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Staff Members

Gerard Clum, D.C.


Gerard W. Clum, D.C., a 1973 Palmer College of Chiropractic graduate has been a faculty member at Palmer College of Chiropractic, a founding faculty member at Life Chiropractic College (now Life University) and first president of Life Chiropractic College West holding office from January 1981 through January 2011. Dr. Clum served on the board of directors or as an officer of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC), the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), the International Chiropractors Association (ICA), the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), the Chiropractic Summit and the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC). He presently serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the F4CP, as Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Integrated Healthcare Policy Consortium (IHPC) and as a member of the Council of the WFC.

Michael Karlin, Ph.D.

Associate Director

Michael Karlin is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Life University in the Positive Human Development and Social Change Department and the Associate Director of the Life University Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics. Karlin received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Jewish Studies from Emory University in 2014. His dissertation, “‘To Create a Dwelling Place for God’: Life Coaching and the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic Movement in Contemporary America,” is an ethnographic study of two Jewish life coaching programs that blend psychology, religion and contemplative practice in order to provide resources with which individuals can construct moral selves and heal psychological wounds. Karlin is also a Fellow of the Tam Institute of Jewish Studies and the Mind and Life Institute. Prior to graduate school Karlin was the founder and President of the Mythic Imagination Institute, a non-profit institution dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of myth and ritual and how it functions in daily life. Additionally, he served as the Chairman of the Executive Board of the Alliance for a New Humanity, an international non-profit organization founded by two Nobel Peace Prize winners and Deepak Chopra that attempted to address pressing international issues by bridging the spheres of politics, economics, and religion. Karlin is also an active real estate investor and was co-founder of Security First Network Bank, the world's first Internet bank, and S1 Corporation, Inc. (NASDAQ: SONE), the world's leading provider of financial portal solutions. He was president of Security First Network Bank at its inception, and was responsible for setting up the Internet operations, defining the original product offering, and receiving all regulatory approvals. Prior to SFNB, Karlin co-founded VST Financial Services, an SBA lending subsidiary of Cardinal Bancshares, Inc. of Lexington, Kentucky.

Nora Bonner

Program Coordinator

Nora Bonner serves as a program coordinator in the Chillon Project at Lee Arrendale State Prison, where she also teaches writing and literature for the AA in Positive Human Development and Social Change. She recently completed a PhD in Creative writing from Georgia State University. She also has an MFA from Florida State. Her fiction has been published in several literary journals and anthologies, including Third Coast, Hobart, the North American Review, Shenandoah, and the Best American Non-Required reading. When she's not teaching or writing, Nora is also involved in the expansion of the Georgia Coalition for Higher Education in Prison.

Thomas Fabisiak, Ph.D.

Director of the Chillon Project

Thomas Fabisiak serves as Director of the Chillon Project, CCISE's initiative to bring degree programs to incarcerated people, correctional staff, and returning citizens in Georgia. He began teaching at Arrendale State Prison, a maximum security women's facility in north Georgia, in 2012 through Emory University’s Certificate in Theological Studies (CTS) program. Fabisiak co-directed CTS, which provides non-credit classes in theology and religious studies, from 2015-2016 while working with other members of CCISE to launch the Chillon Project. After Arrendale was designated as a site of Life University in 2016 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Fabisiak began working full-time on site at the prison. He spends most of his time each week working with the students enrolled there in Life's Associate of Arts degree program in Positive Human Development and Social Change. Fabisiak completed his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Religion at Emory in 2014. His previous research, including The "Nocturnal Side of Science” in D.F. Strauss (SBL, 2015), focused on genealogies of critique and secularism in the modern study of religion. His current research focuses on the functions of moral discourse in and around prisons in America.