Rabbi Sara O’Donnell Adler was raised in Florida and has lived in her adopted state of Michigan since 2005. She was ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1999 and received her Clinical Pastoral Education at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Prior to joining the staff of UMHS in 2008, Rabbi Sara worked as one of the rabbis with the MetroWest Jewish Health and Healing Center in West Orange, NJ and has enjoyed many opportunities to teach in adult Jewish education programs. In Ann Arbor, spring and summer are her favorite seasons. She is often found gardening and hiking around town with her husband and two young daughters. Email
Imam Kamau Ayubbi grew up in Los Angeles California. He received his Bachelor’s Degree From San Francisco State University in Visual Art 1998. During undergrad, Kamau also enjoyed an internship Holistic Health studies. He received his religious and spiritual education and training under the Islamic Supreme Council of America (ISCA) and was appointed as an Imam in 2002. Imam Ayubbi received his Clinical Pastoral Education (chaplaincy training) at Beaumont CPE Center in Royal Oak, MI. Before serving at University of Michigan Hospital and Health Systems, Imam Ayubbi worked as a staff chaplain in Adult Palliative Care and in a Cardiac Progressive Care Unit at Beaumont Royal Oak from 2010-2015. He loves sharing principles and practices of Peace and Meditation for all ages. Email
Rev. Lindsay Bona is the Clinical Coordinator for the Spiritual Care Department. She was raised in upstate NY and moved to MI the first time in 1998 when she went to Hope College for her undergraduate degree in Religion. She attended Western Theological Seminary and is ordained in the Reformed Church in America. Rev. Lindsay received her Clinical Pastoral Education at DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI and at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Prior to coming back to MI and joining the staff at UMHS she worked as a chaplain at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies in Orlando, FL. When she is not at the hospital you can find her knitting or running but not at the same time. Email
Lori-Jene Brazier joined our team from Saint Thomas Health (an Ascension Health system) in Nashville, TN. She received her Masters in Divinity from Vanderbilt University in Nashville; and completed her CPE training with the Nashville/Saint Thomas CPE Partnership. She is an endorsed chaplain with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
Lori-Jene's professional interests include Palliative Care, clinical ethics, moral distress, family dynamics, human development and healthcare paradigms.
Her personal interests include trail running, hiking, nutrition and wellness, reading, catching up with her favorite series on Netflix, and relaxing with her husband and their two dogs. Email
Rev. Rachel Brownson has been working in spiritual care in hospitals, churches, and nursing homes since 2006. She received her MDiv from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI, and did her Clinical Pastoral Education internship and residency at Albany Medical Center’s children’s hospital in Albany, NY. She is ordained in the Reformed Church in America. Alongside her work at the hospital, Rachel is an avid reader and writer of poetry, and she also enjoys knitting, spinning, and crocheting in her spare time. Email
Rev. Tommy G. Burdette has served as a staff chaplain at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers since December 1, 1986. He is an ordained United Methodist Minister. He has a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois and a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Michigan-Flint. He is trained in the CISM model for crisis intervention and has extensive training and experience in end of life issues. He has served on the Pediatric Ethics Committee for over 20 years and numerous other hospital and health system committees. Email
Deacon Wayne Charlton is a Roman Catholic deacon and has served as a hospital chaplain for the University of Michigan since 1991. He was ordained June 30, 1990. Wayne says it is a privilege to be a beacon of hope for patients and families; most of whom are facing some degree of uncertainty. Email
Rev. Alfred Daniel grew up in the southern state of Alabama. As a child his parents mentored his spiritual formation in the Baptist Church. He is ordained and endorsed as an American Baptist Chaplain and Minister. Rev. Daniel completed his Clinical Pastoral Education at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He has served as chaplain at William Beaumont Hospital and Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Michigan. He has earned the Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary and the Master of Arts (Occupational Education) from The University of Michigan. Email
Father Lewis W. Eberhart joined the staff of the Spiritual Care Department in 2009. Prior to his Ordination he served twenty-two years in the United States Navy and retired as a Chief Petty Officer. He entered training in the seminary program in 1997. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a Master of Divinity Degree in Theology from Sacred School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic Priest in June 2004. He served the people of St. Joseph Parish in Howell, Michigan as their Associate Pastor, and the people of St. Catherine Laboure Parish in Concord as their Pastor until he was called by his Bishop, to serve the patients, families and staff here as a Chaplain at UMHS. Email
Chaplain Patricia Lyndale grew up in southwestern Michigan, and after living in several other places, including Switzerland and Germany, moved back to Michigan in 2005. She holds a Ph.D. in Religion from Florida State University and received her Clinical Pastoral Education at Lehigh Valley Health System in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She has been a chaplain at the University of Michigan Health System since 2006, where she serves both in the Spiritual Care Department and with the Palliative Care Consultation Service. Email
Chaplain Julie Nielsen-Schmidt was born and raised in the North Muskegon area of western Michigan. She received her Certificate of Endorsement in Specialized Pastoral Care from the Inter-Lutheran Coordinating Committee for Specialized Pastoral Care & Clinical Education in 1997. She received her first unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at U of M Hospital and three units in Detroit, MI. She earned her Doctor of Ministry from the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in the year 2000 in Detroit, MI. She completed an MA at Eastern Michigan University in 1984. She completed her undergraduate work at Concordia College in 1979. She received the Outstanding Alumna award in 1993 from the Alumni Association of Concordia College. Chaplain Nielsen-Schmidt has served at UMHS appointed by the Michigan District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod since 1982. Email
Rev. Christina Wright, Ph.D. returned to her home state of Michigan to join the UMHS Spiritual Care staff in 2015. She is ordained in The United Methodist Church and completed her Clinical Pastoral Education at the Cleveland Clinic. After obtaining her B.S. from Northwestern University, she received her MDiv from Harvard Divinity School and recently completed her PhD in Psychology from the University of West Georgia. Along with the sacred work of walking with patients, families, and staff through meaning making in difficult situations, she enjoys teaching, doing research, and organizational development work. She has a passion for issues of social justice and diversity, particularly around race, gender, and sexual orientation and their intersections with religion and spirituality. Email
Mrs. Nancy Nagle is the beloved administrative assistant for the Spiritual Care Department. Her expertise, experience and devotion is the glue that helps to hold the department together. Email