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Community Recognizes GHBIC Leaders

President, Marsha Rechsteiner

Marsha has been a member of the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council for 3 years. She is an active member of the Sts Simon and Jude Catholic Community. She has served there in numerous Leadership roles over the last 25 years. She continues to be very involved in the annual Community Service Day sponsored by GHBIC.

Marsha and her husband Brian (Retired Board of Trustee for the HB City School District for 24 years) were both very active, in the Huntington Beach School District, both Elementary and High School. Marsha still works as an Educational Consultant for Chancy and Bruce Educational Resources. Marsha and Brian have been married 45 years and have 2 married children, Julie and Erik, as well as 2 granddaughters and 1 grandson.

Vice President, Pastor James Anthony Boger

Pastor Anthony is a graduate of Oakwood University, with a B.A. in Theology and Business Administration; he later earned a Masters of Divinity from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI with a concentration in non-profit organizational management. Ordained in the SDA Church,1986.

Pastor Anthony is most noted for his creative style of leadership as it pertains to congregational empowerment, community development, economic development and ministry to those broken by life challenges. His strengths are in the areas of relationship management, vision building, and implementation through leadership training and team building. Furthermore, he is a noted teacher of cross-cultural and multi-cultural ministries.

He has successfully written and received funding for numerous human service grant request that developed after school programs reaching at-risk children and youth, television ministries with the Trinity Broadcasting Network, and community outreach to homeless families throughout Los Angeles-Orange County basin.

He is uniquely trained, called, experienced and appointed to do the work he does with an undying passion to simply “love God” with all his heart and to “love mankind” with the same passion. His life experiences by God’s grace, education and social influences have defined him and sets him apart as a trusted authority on godly love, acceptance and ministry without barriers.


Associate Director of New Ministries and Revitalization for the California Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church.


  • Lead Pastor – Surf City Church UMC, Huntington Beach, CA (July 2015-June 2018)
  • Executive Pastor – The Fount, Fountain Valley, CA (April 2012-June 2015)
  • Lead Pastor – Welcome Christian Center, Huntington Beach, CA (Oct. 1999-Mar. 2012)
  • Chief Operating Officer- Del Richardson & Associates, Inglewood, CA (June 2010–Mar. 2012)
  • Executive Vice President – Shober Consulting, Beverly Hills, CA (Oct 2004 –Dec. 2009)

Secretary, Maha Ragab

Maha RagabMaha Ragab was born in Cairo, Egypt. She graduated from a private French school in Heliopolis and finished her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. She moved to United States to join her husband Medhat and they lived in Illinois, Texas and California. Maha focused on raising her two children, Omar and Rhonda, and was heavily active in their School’s PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and after school activities. She also volunteered her time with various charities and her local Mosque. Maha is in the board of GHBIC (Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council) and OCICE (Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment) and is an active member of STEP (Sisters Together Envisioning Peace).

Treasurer, Emrah Erduran

Biography to come.

Member-At-Large, Jynene Johnson

Jynene JohnsonJynene has been a member of the Interfaith Council for two years. Her experience in community service spans decades. She is a public speaker for women’s and youth groups and devotes the rest of her time to family. Jynene is a volunteer coordinator for LDS Family Services and is the Huntington Beach Stake Director of Public Affairs. She and her husband, Larry M. Johnson, have served missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoy taking groups on tours to Israel. This year marks their 40th wedding anniversary. Jynene is the mother of six children and eleven grandchildren.

Member-At-Large, Dave Garafalo

  • Former Huntington Beach Mayor
  • Signature to GHBIC City Charter
  • Member, GHBIC, 20+ years, Chair: Blessing of the Waves
  • 48 year Resident
  • St. Bonaventure Catholic Church
  • Overall Great Guy… Handsome, Generous and above all…great cook

Member-At-Large, Penelope Nichols

Penelope NicholsPenelope Nichols is a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a member of The Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council since 2015.  She and her family moved to Huntington Beach in 1997 and quickly fell in love with the its beauty and strong sense of community.  She has spent all of her 25 years as a stay-at-home mom in volunteer positions such as: Church Youth Group Director, Church Youth Camp Director, Relief Society Women’s Group President, PTA President, Millennial Choir and Orchestra Youth Choirs President/Coordinator, Foster Parent, Days of 47 Parade Committee (Utah), Jr. Miss Pageant Housing Co-Coordinator (Utah), GHBIC’s Community Service Day Coordinator, GHBIC’s Thanksgiving Service Coordinator, HBPD’s Homeless Task Force Volunteer Mentor, Robyne’s Nest Mentor, Point in Time Homeless Count Participant, and countless short-term volunteer positions in the community and her church. Her family says she is a “professional volunteer”.

She was raised in California’s South Bay area and met and married her husband Scott in 1991. They have four grown, adult children. She enjoys self-help books, family gatherings and meals, holding babies, working with and inspiring teenagers, missionary and church service, helping others, daily walks, and musical theater.  She sings many of her conversations with her husband and children and wishes she could live IN a musical!  Her conversational singing makes them nuts and her happy!  Her favorite daily counsel to herself and family is, “Love God. Love others. Love yourself.”, “Choose to pre-love, not pre-judge.” and “Choose what leaves you free to chose again.”

Past President, Mark Currie

Mark moved to California in 1979 and married his wife in 1980. Since becoming a Baha’i’ in 1984, Mark Currie has been active in Interfaith building. Moving into Huntington Beach in 1989, Mark was elected to the Local Spiritual Assembly. Because the Bahá’í Faith has no clergy, the LSA carries out the affairs of the community. Joining the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council in 2008, Mark has served on the Executive Board as Treasurer, At Large member and is a past President. Taking the reins again as President, he looks forward to the upcoming service projects such as the Community Day of Service, The National Day of Prayer, and The Blessings of the Waves. Through we may be of different Faiths and Traditions, we can all come together to serve our communities and make them a better place for all to live and worship.
Mark owns his own company that produces plastic bottles for the pharmacies that he sells both locally and nationally. He has two daughters, the eldest married one year ago and his youngest got engaged over Christmas

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