Meet the Team
Office of Religious & Spiritual Life Staff
Varun Soni is the Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California. Dean Soni received his B.A. degree in Religion from Tufts University, where he also earned an Asian Studies minor and completed the Program in Peace and..
Vanessa Gomez Brake is the Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California. She received her B.A. in Religious Studies from Arizona State University, and her M.S. in Conflict Analysis & Resolution from George Mason University…
The Reverend Brandon Harris is the new Associate Dean for Religious and Spiritual Life at the University of Southern California. Previously, he served as a Protestant Chaplain at Georgetown University, where he taught courses on…
Robin Mitchell Stroud, Ph.D is the Director of Student Engagement Programs at the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, masters’ degrees in human relations & educational studies, and a graduate certificate in women’s and gender studies.
Nancy Gomez Flores joined the Trojan family in December 2005. She has over 17 years of experience in higher education, she previously served as the Executive Office Coordinator in the Marshall School of Business
Cat Moore is the Director of Belonging at USC ORSL. She teaches classes for students on making meaningful relationships at USC through ORSL’s Campfires program.
Sable Manson is Director of the Interfaith Scholars Program. Born and raised in Southern California, Sable attended Loyola Marymount University (LMU) as an undegrad, and earned her Masters in Post-Secondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA) from USC.
Bekah Estrada is the first Eco-Chaplain at USC. After growing up on a farm, she now utilizes her agricultural background and theological education to spark interfaith initiatives around spirituality, community building, and climate change.
Jessica Spence Moss is Interfaith Director at the University of Southern California. She earned her PhD from Claremont Graduate University in Cultural Studies
One of the great resources at USC is the presence and vitality of so many religious traditions. Religious Affiliates comprise a community of more than 50 professionals that represent many of the world’s religious, spiritual, and philosophical traditions, and share a collective commitment to serving the spiritual needs of USC students, faculty, and staff.
Religious Affiliates are local religious leaders who collaborate with the staff of the USC Office of Religious & Spiritual Life to ensure that students are supported in their diverse traditions and practices on campus. While they are volunteer members of the University, they nonetheless play a deeply meaningful role within our Trojan community, offering support during times of celebration, crisis, and everyday life, and expanding the university’s unique network of care. Additionally, they advise many of our 80 religious and spiritual groups on campus, providing specialized programming that is unique to their traditions. Several of these affiliated organizations also have established centers near campus.