ChIME Faculty & Staff

 

ChIME faculty members and its staff bring gifts and experience from a broad spectrum of traditions, disciplines, and arts. Below are some of our key Faculty and Adjuncts as well as guest instructors and national speakers that vary year-to-year.

 
Patricia Ellen, MA, MSC Abbess email: womanofwings@juno.com Patricia is a graduate of the New Seminary of New York City and has been ChIME’s Abbess since its inception in 2002. A Registered Counselor in the State of Maine, she is trained in a variety of modalities including Spiritual Direction, Rubenfeld Synergy, Project Nature Connect, Plannaging, and hospital clowning. Raised in the Christian tradition, in her spiritual life Patricia also draws on and integrates Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Nature Spirituality practices and rituals. She has extensive experience in supporting individuals through times of grief, loss and change.

Patricia Ellen, MA, MSC
Abbess
email: womanofwings@juno.com

Patricia is a graduate of the New Seminary of New York City and has been ChIME’s Abbess since its inception in 2002. A Registered Counselor in the State of Maine, she is trained in a variety of modalities including Spiritual Direction, Rubenfeld Synergy, Project Nature Connect, Plannaging, and hospital clowning. Raised in the Christian tradition, in her spiritual life Patricia also draws on and integrates Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Nature Spirituality practices and rituals. She has extensive experience in supporting individuals through times of grief, loss and change.

Rev. Katie Payson, MSW Dean email:  katie@chimeofmaine.org A 2016 graduate ofr ChIME, Katie has also received a BA degree from Dartmouth College and her MSW from Boston College School of Social Work.  She has worked with people of all ages in Boston and in Maine and has most recently focused on the use of compassion and mindfulness in her work.  She lives in Cape Elizabeth with her partner, their teenage son, and their 2 year old Australian Shepard.  She enjoys the outdoors while hiking, swimming, bike riding and sitting under trees.  She looks forward to meeting you.

Rev. Katie Payson, MSW
Dean
email:  katie@chimeofmaine.org

A 2016 graduate ofr ChIME, Katie has also received a BA degree from Dartmouth College and her MSW from Boston College School of Social Work.  She has worked with people of all ages in Boston and in Maine and has most recently focused on the use of compassion and mindfulness in her work.  She lives in Cape Elizabeth with her partner, their teenage son, and their 2 year old Australian Shepard.  She enjoys the outdoors while hiking, swimming, bike riding and sitting under trees.  She looks forward to meeting you.

Dana Sawyer, MA, ABD Instructor email: dsawyer@meca.edu Dana teaches courses in philosophy and world religions as a full-time member of the faculty of Maine College of Art (MECA), and has shared his wisdom with ChIME for many years. He recently released the authorized biography of Huston Smith (author of World Religions), and has also written a critically acclaimed biography of Aldous Huxey. Professor Sawyer has traveled extensively in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, and Japan. He has lectured at the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Banaras Hindu University, the University of Riga, Latvia, the Huntington Library, and at colleges at conferences throughout the U.S.

Dana Sawyer, MA, ABD
Instructor
email: dsawyer@meca.edu

Dana teaches courses in philosophy and world religions as a full-time member of the faculty of Maine College of Art (MECA), and has shared his wisdom with ChIME for many years. He recently released the authorized biography of Huston Smith (author of World Religions), and has also written a critically acclaimed biography of Aldous Huxey. Professor Sawyer has traveled extensively in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, and Japan. He has lectured at the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Banaras Hindu University, the University of Riga, Latvia, the Huntington Library, and at colleges at conferences throughout the U.S.

Rev. Jacob Watson DMin. Founding Abbot email: jacobw@gwi.net Jacob received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Matthew Fox's University of Creation Spirituality in California. He was ordained an Interfaith Minister at the Chaplaincy Institute for Arts and Healing Ministries. He continues to teach for ChIME, but retired as Abbot in 2013. Also that year Jacob received the Huston Smith Award for Interfaith Education (Lifetime Achievement) from the Council of Interfaith Communities USA. He is the author of Essence: The Emotional Path to Spirit and Enso Morning: Daily Meditation Gifts. He offers workshops, and as an Interfaith Community Minister offers individual meetings for Spiritual Companionship. Please visit his website.

Rev. Jacob Watson DMin.
Founding Abbot
email: jacobw@gwi.net

Jacob received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Matthew Fox's University of Creation Spirituality in California. He was ordained an Interfaith Minister at the Chaplaincy Institute for Arts and Healing Ministries. He continues to teach for ChIME, but retired as Abbot in 2013. Also that year Jacob received the Huston Smith Award for Interfaith Education (Lifetime Achievement) from the Council of Interfaith Communities USA. He is the author of Essence: The Emotional Path to Spirit and Enso Morning: Daily Meditation Gifts. He offers workshops, and as an Interfaith Community Minister offers individual meetings for Spiritual Companionship. Please visit his website.

Russill Paul Instructor email: russillpaul.com Russill is a native of India, now living in Texas, who has taught spirituality at some of the most respected institutions, centers and conferences in the US and Canada. His formation is that of both a Benedictine monk and a yogi, as well as working as a professional musician and music producer. He is the author of the Yoga of Sound and Jesus in the Lotus, and a sought-after teacher online and at live events. Russill has taught in graduate and post-graduate spirituality programs of leading educational institutions in California. He also leads an annual pilgrimage to the Shantivanam Monastery in India. Please visit his website.

Russill Paul
Instructor
email: russillpaul.com

Russill is a native of India, now living in Texas, who has taught spirituality at some of the most respected institutions, centers and conferences in the US and Canada. His formation is that of both a Benedictine monk and a yogi, as well as working as a professional musician and music producer. He is the author of the Yoga of Sound and Jesus in the Lotus, and a sought-after teacher online and at live events. Russill has taught in graduate and post-graduate spirituality programs of leading educational institutions in California. He also leads an annual pilgrimage to the Shantivanam Monastery in India. Please visit his website.

Khenmo Drolma Keynote Speaker email: anidrolma@yahoo.com Khenmo Nyima Drolma is the Abbess of Vajra Dakini Nunnery, currently moving to Portland Maine. She has trained with the foremost spiritual teachers of our time including H.H. Dalai Lama, H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche (the head of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. She spent two years in training at Gampo Abbey guided by Ven. Pema Chödrön. In 2002 she took full ordination as a Buddhist nun in Taiwan becoming the first woman in the Drikung lineage to do so. In 2004 she was installed as a Khenmo in the Drikung lineage, becoming the first westerner in her lineage to hold the responsibility of abbot. Since then she has worked continuously to establish Vajra Dakini Nunnery and teach the Dharma internationally. Khenmo Drolma, a former Professor of Sculpture at MECA, breast cancer survivor, spent many years in the Art and Healing and Hospice fields. She served as an Art Fellow at the Connecticut Hospice and board member of the Addison Respite Care Home in Vermont and Maine Respite Home. 

Khenmo Drolma
Keynote Speaker
email: anidrolma@yahoo.com

Khenmo Nyima Drolma is the Abbess of Vajra Dakini Nunnery, currently moving to Portland Maine. She has trained with the foremost spiritual teachers of our time including H.H. Dalai Lama, H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche (the head of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. She spent two years in training at Gampo Abbey guided by Ven. Pema Chödrön. In 2002 she took full ordination as a Buddhist nun in Taiwan becoming the first woman in the Drikung lineage to do so. In 2004 she was installed as a Khenmo in the Drikung lineage, becoming the first westerner in her lineage to hold the responsibility of abbot. Since then she has worked continuously to establish Vajra Dakini Nunnery and teach the Dharma internationally. Khenmo Drolma, a former Professor of Sculpture at MECA, breast cancer survivor, spent many years in the Art and Healing and Hospice fields. She served as an Art Fellow at the Connecticut Hospice and board member of the Addison Respite Care Home in Vermont and Maine Respite Home. 

Willa B. Miller, PhD Instructor Lama Willa is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship in Boston, MA and its retreat center Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, NH. She was authorized as a dharma teacher and lineage holder (lama) in the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism after completion of two consecutive three-year retreats in the nineties. She has also practiced in the Shangpa and Nyingma lineages. She is editor, author and translator (respectively) of three books: The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work (2012), Everyday Dharma: Seven Weeks to Finding the Buddha in You (2009), and Essence of Ambrosia (2005). In 2013, she received a doctorate from Harvard University in Religion, and is currently Visiting Lecturer in Buddhist Ministry at Harvard Divinity School.

Willa B. Miller, PhD
Instructor

Lama Willa is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship in Boston, MA and its retreat center Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, NH. She was authorized as a dharma teacher and lineage holder (lama) in the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism after completion of two consecutive three-year retreats in the nineties. She has also practiced in the Shangpa and Nyingma lineages. She is editor, author and translator (respectively) of three books: The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work (2012), Everyday Dharma: Seven Weeks to Finding the Buddha in You (2009), and Essence of Ambrosia (2005). In 2013, she received a doctorate from Harvard University in Religion, and is currently Visiting Lecturer in Buddhist Ministry at Harvard Divinity School.

Reid D. Stevens, Ph.D Instructor email: stevens@maine.edu An Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern Maine, Reid has extensive experience as a teacher, counselor, and therapist. He is a frequent presenter and educator on mental health, substance abuse, crisis intervention, addiction, and palliative care for various community health and emergency care providers.  He has also been a mental health consultant for the Red Cross, the Center for Grieving Children, and the Southern Maine EMS system. At ChIME Reid teaches classes on the “Dark Night of the Soul” and "Suicide and Resiliency.”  

Reid D. Stevens, Ph.D
Instructor
email: stevens@maine.edu

An Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern Maine, Reid has extensive experience as a teacher, counselor, and therapist. He is a frequent presenter and educator on mental health, substance abuse, crisis intervention, addiction, and palliative care for various community health and emergency care providers.  He has also been a mental health consultant for the Red Cross, the Center for Grieving Children, and the Southern Maine EMS system. At ChIME Reid teaches classes on the “Dark Night of the Soul” and "Suicide and Resiliency.”

 

Rev. Cathy Grigsby MDiv Instructor and Arts Coordinator email: cgrigsby@myfairpoint.net Cathy was ordained in 1999 by the Interfaith Theological Seminary in Tucson, Arizona. She has worked with her spiritual teacher, Dr. Beverly Lanzetta, for over 35 years and completed an M. Div. and monastic studies program with Dr. Lanzetta. She is also an artist and recently retired as a public school art teacher after 29 years. She has performed many life ceremonies including, weddings, memorials and naming ceremonies. In addition, she provides spiritual direction services and was instrumental in founding the Interfaith Ministers of New England, a professional membership organization.

Rev. Cathy Grigsby MDiv
Instructor and Arts Coordinator
email: cgrigsby@myfairpoint.net

Cathy was ordained in 1999 by the Interfaith Theological Seminary in Tucson, Arizona. She has worked with her spiritual teacher, Dr. Beverly Lanzetta, for over 35 years and completed an M. Div. and monastic studies program with Dr. Lanzetta. She is also an artist and recently retired as a public school art teacher after 29 years. She has performed many life ceremonies including, weddings, memorials and naming ceremonies. In addition, she provides spiritual direction services and was instrumental in founding the Interfaith Ministers of New England, a professional membership organization.

Reza Jalali Instructor email: reza.jalali@maine.edu Reza is a writer, educator, and Muslim scholar whos books include New Mainers, Moon Watchers, Homesick Mosque and Other Stories. His five-act play about women in Iran, The Poet and the Assassin, has been staged at Bates College, USM, Bowdoin College, University of New England, the Space Gallery, and Unity of Greater Portland. In May 2015, Reza was featured in the popular NPR program, The Moth Radio. He is the Muslim Chaplain at Bates College, and the Coordinator for Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of Southern Maine, where he has also taught. His forthcoming book, God Speaks in Many Accents, is about the religions of Maine’s immigrants.

Reza Jalali
Instructor
email: reza.jalali@maine.edu

Reza is a writer, educator, and Muslim scholar whos books include New Mainers, Moon Watchers, Homesick Mosque and Other Stories. His five-act play about women in Iran, The Poet and the Assassin, has been staged at Bates College, USM, Bowdoin College, University of New England, the Space Gallery, and Unity of Greater Portland. In May 2015, Reza was featured in the popular NPR program, The Moth Radio. He is the Muslim Chaplain at Bates College, and the Coordinator for Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of Southern Maine, where he has also taught. His forthcoming book, God Speaks in Many Accents, is about the religions of Maine’s immigrants.

Rev. Joel Grossman, MEd Instructor email: joelandsheila@earthlink.net Joel was ordained as an Interfaith Minister by the Chaplaincy Institute for the Arts and Interfaith Ministries in 2000. He has worked in Massachusetts as an Interfaith Chaplain with Hospice of the North Shore and is presently "Director of Spiritual Care/Volunteer Coordinator" with Constellation Hospice. He has also provided chaplaincy services at Beverly Hospital, Essex County Correctional Facility, and Danvers Detox and Rehabilitation Services. He has had a private practice as a psychotherapist for over thirty years, was a teacher of the “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program,” and was Coordinator of Health Promotion at the University of Massachusetts–Boston.

Rev. Joel Grossman, MEd
Instructor
email: joelandsheila@earthlink.net

Joel was ordained as an Interfaith Minister by the Chaplaincy Institute for the Arts and Interfaith Ministries in 2000. He has worked in Massachusetts as an Interfaith Chaplain with Hospice of the North Shore and is presently "Director of Spiritual Care/Volunteer Coordinator" with Constellation Hospice. He has also provided chaplaincy services at Beverly Hospital, Essex County Correctional Facility, and Danvers Detox and Rehabilitation Services. He has had a private practice as a psychotherapist for over thirty years, was a teacher of the “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program,” and was Coordinator of Health Promotion at the University of Massachusetts–Boston.

Guan Dojo MA, ABD Instructor email: uraneckj@yahoo.com Guan (aka Joan Uraneck) entered ChIME as a student in 2009, and as a member of the Core Faculty in 2013. She says, “At ChIME I embarked on an incredible journey that changed my life forever….I see myself as a contemplative mystic serving my community and the world.” Guan’s calling as an Interfaith Minister came after many years teaching students at the Maine College of Art. Her call led her to form a hands-on ministry to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one - “learning to start lawn mowers, cleaning out stuff, and sitting in companionship with those in grief.” She has also been a Statement Gatherer for the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Guan Dojo MA, ABD
Instructor
email: uraneckj@yahoo.com

Guan (aka Joan Uraneck) entered ChIME as a student in 2009, and as a member of the Core Faculty in 2013. She says, “At ChIME I embarked on an incredible journey that changed my life forever….I see myself as a contemplative mystic serving my community and the world.” Guan’s calling as an Interfaith Minister came after many years teaching students at the Maine College of Art. Her call led her to form a hands-on ministry to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one - “learning to start lawn mowers, cleaning out stuff, and sitting in companionship with those in grief.” She has also been a Statement Gatherer for the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Rev. Mary Gelfand, PhD Instructor email: marygelfand@gmail.com Mary is a 2013 graduate of ChIME, and leads ChIME’s class on the Feminine Divine. Along with her husband, Rev. Mark Gallup, Mary lives at Shaman’s Rest, a retreat center in Wells, Maine. With a wealth of experience and knowledge of many earth-based traditions, Mary is affiliated with First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Portland, and the Maine Pagan Clergy Association. She designs rituals to help individuals celebrate all life passages, including births, weddings, deaths, home blessings, coming of age, and other transformative life experiences. Her public speaking and preaching is related to spiritual practice, creativity, death, earth-centered beliefs and practices, the Goddess, and mysticism.

Rev. Mary Gelfand, PhD
Instructor
email: marygelfand@gmail.com

Mary is a 2013 graduate of ChIME, and leads ChIME’s class on the Feminine Divine. Along with her husband, Rev. Mark Gallup, Mary lives at Shaman’s Rest, a retreat center in Wells, Maine. With a wealth of experience and knowledge of many earth-based traditions, Mary is affiliated with First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Portland, and the Maine Pagan Clergy Association. She designs rituals to help individuals celebrate all life passages, including births, weddings, deaths, home blessings, coming of age, and other transformative life experiences. Her public speaking and preaching is related to spiritual practice, creativity, death, earth-centered beliefs and practices, the Goddess, and mysticism.

Rev. Colleen Myers MDiv, JD Community Liaison email: colleen@chimeofmaine.org Colleen is a Minnesota native who has spent most of her adult life in New York City and Maine. She has her MDiv degree from Union Theological Seminary and her JD from the University of California School of Law in Berkeley. Colleen is drawn to the prophetic aspects of ministry, and loves her work as Community Liaison for ChIME, helping spread the word about this life-transforming educational program for the whole person. She teaches Gentle Kripalu Yoga at the Greater Portland branch of the YMCA and teaches Healing and Spirituality in the Holistic Health program at the University of Southern Maine.

Rev. Colleen Myers MDiv, JD
Community Liaison
email: colleen@chimeofmaine.org

Colleen is a Minnesota native who has spent most of her adult life in New York City and Maine. She has her MDiv degree from Union Theological Seminary and her JD from the University of California School of Law in Berkeley. Colleen is drawn to the prophetic aspects of ministry, and loves her work as Community Liaison for ChIME, helping spread the word about this life-transforming educational program for the whole person. She teaches Gentle Kripalu Yoga at the Greater Portland branch of the YMCA and teaches Healing and Spirituality in the Holistic Health program at the University of Southern Maine.

Linda Shary Administration & Development email: admin@chimeofmaine.org Linda is a Theatre graduate of The Ohio State University who lived and worked in New York City for 15 years before moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico and then Portland, Maine. She has worked in Development in several non-profits, including The University of New England, Maine Audubon and SPACE Gallery.  She is the Founder of Guerrilla Downtown (a site-specific performance collaborative), and is a Trustee of First Parish Portland Unitarian Universalist Church. She and her husband, Jeffery Logan (Interfaith Minister and acupuncturist), have one daughter and a feisty labrador.

Linda Shary
Administration & Development
email: admin@chimeofmaine.org

Linda is a Theatre graduate of The Ohio State University who lived and worked in New York City for 15 years before moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico and then Portland, Maine. She has worked in Development in several non-profits, including The University of New England, Maine Audubon and SPACE Gallery.  She is the Founder of Guerrilla Downtown (a site-specific performance collaborative), and is a Trustee of First Parish Portland Unitarian Universalist Church. She and her husband, Jeffery Logan (Interfaith Minister and acupuncturist), have one daughter and a feisty labrador.