Our Interfaith Advisory Council represents many religions, including Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. The Council serves as an advisory group that helps Gift of Hope staff members better understand how to support the diverse families and hospital staff that we interact with. The Council also helps us identify educational needs within various religious communities. We are privileged to have such a distinguished group of religious leaders agree to be an intricate piece of promoting hope through the gift of life.
Shashank Atre, PhD
Shashank Atre, PhDRobert Morris University Illinois

Shashank Atre, PhD, is Professor of Natural and Physical Sciences at Robert Morris University Illinois in Chicago. He represents the Hindu faith on our Council.

Karen Danielson
Karen DanielsonMuslim American Society

Karen Danielson is Executive Board Secretary of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago and PACE, and Outreach Director for the Muslim American Society in Chicago. She represents the Muslim faith on our Council.

Becky Lorentzen
Becky Lorentzen

Becky Lorentzen represents the Baha’i faith on the Interfaith Council.

Rabbi Victor Mirelman
Rabbi Victor MirelmanWest Suburban Temple Har Zion

Rabbi Victor Mirelman is Rabbi Emeritus of West Suburban Temple Har Zion in River Forest, Ill.

Suzanne Martinez
Suzanne Martinez Advocate Health Care

Suzanne Martinez is Congregational Outreach for Advocate Aurora’s Illinois Northern Region; Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville and Advocate Sherman in Elgin. Suzanne represents the Roman Catholic Faith tradition.

Rabbi Michael Zedek
Rabbi Michael ZedekEmanuel Congregation

Rabbi Michael Zedek is Senior Rabbi at Emanuel Congregation in Chicago.

Fr. Domingo Hurtado-Badillo
Fr. Domingo Hurtado-BadilloSt. Alexius Medical Center

Father Domingo Hurtado-Badillo is Coordinator Chaplain at St. Alexius Medical Center, Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Shiva Singh Khalsa
Shiva Singh KhalsaSpirit Rising Chicago

Shiva Singh Khalsa is President/CEO of Spirit Rising Foundation in Chicago. He represents the Sikh faith on our Council.

Pastor Scott Onque
Pastor Scott Onque St. Luke's Missionary Baptist Church

Scott Onque is Pastor of St. Luke’s Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago.

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