Staff

Executive Director


Anil Singh-Molares, MTS
E-mail: execdir@sdiworld.org

Anil is a veteran of numerous interfaith and interspiritual efforts over the years, including Seeds of Compassion, where he was one of the chairs, and as Executive Director of the Compassionate Action Network. He formerly served as Chief of Staff to the noted religious author Karen Armstrong, is a motivational speaker and university lecturer, and was a Microsoft executive in a previous life.
 

 


Operations Manager
 

Divya Jain, E-mail: membership@sdiworld.org

Divya was born and brought up in India, a country with diverse culture, religions. She's been in the United States for the past 13 years and has professional experience in the field of administration and operations for more than 6 years. She likes to listen to music, watch movies and loves playing games with her 9 year-old son.

 

 

 


Chief Operating Officer


Rory Briski
E-mail: roryb@sdiworld.org

Rory is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience in management and consulting and brings a wealth of international expertise with key leadership roles in Sales & Marketing, Operations, Engineering and Executive Management. Rory has established himself as a thought leader in the fields of strategic planning and business development. He is also a best-selling author with several of his published books within the top 20 Amazon.com best seller lists. Rory is also an inventor with three issued US Patents. Rory is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer, and his perspectives have been featured in various newspaper, radio and television news reports on ABC, NBC, CBS, NWCN, KKNW, The Bellevue Business Journal, The Seattle Times, and others.

 


Events and Journeys Manager
 

Maud Naveau, E-mail: maudn@sdiworld.org

With experience in project management and education, Maud is the key logistics coordinator for all our events, including our exciting “Seeking Connection 2018” conference in St. Louis. A native of La Belle France, she also guides the SDI Spiritual Journeys program.

 

 

 


Director of Content and Philanthropy

 

Steven Crandell, Email: stevenc@sdiworld.org

An author with experience directing strategy and messaging for nonprofits, philanthropy and business, he now guides SDI's storytelling and education -- on our website, our blog, social media, and in our webinars. He also works under the direction of Executive Director Anil Singh-Molares to facilitate our fundraising.

 

 


Membership Services Coordinator

 

Marisa Carpenter, Email: office@sdiworld.org

As membership services coordinator, Marisa attends to the needs of spiritual directors, helping them with their memberships and event registrations. She has experience in order fulfillment, editing, data entry, and customer service. She has a BA in Environmental Studies and on the side, she spends her time being with loved ones, practicing yoga, and taking care of her two kitties.

 

 


Presence Journal Editor
 

Nick Wagner,  E-mail: editor@sdiworld.org

Nick has been editor of Presence  since 2001. He manages the entire team -- editorial panel, authors, poetry editor, art editor, copy editor, proofreader, and graphic artist.

 

 

 

 


Community Outreach Coordinator

Lizzie Salsich, E-mail: lizzies@sdiworld.org

Lizzie is a spiritual director and community organizer in her home of St. Louis, MO.  She leads classes and workshops in body-based sacred practice in St. Louis and facilitates community-building retreats at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Truman State University and is trained in yoga, qi gong, sacred dance, and a variety of other contemplative and mystical practices.  She completed her Spiritual Direction training through the Alcyon Center for Spiritual Living in Seal Cove, ME. Lizzie is passionate about the intersection of spiritual practice and social change and is working with SDI to co-create a relevant, impactful, and inclusive 2018 conference.

 

 

 


SDI Canada Coordinator
 

Miriam Frey, E-mail: miriamf@sdiworld.org

Miriam began her career in business and finance. She has expanded her spiritual and cultural awareness through mystical experiences at a young age, a three-year service assignment in east Africa as well as discovering her love of learning. With experience in Jungian dream work and training in the Enneagram, Miriam serves as a spiritual director. Her university degrees include a B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Religion and Culture and D.Min in spiritual ministry. Miriam also works as coordinator of the Ontario Jubilee program in spiritual direction (www.ontariojubilee.ca).

 

 


Educational Events Specialist
 

Melissa Friedman
E-mail: mfriedman@vmainc.com

Melissa has a wealth of experience in event planning, management and marketing. She specializes in domestic and international conferences.

 

 

 

 


Member Support, Advertising
 

Reggie Dirnberger
E-mail: ads@sdiworld.org

If you want to advertise in any of the SDI publications, Reggie is an amazing resource. With years of experience in ad sales, abundant energy and a steely determination, she is a master of the art of the possible.

 

 

 


Presence Media Review Editor and SDI Learns Editor


Pegge Erkeneff, E-mail: listen@sdiworld.org

Pegge is a spiritual director and an author who lives in Alaska. She's also a retreat and workshop leader. She has dozens of years in youth and campus ministry spent with teens and college students teaching, leading retreats, leadership programs, hands-on service and mission experiences.

 

 

 

 


Poetry Editor
 

Jennifer (Jinks) Hoffmann, email: poetry@sdiworld.org

Jinks was born and raised in South Africa, but has lived with her beloved husband, her soul historian, in Canada since 1966. She is a retired psychotherapist, and is a spiritual director, poet and writer. She has numerous publications, primarily of poetry.  Jinks was on the Coordinating Council of SDI from 2008 to 2014. Jinks’ favorite ways of paying attention to Mystery, and listening for guidance for the big and little things, are through dreams, reading, and poetry writing. She also studies the divine as she walks though her days, since clues for awakening are hidden everywhere, in plain sight. Jinks has nineteen grandchildren and nine great-grands, and counting.

 

 

 


Finance
 


Heather Gordon

Heather is the SDI bookkeeper extraordinaire - efficient, effective and direct.

 

 

 


Valerie Pickens, CPA 

Valerie has deep experience as a CPA. She is a valued advisor to SDI.

 

 

 

 

 


Graphic Designer and Presence Art Editor


Tobias Becker
E-mail: webminister@sdiworld.org

Tobias handles all design challenges at SDI.