Meet Our Chaplains
Jennifer LaVie, Manager of Spiritual Care
Jennifer LaVie is a native of Colorado and started at Good Samaritan Medical Center in 2008 and has served in a variety of ministry settings since 1994. Some of her areas of ministry include working as a funeral director, youth pastor, lay ministry, hospital ministry, Christian day camp, hospice, palliative care, police chaplaincy, as well as serving in military ministry. Jennifer graduated from Ashford University in Iowa and from Iliff School of Theology and Regis University. She completed her clinical pastoral education (CPE) training at King of Glory Lutheran Church, McKee Medical Center, McKee Cancer Center, Larimer County Hospice, Colorado Christian Camp, and the Air Force Academy. Her passions are spending time with her family, sports, coaching, reading and vacationing.
Barbara V. Fernie
Barbara and her husband John C. Fernie moved to Boulder, Colorado in December 1977 having just married in New York. Barbara has a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from California College of Art and a master's degree in Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She earned a master's degree in Divinity from Iliff School of Theology with concentrations in pastoral care and Anglican studies. She has engaged in five units of clinical pastoral education most recently at St. Anthony North Hospital and has worked as an on-call chaplain at Avista Adventist Hospital. Barbara is a lay hospital chaplain with ecclesial endorsement from the Episcopal Bishop Rev. Rob O’Neill, Colorado Episcopal Diocese.
Barbara and her family attend St. John’s Episcopal Church, Boulder. Barbara has worked in many roles in the Episcopal Church as a volunteer member and as a paid employee of the children’s ministry. She is engaged in liturgy at St. John’s, Bldr. as a leader of intercessory prayer and chalice server. She is trained as a facilitator in centering prayer and has facilitated small groups and larger workshops for centering prayer in Boulder County. Her passion for hospital chaplaincy grew out of her call to ministry to others rooted in the fact that both of her children had significant illness as babies. Having spent many hours in surgery waiting rooms and in the ICU at the Children’s Hospital years ago, Barbara is called to share compassion with those who are hospitalized, their families and hospital staff.
She enjoys gardening, walking, cooking, long time friendships, spending time in the family mountain cabin west of Boulder, meditating, being with her family, music and fine arts. Barbara currently serves on the Advisory Board for Blue Sky Bridge non-profit for abused children and their families and is a member of the Daughter of the King St. Elizabeth-Anne Chapter, Boulder. She and her husband John raised their two children in Boulder and currently live in Lafayette.
Liena Apsukrapsa was born and raised in Latvia and received her bachelor's degree in Theology from Christian Academy in Latvia. She grew up in the country side and still enjoys what healthy country living offers. While in Latvia, she was part of the great spiritual awakening after regaining freedom from Russian occupations in 1990; she came to the United States in the late 90s. Liena continued her education at Trinity Lutheran College and completed her master's degree at Denver Theological Seminary. She enjoys journeying with people in a spiritual direction setting. Liena attends Faith Community Church in Longmont. Her passions are gardening, cooking, outdoor activities, photography, reading, yoga, hospitality, traveling, prayer, and nurturing her friendships. Liena loves to reflect and savor different life experience or in other words, carpe diem.
Teri is an ordained Lutheran-ELCA pastor. After serving as pastor and closing a small, rural congregation in Anton, Colo., she currently serves ¾ time as a pastor and a chaplain to seniors in assisted living or skilled nursing at Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center, All Saints Lutheran Church in Brush, Colo. She lives in Boulder the remainder of the week with her husband. They have three grown children. She received her master's degree in Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in 2005. Teri is trained in spiritual direction through Benet Hill Spiritual Formation Program with the Benet Hill Monastery in Colorado Springs. She is currently working on her Chaplaincy Board Certification. Teri served as an on-call chaplain at Good Samaritan Medical Center from 2006 to 2010 and has returned with joy.
Don Marsh has been a chaplain for more than 20 years, serving hospitals in Maryland, Colorado, and Oregon. He received his master's degree in Divinity from Andrews University in Michigan, and doctorate degree in Ministry in 1999 from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, specializing in pastoral care. Don took his Association for Professional Chaplains Education (ACPE) clinical pastoral education residency at Holy Cross Hospital in Maryland and is ordained in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. He loves to support others in exercising their ministry gifts and has led the Stephen Ministry program in his church. He and his wife have three daughters, and one brand-new, handsome grandson. Don changes pace by skiing, snowshoeing, biking, hiking and singing.
Brad has been an on-call chaplain with SCL Health, serving both Lutheran Medical Center and Good Samaritan Medical Center. He received his master's degree in Divinity from Trinity Seminary in Ohio. Over a span of 25 years, he has served churches in Ohio, Florida, and Colorado. Brad is married, has three adult children, a son-in-law, and two grandchildren. During his off-hours you will find him on the tennis court.
Julia is a center for spiritual living minister. She has spent the last 13 years in a chaplain capacity for her church and community. Julia completed her formal training Association for Professional Chaplains Education (APCE) training in January 2011 and is a candidate for Association for Professional Chaplains Board Certification. Julia has a caring and compassionate heart and brings to Good Samaritan Medical Center grounded presence and comfort to patients, family and associates.