Aeeshah A. Clottey, Board President
Aeeshah is a community activist and is the co-author of Beyond Fear: Twelve Spiritual Keys to Racial Healing. Aeeshah is an international motivational speaker and peace-making consultant. She co-founded AHC in 1989 and has 25 years of Specialized Training in Attitudinal Healing. Aeeshah worked as Assistant Program Director of Casa de la Vida, a residential treatment facility located in Oakland until 2004. She is a State Certified Genetic Counselor; former Board Director for University of Creation Spirituality; Global Renaissance Alliance and The Peace Alliance.
William Guillermo Ortiz, Treasurer
Guillermo holds a Masters of Divinity from Seminary for Spiritual Peacemaking in Ashland, Oregon, and is also a graduate of Institute of Educational Therapy and the University of Humanistic Studies. Guillermo is a long time activist, peacemaker and licensed tile contractor. Guillermo lives in the Bay Area and has been a supporter of AHC for many years. He is the co-founder of Xochipilli, a Latino men’s ritual group and a certified Tai Chi Ch’uan Instructor. His interests include: dance, sacred art community ritual and healing.
Diana Alonzo, Secretary
Diana is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and is a Bill Gates Millennium Scholar, Cal. Opportunity Scholar, and anIDEAL Scholar. She received the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Community Commitment. Diana is a facilitator of the Youth Leadership Committee.
Adam Chapuis, Board Member
Adam earned a Master’s Degree in Geology. Currently, Adam is the Vice President/COO for Research Management Consultants, Inc., providing environmental engineering and information technology support services to government and commercial customers. Over the last 15 years, Adam’s interests have moved progressively from a task accomplishment corporate emphasis to an earth-based spiritual emphasis. He has been an integral part of AHC’s annual Unleashing the Human Spirit Retreat where he contributes his skills as a Geologist educating participants about the current state of the Earth and what we need to do to heal our planet.
Virginia Jardim, Board Member
Virginia Jardim is an associate professor in Writing & Literature and Community Arts at The California College of the Arts in Oakland, California. As the CCA Coordinator of Learning Resources, she has advocated for underprepared students, international and immigrant students as well as those with disabilities for over 25 years. Her research documents the inner landscape of thought and feeling provoked by experience in the world, especially intercultural travel. Pedagogically, she is interested in language acquisition, language expression and the effects of visual imagery on memory and emotion. In the classroom, she focuses on the use of language and image to share ideas, feelings and opinions to describe, discuss and critique art, literature and current events. As a community artist, she brings disparate groups together to work on collaborative art pieces. Her work to mentor youth through the arts promotes creative relationships across racial, age or class barriers.
Ahmed Rahim, Board Member
Ahmed is the CEO of NUMI Organic Tea and has reined its sales efforts for the last 9 years growing at 60% annually. His focus has been on foodservice sales as he has a thorough understanding of the hospitality industry. Ahmed is fluent in English, Arabic, French, German and Czech. He holds a BA in Psychology and Theatre, from New York University, and has studied Film & Photography at various universities in NYC, Paris and Prague. He is currently studying Architecture to create a sustainable future. Ahmed is the master blender, alchemist, CEO and Co-Founder behind Numi Organic Tea. Before starting the Numi business in 1999 with his sister, Reem, Ahmed lived & worked in Europe for ten years. In the early part of the 1990’s, Ahmed lived in Paris working as a professional filmmaker & photographer focusing on fashion, with works published in international trade and fashion journals. He also spent the better part of two years photographing in challenged and developing countries such as Turkey, Iraq and Morocco. As part of NUMI’s commitment to global consciousness and environmental responsibility, NUMI’s teas are certified organic and Fair Trade and packaging is made of sustainable material. The teabags are fully biodegradable, compostable and GMO FREE. NUMI’s innovation continues with its “Leaves of Art” hand-sewn and handcrafted Flowering Tea™ line. Ahmed is deeply committed to art and education and envisions starting a school in West Oakland.