About the Board
The Board determines and promotes the organization’s mission and vision for the profession and future of Catholic chaplaincy and Clinical Pastoral Education, sets policy, and assesses and approves certification standards, education, programs, and services that are appropriate to that mission and vision.
NACC Board Members
Deacon Jack R. Conrad BCC
Deacon Jack R. Conrad, BCC is the Manager of Spiritual Care at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, NM. He has been a member of NACC since 2008 and received his certification in 2009. He has served in various leadership roles including the NACC Finance Committee, as a Certification Team Member for multiple years, and his service as State Liaison when he was ministering in Tennessee and now in New Mexico. In his service to NACC, Dn. Jack has written for NACC Vision, presented at NACC conferences and webinars and participated in strategic planning groups and Association initiatives.
The priorities of the Board for Dn. Jack are: 1) support the core membership; 2) ensure the upgrade of technical capability consistent with the strategic needs; 3) encourage research in the profession; 4) strategic partnering with other Chaplain organizations and Church Ministries (Pastoral Care); and 5) help develop the next generation of Chaplains and Pastoral Care Ministers.
Austine Duru, MDiv, MA, MHA, BCC
Austine Duru joined NACC in 2008 and was first certified in 2010. He has had the privilege of serving the NACC in various capacities, including as Interviewer, Interview Team Educator, Commissioner, Research Advisory Panel, and Editorial Advisory Panel member. Austine is a regular contributor to Vision – the NACC publication, and has presented at several NACC conferences, webinars, and workshops. He currently serves as the Chief Mission Integration Officer for Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California.
TREASURER (Finance Chair / Marketing Panel Liaison)
Donna O’Brien, MHA
Donna O’Brien brings strengths in strategic planning, and has worked with dioceses, as well as academic and health care institutions. She is the founder and president of Strategic Visions in Healthcare, LLC.
Rev. Richard J. Bartoszek BCC
Fr. Rich Bartoszek is the Director of Spiritual Care at Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Point, Michigan. Rich is a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit and serving in Healthcare for twenty-six of his thirty-two years of ministry. It was his ministry to those living with HIV and AIDS in the early 90’s, that lead him through the support of his bishop into healthcare ministry. Rich has belonged to NACC for many years but his call to a deeper involvement came when he was asked be the Liturgy Chair for the 2015 Conference, which was the 50th Anniversary of NACC. Working with that committee provided an experience of grace that has left Rich deeply committed to NACC.
Rev. Lawrence X. Chellaian BCC
Rev. Lawrence X. Chellaian is Vice President of Mission Integration, CHRISTUS Health, Texarkana, Texas.
Ruth Jandeska MS, BCC
Ruth Jandeska is System Director of Spiritual Care at Bon Secours Mercy Health, in Columbia, South Carolina. In 2020 the NACC presented her with the Emergent Leader Award.
Maureen M. Larkins
Maureen M. Larkins is an innovative, spirited, and bold leader with a successful career managing intricate relationships, building sustainable programs, and implementng complex, strategic projects – always results-oriented and focused on excellence and success. A native of New Orleans, LA, she utilizes her global, compassionate view of the world to collaborate with key stakeholders by providing oversight and direction with diverse teams to identify challenges and opportunities; and operationalize emerging industry trends and best-in-class solutions. Her expertise is in formulating and administering key strategic initiatives while operang an efficient, safe and profitable infrastructure to serve all internal and external partners and stakeholders; administering services that allow everyone to prosper.
Dr. Caterina Mako ThM, DMin, BCC
Dr. Caterina Mako is Director of Pastoral Care, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Sedona T. Montelongo BCC-PCHAC
Sedona T. Montelongo BCC-PCHAC is a Chaplain, Palliative Care, for Dignity Health in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Antonina Olszewski is Vice President of Spiritual Services for Ascension.
Erica Cohen Moore