FOUNDING MEMBERS

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Rev. Jack Abel, MDiv, MBA, Director of Spiritual Care

Jack Abel 2014Caron Treatment Centers, Wernersville, Pennsylvania Rev. Jack Abel, MDiv, MBA, joined Caron Treatment Centers in Wernersville, Pennsylvania as Director of Spiritual Care in 2008. An interfaith minister with past service as a United Methodist pastor and endorsed chaplain, he provides leadership in the integration of spiritual care with other disciplines across the continuum of treatment, from intake to outpatient and alumni services. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and has pursued additional theological studies at The Catholic University in Washington, DC, and at the New Seminary in New York. Prior to Caron, Rev. Jack was involved in ministry for and with the 12-step community, including the development of 12-step worship services and counseling, lecture, and retreat ministries for recovering persons.

 

Rev. Eyglo Bjarnadottir, M.Div, Spiritual Counselor

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Center City, Minnesota. Rev. Eyglo has served as a Spiritual Care Counselor for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Center City Minnesota for the past twelve years. Eyglo was born in Iceland and grew up in a small fishing village on the west coast. She studied Theology at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik and holds an M.Div. degree. Eyglo is an ordained minister in the ELCA. Before immigrating to the US in 2002 she worked as a counselor in Denmark treating heroin addicts. In her work for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Eyglo provides individualized and group spiritual counseling for Health Care Professionals and extended care clients. Eyglo is married and has five children and nine grandchildren.

 

 

Rev. Dan Thompson, MA, Director of Spiritual Care

Dan Thompson NAATP PhotoHarbor Hall Inc., Petoskey, Michigan Chaplain Dan Thompson is the Director of Spiritual Care at Harbor Hall Residential Treatment Center in Petoskey Michigan. Professional experience includes Chaplain at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital and Lockwood Mental Health Services. He received a MA from Trinity Theological Seminary, BA from Taylor University and completed Unit 1 of Clinical Pastoral Education. At Harbor Hall, Dan has implemented unique approaches and educational resources on spirituality and connectedness for clients in treatment, including a 13 week lecture series and a 12 Step Workbook. Dan values his individual sessions with clients whom work through Steps 1-5 of the Twelve Step program during their 90 day treatment. While Harbor Hall does not maintain a religious affiliation, it maintains a high priority on treating the whole client, mind – body – spirit.

 

Rev. Jim “Wolf” Yoxall, CSC, Spiritual Director

wolf bio 1Pavillon, Mill Spring, North Carolina. James “Wolf” Yoxall, MA/BA (Wolf), Certified Spiritual Counselor and Ordained Minister, is the Spiritual/Wellness Director at Pavillon, a center for the treatment of alcohol and other drug addictions located in Mill Spring, N.C. Before joining Pavillon, Wolf served as an adjunct professor at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, teaching in the fields of world religions and Chinese history. Prior to that Wolf served as the Spiritual Director for the Center of Truth and Vision, as Regional Director of an intensive in-home counseling agency and operated a private counseling practice. He is a published author and assistant editor for “The Virginia Review of Asian Studies.” Wolf is certified in Outdoor Education, Martial Arts and worked extensively with Native American cultures.

 

Rev. Dr. Bill Starr, D.Min, M.Div., CDP

Bill Starr PhotoSundown M Ranch near Yakima, WA.  Dr. Bill Starr has been the Chaplain since October of 1998 after serving as an ordained Presbyterian pastor for 21 years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Religion from Whitman College, a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He received his CDP Certification in 2002 and his Master of Addiction Counseling (MAC) in 2004. He also has been certified as a “Grief Recovery Specialist” by the Grief Recovery Institute of Sherman Oaks, Ca. He has been a frequent presenter at statewide conferences over the past 10 years, focusing on spirituality, grief recovery, and and listening skills.  He has been married to his wife Kathy for 40 years, and they have two married children and one amazing grandson.