Dennis Gonzales joins CHA's mission services team

November 15, 2019

Dennis Gonzales, an expert in mission and organizational development, will join CHA in January as senior director of mission innovation and integration services.

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"Dennis' educational and work experience in organizational development and mission integration, as well as his personal qualities, professionalism and thought leadership are recognized by his peers throughout the ministry," said Brian Smith, CHA vice president of sponsorship and mission services. Gonzales is on CHA's Mission Leader Advisory Committee.

Gonzales is currently regional vice president for mission integration at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System and The Children's Hospital of San Antonio, a position he's held since 2013.

He joined CHRISTUS Health in 2008 as a quality and performance improvement facilitator at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, N.M. He directed the hospital's organizational development department, earning both a doctorate in organizational development and a promotion to the hospital's vice president for mission and spirituality in 2011.

As a mission executive for CHRISTUS, Gonzales has played an essential role in the oversight of theology, mission and core values integration; leadership formation; spiritual care services including in palliative care; organizational spirituality; clinical and organizational ethics; and community benefit programs.

Gonzales received his doctorate from the University of New Mexico Albuquerque and a master's degree from the Department of Educational Technology at San Diego State University, with an emphasis in organizational development.

A former De La Salle Christian brother novitiate, he taught high school for six years. He is a native of Santa Fe and is fluent in Spanish.

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