The Rev. Dr. Peter Yuichi Clark, BCC
Director of Spiritual Care Services
The Rev. Peter Yuichi Clark is an ordained American Baptist minister, a board certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains, and a certified educator in ACPE (the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education). Peter holds a B.A. degree from Baylor University, a M.Div. degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, and a Ph.D. degree in religious studies from Emory University in Atlanta. He teaches in the UCSF School of Medicine and is professor of pastoral care at the American Baptist Seminary of the West, a member school of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley. He has served on the ACPE Board of Representatives and as ACPE theory paper editor for the journal Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry, and he is the author of numerous book chapters and journal articles. Prior to arriving at UCSF in 2010, Peter has provided chaplaincy care in general hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, continuing care retirement communities, and the United States Air Force Reserve. In August 2017, Peter received a UCSF Health PRIDE Award for his commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity, and excellence in his service.
The Rev. Susan P. Conrad, BCC
Manager of Spiritual Care Services
The Rev. Susan P. Conrad returned to UCSF in January 2014 and is an ordained and fellowshipped minister with the Unitarian Universalist Association. She is a board certified chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains and a certified educator in ACPE (the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education), having completed her supervisory training and served as a chaplain at UCSF from 2007 to 2010. Susan holds a B.A. degree from Hampshire College, an M.A. degree in urban planning from UCLA, and a M.Div. degree from Harvard Divinity School. Susan is active in the Unitarian Universalist movement, having served as a chaplain and guest worship leader at her home church and as a mentor for UU chaplains in the fellowshipping process. Susan was named as an “Emerging Leader” in the ACPE Pacific Region, and currently chairs the region’s Development Committee. She has a special interest in conflict transformation, and has been trained in Conflict Mediation with the Community Boards of San Francisco.
The Rev. Beth E. Godfrey
The Rev. Beth E. Godfrey joined the UCSF Department of Spiritual Care Services in March 2015. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a certified educator in ACPE (the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education). Beth holds a B.S. degree in design from Northern Arizona University and a M.Div. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Prior to pursuing chaplaincy and supervisory education, Beth served as a congregational pastor for Presbyterian churches in Indiana and New York. She then did her CPE residency and supervisory training at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. During supervisory training Beth also worked as a Chaplain-in-Residence at Georgetown University. Before arriving at UCSF, she served as treasurer for a sub-region of ACPE.
The Rev. Denah Joseph, BCC
Chaplain and Associate Director of Palliative Care Services at the Parnassus Heights campus
The Rev. Denah Joseph is an ordained Buddhist minister in the Theravada tradition and serves as the outpatient palliative care chaplain at the Parnassus Heights campus, working with patients and families with advanced illness and end-of-life concerns. She is active in teaching both medical students and house staff, and has a particular interest in sustainability and self-care for clinicians in high-stress environments. She has also worked as a psychotherapist for many years, specializing in working with people with advanced illness and their families. Denah is a board certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains.
Reb Naomi Tzril Saks, BCC
Chaplain for the Inpatient Palliative Care Service at the Parnassus Heights campus
Reb Naomi Tzril Saks serves as the inpatient palliative care chaplain at the Parnassus Heights campus. She was ordained as a Rabbinic Pastor by Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi, and is a board certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. She received a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, a Master of Arts degree in Business Management from Antioch University, and completed seminary with ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. Prior to coming to UCSF Naomi was Director of Spiritual Care and a palliative care specialist with Kaiser Permanente and founded a national non-profit educational organization focused on economic wellbeing for women and girls. Naomi has a particular interest in non-pharmacological interventions for pain and suffering, transdisciplinary palliative care, health care disparities at end of life, and cultural humility and pluralism in medicine.
The Rev. Will Hocker, BCC
Pediatric Staff Chaplain
The Rev. Will Hocker is the Pediatric Staff Chaplain serving UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco and is ordained as an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of California. He received his M.Div. degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley and completed his CPE training here at UCSF. He also holds a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a M.S.W. degree from Wayne State University. Prior to coming to UCSF, Will worked as a psychotherapist and social worker, and he also has served as executive director of the Sojourn Chaplaincy at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. He is a board certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains.
The Rev. Jun Caole is the Staff Chaplain serving UCSF Health’s Mission Bay campus and is ordained as a United Methodist minister belonging to the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He received his M.Div. degree from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, and also holds a B.A. degree in Christian education from Asbury College in the Philippines and a B.A. degree in divinity from Union Theological Seminary, also in the Philippines. Prior to coming to UCSF, Jun was a congregational pastor in Methodist churches in the Philippines and Iowa for 15 years, followed by over 15 years of service as a staff chaplain at Seton Medical Center in Daly City, CA. He is a board certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains and certified as a grief facilitator by the American Academy of Bereavement.
Chaplain and Coordinator of Music is Good Medicine
The Rev. Abina T. E. Johnson, BCC
Chaplain and ACPE Certified Educator Candidate
The Rev. Abina Johnson is an ACPE Certified Educator Candidate, a board certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains, and an ordained minister with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. She holds a B.A. degree from Bennett College in Greensboro, NC, and a M.Div. degree from Wake Forest University School of Divinity. Before coming to UCSF, Abina completed an extended CPE unit and two years as a chaplain resident at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital. She also interned with the Volunteer Services Department at Wake Forest University, working with fellow students, non-profit organizations, and community members.
The Rev. Trent J. Thornley
Chaplain and ACPE Certified Educator Candidate
The Rev. Trent J. Thornley is an ACPE Certified Educator Candidate, an ordained minister in the Metropolitan Community Churches, and an ordained Buddhist Dharma Leader in the Nyingma lineage of Anam Thubten, the spiritual director of Dharmata Sangha. Trent holds both a B.A. degree in religious studies and a J.D. degree from Indiana University, as well as an M.A. degree in Buddhist Studies from the Graduate Theological Union and a Certificate in Buddhist Chaplaincy from the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, CA. Prior to joining UCSF, Trent did his CPE training at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco; he worked as Chaplain Trainer for the Sojourn Chaplaincy at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital; and he practiced law in San Francisco for almost 20 years. Trent is also an Enneagram coach and workshop facilitator.
Ms. Flora Avecilla
Administrative Officer for the Parnassus Heights campus
Flora Avecilla joined the Department of Spiritual Care Services in September 2014 as our Administrative Officer. Prior to coming to Spiritual Care, she worked in UCSF’s Department of Emergency Medicine for eight years. She holds a B.F.A. degree from Cornish College of the Arts. Outside of work, Flora enjoys spending time with her daughter, traveling out of the country, and anything that has to do with art and design.
Ms. Kate Perdigon
Administrative Officer for the Mission Bay campus
Kate Perdigon has worked at UCSF Health since 2008 and with the Department of Spiritual Care Services for most of her tenure. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in administration in 1999 and a Master’s degree in industrial relations at the University of the Philippines in 2004. She worked as an office manager at the College of Engineering at the University of the Philippines for five years, prior to immigrating to the United States in 2005. She has worked as a technical recruiter and eventually became a recruiting manager for a healthcare staffing firm prior to coming to UCSF. In September 2015, Kate was named as a UCSF Health PRIDE Award winner for her commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity, and excellence in her service.
The Rev. Dr. Michele R. Shields, BCC
Director of Spiritual Care Services, Emerita, and Research Scholar
The Rev. Dr. Michele R. Shields is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and has been an ordained minister since 1981. Michele holds a B.A. degree from McGill University in Montreal, a M.Div. degree from Boston University, and a D.Min. degree from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. She is a certified educator with ACPE (the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education), a board certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains, and a former member of the ACPE Board of Directors. Michele has served on the faculty of the UCSF School of Medicine and the faculty of the UCSF School of Nursing, teaching about spirituality, cultural humility, ethics, and end-of-life care. She is also endorsed by the United Methodist Church to serve as a chaplain in general hospital and VA hospital settings. Michele served as a church minister for ten years and later served five hospitals as a Chaplain or Manager of CPE prior to UCSF. Michele retired from her position as Director of Spiritual Care Services at the end of June 2014 and now is affiliated with the Department as a Research Scholar, actively engaged in pursuing research projects related to the Spiritual Assessment and Intervention Model (AIM) that she introduced to UCSF and that continues to be taught here.