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 assignments are as the Pediatrics chaplain on the CHaD team and as the Emergency Department chaplain. Kris holds a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School. She is ordained in the United Church of Christ and enjoys being an interfaith chaplain, which allows her the honor of getting to work with patients and families from many different faith traditions and spiritualties. Kris is board-certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains.
Chaplain Jeanne Childs, MA, BCC is board-certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. Jeanne joined the Chaplaincy Department as staff chaplain for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center in 2009 after completing a fellowship in geriatric chaplaincy and a five year program of Clinical Pastoral Education at DHMC. Jeanne is a graduate of the University of San Diego and St. Michael's College.
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.