The Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord
President and Founder
The Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord is an internationally respected voice in the interfaith movement who has earned both the trust and affection of many throughout the world. She has served on numerous boards and led many ecumenical and interfaith organizations. She brings a twinkling sense of humor and a deep spiritual integrity to all that she does.
Dr. Lois "Lo" M. Sprague
Dr. Lo Sprague is a talented writer, photographer, lecturer and Jungian-oriented psychotherapist who has had a successful private practice and served both on the faculty of several academic institutions and on various non-profit boards. She is a deeply spiritual and passionate educator who challenges students to participate fully in the on-going adventure of discovery and awakening.
As a third-generation resident of Los Angeles her roots are deeply engaged in the efforts to enable the city to continue to transform and thrive. It has been her great joy to assist and collaborate with Dr. Guibord for many years.
Chief Financial Officer
Mary Kirchen – Founder and Executive Director of Housing Works, an affordable housing nonprofit organization founded in 2003, with a focus on providing housing options especially for persons who are chronically homeless, mentally ill. Housing Works has created relationships with housing providers to be able to increase permanent supportive housing units in Los Angeles. Prior to HW, Mary was a member of the leadership team and President of Immaculate Heart Community for six years. IHC is a 42 year old nonprofit multi-service ecumenical organization with members from several Christian denominations. Mary has served on numerous nonprofit boards; currently she is the Chief Financial Officer and ‘sounding’ board member for The Guibord Center – Religion Inside Out.
The Very Rev. Canon Daniel Ade
The Very Rev. Daniel G. Ade is a Dean of St. John’s Cathedral in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. He has served on the Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission of the Diocese and was central in inviting The Guibord Center to St. John’s, as part of the cathedral’s mission as a house of prayer for all people. He has been a priest since 1992 and has served congregations in New York and Los Angeles.
A native New Yorker, Dan is a graduate of the General Seminary in Manhattan and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association there and has served on several boards and commissions in the Diocese of Los Angeles.
Teddie Foreman, M.A., M.S., M.F.T.
Teddie Foreman is a licensed marriage and family therapist and corporate wellness consultant who currently conducts a series of men and women’s groups on mindfulness practices and spirituality as well as maintaining private practices in Westlake Village and Santa Barbara. As an effective educator and motivator with a background in public speaking, fund development, corporate training, community education and grant writing, she has much to offer The Guibord Center.
Prior to her career as a family therapist and community activist, Teddie worked extensively with government agencies at the local and state levels in the delivery of social services and policy creation. Teddie has a master’s degree from USC in public administration, and a second master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. She also serves the UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association as a career coach and consults with the human resources department at UC Santa Barbara.
Teddie and her family have been supporters of The Guibord Center since its inception and have been active members of Trinity Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara since 2003.
Lurelean B. Gaines
Lurelean Gaines currently serves as the Director/Chairperson of the Department of Nursing at East Los Angeles College. She has been engaged with the American Heart and American Diabetes Association in Los Angeles since she was a student nurse. She has continued that relationship with greater involvement with the American Diabetes Association in both local and national leadership roles for over 20 years, and in leadership roles with the organization both locally and nationally for over 25 years. With an added focus on high risk groups, she works to educate and prevent disease in those groups in the community at large.
Lurelean is the epitome of an outstanding community leader, who, in her own words, “fights for the deserving and the under-served.” It started as when she was a student nurse and continued at LAC-USC Medical Center, where she acted as advocate for those that needed it. As a public health nurse, she personally problem solved with clients to achieve solutions to those needing comprehensive health care and may not have otherwise received it. Her advocacy for others has continued through her time at ELAC, teaching future nurses and then running that same program, as a Canon at St. John’s Episcopal Church Los Angeles, and even in the military as Assistant Chief Nurse and the EEO who maintained balance for all personnel at the 349th General Hospital USAR.
Lurelean collaborates with the American Diabetes Association throughout the year to raise awareness about diabetes locally and providing strategic counsel at the national level as well. She is also known as the pioneer of the American Diabetes Association EXPO, which has screened thousands for diabetes. Over 10,000 thousand attended the first EXPO and benefitted from the information on health and fitness knowledge. She continued in this role for four years and then passed the baton to her daughter.
Lurelean has also dedicated her time to working with the homeless and community at large. Many of her students that have graduated from her program have become leaders in their communities. They all learned that they MUST give back to the community that so richly gives to them. There are very few lives in Southern California communities that have not been touched by her commitment and dedication.
Lurelean remains very active at St. John’s Episcopal Church as a Vestry member (church leadership) and the point of contact working in the Food Pantry.
Dr. Rini Ghosh, Ph.D.
Rini Ghosh was born and educated in India. Her Phd is on “T.B. Macaulay’s Minute: Formalization of English Education in India”. She has been in USA for over 35 years running her own business in California.
Rini has been a Peace and Non-violence Activist – a steadfast follower of Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi from a very young age. She is a firm believer and passionately promotes interfaith co-operation. She has given lectures and speeches all over the world promoting peace, non-violence and inter-faith activities. She is on the Board of Directors of several philanthropic institutions: President of Vedanta International Cultural Center (VICC); On the board of Trustees of The Vedanta Society of Southern California; Director and Parliamentarian of the United Nations Asssociation, Pacific-Los Angeles Chapter; Past President of South Coast Interfaith Council. 2009; Past Executive Council member of Dakshini Bengali Association. 2010-2011.
March 2013 Rini Ghosh and Vedanta International Cultural Center (VICC) was honored by the Urban Community Outreach Center in Long Beach for inspirational service/seva to the homeless community in Long Beach. November 2011 she was awarded the Interfaith Unity Award by the South Coast Interfaith Council, honoring her for outstanding activities in the interfaith field. She received The Ambassador for Peace title from UPF in 2008.
Brie Loskota is the executive director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California. In this capacity, she oversees the strategic planning and daily operations of an interdisciplinary research center that conducts 25 research and community-based projects each year. She contributes to raising and managing CRCC’s annual budget of $5 million. Additionally, she serves as program officer of the USC Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative, a $3.5 million global program sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation to transform the study of one of the world’s fastest growing religious movements.
Ms. Loskota consults with federal, state, and local government agencies on a variety of issues including disaster preparedness and response, developing faith-based/public partnerships, mental health, and bridging diversity. She speaks and writes frequently on topics such as interfaith engagement, faith-based human services, and religious identity among post-Boomers. She is a regular contributor to Trans/missions, the USC Knight Chair blog on media and religion. She has also written for the Huffington Post, The Brookings Institute and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She lectures on religion and society, and religion in Los Angeles and has spoken at conferences and meetings sponsored by the Asia Foundation, the US-China Education Trust, Yale University, Union of Reform Judaism, and the University of Dayton, among others.
Prior to joining the Center for Religion and Civic Culture, Ms. Loskota served as the summer program director of the Face to Face/Faith to Faith Summer Institute, as an evaluator and strategic planner for faith-based organizations, a high school teacher, and as a consultant on market research and business management. She received her M.A. degree from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, studied Hebrew at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and completed her B.A. in history and religion from the University of Southern California.
James Nash, Senior Staff Director CBS-TV (retired), is a 30 year member of the Directors Guild of America. Over the years, James’ assignments included the CBS2 NEWS, Special Assignment Unit, Production and Sports Departments. He had the privilege of working with Walter Cronkite, Jerry Dumphy, Connie Chung, Brent Musberger, Ann Martin, Jess Marlow, Ralph Story, Tricia Toyota, Pat Harvey, Linda Alvarez, Huell Houser, David Sheehan, Bill Stout, Jim Hill, Ruth Aston Taylor, Gill Stratton and many more.
Nash has received numerous industry awards for directing and producing live and taped television shows. Awards include: 10 Golden Mike, APTRA Associate Press Bill Stout Memorial, 12 EMMY, 10 AP for Best Director, Edward R. Murrow for Journalism, and national recognition for THE Masters of Invention Television Special Presentation. James’ private clients include: California Institute of Technology (Defense Sponsored Research on University Campus), Montessori Accreditation Council, US Information Agency World Cup Pasadena Interviews, Scripps College Campaign, Christopher Street West Parade and Festival, Produced Pasadena “Jazz in the Alleys” Series, Whittier College Campaign, Global Talents Media Group China, Congressman Mervyn Dymally Medical Delegation to Cuba with the New York City Health Department, among others.
His volunteer affiliations are: American Red Cross (national, state and local), San Marino Police Department Officer Promotion Review Panel, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, San Marino Rotary Club Reading by Nine with Cleveland Elementary School, Pasadena Police Department, Pasadena Unified School District, 96th Street School Career Day Watts, California, Pasadena Symphony Musical Circus, Compton Unified School District where he facilitated the transfer and construction of a complete KCBS News set to the district’s media department, Boys Scouts of America Eagle Scout Honor Program, Chinese Club of San Marino, Gamma Zeta Boule LAMP Scholarship Program, sponsored 4 East LA Plaza de La Raza students to the Idyllwild Summer Music Camp, and contra bass instructor with the Eliot Middle School orchestra. While volunteering with the music department at Eliot Middle School Pasadena, Nash prepared 8th grade orchestra students for entry level auditions to the LA County High School for the Performing Arts. All students are 2010 COLLEGE Graduates. One notable student from the Performing Arts program, Brandon Lang, continued his studies at Art Center College of Design
with a B.A in film, followed by an MFA in film from USC.
Music: James plays contra bass with the World Stage Jazz Orchestra, and bass dormer with the Los Angeles-St. Petersburg Russian Folk Orchestra
Claremont University Graduate School
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
The Rev. Peter Rood
The Reverend Peter H. Rood, co-founder of the Environmental Change-Makers, is the rector of Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, an energetic and diverse community of faith.
Central to Peter’s ministry is his commitment to creating a broader community where people live in harmony, peace, and justice. His work encourages raising awareness about environmental concerns and cultivating a community committed to caring for God’s creation. The church is home to a yoga wellness community and a Zen circle, reflecting an openness to learn from the teachings and customs of various faith traditions.
A native Californian, Peter is a graduate of Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena and received his Master’s of Divinity from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas. Before his ordination to the priesthood, Peter had a career as an investment adviser. He has extensive experience in fund-raising and community organizing.
In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of The Guibord Center, Peter is a member of the Advisory Board of Interfaith Power and Light. His interests include gardening, cooking, reading, and running. Peter has a certificate in Permaculture and is a certified Sivananda yoga instructor.
Constance L. Rice
Connie Rice is a civil rights lawyer who engineers systemic fixes to entrenched inequality and injustice. California Law Business Journal twice designated her one of the top ten most influential attorneys in California. Through impact litigation, campaigns and inside bureaucratic maneuvering, she has led coalitions and clients to win more than $30 billion in damages, bonds and policy changes. Bus riders, death row inmates, folks abused by police, school kids, whistleblowers, cops and sufferers of every stripe of discrimination, (sex, race, disability, age) have sought her counsel. But so have her opponents, like the Los Angeles Police Department she sued for 15 years but which now reserves a parking space for her at their new headquarters.
Connie grew up all over the world in an Air Force family headed by her parents Anna, a biology teacher, and Phillip, a pilot and Colonel. She graduated from Harvard-Radcliffe colleges in 1978, achieved her black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 1981 and entered New York University School of Law on a Root Tilden Scholarship. In law school she worked extensively on capital punishment cases at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and after graduating from law school in 1984, she clerked for the Honorable Damon J. Keith at the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit for two years before winging it west to California where she joined the law firm of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco.
She rejoined the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in 1989 as Western Regional Counsel, won several landmark cases and in the words of one magazine, established herself as “the voice of Los Angeles’ oppressed.” Together with Co-Directors Molly Munger, Penda Hair and Steve English, Connie launched The Advancement Project, a policy action and technology organization in 1998, and in the words of Los Angeles Magazine, “picked up where Clarence Darrow left off.” Connie serves on the board of public radio station KPCC and as chief of staff to Sinbad, her jet black cat.