Advisory board members bring expertise and experience to the Institute by providing institutional history, outside professional perspective, broader academic context, and student and alumni perspectives. The role of the board is to advise the director and support staff of the Institute on issues related to visioning, programming, instructional activities, promotion, and fundraising. 

Advisory Board Members

Chair of the Board
(Director of the Institute)

William “Chip” Gruen, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Religion Studies

Provost of the College

Bruce Anderson, Ph.D.

Chaplain of the College

Rev. Kristen Glass Perez

Local Community Members

Charles Marcon
Chief Executive Officer
Duggan and Marcon, Inc.

Michael Prokup
Attorney At Law
Law Office of Michael Prokup

Pam Weiss
Director, Adult Spiritual Formation
First Presbyterian Church of Allentown

Muhlenberg College Faculty

Jessica Cooperman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Religion Studies
Director, Jewish Studies

Gail Eisenberg, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer in Business Administration
Internship Director for the Accounting, Business, Economics and Finance Department

Muhlenberg College Alumni

Kelly Owens Pisano ‘09
Relationship Manager, Global Wealth & Investment Management, and Banking
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Outside Members

Khurram Hussain, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Religion Studies
Lehigh University

Hartley Lachter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair of Religion Studies
Director, Berman Center for Jewish Studies
Lehigh University

Student Representative

Currently Vacant

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