An ordained clergywoman and board certified chaplain, Rev. Amy Bertschausen is a proven leader, who brings with her the ability to unite the constituents of Care and Counseling with a common purpose, vision and dedication. Prior to being named executive director in September 2014, she most recently served as executive director at Samaritan Center of the Fox Valley in Appleton, Wis.
Bertschausen enjoys taking an active role in the communities in which she serves. This includes creating partnerships to bring mental health services to those in need and the underserved. While at Samaritan Center, she was instrumental in developing “Project Open Door,” which assisted uninsured, low-income children and their families. She was also a co-founder of “N.E.W. Mental Health Connection,” a community wide mental health collaborative; and establishing “TeenScreen,” a program offering emotional wellness screenings to freshmen students at 18 area high schools.
Prior to Samaritan Center of the Fox Valley, Inc., Bertschausen served as a chaplain for Affinity Health System in Wis., providing pastoral care to patients and their families, as well as assisting staff members with their spiritual needs. She has also served as a clergy member at several congregations including Grace Presbyterian Church in Green Bay, Wis., Memorial Presbyterian Church in Appleton, Wis., and North Christian Church in Columbus, Ind. Bertschausen also previously served as a consultant to the Samaritan Institute, offering advice to fellow Samaritan Centers to increase their strength and vitality.
Bertschausen received a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School in Chicago, Ill. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va. In addition, Bertschausen completed a four-unit residency in clinical pastoral education at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Ill. She is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with full ecclesiastical standing. In addition, she is board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains.