SRL Staff

Allegheny College Staff

Rev. Dr. Jane Ellen Nickell is Chaplain and Associate Dean. An ordained United Methodist minister, Jane Ellen oversees the Spiritual and Religious Life program, provides support and care for all students, coordinates rituals and services on campus, and teaches in the Department of Religious Studies. She advises Sojourners Christian Fellowship, MOSAIC, and Meditation Club, and is available to assist all students in fostering spiritual wellness. Students can see her during office hours, by appointment, or when she hosts students at her home, where they can also visit with Felix and Fergus, her feline companions.

_LI_2096Dr. Adrienne Krone, Director Jewish Life, advises Hillel, leads religious services, and provides support for the Jewish community on campus. She is also Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, so her primary office is in Oddfellows. She holds a Ph.D. in American Religion from Duke University, and her extensive experience in Jewish communal service includes working with youth and young adult groups, teaching and directing a religious school program for Jewish teens, liturgical leadership, and staffing a Birthright trip.

Dr. Sami Alkyam is Director of Muslim Life and an Assistant Professor in Modern and Classical Languages and International Studies. Sami holds a Ph.D. in Arabic Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his research interests include modern Arabic literature and cultural studies, trauma and war novels, Arabic dictator novels, film and television studies, postcolonial and literary translation theory, and second language acquisition. Sami has taught at UW-Madison, Beloit College, Monterey Institute of International Studies, and Harvard University. In addition to his office in Ruter Hall, Sami holds office hours in the SRL Office.


Affiliated Staff: Catholic Diocese of Erie

Fr.Jeff(use)Rev. Fr. Jeff Lucasa priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, is Catholic Campus Minister and pastor of the three parishes in Meadville. He celebrates Masses during the academic year on Sunday evenings and is available to meet with students by appointment.

HornemanDeacon Edward Horneman is a permanent deacon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie and serves as Newman Advisor. He assists in the celebration of Mass on Sunday evenings, meets with Newman on Monday evenings, and is available during office hours or by appointment. Deacon Ed is also Catholic Chaplain at the state prison in Mercer, PA, and serves the three parishes in Meadville.

Affiliated Staff: Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO)

The Coalition for Christian Outreach is a campus ministry organization that calls college students to serve Jesus Christ. The CCO works with local congregations to develop students to be passionate leaders who serve Jesus Christ in their studies, jobs, communities, and families.

Mollie Little is on staff with the CCO and advises Allegheny Christian Outreach (ACO), a student-led, evangelical, interdenominational fellowship. She also advises the Lighthouse, a Christian women’s discipleship house.  Mollie mentors student leaders, and loves to connect with students one-on-one.   Her full-time job is mother to three “tweenagers”, and  she and her husband Jeff love to open their home to students.

BrendonHallBrendon Hall is also on staff with the CCO and leads the Athletic Ministry on campus. He seeks to equip and encourage students to strive for whole-life development and transformation. He serves as a volunteer assistant coach for the men’s soccer team, the Director of Player Development for the men’s basketball team, and a resource for all of the sports teams. He advises the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Dudes Bible Study, and Starts With Soap, supporting students in their academic, athletic, extracurricular, personal, and faith journeys


All staff are available to meet with students during posted office hours or by appointment.