Staff Profiles

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Princeton HealthCare System Pastoral Care Staff

Department Leadership and CPE Faculty

Director of Religious Ministries, Penn Medicine Princeton Health

The Rev. Matthew Rhodes, PsyD, ACPE Educator

Rev. Rhodes (pictured middle above) 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 a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Pastoral Supervision through the Institute for Psychodynamic Pastoral Supervision and Graduate Theological Foundation. He has completed 4 units of CPE with Capital Health, 4 units of CPE with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and Supervisory Education with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Overlook Hospital through the Eastern Pennsylvania Institute for Clinical Supervision (EPICS). Matt is an ACPE Supervisor/Certified Educator.

With PMPH, Matt serves as the Director of Religious Ministries, as a Co-Chair and a Lead Consultant for the Bio-Medical Ethics Committee, as a supervisor to CPE Certified Educator Candidates, CPE Residents and CPE Interns, as a supervisor to Religious Ministries staff, as Chair of the Employee Benevolent Fund, as a member of the Institutional Review Board, as a member of the Steering Committee for the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, as a member of the Palliative Care Committee, as an occasional lecturer for Pastoral Theology and Medical Ethics courses at Princeton Theological Seminary, as well as at Medical Grand Rounds and Psychiatric Grand Rounds at Princeton Health, as a preacher at local congregations, and as a chaplain to patients, family and staff at Princeton Medical Center. His chaplaincy is primarily focused at the Center for Eating Disorder Care at Princeton Medical Center, where he co-facilitates a weekly Spirituality Group on “Grief, Meaning, and Recovery” with a therapist on the unit.

Outside of PMPH, Matt serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the ACPE, as President of the Board of Directors for Womanspace, a non-profit for women, men, and families impacted by domestic and sexual violence, as a Co-Moderator of the Presbyterian Church USA’s Special Committee to Study the Reformed Perspective on Christian Education in the 21st Century, and as a Parish Associate at Morrisville Presbyterian Church. Previously, he served as Co-Chair for the Committee on Preparation for Ministry in the Presbytery of New Brunswick. Additionally, his background in ministry is with people with intellectual disabilities in multi-faith and racially diverse faith communities through his work with L'Arche.

 

Manager of Pastoral Care and CPE, Princeton Medical Center

Samuel Yenn-Batah, MDiv, ACPE Certified Educator Student

Being given the name Samuel, in honor of the prophet in the Jewish and Old Testament Scriptures and in honor of bringing belonging to my parents is a weighty gift and call that Samuel Yenn-Batah enjoys answering each day of his life. Between being raised in Accra, Ghana and then Atlanta, Georgia, Sam initially answered this call by using his platforms as an economist, entrepreneur, and saxophonist in ATL to bring care and healing to people. Sam then came to Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) to explore how to bring care and healing to people in a way that most integrated his particularities and gifts. To this end, Sam graduated with a Master of Divinity and concentration in pastoral care. He also received the Robert P. Goodlin Award for Excellence in Clinical Chaplaincy from PTS, which he cherishes as a blessing to pursue a vocational calling in spiritual care as a chaplain.

After completing a CPE Internship and a CPE Residency at Penn Medicine Princeton Health, Sam became the Manger of Pastoral Care and CPE at Princeton Medical Center. He is a Certified Educator Candidate in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and a candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Sam and his spouse make their home in Princeton with their daughter and enjoy attending and performing at concerts in New Jersey and Philly.

 

ACPE Contract Educator

The Rev. Ralph Ciampa, ThM, ACPE Educator

Ralph Ciampa is the Emeritus Director of the Department of Pastoral Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a United Methodist minister who served as a parish pastor in Western Pennsylvania before specializing in chaplaincy and earning his credentials as a chaplain educator with the National Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. He is a graduate of Otterbein College, United Theological Seminary, and Union Seminary in New York. His Clinical Pastoral Education specialization included Residency training at Norwich State Psychiatric Hospital in Connecticut, the Richmond Memorial Hospital, and the Virginia Institute for Pastoral Counseling. He is a Supervisor in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, and has been a Board Certified Chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains and a Member in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

Under his direction the Department of Pastoral Care of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania developed extensive Clinical Pastoral Education programs at the extern, intern, resident, and supervisory levels. The department also pursued an active partnership with the interfaith community and clergy and emphasized the interfaith nature of its programs, staff and student groups. The University of Pennsylvania Health System ACPE Center was named ACPE Research Center of the Year in 1998.

Rev. Ciampa has two daughters and two sons and lives with his wife, Janice, in Swarthmore, PA.


ACPE Contract Educator Candidate

The Rev. Caroline Unzaga, ACPE Certified Educator Candidate

Rev. Caroline Steinemann Unzaga is a Contract Certified Educator Candidate at Penn Medicine Princeton Health. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Princeton Theological Seminary and is an ordained Presbyterian minister. Caroline has engaged in the ministries of faith formation and pastoral care, serving in both the parish and in the hospital context. Within the hospital context, Caroline specialized in chaplaincy in behavioral health, working in the VA system and then the NJ state psychiatric hospital system. In the parish she has served in the areas of youth ministry, congregational care, and transitional ministry.

Caroline values participation in the larger community. As such, she has serviced in various leadership roles within the Presbyterian church. She also serves her home community as a town council member.

Caroline lives in northern New Jersey with her husband, Jay, their two children, and their dog Ralph. In her free time, she enjoys painting watercolors, spinning, and spending time with her family

 

Staff Chaplains

Mira Abou-Elezz, MA

Chaplain Mira Abou Elezz received her Master’s in Religion from Rutgers University and completed her chaplaincy residency in Los Angeles, CA. She is now a part-time staff chaplain at Penn Medicine Princeton Health, working at the main hospital as well as at Princeton House Behavioral Health. Chaplain Mira gives her "Islamic Guidance" chapel services at the main hospital on Thursdays at noon and welcomes all to attend. She is an avid admirer of nature and sunshine and appreciates beauty in all its forms.

 

Rabbi Bob Freedman

Bob Freedman is ordained as both a cantor and a rabbi. He has served congregations in both roles over the past 35 years in Princeton, NJ, Manchester, VT, and at Society Hill Synagogue in Philadelphia, PA. 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 Princeton Health hospice care throughout the area.

 

Office Coordinator

Mariann Wankoff

A native of New York, Mariann comes from a religiously diverse family that includes Jews, Catholics, and Protestants. With a particular expertise in digital scholarship and technology, she worked at Princeton Theological Seminary for over 20 years and supported students, staff, and faculty in their academic research. In the Department of Religious Ministries, Mariann coordinates departmental programming, services, and patient care as the primary interface with the healthcare system.

 

Coordinating Diocesan Priest

Father Peter Akkanath

Peter Akkanath Chakkunny, CMI., is a Carmelite priest belonging to the Bhopal province in India. He was ordained January 8th, 1998. He holds a Master’s Degree in psychology from Calicut University, India and completed two years’ fellowship in Clinical Psychology from Ramachandra Medical College, Chennai, India. Since 2007 he was working as a Clinical Psychologist in Sacred Heart psychiatric hospital, Paynkulam, India. He was chaplain at Carmelite Monastery, Flemington, NJ for three years before his appointment as the Catholic Chaplain to Princeton Health, NJ. He served as a vocation promoter for CMI Bhopal province, India and director of VMK, Madhya Pradesh, India. Additionally, Eucharistic Ministers from St. Paul's in Princeton are available 7 days a week to provide Holy Communion.