Leadership

Rex Dickey, MDiv., President/CEO, Chaplain, Cobb-Vantress

Rex is a graduate of Hendrix College, Conway Arkansas and Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. Ordained in the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church, Rex has thirty years experience serving in the local church setting and as a district superintendent of the United Methodist Church. Having completed four units of C.P.E., he has served as a chaplain in a hospital setting for several years, started Your Business Chaplains, LLC and is currently serving as Corporate Chaplain for Cobb-Vantress, Inc., SW Region in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

Nick Braschler, MMin, Director of Chaplains, Simmons Foods

Melissa Brannan, M.S., LMFT, Chaplain, Tyson Foods

Melissa Brannan began working as a chaplain with Tyson Foods, Inc. in June of 2009. She has provided bilingual pastoral care in both industrial and corporate settings in the Northwest Arkansas area. As graduate of the University of Arkansas and Texas Tech University, she also holds credentials with the State of Arkansas as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. After completing her 4th unit of CPE, she has continued to develop her pastoral skills through seminary training.

Pierce McIntyre, MDiv., Chaplain, Children’s Hospital of Northwest Arkansas

Pierce is a native Tennessean graduating from Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama and Southwestern Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. Ordained to Gospel Ministry by Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee and earned a Funeral Directors License for State of Tennessee.   Pierce has pastored churches in Texas, California and Tennessee, worked in the Funeral Industry and in Hospital Chaplaincy. He has completed seven units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and is a board certified Chaplain and is currently serving as a Staff Chaplain with Arkansas Children's Hospital Northwest in Springdale, Arkansas. Pierce is married, has two adult daughters, two dogs and enjoys the beach as often as possible.

Chuck Burklow

Chuck was a business development executive for a group of psychiatric hospitals and outpatient behavioral health treatment centers for over 20 years. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky Medical Center School of Respiratory Therapy, and the University of Arkansas where he majored in Education and Human Resource Development. He is currently serves as the Executive Director & Chaplain of Sterling Yard, Inc., a nonprofit foundation that facilitates diversion, reentry and mentoring programs for at-risk adolescents in the juvenile justice system.

Claude John “CJ” Malone, EdD.

CJ is a graduate of Calvin College and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is a Clinical Pastoral Education supervisor with the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy and the Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training and he serves as Director of Pastoral Care at Northwest Health System in Springdale, Arkansas. He is also the Executive Director of the Merchab Institute where he teaches Clinical Pastoral Education and mentors supervisors in training.  CJ has held ministry, chaplain and counselor positions in churches, corporate healthcare, Veteran’s Administration and the Education Management Corporation. His latest book is entitled, Pastoral Presence In Corporate Healthcare (In Search of Sustainability) available on Amazon.

Rev. Debby Holmes, Chaplain, MCS, NTNC Outreach of Northwest Arkansas.

Debby is a graduate of Holmes Institute, School of Spiritual Leadership, Golden, Colorado. She is a Clinical Chaplain and Pastoral Counselor, with a depth of hospice and palliative care experience. She currently serves as Assistant Minister and Outreach Chaplain, based in Fayetteville, Arkansas, for the New Thought Northern Colorado Center for Spiritual Living of Loveland, Colorado. Debby is a US Army Veteran involved in affordable housing initiatives for veterans and senior citizens.   

Abdellah Essalki, JD., Imam, Tyson Chaplain, Walton Family Foundation Advisory Council

Abdellah Essalki is the Imam of Islamic Center of NorthWest Arknasas. He works as a chaplain for Tyson Foods, and serves in advisory council of Walton Family Foundation. Abdellah graduated from University of Arkansas Law School (JD) and University of Arknasas School of Education and Health Professions (M.Ed), He also graduated from University of Al-quarouiyine, Morocco School of Shariaa Law and Theology (LLM).

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