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Spiritual Support Services at GBMC

Spiritual Support Team

Chaplain (The Reverend) J. Joseph Hart, M.Div., BCC

The Reverend J. Joseph Hart, M.Div., BCC

Chaplain, Director of Spiritual Support Services
Executive Director, GBMC Center for Spiritual Support Training

Chaplain Hart oversees the spiritual and emotional needs of GBMC's patients, families and staff. A board-certified chaplain, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Gerontology and Health Care from Salisbury University, his Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Master of Divinity from St. Mary's Seminary and University. He continued his studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago in Church Interior Design Consultation and most recently studied mind body medicine at Harvard Divinity School.

Prior to joining GBMC, Chaplain Hart served in various ministerial capacities throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan area, working in various healthcare and teaching ministries. Chaplain Hart is a Clinical Supervisor at Loyola University Maryland, in the MA, MS and Ph.D. programs. He serves on the Clinical Pastoral Education Board at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is a member of the Mid- Atlantic Region Ethics Committee for Genesis Elder Care and is a trustee of the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies (ICJS). He is Clinical Supervisor with candidates for ordination to the diaconate and priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. Chaplain Hart also serves on the board of the William S. Baer School Partnership for children with special needs. Chaplain Hart is a priest in the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Maryland.

Reverend Saundra Rector, M.Div.

Reverend Saundra Rector, M.Div.

Chaplain, GBMC HealthCare

Chaplain Rector has a primary focus at GBMC on clinical rounds - providing spiritual and emotional support for the hospital’s patients, families and staff. She works with Chaplain Hart and our volunteer team to expand the mission of the Spiritual Support department. Chaplain Rector received her Bachelor of Arts with a focus in Broadcast Communications from the University of Iowa, and worked in advertising, public relations, and marketing early in her career. Called into ministry as a second career, she received a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and is an ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church, Baltimore-Washington Conference. She has served as a parish pastor for The United Methodist Church, including a large, multi-staff congregation in NW D.C., and as the lead pastor of a multi-national congregation in Silver Spring, MD. She has provided direction for ministerial candidates as a part of the District Committee on Ordained Ministry, served as a ministerial candidacy mentor, and as a site supervisor for student interns from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Prior to coming to GBMC, Chaplain Rector completed a one-year chaplain residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, and is pursuing Board Certification through the Association of Professional Chaplains.

Ann Tabler

Ann Tabler, B.A.

Administrative Assistant

Ann earned her bachelors degree in Political Science from Wittenberg University. Ann previously worked as administrative assistant to the Priest at Trinity Episcopal in Newtown Connecticut and recently was the Cathedral Administrator at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore.

Chris Maggitti

Chris Maggitti, M.M.

Classical Guitarist

Chris is a classical guitarist who provides calming music for our patients, families and staff. Chris has a strong classical music background and is a 2003 graduate of Towson University with a BS in Music, and in 2009 completed his MM degree in Classical Guitar Performance. When not playing at GBMC, Chris teaches private lessons in guitar, piano, and ukulele. Chris also has been performing weddings, private events, and at area restaurants since 2002.

Center for Spiritual Support Training

Jill Snodgrass

Reverend Jill Snodgrass, M.Div., Ph.D.

Clinical Director of the GBMC Center for Spiritual Support Training

Dr. Snodgrass is a pastoral counselor and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Her research interests include spiritual care and counseling with traditionally marginalized populations, with specific emphasis on individuals and families experiencing homelessness and women transitioning from incarceration, as well as intercultural care and counseling. Dr. Snodgrass is chair of the Religion and Social Sciences section of the Western Region of the American Academy of Religion, and a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and the Society for Pastoral Theology. In addition to her work as a researcher and minister, Dr. Snodgrass has served as a pastoral counselor in churches, shelters, transitional housing facilities, and community centers and is an associate professor of theology with Loyola University Maryland.

Sister Mary Donohue

Sister Mary Donohue, SND, M.Ed., M.Th., BCCS

Clinical Instructor, Center for Spiritual Support Training

Sister Mary Donohue, SND, holds a master's degrees in Early Childhood Education and Theology. She is a board-certified chaplain and a CPE supervisor. She has been a primary grade teacher and spent 20 years as a hospital chaplain, department head and CPE supervisor. More recently she has served as an administrator in her religious community. For over 10 years Sister Mary has assisted Chaplain J. Joseph Hart, Director of Spiritual Support Services, with training programs for clergy and laity of all faiths at GBMC.

Community Partners

Roman Catholic Ministry

Father Sam Young, M-Div

Father Sam Young, M.Div.

Catholic Priest Chaplain

Father Sam Young is the Catholic priest serving the spiritual and sacramental needs of our GBMC patients. Father Sam is a Baltimore native having grown up in the Parkville area of Baltimore having attended St. Michael’s Elementary School. Following his studies at St Michael’s he attended Archbishop Curley High School. Following graduation from high school Fr. Sam attended Mount Saint Mary’s College in Emmitsburg Maryland earning a B.S. degree in Business and Finance. He continued his graduate studies in Theology receiving his Master of Divinity from St. Mary’s Seminary and University. While being the GBMC Catholic chaplain he is also serving as an associate pastor at Church of the Immaculate Conception, Towson, Maryland. Fr. Sam can be contacted through the Spiritual Support Office.

Reverend Vito S. Piazza, Sr., M.A.

Reverend Vito S. Piazza, Sr., M.A.

Catholic Chaplain

Reverend Vito was ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore in May of 2013 and is currently assigned to GBMC. Vito visits patients in the critical care units offering spiritual support and emotional reassurance. He also attends Ethics Committee meetings and family consults as needed. He earned a B.A in Religious Studies with minors in Latin American studies and Philosophy from Notre Dame of Maryland University. He holds two masters degrees from Saint Mary’s Seminary & University Ecumenical Institute of Theology, an M.A. in Theology and an M.A. in Church Ministries with a concentration in Pastoral Care. Vito and his wife of 40 years, Doris, established the Hope for Morrope Foundation, a 501C3 non-profit corporation in 2002 which provides post secondary education leading to university admission for the underprivileged in Morrope, Peru.

School Sisters of Notre Dame Health Care Ministers

Sisters of Notre Dame

Pictured left to right:
Sister Josephann Wagoner, Sister Marie Rose Gustatus, Sister Kathleen Boland, Sister Mary Beth Buettner

Members of the School Sisters of Notre Dame are often our patients. This wonderful team of devoted caregivers visit GBMC on a regular basis in the care of their sisters.

Assistant Center of Towson Churches

Linda Lotz

Linda Lotz

Executive Director, Assistance Center of Towson Churches

GBMC has a distinct honor of partnering with the Assistance Center of Towson Churches at various times during the year to support needy families at the holidays, as well as a to provide a nurse practitioner to do health screenings for guests who come to the center each month.

Kosher Pantry Partners

Toby Friedman and Ruth Wolman

Bikur Cholim

Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick) is a Jewish organization providing encouragement and reassurance to patients and families. At GBMC they provide challah bread, grape juice and candles for Shabbat on a weekly basis.

Rabbi Pinchos Rabinowitz, Executive Director, Bikur Cholm and Organizational Liaison to GBMC

Rabbi Pinchos Rabinowitz
Executive Director, Bikur Cholm and Organizational Liaison to GBMC

Toby Friedman

Mrs. Toby Friedman
Patient Visitor

Ruth Wolman

Mrs. Ruth Wolman
Patient Visitor

Mrs. Chaya Ciment

Mrs. Chaya Ciment
Coordinator of the GBMC Kosher Pantry

Community Clergy

Reverend Frederick K. Weimert, M.Div., M.A.T.

Reverend Frederick K. Weimert, M.Div., M.A.T.

Baptist Minister and Pastor Emeritus, Maryland Ecumenical Council

Rev. Weimert is pastor emeritus of Calvary Baptist Church in Towson where he served faithfully for over 35 years. Fred serves as an on-call chaplain and celebrates chapel services on a periodic basis. Fred provides vacation coverage for GBMC's full-time chaplain.

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