Clinical Pastoral Education Program Supervisors
The CPE program is an intense training experience in which people work very closely with Rev. Carrie Buckner.
Rev. Carrie L. Buckner
Dir. of Chaplaincy Services,
Rev. Carrie L. Buckner is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, USA, and is a certified supervisor with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). She is also a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. Carrie returned to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center as director in January 2003, having previously served as chaplain administrator from 2000 - 2001. Before coming to the medical center, Carrie served as manager of spiritual care services at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and at California Pacific Medical Center, both in San Francisco. Carrie holds a B.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a M.Div. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Carrie is active in her denomination, having served six years on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry, one year as Chair. She has served on the ACPE Pacific Regional Council, the regional Accreditation Committee, and is the Treasurer of the ACPE Pacific Region. Carrie has been involved in transformational learning communities, including Healing the Heart of Diversity and Visions, Inc.
Rev. Susan P. Conrad
Chaplain and ACPE
Rev. Susan P. Conrad is an ordained and fellowshipped minister with the Unitarian Universalist Association, and is certified as an Associate Supervisor with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. Susan returned to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center as ACPE Supervisor/Chaplain in November 2010, after completing her supervisory training and serving as a chaplain at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. Susan previously served as Chaplain and CPE Resident and Clinical Fellow at Alta Bates Summit in 2005-2006. Susan holds a B.A. degree from Hampshire College, an M.A. degree in Urban Planning from UCLA, and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School. Susan is active in the Unitarian Universalist movement, having served as a chaplain and guest worship leader at her home church and as a mentor for UU chaplains in the fellowshipping process. Susan serves on the Development Committee of the ACPE Pacific Region. She has a special interest in conflict transformation, and has been trained in Conflict Mediation with the Community Boards of San Francisco.
Rev. Va’ Nechia M. Rayford
ACPE Supervisory Candidate
Rev. Va’ Nechia M. Rayford is an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC), and serves as a Supervisory Candidate with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. Va’ Nechia began the CPE supervisory training process at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in January 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Long Beach and a Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Va’ Nechia also serves within her local congregation as the Assistant to the Senior Pastor, is actively involved in the AMEC Women in Ministry organization, and as an instructor for the AMEC ministerial training process. Va’ Nechia is committed to diligently serving the needs of patients, families, and staff through the art of spiritual care, while also equipping CPE students to live into their divine vocational path.