John Kalin, Board Chair
John Kalin, a plaintiff’s personal injury attorney in San Francisco, has volunteered with his wife Cathy for Get On The Bus since 2009 serving as Bus Coordinator and leading the Prison Event Team at San Quentin last year. In addition to his volunteer work for GOTB, John’s pro bono legal service and public interest activities have included Board Member of the San Francisco Playhouse, Board Member of Larkin Street Youth Services, Board Member of San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center and California Department of Corrections State Board of Prison Terms Attorney Referral Panel.
John Storm, Vice Chair
John Storm is the Director of Catholic Restorative Justice Ministries for the Diocese of Santa Rosa. He is a Deacon of the Catholic Church and was ordained in 2012. John presently serves as the diocesan director of Catholic Restorative Justice Ministries for the diocese. Since 2017, he has been an advisor to the Restorative Justice Committee of the California Conference of Catholic Bishops and is a member of the San Quentin Advisory Council for KAIROS Prison Ministry. John Storm is the Director of Catholic Restorative Justice Ministries for the Diocese of Santa Rosa. He is a Deacon of the Catholic Church and was ordained in 2012. John presently serves as the diocesan director of Catholic Restorative Justice Ministries for the diocese. Since 2017, he has been an advisor to the Restorative Justice Committee of the California Conference of Catholic Bishops and is a member of the San Quentin Advisory Council for KAIROS Prison Ministry.
Prior to ordination, John worked as an investigator for the Probate Division of the Sonoma County Superior Court for five years and was a federal probation officer in the Northern District of California, and a deputy probation officer for two California counties, working in corrections for over 35 years. During his career, John was a lecturer at the University of San Francisco and on the adjunct faculty of the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Academy. He is a co-author of two U.S. Probation Office training manuals and author of the article “What U.S. Probation Officers Do” published in Federal Probation Quarterly (March 1997).
Deacon John Storm is a native of San Francisco and a graduate of St. Ignatius High School and the University of San Francisco. He was awarded a Master of Justice Administration degree from Golden Gate University and is also a retired U.S. Army Reserve officer. John is married and resides with his wife in Santa Rosa, California. Together, they have assisted with Get On The Bus for over five years.
Frank Tinajero, SVD, Board Member
Frank Tinajero, SVD was born and raised in East Los Angeles. He began his religious training with the Society of the Divine Word in the innovative formation program at Casa Guadalupe, “el seminario del barrio.” Fr. Tinajero’s educational background consists of the area of clinical psychology and spirituality. He has served at various municipal, state and federal penal institutions at all levels of security for over thirty years. He currently lives with his religious community in Los Angeles while assisting various parishes in pastoral ministry.
Teresa Lynch, CSJ, Board Member
Teresa Lynch, CSJ is currently the principal of Saint Anne Parish School in Santa Ana, CA and a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Los Angeles. Sister has been involved in education for most of her religious life. In 2001 she worked with others to establish a dog program at CIW which has now expanded to include Orange county dog shelters and juvenile detention centers. Teresa has been active in Get On the Bus for the last 11 years, serving at different times as a bus coordinator for Long Beach and South Central areas, always with her camera helping to take candid photographs for Get On the Bus publications. She has been a board member for three years.
Imam Abdul Hafiz, Board Member
Imam Abdul Hafiz attended Tuskegee University in Alabama where he graduated in 1973 with a B.S. in American History minor in Journalism. In 1977 Imam Abdul Hafiz returned to Gary Indiana and was asked to serve as Imam at Al Amin Masjid (formerly the headquarters of the MSA), in 1978 he became a member of the first formal Imam training for American born Imams sponsored by the Muslim world league, taught by Alims from several Muslim nations. In 1980 he was granted a scholarship to study Arabic for non-Arabs at King Saud University in Riyadh Saudi Arabia. He completed the Arabic study program and entered the University department of Islamic Education. He returned to the United States in 1986 and in 1987 was hired as one of the first Muslim Chaplains to work full time as staff Chaplain in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He served as staff Chaplain at U.S. Penitentiary Lompoc California from 1987 until December 1989, he served as Staff Chaplain and Supervisory Chaplain at Federal Correctional Institute at Terminal Island until retirement in 2009 . and as Supervisory Chaplain at the Metro Detention center in down town Los Angeles from 2002 until December 2009. Imam Abdul Hafiz was recognized as a subject matter expert on Islamic practices in a Correctional environment and is highly recognized throughout the United States among Correctional Administrators and Professionals and regularly consulted.
Imam Abdul received National Chaplain of the year award recognition (1996) by the Federal Bureau of Prison, FCI Terminal Island Staff Correctional Worker of the year in 1995,The Director of the Bureau Prison award in 1998, Orthodox Jewish Rabbinical counsel of Los Angeles recognition 2004, proclamation from Los Angeles County Commissioners for working with inmates of all faiths 2004, Proclamation Los Angeles City Council 2004 for special service to people of faith incarcerated, Chaplain of the year Aleph Institute (ultra-Orthodox National Jewish organization that serves inmates in all jails and prisons across the U.S and the Military ) in 2008 , and the Western Regional Director of Federal Bureau of Prison award 2009 . He serves on the Advisory Board of N-Action family Network; an organization that works with children in homeless families. In the fall of 2012, he became Director of the Southern California Shura council Prison outreach program. In June of 2019, he became resident Imam at Masjid Al Shareef in Long Beach CA.
Dr. Connie Ireland, Board Member
Dr. Ireland is a Professor at the department of Criminology, Criminal Justice & Emergency Management at California State University, Long Beach. Her research is in the area of corrections, with focus areas in collateral consequences of incarceration, both for inmates and their families, as well as impacts on those employed in the field, and on victims and communities. Her courses include Corrections (prisons), Research Methods, Ethics, Probation & Parole, Correctional Environments (Jails on Wheels), Get On The Bus (service learning class bringing children to visit incarcerated parents), and Collateral Consequences of Incarceration. Dr. Ireland has been serving GOTB and its mission for over 7 years.
Lois Lengel, Board Member
Lois Lengel comes from a professional background, with management and executive experience. She served as director at a retail company for 15 years and as the CEO and Board President of the Good Shepherd Shelter. Lois has been involved with CRJW for the past 6 years as a Bus Coordinator, Regional Coordinator, and volunteer trainer. Additionally, Lois is a volunteer and sponsor of youth at the Camarillo Correctional Facility, and has been a Ventura County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for Foster Children for the past five years. Lois has always had a drive for working with disadvantaged youth, and is passionate about serving CRJW families.
Dr. Claudia Lopez, Board Member
Dr. Claudia Maria López is an Assistant Professor in the department of Sociology at California State University, Long Beach. With a Ph.D. in Sociology, she researches displacement and globalization. Her current projects study internal forced migration in Medellín, Colombia and housing instability and health in Southern California.
Dorinda Upham, Board Member
Dorinda Upham has been an educator for over 30 years. She taught High School Religion in the Los Angeles Archdiocese and currently teaches in the Orange Diocese at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. Dorinda has been involved with Get On The Bus since the late 1990’s. She is an active member of WOW (Women of Wisdom) and serves as Co-Chair of DPFOC (Death Penalty Focus Orange County). Over the years Dorinda has remained a committed volunteer, serving the poor, disenfranchised, and ministering to the imprisoned.
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