metanexusinstitute: former staff

Stacey Ake

Stacey Ake was Editor of Metanexus: The Online Forum for Science and Religion from 2001-2003. She is now an Associate Teaching Professor of Philosophy in the Department of English and Philosophy at Drexel University. 

Erica L. Vinskie

Erica L. Vinskie was director of publications. She performed web and print graphic design services for Metanexus, served as the art and creative editor of its former online magazine The Global Spiral, and wrote about art and culture for Metanexus publications.

Carol Urbanc

Carol Urbanc was program associate and conference coordinator from 1999-2003. She was the first staff member of Metanexus. A communications specialist for 30 years in the non-profit sector, she is currently marketing associate for the Swedenborg Foundation Press in West Chester, PA. 

Barbara Bole
Research and Communications

Barbara Bole served as program associate and, later, associate director of the Metanexus Local Societies Initiative from 2001 to 2008. She earned a master's degree in public administration from Walden University with a specialization in international NGOs in 2008, summa cum laude. She is a doctoral candidate, researching ethical consumption identity as an emerging form of civic engagement in the pursuit of socio-economic justice.  Her work explores the reflective practices of everyday consumption as a factor in advancing global awareness in the service of human flourishing. Currently working as a consultant in research, communication, writing, and editing, she also volunteers for her local Fair Trade Town Committee in Media, Pennsylvania, and in other capacities .  

Marcia Carle

Marcia Carle served as Development Director at Metanexus from 2006 to 2007. Since then, she has been Director of Development at Presbyterian Children’s Village in Rosemont, PA.

Hyung Choi

Hyung Choi was Director for Research and Programs in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences from 2003-2006. Since 2006 he has been Director, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, at the John Templeton Foundation in Conshohocken, PA.

Margarette Golding

Margarette Golding served as Chief Operations Officer at Metanexus from 2002-2003. Since then, she has been a realtor at Century 21 Chapel Reality in Philadelphia, PA specializing in commercial real estate.

Brenda Hackett

Brenda Hackett served as Chief Financial Officer at Metanexus from 2003 until 2010.

Gregory Hansell

Gregory Hansell is vice president for product development at ToonUps, a software developing company in Wayne, Pennsylvania. He served as managing editor and director of Metanexus’ Global Spiral and then as managing director of global communications for the Metanexus Institute. 

Bridget Palombo

Bridget Palombo worked as a program associate and research assistant at Metanexus from 2003-2006. She is currently working on a dual degree in economics and philosophy at Community College of Philadelphia.

Kimon Sargeant

Kimon Sargeant was Director for Research and Programs in the Human Sciences from 2003-2005. He is currently Vice President, Human Sciences, at the John Templeton Foundation in Coshohocken, PA, where he has been since 2005.

Christopher Stawski

Christopher Stawski was Project Manager for the Spiritual Transformation Scientific Research Program from 2001-2006 and the Spiritual Capital Research Program from 2003-2006. He is currently Program Manager, Strategic Initiatives at the John Templeton Foundation in Conshohocken, PA , where he has worked since 2006.

John Witcoski

John Witcowski was the director of information technology from 2001-2007. He has been the director of information technology at the John Templeton Foundation in Conshohocken, Pa., since 2007.

Julia Loving
Photography Editor

Julia Loving worked with the Metanexus Institute from its beginnings, 1999 through 2007, as director of communications and special events. She has a degree in art history from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has worked as a papermaker, bookbinder, boatbuilder, animation painter, and gallery installer. She has also worked in development for a theater coordinating special cultivation and fundraising events. In addition to working for Metanexus, she works for an independent bookstore. She is a bibliophile, gardener, designer, and occasional caterer.

Marc Kaufman
Contributing Editor

Marc Kaufman began his career in journalism as a staff writer for a Boston-based daily newspaper in 1993. Since then, he has written, edited and aggregated content for a number of print publications and websites highlighted by a 5-year stint as editor of Science & Spirit magazine. In 2008, Marc began to focus on communications and content strategy for online publications and for organizations looking to transition their message from print to the web. He has managed several large-scale web redesign and site building projects while maintaining a variety of editorial and consulting relationships.

Heather Wax
Contributing Editor

Heather Wax is a journalist who has been covering issues at the intersection of science, religion, and culture since 2003. She launched the site Science + Religion Today in 2007 and was a contributing editor and blogger at Big Questions Online. Before that, she was the features editor of Science & Spirit magazine. She has written for Scientific American, The Boston Globe, Technology Review, Ode, and the UU World, among other publications.

William Novak

William Novak served as assistant controller from 2002-2004. He currently works at mortgage refinancing for a credit union.

Eric Weislogel

Eric Weislogel is an adjunct professor of philosophy at both St. Joseph’s University and Delaware County Community College. He was president and executive director of Metanexus from 2006-2008, and served as program director of the Local Societies Initiative and the Metanexus Global Initiative from 2001-2010. 

Nikos Tsiopinis

Nikos Tsiopinis served as Outreach Coordinator for the Metanexus Global Network Initiative from 2007-2008. He is currently a realtor at Coldwell Banker Preferred in Media, PA.

Andrew Rick-Miller

Andrew Rick-Miller was a program associate for Metanexus Institute and now works as a Senior Program Officer at the John Templeton Foundation. Rick-Miller studied physics and literature at Northwestern University before studying theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is an ordained deacon in the Presbyterian Church.

Jonathan Camery-Hoggatt

Jonathan Camery-Hoggatt is a southern California native who has spent the past six years skipping back and forth between the two coasts. He completed a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies at Gordon College in 2007, and he will complete a Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary in 2011. Jonathan studies the intersection of religion, society, and the cognitive sciences, and he feels most alive writing creative nonfiction. Jonathan was an intern at Metanexus during the 2010-2011 academic year.

Peter Lewek
Program Associate

Peter Lewek comes to Metanexus Institute after completing his undergraduate studies at Colgate University. Peter graduated with a degree in Philosophy and ran the Colgate University concert series on campus. His interests include live music, audio production and equipment, travel, baseball, and various outdoor activities.

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