Breakout Sessions

Faith in Healthcare


Group One:
Faith-Based Addiction Recovery
Understanding the driving Pain and the conflict of Spiritual Separation during addiction. Why do we do it? Can any good come from it? The Bible says Yes! Lets talk about it.

Donna Potter, PhD is the Founder and President of In HIS Name Outreach. She is a Biblical Counselor whose walk has been tested by conflict—from personal to corporate issues, in both worldly and Christian venues. Fruitfully ministering to others since 1999, her strength lies in applying Christian values to life’s challenges. Her motto is “Conflict = Growth” and her ministry is a true catalyst for positive change.

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Rev. John Kula is the founder of Total Freedom Farm, a private, faith-based, residential alternative addictions facility. Total Freedom is committed to helping men 18 and over get set free from life-controlling problems and behaviors. Rev. Kula also does jail ministry, visiting with inmates in Niagara and Genesee Counties.

Monica Farrar, LMHC, CRC, CASAC is a mental health and substance abuse clinician with an extensive background in both public and private arenas. In addition to her private practice, Monica is an adjunct professor. Monica’s primary focus in all areas of life and work is education—using it with patients, students, and staff. She views it as a method of prevention and a tool for sustainable change.

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Darren Caparaso, MD is a family medicine doctor in Orchard Park, New York. He received his medical degree from University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is passionate about addiction recovery and has helped launch Embrace Recovery Buffalo, a group dedicated to helping those struggling with addiction or life-controlling problems find compassion, hope, healing and lifelong recovery through a collaborative effort that includes a Biblical Faith-Based Approach.

Group Two:
Rebuilding Broken Walls
How the story of Nehemiah can inspire us to seek justice for those communities in which we live and serve.

Myron Glick, MD is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Jericho Road Community Health Center in Buffalo, NY.


In 1997, Dr. Myron and Joyce Glick opened the doors of Jericho Road Family Practice (JRFP) at 184 Barton Street on Buffalo’s West Side, to provide excellent medical care to all who came, regardless of ability to pay. In addition to serving patients from Buffalo, JRFP began caring for a large number of refugees, many who had never seen a doctor or received proper medical care before coming to America. 


Since then, Jericho Road has grown and expanded to do much-needed work both locally and globally.

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Dr. Bill Morehouse completed the Family Medicine Program at Highland in 1973 and then spent a year at Westside Health Services and another as an industrial physician at Kodak before joining with others to open the comprehensive faith-based practices in Rochester he's been serving in ever since. Grace Family Medicine and its newer satellite Joy Family Medicine, together comprising His Branches Health Services, primarily serve underprivileged populations on Rochester's SW and NE sides with comprehensive family medical care. 


Dr. Morehouse has done international missions work, and he and his wife Susan remain supportive of others who are interested in missions as advisors to the Medical Center Christian Fellowship.

Group Three:
Burn-out & Rejuvenation
Stress -- Opportunity for Spiritual Growth
Pursuing Your Passion

Edward Bednarczyk, PharmD is an expert in pharmacy practice who serves as Director at the Center for Health Outcomes, Pharmacoinformatics and Epidemiology. His research is largely focused on the use of molecular imaging to explore drug effects, with his clinical responsibilities divided between nuclear medicine and neurology.


He was recently elected to the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Board of Trustees as president of the APhA Academy of Pharmaceutical Research and Science for the 2018-2019 term.

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Dr. Tom DeLoughry's interest in the relationship between the mind, body and spirit is reflected in his service as director of drug abuse and adolescent services in Child Psychiatry at Buffalo Children's Hospital; corporate director of wellness and disease managment at Independent Health; and director of the Center of Renewal, a Francisan Retreat Center at Stella Niagara. He has a masters in Rehabilition Counseling and a doctorate (Ed.D) in Community Health Education and Behavior.  He currently directs the Center for Health Management which created Caring Teams and other programs for the whole person, the whole family, the whole organizations and the whole community.


Bob Tyrell is a Caring Teams volunteer and member of the Trinity United Church on Grand Island where he leads the Men's Group and is active in the youth group and other ministries.  He is an adjunct instructor of chemistry at Niagara Community College.

Janet Thirlby, MS, is executive director of His Branches, Inc. HBI is dedicated as an organization to the promotion and delivery of ministry and service that bears witness to the transforming power of Jesus Christ and provides tangible solutions to the pervasive issues of social injustice and physical spiritual and social poverty in the Greater Rochester community and beyond. Ms. Thirlby has been a strategic leadership consultant for 25 years, coaching leaders in strategy formulation, leading change, and personal and professional development.

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Matthew Mack, MD is a family physician in Rochester’s inner city where he is passionate about healing the community , bridging racial divides, redistributing wealth, and mentoring youth.  He lives in the city as well, with his wife Kelli, and baby daughter of 7 months, who is a joy during the day, but hates sleeping through the night… so forgive him if he appears a bit bedraggled at times.

Group Four:
Human Trafficking & Exploitation/Trauma-Informed Care

There are many reports indicating that those who have experienced trafficking came in contact with health care and social service professionals during and after their exploitation. Yet many remain unidentified. This session will help equip professionals with a better understanding to identify and respond to those affected by human trafficking.

This session will also define trauma, apply trauma-informed principles, and address the impact of trauma emotionally, physically, behaviorally, cognitively and spiritually. You will better understand how childhood trauma affects adulthood, an appropriate response to trauma as a provider, the impact of trauma on service provides and how to incorporate self care and avoid burn out in the workplace.

Julie Palmer is the Executive Director of PATH Inc. (People Against Trafficking Humans) and founder of the PATH Enrichment Center. She has a Masters degree from the University of Buffalo Counseling and Educational Psychology Department and a Bachelors in Music Therapy. She has worked in the field of mental health and cared for children and adults for over 20 years. She has been an instructor for the BOCES Teacher Center and has taught workshops on multiple topics. In 2017, Julie completed a 7 month Trauma-Informed Care Champion Learning Collaborative as a Health Fellows Program through the University of Buffalo School of Social Work. In May, she completed a Harvard Business School Not-for-Profit Management Program Course. Since Julie began leading PATH in 2012, the organization has become a non-for-profit 501c3, established staff, volunteers, board of directors and programming at the Enrichment Center, created a Survivor Support Fund, grown in public relations and established partnerships with local churches and organizations. During this time Julie has educated thousands through speaking engagements and awareness events on the dangers and risks of human trafficking. The PATH Enrichment Center in the city of Buffalo was founded in 2015 and provides support services to women and youth who are at risk or have been affected by human trafficking in Western New York offering prevention, restoration and healing. PATH has a future goal of opening a safe house for those impacted by exploitation.

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Group Five:
Faith Community Nursing & Pregnancy Intervention

Yvonne Askew is committed to “nursing as a lifestyle.”  The degree to which she is dedicated to this profession is equaled only to her belief that, patients, their families, as well as the congregation and community – here lies in focus – not inward, but outward.


Yvonne was responsible for administering direct patient care for over twenty-five years. Her areas of interest shifted to include teaching, and now is the coordinator of Catholic Health’s Faith Community Nursing Program. Yvonne is responsible for leading Catholic Health’s initiative in establishing faith-based health programs in any interested faith community; taking their mission “…to reveal the healing love of Jesus to those in need” into the community.


She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, N.E.W.S. Task Force, Urban Christian Ministries, and Faculty Member of Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing.

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Alice Murchie has been the President and Executive Director of SonRays Ministries, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, for 35 years. She manages an intergenerational Faith Home, where she and the staff and volunteers of SonRays Ministries care for the elderly, assist families through unplanned pregnancies, provide childbirth classes to married and international couples, and support women through post-abortion healing workshops.

Cheri M. Henry has been Vice-President of SonRays Ministries, Inc., nurse, childbirth instructor, doula, and co-manager of the Faith Home for 33 years. Cheri also works at a physician’s office where she demonstrates the same biblical values in word and deed that she practices in SonRays Ministries.

Group Six:
Medical Missions At Home And Abroad
God wants you to serve where you are needed most!  It’s time to break out of the mold and go across town, out of town, or to the other side of the world, and follow God’s call on your life!

Medical Director & Founders of Pioneer Christian Hospital, Joseph (MD, MPH&TM) & Rebecca (RN) Harvey have lived & served as medical missionaries in the Republic of Congo for 22 years.

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Group Seven:
Mental Health Therapy that is Faith-Based
Mental health is more than the absence of disease; it is the presence of purpose, fruitfulness and spiritual giftings that results from the mind of CHRIST in us.

Leeland Jones, MD is founder of CrossRoads Wholeness, a unique, wholistic approach to healing and wholeness. Dr. Leeland Jones is a physician, psychiatrist, and lifelong learner of the wholeness lifestyle. Dr. Jones has been involved in psychiatry and wholistic medicine for over thirty years. During Dr. Jones' twenty years of psychiatric practice in Western New York, he has served in a variety of leadership roles to support community health. These positions have included psychiatric directorship at Buffalo General Hospital, long-time elder at his Church, and two different residential practice centers for family medicine and mental health. 

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