Rev. Lisa Morrison, DMin, BCC
Rev. Dr. Lisa Morrison joined the Center for Spiritual Care in 2018. A Rhode Island native, Lisa received her Master of Divinity degree from Boston University and her Doctor of Ministry degree from Garrett Evangelical Theological School. She completed her CPE internship in New England and then joined the CPE residency program at Cleveland Clinic in 2002. Lisa is ordained in the United Methodist Church. She is a Reiki Master, certified yoga teacher, and certified spiritual director. Lisa is passionate about leading a professional spiritual care program as diverse and unique as the patients and families it serves. She and her husband live on the west side of Cleveland with their three children and ever entertaining Goldendoodle.
Rev. Robert McGeeney, DMin
Director of Clinical Pastoral Education
Rev. Bob McGeeney joined the department in December, 2014, as the Director of Clinical Pastoral Education. Before coming to Cleveland Clinic he served as the ACPE System Supervisor for the Sisters of Charity Health System for 13 years, and he is a retired Chaplain Major in the USAR. Bob has a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary. He is ordained and endorsed by the American Baptist Churches USA. Bob and his wife, Marge LoPresti, have a combined six adult children and nine grandchildren.
Rabbi James Egolf, DMin, BCJC
ACPE Certified Educator
Jim is an ACPE Certified Educator in the Center for Spiritual Care and provides CPE supervision at main campus. He grew up in South Alabama and Mississippi. Jim has semicha (ordination) from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), a Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) from HUC-JIR. He is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and enjoys playing guitar and cooking. Jim has two sons.
Rev. Mark Rogers Berry
Administrative Staff Chaplain
Rev. Mark Berry joined the Center for Spiritual Care in 2009. A South Carolina native, Mark received his Master of Divinity degree from Emory University. He completed his CPE residency at Grady Hospital in Atlanta and did four years of advanced CPE training at Cleveland Clinic. Mark's role as Administrative Staff Chaplain involves a combination of administrative leadership, patient care, and special projects. He is an ordained minister endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Mark and his wife, Elyse, live in Cleveland Heights with their two children and two cats, Sunny & Shady.
Elder Twila Belle
Twila joined the Center for Spiritual Care in 2020 as a chaplain at Cleveland Clinic Akron General prior to transferring to main campus in October of 2021. An Akron native, Twila received her Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological studies from Liberty University. Twila was ordained as an Elder in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in 2013, and received her Master of Divinity degree from Liberty University in 2021. She co-ministers the West-Side Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband, Pastor Maurice J. Belle. Twila has two adult children; is passionate about serving God's people; loves reading, fellowship, eating, & family time; and spends as much time as she can with her only grandson.
Aarti Kochhar, DMin, BCC
Aarti Ahuja joined the Center for Spiritual Care as a staff chaplain in July 2022. Her background in dentistry and a deep-rooted interest in spiritual health led her to explore the field of spiritual care after moving to the USA from India in 2016. Aarti began her chaplaincy journey as a volunteer and completed her CPE internship and residency at Cleveland Clinic in 2018. She earned her Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry and Doctor of Ministry (Professional Education and Leadership Concentrate) from the Ecumenical Theological Seminary. Aarti is Board Certified through the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) and endorsed by the North American Hindu Chaplains Association (NAHCA). Her research focus includes the study of seminary culture for non-traditional students discerning healthcare chaplaincy. Before returning to Cleveland, Aarti served as a chaplain at Trinity Health St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI, and as the Director of Recruitment at ETS. Aarti and her husband, Sanchit, live in University Heights and enjoy reading, table tennis, and long walks.
Rev. Florin Bica
Rev. Florin Bica a staff chaplain for the Neurological Institute and Coronary ICU. He attended the Faculty of Theology of Sibiu, Romania where he studied for 4 years, graduating in 1997. After he came in United State of America, Florin was a Medical Assistant at St. Vincent Medical Center, Cleveland Ohio. On January 6th, 2013, he was ordained into the priesthood under the jurisdiction of The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America. Florin completed his CPE training at Cleveland Clinic main campus. He is married to Monica and has two children. Florin likes Math, traveling, gardening and reading.
Rev. David Hunter
Rev. David Norman Hunter is a Cleveland native who was called and licensed to preach at 12 years old. A former Marine, he graduated from Cleveland State University with a dual major in social work and religion. David received his Master of Divinity degree from Ashland Theological Seminary, where he is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree. In addition to his chaplaincy work, David also serves as the senior pastor of the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland. David is a devoted husband, father of six, and grandfather of four. In his free time he enjoys teaching Bible study at the Shaker Gardens Retirement Community in Shaker Heights, OH.
Imam Harun Çekiç
Harun was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. He completed a master’s degree focusing on Rumi and a PhD in Islamic religion from Fatih University. After graduating, he worked as an Imam and a teacher of morality and religion for 16 years. Harun moved to the United States in 2019, and lives in Solon, OH, with his wife and two children. He completed his CPE residency at Cleveland Clinic main campus. Prior to chaplaincy, Harun served as a volunteer chaplain in the Cuyahoga County Corrections Center and as the Executive Director for Northern Ohio Intercultural Association (NOICA).
Rabbi Thalia Halpert Rodis
CPE Certified Educator Candidate
Rabbi Thalia Halpert Rodis received her ordination and her Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Mary Washington and is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Thalia grew up in Brooklyn, NY and Glen Rock, NJ. She completed her Clinical Pastoral Education internship and residency units at Cleveland Clinic and currently serves as a CPE Certified Educator Candidate (CEC) at main campus. Prior to arriving at Cleveland Clinic, Thalia served several synagogues and organizations in rabbinic, pastoral, education, and community organizing capacities. She loves exploring new places, trying great food, and reading good books. Thalia and her spouse have two children.
Christine Park, M.Div, ThM, BCC
CPE Certified Educator Candidate
Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic as an educator trainee, Christine completed her CPE residency and Palliative Care Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Christine received her Master of Divinity degree at Yale Divinity School and her Master of Theology in Pastoral Care and Theology at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Christine is a Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains. Her professional experience includes serving as a youth/young adult pastor for 4 years and teaching in academia as a PhD candidate for 2 years. Christine is married to Christopher, and they have a young son.
Danielle is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Dayton and a Master of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary. Danielle completed her first unit of CPE with the Training and Counseling Center at Crossroads Community Ministry; continued working within community-based ministry for two years; and served as a volunteer Community Chaplain for the Salvation Army. She completed her CPE residency at Emory University Midtown in Atlanta, GA. Danielle has lived out her vocation by accompanying people on the margins of society through ministries of compassion and justice in multi-cultural settings. She loves spending time with her family, reading, cooking, traveling, and long walks with her dog, Lola.
Rev. Moneecia Johnson was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds degrees from Tri-C Community College (Corrections) and Tiffin University (Criminal Justice Administration). Additionally, she earned a Master of Divinity degree from Ashland Theological Seminary. Her leadership skills were developed from over 20 years of experience in reentry, corrections, hostage negotiations, and government security. She also worked as a dedicated social worker, advocating for children and families in Cuyahoga County. Rev. Johnson is a certified First Aid Mental Health Responder, reflecting her commitment to supporting emotionally distressed individuals. She loves young adults, spending time with family, walking, traveling, and giving back to her community.
A Cleveland native, Demetrius left his hometown to attended Thiel College where he received a Bachelors in Business Administration with a minor in Hospitality Management/Culinary Arts from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. His first career was in hospitality at the Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland for nearly a decade. Inspired by his mother’s passion for patient care as a nurse assistant for over 30 years at Cleveland Clinic, Demetrius transitioned to a career in healthcare in 2019 when he was hired as a Patient Service Specialist at Cleveland Clinic, main campus. In March of 2022 he joined the Clinical Transformation team as a coordinator for the Center for Spiritual Care. Demetrius enjoys traveling, dining out, cooking, attending church, sporting events, art museums, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.