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It is difficult to find anyone who is more equipped to help identify and retain excellent leadership for clinical pastoral education than Richard Thorne. Our national office relies on his network, his knowledge of the profession, and his wisdom to make sure we can support and guide our centers across the United States in making decisions about hiring the best “fit” for their context.

Trace Haythorn
Executive Director, ACPE

It’s no exaggeration that I am at the Cleveland Clinic because of the skill and knowledge of Richard Thorne. I did not even really know I was ready to make a change, but his professional and informative style of communication made me consider a truly life-changing and life-giving move.

Furthermore, when it came time to hire another ACPE supervisor for my center, I immediately contracted with Thorne Consulting.

No one knows the particulars of our profession better in terms of career opportunities and market issues.

Rev. Amy Greene, D.Min.
Director of Spiritual Care, Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spiritual Care
Cleveland Clinic

Richard, the gratitude I have for you is profound.  Your careful engagement with me included support, clarification, and confrontation in a mix that facilitated a deep exploration of my dreams and experience, as I considered a new chapter in my vocational calling.  I remain exceedingly grateful and humbled by your investment in my personal and professional journey. 

While it is still a little early in my time here, I find the Duke University Hospital administration to be interested and eager to engage Chaplains at all levels of patient and staff care.  It feels like a great fit.

There will be challenges for our department as we grow, but I’m confident in our team.  The work is hard, and with the recent floods there is much suffering and great challenges for our patients and staff, yet I am honored to care for the Duke tribe.  Thank you for helping me get here.

John P. Oliver, D.Min.
Director, Department of Chaplain Services and Education
Duke Health (Durham, NC)

Retiring from the U.S. Navy was a significant challenge.  Finding someone who understands the experience military chaplains bring to the table was an even greater challenge. 

Richard took time to ask the right questions, to listen, and to understand my background.  Most importantly, he was able to convincingly communicate my experience to the organization that eventually hired me.

Richard went out of his way during every step of the process.  From coaching for interviews to helping me manage expectations to talking salary.  He even called to see if I needed anything during the move—and if that wasn’t enough, he checked in on me after my first day on the job.

Any chaplain leaving the military wishing to successfully transition to a civilian healthcare chaplaincy setting should take the time to talk to Richard at Thorne Consulting!

Nick Hamilton, D.Min., BCC  
Director of Spiritual Care
Baptist Health (Montgomery, AL)  

These last two years have been one of the best times in my career. I am grateful you found me and introduced me to my new community at Trinity Health-New England. I'm very happy here, and more importantly our organization is happy with me!

I've had many recruitment calls, but had never met someone who actually understands our field and appreciates what we do. Had you not invested many hours and phone calls, none of this would have been possible. Your work has been a blessing to myself, my family, and my community.

Rev. Stanley Kim, BCC
Director, Spiritual Care
Trinity Health—New England

Thorne Consulting was very thorough–making sure the position at its client’s organization was the right fit for me. I especially appreciated Richard’s help in preparing for interviews. He followed up with me all the way to my employment starting date, and even after.

This firm brought professionalism to a personal level. Most importantly, Thorne Consulting maintained a high level of confidentiality throughout the process. I was very comfortable with every aspect of the search. Quite simply, whether you are looking to fill a position or whether you are a job seeker, you are in sure hands with Thorne Consulting. Thank you again for helping me find the right place of employment.

The Very Rev. Vasyl Marchak
Manager of Spiritual Care & CPE
WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital

Richard is an excellent listener who is attentive to the interests and needs of all parties. He is consistently supportive, respectful, and professional.

Susan Harthon, ACPE Supervisor
Manager-Spiritual Care and Education
WellSpan York hospital, WellSpan Health (York, PA)

I was burned out after twenty years in professional ministry—the last thirteen were in chaplaincy and CPE in a Level I trauma center in a major urban setting. I gave myself a sabbatical, and hiked for a year with my husband on the Appalachian Trail. When we finished our thru-hike, we relocated closer to family, so I found myself in Michigan without a supporting community of colleagues.

When I encountered Richard, he filled that void of support. He listened to my stories and helped me use my rich sabbatical experiences in the process of finding a new position. He explored with me my concerns, and coached me on how to approach particular questions or issues that may arise during the interviewing and hiring process.

After a successful hire, Richard checked in with me to see how things were going. He rejoiced with me to have found an excellent match. I love my new post, and the opportunity to serve in a department and wider institution whose values so closely match my own. I would recommend Richard Thorne to any colleague who is ready to make a change because Richard is both professional and caring. Finding a new job can be difficult in a number of ways. Richard made things a good deal less stressful, not only in handling logistical matters, but also for his calm and assuring phone presence.

Chaplain Heather Collins, ACPE Supervisor
Covenant HealthCare

Richard helped me discern my career goals and preferred ministry setting. He listened well to who I am called to be in ministry, what my professional desires were, and how I might best match an organization. Thanks to our work together, I have found a professional home where I am encouraged to bring all of who I am to my role as leader in our healthcare system.

Rev. Mary Catherine Cole, ACPE Supervisor
Director of Pastoral Care
St. Luke’s University Health Network (Bethlehem, PA)

As a CPE Supervisor/Director of Pastoral Care with many years of experience hiring chaplains, I felt pretty confident when the time came for me to hire a CPE Supervisor/Program Manager. After a few months of minimal response to our advertising efforts, I began to realize that current market forces for these positions were complex and I needed help.

Richard Thorne was recommended to me, and our decision to engage Richard was critical to our eventual success. With the facts and data that Richard provided, I worked with our HR department to increase our salary range and develop our position to attract high quality candidates. Richard’s knowledge of the hiring market for CPE Supervisors, his contacts in the ACPE community, and his thoughtful advice, coaching skills, and availability to me for consultation were all invaluable to me. I highly recommend Richard to anyone wanting to conduct a successful hiring process for a CPE Supervisor or pastoral care leader.

Hanci Newberry, M.Div., BCC, ACPE Supervisor
Director, Department of Chaplaincy and Clinical Pastoral Education
Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University

Thorne Consulting is a great resource for filling a vacant CPE Supervisor’s position! Richard Thorne took time to listen to our needs and to determine the ideal skill set of a potential candidate. His “matchmaking” helped us hire a perfect fit for our CPE program and for our department in general.

Kathy Bonn
Director of Pastoral Care & Education
Covenant HealthCare

Thorne Consulting helped us find the best fit for our Manager of Spiritual Care position. Consultation throughout the entire process made this a successful experience for all involved. We recommend Thorne Consulting due to their comprehensive approach.

Rev. Peter Kuhn
Director, Spiritual Care & Education
WellSpan Health (York, PA)

During the struggle to find a CPE supervisor for our hospital I would get discouraged, but Richard was always there to encourage and keep me focused on getting the right person for our setting. Richard is wonderful at what he does. I will always appreciate his dedication to excellence.

Chaplain Jill Walter-Penn, Director of Spiritual Care
Christian Hospital, St. Louis

Richard Thorne was an excellent choice and a pleasure to work with. He conducted our search for an Executive Director of Spiritual Care, and we found an outstanding individual for the role. Richard communicates in a timely fashion, meets all deadlines, and delivers on his promises.

Audrey Moran
Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility & Community Advocacy
Baptist Health (Jacksonville, FL)