Sherna Hough Deamer was
born (not too long ago) in Philadelphia, PA, the middle of five
children of Samuel and Margaret Hough . Her family moved west, first to
Pittsburgh, then to Chicago, then finally to San Francisco. After
spending year in Spain and getting her BA in Political Science,
she became enamored of the sea. She become certificated as a SCUBA
diver, worked in a dive shop, formed a Women's dive association, became
an editor of Skin Diving magazine, then public relations writer for Jacques Cousteau's environmental organization, The Cousteau Society.
became a Bahá'í in 1978 and, in response to the 1979 Iranian revolution
and the ensuing persecution of the Bahá'ís in Iran, she offered her
public relations skills to the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís
of Los Angeles, becoming what we believe to be the first full- time
public relations officer employed by a Local Assembly anywhere in the
world. In 1983, she was invited to the Bahá'í World Centre in Haifa to
become it's first Public Relations Officer in advance of the creation
of the Office of Public Information in 1985. She later worked in the
Audio-Visual Department, before moving on the become the editor of the Bahá'í International News Service and, concurrently, the Head of the Department of Publishing where she completed volumes 19 and 20 of the first series of Bahá'í World. (See also the Bahá'í World News which is the replacement for the Bahá'í International News Service.) During
the year 2001, she was appointed to be the Manager of the Terrace Tours
project, and put into place the practises, training sessions and
staffing arrangements now used to run the public tours of the Terraces of the Shrine of the Báb in Haifa.
the Opening of the Terraces of the Shrine of the Báb in May 2001,
Sherna was appointed the Manager of the Guided Tours of the
Terraces Operation, developing and overseeing the training of some 50
local students from most segments of Israeli society, who within the
year, (2001-02) had guided some 200,000 visitors down the Terraces
while explaining the Bahá'í Faith and its institutions, and lifting the
veil of mystery through which so many Israelis view the Faith.
See the Bahá'í World Web Site for further details.
From January 2003, Sherna was the Coordinator of the Self-help Section of the Court of Contra Consta until her retirement in March 2014. She is an elected member of the Local Spiritual Assembly (LSA) of the Bahá'ís of San Rafael; has been the Media Representative for the LSA; was a member of the Board of Directors (BoD) of the Marin Inter-Faith Council
(MIFC) serving as aon its Membership committe of the MIFC; Member of the
BoD of the Montecito Area Resident's Association (MARA); Member of the
Newsletter task force for MARA; Volunteered with the Golden Gates
National Recreation Area at Pt. Bonita Light House Gives weekly deepenings on the Faith; runs monthly movie-night fund raisers; and probably a few other things as well.
In her retirment she is working towards gaining a Doctorate in International Jurisprudence.
From Jan 2003 to Sept 2005, she was a correspondent for the Marin Independent Journal, writing a bi-weekly interfaith article.
Sunrise on the Terraces of the Shrine of the Báb
Composite of the fountain, books and curved ceiling in the Bahá'í World Centre Library Haifa, Israel
digital photos by Omid Dadgar, mixed by Bryn Deamer
Bryn William Deamer
was born in Perth, Western Australia, in 1954, the younger of two
children of Tom and "Meg" Deamer. After his parent's divorce he
and his brother stayed with Meg and they spend much time criss-crossing
the continent (changing school 13 times in 12 years). He became
part of the Bahá'í community when Meg joined the Faith in 1962. He
received his BSc in Library Studies in 1974, then moved to Sydney
where, in between working at the MacQuarie University Library, he
volunteered at the National Bahá'í Office
sorting the community's archives. In 1977, he and his mother
joined his older brother, Tony, who had started a motor vehicle
workshop on the island of Tanna in the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu).
From 1977 to 1983 Bryn sold and fixed cars, took tourists on trips,
hand printed "T" shirts, and assisted on a dive boat (also getting his
1983, he was invited to serve as Periodicals Assistant at the Bahá'í
World Centre. He later became the Periodicals Librarian, then in 1995
moved into the newly created position of Electronic Information Systems
Librarian (although necessarily maintaining the Periodicals until that
vacant position was finally filled in November 1999). In 2000, he
received his Master's degree in the Management of Library and
Information Services from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, having
completed a course of study by distance educatoin.
In March 2002, Bryn presented a paper at the Internet Librarian
International 2002 conference (Sess. A205) in London, U.K. outlining
the work being done at the Bahá'í World Centre in the field of
archiving digital publications.
See also: International Bahá'í Library Web Site and Scriptum:
newsletter for Bahá'í Librarians and Information Professionals
especially no.8 for Bryn's article on which his London presentation was
Since Leaving Haifa with Sherna in June of 2002, he worked at the Marin General Hospital
as a filing "temp" in the Medical Records Section from Nov. 2002 to
Mar. 2003, then went to the Medical Records section of Mt. Tam
Orthopedics, Mar. to June, 2003, back to MGH to take up a full-time
postion as Medical Records Clerk II at the in the Transcription section
until Jan 2004. When he resigned to spend one month in Vanuatu with his family and three weeks in Peru with Sherna, then returned to MGH to take up the position on 12 April 2004, of Transcription Liaison but employed by Precyse Solutions
to whom the H.I.M. dept had been outsourced in his absence. He went to
Vanuatu again in July 2005, and on his return found that the H.I.M.
department had been "insourced" and thus he and his co-workers found
themselves no longer employed by Precyse Solutions, but instead by MGH
again. In 2008 he was made the Operations Supervisor of the Health
Information Management Department, and has started taking online HIM
courses through the Santa Barbara City College. In 2012 he stepped
aside from the Supervisor/Management position and become the HIM
currently serves on the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of San
Rafael initially as recording Secretary, now treaurer and archivist, the BoD of the Montecito
Resident's Association, co-moderates the Yahoo BWC exstaff list, and the Biofuelsofmarin list
(http://www.biofuelsofmarin.com). He served for a time onthe BoD of the Marin InterFaith Homeless Chaplaincy until its dissolution in early 2006, and on the BoD of the Marin Interfaith Council and has been a volunter for the Golden Gates National Recreation Area at Pt. Bonita Light House, and moderated the International Bahá'í
Announce list from 2002 until its demise in 2016.
and Bryn were married at Tel Akhziv on 2 May 1984, and until 3 June
2002, were the sole property of Victor the cat ("He" found other
servants but has since passed away.) In the process of visiting
Sherna's family in Rhode Island and California, and Bryn's family in
Port Vila, they have circled the globe a couple of times by plane and train (partially). They have also taken other trips with no
family involved and one Carribean Cruise and one trip to Italy with the surviving Hough clan
of syblings and "significant others".
To date they have visited:
9. Costa Rica,
14. El Salvador,
19. Galapagos Island (Ecuador),
24. Indonesia (Bali),
33. Mongolia (Outer),
34. the Netherlands,
36. Puerto Rico,
37. Rhodes (Greece),
42. St. Lucia,
43. St. Maartin
46. Tanzania (and
49. United States of America,
52. Virgin Islands and
(as of November 2019)
traveling the USA overland from Rhode Island to California in 2002 they
in with Sherna's mother in San Rafael, CA. who passed away in April
2008. They have remained in San Rafael working with the community.
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