BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Marilyn Elderkin Barragree is an Episcopalian and retired attorney. She has served as a member of the TIA Board of Directors since 1994. Marilyn is a former Patient Advocate Attorney for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and remains interested in those issues involving equal access to community mental health services.
Aaron Bolerjack is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. He serves as Executive Pastor of OKC First Church of the Nazarene and is an adjunct professor of History at Southern Nazarene University. He has a deep and abiding love for coffee.
Richard A. "Rick" Dimick
Amit Gumman, MD
Rabbi Abby Jacobson
Immediate Past President
Rabbi Jacobson is the rabbi of Emanuel Synagogue. As president, she hopes to improve communication between the board and the membership, to help everyone feel the relevance of their participation, and to help everyone feel happier for having participated.
Rev. Kris Ladusau
Rev. Kris Ladusau is the spiritual head of the Rissho Kosei-kai Dharma Center in Oklahoma City, and is on staff with Rissho-Kosei-kai of North America in California, where she develops and teaches Buddhist curriculum. She participates in projects with Rissho-Kosei-kai International in Tokyo, Japan, and also serves on the board of OCC – Religions United, Interfaith Power and Light, and is a Spiritual First Responder for Natural Disasters in Oklahoma.
Janie Kirt Morris
Janie is enjoying the new stage of her life as a retired Episcopal priest living near her family. Most recently she led a church in west Houston. She chairs the Interfaith Alliance committee Many Beliefs Serving Together and delights in this and other interfaith activities that encourage relationships that unite us. She is a volunteer Spiritual Care Provider at Palomar, our Oklahoma City Family Justice Center.
Jermaine Peterson serves as the Advisor for the Campus Activities Council at the University of Oklahoma. He appreciates that interfaith work helps those engaged see their fellow citizens as neighbors instead of "others."
Julie Robinson is Executive Director of Studio 222 after school program, a mission of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church that believes in caring and loving youth in our community through the arts. She is former chair of the Many Beliefs Serving Together of the Interfaith Alliance and is involved in various community groups. Julie believes our purpose in life is simply to love our neighbor in word, action and deed.
James "Jim" C. Shields
Rev. Shields is a retired United Methodist clergy who has lived in Oklahoma for 63 years, and spent time in New York, North Dakota, and Texas working in many different phases of ministry including parish, campus, and ecumenical. He is a founder of The Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma.
Sheryl S. (Sherry) Sullivan
Sherry Sullivan is a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral and a family lawyer. As an Oklahoma City native, her volunteer experience has included interfaith dialogue, public education, and addressing domestic violence.
Mari Fagin, PhD
Dr. Fagin's professional career has included positions as a college professor, director of outpatient services of a large mental health center, and a private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. She is a member of Temple B'nai Israel in Oklahoma City and is very committed to the encouragement and support of interfaith relationships and activities.
Noel Jacobs, PhD
Dr. Jacobs is a local child psychologist and member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church. He feels motivated to serve God by loving and being willing to advocate for all, and believes in the call of The Interfaith Alliance to promote understanding and connectedness between people across all our differences, including differences of belief.
Venkataraman Kalyanaraman, MD
Dr. Kalyanaraman is an endocrinologist, avid photographer and outdoor enthusiast. He is a member of OKC Hindu temple and interested in promoting cultural harmony, interfaith activities and exchange of ideas that promote both physical and mental wellbeing.
Rev. John Malget
Rev. John Malget is the pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Oklahoma City. He holds a Bachelor of Music Ed from Phillips U and an MDiv from Phillips Seminary. He spent 9 years as Associate Pastor at Memorial Drive Christian Church in Houston, TX.
Rev. Rita Newton, D.Min
Rita Newton has served the Church as a faculty member and administrator at Phillips Seminary and as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches. Working with the larger religious community is a priority for her and she is a long time member of the Interfaith Alliance.
Julia Phillips, PhD
Julia Phillips is a member of Temple B'nai Israel in Oklahoma City and is committed to building a safe and inclusive community for all. She holds a PhD in Biological Psychology from the University of Georgia.
Carl Rubenstein, MD
Retired physician, long-time Interfaith Alliance Board member, Past-President of Interfaith Alliance. Other boards & activities: Environment Committee of Oklahoma Conference of Churches; Advisory Board, Oklahoma Center for Community & Justice; Member, Oklahoma Academy for State Goals; Member, Human Community Network; Board Member, Red Earth; Member, Temple B’nai Israel; Member, 25 by 25 Advisory Board of Potts Family Foundation.
Saurabh R Singh
Saurabh joined the Board in 2019 and is a member of the Sikh faith. Saurabh has more than 20 years of executive experience in sectors including energy, automotive, industrial products, manufacturing & distribution across the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe. He has been married to Mandeep Singh for more than 32 years and they have two adult children. Saurabh has been a volunteer and on the Board of various organizations throughout his life with special focus on leadership, service, and education.