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Dr. Farr Curlin

Co-Director, Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative
Duke Divinity School

The Rev. David Fleenor, STM, BCC, ACPE

Director of Education, The Center for Spirituality and Health
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
+1 (347) 949-2434

Rev. Beth Jackson-Jordan, EdD, ACPE Certified Educator, BCC

Director, Spiritual Care and Education
Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast
+1 (704) 403-3335

Allison Kestenbaum, BCC, ACPE Certified Educator (Formerly ACPE Supervisor)

Palliative Care Chaplain – Doris A. Howell Palliative Care Service
UC San Diego Health
(858) 657-6832

Dr. Judith Ragsdale

Sr. Director, Pastoral Care
Associate Professor, Division of General & Community Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
+1 (513) 636-8913

Heather Tan, PhD

Manager, Education & Research
Spiritual Health Victoria
+61 03 8415 1144

Alexander (Lex) Tartaglia, D.Min.

Senior Associate Dean, School of Allied Health Professionals
Katherine I. Lantz Professor and ACPE Supervisor
Virginia Commonwealth University
+1 (804) 828-7247

Rev. Mary Martha Thiel

Director of Clinical Pastoral Education
Hebrew SeniorLife/Hebrew Rehabilitation Center
+1 (617) 964-1100