Board of Trustees

Rev. Karim Beldjilali

Rev. Karim Beldjilali

President

Rev. Karim Beldjilali is a musician, engineer, and minister, graduating from One Spirit Learning Alliance in 2014. In his current role serving as President, he offers his work and ministerial experience of organizational leadership and development, focusing on communication, change management, and mindful planning. He has worked in the non-profit sector for over 10 years, consulting with over 50 non-profits throughout the New York City area regarding strategic planning and project oversight.

Born into a multicultural family in Algeria, then moving to US, Karim has had a life experience that continually reaffirms one truth that One Spirit Learning Alliance embodies: the great diversity of the world enriches every moment. He is blessed to have a wonderfully supportive husband and family, and he is honored and humbled to serve an organization he loves so dearly.


Rev. Robert Nolan, Treasurer

Rev. Robert Nolan, Treasurer

Treasurer

Rev. Robert Nolan's biography is forthcoming


Rev. Camille Diamond

Rev. Camille Diamond

Board Secretary

Camille Diamond is a communicator, community builder, and customer service expert with 15 years experience in the Community Center non-profit world. In her time at the 14th Street Y, a JCC located in the East Village, she has worked in senior adult programs, membership, community engagement, fundraising events, fitness programming, communications and marketing. She also has a background in performing arts. Camille is originally from Kansas City and holds a BA from Kansas State University and an MFA from the University of Connecticut. She is a 2003 graduate of OSIS.


Rev. Ava Schlesinger

Rev. Ava Schlesinger

Reverend Ava Schlesinger was ordained by One Spirit in 2012. She is also a licensed clinical social worker in NY and NJ, the mother of two beautiful young adult children and has been married to her loving husband Steve for 28 years; she currently splits her time between NYC and Summit, NJ.

Ava began her professional career as an Art Director in the world of marketing, branding and communications. Before she retired that role, she held the position of Creative Director at Mademoiselle Magazine, a Condé Nast publication.

After completing her MSW at NYU, she practiced privately for over 12 years, specializing in the treatment of complex trauma, gender-based violence and parenting training. In the beginning, as Ava sat across from her therapy clients she realized there was something about the traditional talk therapy model that felt incomplete.  It was clear that by focusing on the cognitive and emotional parts of self, attention was not being paid to the physical and soulful aspects of her clients.  In an effort to treat those she served more holistically, Ava added to her skill set by training in alternative models of healing, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), mindfulness training and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy.  At the same time as Ava was learning how to be a more nuanced clinician, she also began to engage in her own yoga and mediation practice, which led to the opening of Terra Sky Center for Wellness, a holistic wellness center that she ran for 10 years. All of these endeavors circuitously led Ava to One Spirit, which was a profoundly life changing and spiritually centering experience. When asked, Ava identifies as a Jewish interfaith minister 😉

Most recently Ava was the Clinical Director at the Domestic Abuse & Sex Assault Crisis Center of Warren County; she is also a founding member of the NJ Coalition against Human Trafficking, a past trustee for the Foundation at Overlook Medical Center and a current trustee on the board of Roots & Wings, a non-profit serving young adults aging out of the foster care system.

Ava’s path is deeply directed toward philanthropy, advocacy and grass roots service in the arenas of the non-violence, poverty prevention, economic justice and human and reproductive rights…and of course, spiritual awareness and wholeness.


Rev. Brad Learmonth

Rev. Brad Learmonth

Brad Learmonth has been a leader in the not-for-profit performing arts field for close to three decades. He received the 2014 William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. As the director of programming at Harlem Stage, where he has worked since 1988, Brad has created unique and nurturing platforms for visionary artists of color to create work that is risk-taking and transformative, work that responds to the social and political conditions that shape our lives. Through commissioning, presenting and producing support, Brad has helped launch the careers of numerous emerging artists and supported the ongoing vision of established creators. He has created numerous programs to present all performing arts disciplines, as well as award winning arts education programs for k-12 public school children. The activism and service that is essential to this vision carries through in Brad’s work as an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister and spiritual counselor, for which he trained at One Spirit Learning Alliance. In earlier education and training, Brad earned a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science and trained as an actor. He was born in the Boston area and has lived in New York City since 1982. He recently married his partner of 22 years, Jon Gilman.


Rev. Don Ajené Wilcoxson

Rev. Don Ajené Wilcoxson

Don Ajené Wilcoxson is an ordained Interfaith and Progressive Christian minister, a Full Professor of Business & Entrepreneurship, and an Emotional Intelligence Practitioner & Assessor. He is a certified SQ21 (Spiritual Intelligence) instructor, a Why facilitator, and a student of logotherapy. He is a founding member of the Riverside Interfaith Council, an ambassador for the Parliament of World Religions, and is a member of the National Council with the Fellowship of Reconciliation.


Davie Floyd

Davie Floyd

Davie is a scholar-practitioner with more than 25 years of progressive organizational leadership in consulting firms that focus on transformational leadership development. Her professional consulting and practice specialties are interpersonal communication, influence and negotiation, group facilitation, speaker training, and executive coaching. Davie was most recently director of the commercial training division for Informed Medical Communications (IMC) where she led the translation of IMC’s expertise in Socratic dialogue into instructional communications products and services.

She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in cognitive studies and education at Columbia University in New York, NY. Her scholarly expertise is in adult learning and leadership development. She is evolving a research agenda that empirically investigates how self-reflection enables wisdom.

Davie has a rich and diverse religious life. She was born in Dallas, Texas and maintains her affiliation with the Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church. While in New York, she has joined Romemu, a Jewish renewal synagogue and regularly attends services at Rivers of Living Water, an afro-centric Bapto-Methodo-Costal congregation targeted to the LGBTQ community She often practices mindfulness with the Riverside Sangha which follows the Buddhist teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh.

Davie’s mission is to help individuals and organizations deepen their capacity to give their best in service to the vision and ideals they value most.


Rev. Maureen Brooks

Rev. Maureen Brooks

Rev. Maureen Brooks is currently the Chief Financial Officer in city government and has more than 15 years of experience as a manager in the public and non-profit sectors. She also has a background in performing arts and has been a Taoist qigong student for many years. Maureen holds a BFA in Opera from SUNY Purchase and an MBA from Columbia University. She is a 2015 graduate of OSIS.


Dr. Kurt Johnson

Dr. Kurt Johnson

Emeritus

Kurt Johnson, Ph.D., works professionally across a number of fields: world religions, spirituality, ethics, science, literature and business. Active internationally in trans-traditional spiritual practice, he is a founding member of the Coalition for One Voice and the World Wisdom Alliance, Dr. Johnson is also a member of Ken Wilber’s east coast Integral Alliance and Deepak Chopra’s Global Networking Leaders group. He was a co-host at the 2004 Parliament of World Religions for interspiritual dialogue. In addition to serving as a board member of One Spirit Learning Alliance, Dr. Johnson is on the faculty of the Humanist Institute and serves on the board of several United Nations NGO’s. Of Kurt’s many activities, the one closest to his heart is probably is evolution of the Inter-Spiritual understanding of his dear friend Brother Wayne Teasdale, author of the seminal work The Mystic Heart. This work is forwarded through a number of channels including Inter-Spiritual Dialogue in Action (www.isdna.org), the Community of the Mystic Heart, (www.orderofsannyasa.org), and the Inter-Spiritual Multiplex which can be accessed through the IsDNA home page. Kurt is the author of a number of articles and books in the fields of science, literature and spirituality, including the New York Times bestseller, Nabakov’s Blues. He serves on the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s panel on the Dialogue of Science, Ethics, and Religion and was a monk in the Christian tradition for over a decade. Today, however, Kurt’s primary interest is the profound simplicity of contemplative practice; and its global application for conscious living. He is a recognized teacher in the Hindu “Oneness” tradition of Advaita Vedanta.


Rev. Sara Stoker

Rev. Sara Stoker

Emeritus

Rev. Sara Stoker, born and raised in Claremont, CA., was a Curator of the Whitney Museum with Nelson Rockfeller for twelve years following her graduation from Wellesley College. Sara spent considerable time living overseas as the wife of a corporate executive while raising her family of three, broadening her appreciation for art in all its many forms. Art consulting assignments and extensive travel in the Far East led her to merge her knowledge and love of art and culture with its common denominator – creativity of spirit – eventually leading to her enrollment in the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and ordination as an Interfaith-InterSpiritual Minister in 2009, following a life changing illness. As an Interfaith-InterSpiritual Minister, Sara is lovingly involved in her ministry of teaching and counseling – including teaching Sunday School at St Bartholomew’s Church, performing ceremonies throughout New York, Connecticut, and Fire Island, and sharing with others the use of art as witness. She finds the loveliest part of her ministry is taking her Havanese sister dogs, Ochi and Maya, (Ochun, Cuban Santeria goddess of love, and Yemaya, goddess of the Seas), both certified therapy dogs, to assisted living and Alzheimer’s units where they devotedly sit on patient’s laps and bring that unconditional love we all need to patients who are unabashedly receptive.