BIOETHICS CONFERENCE — FEBRUARY 4-6, 2014 — LIST OF SPEAKERS

Dr. Meesaeng Lee ChoiDr. Meesaeng Lee Choi is the Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Asbury Seminary. She received a B.A. from Ewha Womans University, 1981; a M.Div. from Seoul Theological University, 1986; a Th.M. from Asbury Theological Seminary, 1991; a M.Phil. from Drew University, 1990; and a Ph.D. from Drew University, 2001. Her expertise is in the areas of church history, historical theology, early Christianity, Wesleyan holiness studies, and world revitalization movements.


Dr. Anne K. GatobuDr. Anne Gatobu serves as the Dean of the School of Practical Theology and as an Associate Professor of Pastoral Counseling at Asbury Seminary. She received her B.A. from the University of Nairobi, 1990; a M.A. in pastoral care and counseling from Iliff School of Theology, 1997; a Ph.D. from the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology, 2006; and a M.Div. from Iliff School of Theology, 2008.

Dr. Gatobu has served as a pastor for four years in the United Methodist Church, Nebraska Annual Conference. She served on a 14-member Nebraska Conference Transition team in 2007-2008 and has served and established Stephen Ministries in churches. She also has experience as a psychotherapist and case manager in trauma and family counseling.

Dr. Gatobu founded and established FOWCUS-Kenya, a non-profit U.S.-based ministry to orphaned children and women in Kenya. She has served on a board to establish the Community Thrift Store in Wallace, Neb., and has volunteered with Hospice. Since 2004, Dr. Gatobu has organized mission trips to Africa.


Dr. Virginia Todd HolemanDr. Toddy Holeman is Professor of Counseling. She has taught at Asbury Theological Seminary since 1995. Dr. Holeman received a Ph.D. at Kent State University. At Asbury Seminary, she has served as associate dean of the School of Theology (1999-2004); acting dean (2004-2005); and is presently the chair of the Counseling and Pastoral Care Department. She was the 2003-2004 recipient of the Seminary’s Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching Award.

Dr. Holeman is the past president of the Kentucky Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a licensed psychologist in Ohio and a licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional counselor in Kentucky.

She has earned several grant awards, including a $42,020 grant titled  “Making the Grade: Enhancing Learning Through Evaluation from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theological Education”. Dr. Holeman was also a member of the Wabash Center Teaching and Learning Colloquy for Mid-Career Theological Faculty (2007-2008) and a Wabash Workshop Teaching Scholar (1998).


Dr. James HolsingerDr. James Holsinger, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. currently serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Academic and International Affairs in the College of Public Health and as the Charles T. Wethington Jr. Endowed Chair in the Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky.  His faculty appointments include Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health and Health Services Management in the College of Public Health; and Internal Medicine, Surgery, and Anatomy in the College of Medicine.  Dr. Holsinger returned to the University faculty on December 10, 2005, following a two-year appointment as Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services of the Commonwealth of Kentucky following his appointment by Governor Ernie Fletcher on December 9, 2003.  In his role as Secretary, Dr. Holsinger had responsibility at the executive level for the management of the state’s health and social services programs including the Medicaid, Public Health, Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services, Community Based Services, as well as several commissions.

He graduated from Duke University Medical School in 1964.  Dr. Holsinger has served in a variety of academic and administrative appointments at several universities as well as the federal government.  From 1994 to 2003, he served as Chancellor of the University of Kentucky Medical Center with responsibility for the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Sciences, and Dentistry.  In addition, he provided oversight for the School of Public Health, four degree granting graduate centers, University Hospital, and the UK Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Holsinger served for 26 years in the Department of Veterans Affairs, retiring on July 13, 1994.  His career culminated in his appointment by the President of the United States as Chief Medical Director of the Veterans Health Administration on August 6, 1990.  In 1992, he became Undersecretary for Health in the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Dr. Holsinger served for over 31 years in the United States Army Reserve, with his Reserve career culminating with his assignment to the Joint Staff as Assistant to the Director for Logistics in 1989, and his promotion to Major General in 1990.  Dr. Holsinger retired from the United States Army Reserve in 1993.


Christine JohnsonChristine Johnson is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Wesley studies at the University of Manchester (ABD).  She works as an archives specialist at the B. L. Fisher Library at Asbury Seminary and is a John Wesley Fellow, a Junior Fellow of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre and a member of the Wesleyan Theological Society and American Academy of Religion.


Dr. Beverly Johnson-MillerDr. Beverly Johnson-Miller is professor of Transformative Education and Aging in the School of Practical Theology at Asbury Seminary. Her passion for revitalizing the educational-discipleship ministry of the church provides the driving force for her scholarship and teaching on the history of Christian education, the dynamics of Christian, religious, and spiritual formation and transformation, and conversational pedagogy. In response to the aging revolution in the church and society, she developed a certificate program in Older Adult Ministry (fall 2009), and an M.A. degree program in Aging and Spirituality (fall 2011). She is serving as co-vice chair of a Luce funded research project housed in the Center for the Study of Christian Revitalization at Asbury Seminary (2009-2011). Along with active involvement in her adult Sunday School class, she serves on the advisory board for the Christian Education Journal, and leads workshops on transformational teaching and spiritual direction.


Dr. John KilnerDr. John Kilner is the Franklin Forman Chair of Ethics, Professor of Bioethics and Contemporary Culture, and the Director of the Bioethics Program at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. From the 1994 founding of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity until 2005, Dr. Kilner served as the Center’s President and CEO. He presently serves as a Senior Fellow in the Academy of Fellows of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity.

Author of numerous articles in medical, public health, legal, religious, and ethics journals, he has written or edited 15 recent books. His interests have been shaped significantly by extended periods of study and research in inner-city Boston, Kenya, and Switzerland. A frequent speaker and seminar leader, he most commonly addresses issues related to health care reform and resource allocation, age-based and other forms of rationing, treatment termination, physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia, human cloning, assisted reproduction, genetic intervention, stem cell research, ethical methodology, cultural values, and social change.

Previously, Dr. Kilner served as Senior Associate at The Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith, and Ethics, and as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University Medical School, both in Chicago. Prior to his move to the Chicago area, he was an associate professor of social and medical ethics at Asbury Theological Seminary, directed the ethics grand rounds program at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, taught medical ethics as an adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky, and served as hospital ethicist for St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington, KY.

After completing a B.A. degree (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) at Yale University, he earned an M.Div. degree (summa cum laude, valedictorian) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He also holds an A.M. and a Ph.D. “With Distinction” in religious ethics, with an emphasis in bioethics, from Harvard University. While there, he received the Newcombe, Danforth, Eisenhower, DeKarman, Roothbert, Merit, Howe, and Sheldon awards.


Dr. Christine PohlDr. Christine Pohl is Associate Provost and Professor of Church and Society/Christian Ethics. She has taught at Asbury Theological Seminary since 1989. She received a B.S. in Special Education at Syracuse University, 1972; a M.A. in Theological Studies, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 1986; and a Ph.D. in Ethics and Society at Emory University, 1993.

Dr. Pohl worked in various ministries for 11 years before attending seminary. She owned a Christian bookstore for six years and later worked in advocacy and refugee resettlement. She currently serves as an occasional advisor for homeless shelters and refugee programs. She has also helped plant four churches. She is a recipient of grants for research from the American Academy of Religion, Lilly Endowment and Louisville Institute, and has served as a board member for the Louisville Institute and for the Society of Christian Ethics.


KarenStefaniak-100x100Dr. Karen Stefaniak, RN, Ph.D., received a diploma from Lakeview Memorial Hospital in Danville, Ill., in 1965, followed by a BSN from Southern Illinois University in 1967, MSN from the University of Kentucky in 1982, and Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies and Evaluation from UK in 1998.

Dr. Stefaniak retired from UK’s Albert B. Chandler Hospital following 23 years of nursing leadership positions, including seven years as chief nursing officer/associate hospital director. In that role, she was responsible for nursing practice throughout the inpatient areas and hospital-based outpatient areas. Under her leadership, University of Kentucky nursing was designated Magnet by ANCC in 2001 and redesignated in 2005.

Dr. Stefaniak completed the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship in 2006. She is certified as a nurse administrator by ANCC and certified in appreciative inquiry by the Corporation for Positive Change. Her primary leadership interests lie in collaboration, appreciative inquiry, positive deviancy and complexity science. Her clinical focus has been obstetrics, primarily in labor and delivery in the hospital and as a childbirth educator in the community.


Dr. James R. ThobabenDr. James Thobaben came to Asbury Theological Seminary in 1995 with a wide range of experience in ethics. Most recently he served as Vice President for Ethics and Research at Mississippi Methodist Rehabilitation Center. He was also a visiting Ethics Scholar at the University of Missouri’s Molecular Biology Program. He is author of Healthcare Ethics: A Comprehensive Christian Resource. In addition to his work at the seminary, Dr. Thobaben is co-pastor at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Mercer County, Ky.