Faculty

Meet our respected Companions in Care (CiC) Faculty


Rev. Therese Bimka

Rev. Therese Bimka

Program Director

Rev. Therese Bimka is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Spiritual Counselor, artist, author, workshop leader, educator and interfaith minister ordained at One Spirit in 2008. Therese has worked in the human potential field for more than 3 decades as a practitioner, administrator and supervisor. For 20 years, she has supervised graduate art education majors, graduate social work interns, guidance counselors and spiritual directors. She has worked in a variety of settings including university, social service agencies, nonprofits/community based organizations and has been in private practice since 1995. Therese is a life-long learner and has pursued post graduate training in a wide range of psycho-spiritual modalities including: meditation/mindfulness and Buddhist psychology, Gestalt, Jungian Sandplay Therapy, Expressive Arts, Dreamwork, Guided Visualization, Process Oriented Therapy, The Realization Process, Restorative Justice, Collaborative Divorce, Equine Therapy, and Somatic Experiencing. In addition to her private practices in NYC and The Hudson Valley, Therese has been offering Restorative Justice counseling for violent offenders serving life sentences. This work has been profoundly gratifying, affirming that healing and transformation are possible under all circumstances. Recently, Therese and Sally have begun to offer spiritually based international trips including The Goddess Temples of Malta. Therese lives in the woods with her dog Buddy and her son when he is home visiting from college.


Rev. Sally Schwager

Rev. Sally Schwager

Associate Director

Rev. Sally Schwager is an Interfaith Minister, Spiritual Counselor, and psychotherapist in private practice in NYC and Connecticut. She is also an Interactive Theater Facilitator working in the field of diversity, inclusion, and transformative leadership. Loving the adventure of both the inner and outer journey, Sally weaves diverse experience into the fabric of her teaching, counseling, and facilitation work. She received her Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University following a decade living and working in Japan where she studied the Noh Theater and Buddhism. She has completed several postgraduate clinical training certifications, including Gestalt Therapy and Core Energetics. She is a certified yoga instructor, has studied with various Diamond Approach teachers, and is a long-time student of A Course in Miracles. Sally volunteers as a Restorative Justice counselor working with incarcerated violent offenders. She is also a certified Exceptional Marriage Mentor, and together with her husband works with couples as a couple. Sally is deeply interested in the integration of psychotherapy and spirituality, and strives to embody and teach a psychology infused with spirit and spirituality grounded in psychological principles. Energetic, humorous and heart-centered, Sally has a passion for counseling, teaching and parenting. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, son, and a flock of chickens.


Rev. Ed O’Malley

Rev. Ed O’Malley

ISC Head Dean, CiC Supervisor

Rev. Dr. Ed O’Malley is an ordained Interfaith Minister, trained shaman and a certified Nature Awareness Trainer. Ed holds a PhD in neuroscience from Cornell University, board certification in sleep medicine and Master certification in dynamical neurofeedback. He co-founded Your Optimal Nature, an education and consulting company offering programs designed to foster direct experience of Spirit, through instilling a deep, abiding awareness of the immensity of the natural world. He has a profound appreciation, respect and love for nature. During his training in Interfaith ministry and continuing for several years afterward, Ed spent time with Tom Brown, Jr., the noted wilderness expert and founder of the Tracker School. Under Tom’s tutelage he learned many of the ancient skills and reverence for nature imparted by the revered Native American Elder, Stalking Wolf. Ed completed shaman training with Alberto Villoldo and the Four Winds School, based on the teachings of the native Q’ero people of the Peruvian High Andes. As a full Mesa carrier he continues to offer this energy medicine work. As an ordained Interfaith Minister and shaman, Ed helps people to expand their spiritual awareness by reacquainting them with their own divine nature using the shamanic practices of the master shamans from the Andes and the Amazon rainforest.


Rev. Dr. Khadijah Matin

Rev. Dr. Khadijah Matin

ISC Dean, CiC Supervisor

Rev. Dr. Khadijah Matin has established a solid record of commitment to education and faith-based organizations, serving in multiple leadership and organization development roles as training manager, national board member and ongoing consultant. Building upon her interests in her family history and social justice work, Khadijah conducts extensive research in regards to the role family history plays in shaping identity and community. Current projects include historical work based on her family history; creating models for social workers to include family history and storytelling as healing methods in creating stronger personal awareness and family dynamics, and an interfaith workbook for active engagement in one’s faith and sacred readings. Further experience in nonprofit governance and administration is demonstrated through her participation as a member of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society; and recently the Association of Muslim Chaplains. Additionally, in recognition of her works in intercultural dialogue and civic engagement she was appointed as an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow, and developed social entrepreneurial initiatives models for faith leaders. Khadijah has an MS in education from Fordham University. She was ordained an Interfaith Minister at One Spirit in 2006 and completed the ISC Program in 2010. She earned her D.Min. from New York Theological Seminary in 2012, in Multi-faith ministry. Always inspired by her three adult children, Khadijah is called by some as a “woman who walks through walls” and sees her works as her calling and a continuation of her family’s traditions in the ministry, education, and health, fulfilling the civil rights and social justice dreams of her ancestors.


Rev. Moya Keating, M.A., C.T.

Rev. Moya Keating, M.A., C.T.

ISC Dean, CiC Supervisor

Rev. Moya Keating, M.A., C.T., Moya holds a Master’s in Individualized Studies from NYU concentrating in somatic studies and the integral relationship between creativity, the arts and wellness. As a teacher and workshop leader, her interdisciplinary approach evolved to include ritual. This path led to seminary and in 2006, she was ordained as an Interfaith Minister through One Spirit. During that time, she founded Seasons of Life, a ministry for rediscovering deeply personal and meaningful ritual. Witnessing the growth and healing there, her ministry deepened, and she began to work with individuals and families at end of life. She is a Certified Thanatologist, a hospice chaplain and bereavement counselor. Moya completed the ISC program at One Spirit and in 2012 and began her private practice in New Jersey. Moya is passionate about bringing Interspiritual Counseling to a world in need and continues to work with ISC as a counselor, supervisor and guest teacher. Returning to working in community settings, she is president of the board of Interweave, an organization in Northern NJ dedicated to interfaith and interspiritual learning, deepening spirituality and the common good.


Rev. Dr. Kathy Bozzuti-Jones

Rev. Dr. Kathy Bozzuti-Jones

CiC Supervisor

Rev. Dr. Kathy Bozzuti-Jones, (OSIS’10) is an ordained interfaith minister and interspiritual counselor (ISC), who has served in various capacities at One Spirit, including ISC dean, interspiritual counselor and supervisor, facilitator, presenter, and reviewer. With a 20-year career in spiritual formation work with the Episcopal Church, Kathy has experience with private and group spiritual direction, sacred poetry circles, facilitating core values retreats, children and family spirituality, arts and spirituality, and convening conversation on social and racial justice. She is currently qualifying for certification as a Mindfulness Meditation teacher with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield, and enjoys incorporating meditation into her spiritual writing and other offerings. Kathy is an adjunct professor at General Theological Seminary and has taught contemplative photography and “welcoming the SBNR into church community” to seminarians and lay professionals.


Rev. Nathan Brisby

Rev. Nathan Brisby

CiC Supervisor

Rev. Nathan Brisby is an ordained Interfaith Minister and Interspiritual Counselor. He grew up in a deeply evangelical Christian home, and through the grace and mystery of Spirit’s movement, he went through the initiation sacrament of coming out in his early 20s, which plunged him into a deep spiritual journey that continues to this day. For his primary vocational service, he leads the talent function for a large national labor organization. As a spiritual teacher, he has led workshops on a variety of topics, including on building self-care practices, the Bible reclaimed for the LGBTQIA+ experience, inclusive practices, mindful leadership, leading change, compassion fatigue, giving and receiving feedback, meditation as social change, mindful leadership, high impact communication, dismantling white supremacy, and many others. Prior to his service in the labor movement, he worked in animal welfare. For over a decade, Nathan was also a professional actor and an award-winning musical theatre writer. Nathan founded a not for profit, Broadway Gives Back, which connects non-profits with the Broadway community. His private interspiritual counseling practice focuses on the spiritual needs of the animal welfare, Broadway, and LGBTQ+ communities.


Cindy Klaus

Cindy Klaus

ISC Dean, CiC Supervisor

Cindy Klausis a 2017 graduate of One Spirit’s Interspiritual Counseling program. She holds a Master’s Degree in Culture and Spirituality augmented with post-graduate work in Jungian Studies. While she has had an array of eclectic professional lives, it is in college and university higher education where she found her calling working with students, especially those from underserved, underrepresented, and nontraditional student populations. Over the past twenty-eight years, she has served as a higher education administrator, teacher, advisor, program coordinator, and national workshop presenter. While working at a tribal college, she spent seven years living on a Native American reservation. It was during this time that she was befriended by a Native American medicine man who became her teacher and mentor. The wisdom found in this relationship shapes the foundation of her current spiritual orientation and call to humbly serve and companion others as an interspiritual counselor. Cindy and her husband currently live in Santa Fe, New Mexico with their labradoodle, Merlin. She has three adult children and eight grandchildren. She loves being in nature, all the creative arts, books, and, especially, chocolate.


Rev. Mary Beth Daniels, MDiv

Rev. Mary Beth Daniels, MDiv

CiC Supervisor

Rev. Mary Beth Daniels, MDiv is a former corporate marketing executive leading a blessed life as a minister, author, artist, and animal whisperer. She spends her days at Soul Celebration Sanctuary, a farm on Martha’s Vineyard, communing with her alpacas, donkeys, goats, babydoll sheep and ducks. The Sanctuary is a place for deep healing and connection- for the animals as well as the humans who visit here. Mary Beth shares that the animals are profound spiritual teachers and guides and spending intentional time in the presence of the animals & nature helps us to connect with something deeper and richer in each of us – our true soul essence. She welcomes spiritual seekers to Soul Celebration to “be at home with the holy.” Mary Beth holds a Master of Divinity degree from Drew University as well as a Master’s in Direct & Interactive Communication from NYU. She completed the ISC Program at One Spirit in 2016 and was ordained as an Interfaith/InterSpiritual Minister by One Spirit in 2017. Mary Beth is also certified as an End-of-Life Doula and an End-of-Life Pet Companion. Through spiritual counseling sessions, group gatherings, retreats, workshops and ceremonies, as well as alpaca, donkey, goat and sheep walks, Mary Beth invites individuals to transcend the ordinariness of life and experience the sacred in all things. Her background includes hospice chaplaincy, serving as a local pastor, and working with ecumenical as well as interfaith youth groups as a mentor, coach, and counselor. Raised as a Roman Catholic, Mary Beth considers herself a Spiritually Fluid Christian.


Yvonne Lucia, RN, MDiv

Yvonne Lucia, RN, MDiv

ISC Dean, CiC Supervisor

Yvonne Lucia, RN, MDiv (Dean) is an Interspiritual Counselor and Soul Companion. Her background in healing, spirituality and the arts make her uniquely qualified to accompany others who desire to embark on a journey of self-awareness, introspection, reflection, and emotional and spiritual evolution. In addition to her academic credentials she has certifications in pastoral ministry, spiritual direction, expressive arts, creative grief support and grief counseling, Labyrinth Facilitation and SMARTRecovery, and a Certificate in Interspiritual Counseling from One Spirit Learning Alliance. Yvonne is passionate about the transformational potential of every person’s inborn creativity across the spectrum of living, loving, experiencing loss, and leaning forward wholeheartedly.


Rev. Dr. Nura Hirmina

Rev. Dr. Nura Hirmina

Seminary Dean, CiC Supervisor

Rev. Dr. Nura Hirmina is an ordained Interfaith/Interspiritual Minister, Interspiritual Counselor and birth doula. She currently serves as a dean with One Spirit’s Interfaith Seminary program. Nura holds a BS in Business Administration, an MBA in Global Management and a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree. Nura is a life-long student of the world’s faith and mystery traditions and embraces secular spirituality as her path. With over two decades of corporate experience, Nura strives to blend the secular and the spiritual in her daily life. She approaches every interaction as an opportunity to engage in kindness as a spiritual practice.


Julie Leavitt

Julie Leavitt

CiC Supervisor

Julie Leavitt is a body centered psychotherapist and spiritual director in private practice. She has taught dance/movement therapy at Lesley University for almost 30 years. IN 2014, Julie received her DMin at Graduate Theological Foundation in Jewish Spiritual Direction. She received the Samuel Cohen Prize for excellence. Julie was a doula for many years, present at the birth of many babies. She has officiated at weddings, baby naming ceremonies, funerals, and various life cycle passages. Julie was invited to be a part of the teaching team of Lev Shomea, a training program for Jewish spiritual direction where she was trained. She helped train three cohorts of students with her beloved colleagues. She is a part of the original team of spiritual directors with Ikvotecha, Spiritual Directors of Hebrew College Rabbinical School in Newton, MA since 2005 and also offers spiritual direction at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, OH. She is a practitioner of Authentic Movement, a form of Movement Meditation. This is where she has learned, by experience and practice, about the deep spiritual Presence possible to connect with through the body, in sacred connection with others. Julie has taught Authentic Movement in a Spiritual Context throughout the country. She performed her dance piece, Imagining Talmud, June 2016. She is a performing artist with Selmadanse and Back Pocket Dancers in Boston, MA


Rev. Susyn Reeve, M.Ed

Rev. Susyn Reeve, M.Ed

CiC Supervisor

Rev. Susyn Reeve, M.Ed., has 40 years professional experience that includes: Organization Development Consulting, Executive & Leadership Development Coaching. Her clients have included: American Express, New York University, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York University Medical Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Young Presidents Organization-YPO. She’s been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Management at New York University’s Management Institute focusing on Interpersonal and Group Dynamics. She is an ordained InterFaith Minister and author. Her new business, Lead with Love: Creating Your Life from the Inside Out is launching in Fall 2020 and is inspired by a question she wrote in her journal when she was 14-years old, What would the world be like if everyone Loved themselves? Susyn offers an elective at One Spirit focusing on Creating Experiential Workshops and has been a guest speaker at the InterSpiritual Counseling Program (ISC). Susyn’s books include, Heart-Healing: The Life-Changing Power of Forgiveness to Heal a Broken Heart, The Wholehearted Life: Big Changes and Greater Happiness Week by Week and the Amazon bestseller, The Inspired Life: Unleashing Your Mind’s Capacity for Joy.