Chair – (Elected November 20, 2020) Paul E Nelson is a poet & interviewer. He founded the Cascadia Poetics LAB & the Cascadia Poetry Festival. Since 1993, CPL has produced hundreds of poetry events & 700 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 Haibun de la Serna (2022), A Time Before Slaughter/Pig War: & Other Songs of Cascadia (2020), American Prophets (2018, interviews 1994-2012) American Sentences (2015, 2021) A Time Before Slaughter (2009) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (2013). Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia, Samthology: A Tribute to Sam Hamill, Make it True meets Medusario 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.
Ralph Davila (Acting Treasurer) belongs to the Subud 50-year club. He’s held a variety of administrative positions for Subud: both locally & regionally, served as a local & regional helper & has been both a participant & developer of several Subud enterprises. Currently the Rental Coordinator for Subud Santa Cruz “Centerprise” Ralph’s media career began as the Business Manger for a Country/Rock band. He later built his own marketing/sales/magazine distribution business, partnering with major retailers in the U.S. During that same time, Ralph acquired a bookstore/newsstand. After selling his businesses, Ralph went to work for a non-profit media reform organization whose purpose was to expand the power and influence of independent magazines to an “underserved community” i.e. all of us. For fun and peace of mind, Ralph listens to music, builds projects at Burning Man, enjoys camping, river rafting, cooking and travel to faraway places. Ralph is happily married (49 years) with 4 amazing adult children 2 fantastically fabulous grand children.
Lawrence Pevec – (Vice Chair)
I was born in North Eastern Ohio, on a small farm where I enjoyed a rural, natural childhood that involved playing hard in nature; camping, hunting, swimming in the creeks, and working on local farms in the summer. After high school I attended The Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio and spent four years there. I developed a lifelong appreciation for all aspects of art, design and culture that became my career and spanned several design disciplines including graphic design, interpretive and commercial exhibit design, interior design, architecture, and, finally, motion picture production design. I designed sets and props for TV series, movies of the week, and feature films. My fine arts activities included creation of a body of work while living in Portugal and later in Portland. I went back to school in 2003 to acquire a MA in Leadership and Training at Royal Rhodes University in Victoria, BC. I currently live in Boulder, Colorado, have a small business and enjoy working with World Subud Association Archives editing video contributions to the archives collection.
Sanderson Morgan lives in Eureka, California and is a member of the Subud California at Arcata Center. At Arcata he is currently the Center Chair, House Co-ordinator and a Men’s Helper. He served as a California Regional Helper 2010 to 2014. Sanderson taught Art at Humboldt State University from 1980 to 2010 with a specialization in Museum Studies and a secondary teaching area of drawing.
From 1980 to 2005 he was the Director of the Reese Bullen Gallery and produced and curated 6 to 7 exhibitions a year. Prior to this he worked at the University Art Museum at the University of California (now the Berkeley Art Museum). With a BFA and MFA in Painting (Lone Mountain College and Art Academy College, now University) San Francisco, he maintains a studio practice and exhibition activity as both an artist and as a curator. He joined the SICA-USA Board on January 17, 2021.
Lauren Woodward Stanley is a practicing architect, advocate of nature in cities, outdoor enthusiast, and dabbling artist. She lives with her husband Lars, another architect and blacksmith, and two sons in Austin, Texas. A native east coaster, she found herself in Texas for grad school, the Pacific Northwest for 9 years, and bouncing back to central Texas in 2005, where she continues to create the home base she shares with her family, a two-acre compound that includes their residence, studio, metal shop, and permaculture-based gardens. While making buildings and spaces remains her career focus, she allows herself much divergence, following other pursuits like writing, playing music, yoga and long walks, and lots of civic engagement. She is a proponent of sustainable living, thinking across disciplines, deep ecology, idea brainstorms, art that breathes, and planting trees.
Kristiana Kalab – (Secretary) I’ve always been a mover and a shaker. I fell in love with the Dance in college and went on to teach, choreograph, perform and produce dance concerts when I moved to NYC, and later NJ. In 1979, nine months after my opening at SUBUD NY, I attended the World SUBUD Congress in Toronto. During one of Bapak’s talks, I discovered the need for a new name. I announced to Bapak in a letter, that I was a dancer, teacher and choreographer and would like to have my true Christian name. Subud friends asked if I wanted my spiritual name or a stage name. As far as I was concerned, they were one in the same thing. To date the name Kristiana has been serving me well as a performing arts advocate and an ever-evolving human being.After Toronto, I joined the SUBUD NY Board of Directors as Vice Chair. While at SUBUD NY, I served as a Helper, Café Coordinator, and Center Chair. I facilitated SICA events, SNY member art shows, performance, and discovered Jerry Chalem’s beta-cams of 250 interviews of members’ “Memories of Bapak” under the stairs in the Library. Subsequently, I went on to raise funds to digitize them all. Beyond the local level, I contributed to performances at World Congresses at Anugraha, Spokane, Puebla and Freiburg. I organized a childcare/teen program at the SUBUD USA Congress in Cullowee, NC while SEC Vice-chair. Most recently, I served as the SUBUD USA 2020 Congress Chair—a lot of prep work, no Congress! What a blessing the Latihan has been through PANDEMIC times. As a result of Paul Nelson’s PNW Zoom meeting after virtual Latihan, I was lead to initiate and moderate SUBUD Sisters USA Zoom meeting in the early days of the PANDEMIC. Later, I found volunteers to carry on the outreach, once I was no longer able.
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.
Jim Dehner Bio
I was born and raised in Burlington, Iowa, attended Iowa State University and earned a degree in anthropology. In 1977 my wife and I joined the Peace Corps and moved to Afghanistan to teach at Kabul University. After our service ended we traveled to Indonesia and stayed at Wisma Subud in Cilandak. It was there I learned about Subud and was subsequently opened. Back in the U.S. my wife and I earned our teaching certifications and began teaching at the secondary level. In 1988 our family, which now included daughter Maya, left for Bolivia for our first international school teaching post. For the next 30+ years we worked in various international schools in South America, Southeast and South Asia and North Africa. I taught social studies and photography, primarily at the secondary level, until eventually becoming a secondary school principal. Now, happily retired, I’m living in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I love to travel, especially when I can do so on my motorcycle. I also enjoy mountain biking and rowing. However, my greatest joy comes from serving my Subud sisters and brothers as a National Helper.