2018 ACPE Election Results
ACPE News | October 22, 2018

Thank you to all the members who participated in the 2018 ACPE Runoff Election! 593 (43.3%) of 1,371 electors voted in this ballot.  The election results have been reviewed by Leadership Development Chair Stephen Robinson and ACPE Secretary Miguel Santamaria.

Mary Huie-Jolly will occupy the tenth open seat on the Certification Commission.

We would like to thank the members of the Leadership Development Committee and all who applied for leadership. We had over 60 applications, and we are still working through applications to fill open slots on the Board Appointed Committees. We would also like to thank all of the 2018 candidates. Your dedication and service is admirable. Because of you, ACPE will surely have a vibrant future!


Board of Directors

Linda Wilkerson
Secretary/Treasurer
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2021

I have been an ACPE Certified Educator for 24 years, the last 18 of them working as the Director of Pastoral Care and CPE Supervisor for Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, Texas. I am an ordained Baptist minister and have also served for almost nine years as Senior Co-Pastor of Iglesia Bill Harrod in west Dallas, where I am now Pastor Emeritus.

As an ACPE member, I am currently the Treasurer of the organization and have served previously on the Board of Representatives and on the Certification Commission. In what was the Southwest Region, I served on the Certification Committee and as the Chair of the Budget and Investment Committee.

I am married to Mark Grace, also an ACPE Certified Educator and have two adult step-children, their partners, and two wonderful grandsons – they are all my deeply loved family. Beau and Sam, our dogs, round out the immediate family. My mother died in 2017 and my father, who I visit regularly in South Carolina, will be 87 years old this year.


Robert Renix
Board Member 
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2021

I am a native of Memphis, TN. I first received my call to the ordained ministry in 1997 in a non-denominational Christian church. In 2007, I was ordained by the American Baptist Churches-USA. Currently, I serve on the ministerial team at the Community Church of Washington DC, United Church of Christ (UCC). I’m dually recognized by UCC and endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists. I hold a BA in Psychology from the University of Memphis and a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. I am pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry in Educational Leadership at Virginia Theological Seminary (anticipated 2022).

As a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army, I served in the Persian Gulf War (1991) and was decorated with a Bronze Star Medal for my wartime service. I am a ACPE Certified Educator and a Board Certification Chaplain (BCCI) with the Association for Professional Chaplains. Since 2018, I served on the Endorsement Council for the Alliance of Baptists. I am a sustaining member of the National Alliance for Mental Illness’s DC Chapter (NAMI-DC) where I served as the Chapter’s Board of Director Vice President (2016-17). I am also a sustaining member with the Alliance of Baptists and the ACPE Foundation. I am a Theory Mentor in the new process and have served on regional certification committees. As ACPE forged towards a new governance and way of being, I served on the ACPE Redesign Implementation Team.

Since September 2014, I am the first African American to serve as Director of Chaplain Services at Saint Elizabeths Hospital. I am a recipient of the Department of Behavioral Health Director’s 2017 “Unsung Hero” award for his work with inclusion to bridge various departments. I was also Saint Elizabeths Hospital’s January 2018 Employee of the Month. In May 2018, I received the “Emerging Leaders’ Award” at ACPE’s Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. I am a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, Alpha Sigma Chapter, Washington, DC.

I am passionate about education and helping others discover and uncover their divinity lived out through their humanity. I supervise and train clergy, seminarians and lay persons in the clinical setting as they discover, develop and advance their spiritual care practice. I consider my call to serve as a “Minister to the Ministers” believing that we are a “priesthood of believers.” I facilitate seminars in Cultural Competency, Family Systems Theory, Grief and Loss, Group Process and Dynamics, Use of Self, Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Boundary Awareness. I enjoy teaching classes for Spiritual Gifts and Theological Reflection. My life is guided by my Big Mama’s affirmation found in Psalms 139. She often said I am “fearfully and wonderfully made and don’t let nobody tell you different.” I believe a personal relationship with God is key to reaching our God-given potential.


Paula Teague
Board Member
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2021


I am Paula Teague, “recorded” (ordained) Society of Friends (Quaker) minister. I grew up in central North Carolina and attended a Quaker College (BA) and Seminary (M.Div.). I began CPE during seminary and found my calling in ministry that summer doing chaplaincy. My first CPE Supervisor was Rev. Vern Kuehn, someone for whom I feel intense gratitude to this day. He encouraged me, even at that early stage, to consider becoming a CPE Supervisor/Educator. I was able to pursue this vision for my ministry in Jacksonville, Florida and Birmingham, Alabama. I was certified as a CPE Supervisor in 1989. I tell everyone I was only twelve. (smile) I have felt a deep gratitude to CPE as it created a path for me to be more of myself, express my gifts and claim my authority and power as a woman. I have been fortunate to serve in ACPE in various roles including regional certification, regional chair, ACPE Personnel Committee and as ACPE Treasurer. In 1992, I received a D. Min. from Columbia Seminary in Atlanta and in 2009, I received an MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business in Baltimore, Maryland. Both degrees helped to deepen my skills as an educator and a leader.

My first grandchild was born in the summer of 2018. Asa is now showing us his personality and is absolutely delightful. I am an avid mystery reader, herb gardener and Carolina Tarheel fan. I am most happy with good friends, drinking a glass of wine and sharing deeply about our lives together.

Mari Chollet
Board Member
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020


I was born in Brazil and have lived in the US for the past 18 years. Sidnei and I have been married for 23 years. Our children Julian (13) and Brianna (10) have challenged us to stay tune to each other and learn the art of parenting together. Family life and parenting are a daily adventure—exciting, terrifying, and rewarding! I love being a mom and navigating education from the intersection of both roles as a parent and as an adult educator.

I have been a part of ACPE for 15 years. As an educator, I work with both CPE Level I/II and CPE Certified Educator Program. I have been involved in leadership roles since I became certified in 2004/2006. During the past 12 years, I have served both regionally and nationally in committees, commissions, and board assigned task forces. I was a member and chair of the Accreditation Committee and served on the Accreditation Commission. In my work with Accreditation, I enjoyed the opportunity to look at the big picture, identify areas of improvement, and focus on consistency as well as finding solutions or improvements to problems and processes. I was part of the five member task force that revised the 2016 ACPE Standards & Manuals. I had a significant role in the Certification Reform Task Force particularly in developing the new ACPE Educator Competencies. I have been actively involved with ACPE organizational changes for the past many years serving in significant task forces that had a role in shaping ACPE’s future. I completed a research on the educational process of ACPE Educators and the supervisory relationship between educator and educator candidate (results in process). I love both ACPE and CPE work. I am passionate about our organization and its mission.

I am relational, focused, detail-oriented, and organized. I can think analytically and systemically in order to address both the detail and the bigger picture. I am very passionate and creative. I love brainstorming with others to create solutions and processes. I have a rich cultural background and am able to view experience from more than one perspective. I enjoy working with those who are different than me and challenge me to consider diverse viewpoints. I am an attentive listener. I value the opinion of others and seek consultation and collaboration. I am eager to learn from others expertise, experience, and otherness. I am reflective and able to negotiate. I hold boundaries and confidentiality to a high standard. I am eager to gain knowledge and experience in all areas I am involved. I am dedicated and responsible to follow through and complete tasks and projects.

Relationally, I have learned and matured in my work with ACPE over the past many years. I am more able to manage and utilize my passion in ways that are collaborative and respectful of others. I am able to listen and speak effectively communicating in a collegial manner. I know and have worked efficiently with many ACPE colleagues in various areas and generations. I have learned so much from so many.

Danielle Buhuro
Board Member
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020


Faith. Family. Fairness. These three words best describe me. I am a social justice activist with a passion for issues pertaining to violence studies and African American pastoral care and psychology. I am an ACPE Certified Educator and also a board certified chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains. I attended Chicago Theological Seminary where I earned a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degrees. Currently I’m enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the seminary, studying in the arena of social media violence and ethics. I am ordained clergy in the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ.

I am the author of “Is There a Heaven for a ‘G’? A Pastoral Care Approach for Gang Violence” (Wipf and Stock, 2017). This winter/spring, Wipf and Stock will publish my second work, an edited anthology, “Spiritual Care in an Age of #BlackLivesMatter: Examining the Spiritual and Prophetic Needs of African Americans in A Violent America” (2019).

I facilitated several chaplain and CPE webinars and conference workshops pertaining to race, chronic illnesses and violence. My greatest accomplishments are being a compassionate same-gender-loving partner and courageous parent to two vivacious 9-year old little boys, the baby prophet Ezekiel and the baby king Josiah.

Matt Rhodes
Board Member
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020


I grew up in Arkansas and have lived on the east coast for the last two decades, with the last decade being in New Jersey. I'm married to Rachel, who is a pastor in a Presbyterian church, and I have two young kids that I get on the floor and play with, or sing the soundtrack of Frozen with, after long days at the hospital. Professionally, I am an ACPE Certified Educator, a Presbyterian Minister, and the Director of Religious Ministries for Penn Medicine Princeton Health. I've served as an Executive Director with L'Arche, and my current position is as Executive Director of the Department of Religious Ministries, which is a 501c3 that reports to a Board of Multi-faith Clergy. I also serve as the VP of the Board of Directors for Womanspace, a non-profit that provides services to women, men, and children who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

I've helped to start our ACPE program, get it accredited, and expanded it to include two intern groups and a residency group, while navigating the institutional, governmental, and ACPE structures to ensure a the integrity of our mission is matched by financial sustainability. Additionally, I serve as a Theory Paper Reader and a Theory Presentation Mentor. With this ACPE experience combined with the non-profit board experience, I would like to offer my gifts to be of service to this organization that I, like so many of you, love.

Accreditation Commission

Randy Hall
Chair-Elect, Accreditation Commission 
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020


I am an ACPE Certified Educator and endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists. My Doctor of Ministry degree was completed in 2007 through Graduate Theological Foundation. I received my Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1987. I graduated from Furman University in 1984 with a BA in Religion. I completed my supervisory education at Alamance Regional Medical Center (ARMC) in Burlington, NC. I remained at ARMC after being certified as an ACPE Associate Supervisor in 2008. I became the Director of CPE in the Pastoral Care and Counseling Department at ARMC in 2009. I was granted ACPE Supervisor in 2010 and stayed at ARMC until August of 2013. I immediately entered the Pastoral Care Department at UNC Hospitals as contract supervisor and became a full-time member of the staff in December of 2013.

I have served as an adjunct member of the Certification Committee for the Mid-Atlantic Region of ACPE (MARACPE). I have also served on and am currently the co-chair of the Accreditation Committee MARACPE. I have been the region’s commissioner on the ACPE Accreditation Commission since 2013. I am also a North Carolina Board Certified Practicing Pastoral Counselor and do some limited private practice. My partner is Mary and I am parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent and a step-great grandparent. I recharge myself through being outside in the garden, on a hike, on a bicycle or on a golf course.

Alice Hernandez
Accreditation Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2021


I am originally from Tyler, Texas. I earned a B.S. from The University of Texas (1998) and a Master’s of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (2008). I am ordained in the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. and have served as an Associate Pastor for Downtown Church for four years. I have been an Air Force Reservist for over 12 years and a chaplain attached to Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, SC.

I did my residency at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics in Tyler, TX in 2008 and relocated to Columbia, SC to pursue Supervisory Education in October 2010 at Palmetto Health. I achieved ACPE Associate Certified Educator in November 2015 and ACPE Certified Educator in March of 2017. Currently, I am the Manager of Palmetto Health Richland Chaplaincy Department which is a Level One Trauma Center.

I served on the Accreditation Committee in the former Southeast Region from 2016 to present. I have done multiple 5-year reviews and one 10-year site visit. I was an integral part of the preparation for two site visits to my center. I am currently a Theory Paper Mentor and served on the Charlotte Certification HUB earlier this month.

Jill Rowland
Accreditation Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2021

I am a APC Board Certified Chaplain and serve as an ACPE Certified Educator at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, OR where I supervise Level I, Level II, and Certified Educator CPE Programs. I am an ordained minister and on the clergy roster of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Prior to my ministry in chaplaincy and CPE, I served fourteen years as a parish pastor and mission developer in both Arizona and Oregon. I received a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Congregational Mission and Leadership from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN. I enjoy running, playing golf, reading, cooking, watching and cheering on my favorite collegiate football and basketball teams, and spending time with my spouse, my two college-age children, and my Golden Retriever, Luther.

Debra Slade
Accreditation Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2021

I am an ACPE Certified Educator, and the Director of Spiritual Care and CPE at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut. I have a Master’s of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and law degree from Oxford University where I studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Following careers in legal education, advocacy, and not-for-profit administration, I became an Episcopal priest and healthcare chaplain with a specialty in pediatrics.

At Norwalk Hospital, I have helped to develop two satellite CPE programs, co-founded a consortium for supervisory education, and participated in five and ten year reviews. This coming year, our center will offer CPE units for prison chaplains through an educational placement agreement with the CT DOC. I am interested in helping to make our accreditation process more collegial and user-friendly, with clear guidance and rubrics.

Recent empty nesters, my husband Peter and I live with our Westie dog Neville on Lake Mamanasco in Ridgefield, CT.

Certification Commission 

Robin Franklin
Chair-Elect, Certification Commission 
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020


I did my first unit of CPE in the summer of 1988 at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA. That’s about as long as my oldest niece has been alive! When I started supervisory education, I was one of the youngest and now I have enough gray hair to be considered an elder. I wanted to be an ACPE Supervisor almost from the moment I knew such a career existed. I wish I could name all of those who kindled that desire. I served on the Executive Board of the Eastern Region as the secretary for two terms and also served on the committee to recruit a Regional Director one year. I served on the Certification Committee for the Eastern Region and the region’s Annual Meeting Chair. Eventually I was asked if I would serve on the Certification Commission and I have done that twice. I bring experience of the Certification process, knowledge of aspects of ACPE, and a desire to continue expanding my abilities as a leader. I have a growing understanding of the new process and want to be a part of that process as it evolves, as well as helping those swimming through the old one. My hobbies include singing, reading (sci-fi, really more fantasy) and traveling. My last trip was a cruise to Alaska – sad and awesome at the same time. I hope I will get the opportunity to serve the organization in this way.


Johnny Bush
Certification Commission Member 
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2021


I have long held interests in Supervisory Level CPE and the process of certification coming out of experience, having been a non-traditional student in CPE and the certification process. In both, my process as a learner and now in my work as an educator, my advocacy has always been in support of underrepresented students in ACPE. Formerly, as a minority among ACPE students and a bi-vocational learner, my process was challenged with the ever evolving standardization of CPE and having to compete in processes designed for full-timers. Now as an African-American male ACPE Certified Educator for 15 years, there have been many times I’ve felt marginalized and lonely, given the former regional constructs and organizational oversight, but having enough extroversion in my personality being the eighth of nine siblings, I was able to build some lasting and meaningful relationships in ACPE. I’ve forged some powerful interactive networks and above all found a cultural home away from home in this community.

I have worked with Supervisory Level CPE for nearly 15 years as either theory paper reader or consultant, as primary educator or mentor, as advocate for students, or as member of certification. I am excited about new and different dimensions to our certification process and the hospitality of making room for others especially who share an under-represented experience in ACPE, such as my own. I am a congregational pastor for three decades and an Assistant Director for CPE at Westchester Medical Center in New York since 2015. I formerly served as part-time Consulting Supervisory Faculty for Healthcare Chaplaincy Network in New York City for more than 15 years.

Anastasia Holman 
Certification Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2021


I am a Chaplain Manager and ACPE Certified Educator endorsed by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. I am currently responsible for the administrative and management oversight of Spiritual and Pastoral Care throughout the North Suburban Area of the IU Health System. I am a faithful minister and ministry team member, with a passion for serving, empowering, facilitating, preaching, social and equal justice and spiritual care. I enjoy spending time with my family, dancing, walking, connecting with nature and taking naps.

As a CEC, Associate Certified Educator and ACPE Certified Educator, I have served on the regional and national level of ACPE: East Central Region; Racial Ethnic Multicultural Network (REM) Chair (2012-2017); REM National Board Member (2012-2017); East Central Region Standards Committee Member (2012-2017) and the East Central Region Secretary (2016-2017). I currently serve as part of the National Certification Implementation Work-Group (2016-Present); National Advocacy Committee (2018-2020) and REM COP Board (2017-Present). I have also served on Accreditation Site Visits in the East Central Region. I have had the honor of serving on Theory Paper Reading Committees, as well as National Certification Committees and I received the “Emerging Leader Award,” in May 2018. I am passionate about the ministry and work of ACPE, “The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education.” It would be an honor to serve as an ACPE Certification Commissioner.

Kitty Garlid
Certification Commission Member 
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2021 


I recently retired from Maine Medical Center where I was Director of Spiritual Care and Education for nine years. Prior to that I served in a similar role in Connecticut for 27 years, first as a chaplain and director, and then as an ACPE Certified Educator beginning in 2006. Having served the APC on their certification commission both locally and nationally for many years, I am committed to the certification process in ACPE also where I have served on the Certification Commission, the Certification Reform Task Force, and the Certification Implementation Task Force. I would like to continue contributing to a smooth transition to the New Certification Process.

Stephen Goss
Certification Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020


I trained in Houston, Texas, making Associate Supervisor in 1991, and since them have led or been on teams leading ACPE programs in Birmingham, AL; New Orleans, LA; Fort Worth, TX; and Albuquerque, NM. I am in my ninth year as Director of CPE at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA. Formerly, I served as a Campus Minister and a Staff Chaplain. I earned a BS in Secondary Education from Tennessee Technological University in 1975; and a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1979. I am an Ordained Minister in the Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ).

For ACPE, I served as Mid-Atlantic Certification Co-chair from 2012 to 2017, continuing to serve in some of those functions in 2018. In the Southwest Region, I served as RANC Chair and Standards Chair, and for four years on the Certification Committee, and as a regular adjunct Certification member for an additional five years. I have been a member of the REM Network/Community of Practice since 1993, attending 21 of last 26 Invitationals and sending students to 23 of last 27 meetings. Currently, I am the convener for the Virginia CPE Consortium and, beginning in January, for The Mid-Atlantic SOS Communities of Practice.

Christine Davies
Certification Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2021


I am a New Jersey native and a minister in the PC(USA). I earned my Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University. Prior to entering chaplaincy, I was a cognitive behavioral therapist for individuals struggling with addition and mental health. I have previously led the chaplaincy program at NYU Langone Medical Center and currently serve as the Director at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in NJ. I was fully certified as an ACPE Certified Educator less than 5 years ago, and bring a fresh perspective of someone recently in the process.

Since that time, I served regionally on Accreditation and Certification Committees. Presently, I supervise a CEC in addition to extended students. In my free time, I attempt to keep up with my two wild and energetic sons (ages 2 & 4) and am learning the art and science of bee keeping (no honey yet!)

Janet Barriger
Certification Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020


Having served on the SCR Certification Committee for many years after Jim Gunn invited me to do so in the late 2000s, I have been a part of certification at the regional level for many years. I became chair of our region’s Certification Committee in 2015, thus placing me on the ACPE Certification Commission, and involved in the ACPE transition in governance and structure. I am willing and interested in continuing to serve on the Certification Commission.

While my first unit of CPE in the summer of 1992 during divinity school was a mixed experience for me, my supervisor’s words of encouragement returned to me eight years later as I was discerning my next move in ministry while serving in a church. I have been involved as a CPE resident and beyond in ACPE since 2000. I am an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and have lived in many states—from FL to CT along the east coast, in MI where I served in the oldest UCC church in that state, and in CO since 2000. Much of my time outside work is spent hiking, in my garden (in summer), on home renovation projects with my husband, and painting (watercolor) or drawing (charcoal).

Cam Holzer
Certification Commission Member 
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020


Ordained to the pastoral ministry in 1990, I am endorsed with the Alliance of Baptists, an APC Board Certified Chaplain and ACPE Certified Educator. I completed residency at Spartanburg Medical Center with specialization in psychiatric chaplaincy then fellowship at UK HealthCare with specialization in pediatric chaplaincy (1989-92), and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Lexington Theological Seminary (1997). I have served as: domestic violence counselor and educator (1992-1995); teaching counselor and program manager for residential communities of adults with developmental disabilities (1995-1997); associate pastor of spiritual formation for Holy Cross Episcopal Church in South Carolina (1997-2003); director of pastoral care for Touro Infirmary, a Jewish community hospital in New Orleans, serving in this capacity the years before, during and after the landfall of Hurricane Katrina (2003-2008).

I had opportunity to train as an ACPE Certified Educator within two of the largest ACPE System Centers in the nation, Seton HealthCare in Austin, TX and Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, IN, continuing on at IU Health as Pastoral Educator, then Senior Pastoral Educator (2008-2013). I served two terms with the East Central Region Accreditation Committee, participating in ten on-site team visits (2012-2017), regularly serving as an ad hoc member of the ECR Certification Committee through this time as well. I returned to Lexington in 2013 to resume, run and steadily grow the CPE Center at UK HealthCare. If elected, I readily welcome the opportunity to be of new and dedicated service as an ACPE Certification Commissioner.

Nancy Wigdahl
Certification Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019


I join many of you in excitement about the new certification process: intentional conceptual preparation plus a structured portfolio and a consistent mentoring process makes for a welcome ego-preserving process and better-prepared educator. I look forward to this opportunity to serve as a Certification Commissioner who will provide guidance and mentoring in this new process.

I bring over 25 years as an educator in all levels of training, past Accreditation Commissioner and now National Site Team Chair, and a regional Certification Member, and Theory Paper Reader. I am an ELCA pastor and serve on the editorial board of Caring Connections, a Lutheran journal for spiritual care providers.

Dana Schroeder
Certification Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019


Since the summer of 2015, I have been an ACPE Certified Educator and Staff Chaplain at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Illinois in the west suburbs of Chicago. Prior to joining the faculty in the Advocate Aurora Health System, I was Department Director and CPE Supervisor at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio from 2003 to 2015. I became a fully certified educator in 2005.

My passion for Clinical Pastoral Education began in the late 1980s, shortly after my graduation from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. I have been the beneficiary of the wisdom, candor and insight of more CPE educators than I can count, from rural South Dakota to the mountains of Wyoming and Colorado, to central Ohio and now northern Illinois. I have served in small towns and large urban centers. My students have been laypersons, clergy, and seminarians, young and old.

CPE has always been, in my experience, a movement, a way of being in ministry education unlike any other. I see spiritual care and education as largely improvisational arts, relying on a depth and breadth of knowledge combined with the willingness of the practitioner to be reflective and flexible in the moment. At this point in my life and the life of our organization, I believe I have both experienced and fresh eyes, joy in the work we are about, and a desire to contribute.

I have been married to Lynnette since 1984 and we have two adult children, Christopher and Emily. Lynnette is an ordained ELCA chaplain. In our free time we explore Chicago, and love the live music scene – especially jazz. We also enjoy the outdoors, escaping to the country to hike and canoe whenever we can.

Mary Huie-Jolly
Certification Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019


I enjoy facilitating CPE as formative spiritual and theological education contextualized in reflective practice, currently as a ACPE Certified Educator at the Atlanta VA Healthcare Center, where I have been an educator for one “old process” Certified Educator Candidate (CEC 2014-May 2018), for one “new process” pre-certification CEC (September 2018-present), and for the Ten-Year Accreditation process in 2017. I enlarged the Atlanta VA second-year residency (a mental health specialization fellowship) to include an optional track for pre-certification candidacy preparation, alongside the prior Level II track preparing students for APC Board Certification. I am mindful of connecting theory and practice, having served as a Theory Paper Reader for numerous “old process” CEC’s, one new process CEC, and am a Theory Paper Mentor. I value the history of our movement, having served as the Chair of History for the Southeast Region from 2015-2017. I experience ACPE Educator work as ever new, and seek to empower student learning that is collegial and challenging. I earned a B.A (Honors in History) from Georgia State University in1983, an M.Div. (1986) and MTh (1987) in Systematic Theology from Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA (1986), and a PhD in Biblical Studies from the University of Otago, Dunedin New Zealand (1994.)

Earlier in life, I was a seminary lecturer exploring contextual approaches to theology first at the ecumenical Pacific Theological in Suva, Fiji (1994-1996) serving eighteen Pacific Islands, and next at the School of Ministry Knox College (the Presbyterian seminary in New Zealand) 1996-2005. After completing two years of CPE residency at the Emory Center for Pastoral Services (2005-2006), while serving as staff chaplain at Presbyterian Homes of Georgia, I entered the supervisory CPE process at the North Atlanta Center, supervised by Dale Owen. I learned from exposure to a variety of supervisory styles in the Southeast Regional Interstate network, becoming Candidate in 2009, Associate in 2012, and Certified Educator in 2014. My certification process included supervising at the UNC Healthcare at Chapel Hill, NC (summer 2012), and St. Francis Hospital, Columbus, GA (2012-2015), prior to my position as a ACPE Certified Educator at the Atlanta VA (2015 to the present.) I enjoy my family of four grown children and four grandchildren. I also have interests in personality theory, currently studying Mental Health Integration with Chaplaincy, and I relax on weekends kayaking and ballroom dancing.

Professional Ethics Commission

 
Michael Cohen
Professional Ethics Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2023


I am an ACPE Certified Educator who delights in building strong relationships, facilitating transformative growth for students to become effective pastoral caregivers, and supports institutional mission. I have earned degrees from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA East Asian Studies (1983); Columbia University Law School/School of Business, New York, NY, J.D., M.B.A. (1990); and Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, Newton, MA, ordained, with M.A. in Jewish Studies (2008). My first CPE unit was in 2008 at North Shore University Hospital, Long Island, NY; followed by year-long residency at New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, NY. I continued my supervisory CPE work at The HealthCare Chaplaincy, New York, NY at the Riverside Church and St. Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital Center before earning certification as an ACPE Associate Educator (2015) and ACPE Certified Educator (2017). Currently, I am an ACPE Certified Educator and Chaplain at the North Texas VA HealthCare System, Dallas TX.

I have served on the Certification Commission for 2018 and previously did training in 2017. I also served on Ethics Committee of Nassau County Bar Association between 1995-2000; created and chaired the Interfaith Committee in Bay Shore Long Island for South Shore of that community in 1998-2003; co-chair of Tikkun Community (predecessor for Network for Spiritual for NYC in 2001-2003).

Misti Johnson-Arce
Professional Ethics Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2023


I received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania and a Master’s of Divinity degree at Lancaster Theological Seminary, PA. I have been ordained as a United Church of Christ Minister since 1996. I completed a two year residency and a specialty year at Penn State/Geisinger Medical Center in Selinsgrove, PA and then moved to Virginia to complete Supervisory Education at the National Chaplain Education Center for the Veterans’ Administration. In 2002, I moved to Broward County Florida to help grow a CPE program for VITAS Hospice-Healthcare. At VITAS, I run CPE programs for interns and supervise 36 staff chaplains. I also have served as the Accreditation Administrator for the VITAS System since 2007, on the Ethics Committee for VITAS Healthcare, and on the Ethics Committee for a hospital in Chesapeake, VA.

I have served as a National Site Team chair for the Accreditation Commission since 2006. Ethical dilemmas sometimes arise while visiting with centers, so I sought additional training in May 2017, at the ethics training seminar at the ACPE Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN. The Ethics Commission is extremely valuable as it strives to uphold the ethical standards placed upon us as members of ACPE, and give a forum and fair process for educators and students to utilize when needed. In 2018 I was elected to serve on the Professional Ethics Commission for ACPE and have learned a great deal in one year. It would be an honor to continue serving in this manner and I welcome the opportunity to return service hours for the time and education that have been invested in me.

Ruth Gais 
Professional Ethics Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2023


I consider being an ACPE Ethics Commissioner a sacred responsibility and one that I would attempt to fulfill with humility, caution, and discretion.

I came to CPE supervision as a third career, maybe a fourth if we include raising three children, as I think we should. I spent 20 years as an academic, teaching Greek, Latin and the archaeology and history of the ancient world. A little child led me back to my Jewish self and I was fortunate to be able to go to rabbinical school and be ordained as a Reform Jewish Rabbi in 2000. I spent the next 7 years directing my seminary's center for adult Jewish study until its funding ceased.

Then, following a long held desire to learn about chaplaincy, I was fortunate to be able to walk down the street from my house and train with Cathy Bickerton at Overlook Medical Center, Summit NJ. I stayed there for supervisory training and, after being certified, now work at Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC as its ACPE Certified Educator. I recently led the hospital's successful effort to become an official satellite of Northshore University Hospital, Northwell Health. I'm married, mother of three grown children, and grandmother of two little girls.

Leadership Development Committee

Mary Browne
Leadership Development Committee Member
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2021


I graduated from the University of Connecticut, with a Bachelor of Arts, Honors Scholar in Psychology, from the University of Pittsburgh with a Master of Social Work and the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (inactive) and became a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association for Professional Chaplains in 2011.

I participated in an ACPE Residency and in Supervisory Training in the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Upon achieving Associate Supervisor status I was a staff chaplain and ACPE Supervisor with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Pittsburgh, and then in San Antonio where I served as the ACPE Certified Educator and program director. I became fully certified as an ACPE Educator just prior to joining Memorial Hermann Health System in 2014. At Memorial Hermann, I serve in a dual role: Director, Chaplaincy Services, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Faculty, System Clinical Pastoral Education. At the regional level, I served on the Southwest Region Accreditation Committee (2014-15), then as Chair Elect, and finally Chair of the Leadership Council (2015-2017). In these roles I became familiar with and enjoyed working to help bring resources to assist in leadership and leadership development. I assisted the Regional Director in helping to bring closure to the region when the structure of ACPE changed. I love and believe in ACPE and want to help us to continue to grow and develop as an organization.

Before entering into chaplaincy and CPE supervision, I served on staff in several churches, was a therapist/pastoral counselor, and was a contract chaplain in a state mental hospital. I have articles published in the Journal of Religion, Disability, and Health and Reflective Practice. I am an ordained pastor, endorsed for specialized ministry with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Finance/Audit Committee

James Egolf
Finance/Audit Committee Member
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2021

I grew up in south Alabama and attended college at Temple University. While becoming a rabbi, I lived in Israel for an extended period of time and received my ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1995. I served pulpits in Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, Philadelphia and Ohio. I was the chair of the Mississippi Religious Leader Conference and have worked for the fundraising committee of URJ Jacobs Camp. In 2005 I earned a Doctorate of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary and focused my final project on the emotional issues facing dwindling small town synagogues. I took my first unit of CPE in 2012 and was granted ACPE Associate Educator in 2017 after doing my training at the Cleveland Clinic. I am married to Rebecca and we are the proud parents of two teenage sons.

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