DWRC Advisory Board
Jane Willard has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1976. After receiving her M.A. from Azusa Pacific University, she began her practice of 25 years at Shepherd’s House, a Christian counseling center in Van Nuys, CA. There she specialized in treating adult survivors of childhood trauma, utilizing imagery prayer and inner healing. She presented papers on this topic at conferences of Christian therapists. In 2010 Jane completed a three-year program in spiritual direction and led 3 groups through the 30 weeks of Ignatian Exercises. She continues to offer spiritual direction and prayer counseling from her office in Chatsworth.
Jane and Dallas have an adult son, a daughter and son-in-law, and one very precious granddaughter.
James Catford serves as Chair of The Martin Institute’s Cultura Fellowship and is a member of the Dallas Willard Research Center Advisory Board. He is also Chair of Renovaré, founded by Richard Foster, and of the UK publisher SPCK.
As a consultant on leadership, personal development, and resource mobilization, James advises American Bible Society on signature gift fundraising and coaches leaders around the world. He specializes in spiritual formation, faith in the public square and business development.
Previously James was Chief Executive of the British Bible Society where he emphasized public conversation around faith and the Bible through government, the arts, media, and education. For ten years he was vice-Chair of the Amity Printing Company in China, the largest provider of Bibles in the world.
His early career was in commercial book publishing and served as publishing director at HodderHeadline (now Hachette) and HarperCollins in London. He was educated at the University of Wales Aberystwyth and the University of Bristol.
James lives in London with his wife Sue, a career journalist and broadcaster who now specializes in media and theater.
Mark Nelson grew up near Chicago, graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in philosophy, and earned a master’s degree and doctorate in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. Before coming to Westmont in 2006, he taught at the University of Leeds in England. He studies ethics, epistemology and the philosophy of religion. His many publications include: “What the Utilitarian Cannot Think,” “Ethical Theory and Moral Practice,” “Non-contradiction: Oh Yeah and So What,” “Think,” and “Y and Z are not off the Hook: the Survival Lottery made Fairer.”
Mariah Velasquez is the Associate Director for the Martin Institute. She especially enjoys cultivating spaces for students, faculty and staff to encounter the Trinity.
Mariah graduated from Westmont College with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. She will complete a professional certificate in interpretation and translation (Spanish/English) from University of California San Diego in June 2019 and a certificate in spiritual formation through the Renovaré Institute in fall 2019. She is married to Eduardo and they have a son, Leandro.
Diane Ziliotto has been at Westmont College for over twenty years and has served in several different roles in the library during that time. Currently, she is the Special Collections librarian as well as the College Archivist. She also provides instruction to students during the academic year and is the Liaison Librarian to Sociology and Anthropology, Modern Languages, English, and Theatre Arts. Her interests (if she could ever find enough free time) include local history, genealogy, cooking and cookbooks, local birds, ceramics, and quilling.