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 and am currently Associate Executive Director. 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.

Micheal Smith


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




The Rev. Dr. Micheal A. Smith is a board certified chaplain. Micheal was reared in Detroit, Michigan. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Howard University, a JD degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and a Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry from Ecumenical Theological Seminary. Micheal comes to Bishop Anderson House after serving for 15 years in parish ministry in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Influenced by the writings of Martin Luther King, Jr., James Cone, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Micheal’s commitment to advocacy and social justice and his compassion for the marginalized makes him an ideal chaplain within Stroger Hospital and our Westside community which the Bishop Anderson House serves. He is the father of two sons and his wife is also a chaplain within the Illinois Medical District.

Kim Lessner


Associate for Administration and Registrar for Spiritual Care Visitor Training
Phone: 312-563-4825
kim_lessner@rush.edu
I am blessed beyond measure to work as the Registrar of the Spiritual Care Visitor Training Program (SCVTP) which is definitely my life’s passion. I’ve been a caretaker from the start as the oldest in a family of six kids. I deepened my caretaking skills when I participated in the SCVTP in 2013. That experience brought great clarity and purpose to my life. For my field work, I volunteered at Advocate Aurora Sherman Hospital and I continue to serve as a Spiritual Welcome Volunteer in their Cancer Center. My heart is always open to help by just being present and listening. This gift is one where I receive more than I will ever give. As an added bonus, I get to use my natural talents of administration to support the overall mission of Bishop Anderson House. Please let me know how I can serve you.

Rose Cicero


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




The Rev. Rose Cicero was originally drawn to Bishop Anderson House through the Spiritual Care Visitors Training program in 2014. Then, through Community-based CPE and joining the BAH staff as a part-time chaplain, she continued to learn about the many ways Bishop Anderson House provides quality spiritual and emotional care. Currently, Rose serves part-time as chaplain to women and children at Stroger Hospital, and represents Dianna's Teddy Bear Ministry. Rose has a deep desire to bring support, healing and comfort to those in most need. She has been a strong advocate for children in Cook County as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) since 1996. She is a founding and current board member of Magdalene House Chicago, working towards providing housing where women who have survived abuse, trafficking, prostitution, and addiction can heal. Rose also serves as a deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.

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.