Center for Christogenesis Team
CEO & Founder
Ilia currently holds the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology at Villanova University, and is the author of twenty books. Ilia holds PhDs in Pharmacology from Rutgers University and in Theology from Fordham University, as well as two honorary doctorates, one from St. Francis University in 2015, and one from Sacred Heart University in 2020.
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Director of Operations and Programs
Jillian is originally from Grand Rapids, MI where she worked as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. She has also served as a youth ministry advisor to rural Catholic parishes in Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada. Jillian currently lives in Philadelphia, PA with her spouse, Bryant.
Director of Finance
Social Media and Marketing Manager
Kate Kristiansen has more than twenty years of experience in digital marketing, publicity, and brand sponsorship development. She has managed marketing for arts and community organizations, institutional banking, major live entertainment touring shows across North America for Cirque du Soleil, and Dreamworks Live. Kate is also a part-time Professor of Marketing at St. Lawrence College located in Ontario, Canada. She is the owner and operator of Hummingbird Studios, an artists’ residency and retreat venue located in the Ontario countryside.
An avid traveler, Kate has traveled around the world, living for several years in New Zealand, and has backpacked in Australia, France, Italy, Spain, and parts of the United States. Kate completed the Camino de Santiago and St. Francis’ Way (Via di Francesco, from Assisi to Rome) as both walking meditation and spiritual retreat.
A writer, life-long seeker, and pilgrim, Kate is forever curious and open toward all things, but especially in relation to neuroplasticity, culture, science, and religion.
Christophany Group Coordinator
Rebecca is currently Managing Editor for the Dialogue Institute ‘s Journal of Ecumenical Studies, and a Consultant for the State Department programs on religious freedom for scholars and students. Her special interests in developing new curriculum and facilitating dialogue between people from different backgrounds.Rebecca holds a B.A. in English from Earlham College and an M.A. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her M.A. in Religious Studies at Temple University as a graduate fellow and intern at the Dialogue Institute prior to joining the staff. Her studies emphasized Muslim and Jewish religious traditions.
Website Contributor and Course Facilitator
Robert Nicastro is a Ph.D. student in the Theology and Religious Studies program at Villanova University who is specializing in the areas of Biblical Literature and Systematic Theology. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Psychology from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Arts in Theology from Saint Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland. Robert’s research interests lie at the intersection of theology and artificial intelligence, neuroscience, and quantum physics.