Program Leaders

Menachem Cohen

Menachem Cohen is a certified spiritual director, tabletop game designer, and rabbi, who has practiced Jewish mystical healing and meditation for over 25 years. Much of his current work is in the design and use of roleplaying games such as Dungeons & Dragons for spiritual growth, exploration, and healing. For more information see You can contact Menachem at

Bill Epperly, PhD

Bill Epperly, PhD, is a research biochemist who left the lab in pursuit of spiritual awakening. He has studied contemplative Christianity, Zen Buddhism, and many forms of contemporary spirituality. He teaches mindfulness at DePaul University and serves individuals and groups across the Chicago area as a spiritual coach and workshop leader. He serves as a Spiritual Director and Interim Executive Director at Sacred Ground Chicago and is on the Board of Chicago Area Spiritual Directors. His websites are and

Katie Spero

Katie Spero is the Parish Life Director at Church of Saviour, an Episcopal church in Chicago. Prior to that she spent time serving and and living at the Satchidananda Ashram in Buckingham, Virginia which was founded on the principle, “truth is one, paths are many.” This statement echoes the unique spiritual path that Katie was led down from being raised by musicians in a loving Jewish household, to then experiencing Christ whom she has followed since her teenage years, and from there being exposed to many wisdom traditions both Eastern and Western.  Katie is a member of Church of Our Saviour’s College of Preachers, and is a trained teacher of Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, and Stress Management. Calling on her degree in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago, it is Katie’s joy to try to put into words that which cannot be spoken to spiritually connect and serve her communities.

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