Alumni Advisory Board

A crabCRAAB Report, 2016-2017

The Comparative Religion Alumni Advisory Board (CRAAB) consists of graduates or friends of the Department of Comparative Religion who generously volunteer their time and expertise to support the department and its students. Board members help connect students with mentoring and other opportunities for professional development; they also advise the department and the dean of the College of Arts and Science about programming and fundraising.

Click on an alum's photo or name to read more about how studying religion at Miami helped prepare them for the work they do today.

Chair

Jennifer SankaJennifer M. Sanka
Class of 2001
Miami degree: B.A., anthropology and religion

Jennifer Sanka has worked in the environmental compliance industry for over a decade and has more than 15 years of archaeological experience in the U.S. and Jordan. She currently works as an archaeologist at an environmental firm in Redlands, California.

Vice-chair

Dick RappleyeRichard K. Rappleye
Class of 1962
Miami degree: B.A., humanities

Dick Rappleye currently works with individuals and organizations as an executive mentor and transition coach. He has extensive experience in the non-profit sector, including vice-presidential leadership at both the Kresge Foundation and the C.S. Mott Foundation.

Other board members, 2015-2019

Amy AllisonAmy Allison
Class of 1986 and 1989
Miami degrees: B.A., religion and English; M.A., English

Amy Allison has been employed for the past 15 years teaching high school English at a democratic school of choice. She is a former technical writer and "chemical gypsy" (moving wherever her husband's job in the chemical industry took them).

Whittney BarthWhittney Barth
Class of 2008
Miami degree: B.A., religion and American studies

Whittney Barth is assistant director at the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, where she manages summer internship programs. She continues to develop her professional interests in civic engagement, mapping, and the study of religion and place.

Kathleen GrantKathleen (Mahoney Hladky) Grant
Class of 2004 and 2006
Miami degrees: B.A., philosophy and religion; M.A., religion

After a few years working in academia, Kathleen Grant opted to pursue a more flexible career. She is now employed part-time as an operations manager for a small non-profit, Camp Quest. She is also helping the Department of Comparative Religion build its online curriculum.

Matt Jackson-McCabeMatt Jackson-McCabe
Class of 1989
Miami degree: B.A., religion

Matt Jackson-McCabe earned graduate degrees in New Testament & Early Christian Literature from the University of Chicago. He now teaches comparative religion at Cleveland State University.

Olivia MoteOlivia K. Mote
Class of 2011
Miami degree: M.A., religion

Olivia Mote is a law clerk at Eustice, Laffey, Sebranek & Auby, S.C., in Sun Prairie, WI. In addition, she has been a legal intern at Forward Health Group, Inc., and a student attorney at the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic of the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Shelley PieklikShelley Walker Pieklik
Class of 2002
Miami degree: B.A., religion

Shelley Pieklik worked for over a decade in corporate retail, including as a regional human resources recruiter, before opening her own high-end retail store. Currently a stay-at-home mother of four, she also does non-profit fundraising and serves as president of the board of trustees of a local school.

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