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Spiritual Advisors

Tasbiha Batool

Shi’a Muslim Spiritual Life Coordinator

tasbihabatool@gmail.com

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.biswas@gmail.com

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.rs@gmail.com

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 anjum.rs@gmail.com.

 

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.

Dustin Gardner

Sojourn Spiritual Advisor

Dustin’s deepest passion is creating fun, unique spaces where students can build authentic community, process questions about faith and life, and seek justice in the city of Boston. He received his Bachelors of Religious Studies from Central Christian College of the Bible in Missouri (his home state). After a trip to Boston in 2009, he fell in love with the city and mission of Sojourn Collegiate Ministry: to help college and university students discover God’s dream for their lives. He lives with his wife, Rachele, and young daughter in Dorchester where they are involved in urban ministry and racial reconciliation initiatives.

Brother Sam Gunn

Catholic Spiritual Advisor and Director of The Catholic Center

nucatholic@gmail.com

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.

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

Spiritual Advisor

Samer@masboston.org

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

jeremiahnoordhoek@gmail.com

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@comcast.net

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, Sikhchic.com. 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

b.silverstein@northeastern.edu

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.

Reverend Judith Stuart

Episcopal Spiritual Advisor

Judith is an Episcopal priest appointed by the Diocese of Massachusetts to serve as Episcopal university spiritual adviser at Northeastern and chaplain at Boston College. Judith holds a BS from Northeastern, MEd from Boston College, MDiv from the Episcopal Divinity School—which awarded her the Alison B. Cheek Prize in Feminist Liberation Theology in 2001—and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Old Testament from Seattle University. She has served on the Florida Governor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence, as a registered nurse specializing in burn-trauma and open-heart surgery, and in hospital administration in marketing. For the last seven years, Judith has also been the program director for the annual diocesan college pilgrimage. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband and has two adult children.

Father Demetrios Tonias, Ph.D.

Greek Orthodox Spiritual Advisor

617.731.6633

frtonias@gmail.com

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.

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.