Agape

Malisa Ellis

Ellis

Malisa has worked with CRU/Agape for the past 13 years in various locations, including Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Northwest part of the United States. Six years ago, Brian Ellis, her now husband, proposed and she moved to Boston to work alongside him in CRU. Malisa is currently on the leadership team for the CRU Boston City team, giving leadership to the CRU movements at Northeastern, Boston University, and the Colleges of the Fenway. Brian and Malisa have two daughters.

Agape (CRU) Affiliate | malisa.ellis@cru.org

Sarah Godwin

Godwin

Sarah graduated from Auburn University with a BS in Computer Science. Upon graduation, she spent two years in East Asia studying the language and culture while engaging and journeying spiritually with the students around her. God worked through her time overseas to deepen her relationship with Him through Jesus while opening her eyes to the world, giving her a better understanding of different faith backgrounds and cultural contexts. Since 2009, Sarah has served in Boston with Bridges International, a ministry of CRU/Agape that aims to specifically serve international students studying in the U.S. Sarah loves cities, watching college football, cooking, reading, running, traveling, and laughing.

Agape (CRU) Spiritual Affiliate | sarah.godwin@cru.org

Catholic Center

Adam Drogomirecki

Drogomirecki

Missionary | adam.drogomirecki@spo.org
Catholic Center, Affiliate

Brita Vitello

Godwin

Pastoral Staff, Women’s Ministry | britavitello@gmail.com
Catholic Center, Affiliate

Br. Austin Riordan

Riordan

Campus Minister, Pastoral Staff | broaustin@brohope.net
Catholic Center, Affiliate

Br. Logan Murray

Godwin

Pastoral Staff, Outreach & Religious Education | brologan@brohope.net
Catholic Center, Affiliate

Fr. Paul Helfrich, BH

Godwin

Pastoral Staff, Chaplain
Catholic Center, Affiliate

Katie Hollcraft

Hollcraft

Missionary | katie.hollcraft@spo.org
Catholic Center, Affiliate

Kevin McNaughton

Godwin

Missionary | kevin.mcnaughton@spo.org
Catholic Center, Affiliate

Michael Bielejeski

Godwin

Chapter Leader | michael.bielejeski@spo.org
Catholic Center, Affiliate

Renee Lemire

Godwin

Missionary | renee.lemire@spo.org
Catholic Center, Affiliate

Sarah Hebel

Godwin

Chapter Leader | sarah.hebel@spo.org
Catholic Center, Affiliate

Faith in Action

Audra Franley

Audra

Audra Franley, originally from northeast Ohio, is currently a third-year master of divinity student at Harvard Divinity School, focusing academically in women, gender, and sexuality within contemporary Christianity. She is pursuing ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Audra received her B.A. from Thiel College in 2017, where she majored in religion and parish education, and minored in psychology and pre-ministry. She also works as the Bread+Belonging worship leader at University Lutheran Church. Audra enjoys coffee, memoirs, and learning people’s stories.

Faith in Action Affiliate | afranley@hds.harvard.edu

First Love

Samuel Ahove

Godwin

Samuel Ahove graduated from Northeastern University with an MSA/MBA. Upon graduation, he has worked in Public Accounting in the Boston and New England area. In 2013, he had an encounter with the Holy Spirit and experienced a great change in his life. Since then has grown in his faith in Christ, forming great friendships along the way. Samuel has served in Boston with First Love since 2014. First Love is a global ministry of young and vibrant Christian students and young adults who challenge and encourage young people to (1) embrace the wisdom of seeking and serving God in their youth and (2) impact their schools and communities positively through the love of Christ. When he is not working with First Love, Samuel loves spending time with his family, watching and playing European football (soccer), reading, traveling, listening to and creating music, and listening to messages/sermons.

First Love Affiliate | samuelahove@gmail.com

Greek Orthodox/Orthodox Christan Fellowship

Jack Bushell

Marc

My name is Jack Andrew Bushell and I am currently a student of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, finishing my Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies. I graduated from Joseph Case High School in Swansea Massachusetts, my home town, in 2015. I currently work of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Boston as a chanter and Sunday School director, but have had the immense privilege of serving in various churches across the Metropolis of Boston. I am a camp counselor and staff member of the Metropolis of Boston camp in New Hampshire and aid in helping the youth of our Metropolis in leading a spiritual life in Jesus Christ. My hobbies outside of school include golf, playing guitar, and reading. I look forward to working with our Young Adults of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship as well as those of other faiths in unity and love!

Greek Orthodox Affiliate | jbushell@hchc.edu

Holistic Healing

Mairead Day

Mairead

As a Registered Nurse working in pediatrics and public health,an NU alum and previous Resident Assistant, I recognized the strong need for stress-reduction techniques. Stress was the common thread that seemed to effect the lives of everyone I knew; my residents, my peers, my colleagues, my patients, my family, my friends, and myself. After finding Reiki in a time of need, I knew I needed to share my story and this healing tool. I hope to utilize my experience as a RN, Reiki Master Trainer and Soul Realignment® Practitioner with certifications in Gem Stone Therapy and Meditation to help others recognize the gift of their own power to heal and feel better. Just as importantly, as a daughter, friend, sister, sunshine lover, a Leo (for better or for worse), millennial, and an autoimmune disease patient, I hope to help you understand how to ride the wave of the ups and downs of daily life and practice this healing mindset in a practical way!

Reiki Affiliate | daymairead@gmail.com | www.holdyourhealing.com

InterVarsity

Ruthann Stiles

Stiles

Ruthann Stiles loves faculty, staff, and students and digging into the Bible manuscripts together. Retired from Northeastern University after 39 years, she is now a volunteer with Northeastern InterVarsity Multiethnic Christian Fellowship serving undergraduate and graduate students. She helps facilitate a manuscript Bible study on Mondays, noon-1, in the Reflection Room, 201 Ell Hall, welcoming all faculty, staff, and students to ask questions, dig in and discover together.

InterVarsity Multi-Ethnic Christian Fellowship Affiliate | r.stiles@northeastern.edu

KoukSunDo

Marc H. Meyer

Marc

Professor Marc started our University’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation programs and has led them for many years. More recently, his innovation work has taken him to South Korea. While there, he became a student of KoukSunDo, and then, a program designer and instructor as part of the World KoukSunDo Federation. Now, he would like to share this spiritual practice with the Northeastern community. KoukSunDo is an ancient Korean Taoist meditation practice that combines elements of mindfulness, breathing, energy movement, and dance. Put simply, it uses different extended movements to stimulate organs, muscles, and circulate blood flow. It also calms the mind. People find Kouk Sun Do to be deeply spiritual while improving strength and flexibility. And the dance movements with the music are pure, graceful, and fun.

KoukSunDo Affiliate | ma.meyer@northeastern.edu

Mar Thoma Church

Vinay D. Mathew

Godwin

Vinay graduated from Northeastern in 2017 with a master’s in Industrial Engineering. Vinay had developed a passion for the people side of organizations. Being an engineer, he focused more on the number side of the human capital. Through his undergrad days, he has been associated with many Christian and NGO groups. Being a follower of Christ, he believes that he has been called out to serve, rather than been served. Through three other ministries, he has been working among underprivileged communities in Boston. He is an ardent believer that with love we can make the world a better place. Vinay loves reading, playing tennis, cooking, traveling and laughing out loud.

Mar Thoma Church Affiliate | mathew.vi@husky.neu.edu

Meditation Fellows (Mellows)

Benjamin Gincley


Benjamin Gincley

Benjamin Gincley is a PhD student at and alumnus of Northeastern, completing a B.S. in Bioengineering in May 2019. He got involved in spiritual life at the CSDS his first year of undergrad first through the daily guided meditation sessions, and soon after joined the NU Buddhist Group as a student member. Ben quickly started filling in for meditation guides on an as-needed basis that year, and then began leading his own dedicated session time in the Fall of 2015. He has led meditations ever since, and has taken on an unofficial role of helping to facilitate the guided meditation program after the departure of former Buddhism and Mindfulness advisor Seonjoon Young in Spring 2018. Ben has also acted as a student leader in the NU Buddhist community, as treasurer and president of the student organization, and facilitated interfaith meetings, events, and retreat workshops.

Meditation Fellow (Mellow) | gincley.b@husky.neu.edu

Pallavi Bharadwaj

Pallavi

Pallavi is a Visiting Research Scientist in Northeastern University and is extremely passionate about sustainability in the inner and outer world. She has been an avid meditator for last ten years. Inspired by the positive change in her life, she underwent the Art of Living training and became a Yoga and Meditation teacher in 2014. In last five years Pallavi has volunteered to lead free meditation sessions for tens of thousands of people from rural to urban areas in India and has been actively contributing in Boston since she moved here. Her audience ranges from kids to college students, from corporates to scientists and from homemakers to bankers. She believes that the inner peace and outer dynamism is the mantra for success and the key to it is meditation.

Meditation Fellow (Mellow) | p.bharadwaj@northeastern.edu

Zach Kylar

Zach

Zach is pursuing a dual B.S./M.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering here at Northeastern. He first became interested in meditation and through a Japanese Buddhism course his freshman year that inspired him to explore the origins of practice as well as engage with new and exciting Western Buddhist culture. This led to his membership in NU Buddhist Group where his practice continues to thrive with the Northeastern Sangha. Zach is now NUBG president and began leading meditations through CSDS in Spring 2019. He believes quietly sitting can be a powerful tool in realizing our essential nature and that through practice we may all move with more wisdom and compassion.

Meditation Fellow (Mellow) | kylar.z@husky.neu.edu

NU React

Husna Ellis

Husna

Husna is a interfaith fellow with the Boston Interfaith Leadership Initiative. Last summer, she did a dialogue in Jordan to better understand the Syrian refugee crisis through a different lens. She studies bioengineering in the hopes of applying it for greater healthcare accessibility. In her free time, she enjoys staying active by playing sports and keeping up to date on political issues.

NU React Affiliate | ellis.hu@husky.neu.edu

NU Yesplus

Latika Menon

Godwin

Latika Menon is a scientist, entrepreneur, and meditator. She is a physics professor and conducts research in the area of nanotechnology. She has founded a start-up company Menon Labs Inc. that develops filtration membranes for water treatment. She is also a breathing and meditation instructor and has taught over 200 people so far, mostly students and young professionals from Boston and Cambridge. At Northeastern, she works with the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service and the Center for Student Involvement serving as the faculty advisor for the student meditation club NU Yesplus (Northeastern chapter affiliated with International Association for Human Values (IAHV). NU Yesplus has held several breathing and silence meditation retreats on campus.

NU Yesplus Affiliate | l.menon@northeastern.edu

Yoga

Leslie O’Toole

Godwin

Leslie graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in Italian and another in Film. After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles and became a certified Pilates and Yoga teacher working with a chiropractor to help individuals with pre and post-surgery needs. She then moved to Costa Rica where she continued her passion for teaching yoga and Pilates while opening a small business. Later, Leslie lived in New Zealand where she taught yoga at a local studio before starting her graduate studies back in Arizona. She has completed an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies and is currently finishing her second Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. She works at Northeastern as the Assistant Director for the International Pathways program at NU Global and teaches yoga at Sacred Space. Leslie’s other previous work includes teaching Spanish online and in-person at community colleges and universities and tutoring English to adult refugee communities.

Yoga Affiliate | l.otoole@northeastern.edu

Ava Desjardins

Godwin

My name is Ava Desjardins and I’m a third-year behavioral neuroscience student here at Northeastern. From the first week of my time at NU, I have found a home at CSDS; hired by chance as a work-study student, I can truly say that the center has single-handedly shaped my personal journey. If it weren’t for the CSDS, I wouldn’t have become so interested in spirituality, subsequently learned yoga, and finally flown to Vrindavan, India to become a certified instructor. Registered under Yoga Alliance, I was trained in and will teach Hatha yoga incorporating traditional techniques such as mantra chanting, pranayama, and meditation to promote spiritual development in addition to physical betterment. Other than my yoga practice, I enjoy drawing, reading, spending time outdoors, and, of course, occasionally binging Netflix.

Yoga Affiliate | desjardins.a@husky.neu.edu

Carla Canovi

Godwin

My name is Carla Canovi and I am a first year at northeastern. I have been practicing yoga my entire life I have found that it keeps me grounded and can be extremely healing. Last year, I decided that I wanted to help others experience the same thing so I got my 200 hr certification. I specialize in yoga for anxiety, hip openers and back pain. My goal is to promote spiritual development and healing in others through the practice of yoga.

Yoga Affiliate | canovi.c@husky.neu.edu

Shelby Dwyer

Dwyer

Shelby is a licensed mental health counselor and certified 200-hour yoga teacher. She works full time as a counselor at University Health and Counseling Services at Northeastern University, the school she also attended to obtain her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Shelby is trained in Feminist Therapy (among several other treatment modalities) and enjoys empowering individuals to accept more control over their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. She is a therapist first and a yoga teacher second, so her class offerings focus on infusing yogic philosophy, mindfulness, and psychology in an attainable, playful manner. Her yoga teaching is trauma-informed and offers the individual autonomy over and choice within their practice. Her goal is to make yoga and meditation feel easily accessible to any and everybody. One of her mottos is “the student is the expert,” and this translates seamlessly between therapy and yoga. Yoga and meditation have offered her invaluable tools, including how to live more in harmony with the natural ebb and flow of life. She is excited and enthusiastic to share the practice with the Northeastern community.

Yoga for Mental Health & Wellnesds Affiliate | s.dwyer@northeastern.edu

Liz Bucar

Bucar

I’m a Professor of Religion at Northeastern (come take one of my courses!) and a recently certified Kripalu yoga teacher. Yoga is a family tradition: my mom has been teaching yoga since 1970 and I’ve been practicing since a college rowing injury to my back. My primarily goal is to create a safe and shame-free space for you to try out new things, destress, and focus. In my classes you can expect precise alignment and breath cues to help you safely deepen your practice through asana, meditation, and pranayama.

Yoga Affiliate |e.bucar@northeastern.edu

Youth Empowerment Ministry

Asher Plange

Asher

Asher Plange studied Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and now works as an Intellectual Property Business Analyst. While at WPI, Asher became one of the executive board members of Youth Empowerment Ministry (YEM). Upon graduation, he became the Campus Ministry Director and now co-oversees the four established YEM clubs along the east coast. He is also musically inclined, playing the piano and serving as the music director for the Youth and Young Adults at his home church, Upper Room Family International Church (Worcester/Leominster, MA). Asher is currently pursuing his Health Sector Management MBA with a concentration in Innovation and Strategy at Boston University. He is passionate about serving people, demonstrating the full gospel and seeing lives transformed through the power of the Holy Spirit. He is looking forward to sharing his story with his new Northeastern family.

Youth Empowerment Ministry | asherplange@gmail.com

Prince Edmond Kumah

Prince

Prince Edmond Kumah received his BS in Psychology at Worcester State University and is currently studying in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Quinisigammond Community College in Worcester, Massachusetts. As the president of Youth Empowerment Ministry (a non-denominational and a multi-ethnic youth ministry), he is passionate about helping young people discover their God-given purpose and emphasizes the need for personal relationship with God in this discovery. He is excited about the opportunity to make an impact at Northeastern and foster unity with one another.

Youth Empowerment Ministry | princeedmond2010@gmail.com