Our Spiritual Care Team
The spiritual care team at NYU Langone includes chaplains, rabbis, and priests who are available to counsel people of all faiths, as well as those who do not have a spiritual practice.
Our chaplains are board certified or eligible for certification, meaning they have finished their theological and clinical pastoral education and are completing an additional 2,000 hours of clinical work as well as a professional board review.
Spiritual Care Team at Tisch Hospital and Hospital for Joint Diseases
Chaplains at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital are available weekdays from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Chaplains at NYU Langone’s Hospital for Joint Diseases are available by request. If you would like to speak to a chaplain, rabbi, or priest after hours, please ask your nurse to page the chaplain on call.
Reverend Jon A. Overvold, Senior Director for Mission and Spiritual Care
Rev. Overvold leads the growth and expansion of spiritual care across NYU Langone and ensures the alignment of the programs at campuses in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Prior to joining NYU Langone, he was corporate director of chaplaincy services for Northwell Health. He is a board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains and serves on its board of directors. Rev. Overvold earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Pacific Lutheran University and received a master of divinity degree from Luther Theological Seminary. He is ordained and endorsed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Rabbi Yael Shmilovitz, Manager and Clinical Pastor Education Supervisor
Rabbi Shmilovitz is a Reform rabbi. She is certified by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education as a clinical pastoral education supervisor. She received her rabbinic ordination and earned her master's degree in education and Hebrew literature from the Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. Prior to joining NYU Langone, she worked as a palliative care chaplain and clinical pastoral educator at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.
Matthew Dimick, Pediatric Chaplain
Chaplain Dimick holds a master’s degree in divinity and a master’s degree in social work from Boston University. He is working towards ordination as an inquirer in the Presbyterian Church (USA). His vocational experience includes domestic violence survivor advocacy with the LGBTQ community through The Network/La Red in Boston; parish ministry and social justice advocacy with First Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto, California; and as a hospital chaplain in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Reverend Kaylin Milazzo, Palliative Care Chaplain
Rev. Milazzo received her master’s degree in divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Before joining NYU Langone, she completed her clinical chaplaincy training at Yale-New Haven Hospital and NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue ministering primarily to palliative care, oncology, and psychiatric patients. Prior to becoming a reverend, she worked as a youth ministry director at a Presbyterian church in New Jersey.
Hondi Duncan Brasco, Staff Chaplain
Chaplain Brasco is a board-certified chaplain. She received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her master’s degree in divinity from Yale University. She leads spirituality groups for patients in the adult inpatient psychiatry unit at Tisch Hospital and has broad experience working with patients in the intensive care unit. Prior to her chaplaincy work, Ms. Brasco worked as a staff member at Episcopal churches and as a consultant to the national office of the Episcopal Church. She also served as a delegate from the Anglican Consultative Council to the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women.
Janet H. Martin, Staff Chaplain
Chaplain Martin has advanced training in death, dying, and bereavement issues. She is an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, and is also a worship leader. She volunteers with various social justice programs and is an active member of a program that teaches children with disabilities to ride horses.
Rosemarie Napoli, Chaplain Fellow
Elder Rosemarie Napoli is a candidate in the Presbyterian church to be a minister of word and sacrament. She has special interest in working with people with addictions and those living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Elder Napoli serves as a pastoral resident at Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
Rev. Stephen Okeke, Roman Catholic Priest
Father Okeke received his master’s degree in pastoral theology from St. John’s University and his doctorate in pastoral counseling from Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. He worked in Nigeria for three years as an associate pastor and a chaplain with the St. Stephen’s Society. Father Okeke is also chaplain to the Igbo Catholic community in the Bronx, serving people whose roots are in West Africa.
Rev. Chrisanth Mugasha, Roman Catholic Priest
Father Chrisanth Mugasha has worked in the United States since 2004, when he was transferred from his native Africa to work as a chaplain at Reading Hospital in Reading, Pennsylvania. Two years later, he came to the Archdiocese of New York, where he worked as parochial vicar at St. Angela Merici Parish in the Bronx. He obtained his clinical pastoral education certification in 2007. He has a master’s degree in divinity from Apostles of Jesus Theologicum in Nairobi, Kenya.
Rabbi Mordecai Katz, Hospital Rabbi
Before becoming a rabbi, Mordecai Katz taught Jewish studies in elementary and high schools for 18 years. He attended Telshe Rabbinical College near Cleveland, Ohio. He has worked with Chaplaincy Services at NYU Langone for 13 years.
Rabbi David Keehn, Hospital Rabbi
Rabbi Keehn joined NYU Langone in 2017 after 23 years at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Queens, where he served as Jewish chaplain and director of pastoral care. During his time in Queens, Rabbi Keehn ministered to patients, families, and staff across the Jewish spectrum and people of all faiths, and developed relationships with the leading rabbis in the community as well as with clergy. His goal is to help make a difficult time easier by giving each person the ministry of the moment. Rabbi Keehn is involved in many community groups, including the Queens Jewish Community Council, where he is a past president and current vice president.
Desiree Rodriguez, Department Secretary
Led to the chaplaincy department by her eagerness to learn more about spiritual and emotional care for patients, Ms. Rodriguez provides administrative support across the department. She acts as liaison between the department and community clergy, and serves as the professional and welcoming face for the department. Desiree earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Lehman College and is currently pursuing a second degree in health information management from CUNY School of Professional Studies.
Spiritual Care Team at NYU Lutheran
Chaplains are available seven days a week between 9:00AM and 8:30PM at NYU Lutheran Medical Center and NYU Lutheran Augustana Center. If you would like to speak with a chaplain, rabbi or priest after hours, please ask your nurse to page the chaplain on call.
Reverend Melody Meeter, Manager
Rev. Meeter works with patients from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. She has served as director of pastoral care at NYU Lutheran since 2006. Rev. Meeter is a board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains and an ordained pastor in the Reformed Church in America. She completed her clinical pastoral education at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. In 2012 she completed the certificate program for bioethics and the medical humanities at Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics. She is a consultant for ethics consultation service at NYU Lutheran, serves on the ethics committee, and teaches a course in narrative medicine to medical students.
Chaplain June Braun, Staff Chaplain
Chaplain Braun specializes in working with older adults at NYU Lutheran Augustana Center. She is a commissioned deacon in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and administrator for her parish, St. John the Evangelist in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She completed her clinical pastoral education residency at NYU Lutheran and has worked as a chaplain since 2011. She is working toward certification with the Association of Professional Chaplains. Prior to becoming a chaplain, she worked as a development officer with Lutheran World Relief.
Father Augustine Emeh, Catholic Priest
Father Emeh is an ordained Catholic priest. He has a master’s degree in pastoral counseling and spiritual care from Fordham University. He completed studies in philosophy and theology at Bigard Memorial Seminary in Nigeria, an affiliate of Pontifical Urban University in Rome. He is working toward clinical pastoral education certification with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, under the endorsement of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.
Chaplain Beth Kelly, Staff Chaplain
Chaplain Elizabeth (Beth) Kelly received her master’s degree in divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2007. She is a member of the Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers. Prior to her work as a chaplain, Chaplain Kelly worked with survivors of sexual and domestic violence and the homeless. She is a practitioner of mindfulness meditation.
Sister Maria Rios, Staff Chaplain
Sister Rios is a vowed member with the Sisters of Mary Reparatrix in the Roman Catholic Church. She holds a master’s degree in religion and religious education from Fordham University. She is a board-certified chaplain with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains and director for Roman Catholic services in the NYU Lutheran pastoral care department. Prior to coming to NYU Lutheran, Sister Rios served as a chaplain at Mercy Memorial Hospital in Monroe, Michigan. Sister Rios is fluent in Spanish and English.
Chaplain Lilo Carr Rivera, Palliative Care Chaplain
As palliative care chaplain, Chaplain Rivera works with patients and families who are coping with serious or chronic illness. Chaplain Lilo has a master’s degree in social work. She is pursuing a master’s degree in spiritual direction from General Theological Seminary. She was a chaplain resident at NYU Lutheran and also worked as a social worker for the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services and the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations.