August 09, 2006

TAMPA, Fla. -H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute has hired two new full time chaplains in Pastoral Care. Reverend Valerie Storms has accepted the position of Pastoral Care Manager. Rabbi Aaron Lever was hired as a staff chaplain.

Reverend Valerie Storms received her B.A. in elementary education at the University of Florida and her Master of Divinity at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Texas. She completed four units of CPE at Memorial Southwestern Hospital in Houston. Prior to joining Moffitt, Reverend Storms was director of pastoral care and education at Winthrop University Hospital in New York.

Reverend Storms is a board certified Chaplain, has extensive experience in hospital chaplaincy and is active on a national level with the Association of Professional Chaplains. She is an ordained Baptist minister.

Rabbi Aaron Lever received his B.A. in psychology and political science from the University of Rochester; his M.A. in Jewish Education from William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education; and his Rabbinic Ordination from the Rabbinical School, Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Prior to joining Moffitt, Rabbi Lever completed seven units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at the Midwest CPE Program in Kansas.

In 2001, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute earned NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center status in recognition of its excellence in research and contributions to

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clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country's leading cancer centers, and is listed in the U.S. News & World Report as one of the top cancer hospitals in America. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.