National Advisory Board

Chair

Rev. Dr. Nancy Ramsay, PhD, is the Director of the Soul Repair Center. Following her role as Chair of the National Advisory Board for the Center, Dr. Ramsay became the Director when Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, the founding Director moved to become Sr. VP for Volunteers of American and Direct its Shay Center which focuses on care for veterans. Dr. Ramsay is Emerita Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care at Brite where she also served as Executive Vice President and Dean from 2005-2012. Prior to her service at Brite she served as the Harrison Ray Anderson Professor of Pastoral Theology at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Dr. Ramsay has recently co-edited with Dr. Carrie Doehring,  Military Moral Injury and Spiritual Care: Resources for Religious Leaders and Professional Caregivers (Chalice, 2019).

 

Board Members

Rev. Dr. Alan Baroody, a licensed marriage and family therapist and an AAMFT supervisor, is the Transitional General Presbyter for Savannah Presbytery. As a Presbyterian minister, he has pastored local congregations as well as directed counseling centers in Colorado and Georgia. He served for 14 years as the Executive Director of a faith-based, ecumenical counseling agency in Hinesville, GA – the home of the U.S, Army’s 3rd Infantry Division at Ft. Stewart. The agency sponsored numerous research projects with military families during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He is the author of “Spirituality and Trauma During a Time of War: A Systemic Approach to Pastoral Care and Counseling,” in Families Under Fire: Systemic Therapy with Military Families, ed. Dr. Charles Figley, Rutledge Press, 2010.

 

Fr. William Cantrell, Captain, USN (Fleet Chaplain, Reserves) COMSEVENTHFLT Chaplain Cantrell serves as the Associate Director of Chaplaincy Mental Health & Chaplaincy, VISN 6 MIRECC, Durham, NC. Fr. Cantrell holds an MDiv from Nashotah House Theological Seminary. Initially an Episcopal priest, he is now an ordained Catholic Priest. Chaplain Cantrell was commissioned in the United States Navy Reserve in 1994 and is a NAVAC Board Certified Chaplain. His civilian experience includes serving as President/CEO of S. Jude’s Ranch for Children (a non-profit organization providing care for abused and abandoned children) and 7 Years of Parish Ministry. Since 201l, he has served as Associate Director of Chaplaincy, Mental Health & Chaplaincy, a Department of Veterans Affairs national program. During his 26 years as a Navy Reserve Chaplain he has been deployed in the Navy Medical Center, San Diego, Joint Chiefs of Staff Religious Affairs office at the Pentagon, and developed in and outpatient PTSD programs as well as a Caregiver Occupational Stress Control program. He also holds an appointment at Vanderbilt Divinity School in its Doctor of Ministry Program in Integrative Chaplaincy.

 

Rev. Dr. Tom Davis, III, founder and President of Interfaith Veterans Workgroup, holds an M.A. in Philosophy, an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a PhD. in Religious Studies. Dr. Davis is a retired PCUSA minister living in Wilmington, DE. He is also a ret. Lt. U.S. Naval Reserves. In 1970, Davis served as a military adviser to the South Vietnamese Navy, working in the Mekong Delta. During his service he experienced moral injury. He returned from military service to pursue a PhD. In 2015, Davis founded

the Interfaith Veterans Workgroup to prevent veteran suicide in his home state, Delaware. IVW employs non-clinical activities to strengthen physical and mental health, such as hiking, meditation and T’ai Chi, writing, visual arts, and various forms of community service. In 2011 upon his request Davis was commissioned an Interfaith Peacemaker by New Castle Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. In retirement, he collaborates with veterans and friends of veterans, using writing and film making to teach trauma-informed care.

 

Rev. Kyle Fauntleroy, Captain US Navy (ret.), is now serving as Director of Development for Brite Divinity School after a brief tenure with the Pension Fund of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ. During his 30 year career as a Navy Chaplain, Kyle’s positions of service included: Director of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Center (AFCC) at Fort Jackson, S.C. and Commanding Officer and Executive Officer of the Naval Chaplaincy School. He is the first to hold both positions. His service included multiple wartime deployments aboard USS NIMITZ, USS ROANOKE, and several frigates. He also served as Director, Warrior Transition Unit, Naval Expeditionary Warfare Command, Kuwait, 2007-08. In his career he was an early advocate for women in leadership and recruited the first woman in executive leadership in the Navy and Navy Chaplain Corps. He also initiated the Coast Guard Academy’s first Religious Diversity Council and first Religious Diversity Symposium. He retired from the Navy 2017. A graduate of Brite Divinity School, he also holds an M.A in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

 

Chaplain Jonathan R. Fisher, Major, US Army. Chaplain Fisher currently serves as Director, Brooke Army Medical Center CPE Program, Faculty, Graduate School for Army Chaplain Corps Professional Development in San Antonio, TX. He is an ACPE certified educator for Army Chaplains. An ordained minister in the Christian Church Disciples of Christ, He also holds a D.Min, from Erskine Theological Seminary. During his 16 years on active duty in the US Army he has had 3 combat deployments in Iraq. He also served as a staff chaplain at the Military Corrections Complex at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. Chaplain Fisher is also a member of the faculty, Graduate School for Army Chaplain Corps Professional Development.

 

Rabbi Kim S. Geringer, MSW is on the faculty of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City teaching in the rabbinic and cantorial programs. She served congregations in New Jersey for 20 years and was the Assistant Director of the Department of Worship, Music and Religious Living at the Union for Reform Judaism where she co-authored publications on synagogue transformation, ritual, and personal religious observance. She earned her BA from Brandeis University, MSW from Boston College, and rabbinic ordination from HUC-JIR where she teaches courses in interpersonal and family systems theory, moral injury, and pastoral care, and supervises the internship work of student rabbis and cantors.. From 2014-2015, she was a member of the interfaith clergy think tank on moral injury convened by Brite Divinity School. She presents at workshops, conferences, and webinars on understanding moral injury from a Jewish perspective. With Nancy Wiener, she is the author of “Insights into Moral Injury and Soul Repair from Classical Jewish Texts” in Military Moral Injury and Spiritual Care: A Resource for Religious Leaders and Professional Caregivers, St. Louis, Chalice: 2019, 79-101.

 

Rev. Dr. Robert Hill, Minister Emeritus, Community Christian Church, Kansas City, MO. The Reverend Dr. Robert Hill served Community Christian Church in Kansas City for over 30 years. Bob began his vocation in community service in Nashville, TN working with former prisoners. After being drafted as a conscientious objector, Bob fulfilled his service at All Peoples Christian Church in Los Angeles where he was ordained to ministry. Bob received a North American Fellowship from the Fund for Theological Education and the Evelyn Wasserman Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Council of Greater Kansas City. After retiring from Community Christian Church, he continues to focus on community engagement with particular attention to public education. He is a consultant for the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City that also focuses on strengthening community life in Kansas City. Bob holds a BA from TCU, and MDiv from Vanderbilt, and a DD from Christian Theological Seminary. Bob has published 10 books, most recently, All You Need Is (More) Love.

 

Shareda Hosein, is a community Muslim Chaplain in the Greater Boston area and a Lt. Col. U.S. Army Reserves (ret.). She served on active and reserve status for 34 years including deployment in Kuwait in 2004 and for six years as Muslim educator with Special Operations Command. Shareda is a founding member of the Association of Muslim Chaplains. She continues to provide bridges of understanding as a Muslim chaplain in a post 9/11 world through her presence at conferences, seminars, workshops, interfaith gathering, etc. She was a member of the Pastoral Theology Think Tank at the Soul Repair Center in 2014. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy and a Masters’ in Islamic Studies Christian-Muslim Relations from Hartford Seminary (Hartford, CT). Her undergraduate degree is in business management from the University of Massachusetts/Boston. Her publications include, “Muslims in the U.S. Military: Moral Injury and Eroding Rights,” in Military Moral Injury and Spiritual Care, Chalice,2019 and, with W. Abu Ras, (2015), “Understanding resiliency through vulnerability: Cultural Meaning and Religious Practice among Muslim Military Personnel,” Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 7, 170-191.

 

Dr. Amir Hussain is Chair and Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he teaches courses on religion, with a focus on contemporary Muslim societies in North America. From 2011 to 2015, Amir was the editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the premier scholarly journal for the study of religion. He is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Religion. In both 2008 and 2009, Amir was chosen by vote of LMU students as the Professor of the Year. He is the co-editor for the fourth edition of A Concise Introduction to World Religions, published by Oxford University Press in 2019. He is also the co-editor for the fifth editions of World Religions: Western Traditions, and World Religions: Eastern Traditions, textbooks published in 2018 by OUP. In 2016, he wrote Muslims and the Making of America, published by Baylor University Press. He has written over 60 scholarly articles and book chapters about Islam and religion.

 

Rev. Dr. Kristen J. Leslie is Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care at Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO. Dr. Leslie is a feminist pastoral theologian. She addresses issues of survivor resilience in the aftermath of sexualized violence in the United States military, on college campuses, and in post-genocide contexts. She has served as a Military Sexual Trauma (MST) subject matter expert for the U.S. Navy and Air Force chaplain corps. Her publications include When Violence is No Stranger: Pastoral Counseling with Survivors of Acquaintance Rape (Fortress Press, 2003),Ma’am, Can I Talk to You?” Pastoral Care to Survivors of Sexualized Violence in the US Air Force Academy” Journal of Pastoral Theology, vol.15:1, 2005 and “Betrayal by Friendly Fire” War and Moral Injury, Robert Meagher and Douglas Pryer, eds, Cascade Books, 2018).

 

Chaplain Judy Malana, Captain, United States Navy. Chaplain Malana has been serving on active duty in ashore, afloat, and forward deployed units with the Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard for over 20 years. She is currently assigned as the Regional Chaplain for Naval District Washington located at the historic Washington Navy Yard in the Nation’s Capital. An ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, she is an alumna of the U.S. Naval War College, Marine Corps University, the National Graduate School, Bethel Theological Seminary, and the University of California, Los Angeles. Chaplain Malana completed a certificate program in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University and is a PhD candidate at Salve Regina University. She is a published author and mother of four children.

 

Chaplain Ibraheem A. Raheem, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army. Chaplain Raheem is currently the Director of Clinical Pastoral Education, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Initially, Chaplain, Raheem entered the Army as a Nurse with deployment in Germany. In 1999 he began his service as an active duty US Army Chaplain. He has been deployed in Korea, two tours in Iraq, Germany, and various locations in the US including his assignment now at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He holds a B.S. (health science), MBA (Public Management) from Trident University International, a Master of Arts (Religious Practice) Cordoba University, DMin from Erskine Theological Seminary (addictions ministry), and is an ACPE certified educator. He serves on the ACPE national advocacy committee and is a member of the Association of Muslim Chaplains.

 

Rev. Caesar Rentie, Vice President of Pastoral Care, Methodist Health System, Dallas, TX. Caesar Rentie oversees Pastoral Services, Clinical Pastoral Education, and Faith Community Nursing at Methodist Hospital, Dallas. In those capacities, he also serves on the Methodist Health System Corporate Ethics Committee, Corporate Palliative Care Steering Committee, and the Corporate Intentional Inclusion & Diversity Council, as well as a member for Methodist Health System Foundation Golden Cross Division Board. Reverend Rentie brings 25 years of experience to the practice of spiritual care with patients and medical staff in a complex healthcare environment. Reverend Rentie received a BA from Oklahoma University (Interpersonal communications) and a Masters in Theological Studies from Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, TX. He serves on the Board of Trustees at Brite Divinity School.

 

Chaplain Emily B Rosenzweig, Lieutenant United States Navy COMDESRON 9 (USA). Rabbi Emily Rosenzweig has been an active duty Navy Chaplain since 2012. She was recently named the first recipient of the Navy Chaplain Corps’ CAPT Joshua Goldberg Award for achievement in facilitation for those outside her faith group. Prior to commissioning, Rabbi Rosenzweig served a congregation in Columbus, Ohio for five years. Her ordination, in 2006, is from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, where she also earned a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education.

 

 

Chaplain Beth A Stallinga, Captain United States Navy Commander, US Third Fleet, San Diego, CA. Chaplain Stallinga currently serves as Fleet Chaplain, United States Navy, THIRD Fleet. A native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, she graduated from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey. She holds a Master’s in Military Studies from Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia. In addition to key billets in the office of the Chief of Chaplains, and Naval Training and Education, she has deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

 

Rev. Dr. Ken Walden, Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel US Air Force Reserves, is the Senior Pastor of Holman United Methodist Church located in Los Angeles, California. He is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal from the United States Air Force. Dr. Walden served as the 16th President of Gammon Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center located in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Walden served as a Senior Advisor for a Department of Defense Program in Washington, DC. Among his publications is, Challenges Faced by Iraq War Reservists and Their Families: A Soul Care Approach for Chaplains and Pastors. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2012.

 

Rabbi Nancy Wiener, is the founding director of the Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she serves as the Steinberg Chair in Human Relations. She holds a MPhil in Jewish History and a DMin. She served as a congregational rabbi for over 20 years. Joining the interfaith think tank convened by Brite Seminary in 2014-15, she expanded upon the work she had done related to moral injury for her book, Maps and Meaning: Levitical Models for Contemporary Care (2014). With Rabbi Kim Geringer she has developed a Jewish seminary course on moral injury which is grounded in Jewish texts, led workshops and webinars for national MI conferences and rabbinic colleagues. Rabbi Wiener is co-author, with Rabbi Geringer, “Insights into Moral Injury and Soul Repair from Classical Jewish Texts” in Military Moral Injury and Spiritual Care: A Resource for Religious Leaders and Professional Caregivers, St. Louis, Chalice: 2019, 79-101.

 

Rev. Dr. D. Newell Williams is President and Professor of Modern and American Church History, Brite Divinity School at TCU. He is author of books and articles including Barton Stone: A Spiritual Biography, and Ministry Among Disciples: Past, Present, and Future and co-editor of The Stone-Campbell Movement: A Global History. Moderator of the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) from 2007 to 2009, he is immediate past chair of the denomination’s General Commission on Ministry. A member of the Disciples/Roman Catholic International Dialogue, he also serves on the boards of World Convention of Churches of Christ and the Stone-Campbell Journal. A member of the Association of Disciples for Theological Discussion, he holds degrees from Vanderbilt University and the University of Tulsa.

 

Rev. Dr. Michael Yandell, is senior minister at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Greensboro, North Carolina. A graduate of Brite Divinity School, Michael completed a PhD in theological studies at Emory University in 2020, with a concentration in Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding. A Sergeant U.S. Army (ret.), he was an explosive ordnance disposal (E.O.D.) specialist from 2002 to 2006 and deployed in Iraq. His recent publications on moral injury include “Do Not Torment Me: The Morally Injured Gerasene Demoniac” in Moral Injury: A Guidebook for Understanding and Engagement, edited by Brad E. Kelle (New York: Lexington Books, 2020); “Moral Injury and Human Relationship: A Conversation,” Pastoral Psychology, 68, no. 1 (February 2019); “Hope in the Void,” Plough Quarterly, no. 8 (Spring 2016); and “The War Within,” The Christian Century, 132, no. 1 (January 7, 2015).