Claremont’s Pilgrim Place elects new board members

Pilgrim Place recently announced the addition of two new members to their board of directors. Jill Dwyre of San Dimas and Tembi Sukuta of Rialto have been elected to three-year terms.

Jill Dwyre, a retired teacher, journalist and retail manager, became aware of Pilgrim Place when her son Patrick was hired to work in Abernethy, the main dining facility. She found that the culture of Pilgrim Place provided an exceptional job experience for those with developmental disabilities. Ms. Dwyre is active as a volunteer in the community, and was acknowledged as the Outstanding Signature Program Ambassador by Casa Colina, specifically for her work with the Padua Village Residential Homes for the Developmentally Disabled.

Ms. Dwyre is married to Bill Dwyre, former sports editor for the Los Angeles Times and a columnist for the newspaper. In addition to Patrick, the Dwyres have a daughter, Amy Dwyre D’Agati, who lives on the east coast.

Tembi Sukuta is vice president of Bluefield Associates in Ontario. He was born and raised near the Mt. Selinda United Church of Christ Mission in Zimbabwe. Mr. Sukuta came to the United States to complete his education at Cal Poly, Pomona. He is a member of the Claremont United Church of Christ, where he serves on the board of Mission and Social Action and was instrumental in having the church designated as a Global Mission Congregation by the UCC National Office. Mr. Sukuta is also a member of the United Church of Christ Educational Council Planning Committee in Zimbabwe, spearheading the creation of the new UCC Zimbabwe University, to be built near Mt. Selinda.

Mr. Sukuta is married to Harriet Sukuta. They have three daughters.

“We welcome Jill Dwyre and Tembi Sukuta to the Pilgrim Place Board,” Bill Cunitz, president and CEO of Pilgrim Place said. “Pilgrim Place is one of the most progressive senior communities in the country, and much of that is due to the combination of activist residents and the leadership of our board of directors.”

Pilgrim Place, a 32-acre senior community in Claremont, is home to more than 340 retired clergy, missionaries and individuals who served in charitable organizations. This intentional community is committed to issues of social justice and world peace.


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