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Meet the Staff

Religious & Spiritual Life

Denicia Ratley

Director of Religious & Spiritual Life

As the Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, Denicia supports various faith communities on campus, oversees a team of Chaplains and the daily operations of the Glavin Chapel. With a pastoral heart and passion for justice, she is intentional about creating spaces for religious diversity and tolerance. Denicia is also a First Year Seminar Instructor where she facilitates classroom conversations and interactions around community engagement, microagressions and privilege. Her ability to understand and teach cross culturally, combined with a sense of humor and excitement, creates an environment for students to authentically learn and thrive. Denicia join Babson in 2016 as the Assistant Director of Faith, Reflection, and Chaplaincy. She has accompanied colleagues and students on Service Learning Immersion Trips to Indian River Florida, New Orleans, and Tanzania. Denicia graduated from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary with a MA in World Missions and Evangelism, concentrating on Cross Cultural Counseling, and a MA in Theology and Ethics. During her time in graduate school, she was the president of the Women Student Association and the Black Student Association. Denicia was a Pierce Fellow, which introduced her to contemplative practices and reflective tools. She completed her Overseas Mission Practicum in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, serving and assisting Muslim refugees from Sudan, Iraq and Turkey. This experience confirmed Denicia’s passion for cross cultural experiences and interfaith dialogue. Denicia received a BA in Human Development and Family students and a minor in African American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In her spare time, Denicia enjoys reading historical and current research around mass incarceration and racial disparities within the Black community as well as helping women find confidence in themselves by deconstructing beauty standards and apprehensions around makeup and natural hair. 

Contact Information

Denicia Ratley
Director of Religious & Spiritual Life
Glavin Chapel, Room 101
781-239-5969
dratley@babson.edu

Rabbi Neal Gold

Jewish Chaplain

Rabbi Neal Gold joined Babson in 2018 as the Jewish Chaplain & Hillel Director. Neal holds a BA in Philosophy and Religion from Colgate University, earned his MAHL and received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and received an MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Prior to coming to Babson, he served as the national Director of Content and Programming for ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America, and was a delegate at the 37th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem on October 16. For 18 years, he led synagogues in New Jersey and Massachusetts. In addition to his work at Babson, Neal teaches university-level adult education courses for Me’ah, a program of Hebrew College, and currently serves as President of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis.

Neal is the author of many academic and popular writings about Judaism, and he is the editor of Radiance: The Collected Prose and Poetry of Danny Siegel, to be published by the Jewish Publication Society in 2020. He is passionate about teaching Jewish spiritual texts, and interfaith conversations and bridge-building. He enjoys music, writing, yoga, and fly-fishing.

Contact Information

Rabbi Neal Gold
Jewish Chaplain
Glavin Chapel
781-239-4505
ngold@babson.edu

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Elizabeth Oh

Protestant Chaplain

Elizabeth Oh is the Protestant Chaplain at Babson College.  She graduated with a BA in Economics at University of Massachusetts Amherst, an MA in Counseling (Mental Health and Marriage & Family track) and an MA in Religion at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  In her time at graduate school, she focused her studies and practical experiences in integrating mental health in faith-based communities.  Her counseling internship focused on areas of adjustment, trauma, anxiety and depression in the Church setting and at a local Bible College.  She views her professional and personal life through a holistic approach - believing the emotional, intellectual, spiritual, relational and physical aspects are intertwined and connected.  The holistic approach is how she advocates individuals and organizations on wellness and believes work dedicated (to this advocacy) enhances spaces for innovation, connectivity, inspiration and a world with positive changes. Her additional work experiences have been at varied organizations as an administrative and management support.  She has worked for profit, non-profit and startup organizations; with varied focus and missions in higher education consulting, adult education advocacy, care resources in the local church, and social entrepreneurship. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys educating herself in ocean conservation and learning to dive.

Contact Information

Elizabeth Oh
Protestant Chaplain
Glavin Chapel
781-239-5969
eoh1@babson.edu

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Dr. Donna McKenzie

Catholic Chaplain

Dr. Donna McKenzie joins the multi-faith team as Catholic Chaplain, having previously served in similar capacities at Albertus Magnus College and Smith College. Dr. McKenzie has specialized training in Catholicism and theological ethics, and comes to Babson with extensive teaching and ministry experience. Dr. McKenzie earned a bachelor’s degree in cell biology from Smith, a master of divinity degree from the Weston School of Theology, and a doctorate in ethics from the Graduate Theological Union. Dr. McKenzie has held various teaching, research, and administrative appointments at Fordham University, Cornell University, and the Graduate Theological Union.

Contact Information

Donna McKenzie
Catholic Chaplain
Glavin Chapel
781-239-5969
dmckenzie@babson.edu

Bilal Mirza

Muslim Chaplain

Bilal joined Babson as the Muslim Chaplain in 2011. For over 10 years, he has and continues to benefit from studying the Islamic tradition under the private and individual tutelage of a variety of scholars and teachers trained throughout the Muslim World. He himself has studied both locally as well as abroad in Egypt and Turkey. Bilal has studied and trained in traditional disciplines including but not limited to: Arabic (grammar, morphology, & rhetoric), Qur’an (recitation, exegesis, & subdisciplines), Hadith/Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and its subdisciplines, Prophetic Biography, Logic, Jurisprudence, Legal Methodology, Scholastic Theology, and Spiritual Purification. Bilal received a BBA from the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has completed graduate coursework in Public Health. During his undergraduate career he served multiple terms on the board of his university’s Muslim Student Association. Bilal was a Youth advisor, Sunday School teacher, and Director of Religious Affairs at his local mosque for a number of years. He has been involved with interfaith projects since 2003; having worked primarily with teen interfaith camps, MetroWest-based interfaith groups, and the Wayland Clergy Association. Since 2009, he has been a regular deliverer of Friday Sermon and Worship services at a majority of mosques and College/University campuses throughout Massachusetts and eastern New England. In his spare time, Bilal enjoys advancing in his learning of the Islamic tradition, working out, spontaneous national and international travel, making smoothies, and improving his sub-par latte-art. 

Contact Information

Bilal Mirza
Muslim Chaplain
Glavin Chapel
781-239-5623
bmirza@babson.edu