Dr. Roland Millare, a native Houstonian, serves as the Director of Shepherd’s Heart Program. Additionally, Roland serves as the Chair of the Theology Department at St. John XXIII College Preparatory (Katy, TX). He has been teaching at the school since it opened in 2004. He also serves as an adjunct professor of theology for permanent deacon candidates at St. Mary’s Seminary. He attended St. Francis De Sales K-8th grade and he graduated from St. Thomas High School in 1999. He received a BA in Theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. He has a MA in Theological Studies from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College (Alexandria, VA) and a Licentiate (STL) and Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) in Dogmatic Theology (with a specialization in Sacramental Theology) at the Liturgical Institute of the University of St. Mary of the Lake (Mundelein, IL). He has published various theological articles and book reviews for the Adoremus Bulletin, Logos, Antiphon, New Blackfriars, and the Heythrop Journal. Roland enjoys the gift of life and love with his beautiful wife Veronica and their two daughters, Gabriella and Karolina, in Sugar Land.
Natalie Rodden, M.D. is a palliative medicine physician at St. Anthony North Health Campus in Westminster, Colorado. She is a member of the Catholic Medical Association and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Rodden received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and her MD from Tulane University. She completed internal medicine residency at the University of Utah and palliative medicine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic Arizona. During medical school, she founded the Catholic Medical Association Student section, a national organization with the goal of preparing students to uphold the principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine. She was active in advancing efforts of support for Catholic healthcare workers in the Archdiocese of New Orleans and the Diocese of Salt Lake City. Her fellowship research on "improving spiritual competency at the Mayo Clinic" focused on encouraging a culture of awareness and comfort of health providers addressing spiritual issues, notably at the end of life. She currently leads an inpatient palliative care consultation service and serves as co-chair of her hospital's ethics committee.
Kristina Leyden, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC is an assistant professor in the Peavy School of Nursing at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. She is a Texas board-certified family nurse practitioner, a board member of the Psi Iota Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, and a board member of Crossroads Cultural Center-Houston. Dr. Leyden received her BSN from Washington State University, her Master from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston and her Doctorate from University of Texas, Houston. Dr. Leyden has been a nurse for almost 20 years! She has practiced in a variety of areas. Her practice extends to helping take care of the retired Dominicans of her parish, going on medical mission trips, and working per diem in local clinics and urgent care centers. Dr. Leyden has been a professor at the University of St. Thomas since the school of nursing’s opening in 2012. In addition to teaching the Adult/Older Adult and Pediatric courses in the school of nursing, she practices holistic care with her students. Dr. Leyden is an international speaker on biorhythms, creativity in nursing, and laboratory simulation. Her innovative approach to education, passion for care, and love for humanity are three characteristics about her she would like to share. She loves art and everything that has to do with beauty. She is a self-proclaimed apothecary-ist, retrieving herbs from her own garden. She and her husband, of 17 years, have 5 beautiful children together.
Fr. Tad currently serves as the Director of Education at The National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia and directs the Center's National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics. He is a priest of the diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts. He writes and speaks widely on bioethics and medical ethics. Since 2001, he has given several hundred presentations and invited lectures, and participated in debates and roundtables on contemporary bioethics throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He has taught bioethics classes at St. John's Seminary in Boston, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Connecticut. As an undergraduate Fr. Tad earned degrees in philosophy, biochemistry, molecular cell biology, and chemistry, and did laboratory research on hormonal regulation of the immune response. He later earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Yale University, where he focused on cloning genes for neurotransmitter transporters which are expressed in the brain. He worked for several years as a molecular biologist at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Father Tad studied for 5 years in Rome at both the Gregorian University and the Lateran University, where he did advanced work in dogmatic theology and in bioethics, examining the question of delayed ensoulment of the human embryo. He has testified before members of the Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Virginia and Oregon State Legislatures during deliberations over stem cell research and cloning. He writes a monthly newspaper column on bioethics that is nationally syndicated to more than 40 diocesan newspapers in the U.S., and which has also been carried by newspapers in England, Poland and Australia. He has done commentaries for numerous media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, CNN International, ABC World News Tonight, National Public Radio, the Wall Street Journal, the Dallas Morning News, and the New York Times.
Dr. Burke was appointed Chief Patient Experience Office for the Geisinger Health System in early 2014 and focuses his efforts on the delivery of compassionate and quality medical care throughout the entire system. He has practiced internal medicine at Geisinger Medical Center since 1992. He continues his role as medical director at both Geisinger HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospitals. He has a special interest in the promotion of professionalism in medical practice with an emphasis on applying a holistic philosophy of medicine. He actively lectures and publishes articles in the fields of medical ethics and physician spirituality. He serves as the current editor-in-chief of “G” – the Geisinger Magazine. His awards include the Clinical Excellence Award for HealthSouth (2009), Best Doctors in American (2007-08, 2011-12), Victor Marks Service Excellence Award (2007, 2013) and the Papal Medal “Benemerenti” award in 2007. He is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College and completed an internal medicine residency and chief residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Gustavo García-Siller was named Archbishop of San Antonio by Pope Benedict XVI on October 14, 2010. Installed as Archbishop on November 23, 2010, he succeeded Archbishop José H. Gomez as the sixth Archbishop of San Antonio. He was appointed an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago on January 24, 2003 by Pope John Paul II, and ordained on March 19, 2003 by Archbishop of Chicago, Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. Born December 21, 1956 in San Luis Potosi, S.L.P., Mexico, Archbishop Gustavo was the eldest of 15 children. In 1975, Archbishop Gustavo professed as a member of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit. His more than 42 years of priestly service has taken many forms, including ministering to communities with varied cultural backgrounds. On a national level, Archbishop Gustavo has served on a number of committees for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)and is currently the Committee Chairman for the USCCB Cultural Diversity in the Church.
Deacon José A. Santos, M.D., practices medicine full time and is medical director at Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital at Westover Hills in San Antonio TX. He was ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Archdiocese of San Antonio in 2017. He is a member of Catholic Medical Association and serves as Region VII director for CMA. He earned his BA from The University of Texas in Austin TX, his MD at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston TX, and completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento CA. He holds Board certification in PM&R. He serves as adjunct faculty to the Department of Rehabilitation at UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. He is a contributing author on Rehabilitation Medicine in "Catholic Witness in Health Care: Practicing Medicine in Truth and Love" published by Catholic University of America Press in 2017. In addition to his parochial assignment as a deacon he serves at Catholic Charities of San Antonio catechizing and being a witness to the faith to the unaccompanied minors from Central America housed at St Peter St Joseph Home.
Dr. Gonzales is the Regional Vice President for Mission Integration at the Christus Santa Rosa Health System and The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. He is a member of the Christus Health Institutional Review Board, the Mission Committee of the Catholic Health Association, Board Member at the Sister Ettling Center for Civic Leadership at the University of the Incarnate Word, and Board Member of the Health Collaborative of San Antonio. Dr. Gonzales received his B.A. Degree from Loyola University of New Orleans, M.A. Degree from San Diego State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Gonzales is a former De La Salle Christian Brother, as well as a former high school and college professor and Associate Dean for Academics. During his 10 years with Christus Health, prior to his current role as Regional Vice President for Mission Integration with Christus Santa Rosa and The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, he has served as a Quality & Performance Improvement Facilitator, Director of Organizational Development, and Vice President for Mission and Spirituality at Christus St. Vincent Health System in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dr. Gonzales oversees Spiritual Care, Ethics, Community Health, Clinical Pastoral Education and Volunteer Services. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and serves as a coach, mentor and leadership development champion for Christus leaders at all levels of the organization.
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