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Meet the Council

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Rev. Justin Almeida, MDiv

Seattle area Unitarian Universalist Minister and Hospital Chaplain

MDiv (Chaplaincy) from Seattle University

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Arturo Araujo, S.J., MFA

Associate Professor, Visual Arts at Seattle University

Superior of the Jesuits at Seattle University
Seattle University Alumni

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Rev. Spencer Barrett, MDiv

Presiding Elder of the Pacific Northwest Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

MDiv from Interdenominational Theological Center at Turner Seminary

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Rev. Mia Baumgartner, MDiv

Manager of Spiritual Care & Wellbeing at the University of Washington Medical Center

Master of Nonprofit Leadership (MNPL) from Seattle University

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Maurice A. Bloem

Chief Sustainability and Impact Officer

Main Representative at UN Headquarters
Church World Service

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Rev. Allison Cannady-Smith, MDiv

Pastor of Bailey AME Church

Associate Vice President for Constituent Relations at the University of Puget Sound
MDiv from Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry

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Elise DeGooyer

Executive Director of Faith Action Network

Seattle University Alumni

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Dianne Dillon-Ridgley

Executive Director of the Women's Network for a Sustainable Future

Environmentalist, Human Rights Activist

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David Hales

Past President of the College of the Atlantic, Chair and President of Second Nature

First American to serve as Chair of the World Heritage Convention

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Rose Hesselbrock

Lay Presider, Pastoral Council Member and Member of the Social Justice Commission at St. Therese Catholic Church in Madrona, Seattle

MA in Theology from Seattle University

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Diana Miller, MDiv

Boeing Corporation

MDiv from Seattle University

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Mahrukh Motafram 

Co-Chair – North American Zoroastrian Congress Committee

Trustee – Parliament of the World’s Religions
Seattle University Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership Alumni

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Glynn Olive

Retired Musician and Teacher

Passion for Interreligious Understanding

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Joseph Orlando

Special Assistant to the Provost for Strategic Initiatives

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Prem Pahlajrai

Associate Teaching Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle

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Kusumita P. Pedersen

Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at St. Francis College, New York

Founding member of the Climate Action Task Force (CATF) of the Parliament of the World's Religions

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Douglas Peduti, SJ, PhD.

Scholar in Residence, Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

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Rev. Dr. Richard W. Rouse, DMin., MDiv.

DMin., Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
Advisory Board for Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

Vice President for the Association of Leaders in Lifelong Learning for Ministry (ALLLM)
MDiv from Wartburg Theological Seminary

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Philippa Rowland

Chair, Religions for Peace Australia

President, Multifaith Association of South Australia
Member of the Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils (FABC)

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Alex Shalaby

Chairman of the Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (Mobinil)

Chairs the Boards of the Nonprofit Organizations Injaz and Enactus in Egypt

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Kathy Sharp

Since 2007 Partnered with The Church Council of Greater Seattle and Seattle University

Advocate for Immigrants and for Human Diversity

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Rabbi Kate Speizer

Director of Adult Engagement & Endless Opportunities

Temple De Hirsch Sinai

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Katie Starobin

B.A. in Business Analytics (in progress), Seattle University

Director of Membership, Alpha Kappa Psi
President, Jewish Student Union

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Diane Tomhave

Graduate Program Coordinator at Seattle University

MA in Psychology at Seattle University

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Janice Tufte

PCORI Ambassador

Patient Research Advisor on the University of Washington Centers for Comparative and Health System Effectiveness CERTAIN Project

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Steve Wilhelm

Editor, Northwest Dharma Association

Board Member for Tibetan Nuns Project

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