June 8 at 4:56pm

We Need Your Vote – 2016 Board of Directors Slate

Dear Faith Center Member of Interfaith Community Services:

A vital role of your membership in Interfaith is electing our Board of Directors. Our bylaws call for this annual election to occur at the June General Membership Meeting, which will be next week on Wednesday, June 15, 11:30am – 1:00pm at our Betty & Melvin Cohn Center headquarters in Escondido (550 W Washington).

The board slate listed below will be presented for General Membership vote and approval. Member faith centers may vote in person at the meeting or via proxy. Additional nominations may be made by the General Membership by contacting Interfaith Executive Director Greg Anglea or by reaching out to me directly. Nominations can also be made from the floor during the General Membership Meeting.

We look forward to your participation in this important aspect of your membership at Interfaith. We also have a great General Membership Meeting planned, with a comprehensive presentation on our newly expanded recuperative care program for homeless exiting local hospitals, a partnership with VA, Palomar Health, and Tri-City Medical Center.

Please note your attendance is extremely important we must have a quorum in order to vote.

The Interfaith Community Services Board of Directors presents the following board slate for vote and approval of the General Membership:

New Board Member(s):
Zeynep Ilgaz: Originally from Turkey, Zeynep Ilgaz and her husband immigrated to the United States with nothing but two suitcases, a love for each other, and a desire for entrepreneurship. They co-founded Confirm BioSciences, where Ilgaz serves as president. As the global leader in the field of lab and instant testing for drugs of abuse and health, Confirm BioSciences is committed to being on the cutting edge of offering new, service-oriented drug testing technologies. Ilgaz is an advisor to the National Institutes of Health Commercialization Assistance Program. She is a dedicated participant in the educational and entrepreneurial programs at San Diego State University and the Rady School at the University of California, San Diego; she serves as an advisory board member for the Entrepreneur Society at SDSU.

Kate McKone-Sweet: Kate is a Professor of Technology and Operations Management and the Faculty Director of the Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship at Babson College. She is also the author of over 30 articles and her book “The New Entrepreneurial Leader: Developing Leaders Who Shape Social and Economic Opportunity” (2011), co-authored with Danna Greenberg, Jim Wilson, details a new model for innovative leadership development. Kate has been engaged with her local communities through a variety of non-profits including the Greater Boston Feed Bank, Cradles to Crayons, Family Promise, SpeakEasy Stage Company, the Bethany House of Prayer and the Episcopal Church. She currently co-chairs the outreach committee at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. Kate is a mother of two children, Maya and Marcos, and the spouse of Rev. Mark McKone-Sweet. Her family moved to San Diego about 18 months ago.

Continuing Board Members up for Re-Election:
Vice-Chair Rev. Meg Decker: The Reverend Meg Decker was ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church in November of 1990. From the Diocese of Nevada, most of her time as a priest has been at Trinity Episcopal Church in Escondido, a founding congregation of Interfaith Community Services. Meg’s passions are for intergenerational ministries and faith formation in children, and for the place of creativity in any ministry. She has one daughter, Emily.

Stephen Smith: Stephen is an attorney and a partner with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith in San Diego, in addition to teaching as an adjunct professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. He specializes in health care law and devotes most of his practice to defending hospitals, physicians and nursing homes in professional liability cases. Stephen is married and has two children, enjoys traveling, coaching soccer and his work with Interfaith Community Services.

New and continuing board members will be elected to three-year terms. Terms will begin at the Interfaith Annual Meeting on September 20, 2016.

With great appreciation,

meg decker

Reverend Meg Decker
Vice-Chair Board of Directors, Chair of Governance Committee