Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Ramon Cuencasramon Ramon is the president of Soy Niño, Quiero Ser Grande, created to help children in the State of Jalisco, Mexico. He holds a doctoral degree in Health Psychology (Behavioral Medicine) and he has helped thousands of workers manage pain. His book, Doing Your Work with Love by Recovering Your Spirituality, aims at helping workers discover their mission in life. Ramon joined the SD-USA team because of his love of people and hopes to develop his altruistic spirit and help children around the world. He strongly believes that when you help other people you help yourself. He was born in Casimiro Castillo, Jalisco, Mexico and now lives in Coppell, Texas.
Aminah Herrmanimage1 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.
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.
Miriam MoyerMiriam 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 (Chairperson)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
John Schoenthalerjohnschoenthaler-2 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 Severalrifka-square 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.
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, focussing 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.

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, whose Board and members work tirelessly to promote a better world and better lives for all of human kind. 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 ranging from pre-kindergarten to high school. Her goal was to help her students identify and build on their strengths and talents and then to help them find the funding to achieve their dreams. She lives in Flagstaff, AZ, with her husband David (also a helper and Rocky Mountain vice-chair), and her two labs, Max and Scout. She has a daughter, Brigitte, who will be attending law school in the fall, and whose passion is restorative juvenile justice.