Randolph Dobbs, Board of Directors, Chairperson
Randolph Dobbs was born in Oakland, California, and raised in Salinas near Monterey, where he attended Hartnell College. He studied political science at King's College in London and is an amateur historian. Mr. Dobbs served as the editor of the Los Angeles Bahá’í Journal for over ten years and has been the secretary of the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Los Angeles since 1996. He is very active in the interfaith community, serving on the Advisory Board of the Valley Interfaith Council, the Executive Board of the Inter-Religious Council of Southern California and as Religious Director in the Office of Religious Life at the University of Southern California. He and his wife, Chris, with their two grown children live in Southern California.

 

Wei Wu, Board of Directors, Treasurer

Wei Wu is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over 20 years of experience in financial accounting, consulting and international business field. She was born and raised in China and has been living in the U.S. since 1992 where she received her master degree in Accountancy. She has worked many projects throughout her career such as IPO service, financial audit, and financial reorganization for both U.S. fortune 500 companies and Chinese companies. Previously, she worked for one of the big 5 public accounting firm-Arthur Andersen, LLP. She was also the controller and senior management member for US public trade company as well as private owned company. Wei is also an educator. She received her bachelor's in education in China.

 

Ramses Rashidi, Board of Directors, Secretary, Executive Director

Ramses is an innovator, artist and educator who has been exploring innovative concepts and development models for a more balanced and sustainable future for the past 30 years. He has done extensive research on development trends in China since the early 90’s where he lived and studied the language, culture and social / economic development patterns while contributing as an educator and consultant in Beijing, Shanghai and Macau. Ramses has written numerous articles on “The framework for a balanced development model” which have been published in various newspapers and websites. He founded the Center for Balanced Development in the late 90’s and established it as a non-profit organization in the United States in 2007. He currently lives in Irvine, California.

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Mark Currie, Board of Directors

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Rose Arghavan, Board of Advisors, Program Consultant

Rose Arghavan is a graduate from California State University of Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Child and Adolescent development. She has extensive experience in working with young children through her work as a Community Service Project Director at Pathways of Hope Homeless Shelter and teaching moral education classes through the Ruhi Institute. She is currently a research assistant in the Family Research Lab at the Child and Adolescent Development Department at CSUF for a study called ‘Stress Reduction Techniques for Enhancing Parenting Skills’ performing video coding. She has a strong passion for serving diverse communities and facilitating groups with youth and junior youth addressing social issues and consulting ways in which she can give rise to their desire and independent passion to contribute to the well-being and growth of their community and the global community. She aims to continue her education in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis on Child and Family.

 

Ridvan Bruss, Board of Advisors

For 15 years, Ridvan has helped spearhead a social action initiative that seeks to help youth navigate the social forces in their lives and to see their group of peers as protagonists in their community's development. He has advanced the program and empowered young people of various backgrounds in Colorado, New York and California. In 2017, Ridvan earned his professional Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University, he currently works for an architectural firm in Irvine, California, and is an active member of the National Association for Office and Industrial Properties.

 

Trav Williams, Board of Advisors

Trav Williams is the founder of Paradigm Financial Planning, which specializes in Socially Responsible Investing.  He is an adjunct business professor and developed the course Sustainable Business Practices for Ashford University’s Forbes School of Business.  Trav is also a member of the Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment, the Interfaith Council of South Orange County, and the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Orange County East. 

 

Chitra Golestani Maghzi, Board of Advisors

Chitra Golestani Maghzi is an adjunct faculty at Antioch University in Los Angeles. She is an educational consultant, qualitative researcher, and a co-founder of the Paulo Freire Institute (PFI) at UCLA an organization committed to social justice education locally and globally. While at UCLA, Chitra worked as a researcher at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) on a nationwide study exploring 'student engagement’ and ‘professional development’ in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Oregon, and California public elementary schools. She has conducted research on social economic development projects in Latin America and Africa. Her dissertation, "Teaching for Social Justice and Global Citizenship," conducted in Los Angeles, explored how teachers employ best practices to effectively engage students in learning about social justice through dialogue in an integrative way. Currently, Chitra is writing grants with the Center for International Development and Education (CIDE) at UCLA for project development, teacher development, and research on peace and social justice, education, human rights, and global citizenship.

 

Susan Conforti, Board of Advisors

Rabbi Susan Conforti is a Board Certified Chaplain.  After studying at the University of California, Berkeley, and Purdue University, she attended seminary in Jerusalem and Cincinnati.  Her chaplaincy training and experience includes Trauma I centers and adult and pediatric hospitals and hospices.  She is trained in perinatal loss and compassionate care of the dying.  She also facilitates bereavement groups and provides individual pastoral counseling, and presents Judaism and End of Life seminars at conferences related to Ethics, Palliative Care, and Hospice.  Susan has been a member of interdisciplinary palliative care and hospice teams, and is responsible for spiritual and religious care for those at the end of life.  As lead chaplain at Hoag Hospital and as a board member of the Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council, she is active in promoting cooperation and celebrating diversity.

 

Michael Heinrich, Board of Advisors

Michael Heinrich was born and grew up in New York. He graduated from Fordham University in New York City and has tremendous experience in management, organizational development and marketing. He has worked with major US companies such as RCA records and Revlon. Michael has traveled throughout Africa, Europe, and Lived in Russia for a year during the reform period in the early 90’s. He is a veteran of the U.S. armed forces. Michael is currently working on water purification systems and innovative water filters for impoverished areas of the world. He has 3 daughters and currently lives in Los Angeles.

 

Sean Sanchez, Board of Advisors

Sean Sanchez has worked in the nonprofit field for 10 years mainly as a Fundraiser, Development Officer, Development Associate, and Outreach Director.  He has worked with a variety of nonprofits including the ACLU of Southern California, the American Liver Foundation, and the Parents Television Council.  He has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in his 10 years of experience and specializes in fundraising and fund development. Sean is currently in his 2nd year of a Master’s in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Capella University.  He has experience with strategic development, grant writing, major gifts fundraising, special event coordination, volunteer management, budgeting, and business planning.  Sean is also skilled in conflict resolution and mediation and is a certified mediator with 75 hours of training from Centinela Youth Services. 

 

Bridgette Schnider, Artist, Gilder, Mentor, Associate

Bridgette Schnider is an ornamental designer / artist who grew up in Idaho. She studied industrial design and has lived in Israel, Japan and China. While in China she worked on a variety of creative projects including teaching children virtues through music, visuals and skits, appeared on nationally televised talk shows and created interior wall paintings for private clients. She is the founder of Color & Gold LLC and Illuminated Inspirations LLC and has a design studio in Chicago in the north shore area. 

 

Wu Qianying, Mentor, Translator, Associate

Wu Qianying has many years of experience in education, translation and marketing. She worked as an English teacher in Shanghai University and translated a book which was published in China. She has translated many articles about education and development. These articles were published in Chinese and overseas media. She also worked in a Fortune 500 company as marketing specialist in Shanghaiconducting market survey and analysis for investment decision making. During 2002-2004, she worked in Canada as a specialist making marketing programs for world famous companies such as Western Union and P&G. Wu Qianying holds a Advanced Interpreter Certificate and currently lives in Shanghai.

 

For more information about our team, please contact: info@cbdus.org

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