Rev. Doyeon Park, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Rev. Doyeon Park is a Kyomunim, literally meaning one who devotes oneself to teach Buddha dharma in the Won Buddhism. She is a minister of the Manhattan Won Buddhist temple and the Buddhist Religious Life Adviser at Columbia University. She served as an Alternative Representative of Won Buddhism to the United Nations from 2008 to 2013. 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. 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.
Rev. Malik Walker, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Malik is a monk in the tradition and Soto Zen lineage of Kodo Sawaki and Taisen Deshimaru. He received Bodhisattva and monastic ordination at the New Orleans Zen Temple. Since 2007, He's had the privilege to lead and provide beginning meditation instruction in a variety of places, most notably the Center for Buddhist Life at Yale University, and with the Bodhi Tree Zen Fellowship at Fordham University. He is also the Founding Director of Monju-do Zen Fellowship in Brooklyn, an affiliate group of the American Zen Association and the New Orleans Zen Temple. Connected to his journey as a Zen practitioner and student, is a general fascination and scholarly pursuit in religious studies. He earned his BA and MA in Religion and is completing his Ph.D. in Theology at Fordham University. Finally, he is a New Orleans native that makes the tastiest Gumbo this side of the Mississippi.
Sebastian White, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Fr. Sebastian grew up in Maine and went to college in Massachusetts, majoring in Economics. After college, he lived Austria for for years, studying at the International Theological Institute, and working for Franciscan University of Steubenville. 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 priest in 2014. He is very happy to be in New York and to be working in the New York University community.
Chandrashekar Vellur, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
I have been formally educated in Sanskrit, Vedas, Bhagavad Geeta, Vedanta and Yoga. I started religious education at the age of 7 and continued the same till the age of 20. I have worked as a religion teacher at various centers in Southern India. I have undergone religious studies that relates to Hindu Priesthood and worked at temples in Bangalore, India. I have Masters in Mathematics and Masters in Computer Science. I work as a Financial Functional Analyst at Deutsche Bank, NY. I have been with the Bank for more than 20 years and worked at various centers in Europe before starting work at NY. I volunteer to teach Mathematics, English, and religion at Hindu Temple and as a Corporate Volunteer at different schools.
Dr. Anne Klaeysen, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Anne Klaeysen is clergy leader of the New York Society for Ethical Culture and co-Dean of The Humanist Institute. She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral care and counseling from Hebrew Union College. Anne was raised Roman Catholic in a small village in western NYS. She discovered the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture as a compromise venue for her marriage to an Orthodox Jew. Soon it became their religious community, and they raised their two children there.
Frank Fredericks, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Frank Fredericks is the founder of World Faith, a global movement to end religious violence, and Mean Communications, a digital agency for social good. After working in the music industry, managing artists such as Lady Gaga, Frank founded World Faith in 2008. He has been recognized as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, and is a Fellow Alumnus of Leading for Impact at Oxford Skoll Centre, AMENDS at Stanford, IFYC, Soliya, Ariane de Rothschild, and YouthActionNet. He did his BM at NYU and his MBA at Oxford University as a Global Shaper Scholar.
Julie Novas, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Rev. Julie Novas, Esq., LMSW is an Ordained Interfaith Minister, Reiki Teacher, Holistic Health Counselor, Social Worker and Attorney living, loving and working in NYC. A native of the Bronx, she was born and raised Roman Catholic and found her spiritual home in Buddhism and Earth-based/ Indigenous practices. A practitioner of the dharma since 2004, in the fall of 2013, Rev. Julie sat her first 86 day extended meditation retreat. Recently, she completed the 2.5 year Community Dharma Leader teacher training program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. Her work focuses on the intersectionality of race, class, gender and oppression. She supports others in examining structures and institutions through a holistic, social and legal lens to promote resistance/resiliency to oppression, social justice and social change. Currently, she works as a Mental Health Coordinator, is an Item Writer with ASWB for the national licensing exam for social workers and is an Adjunct at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. She loves reading, soaking in the sun and being in nature.
Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU
Yehuda Sarna, University Affiliate Chaplain
Rabbi Yehuda Sarna is a visionary, inspiring and highly personable rabbi known for his passion, sensitivity, creativity, and openness. A communal leader, teacher and innovator, he serves as the Skirball Executive Director of the Bronfman Center and University Chaplain of NYU. Rabbi Sarna and his family live in Gramercy Green, where he is Chaplain-in-Residence, and maintain an "open home" to students. He is married to Dr. Michelle Waldman Sarna and father to Batya, Maayan, Moshe, David, Amital and Hillel.
Islamic Center at NYU
Khalid Latif, University Chaplain
Imam Khalid Latif is a University Chaplain for New York University, Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU, and a Chaplain for the NYPD. He is also the co-founder of Honest Chops, the first-ever all-natural/organic halal butcher in NYC, the Muslim Wedding Service, an agency specializing in providing charismatic and inspirational marriage officiants for wedding ceremonies, and a partner in the MKO Group, an investment group that owns and operates multiple Edible Arrangements franchisees in Manhattan.Under his leadership, the Islamic Center at NYU became the first ever established Muslim student center at an institution of higher education in the United States. Imam Latif’s exceptional dedication and ability to cross interfaith and cultural lines on a daily basis brought him recognition throughout the city, so much so that in 2007 Mayor Michael Bloomberg nominated Imam Latif to become the youngest chaplain in history of the New York City Police Department at the age of 24. Most recently, Imam Latif was selected as one of 60 NYC leaders to serve on May Bill Deblasio’s Transition Team, helping to recommend and select individuals for key roles in the current NYC administration and also appointed to a “Task Force to Combat Hate” by NYC Public Advocate Tisch James to deal with the rise in Islamophobic, anti-semitic and anti-sikh sentiment in NYC.
For questions about Protestantism abroad, please contact the Chairs of the Protestant Life Affiliate Network (listed below) and they can help find the Chaplain best suited to your needs.
Kevin Niemann, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
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. In 2014, Kevin finished his Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, MO. Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife, discovering new cultures, hanging out with his two children and biking around the city.
Mary Catherine Young, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
“Mary Cat” Young is an Episcopal priest who has spent fifteen years working with youth, college students and young adults in Minnesota, Massachusetts, South Carolina and New York. Mary Cat and her husband Chad are enjoying the art of becoming parents to their one year old daughter Dorothy Sue and their mini-schnauzer “The Enforcer." 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.
Sapreet Kaur, Senior Affiliate Chaplain
Sapreet is the Executive Director of the Sikh Coalition, a community-based organization that works towards the realization of civil and human rights for all people. In particular, they work towards a world where Sikhs may freely practice and enjoy their faith while fostering strong relations with their local community wherever they may be. In 2013, Sapreet became the first Sikh to speak in a Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service. She has appeared in/on several media outlets including the New York Times, Time Magazine, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, National Public Radio, and Fox News. She volunteers with the Girl Scouts of the USA (www.girlscouts.org) currently serving on the National Board of Directors as a member of the Board Executive team in the role of Secretary and International Commissioner. Previously, from 2008 to 2014, she served as a board member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (www.wagggsworld.org), a 10 million member worldwide movement across 147 countries providing non-formal education where girls and young women develop leadership and life skills through self-development, challenge and adventure. She also currently serves on the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation board of directors. (www.tutufoundationusa.org). Sapreet is a member of the National Organization of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, having served as a business volunteer in Uganda and Kenya from 1998-2001. She previously served on the Board of Directors of Fellowship of Activists to Embrace Humanity, a human development organization committed to fighting poverty and promoting education in South Asia. Sapreet is a graduate of the Stern School of Business at New York University with a dual degree in marketing and international business. Sapreet’s favorite food is ice cream.