Advisory Council

The 2021-2023 Advisory Board Member (in alphabetical order)

Wendy Cadge, Ph.D. is the Barbara Mandel Professor of Humanistic Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University. She is an expert in contemporary American religion, especially related to religion in public institutions, religious diversity,  religious and moral aspects of healthcare, and religion and immigration. She is the author of two books, Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine and Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America, and a co-editor of Religion on the Edge: De-Centering and Re-Centering the Sociology of Religion. She founded and co-directed the Transforming Chaplaincy Project from 2015 to 2019, and in 2018 launched the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab. A public intellectual, she recently wrote or has been quoted in the Atlantic, the Economist, the BBC, and on WBUR. She has published more than eighty articles and raised more than $8 million in support of her own research and teaching and that of students and colleagues. On June 1, 2021, she started a three-year term as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Brandeis University. She previously served as the Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives (2019-2021), the Social Science Division Head (2018-2021), and Chair of the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Program (2013-2018) in the School of Arts & Sciences at Brandeis University. She was also a Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees (2014-2019) and co-chair of the Faculty Governance Task Force (2017-2019) representing faculty across the university.
Chaplain Bruce Feldstein, MD, BCC is the founder and director of Jewish Chaplaincy Services, serving Stanford Medicine, a program of Jewish Family & Children’s Services, and Adjunct Clinical Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School. After specializing in emergency mediasha_shipman.jpgcine for 19 years, an injury led him to a deeper sense of his life’s work, as a chaplain. Bruce was a visiting scholar at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and completed his chaplaincy training in 2000 in Stanford’s Clinical Pastoral Education program. He developed and teaches an award-winning curriculum on spirituality and well-being for medical students and faculty at Stanford School of Medicine. Chaplain Dr. Feldstein received the John Templeton Spirituality and Medicine Curricular Award and was the first recipient of the Isaac Stein Award for Compassionate Care presented by the Stanford Health Care Board of Directors. He is recognized as a Board Certified Chaplain by Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains, the professional association for Jewish chaplains worldwide, where he was a past president. He has taught and published widely, including at the Hindu Community Institute where he is recipient of their Karma Yoga award. 
Heidi Hadsell, Ph.D. has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UC Berkeley, a MA degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, and a PhD in Religion and Ethics from the University of Southern California.  After teaching  Ethics for a few years at a Federal University in Brazil, Dr. Hadsell spent 9 years teaching Social Ethics at Mccormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. For 4 of those years she was also Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs. She served as Director of the Ecumenical Institute  of the World Council of Churches ( Bossey). The World Council of  Churches is in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Ecumenical Institute is in a near by town called Celigny. She served for 18 years as President ( and Professor of Social Ethics) of what was then called “Hartford Seminary,” which today  is called “Hartford International University of Religion and Peace.” Dr. Hadsell is passionate about the importance of interreligous relations (local, national and international), interreligious education, and dialogue. Also, she is passionate about interreligous peace building, and the contribution it can make to the larger world. She currently lives in Berkeley, teaching in various programs near and far, writing, and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the GTU.

Trace Haythorn, Ph.D. joined the staff of the ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education in 2013 as executive director/CEO. In addition to his role with ACPE, Trace partners with Wendy Cadge and Michael Skaggs as leaders of the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab, an organization committed to research, innovation, and cross-sector engagement of chaplains and spiritual care professionals. Prior to coming to ACPE, Trace served as the executive director of the Frazer Center in Atlanta; President of the Fund for Theological Education in Atlanta; professor and program director at Hastings College in Hastings, NE; and associate pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. He completed his Ph.D. in cultural foundations of education at Syracuse University, a masters of divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary, and a bachelor of arts at Austin College (Sherman, TX). Trace has also completed executive education programs in social innovation and nonprofit leadership at Stanford University and strategic perspectives in nonprofit management at Harvard University. An ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Trace is married to the Reverend Mary Anona Stoops, and they have two children, Jacob (24) and Martha (21).

Chaplain Sondos Kholaqi serves as a hospital staff chaplain and a community chaplain in Southern California. She is board-certified with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). Sondos earned a Master of Divinity degree in Islamic Chaplaincy at the Claremont School of Theology/Bayan Islamic Graduate School as the recipient of the Fathi Osman Academic Excellence award and a Bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing from UCLA, where she received the prestigious Regents Scholar award. Sondos completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and served as the program's first Muslim chaplain ministering to all faiths but focusing on Muslim patient care. She is the author of the award-winning book, "Musings of a Muslim Chaplain" (2020) and a co-editor of the anthology, "Mantle of Mercy: Islamic Chaplaincy in North America" (fall 2021). Sondos also serves as Vice President of Healthcare for the Association of Muslim Chaplains (AMC). Sondos enjoys sipping a perfectly brewed cup of coffee, listening to Qur'an recitation by Turkish reciters, and singing her heart out at spiritual gatherings. Sondos is married with two children.

Rev. Kevin Massey, BCC (bio coming soon)
Lucinda Mosher, Th.D. (bio coming soon)
Gaurav Rastogi is an entrepreneur with twenty+ years of executive experience in large listed companies as well as startups. He is Board Member, Dean, and one of the founders of the Hindu Community Institute ( who are building a global spiritual care network. He is an interfaith Hindu leader, a Dhyana meditation and yoga teacher (ERYT500®), and Founder of ( Living Deeply Foundation that teaches the “Yoga of Living Deeply®”. He is the author of three business books (including one OUP 2022). Mr. Rastogi holds a Mechanical Engineering undergrad from Delhi Technological University (DCE), and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. He loves to teach, write and create wonderful things that make the world a better place. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife, son, and daughter.
Ramy Salah, MD. is an outpatient, home-based palliative care doctor in San Mateo, CA. He also is the medical director of palliative care at a mid-sized hospital, where he co-chairs the hospital bioethics committee. He completed medical school and internal medicine residency at UCLA before completing palliative medicine fellowship at UCSF. He’s led advance care planning workshops for Muslims in mosques, held talks on the Islamic perspective of end-of-life care in various settings, and presented the Islamic bioethics on withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. His most recent project studies attitudes of Muslims chaplains on physician aid-in-dying. 
Asha Shipman, Ph.D. is the Director of Hindu Life and Hindu Chaplain for Yale University. Dr. Shipman earned her advanced degrees from the University of Connecticut. She is an experienced educator, having taught for almost two decades at the high school and university levels. She joined the Yale University Chaplain’s Office in 2013 and in 2016 became the second (and first female) Hindu chaplain with a full-time university appointment in the US. Her Hindu Life Program at Yale offers a space for worship and connection as well as a safe space to consider the contemporary relevance of Hindu philosophies and practices. A pioneer in the field, she is frequently sought out as a speaker, writer, and consultant on Hindu chaplaincy in Higher Education. Dr. Shipman is a contributor to the first book on Hindu chaplaincy in the US entitled “Hindu Approaches to Spiritual Care” and the author of “Hindu Chaplaincy in US Higher Education” a recent article published by the Journal of Interreligious Studies. Dr. Shipman serves as the Chair of the North American Hindu Chaplains Association, the first professional organization for Hindu chaplains in the US. She is on the Advisory Board for the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab, a campus fellow of Campus Chaplaincy for a Multifaith World and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut Valley Hindu Temple Society.