CPEI Board of Directors

Dorothea James, Chair

Dorothea serves as Chaplain Clinical Lead for Carroll Hospice and as a pastor. She completed her CPE with Frederick Memorial Hospital, Maryland, and completed a Doctor of Ministry, United Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity, and Master of Arts from Liberty University. She is currently certified as a Certified Chaplain with CPEI.

John Read, Vice Chair

John, an ordained elder from the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church pastored churches in Illinois for seven years before entering the Army as a chaplain. He retired from active duty as a Chaplain (Colonel) in 2016, although he continued to serve those in healthcare from August 2017 to September 2021 as the first contract Palliative Care Chaplain at Brooke Army Medical Center. Throughout his lengthy career, he served in a variety of key positions, including the Command Chaplain for the United States Army Medical Command in San Antonio and later as the Director of Soldier and Family Ministry, Office of the Chief of Chaplains. 

Dr. Michele Bear, CPEI Board Member

Michele serves as the Compliance Officer for Baptist Healthcare, Jacksonville, FL. She has an extensive background serving in a similar role as a senior consultant and compliance director for various healthcare organizations. Her educational background includes a PhD in Healthcare Management, a Master of Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management, Western Governor’s University, Salt Lake City, UT.

Parthenia (Tina) Caesar, Chair, CPEI Professional Development

Tina serves Parthenia is a certified Training Supervisor, Psychoanalyst, Pastor, and Banking/Finance Executive. She holds a Master of Divinity (Alliance Theological Seminary), Doctor of Ministry (New York Theological Seminary), NY License Psychoanalyst, MBA Banking/Finance (Dowling College).

Lee Colvin, CPEI Board Member

Lee works as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Management, Lipscomb University, as well as certifications as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and as an Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS).

Pat Davis, Compliance Officer

Pat recently retired as Director of Pastoral Care for Baton Rouge Medical Center, where he served for more than 30 years, and is certified as a CPEI Training Supervisor-Educator. He holds a Masters in Religious Education, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelors in Business Management, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL.

Dallas Dykes, Chair, CPEI Education Committee

Dallas serves as the Director of Pastoral Care, Baton Rouge Medical Center, Baton Rouge, LA. He is Board Certified Chaplain and Supervisor-Educator with CPEI. He has served in a variety of ministry roles, to include, Chaplaincy and Bereavement Counselor, Legacy National Hospice, Associate Pastor, and a Minister of Education. His educational background includes a Master of Divinity with a Specialization in Christian Education, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts, Louisiana State University.

Beth Jones, Chair, Credentialing Committee

Beth serves as the Director of Spiritual Care, Washington Regional Medical Center, Fayetteville, AR.  She is a Board Supervisor-Educator with CPEI.  She has served in a variety of spiritual care roles including hospital and hospice chaplaincy specializing in infants, pediatrics, and trauma, and as a bereavement coordinator.  She has earned a Master of Arts in Theology and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. 

Jim Kirkland, Chair, Finance Committee

Jim Kirkland serves as the Executive Director for Christian Chaplain and Coaching. He is certified as Board Certified Chaplain and as a CPEI Training Supervisor-Educator. He has a broad experience in ministry having served as a chaplain and pastor, and in financial management having served as the Founder and CEO of DFC Financial Group. His educational background includes a Masters Degree in Theology, Moody Theological Seminary as well as additional graduate studies with Liberty University and Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary.

Dr. Kay Myers, Chair, Committee on Oversight, Review and Effectiveness

Kay retired from Frederick Healthcare where she served as the Director of Pastoral Care. She has served as an interim minister, therapist and a Training Supervisor-Educator. Her educational background includes a PhD in Education Psychology, and a Masters in Family Studies, University of Kentucky, a Master of Divinity, North American Baptist Seminary.

Dr. Scott Norton, CPEI Board Member

Scott Norton, currently retired, has served in education throughout his career. His roles include the Deputy Executive Director, Program Council of Chief of State School Officers, Washington, DC (2017-2013), Strategic Initiative Director, Standards, Assessment and Accountability, Council of Chief of State School Officers (2012-2017) as well as several positions in Louisiana such as the Assistant Superintendent (2007-2012) and Director (1997-2007) Office of Standards, Assessments, and Accountability, Louisiana Department of Education.

Dr. Bill Scar, Chair, Communications Committee

Bill has served in a variety of roles as a therapist, pastoral supervisor and educator, and he has served as Executive Director of community counseling agencies in Indiana, Ohio and California.  He continues to maintain a small private practice and provides supervision in pastoral care and marriage and family therapy.  Additionally, he has served as past President, Editor, and Communications Committee member for two pastoral care cognate organizations. 


Dr. Mary Todd, CPEI Board Member

Mary Todd is retired from a career in higher education as a faculty member and academic administrator. She served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Ohio Dominican University and Founding Dean of the Honors College at Marshall University before being named CEO of the collegiate honor society Phi Kappa Phi. She holds a PhD in history from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a masters degree from Roosevelt University, and a bachelors degree from Valparaiso University. 

Ted Taylor, Chair, Ethics Committee

Ted serves as the Director, Chaplaincy & Volunteer Resources for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Hamilton, New Jersey. He previously served as Manager, Spiritual & Complementary Care, Samaritan Hospice & Healthcare, Marlton, New Jersey; and as Executive Director, Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (now Learning Ally), Princeton, New Jersey.  Ted has also provided pastoral leadership to a United Methodist congregation in New Jersey. 

In addition to holding certification as a CPEI Training-Supervisor-Educator and Board-Certified Chaplain, Ted completed a Graduate Certificate in Bioethics: Healthcare Policy & Law from Union Graduate College/Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Baptist Theological Seminary Richmond (M.Div.) and the College of William & Mary (BA). Ted is a recorded minister in the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and currently serves as the clerk of Yardley Friends Meeting.