The URI North America Leadership Council is a working board of up to 13 members who support the URI network in the US and Canada. They do this by providing strategic direction and helping to implement various programs and initiatives. The Leadership Council is made up of up to 13 voting members (3 Global Trustees, and up to 10 At-Large members) and one non-voting staff member.
The Council was formed in 2009 from members of URI North America Cooperation Circles and Affiliates. Since then, they have guided the development of a region-wide organization to provide support for the growth and strengthening of URI throughout Canada and the United States . The region has established itself as a corporation and has been approved as a tax-exempt 501(c)3 charitable organization by the US Internal Revenue Service.
To learn more about the Leadership Council and how to apply to serve on it, click here.
Adeola Fearon, Chair and Ex Officio Member of the URI Global Council
Founder, Charlotte Red Bench Garden
Charlotte, North Carolina
Adeola is a practitioner of Yoruba Traditional Spirituality; an intuitive healer, artist, coach and author with a passion for empowering individuals and all humanity. Her journey has allowed her to serve as a advocate for interfaith dialogues, human services and in various aspects of community development. Currently, Adeola is founder of the Charlotte Red Bench Garden Cooperation Circle, a member of the United Religions Initiative. Its purpose is to grow individual and communal capacities for love, forgiveness and compassion.
Fred Fielding, URI Global Council Trustee
Chair, Interfaith Center at the Presidio CC
Fred Fielding is the Chair of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio and joined the Leadership Council in January 2013. Fred has Master of Theological Studies degree with an emphasis on interfaith communication from The Church Divinity School of the Pacific. He also has professional experience in television and video production. Fred combines these skills with principles of Appreciative Inquiry to produce interfaith videos. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and son.
Johnny Martin, URI Global Council Trustee
Board Member, Arizona Faith Network
Johnny Martin is a student at Arizona State University (ASU) studying Religion, Public Life, and Conflict. He is the founder of Sun Devils Are Better Together (SunDABT), an interfaith student organization and URI Cooperation Circle at ASU. He is a board member of the Arizona Faith Network (also a URI Cooperation Circle). Johnny was a Young Adult Scholar with the North American Interfaith Network in 2015 and is a former Better Together Coach at Interfaith Youth Core. He is a convert to Islam and has been practicing Sufism since he became Muslim in 2014.
Rico Ocampo, Treasurer
Camp Anytown Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV
Rico Ocampo is the Director at Camp Anytown Las Vegas, a nationally recognized program that increases diversity and cultural awareness for youth. He is an experienced speaker, facilitator, and outreach coordinator. As a seasoned facilitator, he is passionate about advancing conversations regarding race and building authentic relationships across differences. In addition, Rico also serves as the Outreach Coordinator for Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, one of the most comprehensive service providers for thousands of homeless youth in the state of Nevada. Rico Ocampo currently lives in Las Vegas with his wife and two beautiful bi-racial sons.
Kate Sheehan Roach, At Large Member
Kate learned from an early age to appreciate, experience, and value multiple spiritual paths. She studied history as an undergraduate at Mount Holyoke College and then as a doctoral fellow at the University of Connecticut. After teaching at the college and secondary levels, she entered the publishing field in the history division at Bedford Books of St. Martin’s Press. She later served as founding editor of Contemplative Journal an online magazine for contemplatives of all walks, and then as managing editor at Patheos.com, the world’s largest spiritual and religious blogspot. She currently serves as Director of Content for ContemplativeLife.org, a digital hub committed to connecting people and communities with transformative practice. She is a certified Centering Prayer presenter with Contemplative Outreach and she serves on the national leadership team of 12 Step Outreach. She worships regularly with the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas and with an Interfaith Quaker gathering called The Holy Experiment. Kate lives on the edge of Philadelphia with her husband, two teenagers, and three furry family members.
Rev. Erin Tamayo, At Large Member
Arizona Faith Network
Rev. Erin Tamayo is a Presbyterian (USA) pastor residing in Phoenix, Arizona. She is a partner of Arizona Faith Network and a member of Tempe Interfaith Fellowship. Erin has served as a Faith-Rooted Organizer both in the Phoenix area and in Los Angeles, bringing people of different faiths together to build understanding and work together for a more just society. Erin holds bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Bilingual Education from Arizona State University as well as a Masters of Arts in Bilingual/ Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Rev. Tamayo currently serves as the Minister for Migrant Hospitality for the United Church of Christ Southwest Conference and Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest.
Ardey Turner, At Large Member
Circle of Healers MRCC
Ardey Turner is a Reiki Master, Healer, Trainer and Medical Intuitive. She has been a part of URI since 1998 in putting on two conferences at Stanford and at Carnegie Mellon for the charter signing. She formed the Multi- Region Circle of Healers CC. When she was chair of the Leadership Council, Ardey piloted a variety of experimental fundraising programs for the region.
Valeria Vergani, URI Global Council Trustee
Interspiritual Center of Vancouver Society
Valeria is a religious studies scholar and interfaith activist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was born and raised among the vineyards of Valpolicella, in Northern Italy, and lived in the Polish capital city of Warsaw for two years. She moved to British Columbia to attend Quest University Canada, where she studied contemporary expressions of Tibetan Buddhism in the kingdom of Bhutan. currently, she is pursuing a Masters degree in the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. She also serves as Interfaith Coordinator for City in Focus Foundation, an interdenominational Christian organization, and as a Director of the InterSpiritual Sustainability Society, a registered URI Cooperation Circle in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Felipe Zurita, Vice Chair
Golden Rule Project
Salt Late City, UT
Felipe was born and raised in northern Chile, in the Atacama desert on the beaches of the Pacific Ocean. After receiving his degree from Brigham Young University, and living around the world, he decided to call Salt Lake City, Utah home. Although new to the interfaith movement, Felipe has promoted peace through different organizations and positions since he joined the workforce. Currently, he is the Project Coordinator for Golden Rule Project, using various projects to promote peace, kindness, compassion, and empathy by bringing to remembrance the Golden Rule and the common elements we all share as human beings. When not working for Golden Rule Project, you can find him dancing with friends, hiking with his dog, Antonia, or traveling away.
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