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AAPC 2017 Leadership Election Slate


Florence De Witt
Second Term (2 years)

Region: Heartland.  Ecclesiastical Relationship: Roman Catholic. Current Position: Clinical Counselor and Supervisor, Professional Pastoral-Counseling Institute.

AAPC: Current AAPC Board Secretary since 2015. Served on the Executive Committee of the Midwest Region from 2007-2014. Education: M.Div., MA.

Background: Previous career as an Organization Development Specialist, Worcester, MA; Secretary and Vice Chair, Beech Acres Parenting Center Board of Directors, Cincinnati, OH 2001-2010; Faculty and Assistant Director of Masters in Pastoral Counseling Program, Athenaeum of Ohio, Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary, 2003-2010; LPCC-S, Ohio.

Statement of Goals: It has been an exciting challenge to serve AAPC as we continue to build our new, light and nimble organizational structure. The learning curve has been steep, but the way forward is becoming clearer and more hopeful. I look forward to the next two years, joining with our devoted and talented Board, encouraging Regional capacity and creativity, leading AAPC into the next era of spiritually integrated psychotherapy and pastoral care.



Elizabeth Denham Thompson

Second Term (2years)

Region West Region. Ecclesiastical Relationship:  Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Current Position:  Owner & Consultant, Eremos Consulting Group in Denver, Colorado. Highest Educational Degree:  M. DIV.; DOCTORAL STUDIES. 

AAPC:  FELLOW -Involved with AAPC since 1993 and a Fellow since 1999; began in the SE region and moved to RMP, now West Region in 2000; served on West Region leadership team, as the Association Chair for LDC from 2012-2015; and currently serving as Treasurer of the Association in first term 2015-17. 

BackgroundCurrent - Owner, Eremos Consulting Group since January of 2010 providing consulting services for clergy and congregations.  Previously Executive Director of CENTUS Counseling & Consulting Center (2000-07); Director of Education for Samaritan Institute (2000-2002); LMFT in Colorado (since 2001); Chair of CBF National Endorsement Council (2002-05); National CBF Coordinating Council (2002-05); Adjunct Professor at Iliff School of Theology in Denver (2001-02); facilitate a variety of clergy wellness and leadership development groups (locally and nationally) since 1994. 

Statement of Goals:  AAPC is in a critical period of organizational transition.  We are going through a major paradigm shift in how our mission is delivered – deconstructing what the role of the Association is as a whole versus what role the regions play, clarifying what is the respondibility of the “fiscal agent”, and negotiating who is responsible for undergirding all of that work.  In the past year, we have closed the physical Association central office and converted to a virtual office, with all previous staff now gone and an association management company facilitating the work of AAPC. The financial management of the Association and specifically that of the fiscal agent role it now occupies, is critical.  This has not been an easy year for AAPC leadership with all the changes and transitions small and large.  Because we are still in the middle of the organization’s transition, we need to retain as much as possible those who have been involved thus far so that we can be nimble and responsive to ongoing changes while we regain stability with our new structure.  Thinking and acting strategically for the ongoing development of AAPC is key not only for AAPC, but for the communities in which we work and live.  In order to do that, AAPC needs to have a strong & secure financial base, so that we have the flexibility and ability to support our mission and goals. My goal is to think strategically about our finances and our vision for AAPC, including increasing persons of cultural, religious, spiritual and ethnic diversity among its membership, and to cooperatively work with AAPC leadership to build an effective, relevant and vital organization.  Owning my own business, having served as an executive director of a counseling center, as well as consulting with congregations and nonprofits, and having served as AAPC Treasurer for the past two years, I have a better understanding of the financial side of running an organization, and bring this expertise to the Treasurer’s work to revitalize AAPC.  I believe the Treasurer needs to keep the broader view while still dealing with the myriad of details so that we are financially prepared to support the next steps on AAPC's journey. 


The Rev. Kirsten Sonkyo Oh, PhD

Region: Pacific

Ecclesiastical Relationship: United Methodist Church

Current Position
: Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Azusa Pacific University and Ecclesiastical Faculty at Fuller Theological Seminary

Highest Educational DegreePhD

AAPC:  Member serving in the Pacific Region since a student for over a decade.  Currently, serving on the leadership board with the Pacific Region and Leadership Development Committee member for the last 7 years.  Additionally, served as a steering committee member for three association conferences, including the anniversary conference in St. Louis. 

Background:  Kirsten S. Oh is Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Azusa Pacific University Pacific University and Ecclesiastical Faculty at Fuller Theological Seminary.  As an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, she has experience serving in pastoral/spiritual care and counseling as well as educating and training others.  Particular fields of research and praxis interests include intercultural counseling, narrative therapy, and intergenerational conflict resolution. 

Statement of Goals: AAPC is in a transitional phase, which is at the forefront of many mainline denominational churches and non-profit organization.  The wicked problems that multitudinously repeat as well as new institutional challenges that currently exist require innovative imagination that at once plumbs the depths of tradition and seeks the wisdom of the present for a sustainable, viable future.  As such, my goal as a board member is to help us to positively think and act into the future of the institution, while appreciating the heritage of the past.  I believe, the past and future will help form the present as AAPC continues in its commitment to its mission: “…[T]o bring healing, hope, and wholeness to individuals, families, and communities by expanding and equipping spiritually grounded and psychologically informed care, counseling, and psychotherapy.”


The Rev. Dr. Claire W Bamberg, LMHC, LMFT, PCC

Region: Northeast

Ecclesiastical Relationship: United Church of Christ

Current Position: National Director of Coaching and Senior Consultant with The Center for Progressive Renewal; Private Practice Pastoral Psychotherapist and Coach   

Highest Educational Degree:  D.Min.

AAPC:  Member of the Certification Committee for three years; Northeastern Certification Chair, Executive Committee, Northeast Region  

Background:  Claire began her work in organizational systems in 1991, and is an expert in this field. In addition to her Masters in Divinity (Harvard Divinity School), Claire also has a Doctorate in Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling (CTS, Indiana), membership in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Group Psychotherapy Association, and the International Coach Federation. She is a certified mediator, with additional training in systems mediation, and is currently the Director of Coaching and Senior Consultant for The Center for Progressive Renewal. Claire has served as a supervisor and support at both the masters and doctoral level, for students in training in the mental health field, to staff of the two Pastoral Counseling Centers with which she was the Executive Director, and to her current team of coaches. She has served as adjunct professor at both Hartford Seminary and Harvard Divinity School. She currently works with churches all over the country and across all denominational lines. Her pastoral psychotherapeutic approach has been described as “psychoanalytic object relations with a healthy dose of family systems thrown in”. She has extensive experience working with multiple personalities and dissociative identities; she uses solution-focused and narrative therapy approaches as well.  

Statement of Goals: Traditional institutional structures all over the country are “failing”; we are in a time of tremendous change and immense potential for positive transformation. AAPC has been the cornerstone of my identity as a pastoral psychotherapist. I look forward to being a part of the Board, entrusted with the sacred task of shepherding this organization in to a next way of being - powerful, transformative, innovative - in the days, months and years to come. To borrow a line from a well-loved hymn we need “a freedom that reveres the past, but trusts the dawning future more.” Learning from the great traditions that have been the anchors for AAPC in the past, and charting a new course for the future, we will need to work together to continue to make powerful in the world the deep integrity of mission and vision that has been a part of our past, and, in a grounded adaptation, create space for educating and equipping our members with the insight, foresight and support they will need in the changing landscape of future-AAPC, region by region.

The Rev. Wallace N. Fletcher, Jr., D.Min, NCPsyA

Region: Atlantic

Ecclesiastical Relationship: Presbyterian Church US

Current Position
: Psychotherapist, Coach, Educator and Organizational Consultant

Highest Educational Degree:  Doctor of Ministry

AAPC: Fellow serving the Atlantic Region for over 30 years on Ethics, Social Concerns and Leadership Development committees; also as Secretary and Interim Regional Chair. Currently serving as Chair of the Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors.

: Experienced therapist, consultant, educator and non-profit executive. He is co-founder and retired Executive Director of the Dialogue Center for Counseling and Consulting in Philadelphia. He is a certified psychoanalyst and supervisor in the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis and Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He has taught 20 years in the Pastoral Counseling Program (AAPC Accredited) at Neumann University where he also teaches in the Masters of Organizational and Strategic Leadership program. He teaches the history of psychoanalysis at the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis where he is also President of the Board of Directors.  He is a member of the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health’s Faith and Spiritual Affairs Advisory Board. He is also on the faculty of CREDO, an intensive wellness program for clergy administered by the Pension Boards of the Episcopal and Presbyterian Churches US.

Statement of Goals: Today AAPC is facing what Ronald Heifetz calls adaptive challenges that cannot be met by doing more, harder or even better what we have done before. That is why our leadership is focused on increasing membership; encouraging and equipping our members to explore new models of providing care; participating at all levels in behavioral health care design and delivery on behalf of the spiritual as well as mental health care needs of clients; while continuing to build on our historic leadership as standard setters for the clinical integration of spiritual and emotional health care. My goal as a board member is to help facilitate the on-going restructuring of our national organization to help regional leaders address these challenges even most effectively. 




BOARD OF DIRECTORS - Officers 2016-2017


Randy Simmonds 

Randy J. Simmonds, President     Email:  rjsimmonds@samaritan-vail.org

Tere Tyner Canzoneri, Vice President    Email ID: tere.canzoneri@gmail.com

 Florence DeWitt

         Florence L. DeWitt - Secretary                 Email: fdewitt@pastoral-counseling.org

 Elizabeth Thompson 

Elizabeth Denham Thompson, Treasurer      Email:  ethompson@eremosconsulting.com

 Directors At Large

Wallace N. Fletcher, M.Div.
                                  Joshua Hoyeong Jong, M.Div.                         

   Charlie Lindner  
Charlie Lindner, M. Div.

Renato Santos   
Renato Santos, M. Div.  

  Jill L. Snodgrass, Ph.D.


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