Meet the Chaplains at Children's Hospital Colorado

Bob Flory, M.Div.


Director of SpiritualCare
Bob Flory has been the Director of Spiritual Care at Children's Hospital since 1997. Bob began at Children's Colorado as the solo chaplain and has developed the program through the years. This has included helping to develop The Colors of Healing Bereavement program and the music practitioner position. Bob facilitates the Spirituality Council, Co-Facilitates the Resiliency Education and Support Council, and the Schwartz Rounds Council. Bob teaches in many educational opportunities throughout the hospital community.

Bob Crump-Bertram, M.Div.


Bob is a native of Colorado, attended CSU, and then The American Baptist Seminary of the West, in Berkeley CA. He was ordained in 1979 and has worked in various healthcare settings in the Denver area for over 30 years. Currently he is an on-call Chaplain at Children's Hospital Colorado and works full time as a Chaplain/Bereavement Coordinator for a local Hospice Organization. Bob is married, has 2 grown children, and 4 grandchildren. Bob and his wife Linda share their home with three pack mates Trekker, Gracie and Mickey. A musician, Bob is a trumpet player and performs with the Denver Concert Band, Thornton Community Band and several small groups.

Paul Griego, M. Div.


Paul Griego received his Master of Divinity degree at the Iliff School of Theology and began his work as a Chaplain at Children's Hospital Colorado in October of 2012. Paul finds great joy and purpose in serving patients, their families and staff in a variety of different settings with particular energy behind engaging prayer, breathing exercises, rituals and inclusion of all people. Paul also is a Hybrid Cochlear Implant user, a surgically implanted device that provides a sense of sound to people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, with a strong passion for serving the Deaf Hard of Hearing community here at Children's Hospital Colorado.

Barbara W. Lepke-Sims, M.M., C.M.P.


Certified Music Practitioner
Barbara W. Lepke-Sims, harpist, began her internship as a Certified Music Practitioner (CMP) at Children’s Hospital Colorado in the fall of 2008. She has continued as a CMP at Children’s helping to create a healing environment for patients and their families by playing live therapeutic music at the bedside, especially in the Intensive Care Units. Her training was through the Music for Healing and Transition Program, of which she currently is their Denver Area Coordinator. Even though Barbara has been a professional harpist since 1978 when she graduated with her Master of Music from The Juilliard School, she feels that playing by the bedside for patients has been the most meaningful and rewarding part of her career. Read how Barbara uses the harp to bring calm to patients, families and staff

Vanessa Owen, M.Div.


After completing her Master of Divinity degree at the Iliff School of Theology, Vanessa began her work as a Chaplain at Children's Hospital Colorado in 2006. Vanessa finds great joy in providing spiritual care with the patients, families, and staff at Children's and has a particular passion for engaging contemplative practices, such as meditation, walking the labyrinth, prayer, and art. Before beginning her work in ministry, Vanessa worked in the field of mental health and brings that element of knowledge to her work as a chaplain.

Claudia Schmitt, M. Div


Claudia has served as a staff chaplain at Children's Hospital Colorado since 2001. In her role at Children's Hospital Colorado, Claudia provides spiritual care, prayer, religious rites and services, and religious resources for patients and families. Claudia is also a Caritas Coach and Heart Math trainer and offers staff support and training in the areas of Stress Reduction and Caring Science.

Ron Skaggs, M.Div.


Chaplain Skaggs grew up in central California and joined the U.S. Air Force at the age of 18. He served in the military for 20 years living in three different countries and six different states. During that time he and his wife served in various church ministry programs spanning all ages. After his military service he attended Denver Seminary earning a Master of Divinity degree in Chaplaincy in 2009. He is a licensed minister serving as an on-call chaplain at Children's Hospital Denver and a volunteer chaplain at another local hospital. He and his wife have three grown children and a granddaughter. He enjoys just about any physical activity outdoors with family and friends.

Josh Whistler, M.Div.


Josh Whistler began working at Children's Hospital Colorado as an intern in the Spiritual Care Department in 2009. The following year he continued at Children's Colorado as a Fellow in partnership with University of Colorado Hospital. Now, as a full-time staff chaplain, he provides spiritual care to children, families, and staff through prayer, listening, religious rites, and providing other religious and spiritual resources. Josh also serves on the hospital Ethics Committee and the R.E.S.T. Council.