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Faculty at United Hospital

Kyle Vlach

Kyle Vlach | M.Div., LMFT
Chaplain & ACPE Certified Educator

Kyle traces his pastoral-heart and passion for healthcare to his time as a Nursing Assistant during college. He has enjoyed dual education and development in the complementary fields of psychotherapy, spiritual care, and pastoral education. Kyle believes that each of us has strengths and expertise in our lives, and is passionate about how supportive, reflective communities like CPE can help us find more authentic expression as we seek to care for others. Kyle has served as a chaplain in three of Allina’s hospitals, managed Allina’s east region and CPE program, and has been providing CPE education since 2010. He has been faculty at United Hospital in St. Paul since 2012.

Kyle is ordained in the Christian tradition, and also draws from Buddhist and 12-step spirituality. His education includes a B.S. in psychology and M.Div. with a post-graduate certificate in marriage and family therapy from Bethel Seminary. Kyle completed both his CPE internship and residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, focusing on Mental Health and Cardiac care. He has a small private practice as a licensed marriage and family therapist. He lives up the bluff from United, and loves being part of the neighborhood where he teaches. He is a runner and amateur carpenter trying to keep up with his old house where he lives with his spouse and daughter. His family has ties to Thailand where they visit as often as possible.

Reverend Tania Hammer-Luken

Rev. Tania Hammer-Luken | BCC-APC, M.Div.
System Director, Allina Spiritual Care & Pastoral Education
ACPE Certified Educator

Tania Hammer-Luken returned to Allina Health as Director of Spiritual Care, Pastoral Education & Clinical Ethics in April 2020. She served as CPE Lead at North Memorial Health System, Robbinsdale and previously at Sanford Health, Fargo, where she accredited their Level I, II and Certified Educator training programs. She was a System Director for Spiritual Care and CPE at HealthEast Care System. Tania’s expertise includes serving as Director and adjunct faculty for the Denver Seminary CPE Center while training four CEC’s. She later became the CPE Administrator for Good Samaritan Society’s Specialty Care Center. She worked as Candidate Educator and Educator for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, St. Louis, MO for seven years.

After graduating from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN), Rev. Hammer-Luken received a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. She completed a unit of CPE at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, a CPE residency at Fairview Southdale Hospital, and CPE Supervisory education at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN & Barnes Jewish Hospital, a partner with the VA in St. Louis, Missouri.

Ordained by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America thirty years ago, she is an ACPE Certified Educator, a member of the ACPE National Faculty and a training educator for five Certified Educator Candidates. She has 27 years of clinical ministry experience and six years of parish ministry experience.

Professional interests: spiritual life and leadership, outcome-oriented chaplaincy, value-based improvement in healthcare and the integration of faith and life.

Personal interests: reading, time with husband Virg and two fur babies