Open House and Info Session

July 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Shae Green, MPA


Managing Director


Email: shae(at)chaplaincyinstitute.org

Shae began her journey with ChI three years ago as an Administrative Specialist and has since been fortunate to transition into a different role wherein she now has the opportunity to support ChI by focusing on collaborative developments, implementing plans, and taking actions that support organizational sustainability alongside others who share her passion for ChI.  She has earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Organizational Management and Public Administration with an emphasis in leadership, respectively. Her professional experience consists of work in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Shae’s previous work experience includes over 14 years of operations and administrative coordination and management. She feels called to serve others utilizing her known and developing gifts and brings with her an array of experience, a heart to show the world around her love through kindness and service, and the desire to work to provide a quality experience to all of those who are in some way or another a part of ChI’s vast community.

Rev. Katrina Leathers, MA

Seminary Dean
Email: katrina(at)chaplaincyinstitute.org
Phone: (510) 843-1422


Katrina started her worklife in Expressive Therapies, with a focus on movement forms. As a psychotherapist, she used expressive arts for healing childhood trauma and abuse. Over time, her spiritual focus became primary, so she was ordained at The Chaplaincy Institute in March 2012, and later certified as a Spiritual Director. Raised as a Baha’i, and later diving into shamanism, she particularly loves working with people who are “non-affiliated,” spiritual-but-not-religious, agnostic or atheist. At The Chaplaincy Institute, she is joyfully overseeing the Arts for Awakening curriculum, and envisioning new forms for transformational creativity.

Rev. Kari Kopnick

Community Minister
Email: kari(at)chaplaincyinstitute.org

Rev. Kari lives just south of Seattle and is a graduate of both ChI’s Chaplaincy Program and Interfaith Spiritual Direction program. Kari has worked in congregational ministry and faith-based organizations for 20 years in several different roles, including religious education, communications, membership, and community life. She enjoys gardening, writing, and spending time in nature. 

Aretha Bosire

Program and Tech Coordinator

Email: Aretha(at)chaplaincyinstitute.org

Aretha Bosire, a proud native of North Carolina, is thrilled to be a part of The Chaplaincy Institute’s team as the Program Tech Coordinator. With over 17 years of experience in internal and customer-facing roles spanning across various industries such as healthcare, technology, education, and finance, she has worked diligently to hone her Administrative Support skills. Aretha is committed to promoting faith-based community awareness and is dedicated to finding meaningful solutions to support the success of outreach programs. She believes that by working together, providing charitable support, and fostering open and approachable connections, we can collectively inspire positive change. 

Rev. Lauren Van Ham, MA

Lead Consultant & Past Seminary Dean, Interfaith Studies and Spiritual Direction Faculty
Email: lauren(at)laurenvanham.com
Phone: (510) 843-1422

Raised under the big sky of the Midwest prairie, Rev. Lauren Van Ham, M.A., began her professional life as a performing artist in NYC before pursuing interfaith seminary studies in California. She served, for 9 years, as a hospital chaplain focusing in psychiatry, palliative care, and bereavement support. Moved by spirituality and ecology, Lauren’s ministry called her to a consulting firm where she custom-designed employee engagement sustainability programs for multi-national corporations. For nearly a decade, she served as Seminary Dean for the Chaplaincy Institute, and interfaith seminary and community. Lauren’s passion for spirituality, art and Earth’s teachings have supported her specialization in eco-ministry, grief & loss, and sacred activism. Her essay, “Way of the Eco-Chaplain,” appears in a collection of women’s work; and her work with Green Sangha is featured in Renewal, a documentary celebrating the efforts of religious environmental activists from diverse faith traditions across America. She is a guest writer for “Progressing Spirit.” Lauren holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Naropa University. Currently, Lauren serves as Climate Action Coordinator for URI (the United Religions Initiative). She is a spiritual director and guest faculty for several schools in the Bay Area.

Walt Hampton, JD

Lead Consultant & Community Member

Walt Hampton is an adventure photographer, high-altitude mountaineer, and attorney. Walt has conquered four of the world’s Seven Summits including Denali, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, and Mt. Elbrus. He is Director of Summit Success and Founder of the Positive Leadership Academy. Walt serves as the Senior Pastor at First Church of Christ, Congregational in North Conway, Vermont. He is a dynamic motivational speaker, driven entrepreneur, sought-after leadership trainer, and executive coach.


Rev. Bonnie Lange

Board of Directors, President
Email: bonniep357(at)gmail.com

Becoming an Interfaith Minister and Chaplain is Bonnie’s encore career. Her
focus is to serve as a compassionate companion for those facing challenges,
particularly related to the end of life. Her current ministry includes volunteering
in various roles for Hospice of Santa Cruz County and leading the pastoral care
team and prayer ministry for Peace United Church of Christ in Santa Cruz, CA.
Bonnie arrived at ChI aer four previous careers and a brief retirement. Her
spiritual homes have been United Church of Christ (current), Unity (25 years), and
Lutheran (childhood) faith traditions. She is also a certified coach for Gallup
Strengths Finder and HeartMath.

Rev. Kara Rosseaux

Board of Directors, Secretary

Email: krosseaux(at)gmail.com

Rev. Kara was ordained in 2016 by The Chaplaincy Institute and serves on the ChI Board of Trustees. Her ministry has included serving in a post-incarceration men’s sober living community, as an airport chaplain, and an officiant at funerals for those who identified as spiritual, though not religious. Kara works for a national engineering and consulting firm in human resources, and makes her home in Gold Canyon, Arizona, located at the base of the Superstition Mountains.

Rev. Andrew Gregg

Board of Directors
Email: aandrew.gregg(at)gmail.com

The Rev Andrew Gregg is a staff chaplain at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, VT, serving the emergency department, COVID-19 medicine unit, and Ethics Committee. Rev Gregg completed the Chaplaincy Institute’s Interfaith Chaplaincy Program in 2021 and was subsequently ordained by the community to interfaith chaplaincy and eco-ministry. An alumnus of Yale Divinity School, he completed Mayo Clinic’s chaplain residency program in the fall of 2022. Rev Gregg serves on the Chaplaincy Institute’s Board of Directors and the Winooski Valley Park District Board of Trustees.


Irene Plunkett

Board of Directors
Email: iplunkett@sbcglobal.net

My life is a testament to the ways in which Life and Spirit can surprise us if we are open to them. I have completed a 35-year career in higher education, teaching at an extremely diverse community college in California. Once I completed my doctorate in Philosophy and Religion with an emphasis in Women’s Spirituality at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, I breathed a sigh of relief and felt satisfied. And then I began to discern a calling to ministry, but I could not believe I was getting it right. Eventually, a circuitous path led me to The Chaplaincy Institute and interfaith ministry, both of which appeared in my path despite my not knowing about them before. Here I found a training and structure that recognized and honored the way I had lived my life and which is helping me forge a path forward.


Rev. Lauren Van Ham

Board of Directors
Email: lauren(at)laurenvanham.com

More coming soon!