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New Board Members Named
At the Somerset Chaplaincy to the Elderly Board meeting on September 23, 2017 three new Board members were elected. They are Richard Eakins, Don Stiger, and Jill Weidner. We welcome them to the Board.
Donald Stiger served as Senior Vice President for Mission and Spiritual Care at NYU Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY. His responsibilities included mission integration, pastoral/spiritual care, clinical pastoral education, ethics, community faith/health partnerships, and strengthening the institutionís shared mission with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Don is an ordained pastor in the ELCA, a board-certified chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains, and a certified supervisor in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. He served for six years as Director for Ministries in Chaplaincy, Pastoral Counseling and Clinical Education at the ELCA Churchwide Office in Chicago. For seventeen years, Don served as a hospital chaplain and supervisor of clinical pastoral education at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois. He has also served as Acting Dean of Students and Adjunct Professor of pastoral care at The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Don has published articles on pastoral care, clinical supervision, ethics, and faith/health ministries in The Journal of Lutheran Ethics, Vision, Christian Ministry, The Journal of Biocommunications, Caring Connections, and other publications. Don is married, has two adult children. His wife, Christine, serves as Senior Pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Somerville, NJ.
Jill is a returning Board member. Previously Jill has served on the Board for 6 years and held the offices of Assistant Treasurer, Vice President, and President. During her previous time on the Board Jill was instrumental in writing grant requests which allowed the Board to expand coverage to two additional facilities. Jill is an Executive Program Director at Ericsson Communications where she manages the delivery of software system development and integration in customers' environments. She is also a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church where she serves as the head of the Finance Ministry Team and leads the HR committee. Jill maintains her CPA license in New Jersey.
Richard Eakins is a member of St. Martinís Episcopal Church in Bridgewater. Richard taught youths in Journey to Adulthood (J2A) for 6 years. He served in several capacities on the Vestry for 6 years, including Director of Youth Education and Property. He served as a Warden for 3 years. He served as a delegate to both the Convocation and the annual Diocesan Convention. Richard is a mortgage loan officer for 1st Constitution Bank with an office in Hillsborough.