Clinical Pastoral Education Staff Bios

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Rev. Gina Bethune, Director of CPE

Gina joined the Seton Family of Hospitals in 2002 to develop the CPE program and lead it to accreditation as an ACPE center.  She is an ordained American Baptist minister with over 25 years of ministry experience.  Prior to coming to Seton, Gina provided leadership for CPE at Scott and White Memorial Hospital.  Other professional experience includes various leadership positions in churches, healthcare and non-profit organizations.  Gina is certified by ACPE as a CPE Supervisor and by APC as a Board Certified Chaplain.  She has served on various committees for the Southwest Region of ACPE and two terms on the ACPE Certification Commission.  Currently Gina serves on a Spiritual Care Task Force for Ascension Health.  In addition, she is an Adjunct Faculty member of the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas.  Gina provides leadership for the CPE Department and the Department of Chaplain Services for the Seton Family of Hospitals.  Responsibilities include administration duties for both departments, with additional responsibilities for Mission Integration, Model Community and Palliative Care projects.

Rev. Cynthia Thomas, CPE Supervisor

Rev. Cynthia “Cyd” Thomas is a CPE Supervisor (clinical teaching faculty). Her responsibilities include the supervision of CPE students in residency, intern, and extern programs. Cyd graduated from Rollins College in Florida (BA, Philosophy and Religion) in 1972, and received a Master of Arts in Intercultural Education from the University of the Americas in Mexico in 1974. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Regent College in Vancouver, Canada in 1993, and is an ordained minister affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Cyd completed her supervisory training in Houston at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital and served as a chaplain there and at Texas Children’s Hospital while completing her educational requirements. She was a supervisor in the Houston Medical Center with Memorial Hermann Healthcare System for four years prior to her move to SETON.

Prior to becoming a CPE Supervisor, Cyd helped to establish and develop Episcopal High School in Houston. She also worked in educational administration and counseling at Rice University and at the University of Houston Honors Program. Cyd is a lover of all the outdoors and especially water sports. She also enjoys travel, reading, ethnic restaurants, cultural events, and being with friends and family.

Rev. Lee Ann Rathbun, CPE Supervisor

Lee Ann grew up overseas but has lived in Texas most of her adult life. She has been a pastoral caregiver for 25 years and is a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. Lee Ann has served in various leadership roles in the Southwest Region of ACPE and has been on the Board of ACPE. She also serves on the Endorsement Council of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

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