SDI Staff

Executive Director

Rev. SeiFu Anil Singh-Molares, MTS

Rev. Seifu is the Executive Director of SDI and an ordained Zen Buddhist priest, as well as a practicing spiritual director/companion and motivational speaker. He is a veteran of numerous interfaith and interspiritual efforts over the years, including Seeds of Compassion in Seattle in 2008, where he was one of the chairs, and as founder and executive director of the Compassionate Action Network. He has a Master’s in Theological Studies from Harvard University.

Rev. Seifu is an accomplished speaker and university lecturer and is a key contributor for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. In a previous life, he was also an executive at Microsoft, where he successfully grew international groups and divisions and provided leadership to multi-cultural teams around the world.

Chief Operating Officer

Rory Briski

Rory is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience in management and consulting and brings a wealth of international expertise with key leadership roles in Sales & Marketing, Operations, Engineering and Executive Management. Rory has established himself as a thought leader in the fields of strategic planning and business development. He is also a best-selling author with several of his published books within the top 20 Amazon.com best seller lists. Rory is also an inventor with three issued US Patents. Rory is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer, and his perspectives have been featured in various newspaper, radio and television news reports on ABC, NBC, CBS, NWCN, KKNW, The Bellevue Business Journal, The Seattle Times, and others.

Director of Content & Communities

Steven Crandell

Steven guides SDI’s storytelling and local community-building — on our website, our blog, social media, in our webinars and through our SDI Communities program. He sees spiritual companions as the catalyst in an ongoing “contemplative revolution.” His unofficial job title is “Director of Encouragement.”

Creative Director

Matt Whitney

Matt is a multidisciplinary artist and educator who grew up in the Pacific Northwest and lives in Seattle. He works between drawing, painting, photography, video, design and illustration. He is the host of SDI’s weekly podcast, SDI Encounters, which engages in conversations around spiritual direction, contemplative practice, and spiritual care. He also works as a spiritual director and is certified by the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.

Creative Services Coordinator

Ann Lancaster

Ann grew up surrounded by spirituality and nature on an organic dairy farm in rural Wisconsin. She manifested a career in the tech industry after her graphic design studies took her from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh to her new home in Seattle, where she spent years working as a contractor for companies such as Microsoft and Google. When not immersed in front of a computer screen creating websites or playing video games, she can often be found at various concert venues throughout the world, basking in the beauty of live music. Ann is also a certified Reiki Master with dreams of working as a life coach for those experiencing challenging spiritual awakenings. She brings a potent blend of open-minded wonder and down-to-earth practicality to the design challenges at SDI.

Membership Services Coordinator

Marisa Carpenter

We are very happy to announce the return of Marisa Carpenter as SDI’s Membership Services Coordinator. (She worked in this position during 2017-18 – answering members’ questions and solving members’ problems with kindness and competence.) We love her calm demeanor, her can-do attitude, and her focus on attentive service. (She’s an awesome listener!) Before returning to SDI, Marisa worked as an aircraft dispatcher in Snohomish, Washington,  USA. (She’s now learning to be a pilot.) She says she’s grateful to be back in our community and is devoted to supporting our members worldwide. We are glad she decided to re-join the team. Welcome back, Marisa!

Membership Assistant

Alizabeth Rasmussen

Alizabeth is a spiritual director who brings wisdom, heart and efficiency to her part-time role helping Marisa Carpenter with the important work of supporting our SDI community, especially our members in 42 countries around the world. Alizabeth also serves as Meditation Facilitator, Writing Facilitator and Stroke Group Facilitator at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Washington, US.

Technology Support Assistant

Jonathan White

Jonathan joins SDI as its Technology Support Assistant. His passions led him to study at the SAE Institute of audio technology in the field of audio engineering. While in pursuit of his degree he took a role with CVS Health that has led him into a career in information governance. When not in front of his computer you can find him on the weekend mixing a live audio production for Mt. Zion Nashville which is a church organization in Nashville, TN with over 25,000 members. He enjoys producing music, playing video games, and riding his motorcycle. Jonathan says he feel so blessed to be a part of SDI and its community. He has settled in well and no longer feels himself a newcomer but a part of our family.

Member Support, Advertising

Reggie Dirnberger

If you want to advertise in any of the SDI publications, Reggie is an amazing resource. With years of experience in ad sales, abundant energy and a steely determination, she is a master of the art of the possible.

SDI Australia/Asia-Pacific Coordinator

Kristen Hobby

Kristen Hobby

Kristen is former chair of SDI’s Coordinating Council. She is a spiritual director, retreat leader and mindfulness teacher based in Singapore. She has just completed her work PhD thesis on the topic of young children’s spirituality.

Presence Journal Editor

Nick Wagner

Nick has been editor of Presence since 2001. He manages the entire team — editorial panel, authors, poetry editor, art editor, copy editor, proofreader, and graphic artist.

Presence Media Review Editor

Pegge Erkeneff

An author and spiritual guide, Pegge lives in the wilds of Alaska. She was the founding editor of Listen, and created that publication for ten years, along with donning many other SDI hats starting in 2004. She’s currently a storyteller for a school district spanning 25,600 square miles, and in her spare time takes thousands of photos on her iPhone, befriends wild critters, offers Reiki and healing touch, and loves to laugh. Her favorite place is on a beach, in a great convo, with a friend, stranger, or her pen and journal.

Poetry Editor

Jennifer (Jinks) Hoffmann

Jinks was born and raised in South Africa, but has lived with her beloved husband, her soul historian, in Canada since 1966. She is a retired psychotherapist, and is a spiritual director, poet and writer. She has numerous publications, primarily of poetry. Jinks was on the Coordinating Council of SDI from 2008 to 2014. Jinks’ favorite ways of paying attention to Mystery, and listening for guidance for the big and little things, are through dreams, reading, and poetry writing. She also studies the divine as she walks though her days, since clues for awakening are hidden everywhere, in plain sight. Jinks has nineteen grandchildren and nine great-grands, and counting.

Finance, Bookkeeping

Heather Gordon

Heather Gordon

Heather is the SDI bookkeeper extraordinaire – efficient, effective and direct.

Finance, CPA

Valerie Pickens

Valerie Pickens, CPA

Valerie has deep experience as a CPA. She is a valued advisor to SDI.