Alumni Advisory Board

Our department enjoys the generous support of alumni who, after studying religion at Miami, now volunteer their time and expertise to support our current students. The Comparative Religion Alumni Advisory Board (CRAAB) raises funds to support student learning and offers networking and career mentoring for our undergraduates.

Jennifer M. Sanka

Jennifer SankaCRAAB Chair
Class of 2001
Miami degree: B.A., anthropology and religion

Jennifer Sanka has worked in the environmental compliance industry for 15 years and has nearly 20 years of archaeological field experience in the U.S. and Jordan. She currently works as a project manager and professional archaeologist on projects throughout California and in the Great Lakes region.

Kathleen (Mahoney Hladky) Grant

Kathleen GrantCRAAB Vice-chair
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.

Whittney Barth

Whittney BarthClass of 2008
Miami degree: B.A., religion and American studies

Whittney Barth is a J.D. candidate at the University of Chicago Law School, where she is interested in civil rights and constitutional law. She also holds an M.Div. degree from Harvard Divinity School and, prior to law school, served as the assistant director of the Pluralism Project at Harvard.

Alex Boster

Alex BosterClass of 2019
Miami degree: B.A., religion and political science

Alex Boster is currently a law student at University of California, Davis School of Law. During her time as a Miami undergrad, she was the president of the Comparative Religion Student Association and served a two-year term as a student trustee on Miami's Board of Trustees.

Christopher M. Kromer

Chris KromerClass of 2010
Miami degree: M.A., religion

Chris Kromer has worked in the Ohio Governor's Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives; he was also a legal intern in the U.S. State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom. He currently works as a journalist in his home state of Ohio.

Matt Jackson-McCabe

Matt Jackson-McCabeClass 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 K. Mote

Olivia MoteClass of 2011
Miami degree: M.A., religion

Olivia Mote is an attorney with the firm of Eustice, Laffey, Sebranek & Auby, S.C. in Madison, Wisconsin. Outside of work, she teaches for a 9th-grade "coming of age" program, is a board member of the Legal Association for Women in Dane County, Wisconsin, and acts as the intellectual development advisor for Alpha Chi Omega at her alma mater, DePauw University.

Shelley Walker Pieklik

Shelley PieklikClass 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.

Richard K. Rappleye

Dick RappleyeClass 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.


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