Speaker Biography

Weekly Guest Speakers

Dr. Hamid Peseschkian MD, DM, DMSc, IDFAPA, ECP

Dr. Peseschkian, a triple German Board-certified specialist in psychiatry, neurology, and psychotherapy, is the Managing and Academic Director of the Wiesbaden Academy for Psychotherapy, Medical Director of the Wiesbaden Psychotherapy Clinic, and President of the World Association for Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy. With extensive experience, he holds various international certifications and memberships, including recognition from […] Read More

Prof. Dr. Nancy Lee Harper

Nancy Lee Harper became a Bahá’í in Austin, Texas, in 1969. Since then, she pioneered to Argentina (1975-1977) with her husband Barron Harper and with their children and later to Portugal (1992-2013). Retiring from the Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal, where she was head of Piano, she now lives near family in Victoria, B.C., Canada. Professionally, […] Read More

Dr. Susan Maneck(Phd)

Dr. Susan Maneck is an accomplished Associate Professor whose academic journey is marked by a profound dedication to the exploration of diverse religious and historical themes. Holding a PhD in History from the University of Arizona, along with an MA in Oriental Studies from the same institution, and an AB in Religious Studies from the […] Read More

Dr. Necati Alkan (PhD)

Research Associate at University of Bamberg/Germany from 2015 to 2022; currently affiliated with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem/Israel I have been fascinated with Bahá’í Studies, especially history, since my youth. Studying Islamic Studies and History, then, at the university, opened new vistas for me. By learning Arabic, Persian and in particular Ottoman Turkish, beside my […] Read More

Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr.

Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr. is an enrolled member of the Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations and is an internationally recognized leader in human, community, and economic development.During the past 50 years, Chief Lane has worked with Indigenous Peoples from the Americas, Micronesia, South East Asia, China, India, Hawaii, and Africa. He served 16 years […] Read More

Mr. Mark Townsend

Mark Townsend’s life has been a remarkable journey filled with adventure, faith, and service. Born in 1952 in Kansas, Mark’s early years were marked by a deep sense of curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. It was this quest for understanding that led him to become a Bahá’í at the age of 17 in 1970. […] Read More

Mr. Earl Redmen & Ms. Sharon O’Toole

Sharon was born in Sitka, raised in tiny isolated village of Tenakee Springs, Alaska, went to high-school in Juneau, lived in Fairbanks, became a Bahá’í in 1969 in Douglas, Alaska. She pioneered to Hoonah, an Alaskan Native village, in 1970, and lived in Anchorage before returning to Tenakee in 1975 to manage her parent’s store, […] Read More

Mr. Steve Sarowitz

Steve is an accomplished executive producer of the film ‘The Gate’ and the founder/chairman of the board of Paylocity. He has a passion for the film industry, co-producing the film ‘Abdu’l-Baha in France’ through his media production company, Spring Green Films. Steve is also a committed philanthropist who actively supports various causes related to education, […] Read More

Mr. Hajir Moghaddam

Mr. Hajir Moghaddam has a BS in Biomedical Engineering and an MBA with a Finance focus. I’ve worked in Information Technology, software, and for the last 10 years as a fiduciary in Investment advisory services. Read More

Dr. Duane Troxel

Dr. Duane K. Troxel became a Bahá’í in Honolulu some 60 years ago. Since that time, he has twice pioneered to Nigeria, once to Poland and homefront pioneered on the Big Island, Hawai’i. He has served on two National Spiritual Assemblies and 18 Local Spiritual Assemblies. He has an earned doctorate from Temple University and […] Read More