Living the Journey Speaker Biographies
Jennie Chin Hansen ’70, H’08, RN, MS, FAAN
Hansen is president of AARP. A registered nurse who has a master’s degree in nursing, she holds an appointment as senior fellow at the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco, and consults with various foundations. She transitioned to teaching in 2005 after nearly 25 years at On Lok, most recently as its executive director. On Lok, Inc., is a nonprofit family of organizations providing community-based services in San Francisco. Hansen serves in various leadership roles, including commissioner of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and member of the boards of the National Academy of Social Insurance, Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program, and SCAN Foundation. She is a past president of the American Society on Aging. Among the honors Hansen has received are the 2005 Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator's achievement award and recognition as the Women's Healthcare executive woman of the year of Northern California in 2000 and the 1997 "Women Who Could Be President" honoree from the League of Women Voters of San Francisco. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She has received several alumni awards from UC San Francisco and Boston College, including an honorary doctorate from BC in 2008.
John J. Shea, OSA, MA, MPS, MSW, PhD
Shea is a professor of pastoral care and counseling at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry. He has master’s degrees in theology, philosophy, pastoral counseling, and social work. He earned his doctorate in the psychology of religion from the University of Ottawa and he is a fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
Rev. Michael Himes, MDiv, PhD
Rev. Himes is a professor in the Boston College Theology Department and a priest of the Brooklyn, New York, diocese. He received his doctorate in the history of Christianity from the University of Chicago and is the recipient of four honorary degrees. He also served as professor and academic dean of the Seminary of Immaculate Conception on Long Island, New York, and as associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame. Rev. Himes has received several teaching awards, including the outstanding teacher award from the BC chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 2002.
Michael St. Clair '64, MA'65, PhD
St. Clair received his doctorate in pastoral psychology and counseling from Boston University. He is a licensed psychologist and longtime professor of psychology at Emmanuel College, where he teaches courses in developmental psychology, pastoral counseling, and personality theory.
Pamela Prime ’63, MA
For more than 30 years, Prime has been a spiritual director, educator, lecturer, and retreat director. She is founder of La Casa de la Luz, the Institute of Spiritual Direction, and the Two Bears Dancing retreat centers. Prime, who has a master’s in systematic theology from the Jesuit School of Theology, most recently authored When the Moon is Dark We Can See the Stars, a memoir that discusses her own spiritual awakening.
Lisa Sowle Cahill, PhD
Cahill, who has master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago, is the J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor of Theology at Boston College. She is a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America (1992–93), a past president of the Society of Christian Ethics (1997–98), and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Myles Sheehan, S.J., MDiv, MD
Fr. Sheehan is provincial of the New England Province of Jesuits and a medical doctor with a specialty in geriatrics. He has served as senior associate dean and professor of medicine at Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine. While at Loyola, Fr. Sheehan had a practice in geriatric medicine along with his work in end of life care and improving palliative care. He was named one of Chicago’s “top doctors” yearly from 2002 to 2009 and he is a member of the board of trustees of the Catholic Health Association. In 2007, Fr. Sheehan was named a fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Colleen M. Griffith, MEd'81, PhD
Griffith is faculty director of spirituality studies and a professor of theology at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry (STM). She received her doctorate in theology from Harvard Divinity School. She works at the intersection of theology and spirituality, with a particular interest in theological anthropology, practical theology, and the relationship between doctrine and spiritual practice. In addition to her teaching, Griffith directs and oversees the post-master’s certificate program in the practice of spirituality at STM.
Jane Regan, PhD
Regan is associate professor at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, where she teaches in the areas of adult faith formation, leadership theory, total community catechesis, adult development, and leadership for change. Her research and teaching focus primarily on adult faith formation. In addition to her scholarly work, Regan, who has master’s and doctoral degrees from the Catholic University of America, serves as a consultant on local and national levels on effective adult faith formation.
James Lubben, DSW, MPH
Lubben is director of the Institute on Aging at Boston College and also the Louise McMahon Ahearn Professor and director of the doctoral program at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. His research examines social support and social isolation among older populations. Lubben is professor emeritus at UCLA and founder of the Hartford Doctoral Fellows Program in Geriatric Social Work, with funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation of New York City. He holds master’s degrees in social work and public health and a doctorate in social work from the University of California, Berkeley. Lubben has extensive international research and teaching experience and has been a visiting scholar in Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
Michael Boughton, S.J., '70, MA’72, MDiv'79
Fr. Boughton is the director of the Boston College Center for Ignatian Spirituality. He has served as a parish priest, campus minister, rector of the Fairfield (Connecticut) Jesuit Community, president of Fairfield Preparatory School, pastor of two Jesuit parishes in Maine, and as an elected delegate to the Jesuits’ 35th General Congregation in Rome. Fr. Boughton serves on the board of trustees of Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine, and is a member of the advisory committee for the contemplative leaders in action program of the Jesuit Collaborative.
Jacquelyn B. James, PhD
James, a personality and developmental psychologist, is co-director of research at the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College. Her research has focused on gender roles, adult development, and the meaning and experience of work in women’s lives. She is also co-principal investigator of the workplace culture and flexible work arrangements study at the Sloan Center. James, who has her doctorate from Boston University, is past-president of the Society for the Study of Human Development and serves on the editorial board of the Society’s official journal, Research in Human Development.
Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, MSW’80, PhD
Pitt-Catsouphes, whose doctoral degree is from Boston University, directs the Sloan Center on Aging & Work and is an associate professor in the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. She also holds appointments at the BC Carroll School of Management and the Middlesex University Business School in London. She was co-principal investigator for the Sloan Center’s 2007–08 age and generations study and is overseeing the 2009 talent management study and the 2010 generations of talent study. She was invited to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging as an issue expert and received a 2007 work-life legacy award from the Families and Work Institute.
Edward Vacek, S.J., PhD
Fr. Vacek is professor of moral theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. His primary areas of interest and research are the foundations of moral theology, role of emotions in Christian life, development of Christian understandings of sexuality, bioethics, and ethics in business. He holds a master’s in philosophy from St. Louis University, master of divinity degree from the Weston School of Theology, doctorate in philosophy from Northwestern University, and licentiate of sacred theology from Loyola University in Chicago.