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. Deadra Bachorik Ashton began her work as chaplain at the Aging Resource Center in November, 2018. She earned her Master of Divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary, and completed chaplaincy training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. A parish minister for 20 years, she also served as Director of Planned Giving at Princeton Theological Seminary and as a spiritual director who also trains spiritual directors. She was ordained by the Presbyterian Church (USA). Her areas of special interest include spiritual formation in the second half of life, the effects of culture and life context on the soul, spiritual support for caregivers, and spiritual care of those in the midst of loss and grief.
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.
Rev. Laura Cadmus joined the chaplaincy staff in August of 2019 after completing her chaplaincy training at DHMC. She splits her time between DHMC as a staff chaplain covering the Neuro Critical Care and Neurosciences units and Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center as the Chaplaincy Program Director, a position she has held since July of 2018. Laura holds a B.S. in Geology from the University of Vermont and an M.Div. from Andover Newton Theological School. Her call into ministry followed a path that wound through natural sciences, geo-spatial analysis, and IT careers and wove together with a decade of work in the residential electrical trades. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and comes to professional chaplaincy after 7 years of parish ministry in Vermont. She is currently pursuing board certification through the Association of Professional Chaplains.
Rev. Michelle B. Jean-Mary joined DHMC in September 2019 as Chaplain at the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care. She is committed to providing person-centered holistic care that extends beyond patients to include their families and members of the interdisciplinary team. Michelle earned her Master of Divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary and is an ordained clergy in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She completed a year-long chaplain residency at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio before being hired as a staff chaplain at the Cleveland Clinic. She and her family moved to the Upper Valley after five years living abroad in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the birthplace of both children. Michelle's prior experience of New Hampshire is ten years of summer camp on Lake Winnipesaukee as a youth. She is happy to have returned to the northeast.
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. Shelly Moses, M.A., BCC, is a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. Shelly joined the chaplaincy department as a relief chaplain in 2017 and full-time in October 2019 after having spent two years as the Spiritual Care Coordinator at Kendal at Hanover in Hanover, NH, a continuum of care retirement community. Shelly’s primary D-H clinical area is Medical Specialties and ICU’s. Shelly earned her Master of Pastoral Studies at Andover Newton Theological School and is an ordained clergy in the United Church of Christ. She received her chaplaincy training at both DHMC and at Havenwood Heritage Heights, a Concord, NH retirement community. Shelly has raised her family in the Upper Valley and she was honored as Lebanon Citizen of the Year in 2012.
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. 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. 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.