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Meet The Guibord Center Staff

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Christine Budzowski

Web Development & Administration

Christine developed the original website for The Guibord Center prior to its launch in February 2011. She continues to maintain and update the current website with ongoing initiatives and programs. For questions about the website please contact christine@theguibordcenter.org. As owner of Trinity Web Consulting, Christine Budzowski develops and manages web sites for small businesses and non-profit organizations across the United States.…More Details

Christine developed the original website for The Guibord Center prior to its launch in February 2011. She continues to maintain and update the current website with ongoing initiatives and programs. For questions about the website please contact christine@theguibordcenter.org.

As owner of Trinity Web Consulting, Christine Budzowski develops and manages web sites for small businesses and non-profit organizations across the United States. She serves as president of Episcopal Church Women in the Diocese of Los Angeles, and is continues to work to end gender-based violence against women and girls

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Yolie Carrillo

Administrative Manager, Assistant to Dr. Guibord

Yolie provides administrative support to The Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord and office support to the staff. She oversees program events by coordinating every aspect of the logistics of programs and events, including maintaining timelines and oversight of marketing materials. She provides support to the Board of Directors and Advisory Council, preparing meeting materials and handling all logistics.…More Details

Yolie provides administrative support to The Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord and office support to the staff. She oversees program events by coordinating every aspect of the logistics of programs and events, including maintaining timelines and oversight of marketing materials. She provides support to the Board of Directors and Advisory Council, preparing meeting materials and handling all logistics. She maintains policies and procedures for both administrative and programmatic needs. Yolie maintains TGC mailing lists and records and assists the CFO in maintaining financial checks and balances for the year-end reporting.

Originally from California, Yolie holds an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and is pursuing her B.A. in Business Administration. She is bilingual and speaks Spanish and English fluently. Most importantly, no matter what language is spoken, she listens with an open and compassionate heart.

 

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Daryn Kobata

Communications Consultant

Daryn manages The Guibord Center's editorial, social media and marketing needs, drawing on many years of nonprofit communications experience. Previously, she served as communications director at America’s Physician Groups, a healthcare association. She also has worked in communications for aid agencies, at Caltech, and in the for-profit sector. Daryn holds an MA in theology from Fuller Seminary and an MPA from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.More Details

Daryn manages The Guibord Center’s editorial, social media and marketing needs, drawing on many years of nonprofit communications experience. Previously, she served as communications director at America’s Physician Groups, a healthcare association. She also has worked in communications for aid agencies, at Caltech, and in the for-profit sector. Daryn holds an MA in theology from Fuller Seminary and an MPA from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.

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Marium F. Mohiuddin

Graphic Design

Marium F. Mohiuddin has worked in communications and publishing for the past 15 years. After receiving her bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University, she joined the staff of the Austin American-Statesman, the daily city newspaper, as an editor in the Features department. In addition to newspapers, Marium has been the editor in chief and managing editor of several magazine publications and an international manager for the American Heart Association.…More Details

Marium F. Mohiuddin has worked in communications and publishing for the past 15 years. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University, she joined the staff of the Austin American-Statesman, the daily city newspaper, as an editor in the Features department.

In addition to newspapers, Marium has been the editor in chief and managing editor of several magazine publications and an international manager for the American Heart Association. Her nonprofit work includes leading the Communications team at Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and volunteering at Meal on Wheels and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

In 2015, Marium expanded her passion for communications by opening her own boutique firm, Pracca, Inc, where she consults with private clients on a wide range of communications, website, and social media needs and strategies. She is an active community leader in the Los Angeles interfaith scene, where she serves on eight boards, including the Christian-Muslim Consultative Group and American Muslim Professionals, dedicating her time and professional expertise to bringing people together.

She has merged her two passions together in earning her MBA in nonprofit management at the American Jewish University.

Marium has helped to guide many aspects of The Guibord Center’s growth since she began working with The Guibord Center in 2011.

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Terry Opalek

Corporate Liaison

Terry has invested over 30 years of his life in the field of fundraising and membership development.  Through his innovative, positive leadership and direction he played a key role in significantly growing the membership and programs of the Michigan, Illinois and California State Chambers of Commerce. In 2002, after completing the workshop based on “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron, Terry decided it was time to make a change. …More Details

Terry has invested over 30 years of his life in the field of fundraising and membership development.  Through his innovative, positive leadership and direction he played a key role in significantly growing the membership and programs of the Michigan, Illinois and California State Chambers of Commerce.

In 2002, after completing the workshop based on “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron, Terry decided it was time to make a change.  He resigned from his impressive career without knowing what was next.  Nine months later, while continuing to utilize the tools and skills he developed in the workshop, he founded Terry’s Toffee, based on his grandmother’s much-loved English Toffee recipe. Terry’s Toffee reached a highly distinctive place in the specialty food arena garnering accolades from coast-to-coast for its award-winning flavors and specialty items, while becoming a sought-after treat at The Academy Awards for 10 years, chosen by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to represent The United States to world leaders at the 2012 NATO Conference, and enjoyed by HRH Queen Elizabeth and other notable dignitaries and celebrities.

After successfully taking his business to these heights, Terry felt it was time for the next leap.  Relying on the Faith that has been an integral part of his life since childhood, he sold the business in 2015, to begin co-facilitating transformational and deeply impactful workshops with his husband and partner, Michael Frontier.

Terry joins The Guibord Center team as a full-circle decision that allows him to bring these many life experiences and skills to The Guibord Center with the intention of creating a solid base of support from individuals and businesses to help create positive change in our world.

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Dr. Lisa Patriquin Ph.D.

Program Director for Youth and Young Adults

Lisa develops The Guibord Center's programs for children, youth and young adults of many faith traditions.  She forms partnerships with schools to increase religious and interfaith literacy, and promote open discourse about religion and spirituality as an aspect of identity by bringing speakers for classes and parent groups, and working with teachers to create special events and customized curriculum for elementary and  secondary students.  …More Details

Lisa develops The Guibord Center’s programs for children, youth and young adults of many faith traditions.  She forms partnerships with schools to increase religious and interfaith literacy, and promote open discourse about religion and spirituality as an aspect of identity by bringing speakers for classes and parent groups, and working with teachers to create special events and customized curriculum for elementary and  secondary students.  Lisa facilitates Faith At The Table, the Center’s dinner and dialogue program for young adults (ages 18 through mid 30s) with regular gatherings at houses of worship/celebration throughout the greater LA area to connect with current and emerging local leaders, and explore faith-based perspectives on a wide variety of issues.

Prior to joining The Guibord Center full-time, Lisa represented the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii on the Advisory Council of The Guibord Center and The Christian- Muslim Consultative Group. She is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and serves as a Family Ministry consultant to Northland Village Church.  She has served as the Director of International Partnerships for the Central Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Colombia, as well as the Director of Christian Education and Mission and Director of Children’s and Family Ministry at local churches.  She previously had an eighteen-year career as a teacher and program Administrator in English as a Second Language, primarily at the University of Southern California and UCLA.  Lisa holds a PhD in Education (University of Southern California), a Master’s in Latin American Studies (UCLA), and a Bachelor’s in Linguistics (Macalester College).