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Biographies for Department of Pastoral Care & Education staff at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center (NYP/CUMC) and NewYork-Presbyterian/ Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital (NYP/MSCHONY). NYP/Columbia and NYP/MSCHONY are located next to each other.

Rev. Dr. Beth Faulk Glover
Rev. Dr. Beth Faulk Glover

The Rev. Dr. Beth Faulk Glover is an Episcopal Priest and serves as the Corporate Director of Pastoral Care & Education for NewYork-Presbyterian, the University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell. NYP includes five campuses: Columbia University Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medical Center, the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, the Allen Hospital and the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Hospital, Westchester Division, and has approximately 2,400 beds. There is one unified department of Pastoral Care & Education across the five campuses with a total of 24 staff and an extensive CPE program with residents, interns and supervisory education students.

Rev. Glover is certified as a supervisor by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. She has worked at several major hospitals in New York City and in the inner city and suburbs of northern New Jersey. The Rev. Glover is canonically resident in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark.

Originally from Virginia, Rev. Glover attended The College of William and Mary, ('88) then moved to New York City to attend Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York ('91). She received her Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Pastoral Supervision from the New York Theological Seminary in 2007 and her Master of Sacred Theology in Christian Spirituality (S.T.M.) from the General Theological Seminary in 2008. She has also done extensive training in Modern Group Psychoanalysis and in Family Systems Theory with Rabbi Edwin Friedman and Monica McGoldrick. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Religious Education at Fordham University in New York City, where she is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (the only all disciple honor society).

Rabbi Naomi Kalish
Rabbi Naomi Kalish

Rabbi Naomi Kalish is a Conservative Rabbi, ordained at Jewish Theological Seminary. She is the Coordinator of Pastoral Care & Education at the NYP Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and a certified supervisor (Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.). She is the current President of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC) and a doctoral student in education at New York University where she was a Steinhardt Fellow from 2008-2011. Articles Rabbi Kalish has written include, "Evidence-Based Spiritual Care" (Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative, and "Encountering the Other: Making Space for Learning," Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry, for which she was awarded the ACPE Len Cedarleaf Award in Theology. Rabbi Kalish serves on the Faculty of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and on the Faculty and curriculum development team of the Pediatric Chaplains Institute.

Chaplain Leslie Kirzner
Chaplain Leslie Kirzner

Chaplain Leslie Kirzner is the Manager of Pastoral Care & Education at NYP/CUMC. Her work includes being site supervisor for the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Zen Center and other local seminaries and organizations that send students to CUMC. She also supervises the multi-faith volunteers. Chaplain Kirzner serves on the Caring and Healing Committee, Family Advisory Committee, and the End of Life Task Force. She works with the Patient Centered Care specialists and the C.O.L.E. Center, teaching a segment of the Connecting the Dots program on pastoral care and empathy. She is a member of the Patient Safety Friday tracing team and also the Advance Team for the Joint Commission. She is also on the Board of the Institute for Traditional Judaism. She has taken six units of CPE and, before coming to NYP, worked in various hospitals as a chaplain.

Chaplain Joel Nightingale Berning
Chaplain Joel Nightingale Berning

Joel Nightingale Berning is an interfaith chaplain, and has worked as a staff chaplain at NYP/CUMC since 2011. He was a resident and chief resident at NYP prior to becoming staff chaplain. He received his Masters in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, which awarded him the Traveling Fellowship, its highest academic honor to a graduating student. A member of the Friends of William Stafford, he has published and lectured under its auspices on theology, ethics, and chaplaincy. He is working towards board certification in the Association of Professional Chaplains is on the Education Task Force of the APC.

Rev. Walter Dixon
Rev. Walter Dixon

The Rev. Walter Dixon is an ordained Elder of the United Methodist Church and a graduate of Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, GA. He has been a per diem chaplain at NYP/CUMC since 2010. Rev. Dixon completed all of his CPE units at NYP. He is a board certified associate (Association of Professional Chaplains) and is seeking full certification in early 2013. His areas of coverage at present are cardiology and oncology, where he also leads patient/family support groups. He has participated in Schwartz Rounds and is trained in grief counseling and youth support.

Fr. Melchor Ferrer
Fr. Melchor Ferrer

Fr. Melchor Ferrer has been the Catholic Priest at NYP/CUMC for ten years.

Ordained a priest in 1974 in Manila, Fr. Ferrer attended the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. He was a financial administrator of various schools in the Silesian congregation in Manila until he moved to the United States in 1999. He completed five units of CPE: one in Manila and a residency at St. Anne's Hospital in Fall River, MA.

Seigan Ed Glassing
Seigan Ed Glassing

Rev. Seigan Ed Glassing is a Zen Buddhist monk, staff chaplain, and chaplain for the Palliative Care Team. He has been practicing Zen for over twenty-five years both in America and Japan. He began training as a Buddhist Chaplain in 2008 with The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and completed his training as a resident chaplain at New York Presbyterian Hospital in 2012. Seigan works on the Behavioral Health Unit where he leads several weekly meditation groups. He also leads a meditation group in the hospital's chapel.

Chaplain Linda Golding
Chaplain Linda Golding

Chaplain Linda Golding has been a staff chaplain at NYP/CUMC since 2010, having completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, including a residency at NYP. Chaplain Golding received a Masters in Jewish Studies and the Certificate of Pastoral Care and Counseling from Jewish Theological Seminary in June of 2013. Her current areas of interest include spirituality and chronic pain; bio-ethics; and the intersection of patient-family-staff in patient care. Her areas of coverage include neurology, outpatient infusion, and transplant units. She initiated the night shift at NYP/CUMC.

Rev. Dr. Martha Jacobs
Rev. Dr. Martha Jacobs

The Rev. Dr. Martha Jacobs is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ and has been a per diem chaplain at NYP/CUMC since 2011. A board certified chaplain (Association of Professional Chaplains), Dr. Jacobs received her Doctorate and Masters in Divinity from New York Theological Seminary, where she is an adjunct professor in the doctoral program. Her book, A Clergy Guide to End-of-Life Issues, has become a must-read for clergy and seminarians. Dr. Jacobs recently had a chapter published on "Creating a Personal Theology to Do Spiritual/Pastoral Care" in the compendium, Professional Spiritual & Pastoral Care, A Practical Clergy and Chaplain's Handbook.

Rev. Dr. R. Kevin Johnson
Rev. Dr. R. Kevin Johnson

The Rev. Dr. R. Kevin Johnson is Pastoral Care Administrator, Worship Coordinator, and CPE Co-Registrar at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

He is an ordained Baptist minister and an interfaith chaplain. Kevin is a graduate of the NYP Clinical Pastoral Education Residency and is active as a freelance author.

Imam Kareem Abdul Malik
Imam Kareem Abdul Malik

Imam Kareem Abdul-Malik Dunn reverted to Islam in 1975. During that time he has also held various position within his house of worship. He has served in the masjid maintenance department, masjid security, assistant treasurer, treasurer, secretary and Assistant Imam at The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood under Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid. He continues to be a student of knowledge and is also a teacher of how to read the Qur'an in Arabic. Imam Kareem has been the Amir/Imam of the Muslim at NewYork-Presbyterian for more than two decades and assisted staff, visitors and patients in various matters such as birth rites, performing Janaza (funerals), conducting weddings, and giving shahada (Baptisms). His most important task is just visiting patients and sitting and listening to them and/or family members and sharing their stories in hope of bringing them some comfort and relief during their difficult time.

Chaplain Jean Walsh
Jean Walsh

Jean Walsh is a per diem chaplain at NYP/Columbia. She recently completed her residency at NYP/Weill Cornell and holds a Masters in Divinity from New York Theological Seminary. Jean lived and worked in Latin America for ten years in human rights and community development. As a result she brings her Spanish-English bilingual skills to her chaplaincy ministry. She is a member of Chatterton Hill United Church of Christ in White Plains, NY and will be moving towards ordination in the next year.

Contact

Pastoral Care & Education
NewYork-Presbyterian
Columbia & Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
Tel.: (212) 305-5817
Pastoral Care & Education
NewYork-Presbyterian
Allen Hospital
Tel.: (212) 932-5310
Pastoral Care & Education
NewYork-Presbyterian
Weill Cornell
Tel.: (212) 746-6971
Pastoral Care & Education
NewYork-Presbyterian
Westchester
Tel.: (914) 997-5999

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