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.

Brigidda Bell

Brigidda Bell, MA, PhD Cand., University of Toronto, is an historian of religion and a biblical scholar whose research focuses on early Christian prophets and Graeco-Roman divination under the Roman Empire. Her current project looks beyond speech to ask what makes prophets and diviners, people who claim to communicate with gods, compelling and persuasive to their audiences. Taking seriously the ways that bodies communicate information, her research brings the embodied nature of human experience into a long history of biblical textual interpretation. As an award-winning teacher, Brigidda has taught and developed a range of religion courses at the University of Toronto and the University of Calgary. She has been involved in setting up various mentorship and pedagogy initiatives, and this extends into her classrooms, where students learn how to learn.

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.

Marie Butler

Marie Butler is a Creative Arts Psychotherapist who operates her own private practice, The She Shed Studio, in Edmonton, Alberta. Her business motto, ‘where soil meets with soul' speaks to Marie’s passion in life and work. Nature’s ever-present offerings connect her to both the physical and mystical aspects of Creation, where she finds her most authentic expression. Her passion to co-create with the land, especially the willow tree, takes her outside of the studio. For years, she visited schools as the character of ‘Grandma Willow’ offering story-telling and creative projects with the willow tree. She also performed at The International Children's Festival in St. Albert. Recently she began working for the Northern Counseling and Therapy Services. She is a grateful alumni of St. Stephen's where she completed her MPS-Art Therapy specialization. She began her professional career as an Art Therapist at the Cross Cancer Institute where she supported children and their families who were faced with a cancer diagnosis as well as facilitating the Arts in Medicine Program.

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 J. 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, RSW, MSW, RCAT, FOT, is a Registered Art Therapist and social worker practicing in Edmonton, AB and Vancouver, BC. She has worked throughout Western Canada in a variety of therapeutic positions. She has also held many volunteer roles with the Canadian Art Therapy Association, the St. Stephen's Master of Psychotherapy and Spirituality program Committee and other professional and community organizations. Her particular interest and focus is supporting and training emerging art therapists. She has been associate teaching faculty with the St. Stephen's College Master of Psychotherapy and Spirituality, Art Therapy stream since 2010.

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.

Jenny McAlister

Jenny McAlister is a registered psychologist in Alberta.  She provides therapy to individuals, couples and families in her private practice in Edmonton, AB.  Jenny also enjoys the opportunity to provide clinical supervision to Registered provisional psychologists as they complete the requirements of registration in Alberta.  She is an active member of the mental health community and sits as a public member on the province’s Mental Health Review Panel and is a past member of the Oral Ethics Committee of the College of Alberta Psychologists.

Jasmine Nathoo

Jasmine Nathoo, MSc, is a fourth year doctoral student in the Counselling Psychology program at the University of Alberta. Her research focuses on integration experiences of newcomer youth in Canada, and includes the use of arts-based participatory research methods. In her clinical work, Jasmine provides counselling to individuals, couples, families, and groups for a range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, and interpersonal conflict.

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. 

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.

Karola Radler

Karola Radler holds a PhD in Systematic Theology from Stellenbosch University, South Africa where she is currently also a Research Associate in Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology. She is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College’s MTS (Honours) Program and holds a Certificate in Adult Education from Mount Royal University in Calgary. With further law degrees from Goethe University in Frankfurt and the Ministry of Justice in Germany Karola’s academic interests focus overall on the interfaces between the theological and jurisprudential paradigms of thought and specifically on ethical decision-making with a view to interdisciplinary and intercultural cross-overs. Her international and diverse academic background has provided for work experiences in the legal field and in theology as well as for opportunities for presenting conference papers in Sweden, South Africa, Canada and the United States. Karola enjoys exploring and sharing with others the richness that continuous learning adds to life and assisting Adult Learners in their efforts.

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.

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.

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.


Haley Toll

Haley Toll, MA, CCC, RCAT, RP (inactive) is the Co-Convener of the Arts & Health Research Exchange Group for the NLCAHR and a PhD student in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. As a Registered Canadian Art Therapist, Certified Canadian Counselor, and Registered Psychotherapist in the Province of Ontario (currently inactive) she has worked with children and adults internationally and across Canada in primarily trauma-care related to cancer diagnosis, sexual abuse, and other psychological and emotional challenges. Haley has also trained mental health practitioners in Botswana, Thailand, and Mongolia in arts-informed and crisis intervention practices. Her primary research focus intermixes multicultural and international art therapy and arts-based research. Haley Toll is also the President and Board Chair of the Canadian Art Therapy Association but is on leave due to becoming the Acting Editor in Chief of the Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal.

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.