Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Aminah Herrman (Chair)image1 With a background in Early Childhood Development and Visual Art, Aminah helped start a school that focussed on creativity in learning. She devoted 14 years to working on programs for children, then went on to create a nation-wide art business that developed decor for franchise owners. In addition, Aminah has 46 years of experience serving on various nonprofit boards and working on many charitable projects.
Fauziyah Ishak Fauziyah has worked in education for over twenty years: in the New York City schools, with the Peace Corps in Bangladesh, and currently as a homeschool teacher. She has organized and participated in various humanitarian projects, and also has a degree in Cultural Anthropology. Fauziyah lives in New Jersey (close to NYC) with her husband, two sons, and step-daughter.
Kimberly Joseph Kim has lived in New York City for about a decade. Before that she lived for three years in Indonesia and Japan where she taught English. Kim is a Hunter College graduate and now owns and operates Little Wildbranch Bakery in New York. A friend in Indonesia once observed, “…all Kim needs is a kitchen and she is content.” Throughout the various transitions and growth in her life, this constant has remained with her. Kim shares a her love and experience in her life, her baking and now, through her work with Susila Dharma.
Sulfiati Magnusonsulfiati-2 A mother of three adult children, Sulfiati has also had corporate and academic careers, worked in a hospice, been a lay midwife, and taught at the university level. Sulfiati currently works as an artist and a Relationship Therepist, bringing a rich life experience to her therapeutic practice. She brings a broad gamut of talent and skill to her work with the Susila Dharma USA Board of Directors. Since joining the board, Sulfiati has moved to Uganda, but she is still an active board member.
Miriam Moyer
(Vice Chair)Miriam
Miriam’s passion for service and humanitarian outreach has created a perfect fit for her involvement with Susila Dharma USA. Her life has revolved around service and volunteer work for over 40 years with years of work in government contracting, human resources and childhood development through the performing arts. Miriam has a penchant for creative thinking with focus on far reaching possibilities spread through good works and service.
Evan Padilla evan-padilla Evan was a teacher of mathematics and science for eight years. After earning a Masters in business Administration, he worked for several large corporations in the San Francisco Bay area, followed by twenty-five years developing his own computer equipment and supplies companies. For the past eight years he has been working as a real estate investor. He currently lives in Bellevue, Washington.
Marilyn Schirk Marilyn was an elementary school  and special education preschool teacher for 30 years in California. She still enjoys substitute teaching as well as travel and reading history. After many years of involvement with peace and social justice issues and organizations, she joined Susila Dharma USA’s board of directors and for eight years has concentrated on outreach and fundraising. Marilyn is currently focused on developing our grant writing capacity. Marilyn lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon.
John Schoenthaler
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John worked for major oil companies for 30 years as a project engineer and later owned his own preschool and childcare center for 14 years. He has experience in bookkeeping and tax preparation as well as self directed investment . He currently lives in Addison, Texas.
Rifka Several
(Office Manager)
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Rifka Several manages the Susila Dharma USA “virtual office.” A long-time supporter, she has served multiple terms as a board member and as past executive director of Susila Dharma International Association. She has a background in education (and co-authored a mathematics textbook series) and association management.
Abdul-Mu’izz Shams Abdul-Mu’izz is a new board member who brings much needed computer expertise to the board. His bio will be posted soon.
Jake Cassidy SterlingJakeSterling Jake comes to the board with a wide range of experience. He has worked for a number of small non-profit organizations that focussed on Development Economics, Environmental Economics, Music and Music Education. He also brings skills in graphic and web design, writing and editing. Like many Subud members, Jake has travelled widely. He has lived for short periods in Italy, Denmark, Colombia, and India.
Michele Stice Michele has 25+ years of experience in the human services field. She’s semi-retired, but continues to work seasonally in human services in the Denver area. She’s a happy and grateful mother of six brilliant adult children—three daughters and three sons, four of whom have provided her with ten grandchildren, and she’s a loving relationship herself. Third generation Subud member and helper, with three children opened. Her interests include traveling, camping, bicycling, reading and music. She’s been aseamstress since her teens (imagine Halloween costumes times six!) Michele hopes to bring creativity, imagination and love for her fellow human beings to the Board.

National Helpers

Benedict Herrmanimage1 Benedict is a long-time Subud member, currently serving as one of two National Helper liaisons to SDUSA. Opened in Subud in 1973, he has been a local and regional chair, and a local and regional helper. His professional life includes sales positions in two Subud enterprises, Levity Distribution and Lifedance, where handled sales, collections, and writing/editing the monthly newsletter. He now works for Advanced Traffic Products selling various electronic traffic-related components to cities, counties, the state of California, and Fire Departments. He has also been a professional actor since the age of five.
Sofia Nicolettisofia Sofia is honored to serve as a National Helper liaison to Susuia Dharma. Now “retired,” Sofia worked for over thirty years as an English teacher at the high school and college levels, and as a counselor, working with students from pre-kindergarten to high school. She helped her students identify and build on their strengths and talents and to help them find the funding to achieve their dreams. She lives in Flagstaff, AZ, with her husband David and her two labs, Max and Scout. She has a daughter, Brigitte, who will be attending law school in the fall.