The Spiritual Care Team

at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – New Brunswick

Rev. Christine Davies

Rev. Christine Davies, MDiv, MSW
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.

Rev. Amy Fairbanks Seat

Rev. Amy Fairbanks Seat
Manager, CPE Program
Rev. Amy Fairbanks Seat is an ACPE Certified Educator and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and is experienced as a chaplain in a range settings including hospice, behavioral health, a level 1 trauma center, and corrections. Originally from Texas, Amy and her husband met in seminary and returned to New Jersey after a few years in St. Louis, MO where Amy completed her CPE residency at Saint Louis University Hospital. Since returning to New Jersey, Amy was a staff chaplain, coordinator, and then manager of CPE at Penn Medicine Princeton Health and a chaplain educator at Morristown Medical Center. Amy currently lives in Hillsborough with her husband, son, and cat.

Apara MahalApara Mahal
Office Coordinator Apara is a CPE graduate who has worked for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital since 2010. Prior to joining the Spiritual Care Department in 2018, Apara worked in the Emergency Room as a registrar. She holds a Master of Public Administration, Health Policy and Management concentration from Seton Hall University. She is the author of numerous children's books. Apara is also a freelance writer, artistic photographer and a recycled jewelry artist.

Rev. Ramon OrostizagaRev. Ramon Orostizaga, MDiv, ThM
Spanish Speaking ChaplainNative 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 Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees. Since 2020 he is Pastor of the Suydam Street Reformed Church of New Brunswick (RCA). He is married and a proud father of three daughters.

Rev. Ann ShamyRev. Ann B. Shamy, MDiv
Perinatal and Pediatric Chaplain
Ann graduated from University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Master of Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. She is a Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Ann covers Women’s and Pediatric Services at RWJUH.

Chaplain Jerrold SmithRev. Jerrold Smith Jr., MDiv, BCC
Staff Chaplain
Jerrold grew up in a loving home in the south suburbs of Chicago. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Howard University and a Master of Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Jerrold is board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains and is an ordained 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.

Chaplain Allie UlrichChaplain Allie Ulrich
Chaplain Educator Fellow
Allie is a New Jersey native and an ACPE Certified Educator Candidate. Allie holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, as well as a certification as a Board Certified Clinical Chaplain through the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. She has over a decade of pastoral care experience, including serving as a chaplain in psychiatric facilities, hospice care, and medical hospital settings. She completed a second chaplain residency program at RWJUH in 2022-2023, and is now transitioning into a teaching role to help train chaplain interns at RWJUH. Allie lives in Highland Park with her husband Jeff and serves as a lay leader in a diverse Anglican congregation. She enjoys hiking, playing music, and gardening in her free time.

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