About Us

Owners and Publishers

Dale E. Lehman
Planet Bahá'í owner and Host Dale E. Lehman served as About.com's Guide to the Bahá'í Faith from January, 2000 through September, 2001. When About dropped a large number of Guide sites in September, 2001, he conceived Planet Bahá'í to continue the work he had been doing there.

Mr. Lehman became a Bahá'í in 1983. He has served numerous terms on Local Spiritual Assemblies in the Chicago and Baltimore suburbs, variously as treasurer, vice chairman, and chairman. With his wife Kathleen, he published nine years of Bahá'í newsletters in the Chicago and Baltimore areas. He is presently chairman of the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Baltimore County Central and maintains their official Web site.

While living in the Chicago area, Mr. Lehman served several times as a guide at the Bahá'í House of Worship in Wilmette. From 1991 to 1993 he attended the annual Bahá'í conferences in Wounded Knee, South Dakota where he presented several study sessions for participants. He is an occasional speaker at local gatherings and public meetings sponsored by the Bahá'ís in his area, and presents study sessions for his community.

Kathleen Kettler Lehman
Planet Bahá'í editor and staff writer Kathleen Lehman was raised Roman Catholic and became a Bahá'í on April 5, 1981. She was secretary of the Hanover Park, Illinois, Local Spiritual Assembly from 1984 to 1986. From 1991 to 1994 she was involved with a social development project focusing on children sponsored by the Local Spiritual Assembly of Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Currently she coordinates Guardians of the Trust, an annual food drive benefiting the Maryland Food Bank, and is involved in efforts to broaden the scope of the local Bahá'í library, a massive collection of some two-hundred-plus volumes. She is particularly interested in ecology. Her belief that religion is to be applied leads her to emphasize practical aspects of the Faith, agreeing with 'Abdu'l-Bahá that one should feed (or clothe, or both) a man before talking to him about God.

Dale and Kathleen met in the fall of 1976 while studying at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. They have four daughters and one son ranging from ages twenty-seven to fifteen, and two young granddaughters. Their current port of call is suburban Baltimore, Maryland, where they have a 1926 house in a constant state of remodeling on a 1/3-acre yard slowly being returned to native Chesapeake habitat. The homestead also includes seven cats, one dog, and two goldfish. Any of a number of semi-adopted teenagers can be found rattling about at any moment. There's always room for one or two more.

Volunteers of Inestimable Value

Duane P. Dawson
Planet Bahá'í Forum Host and Link Library Editor Duane P. Dawson joined our team for the second time in September, 2003. He had previously served as our original Host at the About.com Bahá'í Forum starting in July 2000, then came over to Planet Bahá'í in the same capacity until January, 2003. He became a Bahá'í in late August, 1970 and has served on the LSA of Xenia, Ohio; Beavercreek, Ohio; Bexar County, Texas; and Kettering, Ohio (a suburb of Dayton, Ohio) where he presently resides. He is the father of an autistic boy who is now turning 15. He has an interest in the development of civilization, both past and future, and in the scriptures of all religions.

Amy Harmony
Planet Bahá'í Forum Host Amy Harmony joined us in April, 2004. She has been an isolated Bahá'í for 10 years. She and her husband of 23 years have 2 daughters, aged 16 and 21 (as of this writing). Unsure of how she would be able to serve this precious Faith, things have continued to drop into her lap. "If you truly want to serve," she tells us, "avenues will open up for you." Amy has served on the Iowa Regional Bahá'í Schools Committee since 1997, is currently serving as an Auxilliary Board assistant, and actively coordinates Bahá'í activities within her cluster. And now, she notes, she has been asked to help host the Planet Bahá'í forum, which has been a lifeline for her. Amy says she is grateful for this opportunity and will do her best to help maintain the loving atmosphere here at Planet Bahá'í.

Julie Ann Hammond
Planet Bahá'í Chat Hostess Julie Ann Hammond (aka jewellybug) is originally from Ft. Collins, Colorado. She became a Bahá'í in 1966 while still in high school in Kansas City, Missouri. She has served as an LSA Secretary and as Secretary of the District Teaching Committe in Pierre, South Dakota in the 1970's. Subsequently she was the Editor of the Kansas City Missouri Uniflyer for several years in the 1980's. She has since lived in Tampa, Florida and Richmond, Virginia. She is an award-winning poet and freelance feature writer/editor, and a former Dance Masters instructor, who also sings alto and (used to) play the violin. She was a medical secretary before retiring on disability in 1998. Her main outside interests, other than Bahá'í activities, involve history, science, and fine arts. She is the married to another long-time Bahá'í, and the mother of 2 grown children.

Jerome Knudson
Planet Baha'i Forum Host Jerome Knudson (aka BadBent) is a native of Southern California. He became a Baha'i in Denver, Colorado on July 9, 1974 while in the U.S. Navy. Discharged on July 9, 1976 he rode his bicycle from southern California to the House of Worship on a travel teaching trip. He served on the Local Spiritual Assembly of Costa Mesa, California in the 1970's and 1980's. He went travel teaching on his bicycle over two dozen times from 1976 to 2001 on trips ranging from three months to four years long. He usually worked as a temp draftsman in the winter, leaving on May 23 for travel teaching trips with his bicycle. His other employments include painter, bicycle mechanic, housekeeper, chimney sweep, delivery driver, bicycle messenger, car mechanic, repairman, and currently is a paperboy plus graphic artist/page designer for two local newspapers. He lives in McCall, Idaho with his wife of 16 years.

Gone but Not Forgotten

A number of other volunteers have helped us through the years before moving on to other things. Assembled from very shaky memory aided by old copies of our newsletter, here they are (in alphabetical order by last name). If you belong on this list but don't see your name here, please let know so we can add you.

And of course, we should also note all the guest authors who have written feature articles for us.

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