Reverend Liz Danielsen, Chaplain, who is the Executive Director, President and CEO, is an ordained minister and completed her pastoral education with an emphasis on hospital and hospice ministry. She obtained her certification as a Bereavement Facilitator as well as her Death and Grief Certification. Liz’s pastoral education training was done at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, NJ. She has been on staff and has ministered as a Chaplain at Newton Memorial Hospital and The Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice in New Jersey, as well as The Hospice of the Piedmont and Culpeper Regional Hospital in Culpeper, Virginia.
Out of her work with people of all ages, she saw needs that were not being met to support those who were chronically ill, dying, grieving, experiencing personal losses and those who journey with them, so she founded Spiritual Care Support Ministries, Inc., and opened the ministry center in Warrenton, VA in 2004. Chaplain Liz provides overall direction for the work of SCSM, while continuing to work individually with people who come for help who are in need of healing. She also conducts support groups, training sessions, and retreats. When invited, she also preaches and shares the ministry of SCSM at churches throughout Virginia, the USA and overseas. Elizabeth Danielsen has been married for over 50 years to Arvid Danielsen. They have three children and eight grandchildren.
Our Executive Administrator, Danette Jennings, enhances the Executive Director’s effectiveness by providing a full range of office management and administrative support to facilitate the efficient day-to-day operation of SCSM. People are drawn to Danette for her smile and the creativity she exhibits in her work (as well as her wardrobe). With an excellent eye for detail, she maintains the company website; provides editorial review of all SCSM materials; is responsible for the creation and submission of grants; creates and updates Policies and Procedures for the center; and manages the calendar for the Executive Director.
Anna Hansen is our Marketing Coordinator here at SCSM. Anna plays an integral role of marketing SCSM and all of our upcoming events. She promotes our community presence and online exposure, mainly through eMarketings and newspaper advertising. She is responsible for creating and printing SCSM’s marketing material that is used at the center and distributed throughout the community. Anna’s wonderful creativity will be seen as she enjoys making our materials eye catching and engaging to help bring those in need to the center.
Our receptionist, Shelly Hall, is better known as our Director of First Impressions. Anyone coming into SCSM will be greeted by Shelly’s warm personality and sweet demeanor. Her main responsibilities, other than receiving our guests and clients and making them feel welcome, include showing guests around the center and explaining all of our services including special groups and events; answering all phone calls and inquiries; and scheduling client appointments and maintaining the calendar of our 20 counselors.
Our Volunteer Coordinator, Debbie Dallesandro, manages SCSM’s 100+ volunteers. Debbie has a true heart for people and enjoys working closely with and getting to know our wonderful volunteers. She coordinates the day-to-day volunteer ministry opportunities as well as various special events. She is also responsible for the many administrative aspects associated with the volunteers such our quarterly newsletter mailings, as well as sending out a weekly communication to keep all of our volunteers updated on the upcoming opportunities and needs of the center.
Dorothy Slaga is SCSM’s Special Projects Coordinator. Some of Dorothy’s responsibilities include managing our donor engagement which involves keeping track of all donations, mailing letters and receipts, and maintaining donor information in our database; creating SCSM’s quarterly newsletters, Christmas brochures, and various other materials; assisting with SCSM’s finances; and various other projects. Dorothy has been a treasured staff member with the center for over 14 years!
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Arvid earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnic University of New York, and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, New York University. He was employed for 45 years with ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Co. as a Senior Engineering Associate. He was a technical specialist involved with the design, field construction checkout, start-up, troubleshooting, and shutdown (turnaround) inspection of oil refineries in the ExxonMobil circuit worldwide, as well as technology that ExxonMobil licenses to other oil companies. Arvid has been married for 49 years to Elizabeth Danielsen, who is the founder and president of Spiritual Care Support Ministries. They have three children and eight grandchildren. Their oldest son and his family minister in southern Asia. Their daughter and her husband are ministering at Evangel Church in Hanover Park, IL. Their youngest son is an engineer with General Electric and his family lives in Glenville, NY.
Joyce is a graduate of Essex College of Business, has four year theological training from the University of the South, Clinical Pastoral Education from Somerset Medical Center, Somerville, New Jersey and Pastoral Care Training from Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute, New York City. She had a staff position at St. Mary’s Church, Sparta, N.J., (required pastoral, spiritual counseling, adult ministry programming). She was a Chaplain at Newton Memorial Hospital, Newton, New Jersey and a Chaplain at the Karen Ann Quinlan, Center of Hope Hospice, Sussex County, NJ. Joyce was the owner of Kwik Kar Lube and Tune center, Coppell, Texas where she received Outstanding Business of the Year Award(1997). She also served as Director, Coppell Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the Board, Coppell Chamber of Commerce; Board member, Coppell Drug and Alcohol Commission; Board member, Coppell Citizens Advocacy; and Chairman, Retail and Small Business Team, Coppell, Tx. She has also been the Pastor for Pastoral Care and Counseling, St. Nicholas Church, Flower Mound, Texas.
Kathleen was the valedictorian, Cheyenne Central High School, attended Stanford University (3 years) and earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University Of California, San Francisco Medical Center. She was a Physical Therapist, Virtua Memorial Hospital, Mt. Holly, NJ, caseload varied from critical care to outpatient. She was also a Physical Therapist at a New Jersey run state home for those with multiple handicaps. Kathleen has always been very active in her church and with volunteer activities. At various times she has been nursery director, Sunday school bus driver (over 10 years), worked in musical productions, coordinated outreach activities with other churches, served as a post-abortion counselor and financial counselor.
Dan earned a Bachelor of Arts, Southeastern University and a Master of Arts Degree (Ministerial Leadership), Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL. He has been employed as Youth Pastor, Kingsway Assembly of God, Cherry Hill, NJ., Senior Pastor, Crossroads Assembly of God, Hamburg, NJ, and as Senior Pastor, Calvary Assembly of God, Pennsauken, NJ. He Taught Marriage Enrichment Classes at New Jersey Churches Served as Volunteer Hospital Chaplain one day a month at Our Lady of Lourdes, Camden, NJ.
Virginia graduated with a Business Degree from Fauquier High School and earned an Associate Degree in Business from Northern Virginia Community College. She is currently a Licensed Broker in the State of Virginia and owns and operates her own company, Virginia Realty & Management, LLC in Warrenton, where she helps residential buyers and sellers, land purchases and sales, tenant acquisition of rental property and property management services for landlords with investment properties. Her career history includes11 years for Walker, Jones & Lawrence, P.C., beginning as Secretary/Receptionist, and eventually promoted to head Real Estate Coordinator. Next employed for seven years by Fauquier National Bank as a Real Estate Processor and promoted to Loan Officer. Subsequent jobs included responsibilities as Real Estate Coordinator, Administrative and Executive Assistant. Virginia has been active in a local church for many years, teaching Sunday School, having lead the Girls in Action, and as an officer and committee member.
Jerry “Jay” McCargo, earned a BA in Political Science and English from the University of Rhode Island and a MBA in Business Administration from American University. He has professional certifications from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and George Washington University. He has over 25 years of experience as a Senior Executive, and is currently President and CEO of ARServices, an award-winning management consulting firm, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, with operations in 14 states and the District of Columbia. Mr. McCargo’s professional accomplishments are rivaled only by his commitment to charitable giving and community support through service. He has personally contributed each year for the past 20 plus years to various charitable organizations and has instituted the “A Day of Service” program within ARServices, providing one day of paid leave per year to afford his employees the opportunity to give back to their communities in ways that are most important to them.