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Spiritual Advisors

Tasbiha Batool

Shi’a Muslim Spiritual Life Coordinator

After getting my bachelors degree at the University of Texas, I moved to Boston to pursue my master’s in Political Science at Northeastern. My main interests are regarding politics and religion, and more specifically, the intersection of Shiism and politics. I have previously worked with organizations with both political and religious interests. I believe in community organizing and international solidarity with oppressed people. In my spare time, I enjoy writing and performing spoken word, and teaching myself Arabic calligraphy.

Partha Biswas

Hindu Spiritual Advisor

Partha is currently a technical development manager at Mathworks and a visiting faculty at the Tufts University.  He got his Bachelors from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), and his PhD from the University of California, Irvine. Despite having high-profile responsibilities under his belt, he strives to live a very simple and humble life of devotion towards God. He believes that when we take upon responsibilities of life as a service to God, we can tangibly experience God’s presence even in so-called mundane affairs of life.

His deep faith in spiritual principles is a result of seeds that were sown when he was 10 years old. Since then, he has inculcated habits of regularly reading scriptures and practicing meditation.  His practices and realizations matured as he got opportunities to receive directions from various qualified teachers. As an offering of gratitude to his teachers, he founded Meditation clubs in various universities over the last 13 years to share his knowledge of how to live scriptural principles in contemporary settings.  He serves as a spiritual trainer in the lives of many spiritual aspirants coming from all walks of life.

Anjum Biswas

Hindu Spiritual Advisor

Anjum did her Masters in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine. After working for a few years as a computer scientist, she took a break to fully devote her time in studying Vedic scriptures.  Thereafter, she earned a Bhakti Shastri degree from the Vrindavan Institute for Higher Education. She has been visiting many universities over the last 13 years to interact with students who want to develop their spiritual dimensions and support their spiritual journeys in multifarious ways. Apart from mentoring many spiritual aspirants, she takes special interest in bringing the messages of ancient scriptures alive through stories, drama, puppetry, art, music and through a strong practice in her own life.

She volunteers her computer engineering skills to design websites and portfolios for charity organizations. As an experienced cook of karma-free diet, she has been conducting cooking classes at the Northeastern University. She lives in Wayland and has been serving the NEU community in collaboration with her better half – Partha Biswas. Along with their two children, Radha and Visakha, the entire family shares a common enthusiasm and passion for increasing their devotion to God and sharing their experience with others. Anjum can be reached at


Joyce DeGreeff

Lutheran Spiritual Advisor

Joyce joined Northeastern in the fall of 1997 as a Lutheran campus minister and university spiritual adviser. A 1999 graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Joyce has a particular interest in helping students link faith and spirituality with community service and social justice. She is the youth coordinator at West Concord Union Church in Concord, Massachusetts, and has previously coached and taught in Connecticut and Maine. In her spare time, Joyce enjoys listening to jazz and gospel music, coaching basketball, hiking, cross-country skiing, and spending time with her husband and children.

Linsey Field

Sojourn Collegiate Ministry Spiritual Advisor

Linsey has a deep love for good stories, good questions and good tea. As a student studying Marine Science and Biology, Linsey learned to see the integration of science and spirituality with the help of her Sojourn community. After graduation, Linsey worked in animal husbandry for a number of years before her heart brought her back to Boston and to Sojourn. Now, she finds herself working to help students discover what it means when life and faith intersect.

Brother Sam Gunn

Catholic Spiritual Advisor and Director of The Catholic Center

Sam is director of Northeastern’s Catholic Center, which he joined in the fall of 2011. During his tenure, he has worked to include students from other area campuses in the programs of the Catholic Center through an initiative of the Archdiocese of Boston called Hope for Undergraduates in Boston (HUB). He joined the Brotherhood of Hope in 1990 and, upon completion of his training, served in various campus ministry positions at the likes of Rutgers University and Florida State University. In 2007, Sam received his MA in Ministry from St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, and then joined the pastoral staff of Boston University’s Catholic Center. A former graphic designer, he still uses his design and artistic gifts in creating striking visuals for flyers, posters, and websites, as well as portraying unsuspecting friends in cartoon form.

Reverend MaryHelen Gunn

UU Spiritual Advisor and Spiritual Advising and Wellness Programs Outreach Coordinator

MaryHelen is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister with a passion for the magic that happens when human understanding and interrelatedness deepen. For five years, she served as an active founding co-leader of Journeys on the Hill, co-leading inter-religious study dialogues and co-creating inter-religious all-campus programs at Andover Newton Theological School and Hebrew College. Following her ordination at First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Brookline, Massachusetts, she served as alumni outreach coordinator for Andover Newton Theological School. She lives with her family in Jamaica Plain and enjoys outdoor time hiking in the Blue Hills and gardening organically with habitat-minded plantings.

Kaitlin Ho

Intervarsity Multi-Ethnic Christian Fellowship Spiritual Advisor

Kaitlin studied English Literature and French Language at Boston University, and is currently studying for her MDiv at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She has been working for InterVarsity Multi-Ethnic Christian Fellowship at Northeastern since 2008, and loves leading diverse—both culturally and spiritually—groups of students in service and conversations about faith. Having had a life-changing experience during college, Kaitlin values making sacred space for students as they ask their questions and consider Jesus, and his story and character, with their own eyes.

Reverend Megan Holding

Interim Episcopal Spiritual Advisor

Megan Holding is an Episcopal priest who joined Northeastern as the Acting Episcopal Spiritual Advisor in the Fall of 2017. For the past five years, she served as seminarian and then priest at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brookline, where she remains affiliated as Priest Associate.

Megan graduated from Yale Divinity School with an M.Div. and received a Certificate in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School, the Episcopal seminary affiliated with Yale. Before entering seminary, Megan practiced law, specializing in health care issues, and was involved with a wide variety of ministries at her sponsoring parish in downtown Boston. She grew up in Ohio, graduated from Amherst College and Georgetown University Law Center, and worked for a federal judge in Kentucky before moving to New England.

Megan lived in Germany as a child and has maintained strong connections there, including several summers spent working as a tour guide at one of the oldest castles on the Rhine River. In her free time, Megan likes to travel, visit museums, read, swim, bake, and do puzzles. She lives in Needham with her husband, Chris, and their two teen-aged daughters.

Reverend Manoj Idiculla

Mar Thoma Church - Spiritual Advisor

Rev. Manoj Idiculla is a Mar Thoma Priest and has been appointed as the Minister at the Carmel Mar Thoma Church, Boston by the Diocese of North America and Europe of the Mar Thoma Church. After completing BA in English Language & Literature from the Mahatma Gandhi University and BD in Theology from the Serampore University, he was ordained as a deacon of the Mar Thoma Church on July 2nd, 2002 and priest on July 25th, 2002. During his 15 years of Ministry, he has served in many parishes in India and was the Diocesan-Bishops Secretary in the Chennai Bangalore Diocese of the Mar Thoma Church. He was also involved in the Mission outreach programs, Youth and Students Ministry of the Church.  He has been a member of the United Christian Forum for Human Rights in Bangalore, India.

Faith in Practice and Reaching out to the unreached with the message of God’s love is his passion. His desire is to reach out to the students staying far from home for their studies and get them connected to the love of God by giving them necessary moral and spiritual guidance.

He lives in Northborough, Massachusetts with his wife Golda, son Reuben and daughter Rebecca. His interest includes reading, music, travel and playing soccer.

Imam Abdul-Malik Merchant

Muslim Spiritual Advisor

After ten years of intensive study, both within the University and privately with respected scholars, Imam Abdul-Malik graduated in May, 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies with a Concentration in Dawah and Islamic Culture. He plans to pursue a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health.

Imam Abdul-Malik brings a rich cross-cultural sensibility to his position of Associate Imam, one that encompasses working with inner city youth in Washington, D.C., as well as giving khutbas and teaching classes as a Junior Resident Scholar. His valuable experience as a mentor and life coach has further prepared him for his pastoral care responsibilities within the ISBCC.

Samer Naseredden

Muslim Spiritual Advisor

Samer Naseredden is a community servant who recently moved to Boston from Arizona to become the MAS Youth Programs Director at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC). Samer studied both psychology and family and human development at Arizona State University and is an aspiring counseling psychologist. Upon graduating, he proceeded to work as a youth minister and interfaith coordinator at a local mosque in Arizona. Samer sees a future for himself working in the field of social services and community development.

Samer is a proud community organizer with the Muslim American Society (MAS) working to develop thought leaders and dynamic activists. Samer’s passion is in helping others finding theirs, and assisting in people’s journey to God through that passion, thoughtful reflection, comprehensive self-development, and meaningful activism. Samer enjoys working with ambitious young people and seasoning their unbridled passion with unparalleled commitment, consistency, and discipline.

Samer was a regular Friday khateeb and had many enriching experiences serving local organizations in Arizona; in recent months he has enjoyed doing similar work in Boston.

Samer feels most himself hanging out with small groups of friends and wearing his signature Nike polo shirts. He is an avid sports fan, outdoor enthusiast, movie buff, cologne aficionado, fantasy football savant, snack junkie, and lover of idioms. Samer invites you to connect with him and share in genuine, authentic relationship building.

Jeremiah Noordhoek

Cru Agape Spiritual Advisor

Jeremiah received his degree in Aerospace Engineering from MIT. His passion for space led him to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, working to detect gravitational waves from black holes and merging neutron stars. Jeremiah, along with his wife, Tori, have now worked for Cru in Boston for 5 years. He serves the diverse Cru Agape ministry at Northeastern University – a caring community that welcomes everyone to learn more about Jesus, His love, and His power to restore and make all things new.

Jeremiah has a passion for both understanding the universe and digging into the difficult questions of life. As a result, he enjoys creating safe spaces for students to question and dialogue about the purpose of life, and the intersection of science, spirituality, culture, and systemic injustice. In his spare time he enjoys kayaking, hiking, bouldering, and playing guitar.

Rabbi Mendy Posner

Chabad Spiritual Advisor

Mendy moved back to his hometown of Boston in 2014 to start a branch of Chabad near Northeastern. He received Rabbinical ordination in 2011 at the Rabbinical Institute of New England, where he also served as a spiritual mentor for students for three years. He previously served as the director of a summer educational program in Mequon, Wisconsin, and has worked at other youth programs in Montreal and Toronto. Mendy taught at Released Time, a Jewish educational program for public school children in the New York area, and has coordinated and led Jewish Holiday services in correctional facilities in Tampa, Florida and Morgantown, West Virginia. Mendy married his wife Mussy in 2013 and they now have a baby daughter.

Mussy Posner

Chabad Spiritual Advisor

Mussy grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and recently moved with her family to Boston to start a branch of Chabad near Northeastern. Mussy studied at Excelsior College, receiving a BS in Special Education. She has taught at Hebrew schools in Commack and Westchester, New York and Roslyn, New Jersey, and has directed others in Westchester, New York and Bayside, Queens. Mussy managed an all-girls orphanage in Ukraine, where her responsibilities included mentoring and tutoring the girls, seeing to their basic living needs, and directing their social programs and outings.

Sarbpreet Singh

Sikh Spiritual Advisor

Sarbpreet Singh is a playwright, commentator and poet, who has been writing while pursuing a career in technology for several years. His commentary has appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, The Boston Herald, The Providence Journal, The Milwaukee Journal and several other newspapers and magazines. He writes a weekly column for the popular culture magazine, He is the founder and director of the Gurmat Sangeet Project, a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of traditional Sikh music and serves on the boards of various non-profits focused on service and social justice. He is very active in Boston Interfaith circles and was recognized for his interfaith work by the Boston Globe.

Rabbi Becky Silverstein

Jewish Spiritual Advisor

Rabbi Becky Silverstein believes in the power of community, Torah, and silliness in transforming the world.  Becky is committed to being a rabbi / spiritual guide for anyone who seeks him out, regardless of gender, race, politics, or other affiliation.  He is passionate about building a world that invites and allows people’s wholeselves to be present, and works towards a vision of collective liberation that relies on confronting all kinds of oppression in our world.  Prior to coming to Northeastern, Rabbi Becky served as Director of Education at Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center community in California. Ordained from the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, he also holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering science from Smith College. He worked at the Genesis program at Brandeis University and Congregation Kehillath Israel, and has been an active educator and facilitator with Keshet.  Becky identifies as a genderqueer, transguy and uses he/him pronouns.  He is a lifelong NY Mets fan, has no problem rooting for the Red Sox (unless they are playing the Mets), and lives in Jamaica Plain, with his spouse, Naomi.

Father Demetrios Tonias, Ph.D.

Greek Orthodox Spiritual Advisor


Fr. Demetri is Dean of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of New England. He holds an MDiv and ThM from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and a Ph.D. from Boston College. Prior to entering seminary, Fr. Tonias was a professional engineer and is the author of several works on civil engineering, including an award-winning textbook on bridge engineering. In 1996, Fr. Tonias left his career as a professional engineer to pursue ordination in the Greek Orthodox Church. His doctoral research at Boston College focused on the Christian and Jewish relationship in the Greek speaking East from the first century to the present. Fr. Tonias’ most recent publication is Abraham in the Works of John Chrysostom (Fortress Press, 2014). As Ecumenical Officer for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston, Fr. Tonias has helped organize a series of events in which the Greek Orthodox and Jewish communities have met to explore a variety of theological and pastoral issues. He also serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Council of Churches and is president of the Boston Ministers’ Club, the oldest clergy association in the United States.

Bobby VanBecelaere

Sojourn Collegiate Ministry Spiritual Advisor

I studied Commercial Art at a small state school in Missouri and moved to Boston after graduating to work with Sojourn Collegiate Ministry. I went through some of the hardest times of my life in college and learned pretty quickly that the education university offers is much more than what happens in the classroom, and much bigger than just learning to become proficient at a particular vocation. It’s in college that we begin to piece together who we will become. Too often we set down that road without taking the time or space to think through where it actually leads. This is why I work in Spiritual Life, because it’s in the pursuit of something beyond ourselves that we gain the perspective to discover who we are. It’s in our pursuit of God that we are invited to change the way we see ourselves, each other and the world around us. Sojourn’s hope is to give space for students to discover God’s dream for themselves and the world around them.

Todd Williams

Agape (CRU) Spiritual Advisor

Todd Williams studied Communication, Religious Studies, and Physics at Western Kentucky University. He is currently working on an MDiv in Urban Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and has served with CRU/Agape in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood for the past 14 years. His college experience provided a transformative encounter with God, through Jesus, in the context of community. He loves helping students from every background find a safe place to belong, dialogue, serve, and engage others on their spiritual journey.

Seonjoon Young

Buddhist Spiritual advisor and Mindfulness Program Director

Seonjoon Young is the Buddhist Spiritual Advisor and Mindfulness Program Director at the CSDS. Serving both the Buddhist community and the mindfulness community, Seonjoon is dedicated to nurturing authentic experiences of the Dharma and liberation, healthy communities, and transformative leadership. Prior to coming to Northeastern, Seonjoon graduated from the program in Buddhist scripture, liturgy, and practice at Un Mun Monastic College (South Korea). In 2012, Seonjoon returned to the US and began working with Buddhist communities on college campuses. Seonjoon completed their Master of Divinity in Buddhist Ministry at Harvard Divinity School in 2017, focusing on chaplaincy in higher education and liturgical transmission and translation. They are also currently enrolled in the teacher training program with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) and training toward ordination as a Zen minister. As part of living and embodying the bodhisattva vow in our time and place, Seonjoon is also committed to communities that practice justice, recognize and celebrate diversity, and are sites of healing. When not working with Seonjoon is queer/genderqueer and uses they/them pronouns.