Board of Trustees

Rev. Brad Learmonth

Rev. Brad Learmonth

President

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. 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. Pippa Jones

Rev. Pippa Jones

Pippa Jones is a current resident of Sydney, having moved from her home in New York City to Australia in 2013. She is a graduate of One Spirit Interfaith Seminary (Class of 2012) and is currently deepening her Interfaith studies by embarking on a Theology (Comparative Religions) Degree at the Australian Catholic University, followed by a Master’s in Inter-Religious Dialog.

In addition to her full-time studies, Pippa is a teacher by profession. She specializes in Academic English, including TOEFL and IELTS, with her prime interest bring the Cambridge English Exam Preparation Courses (specifically Cambridge Advanced CAE, First Certificate FCE, and Preliminary English PET).

As an active member of the ministerial team for ‘Interfaith Sydney’, she has regularly led and contributed to the monthly services at Pitt Street Uniting Church. Pippa has also served as Board President on the Executive Committee of Council for Interfaith Communities (Asia Pacific), whose primary aim was to lay the foundations for having Interfaith federally recognized in Australia.

A world traveler, who is profoundly interested in cultures old and new, and a lover of the written word, especially sacred poetry, along with the wisdom of native and aboriginal traditions, Pippa aims to use her knowledge and skills to help build cross-cultural awareness and tolerance, and to become an ambassador of healing, reconciliation and understanding between communities, locally, nationally and internationally.


Court Stroud

Court Stroud

Court Stroud is a writer, consultant, and educator who helps people and businesses make sense of today’s tumultuous media landscape, particularly in the multicultural space. He’s worked as a senior executive for companies such as Univision, Telemundo, TV Azteca, as well as several digital startups. Currently, he’s Founder/Managing Director of the Cledor Group, a boutique consulting practice with clients such as NBCU, Sony Entertainment Pictures, and NGL Collective. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and the Harvard Business School, Stroud is an adjunct faculty member at New York and Fordham Universities. Although he was ordained through another seminary, he has long been a fan of One Spirit for its illuminating and loving presence in the Big Apple and, indeed the world.


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. Linda Bjork

Rev. Linda Bjork

Linda Bjork is a former decade-long CEO who built one of Scandinavia’s most profitable and award-winning design and branding agencies. Known as a mind-training pioneer CEO, Linda Bjork has developed a new intelligence system for leaders that reaches far beyond intellectual abilities and emotional intelligence called Mindfulness Intelligence™ (MQ).

Linda is a trained MBSR Instructor (mindfulness based stress reduction), a Certified Executive Success Coach and an Ordained Interfaith Minister (One Spirit Class of 2019).

Linda authored the leadership development book “Inner Business, Training Your Mind For Leadership Success”, and is part of the Core Team and the Board of Directors of UNITY EARTH, USA.

Linda lives and works in New York City with her daughter, their dog Lion King (he really does looks like a lion) and their blind cat Lucyboy.


Rev. Janet Stemmer

Rev. Janet Stemmer

Treasurer

Rev. Janet Stemmer, CPA was ordained by One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in 2015. The interfaith/interspiritual designation allowed her to integrate her lifetime studies of Tibetan Buddhism, Christianity, Sufism, Gurdjieff and A Course In Miracles. She currently works part-time at a Syracuse public accounting firm after many years of working for various nonprofit organizations such as the Children’s Health Fund in NYC, HOPE Center in Lexington, KY and multiple developmental disabilities agencies in Colorado. She volunteers as an Assistant Chaplain at Upstate Medical University where she has completed 2 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) following a year of study in One Spirit’s Interspiritual Counseling program.