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. Lawrence Ejiofo is a Catholic priest who hails from Nigeria. He studied Philosophy, Theology and Education in his home country. In addition, he holds the Master of Divinity from Pontifical Urban University in Rome and the Master of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Fr. Ejiofo completed his Clinical Pastoral Education residency at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Pennsylvania, and joined the DHMC Chaplaincy in 2011.
Rev. Frank Mächt 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. Frank enjoys cross-cultural learning and ministry. 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. 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 in 2011.
Rev. Patrick McCoy has been Director of Chaplaincy since 1993. He holds the Master of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School and a Masters of Philosophy Degree from Yale University. He is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church and is certified by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. He has been a hospital chaplain since 1985.
Chaplain Linda F. Piotrowski has been a chaplain since 1987 serving in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Montpelier, Vermont prior to joining the chaplaincy staff at DHMC in 2006. She completed her Master of Theological Studies degree at St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During her years of chaplaincy she has served in long term, acute, hospice and palliative care settings. She is a board certified chaplain through the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, and has served that organization in a variety of leadership posts. She is an affiliate member of the Association of Professional Chaplains, and the Amherst Writers and Artists.
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.