|Rev. 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, M. Div., D. Min.
Interfaith Staff Chaplain
Elizabeth Hall, M.A.
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 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 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 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 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
|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.
Fr. Bob DeLeon, C.S.C., M. Div.
|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|
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
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.