Clinical Pastoral Education Staff

Meet our faculty

Faculty for Fairview’s Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program have extensive training, certification and experience in the field. They are committed to helping students from a wide range of faith traditions develop their knowledge and capabilities in providing spiritual care to people in various health circumstances and care settings.

The Rev. Michael Doane, CPE, educator and director, Clinical Pastoral Education Center

Michael manages Fairview's CPE program, is system director of spiritual health services, and serves as a CPE faculty member at University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. His former ministry experience includes multiple roles as parish pastor, ACPE educator, Director of Spiritual Care, and Manager of CPE. His secular work includes positions as Executive Director of Palliative Medicine, Chair of Clinical Ethics, and Director of Outpatient Services. Michael is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ (UCC) and is certified by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) as a Supervisor. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MS-HA) from Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas.

The Rev. Jay Hillestad, CPE educator

Jay is a CPE educator at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. He has worked as a chaplain supervisor, palliative care chaplain and chaplain resident at hospitals and nursing homes in Minnesota, Maryland and South Carolina.

Jay is an ACPE-certified Supervisor and is ordained into the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He holds a master’s of divinity degree from Columbia Biblical Seminary in Columbia, S.C., and a bachelor’s degree from Bethel College in St. Paul.

The Rev. Elizabeth BJ Larson, CPE educator

BJ is a CPE educator at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville and Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. She also serves as the director of Spiritual Health Services for both facilities. In addition, she is the strategic lead for Spiritual Health Services across Fairview and is the director of Fairview Youth Grief Services.

BJ is an ACPE-certified Supervisor and is ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). She served as a parish pastor in the Northwest Wisconsin Synod of the ELCA. She has a master’s of divinity degree from Luther Seminary and a master’s in organizational leadership from St. Catherine University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and religion from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

The Rev. Nancy Ruth Wigdahl, CPE educator

Nancy is a CPE educator at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville. She has been a CPE supervisor with hospital systems in Iowa and Minnesota.

Nancy is an ACPE-certified Supervisor and is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She has served parishes in Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Nancy has a master’s of divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and a master’s in organizational leadership from St. Catherine University. She has a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Stout.

The Rev. Mirjam Berger, CPE educator

Mirjam is a CPE educator and also serves as the corporate director of spiritual health for the Ebenezer Society. Mirjam is an ACPE-certified supervisor and is ordained in the United Church of Christ (UCC). Her previous ministry experiences include work as a Spanish speaking women’s services chaplain, oncology chaplain, co-pastor, coordinator of community chaplaincy programs, and manager of CPE in Texas. Mirjam is originally from German. As part of her theological studies she spent one year in Chile. Mirjam holds a Master’s of Theology degree from the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.

Rev. Caroline Eustis, M.Div, ACPE educator

Cary is a Chaplain/Chaplain Educator at the University of Minnesota Medical Center/Masonic Children's Hospital. She has served as a chaplain in acute adult and geriatric behavioral health, Birth Center, Cardio/pulmonary medicine, and ICU units in the Twin Cities area.

Cary is an ACPE certified supervisor and an ordained minister in Fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association. She holds an M.Div. from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and her B.S. is in Psychology from Macalester College in St. Paul. Cary lives in St. Paul with her spouse, Frank. Their two adult children also live in the Twin Cities.