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Speakers

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Chief Patient Officer

American Cancer Society

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Dr. Kamal serves as chief patient officer at the American Cancer Society. In this newly created role, Dr. Kamal drives coordinated efforts to accelerate progress against cancer through the organization’s patient-, caregiver-, and healthcare professional-facing activities.  

 

He leads the American Cancer Society’s patient support objectives and the development of strategic plans to measurably improve the lives of people with cancer and their families. Dr. Kamal oversees the organization’s cancer support, patient navigation, educational programs, patient lodging solutions, transportation services, contact center, and digital patient support offerings, as well as all aspects of organizational functions that touch cancer patients across 5,000 communities around the globe. 

 

Prior to joining the American Cancer Society, Dr. Kamal served for more than 12 years as an oncologist, researcher, and innovative leader at Duke University and the Duke Cancer Institute. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Population Health at the Duke University School of Medicine, and recently served as physician quality and outcomes officer at the Duke Cancer Institute. He holds nationally recognized expertise in oncology quality assessment and palliative care. 

 

Dr. Kamal received his medical degree from the six-year combined BA/MD program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, with residencies and fellowships at the Mayo Clinic and Duke University. He holds a master’s degree in health science in clinical research from Duke University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. 

 

Dr. Kamal lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife and two young children. 

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Heal the Sick Program

Wesley Theological Seminary

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Tom Pruski, RN, MAPS directs the work of the Heal the Sick program of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, and works closely with other seminary staff to coordinate and develop faith community health networks, institutional and congregational partnerships. Tom serves as lead faculty and curriculum manager for the health minister and faith community nurse certificates for the seminary. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the seminary. He is a licensed, registered nurse with a Masters in Pastoral Studies with over 20 years of health ministry experience. Tom completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at Wesley Theological Seminary specializing in Faith, Health, and Community in May 2019.

 

Tom has trained over 360 health advocates to lead a variety of health ministries and health and wellness initiatives in their congregations. Tom has led a team at the seminary to develop and implement a 22-hour health minister education certificate at the seminary using HMA’s “The Health Minister Role: Guidelines and Foundational Curriculum Elements” as the foundation for its curriculum. Under Tom’s direction and leadership in early 2017, the seminary adapted the health minister certificate to an online learning platform. The certificate is offered to a national audience and it has trained over 380 people with this curriculum.

 

Tom is actively engaged in regional and national collaborative conversations on faith and health partnerships throughout the United States. Tom continues to work with numerous national public health, interfaith, healthcare, denominations, associations, and other groups.

Workshop Presenters

Nic Aunger, BA, GradDipEd, GradDipCouns
Pastoral Services Manager, St. John of God, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
“Fostering Hope for Women Experiencing Early Pregnancy Loss” (Workshop B2)

Rev. Charlotte Bear, MDiv, MFA, APBCC-HPC
Chaplain, Palo Alto Medical Foundation/Sutter Health
“Applying Vital Talk REMAP to Spiritual Care Visits and Documentation" (Workshop A4)

Rev. Pamela Bloom
Interfaith Minister
“First, the Spirit, Then the Body: How E
nergy Healing Can Inform Spiritual Counseling” (Workshop E3)

 

Rev. Dan Borchers, M.Div., BCC
Chaplain, Froedtert Holy Family Memorial Hospital
“Designing a Framework for Talking About Chaplaincy
” (Workshop A6)

Rev. Saundra Denise Brown, M.Div., FCN
Faith Community Nursing Program Manager, Texas Health Resource
“Valuing the Cost of Free for Both Giver and Receiver” (Workshop B5)

 

Scott S. Campbell, MS, MHt, M.Div.
Veterinary Chaplain, Founder, American Association of Veterinary Chaplains
"Veterinary Chaplaincy: A Chaplaincy Profession Whose Time Has Arrived" (Workshop E6)

Rev. Dr. Beverly Dale, MS, M.Div, D.Min
Incarnation Institute for Sex & Faith
“Metaphors & Symbols to Heal Body Negativity” (Workshop B7)

 

Salvador Delmundo, Jr., APBCC, M.Div., MBA
Director of Chaplaincy Services, The Menninger Clinic
"Making Sense of our Stories: Three Lenses that Help Connect the Dots" (Workshop D2)

 

John Dyson, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, Concordia University Wisconsin
“Perceptions of Being Called to the Vocation of Nursing by Faith Community Registered Nurses” (Workshop A1)

 

Rev. Joy Eastridge, RN, BSN, M.A.
First Broad Street United Methodist Church
“Created in the Image of God" (Workshop C2)

Rev. Guillermo Escalona, BCC
Director of Pastoral Care, Miami Cancer Institute, Baptist Health South Florida
“Integrating Spiritual Care in Post-Hospitalization Partnership with Faith Communities” (Workshop B4)

Dr. Bruce Feldstein, MD, BCC
"Chaplains' Experiences with Family Planning Patients"  (Workshop B6)

 

Deb Fell-Carlson, BSN, RN, MSPH
“Faith Community Nursing Research Forum” (Workshop C5)

 

Susan and Martin Fisher
Founders, Body of 9
“A New Way of Knowing Your Worth and Theirs” (Workshop A7)

 

Patsy Fortney, CC
Chaplain, Central Vermont Medical Center
"Dreams as Spiritual Glimpses, Guides, and Gifts" (Workshop B1)

Jo Garrison, DNP, NEA-BC
“Faith Community Nursing Research Forum” (Workshop C5)

 

Linda S. Golding, MA, BCC
Coordinator, Pastoral Care & Educations, New York Presbyterian Hospital
“Innovations in Spirituality for Nursing Practice: A Curriculum” (Workshop B3)

Nate Gustafson, M.Div., BCC
Chaplain, Bristol Hospice
“Hope and Connection: Interdisciplinary Spiritual Care at End of Life” (Workshop A5)

 

Rev. Eric J. Hall, D.Th., APBCC
Chief Executive Officer, Spiritual Care Association
"Quality Measurement Codes for Chaplains” (Workshop C6)

The Rev. George Handzo,  APBCC, CSSBB
Director, Health Services Research & Quality, Healthcare Chaplaincy Network
“Quality Measurem
ent Codes for Chaplains” (Workshop C6)

 

Dylan Henricks, RN, BSN
“Faith Community Nursing Research Forum" (Workshop C5)

Matthew Heyn, B.Th., M.Div.
Profession Lead and CPE Educator for Spiritual Care, Vancouver Coastal Health
“Actualizing Models of Spiritual Care: A Wo
rk in Progress” (Workshop D6)

 

Dr. Sharon T. Hinton, MSN, RN-BC, D.Min.
Director, Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing
"Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Curriculum 2024" (Workshop B8)

 

Gregory Holden, MA, BCC
Chaplain (retired)
“Lifelore: An Inclusive Approach to Patient and Family Communication” (Workshop C3)

 

Dr. Sarah J. Hoogendoorn, D.Min., BCC-MH
Department of Veteran Affairs
"Providing Spiritual Care to Those Seeking Moral Healing and Self-Forgiveness" (
Workshop D1)

Brenda Jobe, DNP, RN, FNP
Assistant Professor, Concordia University Wisconsin
“Perceptions of Being Called to the Vocation of Nursing by Faith Community Registered Nurses” (Workshop A1)

 

Hana Levine, MA, SCP-C
CBCT-Certified Instructor
“CBCT® (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) as Self-Care for Care-Givers” (Workshop C8)

 

Doug Longstaffe, M.Div., STM
Regional Director and CPE Educator, Vancouver Coastal Health
“Actualizing Models of Spiritual Care: A Work in Progress" (Workshop D6)

Dr. Carol A. Lueders Bolwerk, PhD, RN
Professor, Concordia University Wisconsin
“Perceptions of Being Called to the Vocation of Nursing by Faith Community Registered Nurses” (Workshop A1)

 

Rev. Justin Martin, M.Div., BCC
"Technology: An Essential for 21st Century Spiritual Care" (Workshop E2)

Mx Chris Paige, M.Div.
Dean, The Other Wise Academy
“From Confusion to Confidence: Gender in the 21st Century” (Workshop A3)

 

Deborah Rivard, MSN-Ed, RN, FCN
"Transitional Care Delivered by Faith Community Nurses: From Research to Practice"  (Workshop D5)

Rev. Clyde Sanda
Chaplain, Adventist Health Columbia Gorge
“Using Gratitude Journaling to Improve Employee Morale” (Workshop C4)

 

JoLinda Schrag, BSN-RN, CCM
"Transitional Care Delivered by Faith Community Nurses: From Research to Practice"  (Workshop D5)

Rabbi Michael Schultz, BCC
Spiritual Care Director, Rambam Health Care Campus
“Associations Between Psycho-Social-Spiritual Interventions, Fewer Aggressive End-of-Life Measures, and Increased Time after Final Oncologic Treatment” (Workshop E7)

 

Gregory Scott, MS, RN, PHRN, TNS
Paramedic, RN Manager, Carle Community Wellness Health Services
"Blast Off: Launching a New Faith Community Nursing Documentation System" (Workshop A8)

Marcy Shanks, MSN, MSED, RN
“Faith Community Nursing Research Forum” (Workshop C5)

 

Dr. Susan M. Smith, MSN, RN
"Faith Community Nursing Research Forum" (Workshop C5)

Rev. Gregory Smith, Ph.D.
ESC Committee Chair, Iowa VOAD
“Resilient Souls: Empowering Faith Leaders in Disaster Spiritual Care with NVOAD Principles” (Workshop D8)

 

Rev. Gloria Soja, M.Div.
Body of 9
"A New Way of Knowing Your Worth and Theirs” (Workshop A7)

Dr. Carmen Stephens, DNP, RN, MS
University of Colorado
“Congregational Care through Intentional Network of Support” (Workshop D3)

 

Kent Stephens
Chaplain, Marketplace Chaplains
"Congregational Care Through International Network of Support"
 (Workshop D3)

Rev. Max Hokai Swanger, M.Div., BCC
Chaplain, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
“Introduction to Buddhism, Buddhist Chaplaincy and Mindfulness” (Workshop A2)

 

Dr. Bethany Tollefson, DNP, MSN, RN, PHN
Parish Health Ministries Program Coordinator, CentraCare
"Marketing Tools for FCN Events and Education" (Workshop E5)

Mary Tresgallo, DNP, MPH, FNP-BC, ACHPN
Nurse Practitioner, New York Presbyterian Hospital
“Innovations in Spirituality for Nursing Practice: A Curriculum” (Workshop B3)

 

Dr. Vanessa Velez, MD
Psychiatrist, Soul Psychiatry
"An Antidote to Depression and Anxiety: One Small Emotion Leading to Self-Transcendence" 
 (Workshop E1)

Dr. Kevin Wardlaw, Ph.D., M.A., M.Div.
Chaplain, Palm Garden Healthcare
“Providing Spiritual Care to Estranged Families at End of Life” (Workshop C1)

 

G. Jay Westbrook, MS, RN, AGRS
Clinical Director, Compassionate Journey
"Deeper Understanding of Grief: New Avenues of Communication with Grievers" (Workshop D4)

Danna Williamson, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, FCN
Faith Community Nurse, Carle Community Wellness & Faith
"Blast Off: Launching a New Faith Community Nursing Documentation System" (Workshop A8)

Bryce Woyak
Chaplain, Agrace Hospice Care
“Are All Welcome?  Going Beyond Religious Inclusion in Health Care Chaplaincy” (Workshop E4)

 

Lynda Wyles
Senior Pastoral Practitioner, St. John of God, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
"Fostering Hope for Women Experiencing Early Pregnancy Loss" 
(Workshop B2)

Rev. Dr. Dale Alan Young, D.Min., BCC
Chaplain, Global Grief Support, Inc.
“Integrating Spiritual Care in Post-Hospitalization Partnership with Faith Communities” (Workshop B4)

 

Deborah Ziebarth, Ph.D., MSN, RN-BC
“Transitional Care Delivered by Faith Community Nurses: From Research to Practice” (Workshop D5) and "Faith Community Nursing Research Forum" (Workshop C5)

Dr. Blake Zwerling, MD, MSc
OB/GYN, Johns Hopkins University, Gynecology and Obstetrics
"Chaplains' Experience with Family Planning Patients" (Workshop B6)

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