Pastoral Care Team

The Pastoral Care staff at Roswell Park Cancer Institute makeup an interfaith team that visits patients and their families in the hospital. The staff members bring with them their faith tradition and training that enable them to specially minister to members of their own faith communities.

Familiar with and sensitive to the issues that accompany illness, Pastoral Care Staff members are available daily for visitation and for the distribution of Holy Communion.  All new admissions are visited daily by a member of the pastoral care team and services of the department are offered.

Staff Chaplains

Beth Lenegan PhD *  • Director
Rev. Raymond Corbin • Catholic Chaplain
Rev. Melody Rutherford MDiv
Rev. Elena Delgado MDiv
Pastor Reninger Flores • Protestant Chaplain

Visiting Clergy

Rev. Ray Schooler • American Baptist Churches
Deacon Carmelo Gaudioso • Catholic Diocese
Decon David Velasquez • Catholic Diocese
Rev. Vernal Harris, Pastor •  Church of God in Christ
Deacon Phil Hubbell •  Lutheran Church

Pastoral Care Visitors

Rose Aldrow 
Minister Averl Anderson * and Life Recorded
Linda Ashline *
David Beam 
Ellen Bean and Life Recorded
Rev. Geraldine Boyland  and Minister of Communion  
Karen Calandra
Sister Karen Copeland and Life Recorded
Louise Dessert and Eucharistic Minister
Martha Filadora and Life Recorded
Catherine Goldman
Rev. Jimmie Goree and Minister of Communion
Pastor Ned Holderby
Sharon Kooken and Eucharistic Minister
William Meiler and Eucharistic Minister
Mary McCracken * and Eucharistic Minister
Jenny Ohar *
Fran Phillips and Eucharistic Minister
Melanie Scherer * and Eucharistic Minister
Joyce Torge *
Pastor Joyce Wallum
William Wilson
Lewanda Wright
Linda Zinnerman

Ministers of Holy Communion

Deborah Allen 
Diane Caruana
Catherine Cipolla
Ann Deck
Charlie Decker
Maryannn Dudas
John Gruber
Mary Kowal
Sheldon Lenahan
Elaine Mullen 
Mary Pat Neal
Tim O’Shea
Nancy Sevilla
Sr. Antonita Sikorski
Michael Szematowiez and Life Recorded
Elizabeth Waggoner
Johanna Weisbeck

Secretarial Staff

Susan Schaefer
Sarah Berardi
Debbie Kowalewski
Claudia Lawler
Beverly Painter
Sharon Schasel-Brown
Lula Smeader

Life Recorded

Rose Ann Berardi
Carol Borom
Welthea Christman
Marina Fery
Lisa Graham
Betty Levin
Anna Nold – Coordinator
John Ruggiero
Sara Sade
Pragna Wood

Community Denominational Support

AME (African Methodist Episcopal)
Reverend Richard Stenhouse

AME (African Methodist Episcopal Zion)
Rev. Cary Beckwith

Baptist
Pastor Ivan Crossno
Rev. John Staples
Rev. Michael Chapman

Buddhist
Ray Eigen Ball
Dr. Jeannette Ludwig

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Stake President Nathan Pace
Bishop Kirk Vanry

Episcopalian
Rev. Leann McConchie
The Very Rev. W. (Will) H. Mebane, Jr.
The Rev Ann M. Tilman 

Greek Orthodox
Rev. Dr. Christos Christakis

Hindu
Vijay Chakravarthy

Hispanic
Luz Milagros Ramos
Rev. Samuel Rivera (Pentacostal)

Indian
Rev. Thunder Silk

Islam
Imam Dawood Adeyola
Dr. Sawsan Tabbaa

Jehovah's Witnesses
Gary Griffin
Wiliam Stanford

Judaism
Rabbi Alex Lazazrus-Klein
Sara Schultz MA SA

Korean
Rev. Cheong-il Bak 

Non-Denominational (Elim Christian Fellowship)
Rev. Betty P. Williams

Orthodox
Rev. Jason Vansuch

Presbyterian
Rev. Philip Gittings
Rev. John Long

Roman Catholic
Jesuit Fathers at St. Michaels Church
Rev. Fred Hinton
Rev. Paul Nogaro
Rev. Paul Sabo

Russian Orthodox 
Fr. Volodymyr Zablotskyy

Sikhism
Buxees Louis Tipton Singh
Surjit Singh, PhD

Unitarian Universalist
Rev. Joan Montagnas

Unity Church in Buffalo
Rev. Mary Masters