Enlightenment
  • Kidane Heile (Ethiopian Christian)
  • Donna Hosseini (Baha’i)
  • Ven JianYing (Buddhist)
    Chung Tai Zen Center of Sunnyvale
  • Henry Millstein (Roman Catholic)
    ING (Islamic Networks Group)
  • Fr. Jon Pedigo (Roman Catholic)
    Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe parish, San Jose; Interfaith Council on Economics and Justice; PACT
  • Philip “Boo” Riley (Roman Catholic)
    Religious Studies, Santa Clara University