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Board of Directors

Fr. Timothy Hickey, C.S.Sp. is Pastor at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Arlington, Virginia. He is the former Executive Director of Mission and Identity at Duquesne University and past Chair of the President’s Diversity Council of the university. Fr. Tim is a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, a Catholic men’s religious order known as “Spiritans.” He leads meditation retreats for Catholic priests and nuns. He lived in the Middle East during graduate studies.

Elena Mustakova-Possardt, Ed.D. is a Baha’i with a decade of experience in applying mindfulness meditation in her clinical and developmental work with individuals and families. She is an author, psychologist, and educational & organizational consultant with twenty-three years of experience in diverse cultural and socio-economic contexts on four continents. She is invited to offer keynote addresses and conference presentations and to serve on expert panels, including an interfaith panel co-sponsored by the Carter Center.

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, M.A. is the Senior Rabbi of Adas Israel Congregation. He received Rabbinic ordination as well as an M.A. from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and also studied in Jerusalem. Currently, Rabbi Steinlauf is on the boards of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, the Washington Board of Rabbis, and the Washington Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. He also sits on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He is a leader in the Washington, D.C. region for making Jewish meditation available to increasing numbers of people.

Andrew Stern, M.Ed., J.D. has studied meditation practices in Asia, Europe, and the United States for over ten years. He was a corporate lawyer with the international firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, litigating cases as part of a team for multi-national corporations. As a public school teacher, he designed and implemented curricula for diverse populations, brought together varied stakeholders, and trained other educators. Andrew is the Founding President of the Interfaith Meditation Initiative. (Picture: Andrew Stern with Imam Faizul Khan of the Islamic Society of the Washington Area and Dr. Elena Mustakova-Possardt of the D.C. Baha’i Center.)

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"I've co-led two interfaith meditation events, each time with Jewish and Muslim faith leaders...I connected with the devotion of my colleagues, and the language of their meditations became a portal for me to a place beyond words.” Reverend Randy Lord-Wilkinson, Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Maryland; IMI meditation co-leader