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The Pastoral Care Team

at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – New Brunswick

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Rev. Christine Davies, M.Div., MSW
Director
Christine is a New Jersey native and an ACPE Certified Educator. She is ordained as a Minister of Word & Sacrament within the Presbyterian Church (USA). She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Master of Social Work from Rutgers University. Prior to entering chaplaincy, Christine was a counselor for addiction and mental health. She has led the Chaplaincy Services department at NYU Langone Medical Center in NYC, was the CPE Coordinator at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and a staff chaplain at Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia. Christine and her husband are raising two energetic sons.

Photo of Chaplain Gavan MeehanChaplain Gavan Meehan, M.Div., J.D.
Staff Chaplain
Gavan joined the RWJBarnabas Health New Brunswick team as a staff chaplain in 2017, specializing in oncology chaplaincy and palliative care. Previously, he served as the staff chaplain at Bridgeport Hospital and as a hospice chaplain for Constellation Health Services in Connecticut. Gavan completed his CPE Residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital in 2015, after retiring from his prior career as an attorney. He holds degrees from Harvard College, Yale Divinity School and the University of Connecticut School of Law, and is a certified mediator. A parishioner at St. Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, New Brunswick, Gavan is currently pursuing board certification through the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. His self-care includes hiking, choral singing, pilgrimaging, and exploring New Jersey.

Photo of Apara MahalApara Mahal
Department Secretary – CPE Office Administrator
Apara is a 2018 CPE graduate who has worked for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for over eight years. Prior to joining the Pastoral Care Department, Apara worked in the Emergency Room as a registrar. She holds a Masters of Public Administration, Health Policy and Management concentration from Seton Hall University. Her proudest accomplishment is her book, Angel Child, which she published in 2015. Apara lives in South Bound Brook with her husband and two cats.

Rev. Tiina Nummela, D.Min., Th.M.
Clinical Pastoral Educator
Tiina was born and educated in Finland. She completed her Master of Theology (Dogmatics) degree at the University of Helsinki and earned her teaching degree from the University of Joensuu, where she also studied Psychology, Pedagogy, and Special Education. She taught Religion and Psychology in public schools in Finland and worked as a youth pastor and a preschool religious educator. Ordained by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, she is an ACPE Certified Educator. She received her D.Min. degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Tiina is married and has one daughter.

Photo of Rev. Ramon OrostizagaRev. Ramon Orostizaga, M.Div., Th.M.
Spanish Speaking Chaplain
Native of Chile S.A., Ramon completed his undergraduate and theological education in his home country, where he was also ordained in 1996 as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the National Presbyterian Church of Chile. He moved to the United States in 2001 and received a call from a Latino congregation of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. He ministered to this Spanish-speaking congregation, whose membership consisted of people from various countries of Latin America, and their cultures as well as dialects differed greatly. Ramon took a break from congregational ministry after 10 years and entered Princeton Theological Seminary, where he earned his M.Div. and Th.M. degrees. He is married and a proud father of three daughters.

Photo of Rev. Ann ShamyRev. Ann B. Shamy, M.Div.
Perinatal and Pediatric Chaplain
Ann graduated from University of Louisville with a B.S. in Sociology and an M.Div. from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. She is a Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (US) and Certified as a Clinical Chaplain by College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. Ann covers perinatal and Children's Services at RWJUH – New Brunswick in 2W, 3T, and at The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital.

Photo of Chaplain Jerrold SmithChaplain Jerrold Smith Jr., M.Div., BCC
Staff Chaplain
Jerrold grew up in a loving home in the south suburbs of Chicago. He received a B.S. in Biology from Howard University and an M.Div. from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Jerrold is board certified by the APC (Association of Professional Chaplains) and is a licensed Minister with Baptist roots and an affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is happily married to the love of his life and together they have five beautiful daughters.




Patient Stories

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