Staff


The Rev. Thomas S. Rogers


Executive Director
Phone: 312-563-4824
Thomas_Rogers@rush.edu



The Rev. Thomas S. Rogers, III is an Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. Certified Educator and Episcopal Priest. Tommy grew up in Oklahoma City, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Christian University and a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. In Fall 2011, Tommy served as a Supervisory Education Student at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Tommy was certified as an ACPE, Inc. Associate Supervisor in May 2015 and moved to Bishop Anderson House as the executive director June 1, 2015. Tommy was certified as Certified Educator March 2017.
Tommy loves how open and inclusive our mission statement is, yet how it is clear that our area of focus is in the healthcare industry to make sure that spiritual and emotional needs of patients, families, and staff are being addressed in hospitals, nursing homes, and outpatient clinics where we are engaged in ministry.
Tommy lives in Skokie with his husband Jason, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, who works for the Lake County Health Department as a Program Coordinator for the Case Management Program. Tommy’s favorite thing to do in the warm summer months is to walk along Lake Michigan.

Ann Ryba


Associate Executive Director
Phone: 312-563-4823
Ann_G_Ryba@rush.edu


I have been active at Bishop Anderson House since 1988, when my congregation answered a call for toys and Teddy Bears for the children’s’ wards at the old Cook County Hospital. When I saw the conditions in the pediatric wards I immediately wanted to be a part of the work of Bishop Anderson House and am proudest of our long-standing commitment of chaplaincy to the underserved population of Stroger Hospital.

In 2012 I joined the staff and serve as Director of Networking. A graduate of the 2012 Volunteer Chaplain Training, I found the training to be life-changing and am passionate about involving others in the program, as well as spreading the word about our chaplaincy ministries.
My husband Rick and I live in Palatine, but I look most forward to the times I spend in New Orleans, my “spiritual home.” It was there, as a kindergarten teacher in “the projects,” that I gained a true understanding of the disparities in our education and health care systems, and that drives me today to grow our work at Stroger Hospital.

Micheal Smith


Professional Chaplain, Stroger Hospital
Phone: 312-563-4822
Micheal_Smith@rush.edu




Micheal has just completed a two-year residency program at Advocate Trinity Hospital. He experienced a call to hospital chaplaincy when his wife, now a breast cancer survivor, was first diagnosed. He served for 14 years in parish ministry in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He endeavors to provide affirmation and hope to help people with chronic illnesses and comorbidities regain their existential meaning and purpose. Micheal joined our staff in 2018, and we welcome his passion for community involvement as well as his interest in chaplaincy research. Micheal’s compassion for marginalized and disenfranchised people makes him an ideal addition to Stroger Hospital.

Kim Lessner


Associate for Administration and Registrar for Spiritual Care Visitor Training
Phone: 312-563-4825
kim_lessner@rush.edu
It is not often that worlds collide and the perfect candidate for an open position discerns that applying for the job is a way to live into their faith. Kim Lessner, a graduate of Spiritual Care Visitor Training, serves as Associate for Administration & Registrar for the Spiritual Care Visitor Training Program. "Spiritual Care Visitor Training changed my life and gave me purpose," Kim shares. "It is a dream job to bring this program to a wider audience."

Kim comes to us after serving for 15 years as Associate for Operations at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Barrington. Prior to her valuable work there, she rose through the ranks at AT&T/Ameritech, also serving in an administrative role. Kim's passion for pastoral care is evident in everything she does, and we are grateful to have her on the Bishop Anderson House team.

Rose Cicero


Part-time Chaplain
Phone: 312-563-4822
rose_cicero@rush.edu




Rose Cicero was originally drawn to Bishop Anderson House by the Spiritual Care Visitors Training program. She then went even deeper by taking Community Based Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Bishop Anderson House. She continued to answer her call to serve by joining our staff as a part-time chaplain in August 2019, just one month after being ordained as Deacon in the Episcopal Church.

Rose’s primary chaplain duties include being a representative for Dianna’s Teddy Bear Ministry. Rose has a deep desire to bring support, healing and comfort to those most in need, especially women and children. Deacon Rose also serves at Church of the Holy Nativity in Clarendon Hills, and is a founding board member and Vice-Chair of Magdalene House Chicago. She joined us after a long career as an educator at Morton West High School. She continues her volunteer work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and Peer Coordinator for CASA of Cook County, where she has spent the last 23 years advocating for children.

The Rev. Trenton Pitcher


Advocate for the Deaf
trentonpitcher
@sbcglobal.net




Trenton is past Executive Director of Bishop Anderson House, and he continues to serve as Chaplain to the All Angels Guild for the Deaf. Trenton is one of a handful of Episcopal priests nationwide who are skilled in American Sign Language, and he uses this skill in providing pastoral care and leadership to a community which has been marginalized throughout history. All Angels Guild is the oldest ministry with the deaf community in the state of Illinois. If offers monthly educational opportunities to help access medical care for the deaf, social programs for Seniors and pastoral care with individuals throughout the Chicago metropolitan region.