Mission Leader Advisory Council


The Mission Leaders Advisory Council is an administrative standing council of the Catholic Health Association. The council is constituted to perform certain ongoing advisory functions related to mission integration in the Catholic health ministry. Major areas dealt with by this council include the ongoing formation of mission leaders’ competencies and skill through publications, in-person conferences and web-based learning. In addition, this council 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 council 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 council 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 council are appointed and removed by CHA’s president and chief executive officer, after consultation with the chairperson of the board.

Currently, this council 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.


Andrew J. Santos, III, D. HCML, MBA, M.Div.
Senior Vice President, Mission Integration 
CHI Health


Joshua L. Allee, MSEd, MAHCM
System Vice President, Formation and Spirituality
SSM Health

Kathy Armijo Etre, Ph.D.
Vice President of Mission and Spirituality
CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center

Rachelle Barina, Ph.D.
Chief Mission Officer
Hospital Sisters Health System

Sr. Susan Karina J. Dickey, OP, Ph.D.
Vice President of Mission Integration
St. Dominic Hospital

Patrice Farrell-DeLine
Vice President Ministry Formation and Spiritual Care
Intermountain Health Peaks Region

Mary L. Hill, BSN, MA, JD
Chief Mission Officer
Avera Health

John Kleiderer
Division Chief Mission Integration Officer -Central
Providence Health & Services WA/MT
Tracie Loftis, LCSW, MAHCM
Senior Vice President, Mission Integration

Amy D. Marcum, MA, BCC
Chief Mission Operations Officer
Bon Secours Mercy Health

Sara McGinnis Lee
Vice President, Mission and Clinical Integration

Sr. Joan Marie Stelman, OSB
Senior Vice President, Mission Integration

Pamela A. Thomas, M.Div.
Vice President, Mission Strategy Partner West and Mid-West
Trinity Health

Staff Coordinators

Dennis P. Gonzales, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Mission Innovation and Integration
Catholic Health Association

Jill E. Fisk
Director, Mission Services
Catholic Health Association

CHA Staff

Liway Arceo
Mission Program Administrator

Work in Progress

  • Future programs for new mission leaders
  • Mission Leader Toolkit