Faculty & Staff

Learn more about the faculty, staff and educators at the Seton Cove.

Sharmila Advani

Sharmila Advani

Sharmila Advani began as the Business Manager at the Seton Cove in November 2014. With a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and an MBA in marketing, she has extensive experience managing diverse programs, particularly for boosting operational efficiency, streamlining business processes, and enhancing employee performance and morale. She has experience administering budgets, overseeing project schedules, and contributing to idea mining initiatives. She has been exposed to diverse cultures, people and their unique environments by living in Taiwan, UK and India. Sharmila is passionate about expanding the Cove’s reach in the community, through programs designed around wellness and mindfulness training for emerging leaders. She speaks Hindi, Mandarin, travels extensively and enjoys music, cooking, photography, painting and exploring nature with her five year old.

Will Fiorello MA

Will Fiorello

WILL FIORELLO, MA, is a ministry formation and program manager, educator, catalogue editor-designer, and spiritual director at Seton Cove. He is passionate about supporting the unique life journey of each person he works with and utilizes a wide array of therapeutic and educational tools—from the contemplative practices of the ancient mystics to the latest advances in neuroscience and mindfulness. Will received his Master of Arts in Counseling from the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Miami University in Oxford, and studied Analytical and Depth Psychology at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich. He is a Veriditas® trained and certified Labyrinth facilitator, a Contemplative Outreach® Commissioned Centering Method Teacher, and a faculty member of the Mystic Heart Wisdom School.

Daniel Hope

Daniel Hope

DANIEL HOPE, MA, is a ministry formation manager, educator, and spiritual director at Seton Cove. Daniel was previously at Seminary of the Southwest where he worked in administration and earned his counseling degree with a focus on Marriage and Family. While studying at Southwest he founded the marriage retreat and workshop series, The Commitment Project. Daniel is an alum of Google’s Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and is passionate about bringing spirituality and mindfulness into the workplace. Daniel also has a background in social media strategy and has spoken at SXSW Interactive conferences regarding the intersection of technology, psychology and spirituality. Daniel and his wife, Leslie, are about to celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary and live in North Austin with their two daughters, Camilla and Violet and their newborn son, George.

Sulbha Rajput

Sulbha Rajput

Patricia Speier D.Min.

Patricia Speier

PATRICIA SPEIER, DMin, is Executive Director of the Seton Cove and Director of Formation for Ascension Health. She is a spiritual director, teacher, and retreat facilitator who specializes in the use of literature and writing for spiritual growth and ethical development. She is passionate about the connection between Spirituality and Leadership and has developed the Leadership Pilgrimage, a year long intensive for leaders in all fields (business, medicine, law, religion, non-profit) which is now in its 14th year. Speier is a 2008 DMin graduate of Perkins School of Theology and a graduate of Seminary of the Southwest. She has studied spirituality at the Pecos Benedictine Monastery in New Mexico and Integral Spirituality with Ken Wilbur

Adjunct Faculty

Paula D'Arcy

Paula D'Arcy

Paula D'Arcy is an author, former therapist, speaker, playwright and President of Red Bird Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to reaching hearts and restoring hope. Among her best-selling books are Gift of the Red Bird and Waking Up To This Day. Paula's work stems from the deaths of her husband and young daughter in an accident caused by a drunk driver. Her subsequent work has been dedicated to helping others transform pain.

Bob Lively

Bob Lively

Bob Lively is a native Texan with deep roots in the piney woods of East Texas. He earned his baccalaureate degree from Austin College in Sherman, Texas where he has been named a Distinguished Alumnus. He is an honor graduate of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. A Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Lively is the author of eleven books. In the past 17 years he has published over 400 columns in the Austin American-Statesman.

Flint Sparks Ph.D.

Flint Sparks

Flint Sparks has been in private practice as a psychotherapist in Austin since 1983. Through exploration of the interface between spirituality and psychology, he found a particularly deep resonance in Buddhist meditation, psychology and philosophy. In March of 2001, Sparks was ordained as a Zen Buddhist Priest. He now divides his time between his private practice and a growing Zen Center here in Austin. www.flintsparks.com

Anna Vu-Wallace MD

Anna Vu-Wallace

Anna Vu-Wallace, MD, is an Internal Medicine physician with a focus on peri-operative medicine. She is a former part-owner and has served as Medical Director and Board Member for Hospital Internists of Austin. She began her meditation study 9 years ago with an Eastern practice and is now practicing Centering meditation. She is trained and certified to teach the Centering Method through Contemplative Outreach. Dr. Vu also studied stress-reduction and the relaxation response through the Benson-Henry Institute, Harvard Medical School.

Board Members

Richard W. Alexander
Ginny Booton
Louis T. Brusatti
Clay Carsner
Tom Caven MD
Olin Clemons
Davida G Dragon
Linda Fontaine
Jonathan Ford
Judy Knotts
Sharon Lowe
Laura Lucas
Chris Marks
Nivi Nityanand
A. J. Rimovsky
Alicia Robertson
Mandy Sharp
Patricia Speier D.Min.
Anna Vu-Wallace MD

Special Advisors

Dr. Lynette Reed

Daniel Hope

Dr. Lynette Reed is an educator and advisor with over twenty-five years of experience working with this model. She is the author of the book Fixing the Problem: Making Changes in How You Deal with Challenges as well as a number of articles, which are the subject of numerous guest appearances on talk radio. Lynette holds a Doctor of Ministry in Spirituality, Sustainability, and Inter Religious Dialogue and a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

David Wallace

Daniel Hope

David Wallace is a Certified Life Coach working with his clients to help them understand themselves better. David has a Master in Business Administration, was previously a Director of Baylor University’s Executive MBA Program, and has been in senior sales and business development roles in his 25+ year career. Through a calling to help others see that they are not their “résumés”, he left the corporate world to become a full-time Life Coach in October 2015. He has been a daily meditation practitioner for over 5 years and is a Commissioned Presenter of the Centering Method through Contemplative Outreach.


Maggie Dostal
Kathleen Forrest
Karen Kerkering