Director, Congregational Health Partnerships, Advocate Health Care
Co-Director, The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation
Kirsten Peachey is the Director of Congregational Health Partnerships for Advocate Health Care. In this position, she works with faith communities to support their role as promoters of health and healing through training, consultation, resource linking and partnership development. She also leads numerous grant-funded projects in congregational health.
Kirsten has a background in hospital chaplaincy and pastoral counseling, but she has a particular interest in how people come together to make change and how we apply our faith beliefs and practices to create the kind of world we all hope for. Kirsten was instrumental in founding The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation in 2009.
Kirsten’s work has been shaped by her experiences living overseas, both as a child in the Middle East and as an adult in South Africa, and in diverse urban settings in the United States. From these experiences she brings an appreciation for the ways in which ordinary people create resilient lives in the midst of struggle for justice and peace.
Kirsten is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She studied Social Work at Temple University and the University of Chicago. She also holds a Master of Divinity degree and Doctor of Ministry in faith and health from the Chicago Theological Seminary. She has worked as a social worker, hospital chaplain, and pastoral counselor…but one of her favorite jobs was driving a Chicago city bus! She lives in Oak Park, IL with her partner and their son.
Coordinator of Faith-based Community Engagement
Office for Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships
University of Illinois at Chicago
Co-Director, The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation
Shirley Fleming is a long-time advocate for equity and social justice in health and human services. She has dedicated more than thirty years of her public health career to working locally and nationally as a provider, administrator and advocate to assure that all people, especially those who are disadvantaged, have the opportunity to enjoy the highest level of health and engagement in human society. This includes being able to develop their God-given gifts and talents. Prior to retirement, she operated as the second ranking public health officer for the City at the Chicago Department of Public Health. She was appointed to this position by Mayor Richard M. Daley in December, 2000. Her responsibilities included working collaboratively with other City Departments; governmental and private agencies (state, local and national) to enhance secure and coordinate the resources and public policies that are required to achieve the public health mission and vision of healthy people in healthy neighborhoods. She retired from this position in March, 2004 to respond to God’s call to attend seminary and do the work of health, healing and social justice. Her current ministry focuses improving and transforming personal and community health by utilizing the faith beliefs and practices to heal those who live on the margins, liberate their gifts and engage them in the work of creating just and loving relationships and systems of care. In March of 2013, she was called to be the co-director of The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation (The Center), a collaborative between Advocate’s Health Care and the Office for Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Throughout the life and history of The Center she has worked on various Center projects as a consultant.
Dr. Fleming received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Xavier College, School of Nursing in 1972. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Illinois, College of Nursing in 1977 in MCH with a specialty in nurse-midwifery. She earned a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Illinois, School of Public Health in 1994 with a special focus in community health and maternal-child health and a minor in health services. She accepted her call to ministry in 2002 and graduated in 2007 with a Masters of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary. She is a member in discernment with the Chicago Metropolitan Association (CMA) and has been approved for ordination within the United Church of Christ (UCC). She has been an active member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago for the past 14 years.
Dr. Fleming has been recognized by national and local organizations for her commitment and contributions to health equity and health improvement. She is the recipient several local and national awards. She has had the privilege of serving in leadership positions on numerous local and national academic, faith-based and governmental boards that are focused on understanding and eliminating health inequity across the lifecycle. She has a special passion and interest in community-driven strategies for improving maternal and child health. Dr. Fleming has been married to her best friend David for nearly forty years. She is a lifelong resident of the south side of Chicago. God blessed their union with two wonderful children (Danyetta Gwendolyn and David). She is the proud Nana of Eden, Daniel Jesus and David.
Congregational Health Partnerships
Advocate Health Care
Olga Wegehaupt originally joined Advocate’s team in 1999 as an administrative assistant in the International Parish Nurse Resource Center. When the Resource Center moved to St. Louis, Olga joined the Mission and Spiritual Care office as support staff and spends much of her time organizing the events and records of The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation.
Luis is working with The Center on outreach to Latino congregations and on leading dialogues and action workshops for our Communities Putting Prevention to Work project. He is a Puerto Rican Methodist minister and currently is a member of the First Congregational Church of Chicago UCC.
Luis worked most recently with the AIDS Pastoral Care Network in building congregational relationships. He also has experience managing non for profit programs in Latino neighborhoods focus on issues such as foster care, education, prevention of sexually transmitted infections and the development of faith based HIV/AIDS ministries and awareness.
He studied in the University of Puerto Rico and has a BA degree with concentrations on languages and humanities. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Puerto Rico Evangelical Seminary. His work with Latino churches in the west side of Chicago gave him the opportunity to learn and develop skills in areas such as advocacy, leadership development, Christian education, and community organizing. Luis recently married and lives in Humboldt Park with his wife and partner Lillian H. Ferrer.
Through the years his major concern has been how to respond with faith to the challenges that the church and the Latino communities in Chicago faced in a daily basis. For Luis the answer of this question is elusive, but he is convinced that thru a contextual reading and study of the bible, different communities of faith could find their own path to a faith that nurture life, generosity and solidarity.
We welcome seminary, social work and public health students who want to do internships or field education placement. We design educational experiences that are built around the learning goals and interests of the student. Students have a lot of freedom to work independently on meaningful projects. Just contact us to let us know of your interest.
Harlette Smith Washington
Seminarian from the Chicago Theological Seminary, Harlette comes to us with many years of experience in social services and banking. She has been a strong lay leader in the United Church of Christ in both the Chicago Metropolitan Association and the Illinois Conference. Harlette is working with The Center on our partnership on faith and health assets and health ministry development in Washington Park.