John Frediani co-founded The Voices of Angels Foundation and provides engineering and technical expertise for live recordings in sacred spaces. A strong proponent of using modern technology for arts and service work internationally, John’s engineering skills have made recordings accessible to isolated and imprisoned people through the Voices of Angels outreach work through donations of the CDs to prison chaplains in the USA and UK.
Beth Duff founded Red Horse Speaks, the first equine-assisted learning (EAL) program in Scotland, teaching personal development and leadership skills to troubled youth and organizational teams. She is Vice Chair of Young Enterprise Grampian, a non-profit that encourages secondary school students in the United Kingdom. Beth met John and Shannon Frediani at the Secretan international conference in Canada for business leaders implementing ethics and service into work settings in August of 2001.
Denis Delaney besides being a devoted family man and successful sales manager, has years of service work devoted to outreach consisting of:
-Friends Outside Santa Cruz County- Board of Directors 1986-1989
-Alcoholics Anonymous-held numerous service positions 1984-Present
-Alanon Family Groups-held numerous service positions 1997-Present
-St Josephs Catholic Community Capitola, CA- Prison Ministry- Lead monthly bible study, prayer and meditation groups at both Santa Cruz
Men’s Jail Facility and Santa Cruz County Juvenile Hall Facility 2003-Present
-St Josephs Catholic Community Capitola CA- Perpetual Adoration
Team- part of group of parishioners committed to continuous perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Mercy Chapel in individual 1 hour weekly sessions. 2000-Present
-Santa Cruz Sangha Shantivanam- Santa Cruz California- member and Past Advisory Committee Member and Treasurer- 2005-Present.
Moses Yao was born in Ghana in a village community with the ancient oral tradition of his Ewe speaking people. As a young adult he entered Peki Theological Seminary and then Trinity College in Lecon/Accra (the capital of Ghana.) While at Trinity College, he undertook the training for Presbyterian ministry and subsequently earned a diploma in Theology from London University. He later earned a BA in Philosophy from Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and a Master of Theology (M.Th.) from Princeton Theological Seminary. He then moved to Toronto and did two years of post graduate studies towards a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Toronto. Wanting to reconnect with his homeland he then returned to Ghana as a Senior Research Assistant at the Institute for African Studies at the Univ of Ghana. His work was in the area of Chieftancy Studies about the role of Chiefs within the contemporary Western form of Democracy. He then returned to the United States and earned a MA in Counseling Psychology at Rider College in Laurenceville, New Jersey. During this time, Yao’s interest was in integrating Theology, Philosophy, and Psychology with African Oral Tradition(s), African Cosmology, African Spirtuality and Practices.
Author of the book “Togodoo” he has woven his relentless search for wisdom into symbolic art that infuses and simultaneously uncovers the psyche through the making of Mandelas, Wheels of Life or Togodoo (as called by his ancient African elders)- the endless Circle of Relationships. He works privately with individuals or groups and does lectures and seminars on Togodoo.
Voices of Angels began because of a calling, to offer healing prayers sung without words to those institutionalized. We started by recording some prayers on our first CD- ‘Into the Garden of Love’. We gave it a trial run in the Monterey County Jail in California, by having the chaplain of that facility, The Rev. Peggy Thompson, play it in various settings. Her words about how it impacted inmates there:
“I have found her music is well received by the inmates. They come to our religious programs from many different past faith experiences, yet all can relate to her music….As people enter the worship space from what is often a very noisy and stressful atmosphere and they hear Shannon’s music I notice that their bodies visable relax. Whenever I play the music both inmates and staff always remark how peaceful it sounds.”