Alumni/ae Profiles

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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Rubén Rosario Rodriguez, M.Div. ’95

Monday, August 21, 2017

What do you do? I teach theology and ethics, with a focus on liberation theologies and other political theologies, at the undergraduate, MA, and PhD levels at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. What’s the best thing about your job? Working with young men and women filled with optimism that education is the key

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Carl Schneider, M.Div. ’67

Monday, August 21, 2017

What do you do? I am a mediator, and train mediators as the Director of Mediation Matters. What’s the best thing about your job? I have the opportunity to work with people at a critical time in their lives. How did Union prepare you for this? It was Union where I learned I could make

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Rev. Mykal Slack, M.Div. ’07

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Editor’s note: Mykal Slack began his professional life as a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT and HIV/AIDS Rights projects and then served as a law clerk in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. After discerning a call to ministry and graduating from Union, he served in

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Rev. Liz Edman, M.Div. ’91

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

What do you do? In terms of employment, I’m bi-vocational and currently earn my living through my political career, directing community outreach for New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.  As a priest, I am pleased to count as my “altar home” the Episcopal Church of St. Andrew and Holy Communion in South Orange, NJ,

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