Penny Abbott joined the Department of Spiritual Health as Administrative Assistant in 2006. Prior to joining the department she served as Secretary for the Director of Purchasing at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and as Grant Secretary/Receptionist at the Howard Dean Education Center in Springfield, Vermont. 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.
The Rev. Fr. Joachim Chukwujekwu Adione joined Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in August 2020 as a Chaplain/Roman Catholic priest. Fr. Joachim is originally from Nigeria, where he was ordained a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Nnewi in Anambra State in 1996. The Father brings varied ministry experiences as a priest in congregational settings and as a missionary in his home country. In 2007, he came to the U.S. to study at St. John’s University, Queens, New York, for his Master’s degree in Theology. He completed one Clinical Pastoral Education unit at NYUMC and a residency at Westchester Medical Center Valhalla, New York. Since then, he has served as a chaplain in several hospitals in New York, Colorado, and Michigan. Fr. Joachim pursued a Doctorate in Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana. He became a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC). Fr. Joachim enjoys serving God and humanity through his pastoral and sacramental ministry. His hobbies include soccer, table tennis, and badminton. Also, going for walks and listening to the radio.
Rev. Nancy Bird Pellegrini joined the Spiritual Health staff in May of 2022. She serves at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital and in the neurology units at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). As a graduate of Dartmouth College, she is happy to be back in the Upper Valley. Nancy holds master's degrees in international relations from the London School of Economics and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and previously had a 20-year career working for the federal government. Nancy embarked on her new career path in 2009 and received her Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, in 2012. She is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister. She served for six years as the chaplain at the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina and as the assistant minister at the Unitarian Church in Charleston. She completed her Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training at DHMC. Her areas of special interest include end-of-life care and staff resiliency. Nancy is committed to meeting people wherever they are spiritually.
Rev. Kris Bowen joined the Spiritual Health 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. Susan Joy Huizenga joined Spiritual Health in 2021. She serves as Chaplain for Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor, Vermont, a small community access hospital in the area, and provides spiritual support for patients, families, and staff on the neurology units at the Medical Center. She enjoys the combination of living and working independently in a rural community while also integrated in a team of chaplains in an academic setting. Susan earned her Master of Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and holds ordination in the Reformed Church in America. Her Clinical Pastoral Education and ministry journey has spanned over thirty years, six states and Washington, DC. She has been board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains since 2009 and has served in long-term care, psychiatric facilities, VHA, hospice and palliative care. Susan brings a strong passion for people and their emotional and spiritual well-being. An increasing area of focus in her ministry the building of resiliency for healthcare staff and caregivers
Rev. Skye Murray joined Spiritual Health and Dartmouth Health Children's 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. He has been a staff chaplain in the DHMC Office of Spiritual Health since April of 2012.
Rev. Stephen Warfield, MDiv, BCC joined the Spiritual Health 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, North Carolina, and the Durham VA Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, and served as a staff chaplain at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. 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.