Carry the Vision offers tools, support, and inspiration for community leaders who are interested in the power of nonviolence to create positive change & a new way of living. To realize the vision of a nonviolent world, we begin in our own community by preparing ourselves for peace. We must educate ourselves, discover the tools necessary for building a culture of peace and nonviolence, and commit to simple and profound acts that support a better world for all.
- To work together to articulate, affirm, and realize the vision of a nonviolent community.
- To build bridges of peace and understanding within the greater community.
- To raise awareness of the resources available in our community and beyond.The South Bay is culturally rich and blessed with many individuals, groups, and organizations that are doing valuable work for nonviolence.
- To further capacity building for individuals and organizations by providing new tools.
- To provide the inspiration and support to make it possible for individuals and organizations to make a difference that contributes to nonviolent change and compassion in our community.
Board of Directors
Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian- President
Founder and Spiritual Director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment (CSE), is also the founder and President of Carry the Vision, author and frequent guest speaker on the importance of ethical and spiritual awakening to contribute to world peace. She is also the host of The Yoga Hour online radio program on Unity.fm.
Rev. Ann Hayes - Secretary
Former Executive Director of CTV and founding board member. Associate Minister at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. She is also a former program director of The Health Trust AIDS Services program, Meals on Wheels and School Health Clinics of Northern California. She currrently serves as a hospice volunteer chaplain and grief counselor.
Rev. Tara Fukuda - Treasurer
Founding CTV board member, minister at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. Tara is the Controller at Charities Housing Development Corporation, a member of the California Society of CPAs, and the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens previous treasurer and current member.
Girish Shah - Director
Founding CTV board member, Treasurer of Silicon Valley Interreligious Council, Advisory Board - Alum Rock Counseling Center, former President of the Jain Center of Northern California and has been active in many other boards and committees. Recipient of the 2014 Hindu American Foundation Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Religious Pluralism.
Robert Weeks - Director
Founding CTV board member, a retired trial attorney from the Santa Clara County Public Defender, an expert in conflict resolution and an inspirational speaker, Bob has been promoting interfaith dialogue and international cooperation for decades. A 2002 Olympic Torchbearer, Bob is a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association and serves on the Program Committee of the Commonwealth Club of California. Bob has been married to Nancy for 48 years and is a father and grandfather.
Nancy Weeks - Director
Founding CTV board member, long time community volunteer in San Jose, Nancy has worked on grass-roots peace movements, interfaith gatherings, environmental issues in a Congressional office and promoting legal education. A 2002 Olympic Torchbearer, Nancy received a Junior League Crystal Bowl Award in 2011 honoring her twenty years of teaching tolerance and problem solving for SV FACES in elementary schools throughout Silicon Valley. Nancy has been married to Bob for 48 years and is a mother and grandmother.
Larry Lauro - Director
Retired counselor, Bellarmine College Preparatory. He has been involved in youth education for over forty years supporting students to grow their capacity for compassion and peace by working with the poor and marginalized.
Shelley Swan, M.Div.
Executive Director of Carry the Vision, is a meditation instructor and teaches meditation to children in schools and adults in service sectors in the community as part of CTV’s Restore Program. She has a passion for nonviolence education from her experience working in the juvenile justice system and being a mother of two young children.