Spiritual Life Staff

Student Life Staff:

In the photo: Miriam Blue (front left), Maham Zia (back left), Laney Zuerlein (front right), Bonnie-Jeanne Casey (back right)


Bonnie-Jeanne Casey, Director of Spiritual Life
Bonnie-Jeanne Casey is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and a graduate of Harvard Divinity School. She has served two churches and two campus communities with distinction. She spent ten years as a parish minister at congregations in Wisconsin and Philadelphia. After relocating to Boston, she became a chaplain at Wellesley College and was later hired by Babson College as the Director of the Glavin Family Chapel. A staunch believer in the importance of religious literacy, Bonnie-Jeanne hopes to broaden the opportunities for students to learn about faith traditions other than their own and deepen the connections students feel to the holy. In addition to working part-time at Simmons, Bonnie-Jeanne is pursuing her doctoral degree at B.U. School of Theology.

Miriam Berkowitz Blue, Hillel Director
Miriam Berkowitz Blue works with the Hillel student organization and serves as an advisor to all Jewish students at the College, and in that role seeks to increase the vibrancy of Jewish life on campus. Miriam has worked as the Regional Director of New England Young Judea, as well as the Director of Adolescent Education for the Commission for Jewish Education in West Palm Beach, Florida prior to returning to Massachusetts in 2008. She is the Hillel Advisor at Simmons College as well as at Suffolk University, and also works at the North Suburban Jewish Community Center in Peabody, MA. Miriam received her BA from Wellesley College and served as the President of Wellesley Hillel while a student there.

Maham Zia, Advisor to the Muslim Community
Maham Zia graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a keen interest in identity construction and nationalism. She is specifically interested in the role of education in identity construction and hopes to pursue the topic academically in the future. She is also an active member in her local Muslim community and a teacher at her local Sunday School where she enjoys creating a sense of community in her classroom. One of her favorite aspects of being a Sunday School teacher is her interaction with the youth and she brings that enthusiasm to her role as a Muslim Advisor. She is excited to serve as the Muslim Advisor at Simmons College and be a part of the Office of Spiritual Life.

Aisha Ansano, Faith Fellow
Aisha Ansano is a second year Master of Divinity student at Harvard Divinity School on the Unitarian Universalist ordination track. After growing up in Curacao (a small island in the Caribbean) and Durham, NC, she received her BA in Religious Studies from Stanford University, where she participated in the Rathbun Fellowship for Religious Encounter and served as an inaugural Interfaith Fellow with the Office of Religious Life and Stanford Associated Religions. Aisha also attended an Interfaith Youth Core conference and has had continued relationships with IFYC. Aisha is excited to be a member of the staff of the Office of Spiritual Life and to work closely with the Simmons Interfaith Team (SIT) over the course of the 2014-2015 academic year.

Laney Zuerlein, Graduate Assistant/Administrative Assistant
Laney Zuerlein is a first year graduate student in the Children's Literature and English M.A. programs at Simmons. Laney served as a vice president of a faith-based group as an undergraduate at Queens University of Charlotte, where she was also part of a spiritual learning team her final year. Laney enjoys reading, drinking coffee, and talking to people, and is excited to be part of the Office of Spiritual Life team at Simmons.