Board of Directors

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.

 

Dirk Fulton

Treasurer

 

Dirk Fulton is a retired Bay Area real estate attorney. He and his wife, Becky Kukkola, currently own and operate a Napa Valley winery. Dirk has volunteered and raised funds for the Get On The Bus program since 2010. His past public interest activities include Vice Mayor & Councilmember (City of Benicia); President, Benicia School District Governing Board; and Board memberships for Solano Community Foundation, Sutter Solano Hospital Foundation, Solano County Tri-city Open Space Foundation, Carquinez Strait Land Trust, Solano Water Agency and Solano Transportation Agency.

 

Nicole A. Haggard, Ph.D.

Secretary

 

Nicole A. Haggard, Ph.D. is a research professor at Mount Saint Mary’s University in the Film, Media, and Social Justice program. She has spent the past fourteen years studying and contextualizing the intersection of race and gender in American culture and the media’s ability to impact society.

Dr. Haggard’s teaching style is based on a combination of self-actualization and unconscious bias. She believes, “If my student can learn more about themselves and their particular worldview through the eyes and ears of my classroom, then I have succeeded.”

Nicole brings this sentiment into her work outside of higher education. Through mission-vision consulting, cultural workshops, media diversity training, and more, Nicole strives to bring out in her clients a deeper understanding of themselves, the greater purpose of their work, and their relationship to the world around them.

 

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.


If you are interested in becoming a board member, please email lrivera@crjw.org.