ORL Staff

Varun SoniVarun Soni
Varun Soni is the Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California. Dean Soni received his B.A. degree in Religion from Tufts University, where he also earned an Asian Studies minor and completed the Program in Peace and…

Jim BurkloJim Burklo
Reverend Jim Burklo is the Senior Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California. Reverend Burklo received his B.S. in Social Relations from UC Riverside, his M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and his ministerial ordination from the…

Vanessa Gomez Brake
Vanessa Gomez Brake is the Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California. She received her B.A. in Religious Studies from Arizona State University, and her M.S. in Conflict Analysis & Resolution from George Mason University…

Sherry CaudleSherry Caudle
Sherry Caudle is Program Specialist at the Office of Religious Life and has worked with Dean Varun Soni as well  as the former Dean, Rabbi Susan Laemmle.   She manages office finances and serves as liaison to Religious Directors (adults who work with student religious groups).


Timothy ConleyTimothy Conley
Timothy Conley is the Director of Media and Communications for the Office of Religious Life. He serves as assistant to the Dean and as advisor to the student organizations. He is President and Producer 67 Entertainment, a Los Angeles Based…

Kelby HarrisonKelby Harrison
Reverend Kelby Harrison is the Director of Spirituality and Sexuality at the University of Southern California. Reverend Harrison joined the Trojan Family in Spring of 2014 as the director of the LGBT Resource Center. She has a Ph.D. in ethics…

Cat Moore
Cat Moore is the Director of Belonging at USC ORL. She teaches CLICK and SPARK, new classes for students on making meaningful relationships at USC through ORL’s Campfires program.

Jibreel Speight
Jibreel Speight is the Director of Muslim Life at USC, as well as an Islamic seminary instructor at the Institute of Knowledge. He offers spiritual care, support and education relying on Islamic tradition and literacy as his basis.

Bharathwaj NandakumarBharathwaj Nandakumar
Bharathwaj Nandakumar is the Director of Hindu Student Life at the University of Southern California. Bharathwaj is a graduate of USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering, where he completed his master’s degree in Computer Science. While at USC as a graduate…

Joe ThackwellJoe Thackwell
Joe Thackwell is the Director of Ecumenical Christian Life at the University of Southern California. Joe received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and his M.Div. from Fuller Seminary. He served for five years as a youth pastor…

Bekah Estrada is the Associate Direction of Christian Life and Kilgore Chapel Coordinator at the University of Southern California. Bekah received her B.B.S. in Ministry and Leadership Studies at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.

Ryan Bell serves as the Humanist Chaplain at the University of Southern California. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Elizabeth Murphy 
Liz Murphy is the interfaith program assistant with USC Office of Religious Life, a second-year Master of Divinity student at the Claremont School of Theology, as well as an aspirant in the Unitarian Universalist ordination process.

Sable Manson 
Sable Manson is the Interfaith Scholars – Program Director. Born and raised in Southern California, Sable attended Loyola Marymount University (LMU) where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Television Production. While at LMU, Sable discovered her true passion for Education and went on to complete a Masters in Post-Secondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA) from USC.