Volume 22
Number 4
The Forum issue of Association of Professional Chaplains

Announcing the APC 2020-2021 Slate for Board of Directors

The APC Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the candidates for officer and director positions of the 2020-2021 APC Board of Directors with terms beginning November 1, 2020.  The Nominating Committee has submitted the following candidates for consideration by the Association of Professional Chaplains membership:

Secretary (one-year term)
Rev. Mark LaRocca-Pitts PhD BCC
Chaplain and Pastor
Piedmont Atlanta Hospital/Bethelview United Methodist Church 
Cumming, GA

Director (three-year term)
Joel Nightingale Berning
New York-Presbyterian Hospital
New York, NY

Director (three-year term)
Sarah Byrne-Martelli
Inpatient Chaplain and Instructor, Division of Palliative Care
Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Director (three-year term)
Rabbi Jodie Futornick BCC
Staff Chaplain and Ethics Consultant 
Swedish Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Director (three-year term)
Rev. Amy Karriker BCC
Director of Chaplaincy
Cohen Children’s Medical Center
New Hyde Park, NY

Under APC’s governance structure, each officer serves a one-year term and then moves up.  Therefore, the secretary will move to treasurer, then to president-elect and then to president.

Pursuant to the Association of Professional Chaplains bylaws and governance model, all association members who are certified and in good standing (with the exception of inactive members, students and affiliates) may submit candidates for the respective position(s) by petition containing the signatures of 10% of the voting membership.  Petitions must be received by Friday, June 26, 2020 at 5:00 pm (CT) at the APC national office.  If petitions are received, an election by electronic or mail ballot containing those nominated by the Nominating Committee and those nominated by petition will be conducted between August 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020, with the election results announced September 3, 2020.  If no petitions are received, the candidates shall be considered elected by the membership.

You may review the criteria and process for submitting nominations on the APC website or contact the APC office for assistance.


A Message from APC President… May 2020

APC President Joseph Perez MDiv BCC Dear APC Colleagues, As we continue this journey through the covid-19 pandemic, I am more convinced than ever that one of the spiritual disciplines […]

BCCI News & Updates May 2020

Throughout the last three months we have heard from many of our certified chaplains how much of a toll the COVID-19 pandemic has had on their personal and professional lives. […]

Important Notice Regarding Past-Due Invoices, CE Summary or Five Year Maintenance of Certification

APC Staff are in the final stages of preparing notices for those individuals that have not completed their maintenance of certification for 2019: submitted full payments for APC Dues and/or BCCI fees […]

Participate in APC’s Special Interest Group (S.I.G.) Survey:

APC has been holding regular COVID-19 Round-table calls as well as Professional Community Support calls.  As we continue to work to provide education, support and collegiality during the pandemic, we […]

FINAL Days to participate in ERICH Survey: 

The worldwide pandemic has influenced the way spiritual care has been delivered in health care. Some even say that spiritual care will never be the same after we have been […]

CSU’s “Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy” May 2020

California State University in conjunction with Association of Professional Chaplains is now accepting registrations for several cohorts for their course “Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy”.  CSU accepets registration all the way […]