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Advisory Committee

Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett is a museum collections and exhibitions expert.  She currently serves as Chief Preparator at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive where she manages the design and logistic needs for over forty installations annually.  She is the founder of Art Pro Net (APN), an online resource supporting the needs of the contract arts professional community in the Northern California. Kelly has a Bachelors in Fine Art Photography from the University of Houston, and a Masters of Art in Arts Management from the University at Buffalo.

Class of 2018-2021

Dr. Judith Berling

Judith Berling earned a B.A. from Carleton College in Religion, and Ph.D. from Columbia University in East Asian Languages and Cultures. She taught in the Departments of Religion and East Asian Languages at Indiana University for thirteen years, and then came to the Graduate Theological Union as Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Chinese and Comparative Religions.  She has served as President of the American Academy of Religion and the American Society for the Study of Religions. In her retirement, she has immersed herself in her lifelong love of the arts: visual arts, dance and ballet, music, and theater, and she is studying acting with a professional actor.

Class of 2018-2021

Dr. Yohana Junker

Yohana A. Junker, PhD, is Faculty Associate in Theology, Spirituality, and the Arts at the Pacific School of Religion, in Berkeley, California. Her ongoing research probes the salient intersections among the fields of art history, eco-criticism, decolonial studies and contemporary Indigenous aesthetics. She recently earned her doctorate in art and religion from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Her dissertation, “Unsettling the Landscape: Appropriation, Representation, and Indigenous Aesthetics in the Land Art of the American Southwest,” investigated how the Land Art movement of the American Southwest displays a colonial reminiscence and theological vibrancy while the Indigenous artistic production of North America encapsulates a decolonial poetics of resistance.

Class of 2018-2021

Dr. Sabrina Klein

Sabrina Klein is a theatre artist, educator, researcher, arts learning and social justice advocate, and a mother (not necessarily in that order). All her life's training has brought her to the belief (for which she sees daily proof) that artists and art-making truly make the world a better place. Through her many roles - co-founder of Teaching Artists Support Collaborative (TASC) of California, former Executive Director of Teaching Artists Organized and of the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts in Berkeley, theatre director, director of Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre Programs, writing and theater teacher at UC Berkeley and Harvard University, and as a teacher-educator bringing artists in to Bay Area classrooms since 2000 - she has worked with partners to find ways to articulate the values that artists share with other artists, parents, business leaders, politicians, educators and other community members.  She is committed to not-for-profit arts, education and services organizations and the government entities that serve them. Sabrina has created arts-based curriculum, trained teachers and master teaching artists, and  facilitated community conversations with over 50 nonprofit and education organizations, learning about what really matters to people in their work and helping them plan to act on those values in a meaningful and sustainable way.

Class of 2020-2022

Nate Klug

Nate Klug is the author of Rude Woods, a modern translation of Virgil’s Eclogues (The Song Cave, 2013), and Anyone, a book of poems (The University of Chicago Press, 2015). He works as a minister in the United Church of Christ and currently serves as Pastor of First Church Redwood City.

Class of 2018-2021

Maria Mortati

Maria Mortati is a museum exhibit designer and educator with expertise in public engagement and participation projects for all ages. With her background in Interaction Design, she designs and deploys projects at all manner of cultural and public sites. Her projects span formal exhibitions to short-term interventions, involving collaborations with other artists, communities, and staff. Maria is a frequent panelist and author on the subject of innovative exhibition design practices. She has twice served as a panelist on the Innovation Lab at the Center for the Future of Museums, AAM Program Review Panel and as a Program Advisor for the Presidio Parklands projects and the Institute at the Golden Gate. Prior to museums, she had a career in Interaction Design working with Xerox PARC, Salon. com, Speck Design, among others. Maria is an adjunct professor in the graduate Interaction Design program at California College of the Arts. She holds a B.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Colorado, and an M.F.A. in Design from Stanford University.

Class of 2020-2022

Kit Novotny

Kit Novotny serves as Young Adult Minister at First Church Berkeley, United Church of Christ, where she founded "open chapel @ first church," a radically inclusive, experimental worship gathering for young adults. A graduate of Yale Divinity School and University of Chicago, Kit has a background in professional theater, performs with Berkeley Players improv group, and is a certified yoga instructor. She lives in Albany, CA with her husband Nate Klug, and daughter Zoe.

Class of 2018-2021

Susan Thieme

Susan Thieme is the Managing Director of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, a professional performing ensemble exploring the intersection of contemporary and classical music. Her background spans business administration, marketing, and theatrical production; in addition to freelance assignments with West Edge Opera, Valley of the Moon Music Festival, Earplay, and others, Susan was the stage manager for Left Coast's chamber opera double-bill Death and a Knight and was the producer for their recent opera Dorothea and Artemisia. She holds music degrees from Cornish College of the Arts (B.M.) and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (M.M.).

Class of 2020-2022

Dr. Anh Tran

As Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at JST, Anh Tran teaches core courses in systematic theology and interreligious studies. His teaching interests include ecclesiology, missiology, theology of religions, interreligious dialogue between Christianity and East Asian religions, theological anthropology, comparative theology, Asian theologies and Christianities, Jesuit mission in East Asia and healthcare ethics. Professor Tran's research interests involve ecumenism, intercultural dialogue, comparative religion/theology, Asian theology and Christian missions in Asia. Cross-trained in various fields from electrical engineering to medical ethics to theology, Professor Tran enjoys "being a bridge for students and colleagues from various academic fields, cultures, institutions, and religions."

Class of 2020-2022

Dr. Devin Zuber

Dr. Devin Zuber, Associate Professor of American Studies, Religion, and Literature and Core Doctoral Faculty at the GTU (Center for Swedenborgian Studies), and Chair of the Department for Historical and Cultural Studies of Religion. Selected publications include, A Language of Things: Swedenborg and the American Environmental Imagination (University of Virginia Press, forthcoming 2017), and Blake and Swedenborg: An Anthology of Critical Essays (Swedenborg Foundation, forthcoming 2016).

Class of 2020-2022

STUDENT ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Olga Yunak

Olga Yunak is a third-year doctoral candidate at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, in the interdisciplinary area. She studies Eastern Orthodox Anthropology, psychology, and arts. Her research interest is the space of ambiguity at the “standpoint” between the image and the beholder in the liturgical context of the Byzantine church. Ms. Yunak was a recipient of the Edmund Muskie Graduate Fellowship and holds an MBA degree in marketing and management from CSU-Hayward. She is a mom to two spirited girls and a supporter of the farm-to-table movement and urban gardening.