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 vice president of Mission for Bon Secours Mercy Health, serving in north-east Ohio.
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.
Ruth Jandeska MS, BCC
Ruth Jandeska is Director of Pastoral Care, Providence Hospitals, in Columbia, South Carolina. In 2020 the NACC presented her with the Emergent Leader Award.
Erica Cohen Moore