Current Teaching Faculty
The Associate Faculty of St Stephen’s College is a diverse group of highly competent professionals and academics who are engaged – along with the resident Faculty – in the task of guiding the teaching and learning enterprise of the College during this academic year.
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.
Marie Butler is a Creative Arts Psychotherapist who operates her own private practice in Edmonton. She calls her business The She Shed Studio, and lives by its motto, 'where soil meets with soul'. Marie has a great love of nature as it connects her to both the physical and mystical aspects of Creation, where her soul is nurtured and finds its most authentic expression. Her passion to co-create with nature takes her outside of the studio to work in the community as Grandma Willow where she visits schools so as to 'nurture with nature' through story-telling and eco-art expressions. She performs yearly at The International Children's Festival in St. Albert. 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 and facilitated the Arts in Medicine Program.
Rev. William Cantelon, MDiv, is a United Church Minister, and is interested in historical Jesus research. He has been teaching courses in Christian Scriptures at St. Stephen’s College for many years.
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 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.
Bryan Clarke is a chaplain and educator with a PhD in secondary education from the University of Alberta. He engages faculty, students and staff in spiritual conversations, linking academic matters and faith, and provides emergency support for situations such as suicide and stress. His personal focus as a Christian chaplain is the tradition of Mere Christianity and on reaching out to anyone who needs spiritual encouragement, care, and support in the challenging years of university. His affiliation is officially Presbyterian but works with people of all faiths, not as competition but encouraging a life of grace, hopefulness of outlook, and connectedness through Jesus beyond labels. He teaches a variety of university courses including Religious Education, Contexts in Education, Health and Wellness, Philosophical Ethics, Faith and Film, Introduction to Philosophy, and Harry Potter and Christian Spirituality, among others.
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 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 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.
Rev Neil Elford, DMin, is past Chair of the Doctor of Ministry degree program and has served on the Doctor of Ministry program committee since 1994 at St Stephen’s College. He has taught courses on Leadership in Change and Spiritual Health and Self Psychology through St Stephen’s College. He is a Clinical Pastoral Education and Pastoral Counseling Education Teaching Supervisor with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. Currently he is the Director for Spiritual Health, Mission and Ethics with Providence Care, Kingston, Ontario. Prior to moving to Ontario he was involved in health care in Edmonton providing leadership and education in spiritual health (including Aboriginal Cultural Helpers), ethics, pastoral counseling, and intercultural relations.
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Mona-Lee Feehan, BEd, MEd, MTh, DMin, is a graduate of St Stephen’s College Doctor of Ministry program. She was made Professor Emerita at the 89th Convocation of St Stephen's College in 2013. In addition to her work with SSC, she also teaches at St. Joseph’s College at the University of Alberta. Mona-Lee has worked in Christian marriage and relationship ministries for over 25 years and has authored several international programs preparing young couples for marriage. She has a passion for women's stories and is working towards a more inclusive understanding for all women in all denominations.
Alexandra Fidyk, PhD, holds an associate professorship in the Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta, where she teaches teacher education, and graduate courses in curriculum theory, research, and post/Jungian Studies. As a transdisciplinary scholar, she has authored articles, poetry, chapters, and edited collections including the recent Poetic Inquiry Enchantment of Place (2017, Vernon Press) and the soon to be finished and available: Jung in the Classroom (Routledge). She is a certified Jungian psychotherapist; a certified Family Constellation facilitator (transgenerational trauma), and soon to complete Integrated Body Psychodynamic therapist.
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.
Emmanuel Gatera holds a Doctor of Ministry from St. Stephen’s College, and a Master of Religious Studies from Makerere University in Uganda. He taught at the Uganda Christian University before returning to Rwanda where he served as General Secretary for the Anglican Church of Rwanda, and lectured at Kigali Theological College. In his doctoral work at St. Stephen’s College, Emmanuel specialized in pastoral counselling, with the purpose of being equipped to work with Rwandans traumatized by the 1994 Genocide.
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Goa, David J
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.
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, 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.
Henriette Kelker, MSc, MDiv, PhD, grew up in the Netherlands, where she attended the Agriculture University in Wageningen. After immigrating to Canada, she completed her PhD in the Faculty of Science at The University of Alberta, followed by several years as a fulltime home maker and community volunteer before re-entering the academic world. The path that followed led through several years in the Museum and Heritage world exploring religious and immigrant history, and further studies in theology at St Andrew’s College in Saskatoon. As an ordained minister, she has served rural and urban congregations of The United Church of Canada. She remains deeply curious about the engagement of spirit in science and culture.
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, 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.
Gretchen Ladd MEd, RCAT, RCC is an Art Therapist, counsellor and educator who has provided therapeutic arts to diverse communities for over 25 years. She has worked for 15 years in cancer care, practicing art therapy with individuals and families facing major health transitions and end of life. Gretchen incorporates mindfulness, compassion and contempla-tive practices into her creative work and is currently studying Somatic Experiencing and arts-based trauma care. She has been an instructor at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute since 2007 and facilitated Art Therapy trainings in Nepal, Thailand and Japan.
Lucy Lu, MA, CCC, ATR is an art therapist, psychotherapist, and artist working from a feminist, culturally-centred, and trauma-informed framework of practice. She has an eclectic practice that incorporates art, playback theatre, movement, sandplay, mindfulness meditation and yoga. She graduated from Concordia University (Montreal) with a MA in Creative Arts Therapies in Art Therapy in 2007. Her clinical focus has been working with children and families from urban indigenous communities and diverse cultural communities, who have experienced interpersonal and collective trauma. She has been a part of many Playback theatre companies and currently directs Thirdspace Playback Edmonton, with the aim of promoting community dialogue and social justice through improvised theatre. Her clinical and community work has focused on supporting healing, resilience, and community wellbeing.
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 counsellor 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 intergenerational trauma. Patricia has had a long and varied career that has been focused on education, social justice, and community development.
Tom Maddix, CSC, DMin, has taught spirituality for a number of years and is a retired health care executive.
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, 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.
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.
Tatiana Peet, MPS, CCC, RCAT works in private practice in Edmonton. She is passionate about the interface of the arts with healing and contemplative practices. She is an Associate Faculty in the Masters of Psychotherapy and Spirituality Program at St. Stephen’s College and is the past Associate Chair of Art Therapy.
Darlene Pranke, DMin, is a CASC/ACSS Spiritual Care Practitioner and a Provisional Spiritual Care Supervisor-Educator. Darlene studied Theology at both North American Baptist College (BAR) and St. Stephen’s College (MTS and DMin) in Edmonton. Her specialization in the DMin studies was on Suicide Grief. Darlene currently works in the Healthcare sector (for 16 years) in both capacities, as a Spiritual Care Practitioner and in Supervisory Education. She also has experience in the technical sector of health care as an X-ray Technologist.
Zinia Pritchard, DMin, is a practical theologian whose academic work focuses on the intersection between palliative care and the mystical spirituality of the Dark Night of the Soul. As a certified Specialist within the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, Zinia currently serves as AHS Senior [Provincial] Practice Lead, Spiritual Care, and Senior Practice Consultant, [Allied Health Education]. Zinia has a background as spirituality educator within medical education, and has served in the capacity of Research Associate in the Art and Humanities in Health & Medicine Program, Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta.
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.
Pierrette Requier, Edmonton’s 6th Poet Laureate, is a bilingual poet, playwright and mentor. She received a BEd from the University of Alberta and a Master of Theological Studies from St. Stephen’s College. Through her long-term involvement with the literary and artistic life of Edmonton, and more specifically her multi-faceted engagement with poetry, she was inspired to design and host monthly Wind Eye Seminars, creating a space for aspiring writers to deepen their relationship to their practice and to delight in the emergence of metaphor.
Madeline Rugh holds a PhD in Adult and Community Education and is a Registered/Board Certified Art Therapist. For the past 30 years, Madeline has been a consultant and educator specializing in the role of art and nature in health and wellness. Currently she is an assistant professor at St Gregory’s University in psychology and art, where she developed innovative coursework at the undergraduate and graduate levels in art, nature, and spirituality.
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.
Micheala Slipp holds a BA in Psychology, a BFA in Fine Arts and a Master’s Degree in Creative Arts Therapies. She is a registered Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor with the Canada Counselling & Psychotherapy Association and also holds registration as an Art Therapist with the American Art Therapy Credentials Board. Micheala is currently working towards a Doctor of Education in Distance Education at Athabasca University with mixed methods dissertation focus in the role of video-conferencing clinical supervision for counsellors working in rural and indigenous communities to mitigate compassion fatigue risk. Micheala’s clinical specializations include wellness and healing across cultures, technology in counselling and clinical education, complex trauma and the integration of Somatic Experiencing Trauma therapy with creative arts therapy modalities. She brings a strong passion for the development of counsellor wellness through effective clinical supervision practice. Micheala has taught graduate-level course work in child and adolescent development for counsellors, diversity and ethnicity in Art Therapy and ethics and law for school counsellors. She recently joined the faculty of St. Stephen’s College in the Department of Psychotherapy and Spirituality as Associate Chair (Art Therapy).
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.