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Chaplaincy Services Staff

The Director of Chaplaincy Services is primarily responsible for the overall operation of the Pastoral Care Department, inclusive of the education and pastoral service elements.

The Manager of Pastoral Education is primarily responsible for the CPE program. Both have roles and responsibilities in the CPE program, pastoral services, and in planning for the department's future goals. The director of chaplaincy services reports to the vice president and executive director for the Presbyterian Foundation. The director and managers work as a team committed to excellence in pastoral education and pastoral care. To that end, they have unique, yet, interdependent areas of responsibility for the mission of the Chaplaincy Services Department.

Contact Information

Presbyterian Hospital, Department of Chaplaincy Services

  • P.O. Box 26666 Albuquerque, NM 87125-6666
  • Phone: 505-841-1191
  • Fax: 505-841-1960

Jeff Hoppe

Director of Pastoral Care

Jeff is native to the American Southwest. He has lived and worked in various regions of the country. He is a graduate of Baylor University and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Kathy were ordained at First Baptist Church Sonoma California. Jeff is endorsed through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He completed his CPE Residency at Children's Medical Center, Dallas Texas. Jeff was certified as an ACPE Supervisor in 2005. He joined the PHS team in 2012.

John Valentino

CPE Supervisor/Chaplain

John Valentino grew up in Columbus, Ohio and was certified by ACPE, Inc., in 1985. He worked as an ACPE supervisor for HealthCare Chaplaincy Network in NYC before moving to Albuquerque. He is endorsed by the Chaplaincy Endorsement Commission of the Independent Christian Church. He served on the East Region Accreditation Committee of ACPE and was accreditation chair for two years. He has a Master of Divinity from Lincoln Christian Seminary and an M.S. in Leadership from the University of Memphis.

Chaplain Beth Gingrich

Critical Care Chaplain

Elementary Education from Kansas and UNM. Master of Divinity from AMBS in Elkhart, IN. 30 years of Chaplaincy Work. Born in Northern Illinois, studied in Kansas, Indiana and New Mexico. Taught school in Bolivia for 2 years and adopted a son from Texas. Beth covers Critical Care Floors: ED, AIC and IMC. Ordained in The Mennonite Church in The Bronx, NYC. .

Chaplain Mary Catherine Casey


Staff Palliative Care and Medical Specialty/Oncology Unit Mary Catherine is Catholic and had the opportunity to study with teachers from religions of other traditions, Buddhist, Native American, and Sufi.  Rooted in her Catholic tradition her spiritual care has been influenced as well by the other traditions. She has had extensive training and experience in integrative medicine practices, including visualization, breath work and energy work.

She has been a chaplain for twenty years. Chaplain Residency: University of MN, 1995-96 Masters of Divinity: Harvard Divinity School 1992-1995 Bachelors of Art: Clarke College, Dubuque

Kelly Gregory

Staff Chaplain

Women and Children Units Staff Chaplain Kelly is the Women & Children Units Staff Chaplain. She received her Masters of Divinity at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dubuque Iowa, is ordained through the Presbyterian Church (USA) and Board Certified through the Association of Professional Chaplains. She has been a chaplain for 8 years. Kelly is so glad to be back in New Mexico, where she grew up, and to be close to family. She has two sons. Kelly loves children and the people who care for them.

Lisa Easterling

Staff Chaplain at Rust Hospital

The Reverend Lisa Lani Easterling Presbyterian Church (USA), Lead Chaplain/Spiritual-care Provider at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center, Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

The quote by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, "We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey." speaks to Lisa's desire to connect with people on a spiritual level to assist them in tapping into their own spiritual resources.

Lisa completed the Clinical Pastoral Educational Program in 2011 at East Jefferson General Hospital in the Greater New Orleans Area. Her clinical assignment was on the In-patient Oncology Units and she also served on the hospital-wide Palliative Care Team.