Meet Our Experts

Board of Global Faith Consultants

 

Etan Boritzer
Etan Boritzer
Author & Publisher

Etan Boritzer is the author and publisher of the best-selling 'What is?' series of children's books on universal life concepts, now published in 15 languages. His first book 'What is God?' is an universal approach to the subject that proposes acceptance and respect for all views on God. Etan sees  (read more)

Rabbi Wendi Geffen
Rabbi Wendi Geffen
Rabbi, North Shore Congregation Israel

Rabbi Wendi Geffen has served as one of North Shore Congregation Israel’s rabbis since 2002. She is passionate about Judaism, Torah, and the way these ancient sources of wisdom can add meaning to our lives and enable us to better our world still today. She particularly loves learning and teaching  (read more)

Shiva Singh Khalsa
Shiva Singh Khalsa
Minister of Sikh Dharma

Shiva Singh Khalsa is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Spirit Rising Foundation. Shiva Singh's parents were first generation immigrants who left him with a wealth of spiritual lessons. In a Bible found 5 years after his passing, his father had written a message to him which said  (read more)

Dilnaz Waraich
Dilnaz Waraich
Vice President, Winnetka Interfaith Council Adjunct Professor, Benedictine University

My faith base is Islam. I am a member of the Muslim Community Center and believe we all can be better neighbors by sharing our commonalities and building bridges to help each other understand the differences. I am very involved in interfaith work by being the VP of the Winnetka  (read more)

Ellen Price
Ellen Price
Bahá’í Children’s Class Coordinator

Ellen Price was 25 years old and an Episcopalian when she found and joined the Bahá’í Faith in 1986. For the last twenty years she has worked for various Bahá’í administrative institutions: The Bahá’í International Community United Nations Office, in NY; the Office of External Affairs for the Bahá’ís of  (read more)

Jim Kenney
Jim Kenney
Executive Director, Common Ground

Jim Kenney is the Executive Director of Common Ground, an adult study center focusing on the world's great religious, spiritual, philosophical, and cultural traditions and their implications for every dimension of human endeavor and experience. He lectures widely on a variety of subjects relating to politics, religion, history, and culture.  (read more)

Jerrol James Leitner
Jerrol James Leitner
Faculty Member, Common Ground

Jerrol Leitner holds an M.A. in Theology from St. John University, Collegeville, MN; and an M.A. in English from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL. He is retired from 40 years of teaching English and Theology at St. Viator High School, Arlington Heights, where he was the English Department chair. Currently,  (read more)

Archana Lal-Tabak M.D & Jim Lal-Tabak
Archana Lal-Tabak M.D & Jim Lal-Tabak

Archana Lal-Tabak M.D. is an Integrative and Holistic Mind-Body Physician who practices Ayurveda, Vastu, Homeopathy, and Body-Centered Trauma-Resolving Psychiatry. She completed the Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University and did post-graduate training at U.C.L.A., Northwestern University, Oregon Health Sciences University, R.U.S.H., University of Chicago, the National Institute of  (read more)

Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Author, Educator & Administrator

Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award winning author of over thirty books on religion and spirituality. Rami received rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, and holds a PH.D. from Union Graduate School. A congregational rabbi for 20 years, Rabbi Rami currently co–directs One River Wisdom School  (read more)

Anisha Ismail Patel, M.ED
Anisha Ismail Patel, M.ED
Founding Director & Chief Consultant of InnovusED

Anisha is dedicated to cultivating global citizenship and she makes an impact in the fields of education; and nurturing youth & women in leadership & civic engagement. With her mission to build bridges between people of different cultural and faith backgrounds, she is honored to serve as a Global Faith  (read more)

Scott Paeth
Scott Paeth
Author, Editor & Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Scott R. Paeth is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. He works in the fields of Christian Social Ethics and Public Theology. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School. He is the author or  (read more)

Vidhi Desai
Vidhi Desai
Global Faith Consultant, Jain

Vidhi is a disciple of the enlightened spiritual master, His Holiness Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai; who is also the founder of the global spiritual movement- Shrimad Rajchandra Mission, Dharampur. Shrimad Rajchandraji was a spiritual guide and mentor to Mahatma Gandhi and is recognized as the one who taught Mahatma Gandhi the  (read more)

Rev. Yolanda
Rev. Yolanda
Interfaith Minister, Performance Artist, & Sacred Activist

Rev. Yolanda is a singer/songwriter/trans-femme performance artist, and Interfaith Minister who's work as an Artist and Sacred Activist has been honored as a Blues Hall of Fame award winner, 2 time MAC Award winner, and as a member of The GLBT Hall Of Fame. Rev. Yolanda's live music ministry is called: "Rev. Yolanda's Old  (read more)

Rabbi Ari Poster Moffic
Rabbi Ari Poster Moffic
Rabbi and Director of Interfaith Families/Chicago.

Rabbi Ari Poster Moffic was ordained in 2007 from Hebrew Union College. She has an undergraduate degree from Indiana University in Religious Studies, during which time she got slightly obsessed with Buddhism. She then went on to Baltimore to complete a Masters Degree in Jewish Education from Baltimore Hebrew University.  (read more)

Yadi Martinez
Yadi Martinez
Youth Minister for New Church - Chiesa Nuova UCC & Patheos Youth Advocate Blog Contributor

Yadi Martinez is a bilingual Latinx gender non-conforming artist born and raised in South Texas, and serves as a LGBTQIA Unconscious Bias Awareness Facilitator with 10 years of experience working with young people in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metropolitan area. Their work includes using the arts and networking skills to create  (read more)

Ani Zonneveld
Ani Zonneveld
Founder and President, Muslims for Progressive Values

Ani Zonneveld is founder and President. Since inception, Ani has presided over MPV’s expansion to include chapters and affiliates in 12 countries and 19 cities. She has organized numerous interfaith arts and music festivals, participated in many interfaith dialogues and is a strong supporter of human rights and freedom of  (read more)

Father Corey Brost
Father Corey Brost
Founder, Children of Abraham Coalition

Father Corey Brost brings a wealth of experience to the table from his many roles as a priest and brother in the Viatorian order as well as being a lawyer, vocation director, campus minister, retreat leader and teacher.  He is the founder of the Children of Abraham Coalition, a Chicago-area  (read more)

Julie Heegaard
Resident Director, Osel Ling Mindrolling

I am the Resident Director of Ösel Ling Mindrolling International, which is the umbrella organization for Mindrol Ösel Ling Buddhist Meditation Center and Heartwood Center for Alternative Medicine.  Ösel Ling operates with the guidance and oversight of H.E. Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, a world-renown Tibetan Buddhist teacher in the Mindrolling  (read more)

Other Advisors

Steph Janzen
Steph Janzen
Owner, Mindscapes Records

Steph Janzen is a certified hypnotherapist and owner of Mindscapes Records, an independent record label specializing in relaxation albums for kids, teens, and parents. Steph has over a decade of experience working with youth. She is passionate about helping kids develop relaxation and meditation skills relevant to the modern world.  (read more)

Billy Kaplan
Billy Kaplan
Faith Advisor and Musical Consultant

Billy Kaplan’s work is being his wife’s husband and his daughter’s father. To support that work, he is a Clinical Social Worker and a singer-songwriter. Back in the late 1980's Billy may have been know by teens and folkies hanging out in Washington Square Park in New York City as Mr.  (read more)

Hanna Brown Schock
Hanna Brown Schock
Psychologist, Teacher & Writer

Hanna Brown Schock is a nationally certified school psychologist, experienced teacher, curriculum writer, and blogger who is passionate about helping others find the sacred in the ordinary. Her life’s work involves connecting aspects of common life to concepts of spirituality so that personal understanding and meaning are broadened. She especially  (read more)

Susan Cottrell
Susan Cottrell
Teacher, Theologian & Counselor

Susan Cottrell is the prominent voice for faith parents of LGBTQ children. She is a national speaker, teacher, theologian and counselor with years of biblical study and discipleship experience. Through her nonprofit organization—FreedHearts.org—Susan champions the disenfranchised with her characteristic tender-heartedness, and she zealously challenges Christians that love—of God and others—is the  (read more)

Pamay Bassey
Pamay Bassey
Writer & Educator

Pamay Bassey is the Chief Experience Officer of “My 52 Weeks of Worship Project,” which started when she made a commitment to visit a different place of worship each week in 2010 – whether that place of worship reflected her personal religious tradition or not. As a result, in one  (read more)