Staff Profiles

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Princeton HealthCare System Pastoral Care Staff


The Reverend Matthew Rhodes, PsyD, ACPE Supervisor/Certified Educator — Princeton Medical Center
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, a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Pastoral Supervision through the Institute for Psychodynamic Pastoral Supervision and Graduate Theological Foundation, and is currently enrolled in a PhD Program in Practical Theology through the University of Aberdeen. 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 Princeton Health, 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 Residents, 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 Steering Committee for the Patient and Family Experience, 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 on the Eating Disorder Unit where he co-facilitates a weekly Spirituality Group on “Grief, Meaning, and Recovery” with a therapist on the unit.

Outside of Princeton Health, Matt serves as a Member of the Presbyterian Church USA’s Special Committee to Study the Reformed Perspective on Christian Education in the 21st Century, as a Theory Integration Mentor for Certified Educator Candidates in the ACPE, a Theory Paper Reader for the ACPE, and as the Vice President of the Board for Womanspace, a non-profit for women, men, and families impacted by domestic and sexual violence. 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 Clinical Pastoral Education

The Reverend Amy Fairbanks Seat, ACPE Supervisory Candidate/Educator — Princeton House Behavioral Health
Rev. Amy Seat is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC) and holds a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. Amy is a ACPE Certified Educator Candidate and has participated in both the Eastern Pennsylvania Institute for Clinical Supervision (EPICS) and the Supervisory Training Alliance of Connecticut and New York (STACNY).  Prior to coming to Princeton Health, Amy 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. Amy also served a congregation in Clayton, MO for three years as the Minister to Youth, Children and Families and has worked in prison ministry, campus ministry, and has extensive work with adults with mental illness. With Princeton Health, Amy served for four years as the chaplain for Princeton Hospice before becoming the Manager of Clinical Pastoral Education and chaplain for Princeton House.


Staff Chaplains

Rabbi Robert Freedman — Staff Chaplain
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.

The Reverend Kahlil Carmichael - Staff Chaplain (Hospice)
Kahlil Carmichael has served as pastor of a multicultural church located in Somerset, New Jersey. A double graduate of New York Theological Seminary, he completed a Masters of Pastoral Care and Counseling as well as a Master of Divinity. Additionally, he has completed 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education and served as a Chaplain Intern at Hoboken University Medical center. He is currently pursuing a license in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Reverend Carmichael is an author who has written a 30-day devotional for Guideposts Publication as well as a monthly column for The Positive community magazine. Kahlil lives in central New Jersey with his wife Yevette and their children: Zion, Zoe, and Zachary.


Adjunct Chaplains

Dr. Barry Wexler — Barry is a retired chemist and educator who has completed 4 units of CPE and is working toward his Masters in Jewish Studies through Hebrew Union College. Having served as a CPE Intern at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC and then here at the Princeton Medical Center, he now visits patients multiple days a week throughout Princeton Health, especially at the Princeton Medical Center.

Laura Riccardi — Laura is a lay Catholic, Secular Carmelite who has completed 2.5 units of CPE. She is a regular volunteer who sees patients from all backgrounds and offers particular support to the Catholic patients here at the Princeton Medical Center.


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 Peter Akkanath — Monday-Friday

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. 
�itionally, Eucharistic Ministers from St. Paul's in Princeton are available 7 days a week to provide Holy Communion.

Additionally, Eucharistic Ministers from St. Paul's in Princeton are available 7 days a week to provide Holy Communion.


CPE Residents

Winter Wiggins, M.Div
Winter Marie Wiggins, a native of New Jersey, recently received her Master of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary with an emphasis on pastoral care and spiritual formation while working on a certification in Spiritual Direction from Oasis Ministries. Winter has a passion for the healing work of “care of the soul” and is dedicated to guiding others along their faith journey as they cultivate an authentic and transformative relationship with God. During the 2017-2018 year, Winter served as a Chaplain Intern at Penn Medicine Princeton Health providing spiritual and emotional support for patients on the Eating Disorder and Critical Care Units, and is excited to be among the inaugural group of residents to enter into the Clinical Pastoral Education Residency Program.

Rev. Danielle Graham, M.Div, MSW
Rev. Danielle Graham is a native of Hyattsville, MD.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005 and 2015 respectively.  Rev. Graham completed her Master of Divinity degree and graduate certificate in Urban Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in June of 2014.  Rev. Graham is passionate about the work of Chaplaincy and the CPE process as they support her life’s work of aiding people of faith to learn to Love to Live Well!

Rev. LaVetta J. Hall, M.Div
Clinical Pastoral resident, Rev. LaVetta J. Hall holds a masters of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary in St Louis MO. She is an Ordained minister in the Christian Church Disciples of Christ, with congregational ministry experience. Rev. Hall has a deep passion for Chaplaincy which brings her here to Penn Medicine Princeton Health.

Samuel Yenn-Battah, M.Div
Samuel graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) with a Master of Divinity with a specialization in pastoral care, pastoral counseling, and pastoral psychology. Prior to his time at PTS, Samuel was an economist and professional saxophonist in Atlanta, Georgia. Now, Samuel and his spouse make their home in Princeton. Samuel looks forward to meeting you as he continues his second year of service in the Penn Medicine Princeton Health community.


Office Coordinator

Amelia Irmer — PMC
Amelia Irmer, Indian by ethnicity, Trinidadian by nationality, grew up in Brooklyn New York. She comes from a family of religions varying from Hindus, Muslims, and Christians to Baha’i. Amelia has a degree in International Relations and did her graduate studies in International Human Rights. She coordinates department programming, services, and patient care as the primary interface with the healthcare system.