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The Rev. Dr. Chris Donald

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University Chaplain and Director of Religious Life

 

 

 

 

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The Rev. Gretchen Person

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Associate University Chaplain, Associate of Director Religious Life

Gretchen Person, Associate University Chaplain and Associate Director of Religious Life, previously served as Director of Spiritual Life at DePauw University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College, studied music in Copenhagen, Denmark, and worked at the International Church of Copenhagen. She began her M.Div. studies at Harvard University, graduated from Luther Seminary, and received the Master of Sacred Theology degree from Yale University. She has also studied at the Goethe Institute in Murnau, Germany, and at Valparaiso University. She completed internships in both the San Diego and San Francisco areas of California, and has served as a pastor of congregations in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Tennessee. An ordained pastor in the Lutheran (ELCA) church, she has also served as a hospice and hospital chaplain and as Associate Campus Pastor of a private liberal arts college. Gretchen and her family enjoy sharing time with family and friends, travel, reading and biking.

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Ms. Lisa Tanksley

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Lisa joined the Office of the University Chaplain & Religious Life team as Administrative Assistant II in January, 2019. She previously worked in Vanderbilt University Medical Center for the past seven years. Lisa has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is a native Nashvillian. And she loves spending time with her husband and three children.

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Caitlin J. Stout

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Graduate Student Worker

Caitlin Stout is a Michigan native and an alumna of Spring Arbor University, where she earned a B.A. in sociology with a minor in urban studies. She is currently a first-year graduate student at Vanderbilt Divinity School, where she is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. Caitlin has spent the past two years working as an advocate and organizer on behalf of the LGBTQ community, specifically in the context of Christian higher education and other religious institutions. She is a graduate of the Reformation Project’s 2018 Leadership Development Cohort, a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society of Sociology, and a contributor for various online publications, writing at the intersection of sexuality and Christianity. Caitlin’s academic interests include Queer theology, sexual ethics, liturgy, and campus ministry. Her personal interests include coffee, bicycles, haircuts, and breakfast food. Above all, Caitlin cares deeply about creating spaces where young adults are free to embrace every aspect of their identities and work together towards spiritual health and wholeness.

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Keerthana Velappan

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Graduate Student Worker

Keerthana Velappan is a second-year Doctoral Candidate in Audiology at the School of Medicine. She grew up in New Hampshire, and has now lived in North Carolina with her family for over a decade. She graduated from East Carolina University in eastern NC last May (go Pirates!) and has tried to invest in the Nashville community over the past year, volunteering with nonprofits such as Girl Scouts of Middle TN and The Little Pantry that Could. She has enjoyed attending Project Dialogue and The Shop events here at OUCRL and credits this building as being her main campus refuge, so she looks forward to working more closely with everyone. In her free time, she enjoys baking/cooking, reading, brunching, and catching flights (& feelings).

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Ariana Wagoner

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Graduate Student Worker


 

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