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Meet the Staff of The Guibord Center

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Christine Budzowski

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 on the National Council Executive Board of The Order of the Daughters of the King, a lay religious order.…More Details

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 on the National Council Executive Board of The Order of the Daughters of the King, a lay religious order.

While working as webmaster for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, Christine met the Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord and was invited by her to become a member of the Program Group for Ecumenical and Interreligious Concerns. This opportunity revived a passion for interfaith work, which began in high school. Christine worked closely with Dr. Guibord  to develop the website for The Guibord Center prior to its launch in February 2011. She continues to maintain and update the current website. In January of 2013 Christine joined The Guibord Center staff as Administrative Assistant to the Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord. As The Guibord Center staff has grown she has returned to primary responsibility for the website.

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Yolie Carillo

Yolie has spent 10 years developing expertise in administration for nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis in finance and marketing. She has served as a liaison between program directors and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services at a Para Los Ninos with an annual budget exceeding $30 million. She has also supported Animal Defenders International, a leading international animal rights nonprofit organization.…More Details

Yolie has spent 10 years developing expertise in administration for nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis in finance and marketing. She has served as a liaison between program directors and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services at a Para Los Ninos with an annual budget exceeding $30 million. She has also supported Animal Defenders International, a leading international animal rights nonprofit organization. Her skills include ensuring efficient office operations through applying effective management methods.

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

Daryn is principal of Daryn Kobata Consulting, providing communications and marketing services with a focus on nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. Most recently director of communications at America’s Physician Groups, a national trade association, Daryn has also worked in international relief and development, higher education, and the corporate sector. She holds a BA in English from the University of California, Davis; an MA in theology from Fuller Seminary; and an MPA from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.More Details

Daryn is principal of Daryn Kobata Consulting, providing communications and marketing services with a focus on nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. Most recently director of communications at America’s Physician Groups, a national trade association, Daryn has also worked in international relief and development, higher education, and the corporate sector. She holds a BA in English from the University of California, Davis; an MA in theology from Fuller Seminary; and an MPA from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.

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Marium F. Mohiuddin

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 n Wheels and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

In 2015, Marium expanded her her passion in 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 eights 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 pursuing her MBA in nonprofit management at the American Jewish University.

Marium has helped to guide nearly every aspect of The Guibord Center’s growth and management since she began working with The Guibord Center in 2011.

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Terry Opalek

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.

Lisa is a lifelong member of the Presbyterian church (PCUSA), serving as an ordained elder and the director of Christian Education and Mission in local Los Angeles churches.  She has worked extensively with all age groups, but has a special passion for creating opportunities for children, youth and young adults to grow in faith, knowledge and outreach to others.…More Details

Lisa is a lifelong member of the Presbyterian church (PCUSA), serving as an ordained elder and the director of Christian Education and Mission in local Los Angeles churches.  She has worked extensively with all age groups, but has a special passion for creating opportunities for children, youth and young adults to grow in faith, knowledge and outreach to others.

Lisa has volunteered for many years as the Chair of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Workgroup of the Presbytery of San Fernando, and has represented the presbytery and the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii as a member of the Christian Muslim Consultative Group and The Guibord Center.  Lisa recently completed a three year-term in Bogota, Colombia as the Director of International Relations and Community Outreach, with a two-fold assignment  to strengthen the partnership between the Presbytery of San Fernando and Presbiterio Central  (Presbyterian Church of Colombia) and increase opportunities for youth, young adults, lay leaders and pastors to study and serve in both Colombia and the US.

Prior to her career in ministry, Lisa worked as a teacher and administrator in English as a Second Language and international education at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds a PhD in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Southern California and a Masters in Latin American Studies from UCLA.   Lisa has spent her entire adult life as a border-crosser, the mother of a son who is bicultural (Iranian and American) and the teacher, colleague and friend of many beloved people all over the world.

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