Meet the Staff

Full-Time Staff

 Rev Jacob Marvel, BBCRev. Jacob Marvel, BBC
Board Certified Chaplain
Manager of the Department of Pastoral Care

Jake Marvel serves as manager of the Department of Pastoral Care and is an associate supervisor of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. He completed clinical pastoral education residencies at Albany Medical Center and VA New York Harbor, where he also did supervisory training. Marvel holds degrees from the College of William and Mary and Princeton Theological Seminary. In addition to his work at Albany Med, Marvel serves as Wing Chaplain of the 109th Airlift in Scotia and has been deployed with the U.S. Air Force during Operations Enduring Freedom and Deep Freeze. Marvel has also responded to aid in the response to domestic natural disasters. Ordained and endorsed by the Reformed Church in America (RCA), Marvel has served as pastor to Capital District congregations of the RCA as well as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He and wife have two daughters.
Rev. Harlan Ratmeyer

Rev. Harlan Ratmeyer, M. Div., D. Min.
Ordained Minister

Harlan Ratmeyer serves as the supervisor for the clinical pastoral education (CPE) program at Albany Med. Harlan is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church of America, and also serves as a minister to a local congregation. A native of Illinois, Harlan has trained and supervised in a variety of settings in Michigan, California, and Illinois, and has led the department at Albany Med since 1995.

Yervant Kutchukian

Interfaith Staff Chaplain
Yervant Kutchukian serves as an interfaith chaplain for the Department of Pastoral Care. He is an ordained deacon in the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church, serving at a local congregation. Yervant graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service and obtained a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from St. Nersess Armenian Seminary and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. He has completed nine units of Clinical Pastoral Education [CPE] at AMC, including 2 years of chaplain residency. His interests include patristics, correctional and mental health chaplaincy, Ignatian spirituality, and therapeutic spirituality as experienced through the Psalms, the Desert traditions, contemplative prayer, and Lectio Divina. Yervant often speaks on diverse aspects of spirituality and pastoral care to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Yervant may be reached at
kutchuy [@]

Elizabeth Hall

Elizabeth Hall, M.A.
Administrative Assistant, Pastoral Care
Liz Hall is the Administrative Assistant for the Department of Pastoral Care. A Roman Catholic, Liz completed her Master's degree in Theology at St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry. Liz completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Albany Med, and has worked in her current capacity since 2001.

Resident Chaplains

Aloysius Kabunga
Aloysius was born and spent his early years in Uganda. He attended Alokulum Catholic National Major Seminary, where he obtained a Bachelor's Degree in social and philosophical studies majoring in psychology. After leaving east Africa, Aloysius enrolled in St. John's Seminary in California and later the Andover Newton Theological Seminary in Boston. In Massachusetts, he graduated with a Masters of Arts degree in clinical pastoral education. Aloysius also has a certificate in addictions counseling from the Addictions Care Center of Albany. In addition to his work at Albany Med, Aloysius conducts individual and group counseling at St. Peter's Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Center.

 Valerie CoxValerie Cox
Valerie Cox is a native of Albany with more than 14 years of experience in ministry. She is an ordained reverend at Mount Zion Baptist Church where she serves as an associate. Cox holds a Masters of Theology degree from the Mid-Hudson Bible Institute. She holds a certification as a mediator through the VA Medical Center. Cox has also served as the co-pastor of a congregation in Greenville. She enjoys softball, swimming and football.
 Kabanga BosaniKabanga Bomasi
Kabanga was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He spent his early years there and attended the Institute Superieure des Techniques Appliques of Kinshasa, where he obtained an Associate's Degree of Science in computer science. After leaving Africa for the United States in 2005, Kabanga attended the University at Albany and received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in IT management in 2010. In 2014, Kabanga graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master's of Divinity. He completed his first unit of clinical pastoral education at NorthShore-LIJ in Manhasset, N.Y. He is continuing his clinical pastoral education as a resident chaplain at Albany Medical Center.
 Marjorie McCoyMarjorie S. McCoy
Marjorie is a Zen Buddhist in the White Plum Asangha tradition. She joined the Pastoral Care office in the summer of 2015 after six years as a volunteer with Columbia-Greene Community Hospice. McCoy holds a B.A. in comparative religions from the College of New Rochelle, a M.A. in social work from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from the College of Law at Syracuse University. She spent 23 years as an attorney and administrator at the New York Court of Appeals. Following retirement, McCoy received a certificate in contemplative caregiving from the New Appeals. Following retirement, McCoy received a certificate in contemplative caregiving from the New York Zen Center for contemplative care in 2011. McCoy's participation in an intensive clinical pastoral education course earned her one credit of CPE in 2015.

Part-Time Chaplain Staff

Younas Azad Younas Azad
Younas Azad is a part-time interfaith chaplain at Albany Med. Mr. Azad received his training in Clinical Pastoral Education at New York University Medical Center, and earned a certificate in Pastoral Counseling at Post Graduate Center of Mental Health. He is a member of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.
Mary Craven Mary C. Craven, M. Ed.
Mary Craven is a part-time interfaith chaplain and has attended St. Bernard's Institute. She completed her Master's Degree at Antioch University. In addition, Mary has completed nine units of CPE here at Albany Med.

Chaplains Representing Specific Faith Groups

Ken Gregory Fr. Ken Gregory
Fr. Ken Gregory, a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, has served as one of the Catholic priest chaplains at Albany Med since 1995. He received his chaplain certification from Pilgrim State Hospital, West Brentwood, NY. Fr. Ken also serves as sacramental Minister in the parishes of St. John Francis Regis, Grafton, NY and Sacred Heart, Berlin, NY.
Bob DeLeon

Fr. Bob DeLeon, C.S.C., M. Div.
Fr. Bob DeLeon has served as one of the Catholic priest chaplains at Albany Med since 2002. He received his M. Div. from the University of Notre Dame and chaplain certification from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC). 

Rabbi Robert Kasman Rabbi Robert Kasman
Rabbi Robert Kasman serves as Jewish Chaplain under the auspices of the Capital District Board of Rabbis with the financial support of the United Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York. Representing the CDBR, Rabbi Kasman visits Jews across the religious spectrum. Rabbi Kasman was ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1989, and received his Bachelor of Comparative Religions from Columbia University in 1982.  Rabbi Kasman's credentials include certification by the American Academy of Certified Chaplains, membership in the Rabbinical Assembly, Jewish Educators Assembly, American Psychotherapy Association and the New York Board of Rabbis.
Imam Arif Ropri Imam Arif Ropri
Mr. Arif Ropri serves as the Muslim Chaplain. Mr. Ropri earned a master’s degree in Economics from Punjab University (Pakistan), and an additional master’s degree in Islamic Studies from Ahle-Hadith University (Pakistan). Mr. Ropri has completed 1.5 units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and both served as Deputy Imam and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Islamic Center of the Capital District.

 Two Day Extended Clinical Pastoral Education Interns

Pastoral Care Interns

Bruce Helstrom and Joe Lalka 

Extended Clinical Pastoral Education Interns

From right to left. Bruce Helstrom, Candace Dale, Joe Lalka, Valerie Cox, Dawn Bevilacqua, Donna Newsome and Christopher Tyler. Derek Hansen unavailable for photo.