Biography

I am an ordained interfaith minister, certified spiritual director and board-certified clinical chaplain. I live and work in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I have made my home for most of the past 25 years.

I am ordained by the Congregation for Creative and Healing Ministries in Berkeley, California. I completed the interfaith program at the congregation’s affiliated Chaplaincy Institute for the Arts and Interfaith Ministries. I also attended the Chaplaincy Institute’s Spiritual Direction Program and am a certified Spiritual Director (please see the page on Spiritual Guidance.)

After ordination as a minister, I took a yearlong residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at Kaiser Permanente’s Vallejo (California) Medical Center, working full-time as a hospital chaplain caring for the sick and dying, their families, and staff members. While at Vallejo Medical Center I also conducted funerals for patients who died and developed and taught a class, “Coping with Grief at the Holidays.”

Subsequent to completing that residency, I underwent a rigorous written and oral examination and was granted national board certification as a clinical chaplain by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy.

My other ministerial experience includes:

• creating and officiating at life rituals including weddings, memorials, home and baby blessings • working as a hospice chaplain in Northern New Mexico • working as a hospice volunteer visitor and trained bereavement counselor and grief group facilitator for Kaiser Permanente’s hospice in Oakland, California • working as an intern chaplain for Lutheran Ministries to Nursing Homes in Alameda, California • volunteering as a “listening presence” chaplain at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley • developing and co-facilitating a course for women, “Navigating Change with Spirit,” taught at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley • guest preaching at various churches • teaching workshops and facilitating ongoing support groups • providing one-on-one spiritual guidance

I am active in numerous professional groups, including:

• Marin (California) Chapter of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, a group dedicated to deep psychospiritual development that supports professional chaplains
• New Mexico Professional Palliative Care Organization
• Santa Fe Health Care Network
• Santa Fe Doorways, an organization of professionals, private and nonprofit groups involved in elder- and end-of-life care

Prior to my call to ministry, I worked as a writer, editor, producer, art curator and consultant. I wrote and edited more than 1,000 articles, essays, books, radio shows, audio-visual programs and other media materials. My background also includes teaching at the small group and collegiate levels; public speaking; public relations, marketing and advertising; hosting live and recorded radio programs; directing art galleries; and volunteering for nonprofit and professional organizations as a board member and fundraiser. I received dozens of awards for my writing, including a prestigious National Arts Journalism Program fellowship. I earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism.

If you would like to speak with personal or professional references for me before retaining my services, please contact me through the Contact page and I will be glad to connect you with the appropriate people.