Raman Singh, President

  • Raman SinghSikh: Gurdwara Sahib Mata Tripta
  • Board of Directors: Gurdwara Sahib Mata Tripta
  • Chair: IFLC Grant Committee
  • Member: IFLC Education Committee
  • Significant Work with WISDOM, World Sabbath, the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, along with Interfaith Power and Light
  • Regular panelist on the DPTV Program Interfaith Odyssey
  • Former Board Member: West Bloomfield School Board


Robert A. Bruttell, Chairman

  • Roman Catholic: Christ the King Parish, Detroit
  • Member: Interfaith Scholars Colloquy
  • Board Member: Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Board Member: Ecumenical Theological Seminary
  • Member: American Academy of Religion
  • Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies and History- University of Detroit Mercy
  • President: Bruttell Roofing, Inc.

Bishop Greg Geiger, Vice Chairman

  • Bishop, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Assistant Director: Detroit Area LDS Public Affairs
  • Convener of the Farmington Area Interfaith Association
  • Board member: Neighborhood House (a Farmington community relief agency)
  • Treasurer: Farmington/Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth and Families
  • Audit Committee Member: Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP)
  • President/CEO – 3rd Millennium Partners

Imam Steve Mustapha Elturk,  Treasurer

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  • Imam and President of the Islamic Organization of America (IONA)
  • Member: Religious Leaders Forum
  • Executive Board Member: Interfaith Center for Racial Justice (ICRJ)
  • Executive Board Member: American Red Cross Southeast Michigan Regional
  • Executive Board Member: Michigan Muslim Community Council (MMCC)
  • Co-Chair of the Imams Council of the MMCC
  • Adjunct Professor of Islamic Chaplaincy at Ecumenical Theological Seminary

Rev. Daniel Buttry,  Secretary

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  • American Baptist: Genesis Congregation , Royal Oak
  • Co-founder of Common World Alliance
  • Global Consultant for Peace and Justice: International Ministries, American Baptist Churches
  • International Conflict Transformation Trainer and Mediator
  • Former Pastor: First Baptist Church of Dearborn
  • Former Manager: Peace Program for National Ministries, American Baptist Churches
  • Author: Interfaith Heroes, Interfaith Heroes 2, Blessed Are the Peacemakers, Peace Warrior

 Members of the Board

Sumaiya Ahmed, Director

  • sumaiya-ahmedMember: Islamic Association of Greater Detroit (IAGD)
  • Oakland University graduate in Elementary Education, currently pursuing her Master’s in Special Education at Oakland University
  • Director of Operations at The Tutoring Center-Troy
  • Communications Director for the Michigan Muslim Community Council
  • Currently serving on IAGD’s Community Affairs Committee, Under the Shade Youth Committee, MMCC’s Youth Council and The Greater Detroit Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Council
  • President of Oakland University’s Muslim Student Association
  • ISNA Detroit’s Media Relations Chair
  • Member of STEM Education Board

Nancy Combs, Director


  • Elder and Member: Fort Street Presbyterian Church
  • Director of Community Health, Equity & Wellness at Henry Ford Health System
  • Major involvement with Henry Ford’s Equity, Faith-Based and Community Health Programs
  • Board of Directors: Matrix Human Services (Program Committee Chair), Interfaith Health and Hope Coalition
  • Past Board of Directors: Ecumenical Theological Seminary
  • Chapter Author for Stakeholder Health
  • MA in Religion: Yale Divinity School

The Rev. Canon Dr. William J. Danaher, Jr., Director

  • william-dananer-crRector of Christ Church Cranbrook
  • Canon for Interfaith and Ecumenical Relations for the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan
  • Professor of Theology, Ethics, and the Arts at Ecumenical Theological Seminary
  • Board Member: Samaritas
  • Member: Religious Leaders Forum
  • Former Dean: Faculty of Theology at Huron University College in London, Ontario
  • Former Professor: The General Theological Seminary in New York City and The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee

Rabbi Dorit Edut, Director


  • Founder, Detroit Interfaith Outreach Network (DION)
  • Founder, Greater Detroit Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Council
  • Former Family and Crisis Counselor
  • Former Teacher, Detroit and Redford Schools

Michael Hovey, Director

  • Member of: Gesu Roman Catholic Parish, Detroit
  • Coordinator of Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations for the Archdiocese of Detroit
  • Member:  Orthodox-Catholic Witness in Metropolitan Detroit
  • Member: Advisory committee of the Holocaust Educational Coalition
  • Recording Secretary: Religious Leaders Forum

Gail Katz, Director

  • Member: Temple Israel
  • Co-Founder and Past President: WISDOM
  • Past President: Kadima- Jewish Mental Health Agency
  • Chair: World Sabbath; Chair:  Jewish/Chaldean Social Action Initiative
  • Chair: IFLC Education Committee
  •  Advisor: Religious Diversity Journeys
  • Committee Member: Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment (SAJE)

David Kurzmann, Director

  • Kurzmann headshotExecutive Director, JCRC/AJC: A Partnership for Community Relations and Jewish Advocacy
  • Board Member: New Detroit
  • Member: Congregation Beth Ahm
  • Served as Assistant Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League in Chicago (2010-2015)


Lalitha Ravi, Director

  • Lalitha RaviMember: Sri Venkateswara Hindu Temple
  • Registered Dietitian, certified in prevention of childhood obesity and adult weight management
  • Publishes and presents for adults and children on healthy eating, dietary guidelines for chronic disease, and career development for dietitians.
  • Organizes yearly Woman’s Health Forum to address various health concerns and empower women to lead a healthy lifestyle.
  • Proficient in both South Indian Classical vocal music & Bharathanatyam dance; performed in both art forms for over 20 years in Bahrain, India, Germany and in the United States.
  • Has choreographed many dance shows for various community events, cultural programs and professional shows in and around the metropolitan city of Detroit.

John Silveri, Director

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  • Southeast Michigan Regional President of the Michigan Leadership Institute
  • Retired educator: served as teacher (Romulus); counselor (Romulus & Flat Rock); principal, Director of Human Resources, and Assistant Superintendent (Allen Park), and Superintendent of Schools (Marysville, Waterford)
  • Member: IFLC Education Committee
  • Former Board Member: Waterford Coalition for Youth, St. Clair County Intervention Academy, Marysville Chamber of Commerce, Detroit Metropolitan Bureau of School Studies
  • Former President: Rotary Club of Marysville, Wayne County Negotiators and Personnel Administrators’ Association

Dr. Trilochan Singh, Director

  • T. Singh.jpgSecretary, Board of Trustees: Mata Tripta Ji Gurdwara Sahib
  • Board Member: InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit
  • Member: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Professor Emuritus: Mechanican Engineering, Wayne State University
  • Member: The Combustion Institute


Nancy Thayer, Director

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  • Member: First Church of Christ, Scientist, Birmingham
  • Professor of Fine Arts: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Curator of the ‘Reflections of the Spirit’ exhibit
  • Curator of the ‘Sacred Treasures’ exhibit