Pastoral Care staff
Rev. Joe Alverson, Director of Pastoral Care
Joe is an ordained minister and endorsed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Gardner-Webb University. Joe completed his Master of Divinity in Christian Education, from M. Christopher White School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, N.C. Joe completed his residency at Saint Joseph Hospital, Lexington. Joe worked as a chaplain for the Christus Spohn Health System in Corpus Christi, Texas, and formerly Hospice of Louisville. He has been a board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains since 2003.
Joe began as the night chaplain at UK HealthCare in October 2005 and became the day-shift chaplain in October 2008. He was offered the position of interim director in May 2010 and in March 2011 became the director for enterprise pastoral care services, where he continues to help build the department and CPE program.
Rev. Dr. Cam Holzer, ACPE Supervisor
Cam is endorsed and a clergy affiliated with the Alliance Baptist denomination. She attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. In the 90’s she was a second-year pediatric chaplaincy resident here at UK HealthCare and completed Doctor of Ministry studies at Lexington Theological Seminary. Cam then served as associate minister for an Episcopal congregation in upstate South Carolina and head chaplain for a Jewish community hospital in New Orleans for what would wind up being the years and days before, during and after the landfall of Hurricane Katrina. Most of Cam’s training as a CPE supervisor was with Seton HealthCare in Austin, Texas. She supervised numerous chaplain intern and residency groups at Indiana University Health in downtown Indianapolis.
Cam returned to Lexington in the summer of 2013 to run the current Clinical Pastoral Education program at UK HealthCare.
James Blankenbeker, Staff Chaplain
James Blankenbeker is in the ordination process of the Presbyterian Church. He received his Bachelor’s degree in general studies from Indiana University with an emphasis in the social sciences and a minor in psychology. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and earned the Field Education Award for his chaplain and parish internships while a student. Before joining UK HealthCare, James served in a field education position with the VA Medical Center in Louisville as well as completing four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at the University of Louisville Hospital and Baptist Health Louisville.
He currently serves as one of the two staff chaplains at Good Samaritan Hospital. James is a native of Indiana and is a veteran of the United States Air Force.
Wes Dingman, Staff Chaplain
Wes is licensed with the Assemblies of God. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in biblical studies and biblical languages from Evangel University in 2010 and a Master of Divinity from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in 2014. He was a chaplain intern for Indiana University Health at the University and Riley’s Children’s Hospital Campuses in Indianapolis and later provided care as a chaplain resident at the Dallas VA Medical Center.
Wes has worked for UK HealthCare since August 2016 and serves as the weekday night chaplain for Chandler and Good Samaritan hospitals.
Rev. Mark A. Dunn, Staff Chaplain
Mark is an ordained Baptist minister. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with specialization in management from Kentucky State University in Frankfort and his Master of Divinity degree from Baptist Seminary of Kentucky in Georgetown.
Mark began working at UK HealthCare as a PRN Chaplain in 2014 shortly after completion of his CPE internship at UK that summer. He completed his residency at Norton Healthcare in Louisville. He is now a full-time staff chaplain working weekend day shifts and Monday and Tuesday evening shifts.
Rev. Jay Fulton, Staff Chaplain
Jay is an ordained minister endorsed for chaplaincy by the United Brethren Church. He received his undergraduate degree in Educational Ministry from Huntington College in Huntington, Ind. He holds both Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore. Jay served as a pastor for three years in Springfield, Ohio. Jay did his CPE internship at Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, and residency at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington. Jay has been a board-certified chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains since 2002. He served 10 years as a hospice chaplain with two different programs between 2000 and 2010.
Jay has been a chaplain with UK HealthCare since 2010. He currently serves UK Chandler Hospital during weekday day-shift hours.
Rev. Fr. Eliot Handziak, Staff Chaplain
Fr. Eliot is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church of North America. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies and Theology from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He then served as a pastor before moving from parish ministry to chaplaincy. Fr. Eliot
earned his Master of Divinitynwith a Pastoral Care emphasis at Oakland City University, Chapman Seminary. He completed his internship at Norton Healthcare/Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville and his residency at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind.
He is a full-time staff chaplain working Saturday and Sunday night shifts and Thursday and Friday evening shifts.
Rev. Diana Hultgren, Palliative Care & Oncology Chaplain
Diana majored in biology and English at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and received her Master of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology in Denver. She interned with Hospice of Boulder & Broomfield Counties in Colorado and completed chaplain residencies at Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center and Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu and Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. Before coming to UK, she served as intermittent staff chaplain at Denver Health Medical Center in Colorado. She is pursuing ordination with the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Diana came to UK HealthCare in April 2014 and specializes in oncology, adult and pediatric palliative care.
Rev. Logan Lloyd, Staff Chaplain
Logan is affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He graduated from Transylvania University in 2009 and received a Master of Divinity from Wake Forest University School of Divinity in 2012. He was a chaplaincy intern at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and
completed two years of residency at Norton Healthcare in Louisville. Logan has worked for UK HealthCare since August 2014 and serves in Chandler Hospital during weekdays.
Rev. Kathryn Perry, Staff Chaplain
Kathryn is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She did her undergraduate studies at Transylvania University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in religious studies. After leaving college, Kathryn attended Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, receiving her Master of Divinity degree. Kathryn completed her CPE internship at residency at the VA Medical Center in Lexington and then went on to complete a fellowship in hospice and palliative care in 2015. Before coming to UK, Kathryn has served as an associate minister in Lexington as well as a hospice chaplain.
Kathryn began working at UK HealthCare in July 2016.
Rev. Christine Ross, Staff Chaplain
Christine is the chaplain to
pediatrics and the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Christine is an ordained
United Methodist minister endorsed through the United Methodist Endorsing
Agency. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical and
Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University in Indiana. Christine completed her Masters of Divinity from Asbury
Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. She completed a CPE internship and a
residency at the UK Albert B. Chandler Medical Center. Christine became a full-time staff chaplain at UK in July 2011
working weekends and evenings and moved to pediatrics in September 2016. She
has been a board-certified chaplain since November 2013.
Rev. Stephen Summers, Staff Chaplain
Stephen is an ordained Baptist minister who is endorsed through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He did his undergraduate studies at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, receiving a bachelor’s degree in religious studies. After leaving college, Stephen moved on to seminary, receiving his Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Pastoral Care from the M. Christopher White School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. Stephen completed a CPE internship at Gaston Memorial Hospital in Gastonia, N.C., in 2009, and completed his residency at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind., in 2010.
Stephen began working at UK HealthCare in August 2011. He now serves weekdays at UK Good Samaritan Hospital.