LWIN Board of Directors
DAVID HALL - PRESIDENT
David is a renaissance man who grew up in an Orthodox Jewish home in New York. His parents were German immigrants who came to America in 1938.
He describes himself as "a global lover of humanity" and has extensive experience in growing non-profit organizations and in fundraising. He also holds the Guinness Book of Records for endurance whistling. Ask him about it!
TED BROWNSTEIN - Founder Member, Director & Treasurer
Ted is a Jewish-Christian-Baha'i living in Lake Worth with his wife, Chris. He holds a Master's Degree in Biblical Hebrew from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Currently, Ted serves on the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Lake Worth and teaches courses on Judaism, Christianity and Interfaith Dialogue at the Wilmette Institute. He is also the compiler of The Interfaith Prayer Book and author of Kinship of the Bible and Qur'an.
MAYA MALAY - Director & Secretary
Maya has a Masters degree in Theology, is a Pastoral Counselor, Loving Relationships Counselor, Rebirther and Buddhist Minister. Ordained as a Buddhist Ngakma, in the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, Maya has lead retreats and taught Buddhism, Meditation and other spiritual and personal growth courses and trainings for more than 30 years.
Maya moderates the Lake Worth Interfaith Network Global Enlightenment Meditation (GEM), a weekly meditation where experts and diverse faith leaders from around the world share and lead meditations.
The American Diabetic Association, Hospice, The Veterans Hospital, Florida Atlantic University are just a few of the many organizations that have invited Maya to speak. She has appeared on several television and radio shows, speaking about Meditation, its use for stress relief, Building Harmonious Relationships, Dream- study, Past-life Regression and Buddhism. She has been interviewed by The Palm Beach Post, Yoga Journal and Tricycle Magazine.
MARGOT EMERY - Director & Diversity Chair
Margot Emery has served as Managing Director of the Core Ensemble, a chamber music theatre group, for 20 years. During that time, local and regional touring of the ensemble’s chamber music and chamber music theatre pieces has expanded to include national and international work. The ensemble’s programs now reach every region of the U.S. and have been heard in Russia, Ukraine, the Caribbean, England and Australia. Under Ms. Emery’s tenure, the Core Ensemble has performed in such prestigious venues as the Guggenheim Museum, Central Park SummerStage, the Chautauqua Institute, the Boston Center for the Arts, Cambridge University (England) and the Queensland Biennial Festival in Australia. Past positions include Development Director for the USS Constitution Museum in Boston, Director of Development Services for the Palm Beach County Cultural Council and Palm Beach Development Manager for the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Emery holds diplomas from Laval University in Quebec City, Canada, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Ms.Emery is a Lay Minister at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Lake Worth, FL.
JASON FAIRBANKS - Director
Over seven years ago, Jason Fairbanks “came home” to First Congregational Church of Lake Worth after spending the previous three years serving First Congregational Church of Fort Pierce as pastor. For the previous nine years. Jason participated in the life and ministry of First Congregational Church of Lake Worth as a member. Jason also serves the community through his full-time job as an interfaith chaplain with VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, Inc. His mission is to invite as many people as possible into a life-changing relationship with a God of love who accepts them as they are and wants them to become everything they were created to be.
LUZ VAN MEEK - Director & Develpment Chair
Luz Van Meek, Ph.D. is a developmental-social psychologist who has devoted most of her professional life to working with underserved populations. To alleviate the needs of women and children, domestic and abroad, she has served in national, state and local boards including United Nations Women-USA, American Association of University Women and Child Welfare League of America, as well as numerous standing committees to build bridges in our communities particularly the Hispanic Jewish Community of South Florida and now at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Lake Worth Beach. She was the founder of the East Florida Chapter for UN Women to ameliorate domestic violence, combat human trafficking, and enhance economic stability and leadership among women and girls. She believes that in all we do, love is the ultimate gift of ourselves to others.
SAFIYA DEEN - Director
LWIN is proud to welcome Safiya as the newest member of our Board.
Safiya was born to parents from British Guyana, South America and was raised in Borough Park, Brooklyn, NY. After achieving a B.S. in Healthcare Administration from New York University, she joined Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s, Patient Accounts Department, where her career blossomed in 10 years. Safiya wanted to raise her family in an environment where she would continue her career and maintain her family, so she moved to South Florida. She has been a resident of Margate, Florida for the past 28 years. Safiya was an active member of the Margate Elementary Student Advisory Committee since 1999; a member of Masjid Jamaat Al’Mu-mineen (The Margate Mosque), and current President of the MJAM Ladies Group since 1997. Since 2001 she has been a member of the Coral Springs Multicultural Advisory Committee, and a member of JAM and ALL Interfaith since 2002. In addition, to being a wife and mother of two boys, she is an employee at Cleveland Clinic Florida Education Institute for the past 20+ years. Her role as graduate medical education coordinator takes her to all levels of medical education. Safiya makes it a point to enjoy the balance of both a career and family life.
“Love yourself, appreciate yourself, see the good in you, and respect yourself.”
CARLA BLOCKSON - Director
Carla is a many-talented community activist. A Baptist from a family line of Baptist ministers, Carla specializes in bringing diverse people together with food and fellowship.