Rev. Dr. Robin Olson
DirectorOffice: Student Center, 334
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (academic year only)
I am honored to serve Bentley and our spirited team of Chaplains, Advisors, and student leaders in the Spiritual Life Center. I am a United Methodist clergywoman, and have served as a Pastor to four congregations in New York and Wisconsin, and as a Chaplain to Nazareth College in Rochester NY and, most recently, Boston University. My degrees are from Colgate University, Boston University, and Wesley Theological Seminary in DC where I earned a Doctorate of Ministry in University Chaplaincy/Campus Ministry. After college I lived in Israel for a year, which ignited my lifelong passion for interfaith literacy and dialogue. My greatest joy is in accompanying college students on their spiritual journeys. I enjoy creative spiritual practices, worship services and retreats, community service adventures, pastoral conversations, and sharing many cups of coffee and bars of chocolate with students.
Imam D. Ali Avci
Muslim Chaplain/Bentley Islamic Community AdvisorOffice: Student Center, 334
Hours: Fridays Jum'ah 1:00 - 2:00 pm, and by appointment
I am so proud and honored to serve as the Muslim Chaplain & Bentley Islamic Community Advisor.I was the first Muslim Chaplain at Hartford Hospital, and I served as a resident chaplain to Yale- New Haven Health and Yale School of Medicine. I also have served three Islamic congregations, and state chaplain and religious facilitator of Connecticut Corrections. In addition I have taught Arabic language at the University of Connecticut and Rhode Island College. In addition to my CPE certificates (clinical pastoral education), I earned B. A. and M.A. degrees in Islamic Theology and World Religions from two Divinity Schools in Turkey, as well as an M.T.S. (masters of theological studies) from Providence College, with some interfaith studies from Hartford Seminary. I am fluent in English and Turkish, with intermediate fluency in Modern Standard and Qur’anic Arabic.
I know that students face intellectual, spiritual, psychological and religious challenges in their individual, social, and academic lives. I will be a creative support for individuals for one-to-one meetings for spiritual care or mentorship, work-life balance, stress, family, relationships, and theological questions. I also will be a resource to help meet the goals of the Bentley Islamic Community, and a conversation partner for all Bentley students, staff, and faculty.
Rabbi Jeff Foust
Jewish Chaplain and Mindfulness CoordinatorOffice: Student Center, 334
Hours: by appointment only
I have many years of Hillel experience within the campus setting, holding posts at Oberlin College, the University of South Florida, MIT, and, most recently, 18 years at Bentley University. I am formerly the rabbi at Waltham's Temple Beth Israel and have passion for good conversation, Jewish history and mysticism, and exploring ways of creating quality free time in a society preoccupied with "busyness." I live in Newton with my wife and two children. You can connect with me on my website, www.rabbijeffreyfoust.com.
Ms. Madelyn Henderson
Protestant Chaplain Office: Student Center, 334
I am honored to serve as Protestant Chaplain. Our weekly programs include Spirituali-TEA (Mondays 4:00 pm) and Protestant Christian Fellowship (Mondays 5:00 pm). I’m a third year Master of Divinity student at Boston University School of Theology on the Chaplaincy track. After graduation, I hope to pursue the vocation of college chaplaincy. I will be working with the Interfaith Council and the Protestant community this year. I love joining students on this wild journey of life. I’m here to support you as you plan events with the Spiritual Life Center, contemplate summer internships, and study for exams. Please feel free to reach out at any time!