Meet the Team
As the director of Pastoral Care, The Rev. Doug Watts provides administrative leadership to the department. Doug also provides senior pastoral leadership to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Neuroscience, Psychiatry and all acute care units. He initiated the Children’s Patient Advisory Council that includes pediatric patients who provide direct feedback on their hospital experiences and offer insightful suggestions. He also serves on the ethics committee and provides leadership in the accreditation of regulatory readiness for the hospital.
Doug is an ordained United Church of Christ minister. He was certified as an Associate CPE Supervisor in November 1996 and full supervisor in November 1999. Doug completed his CPE residency and supervisory training at Children’s Medical Center Dallas in 1996. He graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY with a Master of Divinity.
Prior to joining the Pastoral Care Department at Children’s, he was a faculty member with the McFarland Institute in New Orleans, LA. While in New Orleans, he established the Pastoral Care Department at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, where he served as director of Pastoral Care and CPE supervisor. He has served as a pastor in Texas, Indiana and Ohio.
Presently, Doug serves as on the Professional Ethics Commission in the Southwest region of ACPE. His previous Association of Clinical Pastoral Education experience includes work for the accreditation committee, co-chair of the leadership council and serving on the planning committee for the annual ACPE national meeting.
Doug has frequent interface with all of the CPE students and is available to consult with them as needed. He is available for consultation by pager after hours.
The Rev. Melissa Walker-Luckett is an ordained Baptist minister. She graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX in 1984. She is a certified supervisor in the ACPE, Inc. She completed her first ACPE CPE residency at Children’s Medical Center Dallas in 1986 as a member of the second group of residents. Melissa completed her second residency year at Methodist Medical Center of Dallas in 1990 and served as the weekend chaplain. She served as a hospice chaplain for five years prior to joining the Pastoral Care staff at Baylor Healthcare System as chaplain to Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation. As part of her 12-year tenure at Baylor, Melissa completed her ACPE CPE Supervisory training. In June 2007, Melissa joined the staff of Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System as ACPE CPE supervisor until March 2010 when she joined the ACPE CPE faculty at Children’s as Manager of CPE Programs. Although the Children’s facilities and programs have changed, it feels like “home” for Melissa. She welcomes each new student and group with the hope that CPE at Children’s Medical Center will be a time of growth and joyful learning.
Witek Nowosiad, a native of Poland, is a chaplain and an ACPE supervisor. Witek is Roman Catholic. Witek has been with the Children’s Pastoral Care Department since 1998. In 2008, Witek became responsible for the administrative functioning of the department at Children’s Medical Center at Legacy, where he provides pastoral leadership and leads an ACPE program. In addition, Witek serves on the advisory board for the School of Ministry at the University of Dallas and on the ACPE accreditation committee on the regional and national levels. Finally, Witek expresses his creativity in reading/writing and the practice of poetry as healer with patients, families and staff and in his pastoral supervision.
Krister White is an ordained minister with the Churches of Christ and ACPE associate supervisor. Krister graduated from Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth with a Master of Divinity in 2007. Before completing his supervisory training at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, Krister’s clinical training included a unit of CPE at Methodist Dallas Medical Center and a residency at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Krister’s administrative assignments at Children’s Medical Center include the Heart Center and the Specialty Care Center in Southlake.
Ryan Campbell is a Roman Catholic Ecclesial Lay minister. He received a Master of Theological Studies from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas. He completed his clinical pastoral education training at Children’s Medical Center and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. He has been board-certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. He served for two years as a staff chaplain at UT Southwestern University Hospitals, St. Paul and Zale-Lipshy, and is currently on staff at Children’s Medical Center as program manager for the Center for the Spirituality of Children. Ryan also ministers to patients, families and staff in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. He has completed a graduate certificate in the Spiritual Guidance of Children at General Theological Seminary in New York, studying under the Rev. Dr. Jerome Berryman. His interests in ministry include children’s spirituality, palliative care, grief and bereavement care.
The Rev. Ugonna Onuoha is an ordained deacon of the United Methodist Church. Originally from Item Abia State, Nigeria, Ugonna moved to Dallas 17 years ago when her husband came to study at the SMU Perkins School of Theology. Ugonna holds a degree in economics from the Abia State University, Nigeria, a master’s degree in religious education from Southern Methodist University and eight units of CPE. Ugonna joined Children's Medical Center in August 1998 as a chaplain resident, and became a staff chaplain in 2001. Ugonna is the night chaplain providing care and hope to patients, their families and the staff. Under Ugonna's collaboration, the dedicated Pastoral Care night staff formed a night council to draw attention to the needs of those working overnight hours and also perform community events such as semi-annual blood and food drives. Ugonna remains active in her own church community and teaches a popular Sunday school class and participates in community and foreign missions. Ugonna's ministry interests include providing care for caretakers, children's ministry, discipleship and evangelism.
Karen Eckenfels is the office manager for the Pastoral Care Department. She came to Children’s in 2001 with 30 years of hospital administrative experience. Karen graduated from Amberton University with a B.B.A. in management. She coordinates Pastoral Care’s Volunteer Ministry program and provides administrative support for the Children’s Ethics committee.