Messages from our New Leadership
After an extensive national search which located multiple extremely talented leaders, the Board has chosen Linda Alexander to be the next Executive Director for the Immaculate Heart Community.
Reporting to the Board of Trustees, as Executive Director Linda will oversee and manage all organizational matters of the Immaculate Heart Community and its Core Ministries toward achieving the mission and goals established by the Board and Community. She will work in close coordination and cooperation with the Board, President and Vice President, and Ministry Directors of the Community.
Linda Alexander brings over 20 years’ experience in successful strategy development, program implementation and community engagement in the public and nonprofit sectors. In advocating for the marginalized and working for social and economic justice for all, she has developed and maintained constructive and collaborative relationships externally, organizationally and across cultures in private industry, the public sector and the nonprofit world. Linda is experienced in strategic planning, budgetary oversight and grants management, having been a mentor to others in those fields. Since 2014 she has served as the Executive Director of the Nonprofit Partnership (Long Beach), a highly-regarded regional support service provider. Previous positions include: Program Officer, First 5 LA, and Executive Director, Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles. In addition, she has worked as a therapist and taught at the college level. Her education includes San Francisco State University and Cal State Long Beach, with a focus on Psychology.
IHM President’s Message
How do we live as people of faith in these times when our Earth is in peril and nations continue to stockpile weapons of mass destruction, as all the while children go to bed hungry and thousands of people live homeless on the streets?
These are questions we struggle with on our journey as members of the Immaculate Heart
Community. Currently, besides our ministries profiled elsewhere in these pages, members are engaging in study & action Commissions in the areas of “Immigration & Refugees”, “Environmental Issues”, and “Justice for Women”.
Our call to community is a call to a life of prayer and service, nurtured by our deepening understanding of the lived reality of the love of God and by our mutual support of one another.
We know we don’t have solutions to all the world’s needs, but we desire to live with open eyes,
hands and hearts, “creating access of all persons to truth, dignity and full human development”
(excerpt from Member Goal Statement). We desire to build bridges, not walls.
As a spiritual community, we have created an ecumenical context where we can speak with one
another about our unfolding understanding of the Divine with openness and truth, and
accompany one another on the challenging journey of living out loud our faith.
How do we live and act in these times? With faithfulness, courage, generosity and joy!
~Karol Schulkin, IHM, President
IHM Vice President’s Message
The Immaculate Heart Community membership consists at present of 145 Christian women and men, mostly living in California, but also in Canada,
New York, Florida and Oregon. Many are involved in active ministries to the homeless, refugees and immigrants, spiritual direction, and care for our precious planet.
In my daily interactions with members of our beloved Community, I am always struck by how strong our connections are. Whether some of us are in Canada, or another is having surgery in California, we are intimately connected and support one another in prayer. This caring consciousness of golden heartstrings is our solid connection with one another.
Take Heart, a book about our recent history was just written by Nan Cano, IHM. It is available now from Amazon.com, and also here at the Immaculate Heart office.
Our ecumenical community is an inclusive, welcoming community. We are an active prayer ministry for individuals who contact us and for the needs of the world.
~Victoria Berry, IHM, Vice President