New SICA-USA Team
SICA-USA, one of the wings of Subud-USA, has several new board members. Thanks to deft organizing by Chair (& master cellist) Hamilton Cheifetz, at last November’s annual Menucha retreat, new blood is infusing SICA with energy and ideas.
Chair – Hamilton Cheifetz has been described in Fanfare Magazine as “unquestionably a magnificent player” for his solo recordings, and he has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as in Europe, Australia and Asia. Recent concerts include an appearance as guest artist with the Takacs Quartet, and he is professor of cello at Portland State University and a founding member of the Florestan Trio with Carol Sindell and Janet Guggenheim. Videos online at hamiltoncheifetz.com, and downloads and CDs available on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.
Vice-Chair – At an early age Halimah Bellows became aware of her natural ability to listen to people non-judgmentally as well as her desire to be of service to others. In her life as an educator, a career counselor and a coach, she has been able to marry her fascination with people’s stories with her deep interest in the world of work. A Pacific Northwest and California-based career/coach for more than 20 years, Halimah Bellows holds an MA in English Language Teaching from the University of Exeter, an MS in Counseling Psychology from San Francisco State University and received training at The Coaches Training Institute and Retirement Options to become a Certified Retirement and Professional Coach. Author of Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work and creator of Career Quest Cards, she is a seasoned workshop presenter, group facilitator and talk show guest. Halimah is currently working as an English as a Second Language instructor at South Seattle College as well as maintaining a private practice as a Career Counselor, Life and Retirement coach. A long time Subud member, Halimah was opened in New York City and has been part of a Subud group in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Indonesia and now Seattle where she has lived for over 25 years. She is currently a local helper and has served as Regional Helper for the Pacific Northwest for 10 years. She has also served on local committees acting as Secretary and as an at large member. Halimah has also offered workshops at Subud events which have always been well received.
Treasurer – Rosetta Koach.
In her youth Rosetta spent lots of time doing art: drawing, painting, ceramics, cake decorating, stringing necklaces, writing poetry and short stories, working at the Dickens Christmas Faire in San Francisco, hanging out with the jugglers and street performers in Golden Gate Park and around Fishermen’s Wharf in San Francisco. She loved participating in many styles of dance: Viennese style waltzes, square dances, contra line dances, and free style to the music of the day. Rosetta presently works as a massage therapist, naturopathic physician, and healing arts teacher. In 2000 and 2001, Rosetta has served on the boards of the OANP (Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians) and the first CVCS – PTSA (City View Charter School – Parent, Teacher, Student Association.) She took up dancing to African marimba music when her husband became a band member of Boka Marimba in 1994. In 2003, Rosetta and her family moved to a small farm in Beaverton, Oregon. There with her husband and two children, Rosetta is learning about raising animals naturally, growing organic foods, and parenting. She also still enjoys going to theater and concerts especially when supporting her now teenage son’s artistic talents. She brings to the SICA board a background in accounting and running her own business for more than 28 years; experience as a childcare provider, educator, and mother; an open heart, love of different cultures and the arts; and her spiritual understanding from being a member of Subud.
Secretary – Paul E Nelson is a poet & interviewer. He founded SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival. Since 1993, SPLAB has produced hundreds of poetry events & 600 hours of interview programming with legendary poets & whole systems activists including Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Diane di Prima, Brenda Hillman & many others. Books include American Prophets (interviews 1994-2012) American Sentences (2015) A Time Before Slaughter (2009) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (2013). Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia and 56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards. Winner of the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from The Capilano Review, he is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia, lives in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood, in the Cascadia bioregion’s Cedar River watershed and serves as literary executor for the late poet Sam Hamill.
Michal Brownell is a National Helper liaison to SICA. She was opened in 1972 in Bangkok and has been a Regional Helper on the East Coast of the U.S. and in London, UK. Married with 4 kids (2 in Subud) she has lived in Europe and Asia. She’s worked as teacher, waitress, reporter, copy editor, editorial assistant, is retired and living in coastal Rhode Island.
The ongoing page for the SICA board is https://sica-usa.org/sica-usa-team/ and new board members are welcome. If you’re interested, the contact page for SICA-USA is also: https://sica-usa.org/sica-usa-team/