Board of Directors

Dr. Lewis Lancaster
Dr. Lewis Lancaster is a professor emeritus at U.C. Berkeley in the Department of East Asian Languages and has been an adjunct professor at UWest since 1992. He has served as the Chair of Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley and Editor of the Berkeley Buddhist Studies Series. Dr. Lancaster has published over 55 articles and reviews and has edited or authored numerous books including Prajnaparamita and Related Systems, Early Ch'an in China and Tibet, and Assimilation of Buddhism in Korea. He is currently working with an international team of scholars engaged in groundbreaking research on Maritime Buddhism.
Mallory Leitner, MFT, RYT
Mallory Leitner is a Marriage and Family Therapist and Yoga Teacher who is trained to work with the many faces of trauma. Her many years of experience teaching Yoga include having taught young men incarcerated in the Harlem Valley Secure Center in New York State in the 90’s and Veteran Women in Prison (VIPs) at the California Institute for Women. She also teaches Trauma Informed Yoga to Veterans in San Bernardino County. Mallory uses her skills as a Marriage and Family Therapist working with patients in her private practice and as a member of “Outreach” with the Southern California Counseling center in collaboration with Watts Labor Action Community Committee (WLCAC) to bring trauma informed therapies to men, women and children from communities who are systemically oppressed and marginalized. You can contact her at

Dr. Peter M. Rojcewicz
Peter M. Rojcewicz, PhD is Chief Academic Officer at University of the West. His scholarly interests include, folklore, Jungian depth psychology, arts education, and the humanities.
Dr. Stephen Morgan
Steve Morgan currently serves as President of University of the West in Rosemead. From 1985 until 2011 Dr. Morgan served as President of University of La Verne. Earlier in his career he held positions at Independent Colleges of Northern California, University of Southern California and University of La Verne. As a community volunteer, in addition to serving as a Director of the Los Angeles County Fair Association, Dr. Morgan currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Hillcrest, a retirement community in La Verne; as a Director of Bright Prospect, a college access organization in Pomona; and as a Director of Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. Professionally, Dr. Morgan is a former member and past Vice Chair of the WASC Senior College and University Commission, and he is a former member of the Executive Committee and past Chair of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities. Dr. Morgan holds academic degrees from University of Northern Colorado, University of Southern California, and University of La Verne. Steve Morgan resides in Claremont with his wife, Ann, a private practice psychologist.
Tom Moritz
Tom has served as a librarian and knowledge manager, working in government, universities and museums. He graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and received his MLS from Pratt Institute (where he later served as visiting Associate Professor). He has traveled worldwide for 25 years advocating for open and effective sharing of scientific knowledge in service of biodiversity, conservation and protected areas. He is a current member of the World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN) and former member of the Species Survival Commission (IUCN). A longtime Buddhist practitioner, he is currently affiliated with the Thai Forest Tradition (Ajahn Chah) and serves as an Adjunct Professor teaching in the Psychology and General Education Programs at University of the West in Rosemead, California.