Meet Us!

Our Team

 

 

Lynette Slaman Garcia Senior Editor, Co-Founder and Assistant Web Designer

 

Lynette grew up in the small Wisconsin town of Boscobel, home of the Gideon Bible. There she enjoyed many of the outdoor sports that Wisconsin had to offer, with exception to swatting mosquitoes.  Lynette was a solo classical clarinetist, played baritone and tenor saxophone and loved to sing.  She enjoyed playing basketball, softball and running in track while in high school.  After attending college at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Platteville, she moved to sunny California.  There she met and married Fernando Garcia and they had two children.  While the children were still young, Fernando passed away due to brain cancer.  Lynette remarried years later to Roger and enjoys being  step-mother to her step-daughter.  

 

Lynette furthered her education in Small Business Manager and Bookkeeping. She worked in the automotive industry for 12 years as a Business Development Center Director, Toyota Master Certified Customer Relations Manager and Certified Nissan Fleet Manager. She eventually returned to college and became a Certified Licensed Vocational Nurse. Suffering a spinal injury while assisting a patient, she retired from work.

 

Lynette became a Baha’i in 1989 and has served in various elected and appointed positions.  Some of her teaching efforts included maintaining a volunteered position as Baha’i Representative at California State University-Long Beach (Interfaith Center) on behalf of the local Baha’i community for several years, developing and coordinating ongoing educational and social panel discussions highlighting a Baha’i perspective, and serving as a trained facilitator for the Regional Teaching Institute.

 

 

Mel Silva Co-Founder and Senior Strategist

 

Mel was born in Durango Colorado and raised on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in Southwest Colorado. He is an avid fly-fisherman and enjoys golf so much that he has his own putting green right out his backdoor.  Mel found the Baha’i faith very early in life and dedicated himself to teaching it far and wide. At the age of 15 he enrolled in the Faith and began to travel.  His travels took him to most of the Indian reservations in the Southwest, the San Luis Valley of Colorado, along the New Mexico Texas and Mexican border, Alberta Canada, among the various Native Reserves and Métis Colonies and eventually the Lewis Gregory Baha’i Institute in South Carolina.

 

Mel attended the first Radio Baha’i School in 1979 in Puerto Rico, after which he earned his Federal Communications Commission’s Radio License, and ended up staying In Puerto Rico as a pioneer for 10 years. He traveled taught extensively throughout the islands of the Caribbean. In the mid-1980s his travels took him to Puno Peru in order to build a tower and install a wind generator to power the Radio Baha’i station in there.  Mel’s early career in the culinary arts landed him a job in one of the finest resorts in Puerto Rico as a Chef; this was very advantageous to him as it afforded him an off-season in which to travel the world. Ultimately Mel founded a company in Puerto Rico called New Era Communications. It began as a language training Institute and quickly morphed into the leading microcomputer consulting firm in the Caribbean.

 

In 1982 Mel married Mahvash Sheshbaradaran and eventually had three children: Ruhi, Tali, and Quddus. The family returned to the Reservation in 1985 where they have operated Waci-ci Trading Company for the last 30 years. He is currently preparing to go international pioneering again.

 

 

Mike Moum  Webmaster and Content Manager

 

 Mike has been interested in things scientific, theological, and philosophical for most of his life. He was born in Fargo, North Dakota, and graduated from high school in Bismarck, North Dakota. Enrolling in the University of North Dakota, he graduated with a major in philosophy and a minor in math, eventually returning to get a degree in an employable field, civil engineering.

 

When personal computers hit the world, he started with an Apple II+, and taught himself how to program in Basic, and moved along in the computer world by upgrading to a new computer every two or three years, teaching himself Pascal, C, Python, html, css, php, sql, javascript, jQuery, and whatever else was needed for whatever he was doing at the time. All of his computers have run Linux for the last 15 years or so, making his life much less stressful than it otherwise would have been. Most of his web development is done using WordPress, with some dabbling in Joomla, and a custom site for Baha’i summer school registration done from scratch, mostly for the same reason that some people climb Mt. Everest.  

 

Mike is responsible for most of the techie stuff for bahaistudiesinthecovenant.com, allthingsbahai.net, and that sites forums. Mike has been a member of the Baha’i Faith since the early 70’s and is currently serving in various elected, appointed and volunteer positions.  

 

 

Jeanine H.  Social Media and Forum Manager 

 

Jeanine was born in Houston, Texas, USA when it was not yet the 4th largest city in the nation. While attending Rice University, she became a Baha’i, after long consideration, on the first day of the Fast (despite helpful suggestions from some Baha’is that if she just waited until Naw-Ruz to declare…).

 

After college, she joined the Peace Corps and served in Togo, West Africa for 5 years. During that time, she got her “Mrs” degree by marrying a fellow volunteer from the States. Part of her service was also spent developing a hands-on health education curriculum with her fellow Peace Corps training group in cooperation with local teachers and experts in tropical medicine. This subject was introduced into public schools at the elementary school level along with a training component. Teachers were taught to present lessons in an experiential, hands-on manner so that students would be able to create nutritious meals, avoid contaminated water sources, understand common disease vectors, and deal with other realities of their daily lives.

 

Upon returning to the States, she completed her graduate course work in International Health at Purdue University but a move to another state along with the birth of her second child put the kibosh on completing her Master’s thesis. She still refers to this as having 9/10ths of a Master’s degree. She currently lives in Mississippi, USA, and is actively working with youth, junior youth, and local like-minded groups. She is also a trained facilitator for the Bridges out of Poverty program.

 

 

Authors

 

 


Dana Paxson
Dana Paxson writes all sorts of things: electronic authoring and publishing software innovations; patent application drafts for law firms; essays on innovations in clean energy, water supply, education, social change, physics, astronomy, and religion; course mini-lectures for online classes; technology magazine articles; studies on topics in the Bahá’í Faith; poetry; and fiction.   His own e-publishing patents embrace a single, portable, easy-to-use, Web-friendly presentation of literature and knowledge.

 

Four of his stories, science fiction and fantasy, appeared in Science Fiction Age magazine during its ascendancy in the 1990s.  His tales often stand with one foot in a particular genre and another foot somewhere else.  He blames this on his omnivoracious reading habits and his crazed-spiderweb thinking.

 

He studies mathematics, medieval and modern poetry, astronomy, molecular neurobiology, linguistics, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and a few languages. He has a B.S. in Design in art, and a B.A. and M.A. in mathematics.

 

He has acted, sung, and danced in Gilbert and Sullivan productions, created abstract-constructionist works of art, provided voiceover narration in films, and designed and built monster spreadsheet models of large-scale computer systems. He has taught online courses on Tolkien, da Vinci, and Picasso. He has been a member of the Bahá’í Faith since 1963, and has served on local Bahá’í governing institutions much of that time.

 

Watching him, his wife is not bored. Neither are his friends.

 



Iain S. Palin 
Studied at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (his native city) where he gained an Honours B.Sc. before going on to complete his medical degree. He worked in Scotland and in Northern Ireland as a physician, medical educator, and forensic medical officer, and is now retired and living in Londonderry (Derry) NI. He became a Bahá’í in 1968 and has served in a number of positions in the Bahá’í community at local, regional, and national levels. His particular fields of interest are the history of science and medicine, and the relationship between science, reason, and religion, and he has delivered courses on “Science and Religion” at Bahá’í summer schools and residential events.

 


Tricia Hague-Barrett
Is a New Zealand Bahá’í and applied for membership in 1973. She has served in many capacities, including as Public Relations Officer and was appointed an Archivist in 3 communities. She has served on several Spiritual Assemblies. She is a published author and poet, has written an Autobiography, and she has helped produce and been one of the voices on “Bahá’iTime” on Community Radio. She has created several video presentations for YouTube. Tricia studied art with The Learning Connexion in Wellington, NZ receiving a Diploma of Art & Creativity. An artist with multiple talents in Pottery, Sculpting, Painting, chanting and other arts, she has also tutored art with little children as well as adults. She was invited to go to the Marshall Islands to help create 52 radio programs based on the Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh (2004) Her love of art has seen her create posters, pamphlets, and articles during her lifetime, and of course many other things to help further the Cause of Bahá’u’lláh. A mother of 5, grandmother of 12, and a great grandmother of 2.