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Pastoral Care

Meet the Staff

Full-Time Staff

Rev. Harlan Ratmeyer

Rev. Harlan Ratmeyer, M. Div., D. Min.
Ordained Minister
Manager of the Department of Pastoral Care

Harlan Ratmeyer serves as the Manager of the Department of Pastoral Care and 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 [@] mail.amc.edu.

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 in Uganda East Africa, where he spent his early years. He attended Alokulum Catholic National Major Seminary, where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Social and Philosophical studies majoring in Psychology. After leaving Alokolum, Aloysius went to St. John’s seminary in California, and then Andover Newton Theological Seminary in Boston Massachusetts. He graduated with a Master’s of Arts Degree in Pastoral Counseling in 2012. Since then, he has been doing Clinical Pastoral Education at Albany Medical Center. He finished his first unit of CPE, and now is a resident Chaplain. He is also taking classes at the Addictions Care Center of Albany to become a certified substance abuse counselor. 

Dave Munro
Dave has been a member of the Unitarian Universalist church in Albany for over 30 years. He is a past president of that church, as well as past president of a district encompassing 35 UU congregations in upstate New York. Dave recently retired after practicing law for more than 35 years, primarily in the areas of environmental enforcement and energy law. Dave is now offering pro bono services through the Legal Aid Society of Northern NY, assisting low-income people draft wills, living wills and health care proxies. Dave and his wife Eileen Hoffman have two grown children. He is honored to be serving as an interfaith chaplain at Albany Medical Center.

Eleanor Stanton
Eleanor, also known as “Nelle”, was raised Roman Catholic.  In early adulthood, she joined the United Church of  Christ (UCC). After several years volunteering as youth leader, she felt a call to ministry and began looking for a seminary that would allow her to work during the day and study at night. Ironically, it was St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, a Catholic seminary, that prepared her to be a Protestant minister. Nelle has a Master of Pastoral Studies degree and is an ordained UCC minister. She has served as both youth minister and associate pastor at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church in Saratoga Springs. Nelle and her husband, Kent, have two grown children living in New York City.

Laurel Westover
Laurel Westover is an ordained United Methodist minister. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, near Chicago, IL. She has over 17 years of experience in parish ministry and has served churches in AuSable Forks, Schenectady, Galway, Cobleskill and Slingerlands. She has also served as chaplain at retirement centers and skilled nursing facilities, and is a trained family and divorce mediator. Laurel was born in New Hampshire, lived in California and Michigan, and now resides in Troy, NY. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano, swimming and making Pysanky (Ukranian Easter eggs).

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.
Fr. Dennis Pressley Rev. Dennis Pressley
The Rev. Dennis Pressley serves as one of the Episcopalian Chaplains, supported by the Diocese of Albany. Rev. Pressley was originally ordained in the Assembly of God denomination, and was received as an Episcopal Priest in November 1999. Rev. Pressley graduated from Berean University in 1981, during which he completed an internship in all aspects of ministry and hospital ministry.
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

Audrey Seidman and Jay Kline  

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.