Staff Profiles

Staff Profiles

Director

The Reverend Matthew Rhodes -- UMCP

Rev. Rhodes is a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and holds a BA from Davidson College, a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and is working on a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Pastoral Supervision through the Institute for Psychodynamic Pastoral Supervision. He has completed 8 units of basic CPE in addition to Supervisory Education. Currently, he is a Supervisory Candidate in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Additionally, Matt has extensive experience in multi-faith and ethnically diverse faith communities through his work with L'Arche.

With PHCS, he serves as the Director of Religious Ministries, as a Co-Chair and Lead Consultant for the Bio-Medical Ethics Committee, as a supervisor to CPE students, as Chair of the Employee Benevolent Fund, as a member of the Institutional Review Board, as an occasional lecturer for pastoral theology and medical ethics courses at Princeton Theological Seminary, as a preacher at local congregations, and as a chaplain to patients, family and staff at University Medical Center of Princeton.  He also serves as Co-Chair on the Committee for Preparation for Ministry in the Presbytery of New Brunswick.

Chaplains

The Reverend Cheryl Regis -- Princeton House 

Rev. Cheryl Regis is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, and began her work at PHCS as a student doing one of her field education experiences there. After graduation, Cheryl became a full-time chaplain with the PHCS Hospice program before becoming the Princeton House Behavioral Health Chaplain in July of 2007. She also serves as a chaplain at UMCP. While at Princeton Hospice, she became a Certified Bereavement Facilitator through the American Academy of Bereavement. Cheryl is ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is affiliated with Plainsboro Presbyterian Church where she worships and participates in the congregation.

The Reverend Amy Fairbanks Seat -- Hospice Program

Rev. Amy Seat is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC) and holds a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.  She completed 5 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO, where she provided spiritual care to a diverse population on the Medical Intensive Care Unit and General Medicine floor. Prior to her CPE residency in St. Louis, Amy served a congregation in Clayton, MO for three years as the Minister to Youth, Children and Families. Additionally, Amy has worked in prison ministry, campus ministry, and has extensive work with adult with mental illness.

With hospice, Amy participates in patient care planning as part of the inter-disciplinary team, as a pastoral care provider, and as a facilitator of bereavement groups. Additionally, Amy supervises seminary interns in the field education program, coordinates community education programs for the department and serves on the Bio-Medical Ethics Committee at UMCP.

Rabbi Robert Freedman -- UMCP

Bob Freedman is ordained as both a cantor and a rabbi.  He has served congregations as both over the past 35 years in Princeton, Manchester, Vermont, and currently at Society Hill Synagogue in Philadelphia. In 1996, he became the first Jewish chaplain for the Princeton Medical Center and served until 2000, returning to the position in May of 2013. Ministering mainly to the Jewish patients at the hospital, he also visits patients at Princeton House Behavioral Health and those in PHCS hospice care throughout the area. Rabbi Freedman visits patients on Monday and Thursday afternoons.

Office Coordinator 

Bhuvana Kalyanam--UMCP

Having grown up in India, Bhuvana has Hindu roots even as she attended Catholic school growing up. With a diverse range of corporate and non-profit work, Bhuvana is a Yoga instructor and brings deep purpose, peace, and kindness to her role in the Chaplaincy Department.

Coordinating Diocesan Priests

Employed by the Diocese of Metuchen, our priests are available 7 days a week in order to provide sacramental coverage to our Catholic patients. Their regular rounding schedule is:

Father Ignatius Okoroji - UMCP - Monday, Tuesday, Saturday

Father Peter Akkanath-Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Additionally, Eucharistic Ministers from St. Paul's in Princeton are available 6 days a week to provide Holy Communion.