Leading creatively at the intersection of Scholarship, Spirituality & the Arts

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I have always valued creativity. I grew up playing piano, cello, and composing and I was accepted into a music composition program in college. Even though I ultimately decided on more traditional degrees including an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, I enjoyed creative problem solving as a management consultant until I moved to Sedona, Arizona to reinvigorate my musical and spiritual roots. I composed and recorded a music album there, which helped me gain a fellowship at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. I also became certified in spiritual direction while I was at Yale.

 

Upon graduation with an MDiv, I became a professor of world religions at Mesa Community College, the largest religious studies program at a two-year college in the nation. I also continued my studies and completed a PhD in Religious Studies at Arizona State University. While on sabbatical as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, I finished writing Women, Ritual, and Power: Placing Female Imagery in Christian Worship, which was published by SUNY Press in 2014. The book has been named one of the top 100 books in contemporary women’s spirituality, and it has been assigned for graduate classes in Christian ministry and women’s leadership. I have traveled extensively and have been fortunate to lecture and perform music in China, Mexico, England, Scotland, and Ireland. 

I continue to teach at Mesa Community College as well as the California Institute of Integral Studies. I currently serve as Co-Chair of the Women's Caucus at the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature, and I serve locally on the Interfaith Council of the Arizona Interfaith Movement. I also serve as a spiritual director at the Franciscan Renewal Center, a retreat center in Scottsdale, Arizona. I lecture, lead retreats and workshops, and perform music, and I look forward to hearing from you.

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