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Spiritual life & wholeness hosts leadership banquet

Wholeness Service Award winners stand as their names are read during the spiritual life & wholeness leadership banquet.
Wholeness Service Award winners stand as their names are read during the spiritual life & wholeness leadership banquet.
The second annual spiritual life & wholeness leadership banquet was held October 2 in Wong Kerlee International Conference Center.

Hosted by the office of the vice president for spiritual life & wholeness for Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center (LLUAHSC), the banquet honored 40 individuals.

Gerald Winslow, PhD, vice president for spiritual life &  wholeness, LLUAHSC, welcomed the honorees and other guests.

Following dinner, a special musical selection was presented by the Loma Linda Academy seventh grade saxophone quartet.

Randy Roberts, DMin, senior pastor, University Church of Loma Linda, then gave a brief inspirational talk.

Completing the evening was Nicceta Davis, PhD, associate professor, department of physical therapy, School of Allied Health Professions, leading the audience in “Healing Love,” the official song of LLUAHSC.

Thirty-nine LLUAHSC faculty and staff members received the Wholeness Service Award.

This is the first year that the Wholeness Service Award has been presented. The Wholeness Service Award is given to individuals who exhibit a special commitment to the wholeness of colleagues, patients, students, or others
John Testerman, MD, PhD, associate professor, School of Medicine, poses for a picture with his Spiritual Life Leadership Award.
John Testerman, MD, PhD, associate professor, School of Medicine, poses for a picture with his Spiritual Life Leadership Award.
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The criteria for nominations for the Wholeness Service Award are that the nominee has vibrant faith in God that leads to extraordinary care for the wholeness of others and an effective ability to bring hope and meaning in the midst of educational or health.

This was the second time that those who provide spiritual leadership in the University schools and the various health care entities were assembled together. The main purpose of the banquet was to say “thank you” to the spiritual leadership on the campus for their part in accomplishing the very heart of LLU’s mission to further the healing and teaching ministry of Jesus Christ.

John Testerman, MD, PhD, associate professor, School of Medicine, and chair, department of family medicine, was given the Spiritual Life Leadership Award.

This award is given to one person chosen for his or her exemplary leadership in spiritual life and wholeness. Unfortunately, Dr. Testerman was unavailable at the banquet and his wife, Nancy, accepted the award on his behalf.

Dr. Testerman graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1980. He completed a family practice residency at Hinsdale Hospital in Illinois. He is board certified in family practice with a certificate of added qualification in geriatric medicine.

Dr. Testerman has been with the department of family medicine since 1991. In that time, he served as program director for Loma Linda University family practice residency and is currently chair of the department of family medicine.

The 39 recipients of the Wholeness Service Award are:
Pam Bing-Perry
Ivan Blazen
Beverly Buckles
Jeffrey Cao
Ron Carter
Arnie Castro
Andrew Chang
Marie DeLange
Eddie Dugaduga
Sharon Fabbri
Roger Hadley
Connie Haglund
Jean Hutabarat
Juanita Ibanez
Bernadine Irwin
Helen Katsikakis
Jayanthi Koh
Phil-Anne Krogman
Anissa LaCount
Steneli Lamberte
Vivian Lopez
Jean Lowry
Gina Mohr
Mary Neri
Jan Nick
Madge Oh
Frances Parkinson
Cyndee Pelton
Jill Pollock
Karen Prittie
Lemuel Purpura
Marcela Rouse
Mark Self
Tamara Shankel
Karen Shultz
Pervaiz Siraj
Debbie Vigneault
Rick Williams
Nancy Young

By Dustin R. Jones, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, November 2, 2006