Staff Information

The Rev. Eric H.F. Law, Founder and Executive Director

Kathryn Nishibayashi, Office Coordinator (Monday-Thursday, 10am-2pm)


Kathryn Nishibayashi joined the KI team in October 2018 after a 12 year career as an elementary school teacher. She is likely your first point of contact when you contact KI. She is a current seminarian at Bloy House (The Episcopal Theological School of Claremont) and enjoys reading, singing, and watching Dodger baseball.

Peter Bechtel, Transition Director


Peter has been involved as an associate with Kaleidoscope Institute since its conception.  He has broad experience in Human Relations, diversity & inclusion, performance improvement, training & development, coaching, conflict resolution, leadership/management development and culture change.  His work has been in a variety of industries and non-profits with the most recent being in healthcare.

Jake Pomeroy, Operations Coordinator and Regional Director, California

Jake Pomeroy, Operations Coordinator and Regional Director, California .

Rev. John H. Pomeroy (Jake) is ordained in the United Church of Christ and has served as a pastor and campus minister in different settings around the country for the past 30 years.  He has worked with KI for the past 16 years as an Associate and teaches part-time at Claremont School of Theology.  He lives with his wife Marlene and two dogs in La Crescenta, CA

Claire Smith, Regional Director (Northwest)

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Claire Ellen Smith is a lifelong Washingtonian. Originally from Whatcom County, she studied English Literature and Hispanic Studies at Pacific Lutheran University and holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Washington. Claire first connected with the Kaleidoscope Institute during her two years as a Jesuit Volunteer, where KI's dialogue processes helped deepen her community life and direct service efforts. Claire is also an Apprentice Facilitator with the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship, where she practices intercultural dialogue with other young adult leaders.

Linda Young, Regional Director (Midwest)

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Cindy Ruiz, Regional Director (Southwest)

Bill Cruse, Regional Director (East Coast)