Our Spiritual Care Team
The spiritual care team at NYU Langone includes chaplains, rabbis, imams, 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.
Manhattan Spiritual Care Team
Chaplains at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, Kimmel Pavilion, and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital—34th Street are available weekdays from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Chaplains at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital 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. Before 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 ACPE-Certified Educator
Rabbi Shmilovitz is a Reform rabbi. She is certified by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) as a clinical pastoral educator. 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. Before 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 is a board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. He is working toward 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 hospital chaplaincy in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Reverend Kaylin Milazzo, Palliative Care Chaplain
Rev. Milazzo is a board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. She received her master’s degree in divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and 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. She previously 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 inpatient psychiatry unit at Tisch Hospital and has broad experience working with patients in the intensive care unit. Before 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.
Rosemarie Napoli, Staff Chaplain
Elder 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 HIV and AIDS. Elder Napoli serves as a pastoral resident at Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
Edwina Chan, Staff Chaplain
Chaplain Chan received her master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Alliance Theological Seminary. She completed her clinical chaplaincy training at Northwell Health—North Shore University Hospital and NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. Before joining NYU Langone, she was a staff chaplain at Westchester Medical Center Health—Good Samaritan Hospital. In addition to her chaplaincy work, Edwina is a licensed minister in a nondenominational evangelical Protestant church in Queens.
Elizabeth Kitamura, Staff Chaplain
Chaplain Kitamura is a Roman Catholic lay chaplain. She received her master’s degree in theology from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Before joining NYU Langone, she completed her clinical training at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois, and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and was also a research fellow at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Ms. Kitamura has served as a campus minister to high school girls and university students, as well as a liturgical musician in various parish communities in metropolitan Chicago.
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 3 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.
Reverend Martin Ugochukwu Ene, Roman Catholic Priest
Father Ene is ordained by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Nigeria. He received his bachelor’s degrees in theology and philosophy from Bigard Memorial Seminary in Enugu and his master’s degree in pastoral theology from Duquesne University. Father Ene has a passion for pastoral ministry, and he trained as a chaplain at Sisters of Charity Hospital of Buffalo, New York, before arriving in New York City to serve as part of the spiritual care team at NYU Langone.
Rabbi Mordecai Katz, Hospital Rabbi
Rabbi Katz taught Jewish studies in elementary and high schools for 18 years before becoming a rabbi. He attended Telshe Rabbinical College near Cleveland, Ohio. He has worked with patients and families through chaplaincy services at NYU Langone for 13 years.
Rabbi David Keehn, Hospital Rabbi
Rabbi Keehn joined NYU Langone in 2017 after 23 years at NewYork-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. Ms. Rodriguez 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.
Brooklyn Spiritual Care Team
Chaplains are available 7 days a week between 9:00AM and 8:30PM at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn. 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 Langone Hospital—Brooklyn 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 Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, serves on the ethics committee, and teaches a course in narrative medicine to medical students.
Chaplain June Braun, Staff Chaplain
Chaplain Braun 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 Langone Hospital—Brooklyn and has worked as a chaplain since 2011. She is working toward certification with the Association of Professional Chaplains. Before 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 Elizabeth (Beth) Kelly, Staff Chaplain
Chaplain Kelly is a board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. She 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. Before 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, and is currently working toward board certification with the Association of Professional Chaplains.
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 pastoral care department at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn. Before coming to NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, 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 Rivera 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 Langone Hospital—Brooklyn 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.