Brenda Gant

Office Manager

Brenda Gant is responsible for  the management of Ahiah's Office Administration; Board and Ministerial Business Support; Inventory Control and continual update of Ahiah's members and congregation accounts She oversees Legal and Government Compliance; all Bookkeeping and Financial management, including  Ahiah's Quarterly and Annual Reports. In her capacity as Office Manager, Brenda is also responsible for Ahiah's Board and Ministerial support with correspondence, communication, policies and procedures; Lease/Facility rental management and coordinating revenue-generating accounts for passive income.  Brenda was raised as a Presbyterian and converted to Islam when she was 21. After obtaining her BA at UCLA and then her international MBA at Thunderbird in Arizona, Brenda moved to Saudi Arabia for 20 years where she raised 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls with her Saudi husband. She moved back to Glendale in 2006 and got remarried to her husband Jeff whom she had known since childhood. Brenda has worked in a variety of office positions over the years, the longest stretch being as Studio Manager for an all-women’s photography company in Jeddah.  She is very involved in the community and is a member of several non-profit service organizations and serves as a Board Member for three of them.

 

Lava Bai, RScP

Operations Manager

Lava Bai, RScP is responsible for Ahiah's Operations; executing Board and Ministerial vision; Strategic Input and Planning; coordinating the Adult Education Program; the Youth Education Program; Social Media, Public Relations, Marketing; Coordinating and planning Special Events; coordinating volunteers and trainees; and creating/attracting streams of income and revenue for the Center.  Lava started attending Ahiah in 2007 and completed Foundations Class soon after.  She continued through the curriculum to complement her Life Coaching practice.  At the time she had no intention of pursuing the Practitioner program. But God had other plans!  During a brief residency in Las Vegas, NV, Lava completed her Practitioner studies at the Las Vegas Center for Spiritual Living and within the year, moved back to Pasadena where she joyfully joined the Ahiah Office Team.  She has extensive experience in large-scale productions, graphic design, contract negotiation and Board relations.  Lava studied fine arts, commercial art, graphic design. She earned her AA at West L.A. College, entering UCLA as a Business Arts student in her junior year.  Midway through her senior year, as a newlywed, she was offered a career opportunity that she could not refuse. She is a Distinguished Toastmaster; Certified Life Coach and Licensed Practitioner with Centers for Spiritual Living.