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.


Rebecca A. Urbanski, Ed.D. 
Senior Vice President, Mission Integration & Marketing 
Benedictine Health System


Joan M. Bumpus
Vice President, Mission & Ministry
Providence Health
Fr. Timothy F. Bushy 
Director, Mission Integration & Spiritual Formation 
Providence Health Plan
Timothy L. Glover
Senior Vice President, Mission Integration
Ascension Health
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 Southern California
Michael Miller, Jr., MA
System Vice President of Mission & Ethics 
SSM Health
Rosario Perez, RN
Interim Executive Vice President,
Senior Vice President, Mission Integration
Providence St. Joseph Health
Jenna Speckart, D.Be.
Vice President, Mission & Ethics
Mercy Washington
Sr. Nancy Surma, OSF
Vice President, Mission Integration
Catholic Health Initiatives

Staff Coordinator

Brian P. Smith, MS, MA, M.Div.
Vice President, Sponsorship and Mission Services
Catholic Health Association

CHA Staff 

Carrie Meyer McGrath, M.Div., MAS
Director, Mission Services
Catholic Health Association

Work in Progress

  • Future programs for new mission leaders
  • Mission Leader Toolkit