New Board Members

Board Appoints Three New Members, 2016 Officers
            Three new members will join the Board of Guidance of Interfaith Winston-Salem for 2016 as three others complete their service on the board.  The new members are Rev. Dianne Horton, Protestant Christianity; Dr. Shadi Qasem, Islam; and David Teague,  Quaker/Protestant Christianity. 
          We are mindful of all of our past Board members who have helped shape our organization and who continue to support understanding and respect. This year we honor Art Bloom, Aaron LaVallee, and Sandy Phocas with gratitude for their years of service to Interfaith Winston-Salem.
         Drea Parker has been relected chair of the board, serving her second year.  Other officers are Deon Strickland, vice chair; David Harold, secretary; and Jim Collins, treasurer.  Committee chairpersons are Truman Dunn, Programs; Kim Williams, Marketing; and Jim Collins, Fundraising and Finance.
            Profiles of new board members:
Rev. Dianne Horton -- A Chaplain and Christian minister who currently resides in Winston-Salem, Dianne received a Bachelor of Arts from Salem College with a major in sociology and minor in religion. She later completed her Masters of Divinity at Wake Forest School of Divinity. Diane currently works at Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center where she serves as the manager of Chaplaincy and Clinical Ministries.  
Dr. Shadi Qasem -- A resident of Clemmons, Dr. Qasem practices Islam and is a member of the Annoor Center in Clemmons as well as The Community Mosque in Winston Salem. Originally from Amman, Jordan, Dr. Qasem received his M.D. in 1999 from Jordan University of Science and Technology. He later completed residency in pathology in 2007 at the University of Iowa and completed a fellowship in Pathology the following year at Emory University.  He is a practicing pathologist.
Mr.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ David Teague -- Mr. Teague is a long-term and active member of the Winston-Salem Friends Meeting. A native of ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Kernersville, he has a BA in Religious Studies from Guilford College.  He works as a Reader/Evaluator for Measurement, Inc.
            Other members of the board for 2016 are Jim Collins, Truman Dunn Ph.D., Jay Ford Ph.D., Rev. Peggy Matthews, Jerry McLeese, Deon Strickland Ph.D. and Kim Williams, all Protestant Christianity; Imam Khalid Griggs and Darlene May Ph.D., Islam; Seretha Masdon, Unitarian Universalism; Michelle Nicolle, Ph.D., Zen Buddhism; Andrea Parker, Pantheism/Naturalism (Paganism); Sita Somara Ph.D., Hinduism; and Alan Williams, Ph.D., atheism.

In the NEWS...

Media Notes
            Three representatives of Interfaith Winston-Salem are quoted in this article in the December 9 Winston-Salem Journal about comments on Muslims by presidential candidate Donald Trump.
           Drea Parker comments for Interfaith Winston-Salem in this December 11 Winston-Salem Journal article on the placement of a billboard in Kernersville by American Atheists, Inc.
           Interfaith Winston-Salem was highlighted in an article in the December issue of “Winston-Salem Monthly" magazine.  You can read the article here.