Nina is passionate about guiding individuals and communities towards peace, fulfillment, self-awareness, and personal and societal transformation through educational and inspirational courses, presentations, programs, and retreats for people of all ages, faiths, and professions. Currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry at Fordham University, Nina possesses a Master of Arts in Spirituality from Loyola University Chicago. She is Founder and Executive Director of AFIRE®, a nonprofit faith-based movement that was born out of the popular WE THIRST (Christian Reflections on Addiction) educational retreat series that Nina authored and facilitates. Nina is also an adjunct instructor at Villanova University where she teaches theology and spirituality.
Prior to her recent studies, Nina also studied graduate theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and LaSalle University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in studio arts from Muhlenberg College. A trained and experienced artist, when not teaching, presenting, or writing (read her REFLECTIONS), Nina utilizes her artistic gifts in painting, drawing, and sculpting to express herself and the experiences that have brought both joy and pain to her life.
Because of her desire to contribute to a solution to the national overdose epidemic, Nina also obtained education certification in Alcohol & Drug Counseling from Villanova University and is a Pennsylvania Board Certified Recovery Specialist.
Nina is an approved speaker for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Catholic Diocese of Allentown, and she is an approved facilitator for the Matt Talbot Retreat Movement. Nina is a member of the Association of Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC), the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, and the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Nina is a member of NAADAC (The Association for Addiction Professionals) and was a panelist for the association’s webinar series on The Spirituality of Addiction. Nina resides in Bethlehem Pennsylvania with her husband Mark and has two adult daughters and one grandson.