Alumni/ae Profiles

Rameen Zahed ’95

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

What do you do? During my final year at UTS, I was a field intern at Covenant Baptist Church (now, United Church of Christ) in Washington, DC.  I then worked for the UCC Office for Church in Society for a year.  When that was over, I temp’d at an energy company and gradually worked my

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Janet Okang ’18

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

What do you do? After completing my M.A. program at Union, I now help as a part-time professor of New Testament in non-denominational colleges in West Africa (Ghana), to train students who wish to go into pastoral ministry and missions. I have also had the opportunity to found a non-profit organization that evangelizes to children

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Kenneth Claus ’70

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

What do you do? I currently am the minister of All Souls Miami (which I helped found 2006); I am the modern REL program founder and still only instructor at Miami Dade College-Kendall campus, and I also teach English comp at Florida International University – the state U in Miami. How did Union prepare you

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Keith Braddy, ’02

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

What do you do? I am currently a United States Navy Chaplain holding the rank of Lieutenant aboard the USS WASP (LHD-1) as its Ship’s Chaplain. I have ministered to the pastoral needs of Sailors, Marines, and civilian government employees aboard the USS WASP, all while the ship was first to respond to the hurricane

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Irina Miagkova, ’02

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

What do you do? I am a social work administrator. I coordinate social services for Holocaust Survivors residing in NYC. How did Union Prepare you for this? Union played a great role in my life. Five years of studies were the best in my life. Since that time ancient texts, world religions, history and, community

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Fighting The Deportation Dragnet

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

When Ravi Ragbir woke in Manhattan on January 11, readying himself for his regular immigration check-in, he had no idea that he would be spending that night incarcerated at the Krome Detention Center in Miami. Likewise, his wife Amy Gottlieb did not foresee she would soon be separated 1,200 miles from her husband—fearing he would

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T(akashi) James Kodera, ’72, ’74, ’76

Monday, January 22, 2018

What do you do?  After teaching for three years at Oberlin College, 1973-76, I moved to Wellesley College in 1976, where I am now Professor of Religion. My teaching field is Comparative and Historical Study of Religion, with a focus on Asia, especially Buddhism. “Asia,” a Greek term, has always referred to a large geographical

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Angela Moscheo Benson M.A. ’06, ’10

Thursday, November 30, 2017

What do you do? After teaching for the past decade, I accepted a job earlier this year at Cumberland Heights, an internationally renowned drug and alcohol treatment facility. In addition to leading inter-religious services, I also teach group classes on Twelve Step spirituality and religion, guilt and shame, anger and resentment, and loss and grief.

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Sandy Smolnicky, M.A. ’85

Friday, November 17, 2017

What do you do? As a newly appointed Grants Officer for our county, I review and track all potential and incoming operating grants and grant agreements county-wide. With the Finance and Budget Offices, I maintain a database of grants sought by and awarded to county departments and offices. I offer seminars in grants management best

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