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.


Timothy L. Glover, M.Div.
Executive Vice President/Chief Mission Integration Officer


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

Rachelle Barina, Ph.D.
Regional Vice President, Mission Integration – Wisconsin
SSM Health of Wisconsin

Jared H. Bryson, M.Div., D.Min
Vice President, Mission & Church Relations

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

Sr. Jennifer Gordon, SCL
Vice President, Mission Services
Saint Joseph Hospital

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

John Kleiderer
Regional Chief Mission Integration Officer
Providence Health & Services WA/MT

Amy D. Marcum, MA, BCC
Chief Mission Officer Great Lakes Group
Mercy Health – Lima

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

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

Pamela A. Thomas, M.Div.
Mission Strategy Partner West and IL
Trinity Health

Staff Coordinator

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

Work in Progress

  • Future programs for new mission leaders
  • Mission Leader Toolkit