Faculty Our faculty is the most experienced educational staff in Interfaith/Interspiritual Education
The One Spirit Interfaith Seminary faculty is the most honored, respected and celebrated teachers in Interfaith/Interspiritual education. Our Spiritual Educational Director Diane Berke and Associate Director Joyce Liechenstein have been leading Interfaith Seminary education for more than 20 years. Diane and Joyce have written curriculum used at several Interfaith Seminaries nationally and internationally. Our strong, diversified and experienced group of Deans skillfully and lovingly shepherd students into ministry.
In addition to One Spirit’s core teaching staff we have an acclaimed group guest teachers such as Rabbi David Ingber, Andrew Harvey, Cindy Wigglesworth, Ed Bastian, Cari Jackson, Mirabai Starr, Kurt Johnson, Allan Lokos, and others.
Rev. Diane Berke
Founder, Spiritual Director
Diane holds Master’s degrees in sociology and psychology and a Ph.D. in therapeutic counseling. A psychotherapist and spiritual counselor in private practice for over thirty years, Diane is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York State and a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association. Ordained as an Interfaith minister in 1988, Diane became a leading figure in Interfaith ministry education. For ten years she served as a dean, faculty member, and Curriculum Development Director for The New Seminary, and served as Director of that organization from 1998 to 2002. Diane is a member of the Core Faculty of Andrew Harvey’s Institute for Sacred Activism, and part of the Adjunct Faculty of Wisdom University. She is the author of two books, Love Always Answers and The Gentle Smile, as well as five educational/spiritual reference manuals: Developing & Deepening Your Spiritual Practice: An Interspiritual Perspective; The Interfaith Ministers’ Training & Reference Manual; Understanding Ourselves and Others: Basic Psychological Concepts for Ministers; Forgiveness as a Path of Awakening; and All Things Are Lessons: Essential Teachings of A Course in Miracles. Diane is the recipient of the 2012 Huston Smith Award for Interfaith Education. Most important, Diane is widely known and respected for the impact she has on those who study with her. Her boundless care, clear intelligence, and deep safety create an extraordinarily rich learning environment. Her students, as well as her clients in private sessions experience profound acceptance and a deep invitation to the truth that facilitates genuine transformation and healing.
First Year Training
Rev. Barbara Hetzel
Rev. Barbara Hetzel was ordained in 2009 and lives her ministerial calling through officiating at weddings, memorial services, and blessings. Rev. Barbara Hetzel has over 25 years experience in the field of Training and Organizational Development. She has engaged individuals, teams, and executives in the ministerial, non-profit, education, and for-profit sectors to help them discover their strengths and build their skills and talent for the world. Barbara is the owner and founder of Ridge Top Coaching, a life and leadership-coaching firm. She has a B.S. degree in Psychology from East Stroudsburg University and two Master’s degrees; one in Pastoral Ministry from LaSalle University and the other in Administrative Science, concentration Leadership from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Barbara holds a certification in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and is a Master Practitioner in the Energy Leadership Index (ELI). She is a certified professional coach with an ACC designation through the International Coach Federation (ICF). Barbara is a native of Central PA and currently resides in Northwest NJ with her wife. On a personal level, she loves science fiction, politics, and is an avid fan of Notre Dame football.
Iyanifa Rev. DeShannon Bowens
Rev. DeShannon Bowens enjoys journeying with others to help them discover their personal path to freedom. She is an initiated Orisa priestess and Awo in the spiritual Yoruba tradition of Ifa. In 2010, DeShannon was ordained as an Interfaith-Interspiritual minister through One Spirit. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Master’s degree in Counseling and is an Emeritus Scholar for the Inter-religious on-line publication, State of Formation. DeShannon is also the author of
Hush Hush: An African American Family Breaks their Silence on Sexuality & Sexual Abuse (2007, 2015). Currently, she serves as a professional development trainer and psychotherapist through her organization ILERA. Since its inception in 2004, ILERA has offered: transformative programs on vicarious trauma & wellness, forums to discuss the intersection of sexuality & spirituality, educational programs on sexual abuse prevention and self-development workshops grounded in African spiritual wisdom.
Rev. Diane Rooney
Rev. Diane Rooney was ordained as an interspiritual minister by One Spirit in 2014 and serves on the leadership team of One Spirit In Action, whose mission is to bring social justice to those who have been forgotten, underserved or are in need. Diane is a licensed acupuncturist, licensed massage therapist, certified aromatherapist and Reiki master. She integrates these techniques with her ministerial training in her private healing sessions. Diane is also a senior faculty member at Tri-State College of Acupuncture, an associate at Chi Medicine and an integrative therapist at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital treating children with cancer. One of her passions is to travel to small towns around the world and bring healing to those who would otherwise not have the opportunity. She has treated and taught self-healing techniques to those in India, China, Africa and Central America. Another passion of hers is to facilitate self-empowerment techniques to those who ask.
Rev. Eileen Fisher
Rev. Eileen Fisher has been teaching in NJ public schools for over 20 years. She holds a Master’s degree in Education and has experience working with young children, families and adult learners. Eileen was ordained in 2010 as an Interfaith/Interspiritual minister through One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, and has supported One Spirit as a dean’s assistant and coordinator of the Mentoring Ministry Program. A Sufi dervish in the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Order, Eileen strives to walk the path of Remembrance and supports the spiritual growth of others through spiritual counseling, healing and officiating life cycle ceremonies. She has served through her local hospice and a women’s prison in New Jersey. She cares deeply for the planet and all its inhabitants and believes we each carry a Wisdom that connects us and can help to heal the world.
Rev. Dr. José Miguel Román
Rev. Dr. José Miguel Román was born and raised in New York City on November 12, 1962. His mother and father originally came from Puerto Rico. He is a graduate of the City University of New York where he attained his bachelor and master’s degrees in Economics; he then went on to New York University School of Law and received his Juris Doctor.
His entire professional life has been dedicated to public service. In the past 30 years José has worked on issues as varied as youth development, LGBT civil rights, HIV/ AIDS, vaccine research, and international emergency relief and development. His work has been global in its reach; José estimates that he has visited or worked in nearly seventeen countries (and helped manage programs in another 30).
José’s accomplishments include developing one of New York City’s first Beacon Schools in Brooklyn (a model after-school program for youth), transforming the oldest and largest needle exchange program in the country, and building small medical clinics in Uganda, Kenya, and India.
Presently José is an Assistant Vice President at New York University where he serves as one of the institutions senior research administrators. José has served on numerous Boards, including on One Spirit’s Board of Trustees. Today José serves as the Co-chair of the National LGBT Advisory Board of Democratic Party.
His spirituality has been deeply influenced and molded by Buddhist philosophy and practice. He was formally ordained an Interfaith/ Interspiritual minister by One Spirit in 2014, and today he serves at One Spirit as a Dean of First Year Students. In May of 2016 he received his Doctorate in Ministry at the New York Theological Seminary; his dissertation was entitled
Interspirituality: A Guidebook to Beliefs and Practices.
Rev. Leslie Reambeault
Rev. Leslie Reambeault was ordained through One Spirit in 2012. Leslie still says she is a San Franciscan, though she has lived in Chicago since 1979! After 30 years, in 1999 she retired from AT&T, having worked in an array of management roles. She earned a Masters degree in Social Work, began a full-time psychotherapy practice. Intensive, advanced training in Internal Family Systems, Somatic Experiencing, and various forms of energy work, as well as spiritual insights and practices from many traditions underpin her therapeutic work. At the age of 7, Leslie insisted on becoming Roman Catholic (from her Episcopal birth religion). Intense study in Judaism during college preceded ever-expanding exploration of the Vedas, Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism, Wicca, Lakota, Toltec and feminist traditions of perennial wisdom. Leslie celebrated her finally-legal marriage on the Summer Solstice, 2015.
Rev. Mark E. Fowler
Rev. Mark is an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister. He completed the seminary program at the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York in 2012. He is appreciative of the privilege of seeking God in all its manifestations on the planet, thus far. Rev. Fowler was honored to be the commencement speaker at his graduation and has given the morning message several times over the past four years at the New Thought Spiritual Center of Eastern Long Island in Southampton, New York, at the Community Protestant Church in the Bronx, at Unity of New York in Manhattan, and at Sacred Fellowship Ministries. Rev. Fowler continues to work on a series of sermons entitled “The Myth of…” that will be further developed into a book.
Rev. Fowler began his spiritual journey at the Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church in Harlem, New York, was a member of the Community Protestant Church of the Bronx, singing on the Young Adult Choir and the Inspirational Choir. He furthered his spiritual development and education at Unity Fellowship of Christ Church where he served on the Hospitality Committee, was a chair of the Men’s Fellowship and served on the Board of Breaking Ground.
Rev. Fowler is also the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, a secular, non-sectarian not for profit organization. He is responsible for overseeing the design and implementation of programmatic trainings, operations and development. He has presented at conferences globally. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and facilitator on issues of equality in race, gender, sexual orientation and religion. Rev. Fowler earned a B.A. in English and Education at Duke University and was trained as a Mediation and Conflict Resolution Specialist with the NYC Department of Education.
Rev. Martha Dewing
Martha became a First Year Dean in 2007. Prior to that she served at One Spirit as a member of the Admissions Team, Coordinator of the Mentoring Program, and as a second year deans’ assistant. Her undergraduate degree is from New York University and she holds a master’s degree from Harvard University. Martha began her career as an elementary school teacher in New York City and abroad and subsequently published and edited a newsletter about children and media. As well, she is the author of a book exploring ways for teachers to use video as a catalyst for learning. She has worked for the Caring Circle, a family bereavement program in Westchester County and has served on the board at Miriam’s Well, a teaching facility in upstate New York whose mission is to offer transformational experiences that initiate and sustain conscious spiritual evolution toward peaceful coexistence.
Second Year Training
Rev. David Wallace
Dean, Senior Instructor
Rev. David Wallace was ordained as an Interfaith minister in 2001 and has been a Second Year Dean for One Spirit Interfaith Seminary since 2003. He is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, and a lifelong student of the “great books” of philosophy and archetypal psychology. Prior to his work in ministry, David had an extensive career in publishing and marketing, as well as award-winning work through the retail galleries he created in New York City, “The Enchanted Forest” and “After the Rain.” He was a founding board member of the spiritual teaching facility Miriam’s Well in Saugerties, NY, and served on both the worship committee and board of Judson Memorial Church in NYC, where he also preached and taught centering prayer.
David has an active ministry as a ceremony officiant, has served as a Spiritual Disaster Care Chaplain in NYC, and has been active with the Alzheimer’s Association of New York, most recently lecturing to the National Chaplains’ Association. He has taught at Integral Yoga in NYC, and is a regular guest lecturer at the Kripalu Institute in Lenox, MA, and the Interspiritueel Seminarie in the Netherlands. In addition to the core curriculum of the seminary, David teaches electives on the sacred texts of both the Eastern and Western spiritual traditions for One Spirit.
Rev. Melissa Stewart
Rev. Melissa holds a Master of Science in Social Work Degree and has specialized in Oncology Social Work since 1992. She completed post-graduate clinical training in Gestalt Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy. Melissa believes in providing care to the whole person and has always pursued training in various therapeutic approaches that include an awareness of the interplay between the mind, body and spirit in healing. Melissa attended the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and was ordained in 2010. Melissa works in a cancer center and provides psychoeducation, practical guidance, counseling and emotional support to people with cancer. She has been an advocate and educator in her field about the importance of attending to the spiritual needs of cancer patients and their family caregivers. Her article “Spiritual Assessment: A Patient Centered Approach to Oncology Social Work Practice,” appeared in the journal
Social Work in Healthcare in 2014. She is a founding member of the Social Work Advisory Council to the Healthcare Chaplaincy Network/Spiritual Care Association. Melissa is a mystic and believes in loving-kindness as a guiding principle. She thinks of her herself as a Hin-Jew-Bu who loves Allah, Jesus, all of the Sufi poets and Mary Oliver. She believes that smiling is a form of ministry. In addition to One Spirit, Melissa finds another spiritual home-base at Romemu in New York City.
Rev. Sue Koehler-Arsenault, M.Div.
Rev. Sue Koehler-Arsenault, M.Div. has been inviting others to look within and discover their spiritual strength for thirty years of active ministry in interfaith settings. She earned her Master of Divinity degree from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology (Boston College) in 1994. While chaplain at Wellesley College, she helped establish a pioneering multi-faith approach to religious and spiritual life on campus. Having been a Hospice and Palliative Care chaplain for over 11 years, Rev. Sue is a skilled counselor and end-of-life spiritual educator. She is co-author of “Lighting the Way,” a resource for those caring for the dying. Since 2011, she has been teaching the First Year seminar on Death and Dying, Facing Your Own Death Workshop, and The Spiritual Care of the Caregiver at One Spirit, garnering rave reviews. Rev. Sue is an Interspiritual “Minister Without Walls” officiating baby blessings, weddings, and funerals on Cape Ann, MA.
Rev. Tony Martin
Rev. Tony Martin is an Interspiritual Minister and Clinical Social Worker. He was ordained by One Spirit in 2005 and founded the Community for Conscious Living with five of his classmates in 2007. Tony has delivered sermons and facilitated ritual at the Unity Church for Creative Living in Jacksonville, Florida and A Different Thought Spiritual Community in Atlanta, Georgia. He is proud to be a staff therapist at the Institute for Human Identity, the oldest LGBTQ affirmative psychotherapy center in New York. Tony has a master’s degree in social work and a bachelor’s degree in theater, and currently he is following his passion for treating adults with complex childhood trauma through studies at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. Tony considers himself a Taoist agnostic and follower of Mary. This means that while he is uncertain about the existence of a Divine presence, he welcomes the gentle mystery and rigorous inquiry of Taoism, while believing that Mary’s example of quiet and fearless service to others is the true reason we are alive.