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Leadership

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Mary Lim is the Executive Director of Genesis. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from University of Missouri-Saint Louis and Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University. She was blessed by God and the Universe to mother a 18 year old who is a student at University of California-Davis. Mary is the proud daughter of Chinese immigrants who originated from the Philippines. Her community organizing origin story began with MORE² (Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity), the Gamaliel Affiliate in Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas. With a moderate/conservative electorate as her base, Mary was able to facilitate unity by ushering MORE² to monitor a historic community benefits agreement with the Missouri Department of Transportation that required that .5% of the total project budget must be reserved for training and apprenticeship programs to prepare minority workers for jobs on the Christopher S. Bond Bridge. 

The current issue work of Genesis feeds Mary’s passion of working with people with disabilities, youth and public transit. As part of the Gamaliel Network Training team, Mary has trained on the basic skills of community organizing, story-telling, and how to engage with elected officials for over 16 years. A third generation Roman Catholic, Mary’s organizing ministry is modeled after Jesus (the agitator) and the Catholic Social Teachings.  

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Rev. Dr. Hubert Ivery, the Genesis Interim Chair, serves on the At-Large Caucus of Genesis. Born in Clayton, Alabama during Segregation, Dr. Ivery’s family moved to Miami, Florida when he was about 3 years old. Because of intermittent periods of time when he lived with his grandparents, he grew up in both Miami and Alabama.  Dr. Ivery experienced the harsh reality of injustice towards  African Americans in the post-Reconstruction South, while also experiencing firsthand the riots in Miami stemming from violence and injustice.

  

Dr. Ivery has a PhD from California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco) in East-West Psychology, where he did his dissertation on Howard Thurman. He also has Master degrees from Boston University School of Theology (Boston)  and the Interdenominational Theological Center (Atlanta, Georgia) and a Bachelor of Science from Texas Southern University (Houston).  

 

Dr. Ivery has facilitated Intercultural Communication workshops for the California Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.  He has served as the Chair of the Committee of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relations. He is the current convener of Ecumenical Officers Committee of the Bay Area. Genesis’ goal to work towards dismantling structural racism dovetails with Dr. Ivery’s passion for working for the transformation of our society towards a Beloved Community.

The MICAH Summer Fellowship allows current St. Mary’s College and University of San Diego students the opportunity to cultivate personal and social responsibility through intentionally joining communities that are working to create positive social change. The 2024 MICAH intern for Genesis, Itzel Fabianna Esparza, is from San Diego, California. A rising senior at the University of San Diego, she is majoring in Visual Arts with a minor in Latin American Studies. She is the current secretary for the Association of Chicanx Activists, advocating for the representation and empowerment of Latine students. Additionally, she is Co-Chair of the Folklorico and Mariachi Association, which celebrates traditional Mexican dance and music.

 

Itzel was raised Roman Catholic and grew up heavily involved with the Church through services such as altar serving, assisting in the church choir as a singer and pianist, and assisting her grandmother in planning and putting together quinceaneras. Itzel plans to attend graduate school to specialize in Latin American art. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Itzel effectively bridges cultural and linguistic gaps in her community work.

 

She aims to explore the rich and diverse artistic traditions of Latin America, contributing to their appreciation in professional settings such as galleries, museums, and educational departments. With a career goal of curating and educating, Itzel is dedicated to bringing Latin American art to wider audiences and ensuring its stories are accessible to all.

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