Meet Our Chaplains
Penny Abbott joined the Chaplaincy Department as Secretary in 2006. Prior to joining the department she served as Secretary for the Director of Purchasing at DHMC, and as Grant Secretary/Receptionist at the Howard Dean Education Center in Springfield, VT. She has also been a member of the Vermont State Board of Christian Education for the United Church of Christ and has served her local church as Deacon, youth group leader, and Sunday School teacher.
Rev. Kris Bowen joined the Chaplaincy staff in 2011. Her primary assignment is with the Oncology program. She also has a concentration in offering support to staff as they navigate the complex work of providing care to patients, families and loved ones. Kris spent 17 years working as a speech-language pathologist in neurorehabilitation. Her years of work in the medical setting inspired her to pursue a career in chaplaincy. Kris holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire, a Master of Science degree from Syracuse University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School. She completed her chaplaincy residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She is ordained in the United Church of Christ and is dedicated to being an interfaith chaplain, working with patients and families from many different faith traditions, spiritualties, and life journeys. Kris is board-certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains.
Chaplain Jeanne Childs, MA, BCC (Board Certified Chaplain) provides one-to-one care for the spirit and leads support groups for individuals referred to her by the geriatric team at DHMC and others who come to The Aging Resource Center suffering from loss, grief, isolation, loneliness, lack of purpose, diminished control and other issues of aging. She also teaches classes to medical professionals on "Health and the Human Spirit" and is a frequent speaker in the community. Jeanne completed the multi-year program of Clinical Pastoral Education requirements at DHMC and joined The Aging Resource Center in 2009, first as a Chaplain Fellow and then as Staff Chaplain. Her BA in English/Philosophy was earned at the University of San Diego, and her MA in Theology/Spirituality/Interreligious Dialogue at St. Michael’s College, Burlington, VT.
Rev. Frank Mächt, Director of Chaplaincy, joined DHMC in 2011. He is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and an ACPE-certified Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor. He studied theology at the universities of Frankfurt and Münster before graduating with an M.Div. and M.A. from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. Subsequently he pursued clinical training at Stanford University, Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, NM, and at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where he was specialized in workplace chaplaincy. Frank especially enjoys cross-cultural learning and ministry. He served as pastor of a multi-cultural congregation in Nome, AK and in the spiritual care department of a faith-based hospital in Anchorage, before joining DHMC.
Rev. John D. S. Nwagbaraocha is a Board Certified Chaplain (2004) and has been an active member of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains since 1999. He studied Philosophy & Theology at Bigard Memorial Seminary in Enugu, Nigeria. Fr. John was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1980. After ordination, he served as an associate pastor, pastor, chaplain, Dean and diocesan councilor before moving to the U.S in 1998. Fr. John served in parish and hospital ministries in Louisiana prior to joining Fletcher Allen Health Care in 2000. He completed a program of Clinical Pastoral Education at Fletcher Allen Healthcare and holds an M.A. degree in Theology from St. Michael's College. He is an active Rotarian.
Rev. Samuel Seyd is originally from Pakistan (Punjab). He joined St. Thomas the Apostle Seminary right out of high school. He attended National Catholic Institute of Theology (Karachi) for the study of Philosophy and Theology and was ordained a priest in 2000. He received his Master's in Theology from University of California. In 2008 he completed Clinical Pastoral Education from the Hartford Hospital.
Rev. Skye Murray joined the chaplaincy and CHaD teams in 2016 after nine years as a pediatric chaplain at Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky. There she served for six years as the Pediatric Intensive Care Chaplain at Kosair Children’s Hospital, and subsequently served as the Neonatal Intensive Care Chaplain and Labor and Delivery Chaplain at Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital-St Matthews. She received her Masters of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and completed her chaplaincy residency at Kettering Memorial Hospital in Kettering, Ohio. She is an ordained clergy with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association for Professional Chaplains. Her professional interests include the spirituality of young children, compassion resiliency in healthcare workers, and perinatal and pediatric palliative care.
Rev. Stephen Warfield, M.Div., BCC joined the chaplaincy staff in 2015 and is board certified through the Association of Professional Chaplains. After a career in marketing and development, Stephen transitioned into professional chaplaincy. He earned a M.Div., completed four units of CPE at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh, NC and the Durham VA Medical Center in Durham, NC, and served as a staff chaplain at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, ID. In addition, Stephen is a chaplain in the United States Navy Reserve and is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. His research interests include person-centered chaplaincy, interfaith dialogue, care of military personnel and veterans, disaster/trauma chaplaincy, and the global professionalization of chaplaincy. Stephen's clinical assignments are Emergency Department, Medical Specialties, and ICU.
Rev. Nancy Wood serves as the staff chaplain for the DHMC Palliative Care Service. Before joining the chaplaincy staff in 2015, Nancy worked as an interfaith chaplain for a small hospital and a regional hospice, and served several congregations. An ordained United Church of Christ minister, Nancy is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and is board-certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains.