Board President Pam Silverstein
Pam Silverstein was born in Houston Texas, where she attended college, medical school and residency. After a year-long stint in the Indian Health Service on the Navajo reservation, she and her husband finished residency training and chose to establish practice in Spokane in 1981. And after 33 years as a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist here in Spokane, she has just recently retired!
Pam and her family have been a part of Temple Beth Shalom and the Jewish community since their arrival in 1981. Balancing her love of obstetrics and gynecology was also her love of community, both the Jewish community and the wider Spokane community. She has been active on many boards, including Temple Beth Shalom (and president of the board twice!) Planned Parenthood, and Spokane Montessori Parent-Teacher Association. As president of TBS she was honored to work on an interfaith speakers’ bureau that brought Harold Kushner to Spokane as the keynote speaker, as well on a community-wide effort that brought the Anne Frank exhibit to Spokane, in the early 2000’s. She was pleased to participate in the global health community in the late 2000’s by teaching obstetric emergencies to healthcare providers in Rwanda and to complete a cervical cancer screening and treatment project there.
She is currently chair of the Religious Observance Committee at TBS. She and her husband Steve raised their daughter and son to love what they love about the Inland Northwest: skiing, hiking, biking, exploring the backcountry of this beautiful state. In addition she is a third degree black belt in martial arts, and loves to tinker around on the mandolin and clarinet, doing Irish and klezmer music (hobbyist only!).
She is delighted to be a part of SpokaneFāVS, as a part of the Interfaith Council, and to participate in the excellent work of bringing our diverse faith groups together to accomplish religious literacy and communication and to be “good neighbors” in our community.
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Vice President Skyler Oberst
After witnessing a religiously motivated act of hate, Oberst founded the Compassionate Interfaith Society on his undergraduate campus and began working with civic leaders to create a more pluralistic community in the greater Spokane area. Since then, he has spoken on the power of interfaith cooperation on college campuses internationally and at the White House, contributed to the Millennial Values project at the Berkeley Center at Georgetown University, and has been a research associate mapping out religious landscape of the Inland Northwest at the Pluralism Project at Harvard University. He currently serves as an Ambassador to the Parliament of World’s Religions, a Human Rights Commissioner for the City of Spokane and is the President of the Spokane Interfaith Council. He also works as a legislative staffer to the City Council in Spokane, where he lives with his partner.
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Treasurer Prabh Kochar
Prabh Kochar specializes in supply chain management, strategic negotiations and
business strategy and leadership. He currently works at Pearson Packaging Systems. He earned his MBA from Arizona State University.
Prabh is an active member at the Sikh Gurdwara of Spokane and speaks English, Hindi and Punjabi. He is originally from Ludhiana, Punjab and currently lives in Spokane Valley.
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Secretary Morgan Schmidt
Morgan moved from Denver, Colorado to attend Moody Bible Institute originally to get her Bachelor of Arts in intercultural studies and ended up graduating with her Associates in Biblical Studies. To fulfill her desire to work with other cultures, she found a church whose specific purpose is to reach the low income population of downtown Spokane. Through that she has gotten the opportunity to love relentlessly an extremely diverse people group. She has also started the youth ministry program at Mosaic Fellowship. As a youth leader, Morgan has the privilege of mentoring teens and pushing them toward their greatest potential to love and serve others with the gifts they have been given. She loves to encourage the teens to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
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At-Large Member Mark Hilditch: Mark Hilditch is happily retired after a 46-year work adventure
which included seasons of learning opportunities in business promotion, graphic design, pastoral leadership, senior care management, website marketing, and hospice education and promotion. He does copy editing and proofreading, serves on the board of directors of Feed Spokane, and provides development consulting for Vino y Aceite International (a network of 100 new churches based in Mexico.) Hilditch and his wife, Sharon, are part of New Community Church in Spokane.
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At-Large Member Admir Rasic
Admir Rasic was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina a few years before the start of the Yugoslav wars. He and his family and lived in Germany as war refugees before moving to the United States in 2000, making Spokane their new home. He is a proud dad of a young daughter and the son of a concentration camp survivor. “I am grateful to God for all of the blessings in my life,” he said. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in English Literature and enjoys playing soccer, reading books and meeting new people. His goal is to make the world a better place for his daughter.
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At-Large Member Debbie Selzer (on leave): Selzer is a lay minister with the Spokane Valley Community of Christ and a member of its pastoral leadership team. She holds a BA in Communication and most of her career has been in communication roles – corporate communication with Eddie Bauer and Group Health Cooperative’s corporate offices in Seattle. She’s also managed business and marketing for the Community of Christ campground in Prescott, Ariz., has done substitute teaching for the Post Falls School District, been a cook at Ross Point Baptist Camp and Conference Center and taken on executive assistant/communications positions for Community of Christ’s Inland West Mission Center and Heritage Congregational Church in Spokane. Currently she’s full time administrative coordinator for Principal Financial Group in Spokane Valley.
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