Board of Directors

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Patt Moser, MFA JD 

Board Chair

Patt is a spiritual director, teacher, and retreat leader grounded in contemplative spirituality. She trained at Shalem Institute and The Claret Center, and is retired clergy in the Episcopal Church.  Patt is the founder of Sacred Ground Chicago.

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Bill Epperly, PhD 
Board Vice-Chair

Bill is a life-long learner who has studied biochemistry, Korean Zen Buddhism, contemplative Christianity, and non-dual spirituality. In his professional life, he worked as a research biochemist, professor, university administrator, and executive director of a small not-for-profit organization. Bill serves on the board of Chicago Area Spiritual Directors and teaches at DePaul University and Trillium Awakening.

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Bridget Purdome, M Div, M Ed, MAPS, MA 
Secretary

Bridget is a Spiritual Director, Retreat Leader, Life Coach, and Spiritual Explorer.  For over ten years, Bridget has ministered to those who have experienced homelessness, are HIV positive, are in recovery from substance addictions, and/or are challenged with other physical and mental illnesses.  Bridget is past chair of the board of Urban CPE Consortium.

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Vikram Bhave

Treasurer

Vikram is a banking and regulatory compliance professional with experience in finance, risk management and data management. He holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Pune University in India. He is a recent practitioner of meditation and believes in a higher force that governs our daily life. He also believes that spirituality can be achieved by maintaining a positive state of mind and seeking a deeper meaning for life.  Vikram’s passions include travel and exploring different cuisines. He is a strong proponent of financial discipline and helps mentor people on financial literacy.

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Jason Williams

Director of Technology

Jason is a data architecture and enterprise data management professional with experience in the healthcare, survey research, travel, advertising and financial technology industries. A parishioner of St. Chrysostom's Episcopal Church in Chicago, his activities there include singing in the Parish Choir and helping with the Kitchen Ministry. Jason believes that many different paths lead us to what is sacred, and that everyone’s spiritual path is an individual journey that we take collectively with one another.

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Menachem Cohen, MFA

Director At Large

Menachem is a role-playing game designer, spiritual director, and founding rabbi of the Mitziut Jewish Community and the Black Rock JCC. He earned a graduate certificate in Spiritual Direction from Loyola University and Rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Seminary. He has extensive training in trauma-informed care, LGBTQ competency, harm reduction, and youth work, on which he has presented numerous times. He also presents on gaming and spirituality, including at the Spiritual Directors International 2020 conference. From 2014-2019 he served on the board of Urban CPE Consortium. Menachem was recognized as one of America’s 36 most inspiring rabbis by the Forward newspaper in 2016.  Most important, he’s a dad.

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Dean Neidenthal

Director At Large

Dean Niedenthal taught elementary school on the far south side of Chicago for 25 years. Dean holds both a Masters in Theatre from Northwestern University and a Masters in Education from Roosevelt University. He is currently completing the first part of a dual degree, Master in Christian Spirituality (Spiritual Direction) while working towards his Master of Divinity at Loyola University Chicago. Dean currently works as a chaplain at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (Park Ridge), and is part of the Youth Ministry Team at Saint James Episcopal Cathedral in Chicago.