Meet Our Pastoral Care Team
Jim Kulma, M.Div., Supervisor - Pastoral Care
As a staff chaplain, Jim Kulma serves as Unit Chaplain to several nursing units including: Labor & Delivery, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Mothers and Babies, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Medical Step-Down, and Oncology Inpatient Unit.
He also provides coordination for the staff support program Tea for the Soul, organizes the annual Blessing of Hands held in conjunction with Nursing Week. He serves on the Committee on Employee Experience, the Food Drive Committee and the Bereavement Committee. Jim is also a certified Spiritual Director and leads the Contemplative Meditation Group for hospital staff.
He is a certified Tai Chi teacher and provides introductory sessions to several outpatient wellness support programs including STRIDES (Steps To Reach Individual Diet and Exercise Solutions). He also provides educational sessions to staff on the areas of wellness, self-care, mindfulness and bereavement.
Joining the MetroHealth Pastoral Care Team in 2013, Jim brings 29 years of chaplaincy experience in hospitals, hospice and long-term care ministries. He earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina and is an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Mulba Borsay, Staff Chaplain
Mulba joined the MetroHealth Pastoral Care team in January, 2014. He worked in chaplaincy at Lutheran Hospital, Ahuja Medical Center, Huron Hospital and an On Call Chaplain at University Hospital in Cleveland.
Mulba is an ordained Lutheran (ELCA) minister. He earned his MA, M.Div and D.Min. degrees at Ashland Theological Seminary. He did his Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Cleveland Clinic. Mulba is a Certified Spiritual Director through Ignatian Spirituality Institute at John Carroll University. He is a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains.
Sandie King, BCC
As a staff chaplain, Sandie recognizes the importance of acknowledging and nurturing the uniqueness of each person’s spiritual journey and how that journey impacts the person’s overall well-being. Sandie serves the Trauma Intensive Care Unit, the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Burn Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Unit, the Cancer Care Center, and Medical Unit. Before becoming a hospital chaplain, Sandie served in the hospice setting.
Sandie’s teaching focuses on spiritual distress, forgiveness, and grief. She has a passion for using poetry in her healing ministry. She also serves on several committees throughout MetroHealth.
Sandie received her Master of Psychology degree at New York University and studied theology and pastoral ministry at both Fuller Theological Seminary and Ursuline College. Sandie is a commissioned and endorsed minister of The United Church of Christ. She joined MetroHealth in February 2016, and is a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) through the Association of Professional Chaplains. She is also a member of the Chaplains’ Association of Ohio.
Sandie looks to her wise daughter, poetry, hiking in the MetroParks, music, and time with family and friends to keep her grounded.
Fr. Kiran Kumar Bernard, Catholic Chaplain
As a Catholic Chaplain, Fr. Kiran Kumar Bernard takes care of all the Catholic patients, visiting them, praying for them, giving them holy communion, comforting them in their struggles and sufferings and administering the sacrament of the anointing of the sick. He also celebrates the Holy Eucharist on the obligation days and main Holidays for patients as well as for the staff members.
Fr. Kiran Kumar Bernard has been at MetroHealth since 2015. Prior to this he was in India teaching and taking care of some small villages. He also stayed in Philadelphia for three months assisting in his parish.
He earned his BA degree in English, as well as a counseling course, and a degree in philosophy and theology in India.
Brian A. Shields, Staff Chaplain, M.Div., BCC
Brian is a staff chaplain at MetroHealth. He is a board-certified chaplain (BCC) of the Association of Professional Chaplains. Brian obtained a Master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA, where he attended graduate seminary. Brian completed residency (2007-2008) at the Cleveland Clinic, where he then served as a staff chaplain for 10 years (2008-2018). He is endorsed for chaplaincy and an authorized minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC).
Brian is married to the Rev. Jessica Shields; she is pastor of Peace Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Cleveland Heights. They have two engaging, vibrant daughters: Abigail and Morgan. Brian enjoys being in nature, coffee, quiet moments of contemplation, writing, deep and resonating laughter, hiking, grilling/smoking meat, yard work, reading mysteries and being with his family. Brian is excited to begin this next career chapter here at Metro!