Board of Directors

The Gaia House Interfaith Center Board of Directors includes representation from a range of religious affiliations, SIUC students, and at-large community members. Staff directors are non-voting ex-officio members. Current officers are Ross Bauer, President; Grace Darmour-Paul, Secretary; and Gillian Harrison, Treasurer. To apply to the board, please contact Ross Bauer.


Ross Bauer is the President of the Board.

Grace Darmour-Paul is the Secretary of the Board.

Gillian Harrison, Ph.D., MSW, is the Treasurer of the Board. She is a dharma teacher for the Kwan Um School of Zen, a member of the Providence Zen Center, a member of the Carbondale Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and a member of the Shawnee Dharma Group.

Fern Chappell is a member of the Board.

Ellen Jahn is a member of the Board.

Deborah Whittington is a member of the Board.

Emeritus Board Members

Hugh Muldoon served as Gaia House Interfaith Center director for more than a decade. He has worked with the Illinois United Ministries in Higher Education and the National Campus Ministry Association and is a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd (United Church of Christ) in Carbondale.

Yolan Presley served on the board from 2004-2010. Yo is a graduate of the SIUC Design Department, a retired businesswoman, a founding member of the Shawnee Dharma Group, an adviser to the Sunyata Center, and a member of the Carbondale Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Millie Hankla is a board president emerita. She is a member of the Cobden First Presbyterian Church and is active at various levels of the Presbyterian Church USA.

Al Parr is a board president emeritus. He came to attend SIUC in 1968 after serving in the Navy and earned a BS in Education in 1973. A retired SIUC civil service employee, Al spends much of his time photographing the SIUC Campus Lake. He is an elder at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Carbondale.

Bob Swenson, a board vice-president emeritus, is an architect who recently retired from his position as an associate instructor teaching architecture at SIUC. Bob was recently honored with an Illinois State Historical Society's Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a member of the Carbondale Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.