Alumni/Alumnae Council

The HDS Alumni/Alumnae Council (AAC) works with alumni volunteers and School leadership to create community among HDS alumni, build bridges between graduates and the HDS campus, and to connect Divinity School alumni to the University-wide Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). The AAC also serves as an advisory board to the School, as needed by the Dean or other members of the HDS faculty and administration.

Below are the AAC members for 2016–17.


Christopher J. Hanson, MDiv ’10 (Washington, DC)


Margaret R. Rose, MDiv ’79 (Rye, NY)

Alumni Representatives

Representatives with terms ending on June 30, 2017:

  • John D. Coggin, MTS ’11 (Raleigh, NC)
  • Richard A. Coutinho, MTS ’94, LLM ’02 (Toronto, ON, Canada)
  • Quardricos B. Driskell, MTS ’08 (Alexandria, VA)
  • Mary Roodkowsky, MTS ’77 (Pittsboro, NC)

Representatives with terms ending on June 30, 2018:

  • Susan O. Hayward, MDiv ’07 (Washington, DC)
  • Gregory Kimura, MDiv ’93 (Redondo Beach, CA)
  • Sejal H. Patel, MTS ’14 (San Francisco, CA)
  • Yasmeen Shaheen-McConnell, MTS ’13 (New York, NY)

Representatives with terms ending on June 30, 2019:

  • H. Bernard Campbell II, MTS ’88 (Tampa, FL)
  • Celene Ibrahim, MDiv ’11 (Brookline, NH)
  • Leonard C. McKinnis II, MTS ’05 (St. Louis, MO)
  • Bjorn C. Sorenson, MTS ’02 (Jersey City, NJ)

School Appointed Directors to the HAA

Ex-officio members of the AAC

  • Julia Whitcavitch-DeVoy, MTS '94 (Newton, MA)
    Serving an HAA term through June 30, 2017
  • Gloria E. White-Hammond, MDiv '97 (Dorchester, MA)
    Serving an HAA term through June 30, 2016

Student Representative

Abhishek Raman, MDiv candidate


Michael E. Goetz, EdM '15, associate director of development, annual giving and alumni relations; ex-officio member of the AAC

HDS Voices

Kate DeConinck, ThD student

HDS does not teach you what to think but, rather, how to think. You learn how to get to the heart of important issues and how to identify the difficult but necessary questions. Furthermore, in supporting interdisciplinary scholarship, HDS allows you to work creatively within and across traditional academic boundaries.
—Kate DeConinck, ThD candidate
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