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Skidmore College
Religious and Spiritual Life

Meet our staff 

Parker Diggory
Director of Religious and Spiritual Life
Case Center 203
518-580-8340

ParkerParker is currently a Ph.D. candidate in 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 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. Her research interests include the intersections of religious texts and practice and the impact of archaeology and history on biblical interpretation. A Saratoga native, Parker is happy to back in the Skidmore community and close to Adirondack hiking and cross-country skiing. 


Martina Zobel
Coordinator of Jewish Student Life and Interfaith Programming

Case Center 202
518-580-5679

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.

 


Jennifer Schmid-Fareed
Program Coordinator, Skidmore Mindfulness
Case Center 201
518-580-8401

Jennifer Schmid-FareedJennifer is a yoga and meditation teacher who spent 10 years studying and working at Ananda Ashram, a yoga retreat and spiritual educational center in Monroe, New York. At the ashram she immersed herself in the practices and principles of yoga as a scientific and spiritual path, the study of the Sanskrit language and the ancient scriptures of India. She also coordinated many of the ashram’s retreat center events and taught classes. Jennifer holds a B.S. from the University at Buffalo, where she studied psychology and communications. As a teacher, she has a deep passion to create healing space. Using the natural expression of movement supported by the breath, she strives to create a balanced practice focused on inner awareness and mindfulness and loves weaving sound healing into her offerings. The ancient path of yoga continues to inspire Jennifer and transform her life, and she’s very excited to have joined the Skidmore community.