Faculty and Staff

Associate Faculty

Blaine Allan

Blaine J Allan, BA, MDiv, is a Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner at Grey Nuns Hospital, Edmonton. He is also a CASC/ACSS Provisional Spiritual Care Supervisor-Educator. Blaine studied Philosophy at the University of Alberta, Theology at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, and Interfaith ministry at All Faiths Seminary in New York. Having a special interest in grief and loss, Blaine also completed multiple grief and loss programs from The Centre of Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, Colorado. A lifelong learner, he is currently pursuing doctoral studies at St. Stephen’s College.

Daniel Bogert O'Brien

Daniel Bogert O’Brien, MDiv, PhD, has taught, created courses and done Doctoral and Post-Doctoral research with people across faith, culture, and gender divides. As a cleric, teacher and artist he has worked in isolated First Nation Villages as well as large research universities. He has been influenced in his thinking by the wisdom of scholars such as John Cobb, Catherine Keller and Ivan Illich, Elders from two West Coast Peoples, and the insights and penetrating questions of the people he worked with. His research and thinking has been an attempt to understand the often hidden constructs that shape our worldviews and their meanings for the church, human community, eco-systems and cultures we live in.

Gillian Breckenridge

Gillian Breckenridge has a MA from the University of Edinburgh, an STM from Union Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the University of Virginia. Her work engages the theology of Karl Barth, contemporary Christian conceptions of sin, and critical social theory. Gillian has particular interest in the impact of sin on the practice of theology; the study of feminist thought in an interfaith context; and in critical theological hospitality. Gillian is active in the Anglican Church and works in the graduate school at the University of Lethbridge.

Dennis Brown

Dennis Brown, PhD, is a Registered Psychologist, a Certified Hakomi Therapist, and a Certified Hakomi Teacher. He has been in private practice for the past 15 years with clients in both the private and public sector. Prior work experience included positions in both non-profit agencies and the Provincial Government. He taught a course on Couples and Family Therapy to PhD students in the Faculty of Education for several years. He has always enjoyed helping students integrate their passion with their intellect.

Phillip Carverhill

Philip Carverhill, PhD, is a Registered Doctoral Psychologist and former music therapist in independent practice in Saskatoon. He is an invited member of the International Workgroup on Death, Dying and Bereavement and facilitates a number of grief support groups. Phil has taught at St Stephen's College for 10 years and also in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. His counselling and assessment practice also focuses on artists, musicians and the religious.

Margaret Clark

Margaret B Clark, DMin, is an Instructor in Practical Theology at St. Stephen’s College. She is a CASC/ACSS certified Spiritual Care Practitioner and Spiritual Care Supervisor-Educator. Margaret studied Theology at both Newman Theological College (MDiv eq) and St. Stephen’s College (DMin) in Edmonton, and has trained in spiritual direction through studies at Creighton University (MChSp) in Omaha, Nebraska. Margaret enjoys opportunities to serve others through teaching, CPE mentoring, spiritual care, and spiritual direction.

Peggy Clarkson

Peggy Clarkson holds an MA in Art Therapy, a BA in Psychology, and is a registered clinical counsellor, clinical supervisor, trauma informed therapist and registered art therapist. Peggy has 20 years of direct experience spanning all aspects of care, including both acute and community health contexts. She is currently an art therapy professor at Adler University, St. Stephens College, and the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute, and a consultant, specializing in resilience and vicarious trauma. Peggy worked in an Indigenous health leadership capacity for over a decade, and utilized a variety of trauma-informed clinical care support and art therapy paradigms in both urban and rural contexts. In her capacity as clinical supervisor, Peggy has specialized in training and supporting staff, teams and survivors of relational violence, sexual abuse, and critical incidents—including those in recovery from addictions and post-traumatic stress disorder. Peggy studied art and art history and works out of her art studio in North Vancouver, BC, where she strives to ensure balance through an active painting practice.

Thea Comeau

Thea L. Comeau MEd, PhD (Cand) is a provisional psychologist who works in private practice and the not-for-profit sector in Edmonton. She is currently completing her PhD in Counselling Psychology at McGill University in Montreal. She has taught a variety of courses and invited lectures across Canada and the United States. Thea's research focuses on growth and positive changes in values following victimization through violence. In her clinical work, Thea provides support for couples and individual survivors of trauma.

Kristy Dykshoorn

Kristy L Dykshoorn is a Registered Provisional Psychologist and a fifth-year doctoral student in the Counselling Psychology program at the University of Alberta. Previously, she earned her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychologist at Trinity Western University. She has over eight years of experience providing individual, couples, family, and group counselling to children, adolescents, and adults. Kristy has begun her training in Existential Analysis psychotherapy and specializes in working with trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, and interpersonal relationships.

David Fekete

David J. Fekete, MTS, PhD, is a member of the St. Stephen’s College Academic Senate and Doctor of Ministry Program Committee, and is interested in systems of meaning that are expressed in literature and poetry.  His research specialization is in literary and theological articulations of love and spirituality.

Leslie Gardner

Leslie Gardner, PhD, is on the Doctor of Ministry Program Committee at St Stephen’s College, and teaches the course ‘Inquiry, Research and Evaluation’. She has over 20 years experience in program evaluation, assisting public sector and voluntary organizations in process and outcome evaluation.

David Goa

David Goa is the Director of the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life. He studied history, philosophy and the history of religions in Chicago. He counts the eminent philosophical theologian Paul Tillich, the scholar of religion Mircea Eliade, the historian Zenos Hawkinson, the political philosopher Hannah Arendt, and Jaroslav Pelikan, Sterling Professor of History, Yale University, among the scholars who have most influenced his work. David has been involved in various research and documentation and communications projects in Canada and abroad. He built the program for the study of culture through his field research work over 30 years at the Royal Alberta Museum. He lectures widely and is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles and is a regular contributor to the media. His work focuses on religious tradition and modern culture, culture and the civil life, and on public institutions in service to cultural communities and modern civil society.

Sherri Guenther Trautwein

Sherri Guenther Trautwein, BTh, MTS, ThD Cand, currently serves as a pastor in the Anabaptist tradition. Her academic studies have focused on social memory theory and the challenges of reading the stories of women in ancient texts. Sherri has taught in both academic and congregational contexts, with experience in Introductory Greek and a wide range of New Testament literature. She has published in the areas of feminist biblical criticism and recovering the obscured voices of women scholars of the 19th century.

Darlynne Hildebrandt

Darlynne Hildebrandt, MSW, RCAT, is an Art Therapist practicing in Edmonton. She is a Registered Focusing Trainer and Psychotherapist, a Registered Art Therapist, and a Registered Social Worker. Currently, she is the Registrar of the Canadian Art Therapy Association.

Nicole Imgrund

Nicole Imgrund, MPS, MDiv, teaches and supervises practicum students in the MPS Program. She is the Founding Director of River's Edge Counselling Centre in St Albert. In her psychotherapy practice, she works primarily from a psychodynamic perspective with adults and couples. As an ordained minister with the United Church of Canada, Nicole has worked as a hospital chaplain and congregational minister. As past-president and longstanding board member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association's AB/NWT Chapter, she has devoted her efforts to promoting the counselling profession in Alberta and supporting colleagues in practice. She is also an active member of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care.

Sheila Killoran 

Sheila Killoran, BMT, MTA, MA, has a Masters in Creative Arts Therapies from Concordia University, Montreal. An Accredited Music Therapist, she specializes in palliative care, bereavement, and the use of guided imagery and music at end-of-life. Sheila is a Fellow with the Association of Music and Imagery.

Norbert Krumins

Norbert Krumins, DMin, is the former Chair of the Department of Theological Studies at St. Stephen’s College. His background includes prison chaplaincy, social service project management, and journalism. Norbert is passionate about the arts and is interested in the relationship between creativity and spirituality. His arts-based doctoral dissertation was in the field of contemplative education.

Patricia MacAulay

Patricia MacAulay trained and taught at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute, and has a Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy. At present, she serves as school counselor at an elementary school in Canada's Arctic where she uses arts and play based approaches to support children living with the after-effects of inter generational trauma. Patricia has had a long and varied career that has been focused on education, social justice, and community development.

Mary Norton

Mary Norton, PhD, PGCAT values art making as a pathway to serious play, to address challenges, and to imagine possibilities. As a community-based adult educator, Mary integrated arts-based approaches in programs and courses to support learning for all; these experiences drew her to study and practice art therapy. Mary is currently engaged in community and private practice as a professional art therapist, expressive arts facilitator, and Certified Hakomi Therapist. She is the Education Chair for the Canadian Art Therapy Association and serves on the Department of Psychotherapy and Spirituality committee of St Stephen College.

Kehinde Olabimtan

Kehinde Olabimtan, PhD, holds a Master of Environmental Design degree in Architecture from the University of Lagos and a Doctor of Philosophy in theology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He spent one-year postdoctoral studies contributing to the online Dictionary of African Christian Biography (DACB) at the Overseas Ministries Study Centre, New Haven, Connecticut, a project he coordinated in Ghana from 2002 to 2004. He taught at Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture in Ghana and at Bowen University in Nigeria. Kehinde’s teaching and research works have essentially been on the interactions between Christianity, Islam and African religion in the 19th century. His doctoral thesis Samuel Johnson of Yorubaland: Identity, Change and the Making of the Mission Agent was published by Peter Lang (Oxford) in 2013 in the Africa in Development Series. He is currently enrolled in the DMin program at St Stephen’s College, exploring theology and the environment.

Ryan Olfert

Ryan Olfert is a PhD Candidate in the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. His scholarly research primarily focuses on materiality and ritual in the ancient Mediterranean, including Christianity and Judaism. He is also interested in the intersections of ancient traditions and modern culture, political theology, and religion in the public sphere. He teaches courses in the study of religion, the history of Christianity, and religion and pop culture among others. 

Joanne Olson

Joanne K. Olson, RN, PhD (Nursing), is a Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta and a faith community nurse at Riverbend United Church. Joanne also holds an MSc (Public Health), and a BScN. Her clinical expertise is in community health nursing, specifically faith community or parish nursing. Her teaching/research expertise is in the areas of spirituality in nursing and health care and spiritual assessment in the context of whole person health. She also conducts research related to teaching and learning in professional education.

Kingsley Payne

Kingsley Payne, PhD, is a Registered Psychologist and a Child Youth Care Educator. He has worked directly with individual children and adolescent groups of children, foster families and families whose children are in care. He has taught courses in Family Dynamics, Trauma and Abuse, Group Dynamics, Basic Counselling, and Narrative Therapy in a number of different contexts.

Zinia Pritchard

Zinia Pritchard, DMin, is a Contemplative Practical Theologian and leads the profession of Spiritual Care at Alberta Health Services as Practice Director, Provincial Spiritual Care. She is committed to building capacity for spiritual health care across health professions. Zinia is a CASC certified spiritual care practitioner, a seasoned palliative practitioner, and a medical educator with a prior appointment as a Research Associate within Medicine. Her specialty area is the spiritual suffering of Dark Night within the palliative and end of life population.

Amanda Radil

Amanda Radil holds an MEd and PhD in School and Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Alberta. Her research focus is on motivation and emotion in educational environments while her clinical focus is on using a strengths-based perspective to work with youth. Additional areas of interest include evaluation, mixed methodology, neurodevelopmental disorders, and positive psychology. Amanda brings over seven years of experience in a variety of research and applied settings to her work at St. Stephen’s College.

Allan Rosales

Allan B. Rosales completed his MA in Art Therapy from Concordia University in 2005. A year later he moved back to his hometown of Calgary where he began working with vulnerable populations using art therapy. To date, Allan has worked with suicidal youth and their family members; adults with disabilities; women and their children escaping domestic violence; cancer patients and their family members; and RCMP and Military service members suffering from PTSD. Allan is also a professional artist and a contract faculty at Mount Royal University.

Markus Scott-Alexander

Markus Scott-Alexander, PhD, REAT has been a psychotherapist for 30 years, beginning in New York and currently practicing and teaching in Edmonton, where he is the director of World Arts Organization (worldartsorg.com), training students in Expressive Arts Therapy. This program is in cooperation with the European Graduate School, Saas Fee, Switzerland, where he is senior faculty. His arts-based, cross-cultural approach to the teaching of psychotherapy has recently taken him to Norway, Peru, Hong Kong, China, Ireland and Malta.

Scott Sharman

The Rev. Canon Dr. Scott Sharman (BTh, MRel, PhD) completed his graduate and doctoral studies through Wycliffe College and the University of St. Michael’s College at the Toronto School of Theology, where he specialized in theologies of Church as they relate to ecumenical and interfaith dialogue. Scott has served as Interfaith Chaplain to the University of Alberta, and is currently Animator for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations for the Anglican Church of Canada. He regularly teaches courses at various institutions in the areas of Church history, the ecumenical movement, and world religions.

Sonia Sobon

Sonia Sobon, PhD, RPsych holds a Doctorate Degree in Educational Psychology and a BSc in Human Ecology (Textiles, Clothing, and Culture). In 2006, she completed Certified Play Therapy Training. Sonia has taught at St Stephen's College since 2009 and at the University of Alberta since 2002. She is a Registered Psychologist in private practice, and weaves together her careers as a Psychologist, Adult Educator, Researcher, and Fibre Artist. She developed the course Being Through Fibre © in 1997 to utilize the medium of fibre therapeutically to facilitate personal exploration, healing, and growth. Sonia is a life-long learner, and enjoys sharing her experiences and expertise with other Adult Learners to assist them in their personal and professional development.

Kevin St. Arnaud

Kevin St. Arnaud, MEd, is a registered provisional psychologist and doctoral candidate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Alberta. His clinical and research interests centre on transpersonal psychology and positive adult development. He has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses on psychology and psychotherapy at the University of Alberta since 2015.

David St. Arnault

David St. Arnault, PhD, teaches two courses, Professional Ethics for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Care and Systems Psychotherapy Skills, in the MPS Program. He holds a PhD in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta, an MEd in Counselling Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, BEd (secondary) and BA degrees from the University of Alberta, and works as a Registered Psychologist in private practice. Dr St. Arnault maintains a diverse clinical practice, providing psychotherapy and formal assessment to various populations with a specialized focus on the healing and growing with trauma and working systemically: with couples, families and groups. He has also been a teaching assistant and sessional instructor for several undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Alberta. Dr. St. Arnault enjoys sharing his passion for social justice and his appreciation of human development and resilience through his teaching.

Amanda Stillar

Amanda Stillar, MA, is a Registered Provisional Psychologist and a fourth year doctoral student in the Counselling Psychology program at the University of Alberta. She earned a Masters of Arts in Applied Psychology from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. At present, Ms. Stillar works in private practice and the non-profit sector. She provides individual, couples, family, and group counselling to adolescents and adults. She treats a variety of presenting problems including depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, interpersonal conflict, and borderline personality disorder but she specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and trauma.

Heather Stump

Heather Stump, RCAT, holds a Post Masters Certificate in Art Therapy from St Stephen’s College. She also holds a MSc in Family Systems Nursing, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Expressive Arts from the European Graduate School, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She is currently a Registered Art Therapist practicing in Calgary, Alberta. Heather enjoys helping others explore their creativity and cultivate their own voice(s) - through their visual images and with their words - art therapy clients are empowered to tell and embrace their own personal histories.

Roger Thiessen

Roger Thiessen, MPS, MDiv, teaches the Introduction to Psychotherapy and Spirituality course for University of Alberta undergraduates. He is a co-director of Community Counselling Centre, a trauma-informed and spiritually-integrated practice in downtown Edmonton. In his psychotherapy practice, he works primarily from client-centred and mindfulness-based perspectives with adults and couples. As a former pastor, Roger appreciates the integration of psychotherapy and spirituality. He loves exploring the rich histories of contemplative traditions, including Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sufism and First Nations spirituality.

Dawn Waring

Dawn Waring has a PhD in Hebrew Bible and has taught in both graduate and undergraduate settings for over 30 years. She has also led numerous travel study tours to the Middle East. In the past 3 and 1/2 years, Dawn lived in occupied Palestine for three terms of three months each as an Ecumenical Accompanier with the World Council of Churches. Dawn is an active member of Southminster-Steinhauer United Church where she co-chairs adult education, participates in the music program, and is part of the Earth Charter Team.

Geoffrey Wilfong-Pritchard

Geoffrey Wilfong-Pritchard, DMin, teaches courses in Christian Scriptures and Narrative Theology. He has a special interest in the use of story in organizational change, and is the minister of St Andrew's United Church in Edmonton.

Philiana Wong

Philiana Wong is a graduate of the MA in Drama Therapy program at Concordia University in Montreal. She is also a Certified Canadian Counsellor (C.C.C.) and is part of the executive committee in the Creative Arts in Counselling chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Philiana has been working in Edmonton doing counseling work individuals living in homeless circumstances. As a program manager at an agency, she assists individuals transitioning out of homelessness to maintain housing. She also juggles her time working with cancer patients at the Cross-Cancer Institute using mask work to explore the impact of illness with the self. She has experience doing performance storytelling with seniors and GeriActors exploring creative aging through theatre.