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Our Chaplains and Staff

Meet our award-winning team, made up of chaplains, educators, and international leaders from over twenty faith traditions.



Photo: Yael Shy

Yael Shy


Yael Shy is one of the founding Directors of Global Spiritual Life at NYU and the Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership. She is also the Founder and Director of the Mindfulness Project at NYU, one of the largest campus-wide mindfulness initiatives in the country, and has been teaching and lecturing on mindfulness, meditation, and multifaith engagement at universities, community centers, and organizations across the globe for the past seven years. In 2010, Yael was named one of the “36 under 36” changemakers transforming the Jewish world by The Jewish Week newspaper.

Prior to joining the Center, Yael was the Director of Development and Education at the NYU Center on Violence and Recovery, where she led training sessions in restorative justice globally and secured multiple multi-year research support from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Justice, among other foundations. She is also a bar-certified attorney. She has been published in Inquiring Mind, The Sports Lawyers Journal, the Clinical Journal of Social Work, and the NYU Journal of Law and Social Justice. Shy completed her undergraduate degree at NYU, where she studied Sociology and Gender Studies, and received her law degree from the School of Law at Northeastern University.


Ariel Ennis

Ariel Ennis

Program Administrator

Ariel Ennis is the Program Administrator at Global Spiritual Life at NYU and is responsible for NYU's Faith Zone Trainings, the Chaplains' Circle, the Multifaith Student Fellowship, and the Multifaith Advisory Committee. Ariel was formerly the Program Director for Campus Programs at the Center for Community Leadership at the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. There, he founded the Jewish Student Leadership Fellowship as well as worked with Baruch College faculty and administration on a course entitled “Leadership and Diversity in the Business World.” Ariel is also an Educational Fellow at Kevah: Making Space for Jewish Education, a Berkeley-based Jewish Organization. Ariel graduated from NYU with a BA in Jewish History and Civilization and a minor in Politics.


Reka Prasad

Reka Prasad

The Mindfulness Project Coordinator

Reka manages all things mindfulness within Global Spiritual Life — including programs and events, weekly sits, and mindfulness workshops for students, administrators and faculty. Reka also coordinates the office's student engagement initiatives. She is a native New Yorker who has worked as a therapist, facilitator, researcher, and consultant for non-profits, universities, and businesses. She completed her MSW with honors from the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Reka continued her education at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in couples and family therapy, where she founded and co-facilitated Supportive Space, a collaboration of trainees, faculty, and alumni of color. A long time meditator, Reka is a practicing Buddhist in the Vipassana tradition, has studied through the Barre Center for Buddhist Study and trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. She has utilized mindfulness in all areas of her client work and conducted guided meditations and mindfulness trainings in a variety of settings.



The Center hosts 70 chaplain affiliates representing various faiths, denominations, and groups on campus.



Justin Adour, The Navigators
Justin Adour, his wife Angela, and their two daughters have a heart’s desire to love and serve NYC. Justin currently works for The Navigators, an interdenominational Christian organization. However, for much of their time in NYC, Justin ministered as a staff pastor working with youth in Bronx. Most recently, however, Justin has worked as the Protestant Chaplain at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point. He holds a B.A. in Intercultural Studies, M.A. in Intercultural Ministerial Studies, and is also an ordained minister. Mostly importantly, the Adours love to spend a disproportionate amount of time in Whole Foods and their favorite parks in Brooklyn.

Trevor Agatsuma, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Trevor grew up in Seattle and has lived in New York City since 2003 when he transferred into NYU as an undergraduate. He works for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and wants help students discover how their God given passions and gifts can be utilized to fit the needs of the world around them. He personally has a passion for helping any interested students make an informed and inspired decision on their own faith. Trevor bikes for transportation around the city and runs half-marathons and marathons for recreation and to keep in shape.

Valerie Althouse, International Students, Inc.
Originally from Hershey, PA, Valerie loves books, travelling and music. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Christian Counseling, as well as a Master of Science in Biblical Studies from Cairn University. Her additional training includes certificates in Cross-cultural Communication, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, ESL tutoring, Second Language Acquisition, Teamwork, Interpersonal Skills, and Life Coaching. She is currently a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. She previously served in Student Development/Resident Life at Cairn University and in Missions Mobilization and Church-Planting with World Team before joining the staff of International Students, Inc. in December of 2011. On the side, Valerie enjoys vocal performance, blogging, and exploring NYC restaurants!

Celeste Back, Bridges International
Having recently moved from Charleston, SC, Celeste loves meeting friends from different countries and cultures. She works with Bridges International, which seeks to serve international students as they transition to the US, provide social networking opportunities, and provide opportunities and a welcoming environment for students to explore spiritually. While coming from a Christian background, Celeste loves engaging with and learning from friends from a variety of religious backgrounds which is what led her to move to New York City in January. When Celeste isn't on campus, she loves to have bubble tea with friends, visit her favorite hummus restaurant, and explore new parks in the city. Another fun fact about Celeste is that she met her husband last summer in New York and married him this summer!

Whitney Bahr, The Navigators
Whitney Bahr is graduate from the University of Florida where she studied Family, Youth, and Community Science as well as Theater during her undergraduate years. She was greatly impacted by The Navigators as a student and became a part of the staff team to continue the work that God began in her life, giving back some of what she’d been richly given. She is extremely passionate about the arts, nature, and the Word of God and is always up for an adventure!

Brittany Brock, Cru
I grew up in a Christian home in South Carolina but didn’t start exploring what I truly believed until I went to college at Winthrop University. I graduated from there with my B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Religion. While in college I discovered what it looked like to have a personal relationship with God through His son Jesus through getting involved with a Christian organization where my faith really began to grow and develop. After college I taught middle school science with Teach for America in Rural Eastern North Carolina for 2 years before working with Cru. Fun Fact: I enjoy roaming around New York and finding great local coffee shops and restaurants.

Jason Casper, International Student, Inc.
Jason grew up in Reading and Pottstown, PA, and moved to New York City in the Spring of 2001. It was his experience of witnessing the 9-11 attacks firsthand that helped guide him into a relationship with Jesus Christ. He worked as a professional graphic designer and art director at various advertising agencies for 13 years before feeling called to do international student ministry with ISI. Jason's love for China and cross-cultural ministry has been a passion since 2006, as well as compassion ministry to the homeless. He has also volunteered at the Bowery Mission and served at Calvary Baptist Church with their young adult ministry since 2010. When not doing ministry-related work, he can be found playing guitar or visiting one of the many jazz clubs in the city.

Kenny Chau, International Student, Inc.
Kenny grew up in NYC’s Chinatown where he played lots of basketball and developed street smarts. After completing a term with the US Army Reserve and undergraduate studies at SUNY Buffalo, Kenny returned to lower Manhattan to help immigrant youth and their families adjust to life in the Big Apple. Kenny and his wife, Cindy, also spent a memorable 2004-2005 living in Beijing. In 2008, Kenny received a Master of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and returned to NYC to pastor at his home church association until 2014. With excitement to be part of a chaplaincy team at NYU, Kenny is committed to help international students and their families thrive in this thrilling city. Though Kenny still plays basketball, the only quickness in his game is how fast he gets tired. Lastly, Kenny enjoys savory dishes of all cultures, strategic board games and gets a kick out of being mischievous with their kids, Joey and Makayla.

Matthew Chin, Compass Koinonia
Matthew Chin and is a Chinese American who was born and raised in NYC. He grew up in a family that was not religious and it was not until his sophmore year in high school that he was first exposed to Christianity. It wasn’t until the summer before the start of his junior year in college that he began attending bible study and church regularly. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior in September 2003. He has been actively involved in college ministry ever since and continues to strive to grow deeper in his relationship with Christ. He is an avid baker and first learned how to play drums using chopsticks and paper plates.

Jae Yong Choi, Korea Campus Crusade for Christ
Jae Yong Choi was born on June 20th, 1990 in Seoul, South Korea. His family immigrated to the United States when he was 6 years old and he lived in Los Angeles ever since. Jae was fortunate to attend the University of California, Berkeley, which allowed him to experience the bay area (San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, etc.). He  was born into a non-religious family, so religion was never a big part of his life. Jae's mother and sister started going to church when he was in middle school, but it wasn’t until his freshmen year in college that he personally accepted Christ and started attending church. Jae was able to continue this awesome relationship with Jesus Christ ever since then. He was able to travel the world and share His love with people that he would never have even dreamed of meeting if it weren’t for Him. Jae doesn’t have a lot of hobbies, but he has been collecting shoes since high school. Most of the shoes he does wear, but there are shoes that he doesn’t wear and he strictly has as a collector. Jae thinks the oldest shoe he has that is still wearable is like 13 years old!

Joshua Crumlich, Reformed University Fellowship                                                                                                                                                        Joshua Crumlich is a volunteer with InterVarsity grad and faculty ministries. He grew up in Pennsylvania, where he knew the love of Christ from childhood. After studying history at the University of Rochester, he went to law school. During his first (and only) semester there, he attended a conference for Christians in the legal profession and was amazed by the good work being done by the lawyers there, but felt drawn to make God’s love and glory in Jesus known through vocational ministry. He then went to Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary where he graduated with an M.Div. He spent the next few years involved in lay ministry and working in academic administration until he was called to be associate pastor at the Neighborhood Church of Greenwich Village, where he loves working in such a dynamic community. In his down time he enjoys cooking with his wife Sarah, playing board games, and drinking a good, strong cup of coffee with friends.

Fernando De Los Santos, Every Nation Campus Ministries
Fernando De los Santos moved to New York City from the Philippines to attend St John’s University in 2004, in pursuit of a doctorate in Pharmacy. During his freshman year of college, he was connected to the Morning Star New York church and the Every Nation Campus Ministries New York staff and became part of their church family. It was through the relationships with his church and the campus ministry that he took to heart the call of God’s love in his heart and was empowered to minister the gospel of Jesus to his university. Serving alongside Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, he then led multiple bible studies, musical worship services, and ministered to his colleagues. As a result, St. John’s University has an Every Nation Campus Ministry presence which continues to serve students in the reinforcement of their faith. Fernando currently lives in Harlem with his wife and works as a Pharmacist at an independent community pharmacy in the area.

Selene De Los Santos, Every Nation Campus Ministries
Selene De Los Santos moved to New York City to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in 2004, in pursuit of an acting career. Shortly after graduating AMDA she realized that she had a great desire to help people in a greater capacity. As a result she furthered her education by going to Hunter College and joined the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, It was through serving with this organization that awakened her passion to be in ministry. During her summer break she attended the Every Nation School of Campus Ministry in Nashville, Tennessee, in which, she gained the foundation of being a campus minister. When she came back to New York City in the winter of 2010, she transferred to The New School where she focused on Creative Art’s Therapies and received a BS in Liberal Arts. During this time she continued to minister to students through Every Nation Campus Ministries (ENCM). Selene recently graduated and married in May 2012, and is very excited to be working with students and facility at NYU through the Morning Star Church (MSNY) and Every Nation Campus Ministries (ENCM).

Susan Field, Baptist Convention of New York
Reverend Field has served NYU as the Baptist Chaplain since 1991, and as the Protestant Chaplain since 2006. She also serves as Baptist Religious Life Advisor for the Baptist Campus Ministry at Columbia University, and as the New York City Coordinator for Baptist Collegiate Ministry. In addition, she is the “Global Initiatives Coordinator” for the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association. She and her husband, Dr. Taylor Field, have worked since 1986 in the Lower East Side with Graffiti Community Ministries and Graffitichurch. She graduated from Emory University, and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. She is helping to coordinate the weekly Protestant Worship services in the new CSL during the Academic year.

Joel Geib, The Navigators
Joel was born to parents who were Christians, and came to know and love Christ at a young age. He grew up in a northern suburb of Chicago, the mountains of east Tennessee, and eastern North Carolina. After graduating from Calvin College in 2008, a position with Americorps brought him to New York City. He immediately loved NYC, and realized it to be a place in which he wanted to invest himself long-term. Joel attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, graduating with an MA in Theology in 2014. He enjoys biking, gardening, cooking, photography, going to good concerts, exploring new neighborhoods, and reading Dorothy Sayers. A fun fact not often learned about Joel, is that he has been a member of the shampoo-free “movement” for over 3 years.

Bernard Howard, Christ Church, NYC
Bernard Howard was brought up in a Jewish home in London, England. He came to believe that Jesus is the promised Messiah two years after his bar mitzvah. After jobs in economic and political research, he worked for a summer camps organization before training for full-time Bible teaching ministry. He then spent several years as a freelance speaker, giving outreach talks at guest events in colleges, high schools and churches. In 2012 he began work as an assistant minister at Christ Church NYC. You can rely on Bernard to point out British contributions to US culture, such as all the British actors currently enjoying success in Hollywood.

Josephine Hua, Compass Koinonia
Josephine’s story with Health and Grad @ Compass Fellowship, affectionately called H&G, began in Jan, 2001. Upon the request of a few dental and medical students at NYU, a Bible Study was formed, first as an informal gathering then as an established Bible Study at the NYU medical school. A physician assistant by trade, Josephine first attended the Bible Study but later came to lead it and is now the co-director, along with her husband Matthew. A New Yorker from birth, she enjoys the dynamic culture of the city; but loves the quiet comforts of tea and a good book. She is grateful for the opportunity to share her love of Christ and how Jesus had changed her life with others at NYU.

Matthew Hua, Compass Koinonia
Matthew began his spiritual journey as an undergraduate student and has since embarked on a remarkable adventure, leading him to serve at Health and Grad @ Compass Fellowship, affectionately called H&G, as the director, Bible Study teacher, and mentor. A Bronx native, he loves the Mets, go figure, but regardless of the team he is always up for a game. Baseball is his love, but whatever the sport, his exclaim is always, “Bring it on!” As a Senior QA Analyst he is used to looking at fine details and troubleshooting issues that may arise; however God has used his skill set to further his desires to delve into the relationships that are formed in the Bible Study group and motivate others to meet the Jesus who changed his life.

Diane Jacob, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Diane is on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Asian American chapter. It was through InterVarsity's ministry at Baruch College that Diane made a commitment to follow Jesus. She is passionate about seeing students love God and others in word and deed. Diane is a native New Yorker and a proud Indian-American. She loves DIY projects, coffee shops and Friends reruns.

Junghoon Joseph Jang, Encounter / AMI
As a founding member of the club's NYU chapter and a former resident assistant, Joseph is excited to be back at his alma mater. His journey with Encounter began in 2009 and while many milestones took place in his life ever since, his relationship with Jesus and the people of Encounter have been his priority. This Jersey bred suburbanite has a love-hate relationship with spring, listens to Jazz in his car for the 95% of the time and suffers a chronic wanderlust. As a chaplain, Joseph can't wait to continue to love the people of NYU with the love of his Lord Jesus.

Jim Kast-Keat, Middle Collegiate Church
Jim Kast-Keat is the Associate Minister for Education at Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village of New York City. He is a divergent thinker, an ideation specialist, and an aspiring minimalist. Prior to working at Middle he helped lead ikonNYC in New York, NY, worked as a Product Designer with Sparkhouse in Minneapolis, MN and was a pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI. He is the creator and curator of To find out more about Jim go to or follow him on twitter at @IdeasDoneDaily.

Michael Keller, Reformed University Fellowship
After graduating from Vanderbilt University, Michael worked in both London and New York at various church ministries. He attended Gordon-Conwell Seminary where he received an M.Div and a Th.M. He is currently working on his Ph.D. He worked for five years in Boston serving at Citylife Presbyterian Church as an Assistant Pastor before moving home to New York City where he was raised and attended public school. Michael likes biking around Manhattan, playing any sport that is competitive, and is known to be found at good New York coffee shops, but never drinks the coffee. He has been married to his wife Sara for ten years, and has two children.

Kevin Kim, Remnant Christian Fellowship
Kevin Kim has served as the Staff Leader for Remnant Christian Fellowship at NYU since 2008. He also serves as a Pastoral Intern for Remnant Westside Church a non-denominational Protestant church located just West of Central Park. He graduated from Hunter College of The City University of New York and is currently attending Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary pursuing his Master of Divinity. Kevin is an avid sports fan and loves to play football and basketball in addition to watching his favorite teams, the NY Giants and NY Yankees.

Esther Kim, Korea Campus Crusade for Christ
Esther Kim has been serving as full time staff with KCCC for 3 years. As a student she has been heavily involved with Korea Campus Crusade for Christ including a year overseas in Tokyo, Japan as an intern. She attended CUNY Baruch College majoring in Business Communications with a minor in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Though her aspiration and dream was to step into the fashion industry it was during her year overseas that God radically changed her life. Present in Tokyo during the 3/11/11 earthquake and tsunami, she realized that life is but a breath. Since then, she has dedicated her life to see the fulfillment of the Great Commission and lives transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Fun Fact: Esther loves to sing and is currently learning the guitar.

Ian Lau, Compass Koinonia
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Ian immigrated to the US with his family during eighth grade. He became a Christian in high school and entered NYU as a freshman in 2001, when he joined Compass Koinonia (CK). After graduation, Ian stayed on to serve in CK and started working full-time in technology in the financial industry, where he still works today. He is currently director of Compass Koinonia undergrad at NYU and a member of Compass Fellowship Church. Ian enjoys badminton, street food, and sushi. Some of his favorite authors are John Piper, David Platt and Ravi Zacharias. He is married to Jackie, whom he met at CK as an undergrad, and resides in the Gramercy area.

Jackie Lau, Compass Koinonia
Jackie grew up in Brooklyn, New York with her parents and older sister. She first met Compass Koinonia (CK) at New York University when she was an undergraduate student in the business school. It was there that Jackie committed her life to Jesus. She was involved in CK from freshmen through senior year, and upon graduation, continued to serve in the ministry. She currently works full-time in human resources for a financial services company. She is a member of Compass Fellowship Church with a passion for both local and international missions. She loves food, games, shopping and volleyball! Jackie met her husband, Ian, at CK at NYU. They’ve been married since October 2007 and currently reside in the Gramercy area.

Anna Lee-Winans, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Anna has been a lay campus minister for the last 10 years at New York University serving through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. She currently serves graduate students and faculty. Prior to InterVarsity, Anna was a social worker in a pediatric AIDS clinic in the Bronx. She is an alumna of NYU, graduating with a BA in Journalism (’97) and an MSW (’01). Born and raised in New York City, she has had an ecumenical faith journey: baptized Lutheran, grew up Methodist, educated in Catholic parochial schools, made a decision to follow Jesus at NYU through InterVarsity, enjoyed Pentecostal and Brethren denominations, and attends an Episcopal church. During her off hours, Anna enjoys laughing with her husband and daughter.

Eric Lipscomb, Reformed University Fellowship
Eric originally hails from Richmond, VA, and comes from a broadly Protestant Christian background, having attended Baptist and Presbyterian churches growing up, as well as an Episcopalian high school. Eric is a proud alumnus of the University of Virginia, and during his time in college gained a deep appreciation for different religious traditions, graduating in 2009 with a B.A. in Religious Studies. Sensing a call to ministry, Eric moved to St. Louis in 2010 to pursue a Masters of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary. In 2014, Eric graduated with his M.Div. and was called to New York City to serve college students as a campus minister with RUF City Campus. Eric is married to and so grateful to share life with his high school sweetheart, Brittany, who is a public school teacher. He is also an avid baseball fan, enjoys meeting and spending time with people, as well as trying the city’s many great restaurants.

Ray Low, City Grace Church
Ray Low is excited to be at New York University this year and to spread the love of Christ to all his students on campus. You will likely see him wearing orange or surrounded by orange things, as well as hanging around at his “office” (a table) on Kimmel 7th. Drop by if you ever need a chat!

Laura Maddock, Bridges International
Laura grew up in southwest Indiana, and lived in the Hoosier state through college. She invited God into her life at a young age, and that relationship grew significantly in college, as she more clearly understood why Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection was so important to her life. She graduated with a degree in creative writing, great friendships, and a love for Butler basketball. She then moved to Berlin, Germany, to engage with students who want to learn more about what it means to follow Jesus, where she also realized her passion for learning new cultures. She was then thrilled for the chance to come to New York City to serve international students as they adjust to life in the US, build community, and discuss questions about life and faith. In her free time, Laura loves trying the many restaurants in the city-- especially near NYU, games with friends, and reading, and she can't call a day complete without some chocolate.

Brendan Mahar, The Navigators
Brendan is a staff member of The Navigators at NYU, an interdenominational Christian fellowship. He never imagined he would be a minister when he was young, but during his years in college, he felt called by God to teach and counsel. Brendan received a degree in philosophy and religious studies and continues to enjoy logic, classical philosophy, and the writings of Soren Kierkegaard. Although friends may know that Brendan moved all across the States, England, and Australia, few know that he was deeply involved in many sports including baseball, football, and rugby.

Katherine Miller, Reformed University Fellowship
Katherine Miller is from Leland, Michigan, and is a graduate of Wake Forest University. At Wake, she studied Studio Art with emphasis in painting and sculpture, as well as Entrepreneurship and Art History. Katherine encountered Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at Wake during her freshman year. She found the teaching and community at RUF to be so transformative that after graduation, Katherine joined the staff of RUF and worked for two years at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is excited to join the staff of RUF City Campus in New York and plans to spend her spare time visiting the MET as often as possible.

Kevin Niemann, Bridges International
Kevin graduated with a Speech Communication major and Spanish minor from Texas A&M University in 1995 where he served as a resident director of one of the school’s oldest residence halls. Since graduating, he has served in campus ministry at Texas Tech University, Samara State University in Samara, Russia and Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia. Kevin and his family returned to the Texas in 2009 to work with Bridges International – a ministry to provide service opportunities, social networking and spiritual resources for international students. After three years in Texas, Kevin and his wife began to miss life in the city and decided to move to New York to help with the needs of international students here in the greatest city in the world. Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife, discovering new cultures, playing with his two children and biking around the city.

Joshua Ong, International Students, Inc.
Pastor Josh grew up in Arizona, and has served in Youth Ministry since 2000. He has served at Chinese churches in LA, Tucson, Columbus, Dallas, and is currently serving at Trust in God Baptist Church (TIG). He's both a jock and a nerd, as he plays sports but loves sci-fi. He once drank an entire gallon of milk within an hour, and because of that, he is now lactose sensitive.

Soo Ho Park, Campus Mission Church
Soo Ho became a Christian in his 3rd year in college. After receiving his degrees in Physics from Seoul National University, he worked at R&D in LG headquarter for 2 years and started his seminary study. After serving as young adults’ pastor at Sarang Community Church for several, he came to America for further studies. He thanks God for giving them the opportunity to help Korean international students (KCSA students) on campuses in New York since 2003, teaching the Old and New Testaments, helping students to deal with conflicts in relationship with parents, friends, professors and to overcome difficult circumstances in studying as international students, and counselling them to choose jobs and further study for the next step under pressure of their future. He's married and has two sons and a daughter. As a forever friend of young adults, he likes what young adults like, eating, chatting, and sporting. He loves to hike, play tennis, and drink tea.

Timothy Price, Reformed University Fellowship
Tim Price is a Christian. He was not a Christian until about six years ago. Before that he was not doing much with his life and was deep in depression and drug addiction. He has been sober almost as long as he has been a Christian. He has great joy and deep contentment in his life nowadays thanks to his relationship with God. He has a mustache tattoo on his finger (something he considers one of his better life decisions) and he loves to be outside playing sports or reading.

Ross Queener, Cru
Ross grew up in a suburban area outside of Dayton, Ohio. His family was, essentially, non-religious (not atheist or agnostic, but lacking a clear sense of commitment to any religion or religious belief). After he graduated from high school and served six years in the US Navy (three years of which were on a submarine), he went to college at The Ohio State University, getting a B.S. in Math Education. While in his fourth year at OSU he came to recognize that not only was God real, but He was personal and knowable. And Ross wanted to know Him. This led him into a period of searching, the culmination of which was his understanding that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. That marked the beginning of Ross’ commitment to follow Him for the rest of his life. Fun Fact: The suburban community that I grew up in, Huber Heights, Ohio, claimed to be “America’s Largest Community of Brick Homes”. There were large signs that said so as you entered.

Anne Marie Roderick, The Episcopal Diocese of New York, Union Theological Seminary
Anne Marie graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana where she majored in Religion. During her time at Earlham, Anne Marie was active in many student groups and in religious life on campus; she also worked closely with the Interfaith Youth Core to develop skills in promoting interfaith dialogue. After college, her passion for faith and interfaith cooperation grew. Anne Marie interned with Sojourners Magazine, a Christian peace and justice publication, before heading to seminary in 2012. Anne Marie is currently a third year Masters of Divinity student at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and she hopes to pursue ordination in the Episcopal Church. Although she is a native New Yorker, Anne Marie has lived in India, Israel, New Orleans, Indiana, and Washington DC. Among her talents she counts the ability to wiggle her ears—an inherited trait shared by the women in her family. She is excited to get to know NYU.

Donna Schaper, Judson Memorial Church
The Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper, formerly at Coral Gables Congregational Church in Miami and before that at Yale University, is Senior Minister for Judson Memorial Church on the corner of Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, New York City. She began this post in 2005, will be ordained 40 years in 2014. As an elder, she is passionately concerned about leaving the next generation well-prepared for all they have to face.

Leann Sebald, The Navigators
Leann is a recent graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, where her study focused on dance, biology and psychology. She was involved in the Christian Fellowship at Marymount and New York University throughout her college years. Coming from a small town in Pennsylvania, she found a new home in the city through the loving community that exists within the Navigators’ campus ministry. Serving as a staff intern with the Navigators Leann hopes to come alongside students and support them as they transition and grow during their time in school. She has a background in the Protestant faith and currently attends a non-denominational church in the city. She was also very involved with Young Life during her high school years. For fun, she can spend hours drawing with charcoal and can hardly resist good conversation and a quality latté.

Romall Smalls, Student Christian Movement of NYC
Minister F. Romall Smalls is a lover of peace and justice. He is also a dynamic preacher, public speaker and social commentator who has appeared on WLIB-AM, KISS-FM, and BlogTalkRadio. His central focus is Liberation Theology. This includes spurring religious institutions to grapple with the issue of human sexuality within the spiritual experience. He is one of group of spirited leaders seeking to reignite the growing social justice as an act of faith effort of the Student Christian Movement of NYC (SCM-NYC). Min. Smalls received Clinical Pastoral Care (CPE) training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital- Westchester Psychiatric Division. He is a graduating seminarian at Union Theological Seminary of NYC and a licensed minister at the historic Grace Baptist Church of Mount Vernon, NY. He was profiled in the New York Observer Newspaper for his work as a Protest Chaplain at the Occupy Wall Street movement in Lower Manhattan. His extensive past experience as an award winning journalist and media relations executive, serves as a major resource in his effort to inform, inspire and engage the mind and heart of the world.

Peter Trautmann, The Navigators
Peter Trautmann knew that he wanted to find a community to support his faith when he arrived as a freshman at NYU. What he found was much deeper than just support; he had a series of experiences that changed his life forever. He was amazed by Christian students who had lives that were robust, meaningful and fun. He loved the balance of fun and substance he found in The Navigators- a group committed to going deep into the Scriptures and deep into relationships. He traveled to Mongolia to serve and teach English with The Navigators the summer between his junior and senior years. After NYU, he worked in downtown Manhattan on the business side of a non-profit for two years before going to Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary for his Master of Divinity. He then joined the staff of The Navigators so that he could provide others the same kind of authentic community that was so transformative for him. He loves John 10:10 where Jesus says, “I came that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Measuring in at 6-foot-7-inches, he’s often asked, “Do you play basketball?” To which he sometimes responds, “Do you play miniature golf?”

Ulysses Wang, Encounter Christian Fellowship
Ulysses Wang is a born and bred New Yorker – he was born in the Bronx, raised in Queens, and went to high school and college in Manhattan. He graduated from NYU’s undergraduate business school in 1999 and worked on Wall Street for a couple of years before deciding to pursue a degree in theology. He graduated from Westminster Theological seminary in 2005 with a Master of Divinity and has been serving in pastoral roles at local churches ever since. He is married to a wonderful fellow New Yorker – Christine – whom he also met at NYU. They have two children – Audrey and Noah – and currently live in Manhattan. Aside from God and his family, Ulysses has another passion – strategy games. He is a real geek at heart and loves crushing opponents in games of the mind.

David Williams, InterVarsity's Graduate & Faculty Ministries
David Williams is a campus staffmember for InterVarsity’s Graduate & Faculty Ministries at NYU where he serves as a university chaplain, pastor, and advisor for the medical, dental, and law student fellowships. A native of Raleigh, NC, David joined InterVarsity in 2011 and spent his first two years on staff serving the Graduate & Faculty Ministries at NC State University, Meredith College and Campbell Law School. David holds maters’ degrees in biblical studies and theology from Westminster Theological Seminary and Duke Divinity School, and is a devoted lifelong learner. David is passionate about helping people to love God with all their hearts, souls, minds, and strength and to love their neighbors as themselves. David and his lovely fiancée, Alissa, are planning to get married this coming December and to settle in Brooklyn. You can follow David’s ministry at his blog, . A fun fact about David is that he briefly held the record for hotdogs consumed in a lunch-hour at Ashworth’s Drugstore in Cary, North Carolina.

Mary Catherine Young, The Episcopal Diocese of New York “Mary Cat” Young is an Episcopal priest who has spent more than ten years working with youth, college students and young adults in Minnesota, Massachusetts, and South Carolina. Mary Cat and her husband Chad have loved their first year of living in New York with their schnauzer “The Enforcer,” and can often be found in the small dog park across the street from Kimmel Student Center. Mary Cat has been active in church work on the local and national level, most recently having been a member of the task force that developed rites for blessing same-sex relationships in Episcopal Churches nationwide. Favorite hobbies include: knitting, baking chocolate chip cookies, and reading Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic books.

Yashan (Ruth) Zhou, Youth Evangelical Fellowship
Ruth spent the first 6 years of her life in China, the next 12 years in Japan and the next 10+ years in the U.S. While her family members were all atheists, God was always a part of her life, mysteriously placing Christians all around her since childhood. Amid her identity crisis during college years, God could finally capture her through His Word, bringing her deep peace and assurance that her ultimate identity is in Christ. Though she was studying in Wesleyan University, the very place she had the first life-changing Bible study was NYU. It is her joy to now engage with NYU students and worship together as a spiritual family. Ruth considers every activity of life as worship, and especially her kitchen as another sanctuary. Besides cooking, she enjoys sports--basketball, volleyball, tennis, golf, name it. Just as she was fascinated and transformed by the Bible, Ruth hopes to share the eye-opening experiences of God's Word with NYU students who will be the world changers.


Cajetan Cuddy, Catholic Center
Father Cajetan Cuddy, O.P., is a priest of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph. Reared an evangelical Protestant, he converted to Catholicism during his freshman year of college and completed his undergraduate education at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He first encountered the Dominicans through the writings of Saint Thomas Aquinas, and he entered the Order of Preachers in 2009. Father Cuddy received the Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB), Master of Divinity (MDiv), and Licentiate of Sacred Theology (STL) degrees from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. He is currently assigned to Saint Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village, New York City.

Patrick Dunford, Catholic Campus Ministry
Patrick is originally from Boston, Massachusetts. As part of a Marine Corps family, he has moved 20 times and lived in 6 states! He graduated from James Madison University with degrees in Public Relations and Spanish in 2012, and is excited to now serve NYU for another year. Pat’s a huge fan of playing and watching sports, Doctor Who, spontaneous NYC adventures, being tall, and serving on mission trips from places like Kentucky to Jamaica! He also loves international travel, with his ancestors of Ireland as a highlight, and thinks Pope Francis is the man. Fun Fact: Pat’s an avid long-distance runner, and completed his first marathon and half-marathon last year.

Frederick Lothers, FOCUS
Frederick grew up in a military family, moving constantly, not truly having one particular place to call ‘home’ in the way other people meant it. He's lived in Germany, Kansas, California (two times), Alaska, Texas (two times), and Virginia. He is an only child, which means much of his life has been defined by his mom, Mary, his dad, John, and his dog, Skipper. One of the tougher aspects of that part of his life was dealing with his father’s four deployments to Iraq: once during Operation Desert Storm, and three times during Operation Iraqi Freedom. So much moving also means that he's attended many different schools during his life--including three high schools, and two community colleges before finishing his associates’ degree. In 2011, after completing his associates’ degree in Northern Virginia, he began attending the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. His conversion to Roman Catholicism from agnosticism—one of the most defining times of his life—began around this time as well. During his final year at UVA, he also served as one of the 9 co-chairs that made up the leadership team for the Catholic Student Ministry at UVA, or CSM. In the spring of 2014 he received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from UVA.

Emily Martinez, FOCUS
Emily Martinez is a second year FOCUS missionary, so very excited to serve on NYU’s campus! Born and raised in Ralston, Nebraska, she attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln’s Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film as a Theatre Performance major. While she was raised Catholic, she didn’t have a real encounter with Jesus until college. With the help of a FOCUS missionary and with the blessing of being cast as Joan of Arc, she discovered what it meant to truly have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. She is passionate about sharing her Catholic faith through the beauty of theatre, her personal testimony, and the amazing gospel! Fun facts? She is related to over 15 police officers, she loves Chinese food, and she has a mean British accent. God bless!

Sonia Tompkins, FOCUS
Sonia is a Catholic missionary with FOCUS (The Fellowship of Catholic University Students). She was born and raised in Columbia, Maryland and has a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics from Tulane University. She grew up in a Catholic family, but it wasn't until college that she truly learned how to live out her faith through the encouragement and mentorship of a FOCUS missionary at Tulane. She is excited to share the love and joy of Christ with students and walk with them on their journeys towards Sainthood.

Felipe Rufes Vazquez,
My name is Felipe Rufes Vazquez, I was born on September 13th, 1954, in Avila, a very old and small city in Spain. I grew in a farm although I did not become a farmer because my parents wanted me to study. I completed my educational formation in Madrid and later in Buenos Aires (Argentina) where I lived for about twelve years. Early in my life, I discovered my vocation to help and as a result I joined a Catholic religious community, the Idente Missionaries, founded in Spain in 1959. As member of this community, I have had the opportunity of visiting several countries including Argentina, Colombia, Check Republic, Poland, Thailand, China, Philippines and the United States. It was in New York (at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral) where I was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1999. I have spent about forty years teaching, mainly Spanish Language together with Spanish Literature, History and Philosophy. My last professorship in this field was at the University of the Philippines, in Quezon City (Metro Manila), where I worked for twelve years. I love mountains and enjoy spending time immersed in nature finding myself in full harmony with it. Nature always produces in my soul a renewed astonishment. I also like to travel rural roads and taste and enjoy the typical products of each place. Among the plastic arts, I prefer painting and particularly the beauty of icons. Presently, I am helping my religious community in the parish of Our Lady of Loreto, in the Diocese of Rockville Center and I have the pleasure of serving as the Catholic Chaplain at POLY-NYU.

Allan White, Roman Catholic Church Archdiocese of New York
Father White OP was born in London and after studies at Oxford University he joined the Dominican Order in 1973 and was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1979. After studies in philosophy and theology he completed a Ph.D. in sixteenth century history at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. His time in the Order has been mostly spent in the university ministry, teaching in Oxford, Cambridge, London and Edinburgh, and in administration. He has served as senior Chaplain in the University of Edinburgh and was associate Chaplain in the University of Oxford before being invited to become senior Chaplain in the University of Cambridge. He was elected Prior Provincial of the English Dominican friars in 2000 and served in that capacity for eight years before going to Rome as an assistant to the Master of the Dominican Order. Father Allan came to the United States in 2011 and was asked to accept the post of Director of the NYU Catholic Centre.

Sebastian White, Catholic Center
Fr. Sebastian White, O.P. grew up in Maine and studied at Gordon College, on the North Shore of Boston. After college, he lived for four years in Austria. During his time there, he met the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans) in Vienna. In 2008, he entered the novitiate for the Province of St. Joseph, and was ordained a Catholic priest in 2014. He is very happy to be in New York and working at the Catholic Center at NYU.

Joseph Caruso, Hindu Campus Ministry
Joe Caruso was born in April of 1978 in Red Bank, NJ. From a young age he was deeply attracted to classical music and began playing the piano at about the age of 10. He pursued classical music throughout high school and into college where he studied with Dr. Min Kim and earned a degree in Music Education. However, during his last two years, a shift in his interest took place which he considered to be a natural progression from the Arts to Religion. Classical Music always put him in touch with the sublime and the sublimity of life itself. This led to a lot of deeper questions about himself, life, and God. He enthusiastically started reading many spiritual and holy books. It became such a passion for him that he began exploring and visiting various monasteries. After graduating college he had planned to live in one such monastery (Krishna Bhakti asrama, located in the lower east side of Manhattan) for one month before beginning his career. But he never left. He has been happily living there in the association of ten other monks for nine years now. Some student friends of his at NYU started a spiritual club on campus and invited him to give some classes. Since then he has had many wonderful relationships with students and faculty at NYU, and the cooking classes and Bhagavad Gita study groups have continued through the years.

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa, International Society for Krishna Consciousness                                                                                           Pandit has been working as the Hindu chaplain at NYU for eight years. Growing up in Los Angeles, Pandit found little connection to his Hindu faith until a financial crises made him question the cause of suffering and the deeper meaning of life. His exploration in the Hindu text, the Bhagavad Gita, led him to a temple in India where he began to explore the monastic path. Pandit currently lives in the Lower East Side of Manhattan where he serves as a priest and lecturer. He is also the Hindu chaplain at Columbia University and the Interfaith chaplain at Union Theological Seminary.

Gideon Black, JLIC
Rabbi Gideon Black was born in Glasgow, Scotland and grew up in London, England. After high school, Gideon studied the Bible, theology, and the Talmud for two years in Israel. Gideon received his law degree from University College London and an MA in Jewish Philosophy from Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School. As part of his rabbinical training, Gideon worked with the Jewish community in Charleston, SC and served as a rabbinic intern at the Manhattan Jewish Experience and the Riverdale Jewish Center. Gideon was ordained in 2011 by Yeshiva University’s theological seminary. At NYU, Gideon serves as the rabbi of the Orthodox Jewish community, running the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC), at the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life.  Gideon and his wife Aliza are the proud parents of one-year-old Judah, and live here in Greenwich Village.

Samuel Cohen, Bronfman Center for Jewish Life
Sam Cohen grew up in Farmington, Maine, in a house that used to be a barn. He graduated NYU in 2013, where he majored in Jews and minored in the Internet. He was a co-founder of the NYU Indie Minyan, a Fellow at Yeshivat Hadar, and a member of the NYU Badminton Club. Sam has traveled in 34 states and 14 countries, and has photographed couples kissing in most of those places. He likes photography, tennis, magic tricks, avocados, really tall buildings, and anything that brings people together.

Nikki DeBlosi, Bronfman Center for Jewish Life
Ordained from HUC-JIR, the seminary of the Reform movement, Rabbi Nikki DeBlosi is passionately dedicated to pluralist Judaism, feminism, and LGBTQ rights. She holds a BA in Women’s Studies from Harvard University and both an MA and a PhD in Performance Studies from NYU. She has taught in the Religious Studies, Performance Studies, and Expository Writing Departments at NYU and loves both formal and informal teaching. While she works intimately with the Reform and Queer Jewish communities, Rabbi Nikki also oversees the "big picture" and visioning for Shabbat and holidays here at the Bronfman Center. A convert to Judaism, Rabbi Nikki is particularly happy to discuss spiritual change, doubts, and questions… but she’s also happy to talk pop culture, science fiction, HBO’s Girls, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Game of Thrones. Rabbi Nikki lives in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, with her wife Rachel and their son Ilan. Email Nikki!

Aaron Eisemann, Bronfman Center for Jewish Life and MEOR Maimonides Leadership Fellowship program
Rabbi Aaron Eisemann, affectionately known as Rabbi E, can't seem to graduate the college scene. After graduating from Yeshiva Derech Chaim Rabbincal Institute in Brooklyn, he has been on campus for 14 years and counting. He began his career teaching Jewish wisdom to the University of Michigan students in Ann Arbor. He then headed east, and continued to teach and inspire university students in lower Manhattan. Rabbi E loves eating doughnuts and spending time with his wife, Tziporah, and their beautiful family. Rabbi E has lots of great qualities, with a possible exception of his sense of humor, which many agree is steadily improving.

Yehuda Sarna, Bronfman Center for Jewish Life
Rabbi Sarna serves as University Chaplain and Rabbi at the Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU. Rabbi Sarna founded the Jewish Learning Fellowship at NYU, a “school-within-a-school,” offering intensive ten-week courses of exploration in Jewish thought. With nearly 1000 alumni since 2007, the Fellowship now serves as a national educational model for Jewish campus groups. Rabbi Sarna was awarded the Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence from Hillel International in 2008. He was listed as one of “36 under 36 Changemakers” by the New York Jewish Week (2009), received the Hallmark Award from the NYU Division of Student Affairs (2010), and will be honored with a United Nations’ Juliet Hollister Award in October (2012) by the Temple of Understanding. He is the editor of The Koren Shabbat Evening Siddur (2011) and Orthodox Forum Series: Toward a Jewish Perspective on Culture (forthcoming).

Sion Setton, Bronfman Center for Jewish Life
Rabbi Sion Setton, born in Brooklyn as part of the Sephardic Syrian community, currently presides as the Rabbi and Spiritual Leader of Congregation Magen David of Manhattan on Sullivan Street. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Yeshiva University and is pursuing a Masters in Medieval Jewish History at the Bernard Revel Graduate School for Jewish Studies. Throughout his rabbinical studies, Rabbi Setton taught at various institutions such as Ramaz and the Edmond J. Safra Synagogue. He also has coordinated and participated in different educational and humanitarian missions around the world, traveling to: Israel, Turkey, Morocco, Senegal, Thailand, England, Spain and Panama. Rabbi Setton is a committed techy who truly believes in the integration of modern technology with religious and educational initiatives. He serves as a teacher & the Director of Educational Technology at Barkai Yeshiva and also founded, an online platform that highlights various educators around the world.

Gamliel Shmalo, Bronfman Center for Jewish Life and MEOR Maimonides Leadership Fellowship program
Gamliel Shmalo is the Educational Director of Meor NYU and teaches Jewish philosphy and law at Yeshiva University. His interet is in creating a living interaction between the modern experience and ancient wisdom. University of Pennsylvania (BA), Hebrew University in Jerusalem (MA), Beit Ariel Jerusalem (Rabbinic Ordination). He has published on Jewish holidays and customs as well as issues in Biblical ethics and lectures internationally. He and his wife, Mahnaz, have seven children (three sets of twins!), five of whom are certified Scuba divers. Rabbi Shmalo was a founding member of the underwater unit of Israel's ZAKA.

Rebekah Thornhill, Bronfman Center for Jewish Life
Rebekah is starting her third year at the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU where she oversees student leadership development, advises student clubs and manages programming for shabbat and holidays as well as Israel and Holocaust education. Rebekah also has the great privilege of running Taglit-Birthright Israel at NYU and other immersive experiences including the annual Bridges: Muslim-Jewish Interfaith Dialogue;alternative break trip. She graduated from NYU in 2011 where she was an Eryk Spektor Scholar in Jewish Studies and studied abroad with the pioneer group to NYU Tel Aviv. Most recently, Rebekah studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and hopes to continue her passion for Jewish learning by pursuing an MA in Education and Jewish Studies at NYU’s Steinhardt School. Originally from Austin, Texas, Rebekah is the oldest of five and adores her family, Texas Longhorn baseball, the beach and coffee.

Simcha Weinstein, Poly JSU
Rabbi Simcha Weinstein is the best-selling author of Up, Up, and Oy Vey: How Jewish History, Culture, and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero and Shtick Shift: Jewish Humor in the 21st Century. He has appeared on CNN and NPR and has been profiled in leading publications, including The New York Times and London Guardian. A syndicated columnist, he writes for The Jerusalem Post, JTA, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Condé Nast, and many others. He is an affiliate chaplain at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and chairs the Religious Affairs Committee at Pratt Institute and was recently voted "New York's Hippest Rabbi" by PBS affiliate Channel 13. His latest book, The Case for Children: Why Parenthood Makes Your World Better, was recently released. 

Khalid Latif, Islamic Center at NYU
Khalid is a University Chaplain for NYU, Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU, and a Chaplain for the NYPD. He was appointed the first Muslim chaplain at NYU in 2005. Under his leadership, the Islamic Center at NYU became the first established Muslim student center at an institution of higher education in the United States. In 2007, Imam Latif became the youngest chaplain in the history of the NYC Police Department at the age of 24. Latif has been featured in numerous media outlets including the Huffington Post, BBC, NPR, CNN, the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Colbert Report, and Time. Imam Latif has been named a Global Interfaith Visionary by the UN Temple of Understanding (2010), one of 100 NYC Luminaries by the NY Public Library (2011), one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding and The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (2009 & 2010), a Millennial Leader for Social Justice by Auburn Seminary (2011), and he was recently featured in the Christian Science Monitor’s “30 under 30” list (2012).

Rev. Doyeon Park, Buddhist Campus Ministry and Won Buddhism

Rev. Doyeon Park is a Kyomunim, literally meaning one who devotes oneself to teach Buddha dharma in the Won Buddhist tradition. She has served as a minister of the Manhattan Won Buddhist temple and Alternative Representative of Won Buddhism to the United Nations since 2008. Also, she is the Buddhist chaplain at Columbia University and New York University.

Rev. Doyeon focuses on creating a sangha (spiritual community) where various individuals and groups can cultivate their inner wisdom and compassion to live with peace and dignity based on the teachings of Won Buddhism. Realizing the interconnectedness of all through her spiritual practice, she is also actively engaged in interfaith dialogue and cooperation to promote mutual understanding and respect among different religions.

Inspired by the Buddhist idea of inner freedom and happiness, Rev. Park started her monastic training in 1998. She graduated from Dept. of Won Buddhism, Won Kwang University, Iksan, Korea and earned M.A. of Won Buddhist Studies from Won Institute of Graduate Studies, Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA. She received full ordination in 2007.

Frank Fredericks, World Faith (Interfaith)
Frank Fredericks is the founder of World Faith and Mean Communications. After graduating from NYU, Frank worked in the music industry, managing artists such as Lady Gaga. In 2006, he founded World Faith, a youth-led interfaith organization active in 16 countries. Frank has contributed to Huffington Post, Washington Post, and has been interviewed on Good Morning America, NPR, and New York magazine. He is a Fellow of IFYC, Soliya, AMENDS, and YouthActionNet.

Katherine "Kat" Katsanis~Semel, The Mindfulness Project, Celebrating Life Ministries (Interfaith)
Rev. Katherine "Kat" Katsanis-Semel (Mindfulness Chaplain) is ordained as a Spiritual Healer and a Minister through Celebrating Life Ministries, a thriving, Interfaith Community. For over ten years, she has worked in private practice as a professional Healer & Meditation Teacher (; Katherine is also a writer who has contributed blogs to and She lives in Manhattan with her Jewish life partner. Katherine considers herself to be broad-minded, open-hearted, and Spirit-guided; she looks forward to getting to know you!

Anne Klaeysen, New York Society for Ethical Culture (Secular/Humanism)
Anne Klaeysen is clergy leader of the New York Society for Ethical Culture (NYSEC), founded in 1876 and located at 2 West 64th Street in Manhattan, and serves the Columbia University-Barnard College community as Humanist Religious Life Advisor. Dr. Klaeysen was Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island from 2002 to 2008 and the first Humanist Chaplain at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral counseling from Hebrew Union College, Master’s degrees in Business Administration from New York University and in German from the State University of New York at Albany, and studied at the University of Wuerzburg in Germany (1971-73). Dr. Klaeysen is also a graduate of The Humanist Institute (Class X), co-mentored Class XV, and now serves as co-dean of the institute. She is a member of the American Humanist Association, International Humanist and Ethical Union, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and numerous interfaith social justice alliances, including Empire State Pride Agenda—Pride in the Pulpit, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, NYS Labor-Religion Coalition, and Occupy Faith NYC.

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