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MARY OTTMANN-BASS, President and Board Member of SHAAR LAMED, INC., is a native of Toronto, Canada where she attended Ryerson Polytechnical Institute for their Theater program.  She attained the position of assistant coach for stage combat choreography and dance classes.  She also taught stage production make-up and design. In 1979 Mary moved to the United States to pursue her acting career with the Hilberry Theater Company at Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where she performed in numerous Shakespeare and contemporary productions.

Soon thereafter, Mary moved to New York to continue her theater career performing in children’s productions, doing voice over work and acting in a children’s television show in Canada. During her time in New York opportunities came about which lead Mary into the business world where she managed restaurants and medical offices. 

Mary has a passion for encouraging others to pursue their growth in Yahweh to fulfill who they are created to be. She is married to William A. Bass a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who was a fellow actor and director in New York. They have two children and four dogs.  


NINA HAYDEN, Vice President and Board Member of SHAAR LAMED, INC., is a graduate of Stetson University College of Law where she received her Doctorate Degree, J.D. in 2003 and Masters of Law, LL.M Degree in International Law in 2012.  She worked at the Office of the Public Defender, Sixth Judicial Circuit.  After working at the Office of the Public Defender she worked for Stetson University College of Law as a Professor of Practice and Director of Academic Success and Bar Preparation Services.  She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tampa.   

Nina’s involvement in her community includes many hours of work with students through various mentoring programs.  She has sat on many boards throughout the community including the Police Athletic League in Lealman.  Nina ran for office and was elected to the Pinellas County School Board in 2008 where she served for 2 years.  After serving on the School Board she ran for the FL State Senate in 2010 and U.S. House District 10 seat in 2012. 

Nina moved to Pinellas County Florida in 1998.  She is the youngest of four siblings and has a twin sister who lives in Italy. However, most of all, she enjoys encouraging others to develop a deeper walk with Yahweh. 


RUTH FORDE, Secretary and Board Member of SHAAR LAMED, INC., is a native of Zimbabwe with roots in South Africa. She holds a teaching diploma in early childhood education from the Bulawayo Teachers College in Zimbabwe, a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Walla Walla University in Washington State and has studied for a Master’s degree in Curriculum Development from La Sierra University in California.

Ruth Forde is an educator and has taught in the elementary school system of the United States for twenty-five plus years.  She has extensive experience in teaching the under-privileged and disadvantaged children. However, she considers her most rewarding achievement in the area of spiritual growth. 

She has learned the “deep things of God” and her spiritual journey has been so rewarding it has become her passion. Ruth believes we should be living supernatural lives here and now. Ruth is married to Nathan Forde a native of Chicago Illinois, and has two adult children.

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