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Office Staff

    • Margaret Benefiel

    • Margaret became Shalem's executive director in July 2015. Prior to coming to Shalem, she ran her own consulting, speaking, training, and coaching business, Executive Soul, helping leaders and organizations nurture their souls and express their deepest values institutionally. At the same time, she taught as adjunct faculty at Andover Newton Theological School in the area of contemplative leadership. She holds a B.A. in History from Princeton University, an M.A. in Mathematics from Portland State University, an M.A. in Theology from Earlham School of Religion, and a PhD in Spirituality from Catholic University of America. She has written extensively on various aspects of contemplative leadership and spirituality at work, including The Soul of Supervision; The Soul of a Leader: Finding Your Path to Fulfillment and Success; and Soul at Work: Spiritual Leadership in Organizations.

    • Bryan Berghoef

    • Social Media and Online Learning
    • Bryan is an ordained minister who has served churches in Washington, DC and Michigan for the past ten years. He also assists with Shalems online learning while managing Shalem's Contemplative Living blog and social media presence. He regularly facilitates pub conversations about life and faith and is the author of Pub Theology: Beer, Conversation, and God. Bryan tweets for Shalem at @shaleminstitute.

    • Laura Caperton

    • Director of Finance
    • Laura is Shalems Director of Finance.

    • Katy Gaughan

    • Program Registrar
    • Katy is a program administrator for Shalem and a drummer and drum circle facilitator, who loves leading groups in prayerful musical experiences. She is a graduate of Shalem's Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program.

    • Ruth Taylor

    • Director of Online Learning and Technology
    • Ruth, Shalem's Director of Online Learning and Technology, is passionate about creating learning spaces and is continually inspired by how online technology can allow for the Spirits unceasing work in the world. A former teacher, she has worked to develop Shalem's eCourse Program since 2011 and also serves as Shalem's web master.

Program Directors

    • Susie Allen

    • Susie, Co-director of Shalems Soul of Leadership, is a graduate of Shalems Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program and the Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program. She has been leading small groups and retreats for 15 years and has an active ministry of spiritual direction. She has a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School and offers soul care programs at The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden in Harvard, MA.

    • Margaret Benefiel

    • Margaret became Shalem's executive director in July 2015. Prior to coming to Shalem, she ran her own consulting, speaking, training, and coaching business, Executive Soul, helping leaders and organizations nurture their souls and express their deepest values institutionally. At the same time, she taught as adjunct faculty at Andover Newton Theological School in the area of contemplative leadership. She holds a B.A. in History from Princeton University, an M.A. in Mathematics from Portland State University, an M.A. in Theology from Earlham School of Religion, and a PhD in Spirituality from Catholic University of America. She has written extensively on various aspects of contemplative leadership and spirituality at work, including The Soul of Supervision; The Soul of a Leader: Finding Your Path to Fulfillment and Success; and Soul at Work: Spiritual Leadership in Organizations.

    • Winston Charles

    • Winston Charles, Director ofGoing Deeper: Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership Program, Class of 2017, is a graduate of Shalem's Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program and Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program. As an Episcopal priest, he served congregations in South Carolina, New York City and North Carolina before retiring in 2009. He continues to offer spiritual direction, teach contemplative spirituality and lead retreats.

    • Carole Crumley

    • Carole is an Episcopal priest and an experienced pilgrimage guide to sacred and secular sites throughout Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. She is the director of Going Deeper: Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership Program, Class of 2016, and leads Shalem's e-course, Opening to the Spirit, for Shalem's School of Contemplative Prayer.

    • Ann Dean

    • Ann Dean is Director of Shalem's Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program and Director of the Personal Spiritual Deepening Program Leadership Initiative. Ann is a spiritual director and nationally-known leader of retreats and conferences for deepening the life of prayer and developing new structures committed to contemplative prayer, Earth care and social justice. She has been a minister in the ecumenical community of the Church of the Saviour since 1994 and is a member of the Dayspring Retreat Mission Group.

    • Hayley O'Connor

    • Haley, the co-director of YALLI, is a Presbyterian pastor serving Fairmile Parish Church in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is a graduate of Shalems pilot YALLI program and Shalems Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program. She is part of Shalem's pilgrimage leadership team.

    • Bill Stone

    • Bill, Co-director of YALLI:Young Adult Life and Leadership Initiative, is a Presbyterian pastor serving Greenback Parish Church in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is a graduate of Shalem's YALLI pilot program. He is part of Shalem's pilgrimage leadership team.

    • Liz Ward

    • Liz Ward, Director of Shalem's Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program Class, is an Episcopal layperson and a graduate of the 1994 SGP Class. She is an experienced spiritual guide and retreat leader and has mentored local churches in communal discernment for many years. She also serves as a spiritual director at Virginia Theological Seminary and as an elected member of the Commission on Ministry and a discernment facilitator for the Diocese of Virginia.

Adjunct Staff

    • Cece Balboni

    • CeCe is an Episcopal laywoman, a spiritual director, and a psychotherapist at Emmanuel Center for Pastoral Counseling in Atlanta, GA. A graduate of Shalem's Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program, she enjoys leading retreats and using music, the writings of poets and mystics, and the natural world to open space for safe interior reflection.

    • Douglas Battenberg

    • Douglas, an Episcopal layperson, is a spiritual director, group and retreat leader, and graduate of Shalem's Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program. Before retiring, he worked for many years for the Federal Reserve Board, dealing with economic forecasting and policy analysis. He has served for many years on Shalem's adjunct staff.

    • Lerita Coleman Brown

    • Lerita, a spiritual director and author, is Professor Emerita of Psychology at Agnes Scott College and past director of the Science Center for Women at Agnes Scott. She is a graduate of Shalem's Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program and speaks and writes about contemplative spirituality in everyday life.

    • Winston Charles

    • Winston Charles, Director ofGoing Deeper: Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership Program, Class of 2017, is a graduate of Shalem's Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program and Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program. As an Episcopal priest, he served congregations in South Carolina, New York City and North Carolina before retiring in 2009. He continues to offer spiritual direction, teach contemplative spirituality and lead retreats.

    • Kate Coffey

    • Savannah Kate Coffey is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary and Shalem's Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats Program for which she now serves as adjunct staff. She lives and writes in South Carolina.

    • Phillip Cover

    • Phil, a Roman Catholic priest and graduate of Shalem's Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program, has also worked with the National Catholic Education Association and the Bon Secours Spiritual Center retreat team. A spiritual director, retreat leader, and pilgrim guide to the Sinai and New Mexico deserts, he is co-author of Journey with Purpose and The Inner Work of Lent.

    • Marshall Craver

    • Marshall is associate rector of St. Pauls Episcopal Church, Mobile, AL, ministering primarily in adult spiritual formation, contemplative prayer groups and retreats, and one-to-one spiritual direction. A graduate of Shalem's Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program, he received his certificate in spiritual direction from Spring Hill College.

    • Carole Crumley

    • Carole is an Episcopal priest and an experienced pilgrimage guide to sacred and secular sites throughout Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. She is the director of Going Deeper: Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership Program, Class of 2016, and leads Shalem's e-course, Opening to the Spirit, for Shalem's School of Contemplative Prayer.

    • Ann Dean

    • Ann Dean is Director of Shalem's Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program and Director of the Personal Spiritual Deepening Program Leadership Initiative. Ann is a spiritual director and nationally-known leader of retreats and conferences for deepening the life of prayer and developing new structures committed to contemplative prayer, Earth care and social justice. She has been a minister in the ecumenical community of the Church of the Saviour since 1994 and is a member of the Dayspring Retreat Mission Group.

    • William (Bill) Dietrich

    • Bill is a graduate of Shalem's Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program and Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program. He leads retreats, workshops, and spiritual formation groups and provides spiritual direction and pastoral care in his Quaker community. Currently he devotes most of his time and energies to issues of end-of life care.

    • Rose Mary Dougherty

    • Rose Mary, Shalem's Senior Fellow for Spiritual Guidance, has ministered in the area of spirituality for over 30 years and is well known as a spiritual teacher and guide. She has authored two books on group spiritual direction and one on discernment and currently directs Companioning the Dying, an experiential learning program for compassionate companioning.

    • Mary Edwards

    • Mary, a Quaker, is a licensed clinical social worker and family mediator and also a spiritual director. She attended Shalem's Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program and has participated in many Shalem events. She is a member of: SDI, Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery Co., Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution, and the Professional Academy for Family Mediators.

    • Tilden Edwards

    • Tilden, Shalem's Founder and Senior Fellow, served as Shalem's executive director for over 27 years. An Episcopal priest with parish experience, he is a nationally respected speaker, retreat leader and author, most recently of Embracing the Call to Spiritual Depth. He has designed and led contemplative programs since 1979 and continues to write and teach about the spiritual life.

    • Sid Fowler

    • Sid, a UCC pastor, currently is the transition minister at First Congregational Church, Washington, DC. He has served on the national staff of both the United Methodist Church and United Church of Christ, was the editorial director of the on-line scripture project of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and is a graduate of Shalem's Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program.

    • Anne Grizzle

    • Anne, a graduate of Shalem's Facilitating Group Spiritual Direction Program, is a spiritual director, retreat leader and social worker who offers training and consultation on conflict resolution, communication skills, family spirituality, and contemplative spirituality. Author of three books and contributor to two, she enjoys exploring Gods beauty in nature and writing poetry.

    • Katy Gaughan

    • Program Registrar
    • Katy is a program administrator for Shalem and a drummer and drum circle facilitator, who loves leading groups in prayerful musical experiences. She is a graduate of Shalem's Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program.

    • Jim Hall

    • Jim, a graduate of Shalem's Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program, has practiced medicine at an inner city health clinic for years. He spends much of his time at Church of the Saviours retreat farm, studying natural history and ecology, building a new Earth Ministry Center, and offering classes, retreats, and liturgies that link faith and ecology.

    • Al Keeney

    • Al is an Episcopal priest in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York and a graduate of Shalem's Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program and Going Deeper: Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership Program. He is a retreat and pilgrimage leader and has taught workshops in spiritual direction, journaling, contemplative prayer and praying with icons.

    • Kristy Malochee

    • Kristy, a member of an intentional Catholic faith community for 35 years, is a graduate of The Curriculum For Living at Landmark Education and a long-time participant in Shalem programs including parenting and spirituality; group spiritual direction as participant and facilitator; and the Living in God: Personal Spiritual Deepening Program as both participant and program mentor.

    • Mary Lou Miller

    • Mary Lou, a Roman Catholic laywoman, is a graduate of Shalem's Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program and a long-time member of a spiritual directors peer group. A spiritual director herself for 30 years, she is a retired director of faith formation in a Roman Catholic parish. Currently she is a mentor for spiritual reflectors in the Ignatian Volunteer Corps.

    • Hayley O’Connor

    • Haley, the co-director of YALLI, is a Presbyterian pastor serving Fairmile Parish Church in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is a graduate of Shalem's pilot YALLI program and Shalem's Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program. She is part of Shalems pilgrimage leadership team.

    • Diane Paras

    • Diane, a Lutheran layperson, is a spiritual director, graduate of Shalem's Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program, and facilitator of contemplative prayer groups and group spiritual direction groups. She is also general manager of Paras Productions, a branding firm that delivers creative design solutions in web and in print.

    • Leah Rampy

    • Leah has a background in corporate management and leadership consulting as well as a deep passion for contemplative living and care of the Earth. She has a PhD in Curriculum from Indiana University and is a graduate of Shalem's Living in God: Personal Spiritual Deepening; and Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Programs.

    • Patience Robbins

    • Patience Robbins is a graduate of Shalem's Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program and has been a spiritual director for 30 years. She was the Director of Shalem's Living in God: Personal Spiritual Deepening Program from 2003-08 and the Director of the Young Adult Life and Leadership Initiative from 2013-2015. She is the author of the booklet, Parenting: A Sacred Path.

    • Emily Schwenker

    • Emily is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) to the validated specialized ministry of spiritual direction. In addition to offering individual and group spiritual direction, she serves as the associate for spiritual formation and direction at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, DE, and is a member of the adjunct faculty at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, PA.

    • Jean Sweeney

    • Jean, a graduate of Shalem's Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program, has offered spiritual companioning and retreat leadership for more than 20 years, now in prison and jail communities. She is a retired pastoral counselor, active in justice issues in her community and parish, and a lover of art.

    • Phillip Stephens

    • Phillip is a voice specialist and parish administrator. He is an associate of the Order of the Holy Cross, a graduate of Shalem's Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program and serves as a spiritual guide and retreat facilitator. He has a special interest in cross-cultural studies and inter-religious dialogue.

    • Liz Ward

    • Liz Ward, Director of Shalem's Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program Class, is an Episcopal layperson and a graduate of the 1994 SGP Class. She is an experienced spiritual guide and retreat leader and has mentored local churches in communal discernment for many years. She also serves as a spiritual director at Virginia Theological Seminary and as an elected member of the Commission on Ministry and a discernment facilitator for the Diocese of Virginia.

    • Nan Weir

    • Nan is a graduate of Shalem’s Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program and Shalem’s Facilitating Group Spiritual Direction Program. She is a retreat leader with many years of experience in leading group spiritual direction.

Board

    • Eleanor Abarno

    • Retired Lutheran pastor

    • Cece Balboni

    • CeCe is an Episcopal laywoman, a spiritual director, and a psychotherapist at Emmanuel Center for Pastoral Counseling in Atlanta, GA. A graduate of Shalem's Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program, she enjoys leading retreats and using music, the writings of poets and mystics, and the natural world to open space for safe interior reflection.

    • Winston Charles

    • Winston Charles, Director ofGoing Deeper: Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership Program, Class of 2017, is a graduate of Shalem's Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program and Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program. As an Episcopal priest, he served congregations in South Carolina, New York City and North Carolina before retiring in 2009. He continues to offer spiritual direction, teach contemplative spirituality and lead retreats.

    • carol eckerman

    • Professor Emerita, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University
      www.caroloeckerman.com

    • Susan Etherton

    • Ordained Presbyterian Elder and spiritual director

    • Mark Goodwin

    • Partner, LeClairRyan

    • Canon Albert Keeney

    • Retired Episcopal priest

    • Nancy Nikiforow

    • Spiritual director and contemplative retreat leader

    • Bernard Richardson

    • Dean of Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, Howard University

    • Frank Sasinowski

    • Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, PC

    • Jane Sharp

    • Retired, News & Record, NC

    • Carolyn Silver

    • Rabbi, Energy medicine practice

    • Clair Ullmann

    • The Rev. Clair Ullmann is a priest in the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe. She and her husband, Dr. Rainer Ullmann, received together their Masters in Family Systems and Sexuality from the Catholic University in Leuven Belgium in 2002. They lead a program for couples entitled: “Marriage: An Adventure in Progress.” Clair and Rainer live in Austria. Read more at www.clairullmann.com

    • Ellen Willenbecher

    • Refugee Medical Coordinator, Lutheran Refugee Services

  • Office Staff