Mission Leader Advisory Committee


The Mission Leaders Advisory Committee is an administrative standing committee of the Catholic Health Association. The committee is constituted to perform certain ongoing advisory functions related to mission integration in the Catholic health ministry. Major areas dealt with by this committee include the ongoing formation of mission leaders’ competencies and skill through publications, in-person conferences and web-based learning. In addition, this committee annually convenes system mission leaders to address new issues facing Catholic health care which have mission implications so a common vision and strategy can be shared.

The committee is comprised of 10 to 12 mission leaders who represent the continuum of care (acute, post-acute, long-term care, physician practices/clinics, hospice/palliative care and emerging areas for mission integration) as well as various organizational levels (system, regional and facility). The committee meets several times a year in person or by teleconference. There are no limits on terms of service. Members and chairpersons of this administrative standing committee are appointed and removed by CHA’s president and chief executive officer, after consultation with the chairperson of the board.

Currently, this committee is developing resources for mission leaders based on the feedback they gave in the 2013 Mission Leader Survey. This includes the annual System Mission Leadership Forum, the bi-annual Mission Leaders Seminar and mission webinars.


Dougal G. Hewitt
Chief Officer for Mission & External Affairs
Presence Health


Joan M. Bumpus
Vice President, Mission & Ministry
Providence Health
Rev. Christina M. Fernandez, D.Div., J.D., BCC
Senior Vice President, Mission Integration & Spirituality
Dignity Health
Timothy L. Glover
Senior Vice President, Mission Integration
Ascension Healthcare 
Dennis P. Gonzales, Ph.D.
Regional Vice President, Mission Integration
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System
Sr. Jennifer Gordon, SCL
Vice President, Mission Services
Saint Joseph Hospital
Sr. Nancy H. Jurecki, OP
Chief Mission Integration Officer
Providence Health & Services, California Region
Michael Miller, Jr.
Regional Chief Mission Officer
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Rosario Perez, RN
Senior Vice President, Mission Integration
St. Joseph Health
Sr. Nancy Surma, OSF
Vice President, Mission Integration
Catholic Health Initiatives
Rebecca A. Urbanski, Ed.D.
Senior Vice President, Mission, Education and Marketing Communications
Benedictine Health System

Staff Coordinator

Brian P. Smith, MS, MA, M.Div.
Senior Director, Mission Integration/Leadership Formation
Catholic Health Association

Staff Coordinator

Carrie Meyer McGrath
Director, Mission Services
Catholic Health Association

Work in Progress

  • Future programs for new mission leaders
  • Mission Leader Toolkit