Here at The Samaritan Institute, we have dedicated and knowledgable staff to assist you with all the needs you may have. Please click on the staff pictures below to read more about each staff member.
Robert (Bob) P. Johnson, MS, LCSW joined the Institute in July 2016. Prior to this, he served on the Institute Board of Directors, the Clergy and Congregation Care (CCC) Leadership Team, and has been a member of Leadership Consultation Group (LCG) II since its inception in 1998. Bob was the Executive Director of the American Foundation of Counseling Services, a Samaritan Center, located in Green Bay, Wisconsin from 1996 – 2016. During this time the Center grew from providing 5,000 hours of service annually to over 20,000 hours across three program areas: Outpatient Behavioral Health; Treatment Foster Care; and Clergy and Congregation Care. The Center has also become known as a leader in the development of collaborative working groups to address the mental health needs throughout the community. Bob holds a B.S. in Psychology from St. Norbert College and a MS in Clinical Psychology from University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.
Vice President of Operations
Laurie Killmer Pechie, Vice President of Operations, joined the Samaritan Institute staff in 2007. She has been designated as the Institute “go-to” person for technology expansion and electronic medical records. Laurie maintains the Institute’s website, databases and the Center Resource Library. She also provides staff assistance on projects such as the Samaritan Annual Conference, administrative support for the Clergy and Congregation Care program, the National Awards Dinner, as well as the Institute communications including the research and publishing of the Annual Statistical Report, Samaritan Institute Report, Annual Report, and Samaritan Exchange Blog. Laurie holds a B.S. from Indiana University and a MBA from Regis University.
Sherry Fitzpatrick joined the Samaritan Institute in June 2016 as a half-time Project Manager. She comes to the institute with 17 years of experience in the Telecommunications industry, primarily focused in the areas of project management and management. Sherry is also passionate about the benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and has five years of experience as a small business owner, providing nutritious baking mixes to the healthy food community. Sherry holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A in Marketing from The George Washington University.
Fonda Latham, ACSW, LCSW joined the Samaritan Institute in March, 2013 as one of four Center Consultants serving as a Center Liaison, conducting Accreditation Site Visits, and facilitating a Clinical Directors Consultation Group. Fonda also serves as the Executive Director of Samaritan Counseling Center of Tyler in Tyler, Texas. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over thirty years of clinical and administrative experience in the mental health field. Ten of those years have been spent working in the Tyler area. She enjoys working closely with local congregations, seminaries, training and development of counseling staff, and counseling individuals as well as couples. Fonda believes strongly in counseling that involves the integration of the mind, body and spirit, which is the core work of the Samaritan Counseling Center.
Douglas B. Stephens, Ed.D., LICSW, LMFT, BCD joined the Samaritan Institute in March, 2013 as one of five Center Consultants serving as a Center Liaison, conducting Accreditation Site Visits, and facilitating a Clinical Directors Consultation Group. Doug also serves as the Training Coordinator, PCS, Inc. in Manchester, New Hampshire after retiring as the Executive Director of Adirondack Samaritan Counseling Center in Hudson Falls, New York. He is an AAPC Fellow, AAMFT Supervisor, and a Board certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. Doug holds a B.A. From Drew University, a Th.M. from Boston University School of Theology, an M.S.W. from Springfield College School of Social Work, an Ed.D. in Counseling from Drake University and a two-year certification from the Consortium for Advanced Training in Psychotherapy and Supervision.