I would like to take this opportunity to say that I am proud to have just accepted a position as President and CEO of Health Care Chaplaincy. In my new role with this non-profit organization I am looking to help the organization move forward in their mission to integrate spirituality into today’s health care system. In my new role I will be succeeding Reverend Dr. Walter J. Smith, SJ, who proudly served in this position for the past 22 years. As I look toward the future of this organization, I hope to continue the traditions that Father Smith has institutionalized while moving forward with our goals as we continue to focus on research, education and clinical practice within the specialty of palliative care.

 

Many of you are not aware that I am a Presbyterian minister serving in Eastchester Presbyterian Church in Eastchester, NY.  Going to the web site for HealthCare Chaplaincy and seeing me in a clerical collar could be a shock...LOL.  I have been in ministry for over 15 years.  This opportunity honors my ministry and innvites me to bring my business experience to bear.

 

In this new position I am not only looking to bring innovation to the organization, but to draw upon my past experience as the CEO of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. The AFA was able to help thousands deal with this devastating illness, and in my new role with Health Care Chaplaincy I know that our team can touch just as many lives. I am humbly honored to accept this new leadership position and to work together with the staff, the board of directors, and all supporters and allies of this organization to bring new plans and new initiatives to life and to continue to provide spiritual care and healing to those who need it most.

 

While I am looking to bring some new experiences and ideas to the table in this role, the focus of this organization will continue to be on providing assistance to those that are dealing with grief, illness and trauma and to provide spiritually centered palliative care and support to those who need it most.