Emory Center for Pastoral Services Staff

The Emory Center for Pastoral Services finds its home in the academic community of Emory University and Emory Healthcare. The Emory community is rich in diversity and has a deep appreciation for the gifts this diversity brings to the educational community and the healthcare context. The staff at ECPS mirrors this rich diversity. Our faculty and staff represent diverse cultural, religious and social contexts. We are intentional in our CPE program to be inclusive and inviting of all people recognizing that it is through our uniqueness that we become more fully who we are intended to become. We invite you to become a part of the richness of this diverse community.

Meet the Staff:

Emory University Hospital Staff
Emory University Hospital Midtown Staff
Wesley Woods Center Staff
Emory Clergy Care Staff
Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital Staff
Emory Johns Creek Hospital Staff
Saint Joseph's Hospital Staff

Meet the Staff of Emory University Hospital

Krisha S. Arvin, MDiv

Krisha S. Arvin, MDiv
Palliative Care Chaplain
Education: BA (Psychology), Emory University; MDiv, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Professional: Board Certification Eligible
Faith Group: Presbyterian
Experience: DeKalb County Public Library System; Emory Crawford Long Hospital; LifeLink of Georgia; Gwinnett Medical Center; Missionary to Haiti, Mexico and Canada
Specialty Training/Interests: Palliative Care; Spirituality and Self-care; Languages & Dialects; Professional Chaplaincy

Robin Brown-Haithco, MDiv

Robin Brown-Haithco, MDiv
Director of Staff Support
Education: MDiv, Virginia Union Univ., School of Theology, Richmond, VA; BA, Psychology, Univ. of Mary Washington, Fredricksburg, VA
Faith Group: American Baptist Churches
Specialty Training/Interests: Diversity in pastoral care; medical ethics; spirituality and religion.

Father Frank Giusta

Father Frank Giusta
Catholic Priest/Staff Chaplain
Education: Master of Anthropology - Syracuse University; Bachelor of Science - Theology, Istituto Missioni Consolata Torino (Italy) Professional: Assistant pastor and pastor of several churches with diverse congregations of very different sizes since 1964.
Experience: Pastoral visits to hospital and nursing home patients since 1964. Special Training: Several workshops and extensive readings about hospital chaplaincy

George Grant, PhD

George Grant, PhD
Executive Director of ECPS
Education: BA, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC; MDiv, Emory Univ., Atlanta, GA; PhD, Boston Univ., Boston MA
Professional: Certified by ACPE, AAPC; American Psychological Association, Division 36
Faith Group: United Methodist, ordained
Experience: St. Elizabeth's Medical Center of Boston, Boston, MA; University of Washington Medical, Seattle, WA

Pamela Butts Randall, MDiv

Pamela Butts Randall, MDiv
Staff Chaplain, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University and Oncology Services
Education: BA (English and Religion), Salem College; MDiv, Duke Divinity School
Professional: Member ACPE, APC
Faith Group: Independent Christian Church
Previous Experience: Residency at CHOA (pediatric transplant and dialysis) and EUH (transplant)
Specialty Training/Interests: Spiritual support for oncology and transplant patients

Eugene Robinson, DMin

Eugene Robinson, DMin
Staff Chaplain, Mental Health Services
Education: BS (Chemistry), Paine College, Augusta, GA; MDiv, ITC at Morehouse School of Religion, Atlanta; ThM and DMin, Columbia Theological Seminary, Atlanta
Professional: Certified Supervisor, ACPE; Certified Marriage and Family Therapist, Northwestern U., Chicago; Member, AAPC; Diplomate, American Psychotherapist Assoc.; Licensed AAMFT; Studies in Clinical Psychology, GSU, in progress.
Faith Group: Progressive Baptist of America
Experience: Center for Family Studies, Chicago; Grady Health System and GAPC, Atlanta; Connections Center, Decatur GA
Specialty Training/Interests: Workshops on Family and Marital dynamics, Grief, Personal& Growth for Teens and Men, Team development, Communications

Wendy Wyche, MDiv

Wendy Wyche, MDiv
Staff Chaplain, Emory Transplant Center
Education: MDIV, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA; B.A. (Religious Studies), Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Professional: Certified by ACPE;  EPEC Interdisciplinary Trainer; EUH Ethics Committee,  Emory Healthcare Quality Academy Leadership for Healthcare Improvement; APC board certification pending
Experience: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute;  Brigham Women's Hospital, Boston, MA; Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory University Hospital Clifton; Emory Transplant Center
Faith Group: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Specialty Training/Interests: Transplant, Oncology; Palliative Care (EPEC), Chronic Illness, Patient and Family Centered Care, Medical Ethics

Eloise Reid

Eloise Reid
Administrative Assistant to Elwood Spackman, Director of ECPS
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Media Arts and Communications
Professional: Long Island University Media Arts Alumni; Emory Administrative Professional Program; Association of Administrative Professionals, Atlanta Chapter
Faith Group: Christian
Specialty: Office Management; Project Management; Audio Visual Specialist; Videographer; Video/Audio Editor; Graphic Design
Experience: Senior Audio Visual Specialist, White & Case LLP and Office Manager /Administrative Assistant, Ben Hill UMC

Meet the Staff of Emory University Hospital Midtown

Father Frank Giusta

Father Frank Giusta
Catholic Priest/Staff Chaplain
Education: Master of Anthropology - Syracuse University; Bachelor of Science - Theology, Istituto Missioni Consolata Torino (Italy)
Professional: Assistant pastor and pastor of several churches with diverse congregations of very different sizes since 1964
Experience: Pastoral visits to hospital and nursing home patients since 1964
Special Training: Several workshops and extensive readings about hospital chaplaincy

Nancy Long, DMin

Nancy Long, DMin
Staff Support Chaplain
Education: BS and MS, Tennessee State Univ.; MDiv, Southern Seminary, Louisville KY; DMin, Virginia Union Univ
Professional: AAPC Fellow, Licensed Professional Counselor, MFT S.I.T, GA Faith Group: United Methodist Elder
Previous Experience: Certified Pastoral Counselor (AZ, VA, GA)
Specialty Training/Interests: Community development and teaching, diversity workshops

Jose Montenegro

Jose Montenegro
Evening ED and Staff Support Chaplain
Education: BA in Theology, Antillean Adventist University (Mayaguez, Puerto Rico); MDiv, Andrews University (Berrien Springs, MI)
Professional: ICISF Georgia CISM Member; Contextual Education Supervisor: Candler School of Theology Emory University
Experience: Lutheran Hospital (Fort Wayne, IN) 1 Unit CPE; Residency – 4 Units CPE (Emory University Hospital Midtown, Atlanta, GA)
Specialty Training/Interests: Guitar, Singing, Art, Auto Mechanics, Reading

Rev. John Schumacher, MDiv

Rev. John Schumacher, MDiv
Palliative Care Chaplain
Post Masters: Professional Counseling, School: Liberty University; Master: MDiv/RE, School: Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Bachelor: BA, School: Augusta State University
Professional: Board Member Georgia Society of Heathcare Chaplains, South Carolina State Certification Chair for the Association of Professional Chaplains
Experience: Director of Pastoral Services, McLeod Regional Medical Center, Professional Counselor Private Practice
Specialty Training/Interests: Board Certified Chaplain, Licensed Professional Counselor, EPERC Training, CAPC Leadership Center Interested in Advocacy for Palliative Care and Professional Chaplaincy

Maureen Shelton, MDiv

Maureen Shelton, MDiv
Director of Education
Education: BA (Elem. Educ), Emory Univ.; MDiv, Candler School of Theology, Atlanta
Professional: Certified Supervisor, ACPE
Faith Group: United Church of Christ, Ordained clergy since 1992
Experience: Elementary school teacher (public and private); Pastored churches while in seminary; CPE internship at Charter Peachford Hospital
Specialty Training/Interests: International travel (India, Japan, Europe, Mexico and Israel), Writing and performing music in church settings, Group dynamics, Perinatal loss, Transition issues around grief, Use of liturgy and poetry in pastoral care

Melinda VanNiekerk, MDiv

Melinda VanNiekerk, MDiv
Staff Chaplain, Peri-Operative Area
Education: BS degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa, MDiv – Candler school of Theology, BCC Board Certified Chaplain with APC
Professional: APC member (submitted BCC application) SAH (Society for Arts in Healthcare Member)
Speciality Training/ Interests: Soulcollage® Facilitator, Member of Emory arts committee


Antolina "Toni" Saint-Ile
Program Administrative Assistant, CPE
Education: Emory Administrative Professionals Program
Faith Group: Christian, Non-denominational
Experience: Administrative Assistant, Special Donor Services, American Red Cross, Atlanta, GA; Apheresis Recruitment Coordinator, American Red Cross, Marietta, GA; Physician Office Assistant, Clinical Immunology & Bone Marrow Transplant, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NewYork, NY; Secretarial Specialist, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Meet the Staff of Wesley Woods Center

Sharon Edgar

Sharon Edgar
Staff Chaplain, Wesley Woods of Newnan
Education: B.S. in Marketing from The University of Alabama; Master of Market Research from the University of Georgia; Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University
Professional: Endorsed by Extension Ministry of The United Methodist Church; Ordained Deacon in the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church
Experience: Completed CPE Internship & 1st Year Residency with ECPS; Completed 2nd Year Residency with then North Atlanta Tri Hospital CPE Group; have been the Staff Chaplain at Wesley Woods of Newnan-Peachtree City for 5 years (1st 2 years were half-time; last 3 years were full time)

Bridget Piggue, MDiv

Bridget Piggue, MDiv
Director of Pastoral Education
Education: BS (Communications), Univ. of Texas at Austin; MDiv, ITC, Atlanta
Professional: Certified Supervisor, ACPE
Faith Group: Presbyterian Church USA
Experience: Black Women in Ministry in Service to the Community, Atlanta, Baptist Memorial Hospital System, San Antonio, TX; Literacy Action of Atlanta, Grady Memorial Hospital; Missionary to Haiti
Specialty Training/Interests: Clinical Supervision in pastoral care (individual and group), Leadership training, Geriatric care, Women's issues, Spirituality and Wellness, Family systems theory, International travel

Meet the Staff of Emory Clergy Care

Chris Carlton

Chris Carlton
Interim Director
Education: BA, Emory and Henry College; M. Div , The Candler School of Theology at Emory University; MS, Georgia State University.
Professional: Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor.
Faith Group: United Methodist
Experience: 13-year resident chaplain in the EHC and as a pastor in the local church; Interim director of Emory Clergy Care. In my earlier life, I was both an Emergency Medical Technician and a Private Investigator.
Specialty Training/Interests: Stress reduction and mood disorders; personal and professional development of clergy and the health and wellness of clergy families.

Carole Kant

Carole Kant
Education: Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania; M.Ed. Temple University
Professional: Psychologist
Faith Group: Jewish
Specialty: Assessment / Psychological Testing
Experience: Department of Psychiatry, Emory University School of Medicine

Cynthia Daniels

Cynthia Daniels
Program Administrator, Emory Clergy Care
Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Shorter College, Rome, GA
Faith Group: Nondenominational Christian
Experience: Twenty nine years in health care management. Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC, Memorial Hospital, Jacksonville, FL and Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA. Managerial expertise includes: cancer research, cardiology, and internal medicine. Liaison for the Stiles Bradley Fund and financial assistant to the Executive Director, Elwood Spackman, Emory Center for Pastoral Services.

Meet the Staff of Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital

Donald Y. Miller, MDiv

Donald Y. Miller, MDiv
Staff Chaplain, Emergency Services
Education: BA (Religion), Averett College, Danville, VA; MDiv, Baptist Theological Seminary, Richmond, VA
Professional: Member, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and Association of Death Education and Counseling; Seeking certification - Assoc. of Professional Chaplains
Faith Group: United Church of Christ
Experience: Staff Chaplain, Winchester Medical Center, VA; Coordinator of Bereavement Services, Hospice of Cleveland County, Shelby, NC
Specialty Training/Interests: Dying and Death, Medical Ethics, Crisis Intervention; CISM Training (9/03), Death Education and Disaster Response

Meet the Staff of Emory Johns Creek Hospital

Timothy Park, MDiv, EdD

Timothy Insang Park, MDiv, EdD
Director of Pastoral Services, Emory Johns Creek Hospital
Education: BA (Religious Studies), Vanguard University CA, MDiv Westminster Theological Seminary CA, EdD, Biola University CA Professional: ACPE Associate Supervisor Faith Group: Presbyterian Church of USA, ordained Experience: Parish Ministry; Howard County Prison Ministry Board Member; CPE residency (OB/GYN, urology, neurology, neuro ICU, surgical ICU, medical ICU); Pastoral Fellow, Wesley Woods Geriatric Center and Odyssey Hospice Care
Specialty Training/Interests: Education; Curriculum design; Diversity and Multicultural aspect of education and pastoral care; Ethics; International Travel (Kenya, Europe, Korea, Mexico, Belize); restoring old tube amplifiers; collecting vinyl records

Meet the Staff of Saint Joseph's Hospital

Daniel Tatum, MDiv, ThM

Daniel Tatum, MDiv, ThM
Supervisory Education Student
Education: BA in Religion, Belmont University, Nashville, TN; MDiv, Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, GA; ThM, Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, GA
Faith Group: Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (ordained)
Experience: Congregational Minister, Adjunct Professor and Teaching Assistant in Theology/Historical Theology, ACPE Internship, ACPE Residency
Specialty Training/Interests: Palliative Care, Meaning and Pastoral Care at the End of Life, Medical Ethics, Hermeneutics, Theology and Pastoral Care, The Role of Narrative/Language Philosophy and Psychology in the Formation of Theological Meaning

Dorothy Dale Owen, MDiv

Dorothy Dale Owen, MDiv
CPE Manager, Saint Joseph’s Hospital
Education: B.F.A., Drawing and Painting (University of Southern Mississippi); M.Div. (Candler School of Theology, Atlanta)
Professional: ACPE Certified Supervisor
Faith Group: United Methodist (1980); United Church of Christ (2004)
Experience: Chief, Pastoral Services (William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute, Columbia, SC); Associate Director of Pastoral Services, (Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC); Director, North Atlanta CPE Center, Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Atlanta)
Specialty Training/Interests: Spirituality Formation and Development; pastoral care; integrative group psychotherapy training; group theory and facilitation; experiential learning; art; dog training.

Rosalynn A. Curry

Rosalynn A. Curry
Supervisory Education Student
Education: BA (Psychology/ Religion), Emory University, (Atlanta, GA); MDiv., Luther Rice University, (Lithonia, GA)
Professional: Certified by ACPE
Faith Group: Free Gospel Interdenominational Church, Inc., Senior Associate Pastor
Experience: ACPE extended unit internship, ACPE residency, Saint Joseph’s Hospital, (Atlanta, GA); Clinical placement, Saint Joseph’s Hospital; specialty care, inpatient and outpatient oncology, Palliative Care
Specialty Training/Interests: End-of Life Care, oncology, grief and bereavement support, contemplative prayer, gospel singing, audio/video presentations, walking, and fishing.

Lynn Duffy

Lynn Duffy
ACPE CPE Supervisory Candidate
Education: AAS Business, BA Biblical Education, MA Christian Education, M.Div
Professional: Clinical Pastoral Educator, Chaplain, Ordained Minister
Faith Group: Disciples of Christ
Experience: Banking and Finance, Education, Special Education