Our Team

We are a team of creative, talented and COMpassionate individuals who represent a diverse range of organizations and change making efforts in Santa Cruz County.

Dave Dodson

As a retired UCSC administrator and former professor of philosophy and religious studies I helped to organize a compassionate city-wide commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 on September 11, 2011.  Since then I’ve been working to get Santa Cruz to commit to the Charter for Compassion and to become a member of the Communities of Compassion.  I represent Peace United Church of Christ and the Conflict Resolution Center in hoping to build bridges of understanding and collaboration across the divisions within Santa Cruz.  My goal is to establish a more cohesive, successful and empathetic community where everyone’s aspirations and fears can be heard, understood and addressed.

Teela Williams

My name is Teela Williams and I am driven to build a sustainable healthy community built on the universal truth of acceptance and inclusion for each member. A native of the Monterey Bay, I came to Santa Cruz to attend UCSC. As a single parent and college student, I found a supportive, compassionate and resourceful city that has helped me and my family grow into a strong healthy unit. As a member of the Compassion Charter, you can count on me to see the all sides of the issues and to bring compassionate solutions and compromise to the table.

Cecile Andrews

Cecile Andrews is a community educator and the author of  4 books including the recent Living Room Revolution: A Handbook for Conversation, Community, and the Common Good. She has her doctorate from Stanford and she focuses on community education that brings people together in small groups for connection, reflection, and action where people learn to think for themselves and act with others for the common good.

She is leading a discussion on Karen Armstrong’s book Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. Contact her at cecile@cecileandrews.com
Curtis Reliford
My name is Curtis Reliford. I’m the founder of Follow Your Heart Action Network. We got started in ’05 after Hurricane Katrina. After serving the survivors there delivering food, clothes and building materials, I experienced a strong sense of compassion. We continue to serve the poorest of the poor both locally and nationally. For years, one of my dreams has been to work with the Santa Cruz community, making this city the most compassionate city in the United States.  — Curtis Reliford, www.followyourheartactionnetwork.com



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