press release - February 2015

Dr. Carrie Rehak appointed Executive Director of SAT

The School of Applied Theology (SAT) announces the appointment of Dr. Carrie Rehak as its new Executive Director.  Dr. Rehak will start her new position in early June.  She will succeed Jim Briggs who has led SAT since January 2011.

Currently the Director of Campus Ministry at Holy Names University in Oakland, Dr. Rehak has a Ph.D. in Theology from the Graduate Theological Union and a Masters degree from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology.  She also serves as the Coordinator of Mission and Identity for Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley.  She has been a Lecturer at Holy Names University, St. Mary’s College in Moraga, and the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology on subjects related to spirituality, theology, and the arts.  Early in her career, she was the Director of High School Youth Ministry at St. Monica Church in Moraga, and the Director of Campus Ministry and a faculty member in the Religious Studies department at San Domenico School, in San Anselmo.

In addition to her background in theology and her administrative experience, Dr. Rehak holds a B.F.A. degree from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.  She is the proprietor of the Epiphania Sacred Arts Studio in Crockett. 

In making the appointment, Board of Trustees Chair, Michele Idiart Walsh commented, “Carrie brings a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience that will serve SAT well in the years ahead.  Her commitment to life-long learning and her own spiritual development is impressive. She is just the right person of vision and energy to build on the strong foundation of program development established by Jim Briggs over the last four years.”  Search Committee member, Brother Kevin Slate, FSC, added, “Carrie’s gifts of enthusiasm and zeal for the mission of SAT are rooted in a deep spirit of faith.  I am looking forward to working with her as a member of the Board of Trustees in shaping dynamic and creative new programs for the SAT Community.”

In accepting the position, Dr. Rehak had this to say about her excitement and gratitude for the new challenges ahead at SAT, “I am deeply grateful for this opportunity to work with such a wonderful team as we journey forward together in the mission and vision of SAT and in service to those who will benefit directly and indirectly from SAT’s offerings.”

Board member, Dr. Mary E. McGann, RSCJ, upon learning of Carrie’s successful candidacy said, “I’m delighted with this news! I know Carrie and I’m impressed with her gifts; I think that she will be a good leader for SAT.”

During the next four months, Dr. Rehak will meet periodically withJim Briggs to familiarize herself with the details of SAT’s multiple programs and ensure a successful transition of leadership.  She will assume the position in time to experience several weeks of SAT’s Summer Sabbatical and Spirituality Series during the month of June and finalize preparations for SAT’s Fall Sabbatical Program and Sabbath Break Series.

Briggs is stepping down to enjoy more freedom and time in his life after 46 straight years of administrative responsibilities in higher education, the last four at SAT and the previous 22 at Santa Clara University.  “Leading SAT has been a challenging and rewarding experience for me, one that has woven together many threads of my life.  I have been blessed with this work and grateful for the good it has done for so many in ministry. I am delighted with the choice of Carrie Rehak as the new Executive Director.  I am confident she will bring new vibrancy and vision to realizing the untapped potential of SAT to serve the needs of those in ministry locally, nationally, and internationally.”