Rabbi Neil Amswych studied astrophysics at St. Andrew’s University in Scotland before training to become a Rabbi in London. He served the British community for nearly a decade before moving to Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe in 2014, where he soon also became the Co-President of the Interfaith Leadership Alliance of Santa Fe. To learn more about Temple Beth Shalom, click here.
Pastor Blaine Wimberly began her pastoral career as an associate at Mesa View UMC in Albuquerque, and received her M.Div. from the Divinity School at Duke University in Durham, NC. She is married to Dick Wimberly, who is an artist by profession, and they have two grown sons, both in the San Francisco area. She is currently Co-President of the Interfaith Leadership Alliance. To learn more about Zia Methodist Church, click here.
Rev. Gail Marriner- Since her graduation from Harvard Divinity School in 1995, Rev. Gail has served UU congregations in Weymouth, Swampscott, and Cambridge, Massachusetts; Houston, Texas; Duluth, Minnesota and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Rev. Gail is the very active Past President of the Interfaith Leadership Alliance of Santa Fe where she facilitates the clergy book group and helps organize interfaith programs, panels and events. She is the Spiritual Liaison to the Human Rights Alliance-PRIDE Santa Fe. To learn more about UU Santa Fe, click here.
Rev. Tiffany Curtis is trained as a clinical chaplain and spiritual director, and has worked extensively as a community organizer and in prisons. She has ongoing commitments to grassroots community work in the U.S., Ecuador, and Honduras. Tiffany grew up in Los Angeles in a bilingual family and in an immigrant church. In addition to being the co-founder and Lead Organizer of the Santa Fe Faith Network for Immigrant Justice, Rev. Tiffany is also the pastor of First Christian Church of Santa Fe.
Rev. Talitha Arnold is Senior Minister of the United Church of Santa Fe, a United Church of Christ congregation known for its engaging worship, diverse music, community outreach, and lively approach to the Christian faith. A native of Arizona and a graduate of Pomona College and Yale Divinity School, she was Yale’s Associate University Chaplain and pastored congregations in Connecticut and Arizona. Past President of Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity and the Interfaith Leadership Alliance, she is a founding member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
Rev. Dr. Harry W. Eberts III has been pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe since December 2011. Prior to Santa Fe he served congregations in Lyndhurst, Ohio (an eastern suburb of Cleveland) and Lake Forest, Illinois (a northern suburb of Chicago). Harry is a graduate of the College of Wooster in Ohio (BA), Yale Divinity School (Master of Divinity) and McCormick Seminary in Chicago (Doctor of Divinity). He is co-founder and co-president of New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence.
Rev. Jean Siegfried Darling was born into a skeptical, scientific, politically active Unitarian Universalist household, passed through careers in computer science and television production, and came to ministry late. She formed New Garden Community Church (UU) in Chicago, and then served Peoples Church of Chicago for about ten years before moving to the Santa Fe area with her husband Ken. She is active in UU Santa Fe co-chairing the Environmental Justice Team and leading the Occasional Choir.
Santa Fe Friends-The Santa Fe Friends Meeting was formally organized in 1948. We follow the “unprogrammed” style of worship. In our worship we try to keep an expectant attitude, waiting for the “still small voice” of God. The Quakers are actively involved, with Buddhists, in feeding the homeless of Santa Fe. Representatives to the ILA are fluid. To read more about Santa Fe Friends, click here.
Jack Conrad – For 26 years Jack has served as a Roman Catholic Deacon at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Santa Fe. He is employed as Manager of Spiritual Care at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. He has a Masters in Religion from Memphis Theological Seminary, and a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. He has been married for 51 years with 5 children (four adopted), 16 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Andy Dimas-represents the Santa Fe Deanery on the ILA. The Santa Fe Deanery are Santa Fe area Catholic Parishes that meet regularly under the direction of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. He is a permanent deacon assigned to St. Anne Catholic Church. A retired State Wildlife Biologist, he worked for the Bureau of Land Management State Office. He is married with two children and is active with prison ministry at the Penitentiary of New Mexico.
Pastor Joene Herr-is a pastor at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church (CLC), in Santa Fe, part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Prior to New Mexico she spent her life in the Great Lakes states: Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. She is an alumnus of the University of Michigan, as is her husband. She is a second career pastor; prior to seminary (Trinity Lutheran, Columbus Ohio) she raised three children and supported her husband through his PhD studies as a clinical psychologist. In addition to serving as the ILA Secretary for 2020, she is on the Board of Directors for the Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe and a past board member of PFLAG.
Rev. Lee Walters spent her childhood outside Atlanta, Georgia, where her family helped start Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in the living room. After graduating from University of California Santa Cruz, she began a teaching career in Morgan Hill. She returned to Atlanta and earned a counseling degree. While there, she attended Central Presbyterian Church and was inspired and delighted with the preaching of the Rev. Joanna Adams, who encouraged her to attend to a growing sense of call by attending New York City’s Union Theological Seminary. She was later ordained at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. She is now a pastor at Westminster Presbyterian in Santa Fe, NM.
Patricia Masterman-Deacon Pat received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Ministry from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL. Upon retirement from State of Florida and Palm Beach County government after 33 years, her focus became full time ministry. Pat initiated the Lake Worth Interfaith Network (LWIN) in 2005 which includes members from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Baha’i and non-denominational worship communities to promote peace and understanding among religious communities. Relocating to New Mexico in early 2014, she moved to Santa Fe in January 2017. She served as Deacon at the Church of the Holy Faith for two and one-half years and is currently serving as Deacon at the Church of the Holy Family.
Suzanne Breslauer-In 2009 Suzanne co-founded Envision Santa Fe – which is responsible for overseeing recruitment of homeless families and mentors for a 2-year program to move families from insecurity to self-sufficiency; she is also responsible for grant writing and financial record keeping. In 2008 she became the Coordinator of the Interfaith Leadership Alliance of Santa Fe where she coordinates meetings, does record keeping and other interfaith activities. She works closely with clergy on projects and advocacy. She is on the Board of Directors for New Mexico Women for the Arts, as well as is President of Creativity for Peace. She is a member of Temple Beth Shalom.
Hollis Walker- In the early years of her career Hollis worked in radio, advertising and public relations, as well as writing freelance articles for magazines and newspapers. In 2008, Walker moved to Berkeley, Ca. with her then-partner and found herself involved in caring for an elderly neighbor who was dying. The profound experience prompted her to attend The Chaplaincy Institute, an interfaith seminary, where she earned ordination as a minister and certification as a spiritual director. She returned to Santa Fe in 2012 and worked as a hospice chaplain before pursuing a private practice in which she combines her ministry with her writing and editing skills. Deeply affected by her hospital and hospice work, Walker continues to be passionate about death—both the intensely personal experience of dying and our culture’s persistent denial of it.
Cantor Cindy Freedman has been serving HaMakom:The Place for Passionate and Progressive Judaism in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 2004. She received her cantorial ordination from ALEPH:Alliance for Jewish Renewal in 2014 and she has been a member of the Women Cantor’s Network since 2005. She is a professional singer, guitarist, life cycle officiant and chant leader who thoroughly engages people in the power of prayer through music and sound.
Don Handrick is a graduate of the Masters Program of Buddhist Studies, a seven-year study program administered by the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition and inspired by the traditional geshe studies at the great Gelugpa monastic universities. Since 2006, Don has been the resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling Buddhist Center in Santa Fe, NM, and he also teaches regularly at the Ksitigarbha Tibetan Buddhist Center in Taos, NM. In 2016, Donbegan spending part of each year visiting other FPMT centers as a touring teacher, spending up to six months traveling primarily to destinations in North America and Europe.