2019 ACPE Election Results
ACPE News | November 4, 2019

Thank you to all the members who participated in the 2019 ACPE Election! 867(41.6%) of 2,086 electors voted in this ballot.  The election results have been reviewed by Leadership Development Chair Stephen Robinson and ACPE Secretary/Treasurer Linda Wilkerson.

We would like to thank the members of the Leadership Development Committee. We would also like to thank all of the 2019 candidates. Your dedication and service is admirable. Because of you, ACPE will surely have a vibrant future!


Board of Directors

Shawn Mai
Chair Elect
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021

Shawn is Director of Spiritual Care and Pastoral Education for Allina Health, Minnesota’s largest health care provider.  Previously he was manager of Spiritual Care and Pastoral Education at United Hospital, part of Allina Health in St. Paul.  Shawn has been a CPE Educator with the Allina CPE Center since 2013.

Shawn’s undergraduate degree is in religion and sociology from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN and his Master of Divinity degree is from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.  He took his first unit of CPE at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS in 1989 and completed a four unit residency year at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s in Denver, Colorado in 1990-1991.  Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1992, Shawn served Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis from 1992-1997.  He has served as a hospice chaplain with Fairview Hospice and as Executive Director of Spiritual Care for Walker Methodist in Minneapolis from 1999-2012.  He offered his first unit of CPE at City of Lakes CPE at Walker in 2005.  Shawn is married to his husband Chuck and they have a son and a daughter and three grandchildren.

Shawn has participated in leadership in ACPE as a member of the Board of Representatives from 2012-2018.  While on the board, Shawn served on the conferencing task force and the new accreditation process task force.


Claire Bamberg
Board Member 
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022

The Rev.  Dr Claire W.  Bamberg is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ, a licensed mental health professional in three states (two types of licenses), a certified mediator (both family and organizational), a Certified Professional Coach with the International Coach Federation, and on the faculty of Coaching4TodaysLeaders and Coaching4Clergy. She is an expert in developmental, family, organizational and internal systems. She has been a member of   the American Group Psychotherapy Association, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the International Coach Federation and the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, for whom she is the currently the national Vice-President, President-elect.

Since 1988, Dr. Bamberg has served as a consultant to a wide variety of businesses: insurance companies, churches, judicatory bodies, day care centers, and ARCs. She was coach and consultant to the Stone Belt ARC in Bloomington in excess of six years. She was named Educator of the Year by the Stone Belt ARC in 1997. She also provided workshops and training for local (Indiana) Areas on Aging, the United Way, the Bloomington Women’s Leadership Forum, and the National Association for the Education of the Young Child. She has been an expert witness in numerous court cases, and is a healthy family systems advocate.

Claire is an educator and has been on the supervisory and training staff for masters and doctoral level marriage and family therapists and pastoral counselors in training at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN. She has been an adjunct professor at both Hartford Seminary (Hartford, CT) and Harvard Divinity School (Cambridge, MA), teaching leadership and pastoral skills to seminary students. She served on the Chaplaincy Staff of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital for two and one-half years and rotated into Children’s Hospital in Boston, Mass, when there was a need.

The Rev. Bamberg teaches communication skills, focusing on the development of healthy communications in all situations. She the immediate past national Director of Coaching, and remains a Senior Consultant with, The Center for Progressive Renewal. She is a trainer and consultant in conflict transformation for church systems throughout the nation and across denominational lines. Claire is the CEO of Potentials Coaching & Consulting, LLC, and of Potentials Counseling, PLLC. She has a small mental health practice out of Randolph Center, Vermont, where she also lives.


Barbara Bullock
Board Member
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022


Barbara Bullock serves as the Pastoral Care Director at OhioHealth in Columbus, Ohio. Before coming to OhioHealth in 2012, she worked in the financial sector and for two other large hospital systems. She completed her CPE training at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis and then worked for Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, NC. Barbara is an ordained minister with the American Baptist Churches. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in financial administration from Michigan State University and her Masters of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN. She is an ACPE Certified Educator and board-certified chaplain with the APC.



David Carnish
Board Member
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022


David Carnish is the Manager of Clinical Pastoral Education in the Department of Pastoral Services at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Prior to coming to Penn State Hershey Medical Center, he has supervised clinical pastoral education programs at Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, TN and Cone Health in Greensboro, NC. He is a native of Milledgeville, GA. David is an ordained Baptist minister endorsed by The Alliance of Baptists. He graduated from Valdosta State College with a B.A. in Philosophy and a Minor in Sociology. He received his Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY. He has worked as a chaplain since 1990, serving in nursing home, community, hospice, religious and Level I Trauma hospital contexts. He has also served as an interim pastor and associate minister with congregations.  He became a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains in 1999. He has training in critical incident stress debriefing with the International Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Foundation. He became an ACPE supervisor in 2005, receiving his training with Palmetto Health in Columbia, SC and St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, CA. Within ACPE, he has served on REM with the Southeastern region, regional accreditation with the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Eastern and is currently serving on the ACPE Curriculum Committee. David is married to his wife, Deborah. They have two young boys. David is currently working on a Masters of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities at Penn State Harrisburg with a concentration in theopoetics. 


Accreditation Commission

Silvia Tiznado
Accreditation Commission 
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022


Rev. Tiznado earned her Master's of Divinity at Claremont School of Theology. She was ordained a minister in the Disciples of Christ Church in 2006. She has been a Board Certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains since 2007. She is an ACPE Certified Educator Candidate and interfaith chaplain since 2010. She has been an ACPE Certified Educator since 2018. She serves as an ACPE Educator at San Francisco Ministry.

She served in the U.S. Army for five years from 1991 to 1996. In 2004 – 2005 she completed a residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix Arizona, now Banner – University Medical Center. In 2006 she was hired as the Staff Chaplain. In 2007 she transitioned to the day shift in preparation and discernment for ACPE Certified Educator training. In 2010 she was certified as an ACPE Certified Educator Candidate. She has observed, facilitated and co-led CPE units at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. As a bilingual Mexican-American, she is familiar with the educational needs of students from diverse cultural, racial-ethnic, life-style, faith and language backgrounds.  

As a chaplain for over ten years at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, at Mayo Clinic, and most recently at El Camino Hospital, she has been providing spiritual, emotional, and ritual care for patients, families, and staff. She assesses emotional and spiritual needs and responds appropriately. Rev. Tiznado leads interfaith and ecumenical worship services and provides sacramental/ritual needs as appropriate. She provides spiritual/religious intervention in crisis situations and participates in interdisciplinary rounds. She has experience in the provision of spiritual care of palliative care patients experiencing life-limiting illnesses. She effectively promotes team-building activities within the immediate spiritual care department and across-departments. In June 2013 she was an essential contributor to the accreditation of the Palliative Care Team at Banner Medical Center. In 2013 she started her work as the Palliative Care Chaplain for at Mayo Clinic Hospital –in Arizona. She served as an interfaith chaplain at El Camino Hospital for Los Gatos/Mountain View, California.

Rev. Tiznado joined the San Francisco Night Ministry in the summer of 2016. She co-facilitated a Summer Intensive CPE unit. She facilitated the 2017 and 2018 Winter Extended and the summer full time CPE unit at SFNM. She also facilitated at Bilingual in English and Spanish CPE unit at SFNM. She was certified by ACPE as a ACPE Certified Educator November 13, 2018.

Silvia is newly married and is the Educator for the CPE Center at Templo Cristiano Central. TCCCPE is a Satellite of the CPE center at the San Francisco Night Ministry.


Katy Wilcox
Accreditation Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022


Katy Wilcox is a CE employed by UConn Health in Farmington, CT. She is in the process of creating a satellite, The JED Center for Spiritual Care and Education, with a host center in the eastern area. She is a 2002 graduate of Yale Divinity School with a MDiv degree. She has a BS in Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University. She was ordained in the UCC in 2004 and spent four years in parish ministry before returning to continue training with ACPE CPE. She completed Level I and Level II CPE in an extended unit of CPE, followed by a CPE residency program year at Hartford Hospital in CT. She went on to be admitted and complete CE CPE at UConn Health. She was certified as CE in 2015.  Katy served on the eastern region accreditation committee for three years prior to filling a vacancy left in the eastern area commission chair.  The two out of three year term will end on December 31, 2109.


Adriana Cavina
Accreditation Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022

Adriana Cavina, a native of Italy, has lived in the US for the last 19 years. She holds a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, a Master of Divinity from the Waldensian Theological Seminary in Rome and two more Masters Degrees from the University of Pisa in Italy. She is also a graduate of the “Art of Spiritual Direction” from Kino Institute in Phoenix, Arizona and is a member of Spiritual Directors International. She is a trained counseling specialist with The GriefRecovery® Institute. She has studied the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition with Helen Palmer.

After working in the fields of education and counseling for many years, Adriana received ordination to ministry in 1989 by the Italian Baptist Union. After nine years of parish ministry in Italy, she found her perfect match in Clinical Pastoral Education and moved to the US. Adriana has worked in hospitals in Arizona and North Carolina. She is a Board Certified Chaplain and an APE Certified Educator. On 2017 she retired from her position of director of the spiritual care and clinical pastoral education department at Banner–University Medical Center in Phoenix and is currently filling contract positions.

Adriana has extensive practice in leadership. She has served in the ACPE Board of Directors for the term 2016-2019, during the many recent changes and transitions of our organization. Previously she was a member of the Pacific Region Council, and has served in the regional Accreditation Committee for 6 years. In her role as accreditation committee member, she has traveled to many centers to assist them in all aspects of the accreditation process, from the initial provisional membership through the phases of 5-year and 10-year reviews, as well as the transition from satellite to accredited center. She has provided consultation to various centers for their accreditation process. As a Board member she has witnessed the new accreditation process coming into effect and is very familiar with it.


Walter Balk
Accreditation Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

The Rev. Walter Balk is a UCC minister, Board Certified Chaplain, and ACPE Certified Educator. Raised in Germany as a son of Dutch immigrants, Walter is a Dutch/US citizen who completed his graduate work at the University of Tübingen in 1991. After finishing a CPE residency in 1992, Walter worked in several psychiatric and general hospital settings. He became an ACPE Certifed Educator in 2004. In the area of Accreditation, he is very interested in understanding and developing best practices as the new Accreditation Process evolves, and he also is interested in supporting less-resourced CPE centers as they navigate the Accreditation Process.

Kenneth Lindler
Accreditation Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2021

Kenneth Linder is an ACPE Certified Educator endorsed by the Christian and Missionary Alliance and board certified by the National Association of Veterans Affairs Chaplains.  He earned B.S., M.S., and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering.  After working for nine years as a mechanical engineer, he earned an M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary.  He was the pastor of a Christian and Missionary Alliance church for six years in Pennsylvania.  He did his ACPE internships, residency, and supervisory training at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Pennsylvania.  He started a new CPE program at the McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA, which received accreditation in 2017.  He presently works as a an ACPE Certified Educator at the McGuire VAMC and has served on the Mid-Atlantic Region Accreditation Committee for 4 years, completing four 10-year accreditation site reviews and four 5-year accreditation reviews.  


Timothy Shipe
Accreditation Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

For twelve years I served as a Hospice Chaplain and ACPE Certified Educator at Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care in Tacoma, WA.  This past summer I started a new position as Manager of CPE at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA.  Whether in pastoral care at the bedside or in teaching and learning in CPE supervision, I value co-creating significant moments of beginning, transitioning and ending. I believe each of these moments have potential for healing and growth.  Ordained within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), augmenting regular religious ritual, my spirituality is nourished and replenished through journaling, hiking, fishing with my oldest daughter, reading biographies and science-fiction and fantasy, enjoying good food and coffee and regular pedicures with my youngest daughter.  I am currently the facilitator for the Cascadia Community of Practice, a member of the Pacific Community of Practice and have been serving for the past five years on the Accreditation Committee (formerly Pacific Region). 


Certification Commission 

Mary Martha Thiel
Certification Commission 
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022


Mary Martha Thiel is Director of CPE at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston. She is an ordained UCC minister and Board Certified Chaplain in APC. Her chaplaincy career has led her from Calvary Hospital in the Bronx -- a palliative care hospital for persons with advanced cancer -- to Massachusetts General Hospital, to consulting, to her current position. She loves the creative possibilities within ACPE. At MGH she collaborated on a groundbreaking CPE program for healthcare professionals. At HSL she founded a Jewish geriatric CPE center, adapting ACPE’s historically Christian model of education to better fit Jewish language, cultures, learning styles, and theologies.  She has dived deep into the clinical context of HSL, creating specialty units on end of life, spiritual care of the nonreligious, and spiritual care of LGBT elders, and supporting her ACPE colleague in developing a unit on trauma-informed spiritual care.  

Mary Martha has served ACPE in many ways. In the former Northeast Region, she served on the Accreditation Committee, conference committees, the regional board, and coordinated the Supervisory CPE consortium. At the national level, she served on the Finance Committee and the Certification Appeals Pool, served as a National Accreditation Site Chair, and currently is a member of the Anti-Bias Task Force and of the Certification Commission. Mary Martha piloted the Theory Integration Mentor process of the new certification process. 

Mary Martha is deeply involved in the wider chaplaincy world as well. She is on the advisory board of the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab, the author of professional journal articles, and the presenter of diverse chaplaincy webinars and workshops at national conferences. She is well known for her work training healthcare professionals as Spiritual Generalists. She is currently engaged on the Henry Luce Foundation’s Educating Effective Chaplains grant, bringing her creativity into play with seminary educators and spiritual care practitioners to develop new pathways for educating chaplains serving in today’s ever widening range of contexts.

Mary Martha is an active member of First Church Cambridge, Congregational (UCC). She and her wife are parents of two adult children.


Jacob Atuahene-Nsowaah
Certification Commission Member 
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022


Jacob Akwasi Atuahene-Nsowaah has been ACPE Educator at a number of healthcare institutions since 1999. He currently serves as CPE Manager at Texas Health Huguley (Adventist Hospital). He is an ordained clergyperson in Good Standing with the United Methodist Church (USA) and Ghana Methodist Church. Jacob has B.A (Hons) in Religious Studies and History from University of Ghana, Legon; a Master of Theology from Union Theological Seminary (Richmond, Virginia; and a Doctor of Education degree from Union-PSCE in Richmond, Virginia. Jacob was certified as ACPE Educator in 2000- 2001 through Yale New Haven Hospital’s Supervisory Education program. Prior to CPE supervision, Jacob served as an adjunct faculty member in several of institutions, including Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA), Virginia Union University (Richmond, VA) and Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. Jacob has served as a local church pastor for a number of years in Ghana and USA. Jacob recently served on the ACPE Standards and Certification Commission. He and his wife, Monica have three adult children – George, Eunice and Jake.


Dana Schroeder
Certification Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2021


Active in local and regional certification work with students, candidates and supervisors since my own certification as an associate in 2002. While serving as a Chaplaincy and CPE Department Director at an academic medical center (Ohio State University) from 2003 to 2015, I was active in ECR certification both locally and regionally. In my current role as a site CPE manager and system CEC education chair in one of the largest System Centers (Advocate Aurora in Chicago) in the USA, I play an active role in developing and mentoring CPE Educators here in the city and region. I have served for many years as a position paper reader, and have been on numerous committees at all level.


Nancy Wigdahl
Certification Commission Member 
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022 


I have been a certified ACPE educator since 1993. While the majority of my educator training was in Pennsylvania, I served as an educator at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa; Health East Care System in Saint Paul; Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota; and Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis. I am now retired from full time positions and I am available to do contract CPE. I currently serve on the ACPE Certification Commission and am a site team chair for ACPE Acceditation site visits. I am an ELCA pastor who served rural and urban parishes in Minnesota and Pennsylvania before being a certified ACPE educator.

I have a BA from University of Wisconsin-Stout, M.Div. from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and MA in Organizational Leadership from the University of St. Catherine.  In particular, the Masters in Organizational Leadership was spurred by the paucity of foundational leadership development in my previous degrees and the desire to both sharpen my own leadership skills and further the leadership skills and identity of CPE students.

I grew up in the upper Midwest on a Wisconsin dairy farm, learning teamwork among my siblings as we worked the family farm.  The lush rolling farmland of rural Wisconsin likely supported my introverted preferences although I haven’t looked back once I started to live in cities.  I love to read, write, walk, knit, travel, and visit museums. I have painted several icons in the Byzantine style and hope to do more of that in my active retirement years. I share my home with a precocious and chatty long-haired tuxedo cat, Sophie.


Psychotherapy Commission

 
Joann Heaney-Hunter
Chair, Psychotherapy Commission
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021 


Dr. Joann Heaney-Hunter has served as a full-time member of the theology faculty at St. John’s University in New York since 1987. She holds a Ph.D. in theology from Fordham University and an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University. She is a National Certified Counselor, was a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, is an ACPE Psychotherapist and is licensed to practice mental health counseling in New York State. She also has served as a spiritual director since 2004. Dr. Heaney-Hunter specializes in the integration of spirituality and psychotherapy and has the joy of working with individuals and couples through the life cycle.

At St. John’s University, Dr. Heaney-Hunter teaches undergraduate theology courses, including a theological and pastoral reflection course for seniors and graduate pastoral theology and pastoral care and counseling courses. From 1998-2008 she served as Director of the University’s Core Curriculum, where she oversaw the implementation and management of a new core curriculum for approximately 15,000 undergraduate students.

Since 2018, Dr. Heaney-Hunter has served as the Chair of ACPE’s Interim Psychotherapy Commission. She has led the integration of former AAPC members into ACPE, and worked to establish membership categories, Communities of Practice, and Continuing Education programs such as SIP (Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy). Future work for the Psychotherapy Commission includes ACPE’s implementation of the SCS (Spiritual Care Specialist) program.


Beth Toler
Chair Elect, Psychotherapy Commission
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021 


Rev. Dr. Beth Toler, Th.D., LMFT is an Associate Professor of Clinical Counseling at Moravian Theological Seminary and an ordained American Baptist minister. Her pastoral experience includes parish and campus ministry, as well as hospital chaplaincy. Beth’s clinical experience includes over fifteen years of private practice counseling for individuals, couples, and families and work in psychiatric facilities. Professionally, Beth served on the executive committee of the Atlantic Region of the AAPC and is the President of the Board of Managers of Journal of Pastoral Care Publications, Inc. 

Dorothea Lotze-Kola
Psychotherapy Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022 


Dorothea Lotze-Kola immigrated from Germany in 1993 after completing her M.Div. in Heidelberg, Germany. She became an ACPE educator in 2003, the same year her twin daughters were born, after completing a Th.M. at Emory in 2001. Dorothea worked many years at several adult hospitals and at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as chaplain and ACPE educator, enjoying the art of providing and teaching spiritual care to families and individuals. In 2007 Dorothea began managing and directing the CPE program at the Care and Counseling Center in Decatur, GA. Because of her interest of integrating psychotherapy into her work, she got licensed as an LMFT in 2016 after years of training at the Link Counseling Center. For the past 5 years Dorothea has been the Executive Director of the Training and Counseling Center in Atlanta while also serving part time as the pastor of the German church in Atlanta. As a first-generation immigrant, feminist and author of “Inspirations for today,” Dorothea is passionate about the integration of education, spirituality and psychology. She is highly motivated to join in the discernment process of how the pastoral counseling movement can find its second life cycle and new identity and calling after joining ACPE.

Russell Siler Jones
Psychotherapy Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022 


Russell Siler Jones is Director of the Residency in Psychotherapy and Spirituality at CareNet/Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, a private practice pastoral counselor in Asheville, North Carolina, and author of Spirit in Session: Working with Your Client’s Spirituality (and Your Own) in Psychotherapy (2019). He is a former chair of AAPC’s Southeast Region and has helped develop ACPE’s Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy program.

Lisa Nyabinghi
Psychotherapy Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022 


For over 21 years, Chaplain Lisa Nyabinghi has served her peers.  She began her career of service by creating, developing and maintaining a nonprofit organization, Heal in Transition.  The community-based organization assisted women by providing funds to those in need for over 15 years and aided approximately 400 participants.  Ms. Nyabinghi also pioneered a training program to help individuals realize their own potential and build small businesses that are still viable today.  Along her journey, Ms. Nyabinghi completed training and earned her chaplaincy designation while serving at Moses Cone Health System in North Carolina.  She has mentored, counseled and grieved with the members of her Native American Tribe, Ya’ya Guaili Ara Taino Yukayeke as the Behike, Spiritual Leader for over five years.  Chaplain Lisa Nyabinghi has worked as a Pastoral Counselor for over 15 years, meeting the needs of her peers, colleagues and associates while homeschooling two children and completing her BS in Business Administration.  She is currently in the process of obtaining her MA in Psychology and Addiction Counseling and a Doctorate of Ministry.  In 2019, Chaplain Nyabinghi began a new venture and opened her office in Georgia as an Indigenous Pastoral Counselor, CPS with Abundant Healing Counseling, LLC. 

Doug Thorpe
Psychotherapy Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021 


Doug Thorpe has been a certified pastoral counselor since the early 1990s and a Diplomate in AAPC since 2008. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He has served AAPC as Chair of the Atlantic Region, Vice-President, and President of the Association. 

David Alexander
Psychotherapy Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021 


David Alexander is an Eastern Orthodox chaplain and a Commander in the Navy Chaplain Corps. He was educated at Fordham University (M.A. Pastoral Care), St. Vladimir’s Seminary (Th.M. Ethics), the Johns Hopkins Hospital Center for Clinical Pastoral Education (Clinical Pastoral Education Residency), the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center (Fellowship in Pastoral Psychotherapy), Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (D.Min., ‘09), and the Centre for Trauma, Asylum & Refugees at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom (Ph.D. ‘16).

Joining the Chaplain Corps in 2005, his first tour supported Coast Guard Arctic operations in Northern & Western Alaska. He then served with the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune, NC, and has deployed twice to Helmand Province, Afghanistan. In 2011 he joined the staff of the Naval Academy as a battalion chaplain and instructor in ethics. Following that he served as director of the CREDO Center in Okinawa (developing resilience programs and shaping the work of Marine Corps humanitarian assistance teams operating in Asia). In 2016, he returned to Alaska to serve as the USCG Supervisory Chaplain, directing intervention & disaster responses throughout the state. In 2019 he received orders to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda.

Wallace Fletcher
Psychotherapy Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021 


Rev. Wally Fletcher, D.Min., has extensive training and experience as a therapist, consultant, educator and non-profit executive. He is a certified psychoanalyst and clinical supervisor in the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP # PO81814) and is chairman of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis. He is also a member of The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education- ACPE Psychotherapist category. He has taught courses in Organizational and Strategic Leadership and in Pastoral Counseling at Neumann University and courses in the history and evolution of psychoanalysis at the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis. He is an ordained Presbyterian clergyman and volunteers as Pastoral Associate at the Presbyterian Church on the Mall in Plymouth Meeting PA. He serves on the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health’s Faith and Spiritual Affairs Advisory Board. He is also on the mental health faculty of CREDO, an intensive wellness program for clergy administered by the Pension Boards of the Episcopal and Presbyterian Churches US.
Kyle Vlach
Psychotherapy Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 


I have been an ACPE Certified Educator since 2010, supervising interns and residents and being a part of establishing a new site.  I served as Regional Manager of Spiritual Care for 2 years, before becoming the Allina Health system-manager for CPE.

I have been a MN Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist since 2009, providing private practice therapy to clients, as well as clinical supervision to licensees. I specialize in theory development and therapist integration. I am trained in Internal Family Systems therapy and I coordinate regional education events and professional practice groups. I served 2 terms on the regional certification committee.

Tres Adames
Psychotherapy Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 


I am a Master's-level Board Certified Pastoral Counselor and the Founder and Director of Arizona Christian Counseling, a group pastoral counseling practice in Phoenix, Arizona. We have several pastoral and/or state-licensed counselors on staff. I was recently appointed to be President of the newly formed Arizona Association of Christian Counselors, which is being launched this year by a non-profit organization in Arizona called Life Changers. I previously served as Secretary on the Board of the Pacific Region of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC). I previously worked at Arizona Baptist Children's Services and Family Ministries as a pastoral counselor and was in a teaching assistantship in the College of Theology at Grand Canyon University. I am a United Methodist with previous pastoral and leadership experience in the Free Methodist Church and the Church of the Nazarene.

Marcus McKinney
Psychotherapy Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 


Dr. Marcus M. McKinney is President of Reimagining Care, a company (2018) designed to further Community Health & Well Being improvement through simple, scalable, inclusive and locally-relevant solutions for health systems everywhere. His 35-year career includes serving as Regional Vice President & Chief Health Equity Officer for Trinity Health Of New England, a five hospital system anchored in Hartford, CT. He is Co-Founder and Director of the Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity at Saint Francis, a Baptist minister and practicing psychotherapist licensed in Connecticut. Dr. McKinney has served at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT. since 1984 as an educator, minister, clinical director and supervisor in academic and community settings. He maintains a faculty appointment at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and has published in the areas of pastoral psychotherapy, depth psychology and community health.

A graduate of the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Andover Newton, Marcus is a fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and often presents nationally regarding research and practice in psychology and community health issues. He is a graduate and faculty affiliate of the Massachusetts General Hospital Disparities Solutions Program under the direction of Joseph Betancourt and a recipient of the Healthcare Heroes Award of the Connecticut Hospital Association for his work in Health Disparities.

Professional Ethics Commission

 
Karl Van Harn
Chair Elect Professional Ethics Commission Member
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021


I am the Director of Pastoral Services and CPE at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I have served since 2012.  My position involves being a Chaplain, ACPE Certified Educator, and Department Director.  I have previously served as:   Administrative CPE Supervisor at Covenant HealthCare, Saginaw, Michigan; Coordinator of Chaplaincy Services/Chaplain/CPE Supervisor at Wedgwood Christian Services, Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Chaplain/CPE Supervisor at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Santa Rosa, California.

I am ordained as a Minister of the Word in the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) in North America.  I have served as Pastor of Congregational Life at Ridgewood CRC, Jenison, Michigan, and as Minister of Youth and Education at Ridgeview Hills CRC, Littleton, Colorado.

I earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan; a M.Div. from Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan; and a D.Min. from Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan.  My D.Min. project focused on congregational CPE as pastoral leadership training.

I have served on the Professional Ethics Commission (PEC) for four years.  My first year was filled with learning how the commission functions, and in my second year I began to serve at a higher level.  My experience these last two years has increased my knowledge of what contributes to a good ethics complaint process. 

Leadership Development Committee

Satoe Soga
Leadership Development Committee Member
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022


Satoe Soga is an ACPE Certified Educator endorsed by the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains. She earned an M.Dvi from Fuller Theological Seminary and an D.Min. from Ecumenical Theological Seminary. In her leadership development, she served four years on the National Certification Committee for APC and one year for the SW Region ACPE. She received the Emerging Leader Award from ACPE in 2016, and created a Cultural Immersion CPE Program that received the ACPE Innovative Program Award in 2017. Internationally, she assisted a CPE Program in the Philippines in 2013 and is currently in communication with Taiwan to assist a CPE Program in 2020. She has a strong desire to foster diversity and inclusion because of her tri-cultural upbringing: born in Taiwan with both parents as Taiwanese Presbyterian ministers, raised in Japan in her teenage years influenced by the Japanese educational system, and completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in the United States. She presently works as an ACPE Certified Educator at Baylor University Medical Center under the umbrella of Baylor Scott & White Health.


Finance and Audit Committee

Ngan Ling Lung
Finance and Audit Committee Member
Term: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022

I am an ACPE Certified Educator (2014), BCC (2015), and an ordained minister of United Church of Christ (2017). Before seminary, I worked as a Registered Social Worker supervising and managing a community center in Hong Kong, my home city. After seminary, I ministered as the Assistant College Chaplain managing the College Chaplaincy and offering spiritual leadership to faculty and students. Then, I entered ecumenical ministry serving as the Youth Executive Secretary in Christian Conference of Asia, managing the Youth Department while traveling widely in Asia also globally to offer leadership in church youth development and ecumenical networking. I ministered as a hospital chaplain while embarking on the CPE journey. In 2006 from Hong Kong I moved to Stanford, California, to receive CPE Supervisory Education while serving as a staff chaplain providing interfaith ministry to patients and staff of diversity. I have worked at AdventHealth (formerly known as Florida Hospital) since 2010 after my certification as an ACPE Associate Supervisor. In AdventHealth, I offer leadership and expertise as working collegially with CPE faculty and Spiritual Care leadership on different campuses. I also facilitate spiritual formation groups for AdventHealth Executive Leadership Program. I am experienced in supervising both Extended and Residency Units. I plan to start supervising CEC and Mix-Mode (online) CPE this year. In 2017, I served as the Chair of the Peer Review Committee in the ACPE Southeast Region. I offered leadership and coordination for peer reviews while keeping the documentation updated. At the beginning of 2018, I transferred the peer review documentation from SE Region to the ACPE National Office to facilitate the embarking of the new processes in ACPE.


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