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The Association of Professional Chaplains
Rita Kaufman, Marketing and Public Relations Manager
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL CHAPLAINS
ELECTS VALERIE R. STORMS BCC PRESIDENT-ELECT
New President-Elect to Prepare Pastoral Care Association
for Next Level of Leadership in Spiritual Caregiving
Schaumburg, IL, Nov. 1, 2010 – The members of the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), a national organization of professional chaplaincy care providers, have elected the Reverend Valerie R. Storms MDiv BCC president-elect. Rev. Storms begins her two-year term on November 1as president-elect of the association, which has over 4,000 members. Its affiliate, the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc. (BCCI) is the chief interfaith certifying body of the chaplaincy profession. Rev. Storms will become president in 2012.
“APC is a dynamic organization that has established a leadership role within the spiritual care field,” says Storms. ” It is my hope to continue the progress toward creating a united voice for chaplaincy across all health care, community service, corrections, military and other specialized settings.”
Valerie R. Storms MDiv BCC became a board certified chaplain in 1989 with the College of Chaplains, which merged with AMHC in 1989 to become APC. With more than 23 years experience in health care chaplaincy, she currently serves as manager, Pastoral Care at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. A graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Storms is endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists. Serving on the APC board as chair, Membership Services Council since November 2004, she was previously on the Commission for Professional Ethics from 2000-2004. Before that, she served for seven years as state certification chair for Florida.
As current president-elect and future president of the Association of Professional Chaplains, Rev. Storms will head the leading membership organization for professional chaplains, which integrates multicultural and multiethnic perspectives, and promotes excellence in pastoral care.
In making the announcement, APC Executive Director Pat Appelhans says, “Chaplain Storms’ management experience, history of service on the APC board and leadership in Spiritual Care Collaborative joint projects have well-prepared her to guide our association to the next level of leadership in the field of chaplaincy care."
About the Association of Professional Chaplains
The Association of Professional Chaplains is a multifaith association established to certify and serve its membership, and to promote professional chaplaincy.
Members who are providers of chaplaincy care are endorsed by their faith groups to serve persons in need in diverse settings throughout the world. The membership of APC represents more than 150 faith groups. The association and its members embrace the following values:
•Professional competency and ethical practice
•Faith as an essential dimension of wholeness
•Dignity and worth of all persons
•Inclusivity and diversity
•Justice and equality for all
•Spiritual care of persons, communities, organizations and systems
A national, not-for-profit professional association, APC advocates for quality spiritual care of all persons as an essential dimension of total care and services provided by public and private institutions and organizations.