The initial Transforming Chaplaincy Fellowship Program supports sixteen Chaplain Research Fellows across two staggered cohorts to complete two-year, research-focused Master of Science or Master of Public Health degrees in epidemiology, biostatistics, or public health at accredited schools. The Fellowships cover all tuition and associated fees as well as a yearly stipend, research funds, and support to attend program conferences. The Cohort 1 Kickoff Conference July 2016 in Chicago included the first group of 8 Fellows, the Transforming Chaplaincy Leadership and Advisory Committees, and our John Templeton Foundation Program Officer. It oriented Fellows to the program, chaplaincy research, and graduate-level studies. A similar Kickoff Conference took place in Chicago in July 2017.

Cohort 1

The Rev. Marilyn JD Barnes, MA, BCC

MPH, Epidemiology, Chicago School of Public Health Division of Epidemiology
Senior Staff Chaplain, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

The Rev. John Michael Betz, MDiv, BCC, CT

MPH, Biostatistics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Airborne Chaplain, US Army Reserves

Allison Delaney, MA, BCC, PT

MPH, Epidemiology, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Tim Ford, MA, MS

MPH, Epidemiology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Faculty Researcher and Instructor, VCU Health System, Richmond, Virginia

Rev. Patricia K. Palmer, MDiv, BCC

MS, Public Health, Rollings School of Public Health
Spiritual Health Oncology Fellow, Emory University Hospital

Rev. Geila Rajaee, MDiv, BCC

MPH, Health Behavior and Education, University of Michigan
Manager of Spiritual Care, Mount Carmel Health, Columbus, Ohio

Beba Tata, MDiv, MS, BCC

MPH, Community Health Promotion, University of Minnesota
Chaplain, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Rev. Kelsey Blankenship White, MDiv, BCC

MSc, Clinical Investigational Sciences, University of Louisville
Chaplain, Norton Healthcare, Louisville, Kentucky

Cohort 2

The Rev. Marta Dabis, MS, MBA, PBCC

MPH, University of Michigan School of Public Health
Chaplain, St. Joseph Mercy Health

Cate Desjardins, MDiv

MPH, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Chaplain Research Fellow, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Paul Galchutt

MPH, Community Health Promotion, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Inpatient Palliative and Staff Chaplain, University of Minnesota Health

Kristin Godlin, MDiv, STM, BCC

MPH, University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne
Chaplain, Carle Foundation Hospital and Presence Covenant Medical Center

Rev. Dirk Labuschagne, MDiv

MPH, Epidemiology, University of Illinois at Chicago
Registry Chaplain, Rush Oak Park Hospital

Saneta Maiko, PhD

MS Clinical Research, Indiana University
John Templeton Research Fellow, Indiana University School of Medicine

Shelley Varner-Perez, MDiv, BCC

MPH, Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University
Clinical Staff Chaplain, VA Portland Health Care System

Rev. Petra Wahnefried, MDiv

MPH, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, University of South Carolina
PRN, Carolinas Health System

Affiliate Fellow

Tim Usset

MPH, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Chaplain, US Army Reserve