Board of Trustees

Rev. Brad Learmonth

Rev. Brad Learmonth

President

Brad Learmonth (Ordained at One Spirit in 2011, ISC 2015, ELA and CIC 2020), a leader in the non-profit performing arts for over three decades, 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 (1988-2015) Brad created unique and nurturing platforms in all disciplines for visionary artists of color to create risk-taking and transformative work that responds to the social and political conditions that shape our lives. He also created award winning arts education programs for k-12 public school children. He continues his work in the arts independently. The activism and service that is essential to this vision carries through in Brad’s work on his spiritual path. Brad has 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 since 1982. He resides in New York City and Sag Harbor with his husband Jon, two and a half dogs, about 150,000 honeybees, a few dozen koi and the abundance of nature.


Rev. Camille Diamond

Rev. Camille Diamond

Board Secretary

Camille Diamond is a communicator, community builder, and customer service expert with over 20 years experience in the Community Center non-profit world.
Currently the Director of the Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center in Manhattan, Camille Manages and supervises senior community center staff including Assistant Directors of Membership and Operations, Preschool Prep team, Educational Staff and Front Desk/Service Desk team leaders.
During her time at the 14th Street Y, a JCC located in the East Village, she supervised 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 (first class!) graduate of One Spirit.


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.


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 Kyndra Frazier

Rev Kyndra Frazier

Rev. Kyndra Frazier is a licensed clinician in the state of New York, and the Founder and CEO of KYND (Knowing Yourself In Need of Devotion) Consulting, Inc. KYND offers trauma-informed care through a variety of services from clinical therapy for individuals, families and couples to trauma-informed training for ecclesial communities and corporate entities. Rev. Frazier was most recently the Founding Executive Director of The HOPE Center, a free mental health facility located in Central Harlem of NYC, and formally served as the Associate Pastor of Congregational Care and Wellness at First Corinthian Baptist Church for 4 years. Known for her work in removing barriers to mental health access for communities of color. Rev. Frazier has been featured in multiple print and digital publications including Vice Magazine, New York Times, and Sojourners Magazine. Rev. Frazier holds a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology|Emory University, a Master of Social Work from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from North Carolina A&T State University.


Rev. Pippa Jones

Rev. Pippa Jones

Pippa Jones is a teacher and educator by profession (specializing in Adult Education), an Interfaith minister and Disaster Chaplain. She is a graduate of One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York and was ordained in 2012. While living and working in Sydney, Australia (2013-2019), Pippa completed a Bachelors of Theology with a Major in Comparative Religious Studies at the Australian Catholic University (ACU). Additionally, together with 3 fellow One Spirit graduates, she is the co-founder and co-leader of Sydney Sacred Centre, the monthly Interfaith gathering and community at Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney’s city center. Pippa is currently in the Netherlands, where she is studying for her Masters in Building Inter-Religious Relations at the Vrije University, Amsterdam, with a view to blending her love of and expertise in education with her passion for a global perspective and all things Interfaith.


Rev. Gareth Lee

Rev. Gareth Lee

Gareth Lee was ordained an interfaith/interspiritual minister at One Spirit in 2020. He teaches literature at a private high school, volunteers at a barn that offers therapeutic horsemanship programs to children with disabilities, and lives in New York with his wife and child. Not counting a brief sojourn in business and consulting and time spent earning an MFA and MBA, he has worked in education since graduating from college and regards teaching as an act of ministry and service. Born in cosmopolitan Hong Kong and raised in post-colonial Singapore, early on he acquired experience in various countries across Southeast Asia and North America, which helped to hone his appreciation for East-West dialogue and, more generally, for the many ways of being and of knowing. These themes emerge in his teaching and spiritual pursuits. These are also values that continue to inform his practices in and out of the classroom. Above all, he is concerned with enacting what it means to cultivate a sense of community across borders which might otherwise divide us.


Rev. Patricia Samuel

Rev. Patricia Samuel

Rev. Pat’s spiritual walk is one of service. She answered the call to serve as a New York City Police Officer. During the course of her career she worked patrol, special investigations and dignitary protection. She retired as a senior Detective after 22 years of service. After retirement Rev. Pat became a valuable member of the NAACP Annual Convention Security Operations Team for 11 years. During a portion of this time Rev. Pat also cared for her parents, who were both in hospice home care, at the end of their lives. She attributes this sacred time as the catalyst towards Ministry.

Rev. Pat was ordained with the One Spirit Class of 2019. She has also been trained as an End of Life Doula and has performed volunteer services to hospice patients. She currently serves as a Spiritual Mentor in the spiritual group of which she is a member. Listening to music and reading books are two of her self-care practices. She resides in Brooklyn, New York.


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.


Rev. Lina E. Ziurys

Rev. Lina E. Ziurys

Lina E. Ziurys is an attorney at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, specializing in the representation of private funds (including hedge funds and private equity funds) and investment advisers in connection with their structuring, formation and ongoing operational needs, as well as general securities law and compliance matters. She previously practiced corporate law, with a particular focus on credit and securities law matters, in the New York and London offices of a global law firm. Lina graduated from Connecticut College and Brooklyn Law School (magna cum laude), and studied in a non-degree program at the London School of Economics.  She is a hospice volunteer, a lover of animals, and an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister (One Spirit Class of 2016).


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.