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Our Staff

Jay Gibson – Vice President
jgibson@sef.org
Jay was appointed as Vice President of the Foundation in November 2014. Since 2001, Jay has been serving as a Shinnyo-en spiritual teacher and guide. He became an ordained Dharma teacher in 2007, and currently serves as Temple Manager of the Shinnyo-en LA Temple in Orange County, California. Jay is no stranger to the Foundation, having served on its Board of Directors from 2004-2007. He has also been a strong ally in the Foundation’s work, promoting Family Service Events in Southern California and Nevada, and presenting at the National Service-Learning Conference in 2014. Jay will continue in his role as Temple Manager while assuming responsibilities at the Foundation.

Ineko Tsuchida Ph.D. – Program Director
itsuchida@sef.org
Ineko joined the Foundation in October 2007. As Program Director, she oversees the Foundation’s grantmaking and all programs. In partnership with new and long-time associates and friends of the Foundation, she promotes the actualization of the Foundation’s Six Billion Paths to Peace initiative. Ineko also serves as liaison to leading academic institutions in peace education, peace studies, and service-learning as she directs the Foundation’s Shinnyo Fellowship Program. Ineko has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from San Francisco State University and a Master’s and a Ph. D. in Educational Psychology from UC Berkeley. Working at the Shinnyo-en Foundation builds on Ineko’s lifelong passion to improve the lives of children and their families.

Rene Encarnacion – Administration Director
rencarnacion@sef.org
Rene joined the Foundation in June 2014, with a background in operations and finance in both private industry (international banking, telecommunications, media) and in non-profit social enterprise. He serves in faith-based ministry and enjoys outdoor sports. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the Philippines and an MBA from Harvard.

Katie Miura – Program Associate
kmiura@sef.org
Katie joined the Foundation in July 2013. As Program Associate she supports the staff in running all of the Foundation sponsored programs, such as Shinnyo Fellows Program, Annual Retreat and service events, and the grantmaking process. After graduating from the University of Hawaii with a B.A. in Japanese, she moved to Japan to teach English for two years in rural Fukushima. Following the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, she volunteered with a disaster relief organization for several months, which ignited her passion for service and ultimately brought her to the Bay Area to support volunteer programs at organizations such as AIDS Walk and Kiva. She is excited to step into this role that combines her interests in philanthropy, youth and volunteering!