Office of Religious & Spiritual Life 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..

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…

Rev. Brandon Harris

Associate Dean of Religious Life USC

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

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.

Nancy Gomez Flores

BUSINESS & OPERATIONS MANAGER

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

Directors

Cat Moore

Director of Belonging USC

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.

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.
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

Eco-Chaplain

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

Interfaith DIRECTOR

Jessica Spence Moss is Interfaith Director at the University of Southern California. She earned her PhD from Claremont Graduate University in Cultural Studies

Religious Affiliates

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.

Jacob Ardron

Alpha Omega Campus Ministry at USC

Tiffany Ardron

Alpha Omega Campus Ministry at USC

Swami Atmavidyananda

Hindu student Organization at USC

John Book

Los Angeles Bridges International Team at USC

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Jamie Cappetta

Our Savior Parish and USC Caruso Catholic Center

Dave Cohn

Hillel Jewish Center at USC

Randolph Dobbs

Association for Baha’I Studies at USC

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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Fr. Chris Ponnet

Chaplaincy AFFILIATE

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Traco Rachal

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Rachana Rathi

SKY at USC Yoga & Meditation Club

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Anil Ramakrishna

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

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Jim Wilbar

Worldwide Friends at USC

Stephen Yowell

Christian Student Group at USC