I was a Chaplain and in the health-care field for nearly twenty years with specialties in HIV/AIDS, hospice, and grief care. I'm now focused on writing and teaching.
7/00-1/02 Relief Chaplain, St. Francis Medical Center, Santa Barbara
3/95-12/99 Chaplain, AIDS Care, Ventura County
Developed a chaplaincy program and a mental health outreach program for this County- wide social service AIDS agency.
Primarily worked in NICU, post-partum care and troubled pregnancies.
Facilitated a support group for family members of persons with AIDS.
Was on-call Chaplain every other weekend. Had a regular assignment in the NICU and on
the Medical/Surgery floor.
Chaplain Immunology Clinic,
Created a Chaplaincy position as part of a multi-disciplinary staff for this weekly clinic.
Wrote HIV\AIDS Ministry: A Practical Guide for Pastors for United Methodist Health and
Welfare Ministries, published 1993.
3/90-5/91 Assistant Program Coordinator, AIDS Research & Education Project,
California State University, Long Beach. Developed and ran a continuing education program for physicians in
1989-1990 Wrote book, AIDS and the Sleeping Church, published 1995 by Eerdmans.
11/99 National Certification as a bereavement facilitator by
5/03 National Certification renewed
2003-2005 Stephen Leader, coordinated training and continuing education for Stephen Ministers at
2001/02 Trained Volunteers, Livingston Hospice, including “Care of Others,
2001 "Spiritual Support," volunteer training for Santa Clara Hospice, 2001.
SPEAKING, RETREATS & TRAININGS OFFERED:
Convocation Speaker, "Hearing the Call to HIV/AIDS Ministry," 12/13/2012
Training, "Learning about Hospice," La Canada Presbyterian Church 1/18/2011
Training, "Learning about Hospice," All Saints Episcopal Church 10/19/2010
Retreat leader, "Creating Space for Spirit," La Casa de Maria,3/29/2000.
Retreat leader, "Resting In God," La Casa de Maria, 10/99
Retreat leader,"Re-membering Ourselves,for United Methodist Clergy,"1999.
"Being Good to Whom?" sermon at California Lutheran University Chapel, 10/21/1998.
"Offering Christ's Refreshment," sermon at St. Paul's Episcopal, Ventura, 10/11/98.
Keynote Address, Episcopal Deanery AIDS Ministry Conference,
Keynote Speaker, AIDS National Interfaith Network annual reception, October 1995.
BOOKS & BOOKLETS PUBLISHED:
AIDS and the Sleeping Church, Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1995
HIV/AIDS Ministry: A Practical Guide For Pastors, United
Ministry of the Dispossessed: Learning from the Farm Worker Movement,Wallace Press, 1987.
History of the First Presbyterian Church in
EDUCATION: Most of my course work was at UCLA and UC Riverside. I received my BA from Immaculate Heart College in Journalism. In 1996 I was honored to be named Alumna of the Year. Following four units of Clinical Pastoral Education, I took a New Testament course at San Francisco Theological Seminary. .