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Skidmore College
Religious and Spiritual Life

Meet our staff 

Parker Diggory

Director of Religious and Spiritual Life
Case Center 205

Students may also schedule a meeting directly: 

ParkerParker's work with individual faith communities has ranged from preaching to liturgical dance to social-justice activism. She has also worked in the nonprofit sector on interreligious collaboration for peace and development. Parker's academic work includes graduate study in theology, religious practices, and Hebrew Bible at Emory University, where she also received her M.Div. from the Candler School of Theology. She holds a B.A. from Middlebury College, where she studied religion and theater. Her research interests include the intersections of religious texts and practice, information literacy as it pertains to awareness of religious diveristy, and the impact of archaeology and history on biblical interpretation. A Saratoga native, Parker enjoys being back in the Skidmore community and close to Adirondack hiking and cross-country skiing.  

Martina Zobel

Coordinator of Jewish Student Life
Case Center 205



Martina has been exploring Jewish practice for decades. After rebelling from a strict traditional upbringing in the UK  in her youth, living secularly in Israel in the early '80s, and moving to the U.S. as a young mother, she fully embraced Judaism as a guiding principle for a richly spiritual and intellectually stimulating life. Martina is a keen student of Mussar, and she consistently strives as a Jewish educator to embody the balance between formal and experiential learning opportunities. She is passionate about exploring life's journey and making a difference, whether she is teaching Hebrew in the classroom, leading comparative religion workshops or leading a meditative hike. As part of the ORSL, Martina supports the Skidmore community to connect spiritually, culturally and/or intellectually in a way that serves each person's unique journey and collaborates with faculty and staff to deepen cross-cultural connections and appreciation.


Skidmore Mindfulness Program
Case Center 207

The Mindfulness Program is currently overseen by the ORSL director with support from ORSL student and professional staff. See the Skidmore Mindfulness page and our weekly schedule for more information. To sign up for regular updates through the Mindfulness email list  or to contact us with questions about program and its offerings please email Parker Diggory,, or the ORSL general address,