Chaplains

Chaplains are trained to listen, care, and have deep conversations about difficult topics in places where people are often stressed or distressed. Some of these may include the meaning of life, our purpose in the world, personal values and relationships, ethical dilemmas, and many other common human problems, regardless of whether you think of these things spiritually, religiously, or secularly.

Andrew N. Cirillo

Assistant Director
585-475-2137
SMT-1402

Imam Abdur Rauf Bawany, MD

Muslim Chaplain
585-475-4373
SMT-2406

Rabbi Yossef Cohen

Chabad Co-Director
347-546-3860
SMT-2410

Rev. Brian C. Cool, Ed.D.

Newman Catholic Community Director
585-475-2487
SMT-1412

Daron Ladson

Cru/Hands of Fire Team Member
SMT-1404
*ASL Fluent

Sanjay Mathur

Hindu Chaplain
201-757-2278
SMT-1400

Rauncie Reynolds

Pagan Chaplain
585-953-1957
SMT-1406

Rev. Shūdō Brian Schroeder, Ph.D.

Buddhist Chaplain
585-773-8606
LBR-3110

Pastor Craig Swanson

The Table Chaplain
614-477-7699
SMT-1408

Michael Vernarelli, Ph.D.

Newman Catholic Community Campus Minister
585-475-2487
SMT-1412

Program Staff

Program staff have experience working with young adults, particularly in relation to programming, mentoring, and leadership in spiritual and religious community. They support programs and student leaders within their own religious communities, but do not provide inter-religious spiritual counseling.

Leah Cohen

Chabad Co-Director
862-222-4859
SMT-2410

Mercy Gbenjo

Cru/Hands of Fire Team Member
SMT-1404

Zachary Hanje

Cru/Hands of Fire Team Leader
317-496-6424
SMT-1404

Jileen Herman

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Campus Minister
585-747-0699
SMT-2412

Catherine Mast

Cru/Hands of Fire Team Member
317-777-9076
SMT-1404
*ASL Fluent

Dcn. James Miller Jr.

Newman Catholic Community Business Manager
585-475-2487
SMT-2404

Susan Rizzo

Jewish Student Life Engagement Coordinator/Hillel Advisor
SMT-2408
*ASL Fluent

Pastor Kenneth Sayres

Glory House International Worship Team Member
SMT-2412

Pastor Yolanda Sayres

Glory House International Worship Team Member
SMT-2412

Kristen Smith

Newman Catholic Community Campus Minister
585-475-2487
SMT-2404

Dakota Tiger

Cru/Hands of Fire Team Member
217-721-6605
SMT-1404
*ASL Fluent

Sean Watson

RIT Pagans Advisor
SMT-1406

Student Employees

Student employees help maintain the Schmitt Interfaith Center and make sure that all policies and procedures concerning the space, staff, etc. are followed.  Additionally, they support Center initiatives  concerning multimedia design, scheduling, and other logistical matters pertaining to Spirituality and Religious Life at RIT.

Haven Chady

Student Employee
SMT-1400

Wentao Zhao

Student Employee
SMT-1400