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Board of Directors 2020 - 2021


Rev. Jon A. Overvold MDiv BCC
Executive Committee Member

Jon A. Overvold, MDiv, BCC is the Manager of Pastoral Care and Education at New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. In this role, he also supports pastoral care at NYP – Westchester Behavioral Health Center, a psychiatric specialty hospital and supports pastoral care at NYP – Lower Manhattan Hospital, a community hospital. Prior to coming to Weill Cornell, he was the Senior Director of Mission and Spiritual Care at NYU Langone Health. Before NYU Langone, he was the Corporate Director of System Chaplaincy Services for Northwell Health on Long Island New York. Jon has served as New York State Representative for the APC and also as chair of the APC Quality Committee. He became a board certified chaplain in 1999 and has 30 years of experience in healthcare chaplaincy. Jon holds a BA in history from Pacific Lutheran University, and received his master of divinity from Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Jon is ordained and endorsed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Jon lives in Manhattan and cherishes his roots in Portland, Oregon.


Rev. Dr. Jeffery T. Garland DMin EdS BCC-PCHAC
Executive Committee Member 

The Reverend  Jeffery T. Garland DMin EdS BCC has been an active member with APC® since 1997 and a BCCI® board certified chaplain since 2002 and Palliative Care and Hospice Advanced Certified (PCHAC) in 2019. He is employed as a chaplain the VNA Health Group Barnabas Health Home and Hospice & Palliative Care Center in West Orange, New Jersey. Endorsed by The American Baptist Churches, USA, Garland is the assistant to the pastor at Berean Baptist Church in Newark, NJ. He received his doctorate of ministry from Drew University School of Theology, his master of divinity from New York Theological Seminary and his education specialist in marriage and family therapy degree from Seton Hall University. He has served APC in the roles of Membership Services Council member, Multi-Cultural Multi-Ethnic Committee Chair, APC Conference Planning Committee Spiritual Needs chair and Nominating Committee member.


Rev. John Simon MDiv MTS BCC

Executive Committee Member 

The Reverend John Simon has been a BCCI® board certified chaplain since 2001. Endorsed by The American Baptist Churches, USA, he is the director of Network Chaplaincy at Westchester Medical Center Health Network based in Valhalla, NY. In addition, he serves as senior pastor of The Historic Second Baptist Church in Poughkeepsie. He earned his master of divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and master of theological studies degree with distinction from the Iliff School of Theology. He is a board certified New York State Department of Corrections Protestant Chaplain.

Rev. Mark LaRocca-Pitts PhD BCC
Executive Committee Member 

Mark LaRocca-Pitts served as a professional chaplain for nearly 20 years in community outreach, acute care, and hospice settings. He currently serves as Pastor in Charge at a United Methodist Church outside of Atlanta, GA and has a part-time PRN chaplain position at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital.  He has been BCCI® board certified since 2006 and is ordained by the United Methodist Church. He has served in various leadership roles with APC®, including state representative of Georgia, chair of the History Committee, chair of the Communications Committee, on the Quality in Chaplaincy Care Committee, and on the task forces for Standards of Practice in Acute Care, in Long-Term Care, and the Integrated Standards of Practice. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for APC. Mark received his BA and MA in Religious Studies from Indiana University, his MDiv from Harvard Divinity School, and his PhD from Harvard University. He is past president of the Georgia Society for Healthcare Chaplains and founder/host of Death Café Atlanta. 

BCCI Representative
Jana Troutman-Miller MA BCC
Executive Committee
Member of Quality in Chaplaincy Care Committee

Jana Troutman-Miller MA BCC serves as chaplain and Episcopal priest at Saint John’s on the Lake, a retirement community in Milwaukee, WI. Prior to Saint John’s, she had several years of experience in the areas of acute care, mom/babies, and mental health and addictions. Jana is a trained spiritual director and is on the teaching faculty of the Haden Institute for Spiritual Direction in Ontario, Canada. BCCI® board certified since 2004, Jana has served the chaplaincy profession in a variety of different areas including secretary of the Wisconsin Chaplaincy Association, APC® Wisconsin state advocacy chair, member of the BCCI Commission on Certification, and co-chair of the Integrated Standards of Practice Task Force.  While serving on the Board of Directors for APC, she has been the chair of the Professional Ethics Committee, is on the Quality Committee, and is the current chair of the BCCI Commission on Certification.  


Joel Nightingale Berning MDiv BCC ACPE

Joel Nightingale Berning is the Manager of the Pastoral Care & Education Department at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, where he has been a hospital chaplain for eleven years. He has served on the BCCI® Commission on Certification since 2016, when he became a BCCI® board certified chaplain. He also served APC as a conference planner 2013–2016. His research focuses on overcoming communication barriers to spiritual care. He is a Certified Educator of ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education. He graduated from Union Theological Seminary and Pomona College, is endorsed by the Religious Naturalist Association, and was born and raised in Portland, Oregon.

Sarah Byrne-Martelli, DMin BCC

Sarah Byrne-Martelli, DMin BCC, is the Inpatient Chaplain for the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine. She has been a BCCI® board certified chaplain since 2004 and is endorsed by the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. She also has served as a Hospice chaplain and bereavement coordinator. Sarah holds a Doctor of Ministry from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Haverford College. She is Secretary of the Board of the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion and she mentors new chaplains within her denomination.  Sarah has held a variety of APC roles including Board Certification Commission member, Conference Plenary chair, and Advocacy Commission member. 

Rabbi Jodie Futornick DBe MA BCC

Rabbi Jodie Futornick, DBe,MA, BCC is an acute care staff chaplain at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle Washington, with specialization in bioethics. She has been a BCCI certified chaplain since 2007. Jodie received her Rabbinical Ordination and Master of Arts from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1989, and an additional MA in Bioethics from Loyola of Chicago in 2011. She recently completed a Doctor of Bioethics degree (D.Be.), also from Loyola. She is endorsed by the Rabbinical Assembly of Judaism’s Conservative movement. Jodie has served APC in a variety of volunteer roles, including State Representative and Continuing Education Chairs in IL, Certification Chair of Area 5, Education Committee, Chair of 2012 annual conference Workshop Committee, Membership Committee, and most recently, chair of the Bioethics Standards of Practice Task Force.

Rev. Amy Karriker MDiv BCC

Rev. Karriker is the Director of Chaplaincy Services at Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, NY. She holds a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.  Karriker is BCCI board certified since 2001 and is ordained and endorsed through the United Church of Christ. She has been very active with APC serving in many roles, as a Development Committee member, Chair of 2010 Annual APC Conference, Area 1 Certification chair, facilitator of the Pediatric Special Interest Group, and Membership Committee chair.

Rev. Renato Santos DMin, MDiv, BCC, LMHC

Rev. Renato O. Santos serves as the Assistant Vice-President for Pastoral Care Services and oversees spiritual care programming and mission integration for Baptist Health South Florida, Miami, FL.  He has been in a number of leadership roles since joining Baptist Health in 1995.  Rev. Santos holds a Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, a Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is endorsed for chaplaincy and pastoral counseling through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Rev. Santos has been BCCi® board certified since 1998 and is a licensed psychotherapist through the State of Florida.   He has also served APC® as chair for the Multi-Cultural Multi-Ethnic Committee.  Rev. Santos has previously served in the board of directors for the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and as a chaplain with the United States Army Reserve.

Rev. Jeffery N. Murphy MDiv BCC

The Reverend Jeffery N. Murphy MDiv BCC has been a BCCI® board certified chaplain since 1993. He served as a staff chaplain at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS from 2003 until 2019. Currently he serves as chaplain at Tyson Foods, Carthage, MS Complex.  Endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), he holds a Bachelor of Arts from William Carey College and a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before joining the board, Murphy served APC as state representative for Mississippi, the national coordinator of state representatives and BCCI certification chair for Area 8. He was also the founding president of the Mississippi Chaplains Association.


Rev. Inetta Reddell MBE MACS MDiv BCC

Rev. Inetta Reddell has been a Board Certified Chaplain since 2013 and is endorsed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. She has served on several boards including the Board of Directors for Kairos International Prison and the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors at Deerfield, Riverwood, and Bannockburn (DBR) as well as served on their Executive Board of Directors. Inetta has a MDiv and MBE (Masters of Bioethics) and Masters of Christian Studies with emphasis in Pastoral Counseling and was ordained at Second Baptist Church. She is currently working at UMC (University Medical Center) Health System in Lubbock, TX since 2013. Inetta also currently serves as senior pastor for First United Methodist Church of Sudan. Prior to serving on the APC Board of Directors, Inetta was APCState Representative for North Texas State.


Douglas Stewart MDiv BCC MSME

Douglas Stewart MDiv BCC MSME is the Chief Chaplain of Memorial Regional Health System (MRHS) in Belleville, Illinois. MRHS is a part of BJC Health of St. Louis, Missouri. Rev. Stewart has served as Chief Chaplain since 2016. He also has responsibilities for Community Benefit and Ethics. 
Prior to his current position, Rev. Stewart was Director of Innovation and Lean at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, where he developed the lean initiatives, quality improvement and Spiritual Care Services for the hospital and Southern Illinois Region of HSHS. Rev. Stewart was on the St. Elizabeth’s hospital administrative team as well. Rev. Stewart has served 12 years as an adjunct faculty in Philosophy at Southwestern Illinois College teaching Philosophy, Ethics and developed a bioethics program.  He has a Master’s in Divinity, a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering with a specialty in fracture mechanics from Southern Methodist University, and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology. Rev. Stewart is an ordained Elder in the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and is endorsed by the United Methodist Higher Education as a chaplain. He has been married for 27 years and has two children. In his free time, Rev. Stewart has served in scouting at the local, council, and national level, his local church, and enjoys ham radio and cycling.

Ex-officio Member
Patricia F. Appelhans JD

Chief Executive Officer

Patricia F. Appelhans JD is the CEO of the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC).   Pat has been with APC since 2009. As CEO of APC, Pat works closely with APC leadership teams, its pastoral cognate groups, as well as organizational leaders in allied health and human services organizations. Prior to serving as CEO of APC, Pat was director at SmithBucklin Corporation, an association management company serving as executive director to several non profits.  Pat has many years experience as a non profit professional serving in trade, professional and service organizations.  Pat is also a licensed attorney and served as counsel for several non profits. Pat has been an active volunteer in other non profits such as Association Forum and served as their Chairman of the Board.  Pat was the recipient of the John C. Thiel Distinguished Service Award from Association Forum. She was also Chairman of the Greater Chicago Girl Scout Alliance and Rotarian of the Year at the Elgin Rotary International Club.  Pat currently serves as secretary of COMISS and on the National Advisory Board of CSU Institute for Palliative Care. Pat earned her B.A. from University of Illinois Chicago and her J.D. from Northern Illinois University. She is admitted to practice in the state of Illinois.