Meet the Mentors


Alex Theship-Rosales '19

Alex Theship-Rosales

Hey there! My name is Alex Theship-Rosales, and I am going into my Senior year at Gustavus. I am an Environmental Studies major, Religion minor, and I am very excited to be a part of the Academy this summer because I believe that bringing faith and science together is an essential step forward in our world today. Every member of the Academy brings their own stories, insights, and future work in the world with them--because of this, everyone here can both feel affirmed in what they bring, and also be stretched to learn new perspectives. I am excited to see this take place, and to learn from others. I am a Christian, with a lot of grounding in the ELCA Lutheran tradition, although I always strive to keep an open mind to many perspectives on faith and belief systems. On campus, I am a first-year orientation leader, as well as a member of a climate justice coalition, a youth outreach program, and band. I also work in the library and am a member of an inclusive discussion community I started called "The Root." The Academy is a transformative and inspiring program, I'll see you soon! 

Evie Doran '21


Hi, I'm Evie Doran and I'm from Rosemount, MN! I'm a rising sophmore with a double major in English and Political Science, as well as an Academy alum! On campus I further my involvement in the church as member of Catalyst and the Chaplain's Office Student Worker Team. I also play the flute in a couple different ensembles on campus, am a member of student senate, and a writing center tutor! In my free time I love to hang out with my friends, get coffee at the Courtyard Cafe, and go hammocking in the Arb! I'm so excited to explore the intersection of science and religion at the Academy, and can't wait to dive into deep, meaningful conversation with all the Academy Fellows.

Ingrid Kubisa '21

ingridHi, my name is Ingrid Nyota Kubisa and I am a first year student here at Gustavus. I grew up in a Christian family and I am from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Africa) which I recommend you to visit one day. I am so excited to be part of Gustavus Academy for Faith, Science, and Ethics because I believe that it will be a good experience. I am looking forward to share my faith experience but also to learn new things. 

Isabel St. Dennis '21

isabelHello! My name is Isabel St. Dennis and I am from Edina, MN. I am going to be a sophomore here at Gustavus studying Communications, Speech and Nutrition! I am very involved with my home church, Mount Olivet and continue my faith here through the Lucia choir, Gustie Buddies, managing football, and other Christian orgs! I am so very excited to be an Academy mentor this year to build relationships with you all and talk about how food creates us, and connects us to the earth and God. Can't wait to meet you! 

Matt Ouren '19

Matt Ouren

My name is Matthew Ouren and I am a Communication Studies Major with a Religion and Scandinavian Studies minor. I am in the class of 2019 and am from North Mankato, MN. On campus I am a Coordinator for Gustavus Youth Outreach, a member of the Men’s Varsity soccer team, on Multifaith Leadership Council, and a part of the Gustavus fly fishing club. I am a life long member of the ELCA with an interest in ecumenical Christianity. This will be my second year as a mentor for the Academy of Faith Science and Ethics and I am very excited about it because it is an incredible learning and relationship building experience.

Rachel Larson '19

rachelHi! My name is Rachel Larson and I just finished my junior year at Gustavus. I am majoring in Communication Studies with a double minor in Religion and Music. I graduated from Eagan High School and was an active member of Augustana Lutheran Church, my home church, in West St. Paul. I am a returning Mentor for the Gustavus Academy for Faith, Science, and Ethics. My favorite part was leading small group discussions and seeing students discover more about their faith by asking questions, opening their minds to different ways of thinking, and listening to one another. I cannot wait for this summer! 

Sophia Gottlick '21

sophiaHey there! My name is Sophia Gottlick, and I am a rising Sophomore here at Gustavus! I am a Political Science and Communications double major, play cello in the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, and work in the Chaplain's Office. I'm originally from Rockford, Illinois and am a big fan of cold brew, outdoor runs, and meeting new people! I am so excited for the opportunity to be a Mentor this summer because I love making meaningful connections with people, working to deepen my own faith while helping others to do the same, and exploring the many ways that faith, science, and ethics intersect. I look forward to getting to know all of you! 

Zach Croonquist '19

zachHi! My name is Zach Croonquist and I am a rising senior from New Hope, MN studying Religion and Psychology. On campus I am a Collegiate Fellow (RA), a member of the Gustavus Choir, and a leader of the United Christian Ministries. I grew up in the ELCA tradition and, from a young age, learned the value of engaging one’s curiosities through candid questions and exploration. I am thrilled to be a mentor at the academy this summer because I love to learn and think that bringing faith, science, and ethics into conversation with one another to address the world’s issues is incredibly important. I look forward to meeting you all!