The Leadership Team includes experienced educators and travelers. Check out their bios below.
Ryan M. Lamberton, M.A. directs Summer Fellowship Programs and coordinates Educational Partnerships and Outreach for CILSA at Saint Mary's College of California. He is a SMC graduate and has been with CILSA since 2007. As an undergraduate student he served as a Bonner Leader, enrolled in many social justice courses, and participated in service immersion trips to the Dominican Republic; Washington, D.C.; and West Oakland. After graduating, he served as an intern with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and later as a coordinator fo a nonprofit organization that provides services and housing to adults with developmental disabilities. In 2013 Ryan co-taught and led a Jan Term Travel Course to Rwanda and he is scheduled to teach again in 2014. In 2012 Ryan received his master's degree in Counseling from Saint Mary's. His thesis project focused on nuturing the spiritual development of college student though summer service-learning programs. Ryan is a devoted husband and the father of three young children. Ryan is also an avid cyclist and runner. He lives with his family in Oakland, California.
Jim Losi, M.A. has joint advanced degrees in Political Science and International and Area Studies from U.C. Berkeley. His focus was and continues to be the orphan crisis in sub-Saharan Africa. He has visted Rwanda nearly 30 times over the past 20 years.
Prior to going back to school, Jim was in the business world for 27+ years. He is a self-described recovering executive. Jim was President of Community Investor Services (CIS) for the Charles Schwab Corporation. Under Jim’s leadership, Community Investor Services’ mission was to improve the quality of life in the communities in which Schwab employees lived and worked by “helping every individual become a community investor.” He played a pivotal role in motivating and inspiring customers, employees and citizens to invest their two principal assets – time and money – in the causes and issues they cared about. Jim has served on numerous philanthropic boards including the Red Cross, Guidestar, CARE, and the UNCF. He currently sits on the founder’s board of Enable, USA and the board of CILSA at Saint Mary's College of California.
Jim is married and is the father of three adult children and the grandfather of one grandson. Jim enjoys spending time with his family and two dogs: Calvin and Homer. He lives in Danville, California with his wife Beverly
Dr. Marshall Welch is the Director of CILSA at Saint Mary’s College of California. Prior to serving as CILSA's Director, he was the Director of the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center at the University of Utah and a faculty member in the College of Education.
Marshall has taught numerous service-learning courses and has several publications, presentations, and workshops on service-learning, civic engagement, and spiritual development in education.
His work and research includes exploring the spirituality of service-learning as well as the “shadow side of reflection” in service-learning. He participated in the round table discussions sponsored by the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement that generated the national white paper entitled, The Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future. Marshall is a devoted husband and the father of two adult sons, one daugther-in-law, and one granddaughter. Marshall enjoys gardening with his wife Julia; they live in Walnut Creek, California.