The Team


Dr. Ann McClenahan
Executive Director

Ann grew up outside of Philadelphia and received her undergraduate degree from Brown University. After a twenty-year career in Marketing and Advertising, she returned to her undergraduate interest in religion and theology. Ann completed an MDiv ('99) and a ThD in Religion and Society ('10) at Harvard Divinity School, where her dissertation examined the impact of grassroots democratic practice through membership in the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) on seven Jewish and Christian congregations. She is delighted to be the sixth Executive Director of the BTI and to work with its nine member institutions to build interreligious knowledge and relationships.  Ann lives in Cambridge and enjoys the walk to work (she is happily carless-by-choice).

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Alexandra Brandon
Assistant Director

Alix is a native of Manchester by-the-Sea, MA, and is currently completing a PhD in American Studies at The College of William & Mary. Her dissertation focuses on Muslim women’s identity formation in Euro-American Islam following September 11, 2001. Alix is trained in the interdisciplinary fields of Middle Eastern, Islamic, Gender, and American Studies. Her studies have taken her to Granada, Spain, Cairo, Egypt and includes an internship at the Embassy of Afghanistan in the Office of Women's Affairs and Social Institutions. Her interests are in Muslim women’s literature, post-colonialism, and visual culture. Her work appears in Oxford Islamic Studies Online, the Oxford Encyclopedia of Women and Islam, and Arabesque. At the BTI, Alix manages cross-registration, designs publicity on-behalf of the BTI, and serves as Editor of Theology HUB, the BTI’s online journal. Alix currently lives in Maynard with her husband, John, and hedgehog/BTI Mascot, Bunty.

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Micah Norman-Pace
Internal Projects Manager

Micah grew up in Texas and moved to Boston in 2015 to start the MDiv program at BU School of Theology. He is now entering his third and final year of the program. At the BTI, Micah edits the website, the cross-registration process, and develops strategy for new ideas and projects. Micah's interests revolve around pluralism and religious tolerance, specifically strategies for engaging difference that are sustainable and inclusive. He is also interested in American Evangelicalism, both its history and current trends. Micah is the president of the Interfaith Club at BUSTH and identifies as a Christian Humanist, or in his own words "it's complicated." Micah and his wife, Kaci, live in Jamaica Plain where they enjoy cooking tasty vegan food, running around Jamaica Pond, and trying out local beer.

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Patrick Nolin
Graduate Project Assistant

Patrick is from Montreal and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. He is currently enrolled in the Masters of Theological Studies at Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry where he focuses on Systematic Theology and philosophy. His interests are 20th century theology, studying names such as Karl Rahner and Bernard Lonergan. During his personal time Patrick enjoys swimming, kayaking and every other Canadian sport under the sun.  He looks forward to assisting the Boston Theological Institute this year with many projects and assignments.

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