Board of Directors


Harvey-SchneiderThe Hon. Harvey Schneider, ret. (President)
The Hon. Harvey Schneider, ret. is a former Los Angeles Superior Court Judge and now does private judging at Alternative Resolution Centers.

Seema-AliSeema Ali (Vice President)
Seema Ali is a Financial Advisor and a Venture Catalyst. She is an UCLA alumna and Co-Founder of SoCal Interfaith, a group that hosts annual interfaith events in Orange County, CA.

Scott-BartchyScott Bartchy, Ph.D. (Secretary)
Scott Bartchy, STB, PhD [Harvard] is the Emeritus Professor of Christian Origins & History of Religion in UCLA’s Department of History and the Co-founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for the Study of Religion at UCLA.

Elliot-DorffElliot Dorff, Ph.D. (Treasurer)
Elliot Dorff is the Rector and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the American Jewish University, Los Angeles. He also is Chair of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of Conservative Judaism.


Lynn-CheyneyRev. Lynn Cheyney, D. Min.
Lynn Cheyney is the Senior Pastor at Westwood Presbyterian Church.

Janet-DoakJanet Doak
Janet Doak is a fundraising professional and past President of the LA Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is President of the Board of Directors of the University Religious Conference at UCLA.

Ivan-FinkleIvan Finkle
Ivan Finkle is a retired aerospace executive. He became involved with interfaith issues after visiting holy sites with Christians, Muslims, and Jews during a trip to the Middle East.

Amir-HussainAmir Hussain, Ph.D.
Amir Hussain is Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and the Editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.

Sana-KhanSana U. Khan, M.D., Ph.D.
Sana Khan is a radiologist and member of the President’s circle of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). He also is the Founder and Chairman of AiM Radiology Medical Group, Anaheim, CA

Reinhard-KraussReinhard Krauss, Ph.D.
Reinhard Krauss is a Lecturer at the Center for the Study of Religion at UCLA and a Faculty Member of the New Theological Seminary of the West. He also is an academic translator.

shaheen nanji image for afjcisShaheen Nanji
Shaheen has practiced civil litigation and worked as corporate counsel and marketing director. For more than a decade she has been involved with the Aga Khan Foundation and Network which address environmental, economic, health, educational, humanitarian and cultural challenges in Asia and Africa.

Jonathan-OskinsJonathan Oskins
Jonathan Oskins holds a BA in Religious Studies from UCLA and M.A. in Ecumenical and Interfaith Studies from Claremont School of Theology. In the past, he has served as the Communication Coordinator for United Religions Initiative, North America.

Muzzamil-SiddiqiMuzammil H. Siddiqi, Ph.D.
Muzammil Siddiqi is the Imam and Religious Director of the Islamic Society of Orange County, Garden Grove. He also chairs the Fiqh Council of North America and the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, and is Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies at Chapman University, Orange, California

Astgik-SimitianAstgik (Susan) Simitian
Susan Simitian is a graduate student at the Claremont School of Theology’s M.A. program in Religion, Society and Social Change. She is an alumna of UCLA where she co-founded the Olive Tree Initiative’s Turkey-Armenia project.

Mary-TumanyanMary Tumanyan
Mary Tumanyan is a recent UCLA graduate who is planning to pursue a graduate degree in law. She is a past Editor-in-Chief of UCLA’s Undergraduate Law Journal, and active in the Olive Tree Initiative at UCLA, a student conflict resolution group focused on Turkish-Armenian relations.

Scott-YoungScott Young
Scott Young is President of Culture Connection, a non-profit organization generating programs exploring religion and culture. He has served as a University Religious Advisor and Adjunct Instructor at several colleges including UCLA.

Affiliate Members

Carol-BakhosCarol Bakhos, Ph.D. (Center for the Study of Religion Liaison)
Carol Bakhos is Professor of Late Antique Judaism and Jewish Studies and the Director of the Center for the Study of Religion at UCLA