Campus Chaplains & Religious Advisors

Chaplain,
Collegiate Religious Center

Fr. Alfredo Porras is a priest of the Diocese of Worcester who serves as Catholic Chaplain at WPI and as Diocesan Master of Ceremonies. Born in Venezuela, he has lived in Worcester for most of his life. Fr. Porras is a proud alumnus of WPI, and while he was a student he was also involved with the Newman Club, the Concert Band, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. He graduated in 2013 with a BS in Computer Science and Interactive Media & Game Development and then continued to study Philosophy and Theology. He received his STB from the Pontificia Universita S. ...

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Pronouns: He/Him

Title: University Chaplain

 Office Location: CRC; Trinity Lutheran Church (73 Lancaster St, Worcester)

Pastor Nathan Pipho joins Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) as a Worcester local who enjoys extending a warm and genuine hospitality to all guests and visitors. Pastor Nathan began serving Trinity Lutheran Church on All Saints Day, November 1, 2016, and was installed as pastor on the Commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr., January 15, 2017. He will also be serving as an additional Campus Chaplain for the Collegiate Religious Center (CRC) at 19 Schussler Road alongside Father Alfredo Porras '13 and Rabbi Ahuvah Loewenthal.

 Pastor Nathan is an avid reader and card carrying member of the Worcester Public Library with a library book checked out at all times. He loves playing softball, spending time at the ocean, and relaxing on the farm in Iowa where he grew up. He was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Beantown Softball League in Boston.

Pastor Nathan is eager to meet with students and is holding student hours during B-Term. To schedule time to connect with Pastor Nathan please email: ndpipho@wpi.edu

Religious Advisors

 

Amy L'Heureux

Amy L'Heureux
She/Her
Event Planner
Rubin Campus Center Events Office (next to Bookstore) Amy L'Heureux
ajlheureux@wpi.edu

 

I support our students by working with them, teaching history, traditions, folklore, and spiritual exploration, and supporting them in their journey in any ways they may need while at WPI. I’ve got a great Ralph Waldo Emerson quote: 'The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.' 

 

Chris Robertson

Chris Robertson
He/Him
Head Football Coach, Advisor for Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Sports and Recreation Center (3rd Floor)
crobertson@wpi.edu

 

Having worked at WPI for the better part of twenty years, I have come to love this place and feel at home around such amazing people, staff, faculty, and especially, students.  Having faith is such an important part of keeping a balance to our busy lives and believing in something greater than all of us can help us keep that perspective to have the strength to persevere anything that life sends our way.

 

Amy Beth Laythe

Amy Beth Laythe
She/Her
Senior Associate Director, Residential Services
East Hall 101
alaythe@wpi.edu

 

Being Jewish runs the spectrum from the religious to the cultural to the learner.  I am here to support students on their journey of learning what being Jewish means to them!

 

Nicholas Bertozzi

Nicholas Bertozzi
He/Him
Senior Instructor in Robotics Engineering
Unity Hall, Room 285
508-831-6166 (office), 603-546-8884 (cell) 
nbertozzi@wpi.edu

 

Paula Fitzpatrick

Paula Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
She/Her
Director for the Center for Well-Being
Unity Hall, Room 484
pfitzpatrick@wpi.edu

 

Paula enjoys sharing practices with the WPI community to promote holistic well-being.  As a long-term practitioner of meditation and teacher of Koru Mindfulness and the 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program, she especially enjoys creating space for offering meditation to the community. She also conducts research in mindfulness and meditation, positive psychology, and interpersonal synchrony in both typical and atypical populations. 

 In her free time, Paula enjoys hiking, yoga, cooking, organizing, and spending time with her family and dogs. 

 

David Ortendahl

David Ortendahl
He/Him
Executive Director, Advancement
Higgins House
508-831-5831 
dortendahl@wpi.edu

 

Feel free to reach out to me! Faith is so personal and I'm happy to meet you in a quiet corner of campus with a coffee to learn more about you and the questions, joys, or concerns you might have.

 

Elder Mayase Sikazwe

Elder Mayase Sikazwe
She/Her
Student Employment Coordinator, Talent and Inclusion
Boynton Hall (2nd Floor) 
msikazwe@wpi.edu

 

Did you know that God cares about you? In Jeremiah 29 v 11 He says, 'For I know the thoughts that I have for you,' declares the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.