Andy Lieberman leverages his background in technology, education and international development to help social enterprises scale their reach and impact. As New Programs Director for Santa Clara University’s Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI), his focus is on building partnerships and developing content. Before joining GSBI, he lived in Guatemala for many years, pioneering efforts to bring educational technology to rural communities, and founding the NGO, Ajb’atz’ Enlace Quiche. His work received awards from the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society and The Tech Awards. He has a B.S. degree from U.C. Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, an M.S. degree in Education from Capella University, and did coursework in the Social Leaders program at the Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Carlos V. Guzman, Ph.D., teaches psychology, counseling, research and statistics at Brandman University, where he is also a part of the core planning team. He has 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist and 12 years of management and vocational rehabilitation experience within the worker’s compensation industry. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology/Human Science from Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center in San Francisco, and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology (MFT) and a B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton.
Carol Madison is a teaching faculty member for the Ethical Leadership program at Claremont Lincoln University. She is recently retired as the Executive Director of the Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence at Indiana University. During her eleven years at the Center, she developed and led its signature program, the Hoosier Fellows, a year-long executive leadership program that immerses experienced leaders in different contexts and venues to study leadership. Other Tobias Center programs included an annual conference, the Hazelett Women in Leadership Program, the Semler Leadership Lecture, the Tobias Lecture, the Faculty Fellows, and the Oral History Program that records the narratives of distinguished leaders. The Tobias Center is unique in its teaching and research because it focuses on both the theory and practice of leadership across all sectors, including business, education, religion, medicine, government, philanthropy, social service, and other non-profit. She holds a Master of Science in Administration from the Mendoza School of Business at the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Science in Public Administration from Indiana University, and is ABD in Adult Education at Indiana University. She completed a Master Class in the Art and Practice of Leadership at Harvard University. She serves on the Finance Committee of the International Leadership Association.
Christine Whitney Sanchez, MC has worked across six continents to build the capacity for mindful organizations, strategic collaboration and thriving cultures. Integrating her experience as a psychotherapist into leadership development, organizational transformation and collaborative impact, she has guided tens of thousands of stakeholders to resolve thorny issues and generate new opportunities. She has trained thousands of consultants and change leaders around the globe in strength-based approaches for self-organizing in their own communities. She has facilitated some of the largest intergenerational conversations in the world. And that is what brings her joy.
Dr. Carter is an executive trainer, professional speaker, and best-selling author. An experienced educator for several institutions, businesses, and non-profit organizations, he has also served in the United States Air Force as a combat engineer, as a Kansas police officer, and as an education technician for the National Park Service. He holds a doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change from Benedictine University, and currently serves as Claremont Lincoln University’s Dean of the Ethical Leadership program. Dr. Carter has given two TEDx talks about leadership: The Lesser Seat (2015) and How Old Are You? (2016), in addition to establishing the Laurie Marie Foundation—a non-profit devoted to developing student leaders and providing scholarships. His previous work has appeared on multiple news and media outlets and, most recently, C-SPAN’s Book TV, which highlighted his 2013 bestseller, Mayday over Wichita.
Darrell Ezell is an expert in inter-religious affairs and diplomacy, professor, and author. His expertise are highlighted in his new book, Beyond Cairo: U.S. Engagement with the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan), a leading study on the role of U.S. diplomacy in the Arab and Muslim world after 9/11. He currently serves as the Dean for the Interfaith Action program at Claremont Lincoln University. Ezell has recently held academic posts at Tulane and Louisiana State University and worked at the U.S. Department of State and University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service (William J. Clinton Foundation). Prior to his government and NGO service, he has been active in grassroots peacemaking in New York City with the Interfaith Center of New York and Interfaith Worker Justice (Chicago, IL).
David Gottlieb is a Ph.D. student in the History of Judaism at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where his research focuses on the role played by rabbinic substitutions for ritual sacrifice in the formation of Jewish cultural memory. He received his M.A. in Divinity from the Divinity School in 2010, and his Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Amherst College in 1981. Also a student of meditative traditions, he studied Zen Buddhism for many years, and co-authored, with Akiva Tatz, Letters to a Buddhist Jew (Targum Press, 2004), about the allure of meditative traditions to Jewish spiritual seekers. He is co-founder and executive director of Full Circle Communities, Inc., a nonprofit developer of affordable housing and provider of supportive services. He has written for online publications and blogs including Tricycle, Tablet, Zeek, and the New Vilna Review, and for scholarly publications, including the Journal of Religion and the University of Toronto Journal of Jewish Thought.
Dr. Eileen Aranda is President of Claremont Lincoln University. Dr. Aranda spent many years as a management consultant focused on facilitation of the strategic management process, development and implementation of organization change efforts, assessment and mediation of internal organization problems and management team development. She holds an MBA and Ph.D. with an emphasis in strategic management and organizational development from University of Washington and is co-author of Teams: Structure, Process, Culture, and Politics (Prentice Hall, 1998).
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Jack Abbott is an adjunct faculty member with Brandman University and owner of JBA & Associates. Prior to Brandman, he was vice president of curriculum and instruction for Corinthian Colleges, and held senior management positions for Kaplan Higher Education. Earlier in his career, he worked in the production end of the publishing industry. He earned an MBA from Pepperdine University and has a B.S. from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Rev. James Burklo is Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California (USC), where he also teaches a course in public policy at the School of Social Work. He was previously Executive Director of the Urban Ministry of Palo Alto, an interfaith nonprofit cooperation serving thousands of homeless people annually, and worked as the ecumenical Protestant minister for the United Campus Christian Ministry at Stanford University. He earned his M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary and his ministerial ordination from the United Church of Christ. He is the author of four books, including Hitchhiking to Alaska: The Way of Soulful Service (2013) and Souljourn (2013).
Jeffrey Cervantez, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, CA. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and an M.A. in the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Biola University. His areas of focus, as an educator, are in logic, critical thinking, ethics, bioethics, social justice issues, philosophy and religion. As a scholar, he has published articles in journals and books on topics in ethics, political philosophy and religion. In addition to teaching and writing, he has done volunteer work as a clinical ethicist and chaplain.
Keith Burton, Ph.D., heads the Center for Adventist-Muslim Relations at Oakwood University (CAMROU), where he also teaches in the School of Religion. CAMROU's innovative approach to interfaith bridge-building draws from research, social activities and humanitarian initiatives to form lasting relationships between members of the Muslim and Christian communities. Before assuming this position, Dr. Burton served as an adjunct facilitator of religion at the Adventist University of Health Sciences and task evaluator for Western Governors University. He is also the founder and president of Life emPowerment, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization that encourages individual responsibility and community cooperation. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Religious and Theological Studies from Northwestern University.
Rev. Kathleen A. Green is a Claremont Lincoln University M.A. Interfaith Action faculty member and a Doctorate of Ministry candidate at New York Theological Seminary in New York City. Her project and dissertation concern collaboration between humanists and religious adherents in interfaith engagement. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Thomas Edison University in New Jersey (2003), and her Master of Divinity degree from Meadville-Lombard Theological School in Chicago (2007). Rev. Green is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister who has served congregations for over ten years. She is a former member of the Center for American Progress’s Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute and served on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Yale Humanist Community and is a certified positive psychology practitioner. She is the author of the upcoming book series, A Flourishing Life – applying the principles of positive psychology in everyday life, and Goodness Graciousness, a children’s book of humanist reflections, due out in late 2017.
Lori L. Fazzino is a sociologist, public intellectual, and consultant for the national Secular Student Alliance. She earned her Bachelor’s in Sociology from Pacific Lutheran University (2010) and Master’s in Sociology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, (2012) where she is completing her Ph.D. in Sociology and teaches as a graduate instructor. Her research interests include religious deconversion, the lived experience of irreligion, deviant heroism, Evangelical Christian culture industries and embodiment.
Lauren Moulton-Beaudry, Ed.D., is the Director of Ethics and Education for Front Porch, a not-for-profit family of companies and partnerships meeting needs of seniors and others (www.frontporch.net). She is also an area chair and lead faculty member of University of Phoenix. She holds a doctorate of education in institutional management and a master’s degree in organizational behavior.
Robert M. McManus, Ph.D. is the McCoy Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Communication at the McDonough Center for Leadership and Business at Marietta College. He is the co-author of Understanding Leadership: An Arts and Humanities Perspective (Routledge, 2015). His work has appeared in the Journal of Leadership Studies and he recently served as a section editor for the book Leading in Complex Worlds published by Jossey-Bass. McManus has served as the Chair of the Leadership Education Member Interest Group of the International Leadership Association. He has travelled globally speaking and teaching on the subject of leadership. McManus is an award-winning educator, and regularly offers courses on foundations of leadership, organizational leadership, theories and models of leadership, and global leadership. He holds a Ph.D. in communication studies, as well as a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies.
Stephanie Raible is a Teaching Faculty Member of Ethical Leadership at Claremont Lincoln University. She has worked within academic and non-profit sectors in five countries, currently serving as an Instructor of Cultural Entrepreneurship at University of Minnesota Duluth. She has held fellowships with the Royal Society of the Arts, Robert Bosch Foundation, and Deusto International Tuning Academy. She is a doctoral candidate of Organizational Leadership at Northeastern University, with master's degrees from University of Pennsylvania, University College London, and University of Deusto.
Steve Trainor has over 30 years of Active Duty Navy experience as an operational helicopter pilot, executive human resources manager, and most recently as the U.S. Navy’s first Permanent Military Professor of Leadership. As Chair of the Leadership, Ethics and Law Department and Director of Leadership Education and Development at the U.S. Naval Academy, he led the expansion and transformation of leader development efforts across the institution. Steve’s research and expertise is focused on organizational culture, ethical leadership and high performance teamwork and he currently serves as Executive in Residence at Soderquist Leadership on the Campus of John Brown University. Steve serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Character & Leadership Integration at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and he holds masters degrees from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA. Steve received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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Stephanie Varnon-Hughes, Ph.D., is the Director of the Claremont Core at Claremont Lincoln University, and an award winning teacher and interfaith leader. She is the host of the religion & culture podcast In Times Like These and author of Interfaith Grit: How Uncertainty Will Save Us. Varnon-Hughes was a co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, a peer reviewed journal, and its sister publication, State of Formation, an online forum for emerging religious and ethical leaders. She holds a Ph.D. from Claremont Lincoln University, an M.A. and S.T.M. from Union Theological Seminary and her undergraduate degrees are in English and Education, from Webster University.
Dr. Stanley J. Ward is the Dean of Capstone Studies at Claremont Lincoln University, where he continues to develop CLU's unique action research model for mindfulness, dialogue, and collaboration that lead to values-based change. As dean, he also supervises graduate student action research projects in ethical leadership, social impact, and interfaith action. Outside of academia, he is a certified 360 feedback facilitator through the Center for Creative Leadership and a certified change management practitioner through Prosci. In 2014, he founded Influence Coaching, LLC (www.coachingforinfluence.com) to provide individual and small group coaching resources that help leaders maximize their strengths, correct their liabilities, and make peace with their weaknesses, all while developing others in their organizations. Dr. Ward holds a PhD in Leadership Studies, thinks fountain pens are cool, and jams on the ukulele with his family.
Victor Manalo is the Dean of the Claremont Core at CLU. He teaches graduate courses in civic engagement, social welfare policy, practice, and research, human service agency administration, community organizing, and institutional racism. In his own community in the City of Artesia, California, he has served as a Member of the City Council since 2007 and is currently the Mayor.