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.

Gail Allan

Gail Allan, MA, MTS, ThD, has a doctorate in Ethics from Emmanuel College of the Toronto School of Theology. Her academic and professional interests have included feminist theological and social ethics, ecclesiology, and ecumenical and interfaith relations. From 2004-2020 she was Coordinator for Ecumenical, Interchurch and Interfaith Relations in The United Church of Canada, representing the church in national and international ecumenical and interfaith groups, and supporting people engaged in dialogue and action in their local communities. She is an active member of the North American Interfaith Network. Her doctoral thesis focused on the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Decade of Churches in Solidarity with Women as it was lived out in Canada; she is a member of the World Council of Churches Gender Advisory Group, which has been developing gender justice policy guidelines for the WCC and member churches. A member of the United Church, she has worked for many years on issues of global and social justice, bringing a commitment to integrating theological reflection, critical social analysis, and collaborative models of education and action.

Maryann Amor

Maryann Amor, BA (UBC), MDiv and MATS (VST), MTh and PhD (New College, University of Edinburgh), is an Anglican priest in the Diocese of Edmonton, currently based at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church. She holds a PhD in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies and loves studying the Scriptures through a narrative lens that takes into account the social world of the texts. Her research is primarily centered on King David and the roles of biblical women. In addition to her academic work, she is passionate about ministry and enjoys supporting others as they develop their gifts.

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.

Colleen Deatherage

Colleen Deatherage, MSW RSW calls the unceded Ktunaxa Territory (aka the BC Kootenays) home. Her interests span diverse topics including: folklore/religious folklife (especially Northern European spiritualities), material culture (especially textiles), ethnography, social work, critical reflection, and cræft. Those interests are reflected in her dissertation, her ongoing research, and the classes she teaches. When not teaching or researching, she works as a medical social worker primarily in oncology and palliative care.

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.

Ross Gordon

Ross Gordon, PhD (Cultural Anthropology, University of Alberta 2013) is on the St. Stephen’s College Doctor of Ministry Program Committee and facilitates the course ‘DMin Online Collegium 2’. Inclusive of a fellowship at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, his research vitalizing an oral Indonesian language through an ecological lens blends ancient and modern spiritual perspectives. Research outputs include academic publishing, film, and community education resources. Ross also works as a business process consultant facilitating organizational efficiencies and improvements in team member and client experiences.  

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.

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.

Kristy Johnson

Kristy L. Johnson, PhD, is a Registered Psychologist with a PhD in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta. Previously, she earned her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University. She has over ten years of experience providing individual, couples, family, and group counselling to children, adolescents, and adults. Kristy has also been engaging in in-depth Existential Analysis psychotherapy training and specializes in working with trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, interpersonal relationships, and in conducting psychoeducational assessments with children and adults. She currently works in an in-patient and specialized clinic pediatric psychiatry unit and also has a private therapy practice in Edmonton, Alberta.

Sheila Killoran

Sheila Killoran, MA, MTA, FAMI, is a Certified Music Therapist and educator with a Masters in Creative Arts Therapies (Music) from Concordia University in Montreal, QU. She provides clinical music therapy services to patients and families at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital in Edmonton, where she specializes in palliative care and bereavement. She is a trained Fellow with the Association of Music and Imagery and has a special interest in the use of guided imagery and music at end-of-life.

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.

Kathy Marshall-Spate

Kathy Marshall-Spate is a Certified Spiritual Health Practitioner and Certified Supervisor-Educator who educates Clinical Pastoral Education Students towards Certification as Spiritual Health Practitioners. She is also a Senior Practice Consultant, Spiritual Care. Kathy has worked in the field of spiritual care in several Community settings, Long Term Care and Acute Care for the past 17 years. Presently she is in a Provincial role as a Certified Supervisor Educator, and as Senior Practice Consultant, Spiritual Care with Allied Health Professional Practice and Education. Kathy is working on a Doctor of Ministry, Specialized Ministry, with a focus on competency-based education as the model of experiential learning applied in clinical pastoral education. When not available in the classroom/hospital you can find her in the mountains hiking or on a lake in her kayak.

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.

Cayley McConaghy

Cayley McConaghy, MA, is a Certified Canadian Counsellor and a Creative Arts Therapist specializing in Drama Therapy. She has been practicing in the Edmonton Area working in school settings with the full range of K - 12 students as well as with Alberta Health Services supporting parents and caregivers. Cayley is also the current practicum supervisor for Drama Therapy master’s students interning at the Centre for Arts in Human Development which offers services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Cayley has a special interest in trauma work and trauma informed care and offers professional development sessions on these and related topics through her work with Alberta Health Services. She also has extensive performance experience in the roles of actor, writer, director, and/or technical consult in dramatic performances.

Mallory Minerson

Mallory Minerson, MA, RDT, CCC, CDWF, TITC-CT, LPN is a Registered Drama Therapist with an MA from New York University. Mallory’s work is multimodal and trauma-focused and is guided by embodied arts-based research. For the past three years she has worked with an all-ages population in community, individual and school-based sessions in a remote, Northern Canadian community highly impacted by the burden of cultural genocide and the Residential School system and its abuses. She is the current Government Affairs Chair for the North American Drama Therapy Association, supporting counselling legislation and regulation in Alberta, and has been the regional representative on the Territorial Ethics Committee for the Government of the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services.

Jasmine Nathoo

Jasmine Nathoo, MSc, is a doctoral candidate 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. Jasmine is also a registered provisional psychologist in Alberta and provides counselling to individuals, couples, families, and groups for a range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, and interpersonal conflict.

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.

Kim Penner

Kim Penner is a settler living in Kitchener, Ontario, the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. She holds a PhD in Theology from St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology, and a Master of Theological Studies from Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo. Kim’s research interests focus especially on the intersections of power, sexuality, and gender for a life-giving theological sexual ethic. She works as a pastor of a church, an advocate for survivors of sexual abuse, and as an adjunct instructor. She highly values building bridges of peace across difference and has appreciated being able to teach theological ethics in both multi-faith and Christian specific 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. 

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.

Susan Spyker

Susan Spyker, MPS, began her path dancing in nature and still does. In her class, you will be guided to reflect on words, feelings, theory in a whole-bodied way. Susan is a creative arts therapist who has learned widely through academia, experience, workshops and personal practice. As a professional art therapist, she completed the MPS in Art Therapy at St Stephen’s College and a BA in Recreation Administration with a focus on arts, culture and special populations at the University of Alberta. Susan has connected to a diversity of people via a variety of pathways regularly including holistic therapeutic movement.

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.

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.