The staff at the Center for Religious & Spiritual Life are here for you. We want the Center to be your space for religious and spiritual growth and fulfillment. Whether it’s celebrating a holiday or holy day, finding funding for a speaker or event, getting support for life challenges, or looking for faith-based community, we’re here to help. You can contact us with the information below, drop by the chapel during our open hours, or make an appointment.
Director of Religious & Spiritual Life and College Chaplain
Helen Hills Hills Chapel B12
Reverend Matilda Rose Cantwell is the director of the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and college chaplain. She served as the senior fellow for interfaith initiatives for three years, working with CRSL to promote its theme of justice, identity and social change, collaborating with others to undergird and rejuvenate social justice work with contemplative and reflective practices. She works closely with various religious and nonreligious student organizations on campus, faculty, staff, and community partners; and especially enjoys both her collective and one-on-one conversations with students. Matilda holds a bachelor's degree in religious studies from Lewis and Clark College, a master's degree from Smith College School for Social Work, and a master of divinity from Yale Divinity School.
Operations and Finance Manager: Adviser to the Christian and Humanist Communities
Helen Hills Hills Chapel B7
Maureen is a program coordinator for the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. She has worked at Smith since 2002 and now advises student religious organizations on funding, event planning and logistics. Maureen supervises and manages our programs and events, acting as the building liaison with students groups, college departments and public program planners. She supports the director, the Steinem Initiative and Smith's community religious advisers. Maureen has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Program and Communications Manager; Muslim Student Adviser
Helen Hills Hills Chapel B6
Kim Alston manages programs and special projects in collaborative partnerships with students, faculty, staff, community members and community religious leaders as well as directing the center’s communications strategy. She has served the college for more than 11 years, supporting students on their spiritual path and working on issues of equity, inclusion and social justice, including serving as co-chair of the Cromwell Day Committee. She advises Muslim students and multiple student secular and religious organizations, including Al Iman, the Muslim student organization. Kim received her undergraduate degree from Boston University and graduated from Clark University with a master’s in public administration. She is currently studying at Hartford Seminary to be certified in Islamic Chaplaincy.
Rabbi Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser
Jewish Student Adviser
Helen Hills Hills Chapel B14
Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser has been part of the Center for Religious and Spiritual life since 2010. Rhonda is available for interfaith pastoral counseling and assists in community adviser programming and coordination. Rhonda received a bachelor of science degree in special education from Indiana University, a master's degree in counseling psychology from Antioch University, and a doctor of ministry in spiritual direction from the Graduate Theological Foundation. In 2000, she completed the first Mindfulness Leadership Training Program offered at Elat Chaim under Dharma teacher Sylvia Boorstein and Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg. Rhonda worked as a teacher in the Cincinnati public schools, is a published novelist, and has a therapy practice in Northampton. She received ordination as a rabbi in 2015 and serves as the Jewish adviser to the Smith College Jewish Community.