Spiritual Care Staff



Rev. Terry Ruth Culbertson

Reverend Terry Ruth Culbertson

'Rev. Terry' is a native of Baltimore, MD. She was an illustrator for the State Police before receiving her call to ministry. She completed her MDIV at Drew Theological and clinical pastoral internships and a residency in acute care and mental health before moving to Syracuse in 1979 to become the Director of Pastoral Care the Syracuse Area Interreligious Council. She is ordained in the Church of God (Anderson), is a Board Certified Chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains, a certified Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor and Certified Thanatologist. She has worked for over 30 years in long term care, hospice, corrections, acute care and psychiatry. God called her to Upstate in the fall of 2003 to serve as the first manager of Spiritual Care.

Rev. Jane E. Dasher

Rev. Jane E. Dasher

Rev. Dasher began as the fulltime Pediatric Chaplain on January 17, 2013. She served as chaplain at Sisters of Charity Hospital/St. Joseph Campus in Cheektowaga, NY prior to her appointment at Upstate. Rev. Dasher previously served as a chaplain with Niagara Hospice, Mercy Hospital (So. Buffalo), and Prince William Hospital in Manassas, Virginia. She also served as a pastor in Presbyterian (USA) churches in Niagara Falls, Bethesda, MD, Manassas, VA and Wilmington, NC, and in Lutheran (ELCA) churches in East Amherst and Elma, NY.

Deacon Dare Dutter

Deacon Dare Dutter

Deacon Dare Dutter, MS, MS, CAS, Diocesan Chaplain, has been ordained to the diaconate for three years and is the Deacon at Holy Cross Church in Dewitt. He has completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education and is going into his third year as the Diocesan Chaplain at Upstate University Hospital. He is working on certification as a chaplain through the National Association of Catholic Chaplains and plans on taking more units of CPE. In a previous life, Deacon Dutter was a school administrator and teacher for 33 years in the Syracuse City Schools. While he has no real hobbies, he is an excellent yo-yo artist, and can stand on his head for several minutes before becoming disoriented- no small feat, if you ask him.

Sister Mary Anuli Emebo

Sister Mary Anuli Emebo

Sister Mary Anulichukwu is originally from Nigeria. She belongs to the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Mother of Christ. She moved to the United States of America in 1999. She has been working as a chaplain since 2001 and was board certified with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains in 2009. She recently moved from Alaska where she worked with Providence Health System. Sister joined Upstate in July 2016 as a Deputy chaplain and Supervisory education student.

Father Robert Hyde

Father Rob Hyde

Fr. Robert Hyde was born in Concord, MA and raised in Acton, MA, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, Darien, CT, and Cazenovia, NY. He graduated from Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, RI in 1978 and St. Lawrence University in 1982. Fr. Robert studied Clinical Pastoral Education at Goldwater Memorial Hospital, New York in 1982. He completed his seminary studies at the Theological College of Catholic University, Washington, DC and was ordained in 1988. Fr. Hyde has served in various parishes and was a Chaplain at Crouse Hospital 2004-2008, He is currently the pastor of St. Margaret's Church in Mattydale, NY and is an On-Call Chaplain at Crouse, Upstate, St. Joseph's, and the Syracuse VA hospitals.

Rev. Dr. Ejike Innocent Onyenagubo

The Rev. Dr. Ejike Innocent Onyenagubo

Father Innocent is a native of Nigeria and an ordained Roman Catholic priest. He has been in Syracuse since 1999, and most recently served as Parochial Vicar at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Liverpool. Fr. Innocent is a graduate of Upstate's Clinical Pastoral Education training program, where he interned in neurology, oncology and cardiology. He is certified as a Chaplain in the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. Father Innocent became the first full-time Catholic priest at Upstate in 2008. He also is Roman Catholic Chaplain at Hutchings Psychiatric Center.

Rev. Msgr. Francis Osei-Nyarko

Rev. Msgr. Francis Osei-Nyarko

Fr. Msgr. Francis Osei-Nyarko is an ordained Roman Catholic priest from Ghana. He completed one unit of CPE in the summer of 2016. He is currently the priest at St. Rose of Lima Church in North Syracuse.

Rev. William Reynolds

Rev William “Bill” Reynolds

Rev. William “Bill” Reynolds is an ordained American Baptist Minister and Certified Educator with the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. His interests include research literacy in spiritual care, trauma-informed care, clinical bioethics, and staff support and well-being. He was formerly Associate Director of Chaplaincy Services at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Chaplaincy Coordinator at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He is married to Debbie, who is Pastor of First Baptist Church, Ithaca, and they have two adult children, Anna and Luke.

Rev. Joseph M. Smythe

Rev Joseph M. Smythe

Joseph M Smythe began at Upstate as a volunteer Chaplain in October 2007 and was subsequently hired as a weekend Chaplain in March 2009. He became Board Certified Chaplain in the Association for Professional Chaplains in 2009. A jovial person, he can be heard laughing on the halls with staff, visitors and patients especially on Saturday when he works. On Tuesdays he sings with the hospital choir. Joseph hails from Jamaica and appreciates the friends who continue to support his ministry. Joseph is one of the two chaplains with a Church of God Anderson background at Upstate. Joseph is married to Claudette who earned her doctorate at Syracuse University.

Rev. Dr. Severine Yagaza

The Rev. Dr. Severine Yagaza

Fr. Severine Yagaza is an ordained Roman Catholic priest. He serves Upstate as an on-call priest Chaplain. He is a native of Tanzania. He completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Upstate. He holds an Ed.D. from Binghamton University. He serves as Parochial Vicar at St. Matthew's Parish in East Syracuse as well as Priest Chaplain at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse. His wonderful smile lights up a room!