ORSL Staff

Varun Soni

Dean of Religious Life USC

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..

Rev. Jim Burklo

Senior Associate Dean of Religious Life USC

Reverend Jim Burklo is the Senior Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California. Reverend Burklo received his B.S. in Social Relations from UC Riverside, his M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and his ministerial ordination from the…

Vanessa Gomez Brake

Associate Dean of Religious Life USC

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…

Robin Mitchell Stroud

Director, Student Engagement Programs

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.

Angelica Medina Cuevas

Administrative Assistant

Angelica Medina Cuevas is the Administrative Assistant at the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life. She received her B.A. degree in Religious Studies and English from UC Santa Barbara, and her Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School.

Directors

Cat Moore

Director of Belonging USC ORSL

Cat Moore is the Director of Belonging at USC ORSL. She teaches CLICK and SPARK, classes for students on making meaningful relationships at USC through ORSL’s Campfires program.

Sara Elizabeth Ivanhoe

DIRECTOR OF YOGA USC

Sara is the Director of Yoga USC. She has been teaching yoga since 1995. In 2015, she completed her master’s degree in  Loyola Marymount University as part of the inaugural class in Yoga Studies.

Jibreel Speight

DIRECTOR OF MUSLIM LIFE USC

Jibreel Speight is the Director of Muslim Life at USC, as well as an Islamic seminary instructor at the Institute of Knowledge. He offers spiritual care, support and education relying on Islamic tradition and literacy as his basis.
Sable Manson

Sable Manson

DIRECTOR OF the Interfaith Scholars Program USC

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

DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN LIFE USC

Bekah Estrada is the Co-Director of Christian Life at the University of Southern California. Bekah received her B.B.S. in Ministry and Leadership Studies at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.

Ryan Bell

Humanist Chaplain USC

Ryan Bell serves as the Humanist Chaplain at the University of Southern California, and is the religious director for the USC Secular Student Fellowship. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Fr. Chris Ponnet

Fr. Chris Ponnet

Director of Chaplaincy USC

Fr. Chris Ponnet, MA. MTheo, BCC, is our Director of Chaplaincy. He is the administrator of the St. Camillus (UIC) Urban Interfaith Center (ACPE Accredited school for training professional chaplains based at LAC USC Medical Center.

Religious Directors

Jacob Ardron

Alpha Omega Campus Ministry at USC

Tiffany Ardron

Alpha Omega Campus Ministry at USC

Swami Atmavidyananda

Hindu student Organization at USC

Ryan Bell

Secular Student Fellowship

John Book

Los Angeles Bridges International Team at USC

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Jamie Cappetta

Our Savior Parish and USC Caruso Catholic Center

Donavan Childs

Seventh-Day Adventist Church at USC

Dave Cohn

Hillel Jewish Center at USC

Randolph Dobbs

Association for Baha’I Studies at USC

Ira Dotson

ReJOYce in Jesus Campus Fellowship at USC

Madeline Dorst

Reformed University Fellowship

Sunny Kang

United University Church

Katlyn Lee

United House of Prayer at USC

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Albert Lok

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Dicksie Mathison

Worldwide Friends for International Students at USC

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Sreejith Periyadath

Heartfulness Meditation at USC

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Anil Ramakrishna

SKY at USC Yoga & Meditation Club

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Rachana Rathi

SKY at USC Yoga & Meditation Club

Christopher Roque

InterVarsity at USC

Prasad Singamsetty

Heartfulness Meditation at USC

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Angad Singh

Sikh Student Association at USC

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Richard Sunwoo

Our Savior Parish and USC Caruso Catholic Center

Caleb Tan

Amazing Grace Fellowship at USC

Jibreel Speight

Muslim Life at USC

Neil Walker

Christian Challenge at USC

Alex Watlington

Reformed University Fellowship at USC

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Jim Wilbar

Worldwide Friends at USC

Stephen Yowell

Christian Student Group at USC