2016 ASACCU Conference Keynote Speakers

Rachelle Barina, MTS, PhD is System Director of Ethics and Formation at SSM Health. In her current role, she oversees ethics and pastoral care across SSM entities in Missouri, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Illinois. She works to resolve both clinical and organizational ethics issues. Rachelle also collaborates on the development of executive and employee formation, which strives to give leaders the knowledge, skills, and commitments necessary to carry the mission, vision, values, and charism of SSM health into the future. Rachelle enjoys teaching and occasionally serves as an adjunct instructor at Saint Louis University where she has taught courses including Catholic Health Care Ethics, Medical Ethics, Public Health Ethics, and Freaks and the Medical Body (which is her favorite!). Rachelle publishes regularly in journals of bioethics and Catholic health care ethics. Rachelle completed her Masters of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt and PhD at Saint Louis University in health care ethics. She is originally from Milwaukee, WI and currently resides in Saint Louis, Missouri. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, running, soccer, picnics, good wine, craft beer, Packers football, summer, and board games (especially Settlers of Catan). Most importantly, she adores her two nieces and two nephews, and being an aunt is Rachelle’s favorite thing in life!


Patrick G.H. Schley is an Application Support Specialist for the Tessitura Network, the global leader for arts & cultural services, technology, and community. With the Network he serves on the North American Support Team, responsible for assisting users of the Tessitura Software at arts & culture organizations across the U.S. and Canada. Previously, Patrick was Academy Services Manager for First Stage, Wisconsin's second-largest theater company and home to the largest theater training program for young people in the United States. In addition, Patrick is the Theater Manager for Pius XI Catholic High School and works on the house management staff of Milwaukee's historic Pabst Theater. Patrick is a life-long member of St. Sebastian Parish in Milwaukee, where he is active with their Faith Formation program and advises on technology & communications strategies. Patrick attended The Theatre School at DePaul University where he earned a BFA in Theatre Management with a minor in Catholic Studies.


Nicholas Schilling is a third year law student at Notre Dame Law School. This summer he worked as a summer associate at Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C. Upon receiving his J.D., Nicholas will be clerking for the Honorable Judge Stephen Murphy III of the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit. Nicholas completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame in 2014, receiving a Bachelor’s in Political Science with a minor in International Peace Studies. During his time at Notre Dame, Nicholas was involved in student government, campus ministry, residence hall staffs, intramural sports, and a liturgical music choir. Nicholas’s previous work experience includes stints as a Political Affairs Intern at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See in Rome, Italy and as an Intern for the Holy See Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, which helped shape his thesis on the Catholic Church’s role as an international political actor. He was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri and is the middle of five children.


Kerry Cronin earned her BA and MA in Philosophy from Boston College and her PhD in Higher Education Administration from BC’s Lynch School of Education. She is the Associate Director of the Lonergan Institute at Boston College and the Faculty Fellow in BC’s Center for Student Formation. For the past 18 years, she has taught in the Boston College interdisciplinary Perspectives Program, a Philosophy and Theology program in the “great-books” tradition. Additionally, she works extensively with undergraduates in retreat programs at BC and is a regular speaker on college campuses, addressing topics of student culture and formation.