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. 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. 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. 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.