Dr. Anne Kjemtrup comes to the Sisterhoood of Salaam-Shalom board with a long history of board service and community action in the wider Sacramento, California area. A resident of Davis, California, she converted to Islam almost 30 years ago. In her faith journey, she remains consistently impressed with the humanity, value for life, environment, intellectualism, and science emphasized by Islam. Anne is actively involved in the Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims (SALAM) Board of Trustees over 15 years, where she has served on the board as secretary, parliamentarian and chairperson, has organized activities from Girl Scouts to major milestone events at SALAM, and serves on several committees. She serves on the community board of Shifa Clinic, a student-run medical clinic in Sacramento associated with local medical schools, that provides low cost medical care to all who need it in the Sacramento area.
Anne is active in Sacramento Area Interfaith organizations where she promotes dialogue as a means to address differences. In her home town of Davis, she is a co-founder of Muslim DEIN (Davis Engagement and Interfaith Network), an association of local Muslims that promotes education about Muslims to counter stereotypes, and has been a long-time member and organizer of the Davis Celebration of Abraham, a 20-year-old interfaith organization that encourages deep and respectful dialogue across faiths. Three years ago she helped co-found the first Sisterhood of Salaam-Shalom chapter in Sacramento and has very much enjoyed working with her Jewish coleader, Ms. Melanie Mages-Canale, on chapter expansion to six chapters and now together they are Sisterhood of Salaam-Shalom regional coordinators for the Sacramento area. Professionally, Dr. Kjemtrup is a veterinarian and holds a Ph.D. in epidemiology. She works for the California Department of Public Health on vector-borne diseases.