Rev. Paula Belleggie MA, BCCC, BCPC, FHPC
Diplomate in Pastoral Supervision. Paula was born and raised in Houston, Texas where she graduated from the Art Institute of Houston in 1983. She masterfully avoided her calling to ministry and counseling for 23 years as she became successful in graphic design and advertising. Her career led me her move about the country to Chicago, Miami Beach and to the San Diego area in 1999. It was there that she finally came home to her calling and became a Licensed Practitioner at Pacific Church in San Diego. After licensing, she was the Co-Director of the Pastoral Care Ministry and fell in love with Spiritual Care. She moved to the Denver area in 2006 to complete her seminary studies at the Holmes Institute, Denver Campus graduating with a Masters in Consciousness Studies in 2010. She became a hospice chaplain in 2006 and served at Kindred Hospice and Affinity Hospice. During that time, she became board certified as a Clinical Chaplain and Pastoral Counselor and then continued into Supervisory Education and became board certified as a CPE Supervisor in 2010. It was also in 2010 that she founded Spiritual Living Center for Education & Training and now serve as the Vice President/Spiritual Director of Spiritual Living Center for Education & Training. In 2012, I merged Spiritual Living Center with the late Foy Richey's CPE Program, Rocky Mountain Center for Education & Training, and we became Colorado's largest CPSP and CSCPF accredited Learning Center. I licensed as a minister with Centers for Spiritual Living in 2010 and was ordained in 2013. I also serve as the Chair of the Centers for Spiritual Living Chaplaincy Committee. I have a beloved canine companion with whom I hike and snowshoe often. I live in Evergreen, Colorado and I travel to Kauai as often as possible to enjoy snorkeling and the Aloha Spirit.
Lynn is an experienced chaplain and ethics professional, having worked in a variety of situations including mental health, trauma, and rural healthcare. An obstetrics nurse in her first career, Lynn was drawn to those experiencing perinatal loss, which led her to chaplaincy. Receiving her MDiv from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, she went on to pursue Clinical Pastoral Education training in Wisconsin and was board certified as a chaplain in 1998. Chaplain Burgess has chaired two ethics committees in Wisconsin and Vermont. She is passionate about End of Life Care, Palliative Care,Bioethics, and was involved in Advance Care Planning in both Wisconsin and Vermont, where she was a board member of the Vermont Ethics Network. Currently Lynn, is an instructor for the Basic and Advanced Palliative Care Chaplaincy Specialty Certificate Courses offered by the Spiritual Care Association, part of the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network. She is also employed by a local hospice where she works PRN. Lynn is involved with the ROI Institute*s effort to help chaplains educate themselves, administrators, corporate leaders and community about the inherent value found within chaplaincy and spiritual care. She is a strong advocate of this process believing that ROI Methodology shows we can transform “intangibles” into monetary values, demonstrating that chaplaincy is a valuable and needed part of healthcare.
Lynn lives with her husband Michael Revord in the mountains of North Carolina.
The Rev. Brian P. Hughes, M.Div., M.S., BCC
Brian works as an adjunct faculty member of the Spiritual Care Association University of Theology & Spirituality. He works with the HealthCare Chaplaincy Network Programs and Services team and as an Assistant Professor for the Fundamentals of Spiritual Care in Palliative Care certificate course. His Master of Divinity degree is from Princeton Theological Seminary, and he has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Communication. Brian is a Board-Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains. His wife is a breast cancer surgeon. He has walked with her through all of her medical training – medical school, residency, fellowship, and now professional practice. Throughout he has had a professional emphasis of providing care for caregivers, and has a unique experience and vantage point from which to do so. Together with his wife, they have two elementary school-aged children.
Brian has worked as a chaplain in Phoenix, Irving, TX, and Philadelphia, Temple, Texas, and New York City. He has worked on the Palliative Care team in each place of employment. He has presented at numerous conferences, on topics ranging from integrating chaplaincy care into the Intensive Care Unit, professional competencies for chaplains, spiritual care for persons with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, providing spiritual care to staff, self-care for chaplains, spiritual care at the end of life, and he annually presents the best chaplaincy-related research published from the previous calendar year. He also authored the Handbook on Best Practices for the Provision of Spiritual Care to Persons with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury for the U.S. Navy (free PDF available), as well as the “Spiritual Care at the End of Life” chapter in Stephen Roberts’ excellent textbook, Professional Spiritual and Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain’s Handbook. He has been a stay-at-home dad since the birth of his daughter in 2009 and has stayed active in the Association of Professional Chaplains through conference planning committees, the Education Committee, and serving on certification and peer review committees. He is passionate about the professionalization of our profession of chaplaincy, and look forward to sharing his experience and expertise in this module.
Dr. D.W. “Donovan,” D.Bioethics, MA, MS, BCC
D.W. "Donovan" served as the Chief Mission Integration Officer for Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he provides executive oversight for Mission Integration, Spiritual Care, clinical and organizational ethics, and Ministry Leadership Formation. Prior to joining Providence in 2009, Donovan served for ten years with Bon Secours Richmond Health System, first as a staff chaplain and then as the Regional Manager for Spiritual Care. He is a Board-Certified Chaplain, with Masters
degrees in Theology, Counseling, and Medical Ethics. He graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with his doctorate in Medical Ethics in 2015. Donovan is an accomplished presenter and facilitator, with a long history of presentations at the local, regional, state, and system levels. He has experience teaching both online and as a guest lecturer information programs and at the university level. With twenty-two years of experience in healthcare ministry and twenty-eight years as a professional lay minister within the Catholic Church, Donovan has served as a mentor to many adult learners over the years. He approaches educational programs as an opportunity to integrate one’s own personal values and beliefs with a substantial study of the theological and ethical disciplines. Married with three young boys and a dog, Donovan is a veteran basketball referee with over twenty years of officiating experience in both high school and college. He is also an avid reader and can often be found sipping a cup of coffee and reading in his study or at Barnes and Noble.
Rev. Dr. Patricia Roberts
Rev. Dr. Patty Roberts is an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. Dr. Roberts earned a Masters of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary. After serving churches in Northwest Indiana, Dr. Roberts moved to Chicago to pursue a career as a Chaplain. She trained at Rush University, completing five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, after doing an intern unit at Northwestern University. After completing requirements for professional chaplaincy, including becoming Board Certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains, Dr. Roberts worked as a hospice chaplain in Evanston, IL. When a dream job as Director of Spiritual Care at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital became available, she interviewed and was offered the position. Dr. Roberts joyfully served Marianjoy for the last thirteen years of her career, retiring at the end of 2017. After retiring from full-time ministry, Dr. Roberts moved with her husband back to Indiana and is engaged in local ministry there. She is on the board of the H.O.P.E Center, which is a non-profit that seeks to provide services to traumatized citizens of Gary, IN. She also facilitates spiritual workshops and retreats. Dr. Roberts is certified in Spiritual Direction by the United Methodist Church. Dr. Roberts continues to teach classes in spiritual care and end of life at Midwestern University, which she has done for the past decade. Dr. Roberts’ writing has been published in Chaplaincy Today, as well as in “Spiritual Care in Nursing Practice,” edited by Kristen Mauk.
Besides spending more time with her granddaughters, retirement has offered opportunities for pursuing her hobbies – abstract art painting and fly-fishing. Dr. Roberts is passionate about teaching new students, preparing them for ministry as chaplains and spiritual care providers, assisting them as they become future leaders in spiritual care – believing the world is in desperate need of them.
Anne Marie Rowse
Anne Marie Rowse has a BS in Rehabilitation Services, an MBA, is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA) in Massachusetts. She has been a Certified Care Manager since 2008 and has with consulted with senior care organizations for many years. She has worked for various nursing homes, assisted living communities, and hospitals. She has experience in the health insurance industry and in 2016 became a chaplain. As a volunteer for 10 years, she has spearheaded the expansion of services for the Council on Aging in her hometown of Harvard, MA and she was on the board of Minuteman Senior Services, non-profit providing services for seniors in the Middlesex County. For the past 13 years, at her church and in her community, she volunteers each year at and has raised needed funds for Camp Sunshine, a retreat in Maine which is free for those with life-threatening illnesses and their families. She also is a Corporator of Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA and recently became certified in Palliative Care through the Spiritual Care Association. Anne Marie is the principal and founder of Senior Care Advisors, LLC for the past eight years. SCA provides professional guidance, care management, live in care service and spiritual care and counseling for elders and their families facing the many challenges of aging. As a per diem chaplain at three hospitals, she has learned that being a hospital chaplain and care management for our elders and their families are similar in many ways. Anne Marie incorporates all of her experience in her work as a chaplain and care manager. She has been married to Steve for over 31 years and they have three grown daughters who are all in human helping professions. She loves to exercise, read, bike ride, the ocean, and skiing. Her website can be found at www.sca-ma.com.
Dr. William Reese, Jr.
Dr. William Reese, Jr. is a psychotherapist, professor, pastor, and philosopher. His endeavors have caused an immense impact on persons from all walks of life. Dr. Reese’s educational accomplishments include a bachelors in Religious Studies from Madonna University, a Masters in Religious Studies from the University of Detroit-Mercy, Masters in Clinical Psychology from Michigan School of Psychology, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Michigan School of Psychology, and a Certificate in Theology and Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has Clinical Pastoral Education Certification from William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Dr. Reese’s specialization in therapy includes child play therapy, clinical depression, men and masculinities, clergy counseling, family systems, bipolar disorders, mindfulness, cognitive behavior therapy, narrative therapy gestalt therapy, couples counseling, spiritual embodiment, and human sexuality. Dr. Reese currently teaches at several colleges in the Detroit Metropolis including Oakland Community College, Washtenaw College, and Schoolcraft Community College. His students follow him through lower level psychology courses to higher articulation psychology due to his strong meaning-centered course enumerations. Dr. Reese has pastored for 25 years in the Detroit Metropolis, He served as the pastor of the Detroit’s historic Greater Prayer Tabernacle for 18 years, as pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church for 5 years and is currently the Founder of the Church of Our Prayer.
Rabbi Miriam C. Berkowitz Ma
Miriam lives in Jerusalem, Israel. She is a Canadian-American-Israeli educator with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Pioneer of pastoral care in Israel with experience teaching to varied audiences. Team player with a commitment to excellence and attention to detail. Self-motivated, bright and creative. Able to travel and think out of the box. Languages: English native, Hebrew fluent, French and Russian conversational, Italian basic. Education: Schechter Institute, Jerusalem — Rabbinical Ordination and MA. 1994-1998 Hebrew University, Jerusalem — Wallenberg Graduate Fellowship to study Zionism and Israeli Society. 1994-1998 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA — AB Magna cum Laude in International Relations, specializing in the Soviet Union and the Middle East. John Harvard scholarship for the top 10% of students. Phi Beta Kappa. 1989-1993. Additional courses: 2019 New Spirit Toolbox for artists and entrepreneurs: strategy, marketing, research, business plan, social media etc.1996-2014 four units of Clinical pastoral education (total 1600 hours) culminating in certification by National Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC) and the Organization for Israeli spiritual caregivers. 2013 and 2015. MATI course on running a small business. Budgets, finance, managing employees, etc. 2009 Center for Group Counseling, Boca Raton, Facilitators’ Training course. 2003
Not for profit management and chaplaincy International Coordinator, Spiritual Care Association, based in NY, — September 2018-Present Advise chaplains worldwide how to broaden their skills, advance the profession and grow training programs in their countries. Individual and group mentoring. Founder and Director, Kashouvot Pastoral Care in Israel, Jerusalem— 2010-Present. Created a not for profit to fill an unmet need for spiritual care in Israel hospitals and nursing homes to support Jewish, Christian and Muslim patients and families through illness, bereavement and life transitions, etc. Built a pluralistic staff of chaplains and rabbinic interns, providing ongoing training and supervision. Created partnerships with chaplaincy organizations in the US and Israel. Oversaw budget, grant-writing and reporting to foundations, donor relations, board, public relations, hiring and mentoring staff, expansion of pastoral care sites. Chaplain, Kashouvot Pastoral Care in Israel, Jerusalem— 2010-2016 Provided group support for patients, in addition to one-on-one pastoral care, in English, Hebrew, French and Russian at St. Louis French Hospital and Bet Alicia nursing home. Worked with multicultural staff and families.
Matt Wintz, M. Ed
Matt Wintz has worked in the college environment since
January 2006 and since 2012 has taught classes specializing in cultural studies,
gender studies and communication, and the humanities. He received his BA in
Literature, Writing and Film. Matt completed a Masters in Education specializing
in Educational Leadership and is completing a MA in English Literature. He has
worked with students from all different walks of life: newly graduated from high
school, veterans, international, and students with disabilities. Matt has also worked
with New Hope of Arizona where he worked with behaviorally challenged children
and teenagers. He is also a writer.
The Rev. Sue Wintz, M.Div. APBCC, BCC
Sue is the Director of Professional and Community Education at HealthCare
Chaplaincy Network and the Director of Education for the Spiritual Care
Association. She has over 35 years of clinical, administrative, writing, educational
design, development and teaching experience in the provision of professional
chaplaincy and spiritual care in numerous health care, and community settings as
well as an expert advisor to multidisciplinary professional organizations. Sue is a
nationally recognized expert in cultural competence in health care and has taught
about cultural competency in all health care settings for over two decades. She has
contributed to work through both writing and teaching for organizations like the
Joint Commission, the American Medical Association, the American Burn
Association, and the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care as well
as through numerous articles and presentations. Sue is an advanced practice board
certified (APBCC) member of the Spiritual Care Association. She is also a board certified
chaplain (BCC) member and past president of the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC).
The Very Rev. Jeff Wolfe, OSFoc, VG
The Very Rev (Fr) Jeff Wolfe, OSFoc, VG, is an ordained Catholic Priest and a Franciscan Friar in the Old Catholic Church, serves in the Diocese of the Epiphany in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is Vicar General & Director of the National OCCI Office of Chaplains (https://chaplains.myocci.or), a Contributing Editor, Writer, and weekly Law Enforcement Chaplain inspirational & educational content provider for CHAPLAINUSA.ORG. Fr Jeff is also a Law Enforcement Chaplain with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), Training Developer & Coordinator for the IMPD Chaplain Academy, a Graduate of the Central Indiana Public Safety Foundation’s Citizens' Academy, a member of the Indy Public Safety Alliance, a Member of the Indianapolis (Indy - Marion County) CERT Team (Community Emergency Response Team), a program of the Indiana Division of Homeland Security, and is CISM Educated. Fr Jeff is also an Advisory Member of the Indiana State Chaplain Coordinated Response (ISCCR) Council (Statewide law Enforcement Chaplain Disaster Response). Fr Jeff serves on the "Special Populations" Disaster Prep Team as Liaison to the LGBTQ Community throughout the state of Indiana. Fr Jeff is an author, Educational Speaker, and Community Engagement Leader. ISCCR Advisory Council in conjunction with other State Agencies for Disaster Response to a technological, natural, or man-made disaster within the state of Indiana. Fr Jeff is a Professional Member of the First Responder Chaplain (Crisis Chaplain) Division of the Spiritual Care Association, is trained in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), a Critical Incident Stress Debrief Instructor, and an International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC) trained Chaplain and a member of the Indiana Guard Reserves Chaplain Corps.
Rev. Dr. Cynthia Curry
Cynthia is a professor at the University of Theology and Spirituality (UTS). She is an ordained minister through One Spirit Learning Alliance and Seminary in New York and received an additional ordination through the National Association of Congregational Churches. She is Assisting Minister at First Congregational Church of Tacoma and has served in the past as a Deacon, and currently as a Trustee and Moderator. Rev. Dr. Cynthia Curry has a BA from the Evergreen State College and has master’s studies in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She received her Doctor of Divinity Degree from the University of Theology and Spirituality. Dr. Curry also has received 4 units of CPE through UTS Institute of Chaplaincy and is in process of becoming a Board-Certified Chaplain through CSCPF (Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation). In addition to the above, Rev. Dr. Cynthia Curry is a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant through the Celebrant Institute and Foundation and has an active Wedding and Funeral Ministry. Dr. Curry is skilled in creating ceremonies that blend various religious and cultural traditions. She also is Certified in pre-marital counseling through Prepare-Enrich. Dr. Curry has worked as a Residential Counselor with people who have mental illness and, she has worked as a Chaplain with the homeless. Dr. Curry was raised in the Christian tradition and is a life-long learner and has deep interests in Interfaith/Interspiritual and Cultural topics and workshops. Her course of studies included Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Yoruba, Native American/Indigenous and 12-Step Spirituality, traditions. She has participated in several workshops including those held at The Parliament of World Religions and the Dawn of Interspirituality and has been blessed to meet and dialogue in person, with many of the leaders and authors of this movement. Rev. Curry is single, lives in the Puget Sound area of the United States and is a mother of 3 adult children and 6 grandchildren…with three of the grandchildren residing in her home…ages 2 years to 18 years. She loves animals including her very large police dog and every morning the crows greet her outside her home, looking for peanuts. Rev. Curry is an artist and when she can find the time, paints in acrylics or sketches in pencil and charcoal. Besides her studies, her interests include travel, keeping up on the news, listening to books and podcasts, comedy (to dilute the news), walking outside along the waterfront and journaling. She feels fortunate to have her family, including her siblings nearby in the beautiful Puget Sound area.
Rev. Dr. Adam Barkley
Adam is a Clinical Chaplain at Infinity Hospice Care in Reno, NV, where Adam provides IHC patients with psychospiritual support, counseling, and intervention, as well as bereavement counseling and grief therapy for both patients and their family members. Adam also provides in-service development and staff training in mental and emotional health in patient care and service, and conducts presentations of training didactics in areas of patient counseling and support. Adam also serves as the Itinerate Senior Pastor at TRE Baptist Church in Wellington, NV, where he is responsible for weekly preaching, discipleship teaching and church leadership guidance. Before starting as a Hospice Chaplain in 2015, Adam spent 15 years in the faith-based sector, serving primarily as Senior and Itinerate Pastor with reputable Churches. Most notably, Adam has dedicated himself to Discipler Training International, where he has served as a Board Member since 2001. In this role, he has participated in numerous international short-term mission trips providing training for Pastors and Church leaders in the development and implementation of maturity and discipleship ministries. At the heart of Adam’s pastoral philosophy and theory; is the belief in the integration of pastoral care, guidance, and counsel, which are traditionally understood from a Biblical approach, with clinical therapy methods and theories from a science-based approach. This integration is more frequently known as “Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy”. Pastoral counseling, from a faith-based perspective, is providing pastoral care, in addressing an individual’s psychospiritual needs, challenges, difficulties, dysfunctions, and cognitive disorders, while using the Bible as the basis of insight, wisdom, divine perspective and moral values. God’s perspective on every facet of life, is revealed in concepts and principles, on how to live life abundantly, and to address what challenges might keep one from doing so. The clinical pastoral counseling tools which are utilized in the assessment and counsel of the client, combine the spiritual and clinical, with the Bio, Psycho, Social, and Spiritual aspects of diagnosing and addressing the individual’s needs and drivers.
Adam holds a Doctoral Degree of Theology in Clinical Chaplaincy with an emphasis in Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy, and a Master’s Degree of Theology in Clinical Chaplaincy from the University of Theology and Spirituality, Tacoma, WA. Additionally, Adam earned a Bachelor’s Degree (Honorary) in Intercultural Ministries from the University of Theology and Spirituality, Tacoma, WA. Adam has completed Chaplain Certifications from the International Certification of Police Chaplains, and the Carson City Sheriff’s Office.
Dr. Maria Theresita Escandor
Psychodynamic Psychotherapist. Conducts therapy sessions for individuals, couples, families and groups of all ages. Speaker and Trainer: Presidential Security Group, Regular Speaker, Philippine National Police, Regular Trainer, Compassion International-Philippines, Accredited Trainer and Psychotherapist. Adjunct Professor: College of Theology
Central Philippine University, Jaro, Iloilo. Teaches assigned courses for the program on Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling and Clinical Supervision. Founder-Chairman of the Board: Vanderpol Center for Leadership and Pastoral Formation, Inc. Services offered: Psychotherapy and pastoral counselling, Clinical Pastoral Education and Formation (CPEF) Seminars, Leadership and team development activities, Executive Coaching, and Corporate chaplaincy. Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Supervisor: Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation – USA; Philippine Children’s Medical Center. Supervise Clinical Pastoral Education Training Program to ministers of all faiths, professionals, and all other interested individuals who have the desire to be professional caregivers. HR Consultant:
InfoCom GmbH Representative Office, Antel Global Corporate Building Julia Vargas, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Teacher, Trainer and Coordinator: Living Waters Philippines, Inc. Elected Municipal Councilor: Gubat, Sorsogon. Radio Station Manager: Far East Broadcasting Company, Legazpi, Albay. Doctor of Psychology: The Graduate Theological Foundation and the Institute for Psychodynamic and Pastoral Supervision, Mishawaka, Indiana, USA
North Carolina, USA. Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care, Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines.
The Rev. Shelly Snow
The Reverend Shelly Snow has served as an instructor and was highly rated by the health care professionals who were her students. Currently, she serves as a Supportive and Palliative Care Chaplain at a community hospital. She was an adjunct instructor of Literacy Instruction in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Maine. She earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Literacy Leadership and Curriculum at the University of Maine. She delivered a poster presentation “Integrating Spiritual Care into Palliative Care” at the 2016 HealthCare Chaplaincy Network Caring for the Human Spirit international conference. She has delivered a number of professional presentations and has served on a number of professional and denominational committees.
Imam Ronald B. Shaheed
Ronald Shaheed is the former Director of Education, Clara Mohammed School, Inc., Milwaukee, WI, where he is also Resident Imam, Masjid Sultan Muhammad. He has studied and demonstrated the faith of Islam for decades, and in his literary collection, shares his insight, thoughts and vast experiences. Inspired by the honorable Imam W. Deen Mohammed, Ronald provides a well-rounded journey in his books. He was o-coordinator of 4-year dialogue between the Presbyterian Church (USA) and representatives from the community of Imam W. Deen Mohammed from 2008-2012. Imam Shaheed served as representative of Imam W. Deen Mohammed and his ministry for interfaith dialogue between1998-2008.
Dr. Kristoph Franz Dobrowolski
B.A., B. Ed., M.Th., Psy.D.
Founder and Executive Director at Sanctum Retreat and Foundation
Retreat Master, Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapist, Chaplain, Educator
Kristoph began his professional career as a recording artist and an actor. After a powerful spiritual awakening in Europe, Kristoph sold everything he had and went off to become a Franciscan brother. He entered the Franciscan Friars and spent a year in noviciate discerning if he was called to a life of priesthood and celibacy. It became clear during this time that he was indeed being called to serve, but not as a celibate. He married, and went on to study theology, philosophy, spiritual direction, and counseling psychology.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Bachelor of Education from the University of Winnipeg, Kristoph received full scholarship to complete a Masters Degree in Theology with the concentration in Spirituality and Scripture from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota - including Jerusalem Studies in Israel. Following several years of counselling and Adult education in full-time retreat ministry at Mount St. Francis Retreat, Kristoph enrolled as a student in the Doctor of Ministry program for a few years at St. Stephen's College at the University of Alberta, but instead of writing a dissertation on retreat ministry, he withdrew from the program to focus on the actual building and founding of a new spiritual retreat - Sanctum Retreat – for which he received an honorary Ph.D. in Spirituality. The retreat has served over 20,000 people over the past 14 years, and enjoys the explicit support of the Alberta Bishops of the Roman Catholic, Ukrainian Catholic, and Anglican churches.
While continuing in his role as Founder and Executive Director of Sanctum Retreat and Foundation (a registered charity), Kristoph returned to his doctoral studies in 2014. Building on his work from his years in the Doctor of Ministry program at St. Stephen’s College, Kristoph completed his Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) from the Graduate Theological – affiliate of Oxford (May 2016).
With over 20 years of counseling, pastoral psychotherapy, and teaching experience, Kristoph has also acted as Dean of Religion at St. Mary's and Notre Dame in Calgary, as well as Director of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the Diocese of Calgary.
As a composer and recording artist, Kristoph continues to use his musical gifts to produce recordings for SandalSong designed to help one in spiritual growth - with over 50,000 sold.
Dr. Marie A. Luback-Neves DNP, APRN-C, MSN, MBA, IBCLC
Experienced professor with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in evidence-based Nursing Practice, Education, U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Team Building, Conflict Resolution, and Healthcare Information Technology (HIT). Strong healthcare services professional with a MSN MBA focused in Business Administration and Management, Nursing from University of Phoenix.
Post Masters’ Certificate, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). In progress since January 2019, Rocky Mountain University of Health. Professions, Provo, UT. Anticipated completion-August 2020. Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP/FNP). Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, UT. Master of Science in Nursing degree, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ. Master of Business Administration degree, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ. Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree, University of Nevada, Reno, NV. Diploma, Nursing, Michael Reese School of Nursing, Chicago, IL.
Current Certifications: Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (NP-C), Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), International Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Certified Lactation Educator (CLE).
Previous Certifications: AWHONN Fetal Monitoring Instructor (FM), Vocational
Education Certificate (CA), PICC Line Certification, Chemotherapy Certified RN, Certified Infusion Nurse (CRNI), BLS, ACLS, and PALS Instructor, EMT and Paramedic Instructor, Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN), Trauma Nurse Specialist (TNS) Inpatient Obstetric Nursing Care (RNC). Neonatal Resuscitation Program Care (NRP), STABLE.
Licenses: APRN-C, Nevada. RN, Nevada. Previously held RN licenses in California and Illinois.
Some of her previous and current work experience included: Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. RN Float Pool. Women, Infant, and Children (WIC). Contracted International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. Carrington College, Reno, NV. Nursing Professor. St. Mary’s Medical Group, Reno, NV. Tahoe Forest Hospital, Truckee, CA, Northern Nevada Medical Center, Coram Healthcare, Reno, NV, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Ctr, Reno, NV, Medical Services of CA, Sacramento, CA, Methodist Hospital, Sacramento, CA, Cosumnes River College, Sacramento, CA, Sutter General Hospital, Sacramento, CA, Sutter General Hospital, Sacramento, Ca, Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, IL, Critical Care Incorporated, Chicago, IL, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
Further she has assisted with the Special Olympics of Nevada, has been active with the Northern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition, is a practitioner of Jin Shin Jyutsu, a Junior Achievement Volunteer Educator, or Reno, NV.
Marie has also been active within our Roman Catholic faith attending Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, in Reno, NV. Here she has provided religious education for children from pre-school through the sixth grade, as well as being a volunteer sacristan, lector, and Eucharistic Ministery.
While working as the Spiritual Care Director of St. Mary’s Spiritual Care Department she was instrumental in bringing Clinical Pastoral Education to Reno, NV.
Some of her awards have been: Northern Nevada Nurse of Achievement Nomination – 2019.
I TEACH Award, Carrington College-Reno, NV Campus – 2018. Ron Taylor Award, Carrington College-Reno, NV Campus – 2017. I TEACH Award, Carrington College-Reno, NV Campus – 2016. Northern Nevada Nurse of Achievement Nomination – 2013.
Cole Imperi, Certified Thanatologist
Cole Imperi is a dual-certified thanatologist and one of America’s leading experts on death, dying and grief. As a writer and podcast host, she is enthusiastically changing the way we approach loss, death and dying in the United States, and teaches how to live a brighter life by finding the light of loss. Cole is represented by literary agent Sam Hiyate, President of The Rights Factory.
Cole is a Certified Integrative Thanatologist and Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement through the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Cole is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher. She holds a post-graduate Certificate in Typeface Design. She is a Certified Crematory Operator. Cole was appointed by the City of Covington, Kentucky to the Board of Overseers of Historic Linden Grove Cemetery and Arboretum and serves on the board of a green burial cemetery in Cincinnati, OH. She has served as teaching faculty for an international deathcare association for 6 years. She has taught at mortuary colleges teaching Thanatology and has designed and developed curriculum specific to the fields of Thanatology and Death Companioning. Cole is Associate Producer of MORTAL, a feature-length documentary film about the human condition. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Art of Dying Institute. Cole has been a hospice volunteer and bereavement support group leader for children as young as 3 to adults.
Michael James Weinstein
Michael has served as a Department of the Army civilian Suicide Prevention Program Manager, Risk Reduction Program Coordinator, and Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist for over eight years. As a Suicide Prevention Program Manager, Michael was instrumental in ensuring that military leadership was well equipped to create suicide safe communities within their units. Michael is known as a “subject-matter expert”, on matters related to suicide within his local community. He has facilitated well over one hundred suicide intervention workshops. He has trained and mentored numerous instructors in the delivery of multiple suicide related curriculum.
As a Risk Reduction Coordinator, Michael provided consultation services to military commanders on high risk behaviors threatening their uniformed personnel. Michael is skilled at collecting and analyzing the data utilized in mitigation strategies aimed at preventing risk from manifesting into crisis. Within this role, he has partnered with multidisciplinary teams in addressing concerns evolving around alcohol and drug related incidents, suicide, unsafe sexual practices, workplace violence, toxic leadership, domestic violence, and child abuse.
Michael is a Consultants Level, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer (ASIST), a safeTALK Instructor, Certified Army Suicide Prevention Program. He is also a Master Trainer of Trainers for the Ask, Care, Escort-Suicide Intervention (ASK, CARE, ESCORT-SI) Course and a Master Trainer of the ACE Trainer of Trainers Course. He is a certified instructor for multiple alcohol and drug prevention programs as well as a court approved “Divorce’s Impact on Child” seminar facilitator.
Michael holds a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and a Masters of Arts in Christian Counseling, from Faith International University and Seminary in Tacoma, WA. He has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, four with ACPE and one with CPSP. Michael is ordained by the Evangelical Church Alliance (ECA).
Michael is both a Marine and Army combat veteran. He is married to his wife Sarah. They have four children ranging from ages 2 to 16. He is a conservative Christian who vastly enjoys engaging with others of different faith traditions. He has a passion for biblical theology and apologetics.