About Us

The Duke Clergy Health Initiative’s definition of health is wholeness of body, mind, and spirit. We seek to develop a resilient, well-informed cadre of United Methodist pastors as skilled in the care of themselves and their families as they are in the care of their congregations.

Administration, Program & Research Staff

David Toole, Ph.D.

Co-Principal Investigator


Carl Weisner             Senior Director


Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator


Kate Rugani Communications Director

Rachel Meyer
Director, Program Development and Operations
 Rev. Ed Moore Educational Programs Director
 Amanda Wallace, M.Div.
Administrative Coordinator
 Xiangfang Li, MPH

Holly Hough
Project Coordinator

Spirited Life Wellness Advocates

Central to Spirited Life, the Duke Clergy Health Initiative’s wellness program and behavioral health study, are a cadre of wellness advocates. Each of these individuals serves as a reference, resource, accountability partner, and confidant for a group of clergy participating in the program.

Katie Huffman LaKeyta Johnson
Angela MacDonald Lisa MacKenzie, RN  
Kelli Sittser
 Dwight Tucker