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Our Contributors

Katie Brick
Director, Office of Religious Diversity
Lincoln Park Campus - Suite 311
773.325.2272 • cbrick@depaul.edu

Katie Brick served as Chaplain to the School for New Learning and to the Driehaus College of Business and Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in the Loop Campus. She currently works as Director of the Office of Religious Diversity.  Katie is particularly interested in workplace spirituality, interfaith topics, and accompanying people on their spiritual journeys.

Prior to joining DePaul, Katie had a diverse work experience that included marketing, organizational development consulting, non-profit social services, hospital chaplaincy and the Bernardin Center Peacebuilders Initiative program. If you want to hear about how all this came about, just stop by DPC 11009 and ask her. Katie received a B.A. in history and an MBA from Northwestern University, and an M.Div. degree from Catholic Theological Union. She lives on the North side near a park that is great for walking.

Rev. Ghana Cooper, D.Min, LSW
Former DePaul Protestant Chaplain

Ghana is ordained in the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship. Her Christian ministry experience has included working with the Catholic Church, Lutheran, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist, and Baptist denominations. Ghana has also engaged in interfaith dialogue and worship experiences with the Jewish and Muslim faiths. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (B.S. Human Resources), the University of Illinois at Chicago (Masters of Social Work) and McCormick Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity) and (Doctorate of Ministry). Ghana is known for her ability to translate her education and training into the daily realties of administration and ministry. What Ghana loved most about her call to the DePaul community was the opportunity to connect with students.

Maureen Dolan 
Adjunct Interfaith Chaplain in the Loop

Maureen Dolan is an ordained priest in the Kriya Yoga tradition and a certified Hatha Yoga teacher.  For over 40 years, she has been engaged in social justice work in the peace movement, union organizing, community coalitions, and women’s organizations. She has served as Executive Director of the Chicago Electric Options Campaign, and Executive Director of Women United for a Better Chicago; Assistant Director of the Public Interest Law Initiative; Coordinator of Artemisia Gallery; Recording Secretary for UWA-UE union; Co-Chair of Eighth Congressional District Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign; member of Spiritual Life Circle of the Parliament of World Religions; founder of Logan Square Housing Cooperative; served on numerous boards of peace and justice organizations; published several articles on peace and justice issues, and is currently working on a book. She graduated from Temple of Kriya Yoga Seminary Program in 1995, concentration on Eastern Philosophy and Comparative Religion and is presently working on PhD in Transformative Studies. Maureen also has two grown sons who work in the social justice arena.

Tom Judge
Chaplain for CDM and Law School
Loop Campus - DePaul Center, 11009
312-362-6699 • tjudge@depaul.edu

Tom Judge serves as Chaplain to the College of Law and the College of Computing and Digital Media. He came to DePaul University in 2004 from Loyola University Chicago where he worked within University Ministry. Tom received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Iowa and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Creighton University. Prior to entering Divinity School, he practiced law in the state of Iowa. Since returning to graduate school he has worked in ministry at St. Clement Catholic Church and at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Ron Kidd

Ron Kidd was a Senior Dharma Teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen and resident teacher of Lincoln Park Zen. In 1986 he founded the Bultasa Zen Group, the predecessor of the Ten Directions Zen Community. Retired from the Religious Studies Department at DePaul, he also taught as adjunct professor of Asian Studies at Shimer College. In the late 1980s he served as the first organizer of the centennial of the Parliament of the World's Religions (Chicago, 1993).

Nick Liebman
Former Program Director, DePaul Hillel

Nick Liebman holds a B.A. in Music from Grinnell College, and a Masters in Music Composition from Butler University's Jordan College of Fine Arts School of Music. In addition to his academic pursuits, he has been an active member of the Jewish educational and youth programing community in Chicago since 2005. From teaching music to Sunday school children, to teaching high school students about the Jewish imperative to pursue justice, he has always worked to incorporate artistic expression, spiritual connectedness, and Jewish cultural and ethical ideals in his work. Nick joined Hillels Around Chicago, and worked with DePaul University Ministry starting in 2009. After his departure from DePaul, Matthew Charnay was hired to serve as Coordinator for DePaul Jewish Life.  You can contact Mat at Mcharnay@DePaul.edu

Abdul-Malik Ryan
Assistant Director and Muslim Chaplain
Loop Campus DePaul Center 11009 & Lincoln Park Campus – Stud.Ctr 329
312.362.5896 • mryan42@depaul.edu

Abdul-Malik grew up in Oak Park. The son of two teachers, Abdul-Malik developed a deep affection for books and learning of all kinds. As a result of his study of African-American history in high school and at DePaul and especially his encounter with the life and legacy of Malcolm X, he accepted Islam in 1994. Abdul-Malik was part of the founding of the UMMA organization at DePaul as well as the Inner City Muslim Action Network (IMAN). He graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1998 and then worked as an attorney and guardian ad litem for children in the Cook County child protection system until joining DePaul full time in 2013. He has also worked with IMAN in a variety of capacities from volunteer to President of the Board of Directors and served as the Imam of the Inner City Islamic Center in the southside New City neighborhood. Abdul-Malik has studied Islam with a variety of teachers and currently continues his studies primarily through the AlMaghrib Institute. He is also particularly interested in Irish history and culture and comparative religion, especially Islam and Judaism.Currently, Abdul-Malik lives in the south suburbs with his wife Moona Malik, also a DePaul graduate, and their four children.