Clinical Pastoral Education Staff

Meet our faculty

Faculty for Fairview Health System’s Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) programs 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 process, ensuring that each program is in compliance with ACPE standards. He is also 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 the lead 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.

Rev. Caroline Eustis, M.Div, ACPE educator

Cary is the lead CPE 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.

Rev. Scott McRae, M.Div, BCC, ACPE educator

Scott is a CPE Educator at the University of Minnesota Medical Center/Masonic Children's Hospital.  Scott has been a spiritual seeker for as long as he can remember. His journey has included pastoring a church and campus ministry, hospital chaplaincy, spiritual direction, teaching, and a whole bunch of reading.  Scott is an ACPE-certified Educator, board certified chaplain, and is ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Scott earned his B.A from Augustana College in Illinois, an MDiv from Yale Divinity School, and has provided Spiritual Direction since 2002.