The Reverend Nancy Cormack-Hughes, BCC
Director, Episcopal Community Services (ECS) Spiritual Care
As the ECS Director of Spiritual Care, Rev. Nancy Cormack-Hughes is responsible for the spiritual well-being of healthcare staff, patients and their loved ones at St. Mark's Hospital and other facilities served by ECS chaplains.
"It is with humility and excitement that I embark on this new journey with Episcopal Community Services and St. Mark's Hospital," says Rev. Cormack-Hughes. "I pray that both existing and new relationships with staff and community will grow as together we pursue health, depth, and connection."
Rev. Cormack-Hughes is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity and Emphasis on Pastoral Care. She was Board Certified with the Association of Professional Chaplains in 2017 and following her Clinical Pastoral Education Residency at St. Mark's Hospital under the direction of the program Fr. Lincoln Ure.
An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Rev. Cormack-Hughes has a wealth of hands-on pastoral experience and community service experience. Since 2009, she has worked as a Chaplain at Bristol Hospice, while also working for ECS as needed at both Lakeview and St. Mark's Hospitals.
Rev. Cormack-Hughes is married to the Rev. Philip Hughes; together they have three adult daughters and one son-in-law who live between Vancouver B.C, Salt Lake City, and Washington D.C. Nancy loves spending time with her family, especially when it is on a trail or beach or in a coffee shop. In addition to enjoying depth of conversation, listening to spiritual journeys, and discussing individual theologies, Nancy is an avid outdoor enthusiast. Her sports of choice include running, swimming, and hiking; she has done ten half-marathons and swum open water competitions (but her times are not impressive). When she is not active, Nancy love reading the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and a wide variety of good books. She is active at Mt. Olympus Presbyterian Church, serves on the Council of the Presbytery of Utah, is a regular supply preacher for various churches in the community, and involved in local interfaith dialogue discussions.
The Reverend Nancy Piggott, BCC
ACPE Certified Educator
Rev. Nancy Piggott has been a familiar face in Clinical Pastoral
Education (CPE) at St. Mark's Hospital for more than nine years. She is
the ACPE Certified Educator for the CPE program. The Association for
Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) is recognized as the industry standard
for spiritual care and education.
The Spiritual Care Department at St. Mark's Hospital is staffed with
stellar graduates of the ACPE CPE(tm) program. Other graduates practice
the art of soul retrieval in hospitals far and wide from along the Wasatch
Front to New York City to the US Navy Air Corps to the US Marines. Rev.
Piggott says that nothing gives her more satisfaction than to see her
students become the chaplains she dreamed they can be.
Rev. Piggott received a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific School of
Religion in 2006. She began her career in chaplaincy soon after as the
sole chaplain at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, simultaneously
completing her requirements for ordination, ecclesiastical endorsement,
and APC Board Certification. In 2009 she was recruited to St. Mark's
hospital for Certified Educator training by The Rev. Lincoln Ure. She
received her certification as an ACPE Certified Educator in 2012, and has
since been serving in that role. Following Rev. Ure's untimely death in
June, 2016, Rev. Piggott served as Acting Director of Pastoral Care at St.
Mark's Hospital until Rev Nancy Cormack-Hughes succeeded her in May 2018.
She received the prestigious Lifesaver Award from the Pacific Region of
ACPE in 2016 and is currently serving on the Regional Accreditation
Committee for ACPE.
Rev. Piggott oversees the evening extended CPE Unit at St. Mark's Hospital in addition to Winter, Summer and Fall day Units. She also accepted a Certified Educator Candidate whose curriculum began in tandem with the 2017 Fall Unit - making her schedule a very busy one!
Saundra Shanti, BCC
Lead Staff Chaplain for St. Mark's Hospital and YWCA of Utah
Saundra Shanti is Lead Staff Chaplain at St. Mark's Hospital. She has a
M.A. in Theology and a M.A. in Arts in Medicine, as well as a B.A. in Art
and Education. Saundra completed the accredited Clinical Pastoral
Education (CPE) program in 2012 at St. Mark's Hospital under the
supervision of The Rev. Lincoln Ure and Rev. Nancy Piggott and is
Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) Board Certified. She provides
pastoral care to hospital staff in addition to patients and families.
Saundra is part of the ACPE teaching staff, offering various didactics
including art, theology, domestic violence and grief. Saundra holds a
certificate in Spiritual Direction and is available in that capacity for
In addition to working at St. Mark's, she provides spiritual care
services to the residents and staff members of the YWCA of Utah, the
largest domestic violence shelter in the state. She is considered an
expert in her field of spiritual care for domestic violence victims and
Her passion for Spiritual Care includes the integration of art, theology and social transformation. She is particularly interested in introducing people to the arts as a transcendent "language" for engaging in self-reflection and expressing their suffering.
Behavioral Health Unit Chaplain
Staff Chaplain and Certified Interfaith Spiritual Director
Julie Vesely is interested in practices that discern inner wisdom,
strengthen compassion, alleviate suffering, and that deepen relationships
with the Holy. She completed the accredited Clinical Pastoral Education
(CPE) program in 2013, and has since been working as a Staff Chaplain at
St. Mark's Hospital. Julie teaches students bout Jungian shadow, Enneagram
personality theory, understanding addiction and grace, and stages of
spiritual growth. She is also a trained SoulCollage facilitator and
Veriditas trained labyrinth walk facilitator who enjoys bringing
inspiration, beauty and creativity to others. Julie facilitates an Art and
Spirituality group weekly in St. Mark's Behavioral Health Unit.
A lifelong explorer of many spiritual traditions, Julie connects with patients and their families whatever their beliefs, whatever brings them meaning, or wherever they are on their unique paths. Julie has a non-directive and open multi-faith (or no-faith) approach to spiritual care.
The Reverend Catherine Schreiber, BCC
ACPE Certified Educator Candidate
Rev. Cathy Schreiber began her ACPE journey in Atlanta, GA as a Chaplain
Intern at St. Joseph's Hospital (2009) and Children's Healthcare of
Atlanta (2010). After moving with her family to Salt Lake City, Cathy was
asked to serve as an ACPE Resident Chaplain at St. Mark's Hospital (2012)
under the supervision of the Rev. Nancy Piggott and Fr. Lincoln Ure. Upon
completion of her residency and accredited CPE program, she continued her
spiritual care practice at St. Mark's Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Hospital,
and Promise Hospital in Salt Lake City. In 2015, Cathy was recruited to
build an ECS Spiritual Care program and serve as Lead Staff Chaplain at
Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful, Utah. While serving in this capacity, she
also completed two ACPE Supervisory Observation Units in the evening
extended CPE unit at St. Mark's Hospital under the supervision of Fr.
Lincoln Ure and the Rev. Nancy Piggott. Cathy returns to St. Mark's as a
full time Certified Educator Candidate in Summer, 2018.
Cathy is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She received a Master of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in 2008. She received her Board Certification in 2018.
The Reverend David Bierschwale, BCC
Rev. David Bierschwale moved to the area in 2009, serving as a
Presbyterian Pastor in Idaho. His ACPE Residency was with Banner Desert
Medical Center in the Phoenix area. He also completed an ACPE Palliative
Care Fellowship with the South Texas Veterans Healthcare System in San
Antonio. He continued there as Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant
chaplain as well as occasional staff with Methodist Healthcare System
(HCA). David's hospital experience in Utah includes spiritual care with
Jordan Valley, West Valley, and Mountain Point Medical Centers.
David received his Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He is APC Board Certified, as well as with the National Association of VA Chaplains. Over the years while a pastor, David served as a EMS First Responder and volunteer fireman. In addition to his passion for serving people in all faith traditions, he enjoys singing with guitar and harmonica. Encouraging music in the patient room has helped create a "bridge" at times for patients to share more deeply spiritually and emotionally - especially among patients with dementia.
St. Mark's Hospital Chief Financial Officer/ Administrator of Pastoral Care
Michael Herron is the Chief Financial Officer and the Ethics and Compliance Officer at St. Mark's Hospital. As Administrator, he oversees the Spiritual Care Department and the Clinical Pastoral Education program. Michael has a BS in Corporate Finance from the University of Utah and an MBA from Utah State University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Michael completed LDS seminary and Institute and served an LDS mission to Thailand. He is married and has four children. Michael has more than thirteen years of experience in healthcare finance and management. He is passionate about using his skills and talents to bring excellent patient care to St. Mark's patients and families. He can often be seen out on the patient units of the hospital, checking in with families and ensuring that we are meeting the goals of our mission and vision.