Sojourn Chaplaincy at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center

Honoring The Spirit Through Loving Care And Service

About Us

Executive Director

Karen A. Tomcala, J.D. Telephone: (415) 206-6252


Karen is pleased to join the Sojourn staff as an opportunity to apply her executive management skills and previous non-profit experience to a mission of both personal and community significance. A lawyer by training, Karen specialized in energy policy and regulation. She practiced at Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C., representing the National Independent Energy Producers and developers of electricity projects domestically and abroad. She then joined the staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, serving as Chief of Staff to then-Chairman James Hoecker. Her most recent professional employment was as Vice President of Regulatory Relations for Pacific Gas & Electric Company, a position that pleasantly relocated her to the Bay Area. Karen has served on a number of non-profit boards, including Pets Unlimited in San Francisco and Spectrum LGBT Centering Marin. Karen received her J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan and her B.A., majoring in Public Administration and minoring in Business Administration, from the University of Michigan-Flint.

Karen shares her home in the West Portal neighborhood with three dogs and two budgies. She has a daughter, a son, and three cherished grandchildren.

Volunteer and Education Manager

The Rev. Angela Guida Telephone: (415) 206-5245

Angela, an Episcopal priest, holds a nursing degree, a BA in Psychology, a Master of Social Work, and a Master of Theological Studies from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and brings a broad mix of medical experience, management of large health-related community service projects, and chaplaincy service to her work at Sojourn. 

As a registered nurse, Angela most enjoyed her work with Medicaid patients in an inpatient detoxification unit; while as a social worker, she worked in outpatient clinics, among other settings, typically serving multiply-diagnosed indigent (and often homeless) persons.  At the administrative/management level, she has been involved in local and regional planning, implementation and assessment; and was the lead in bringing a number of model programs to various communities in Southern Arizona.  For instance, while working for COPE Community Services, she played a pivotal role in bringing street outreach, needle exchange and other needed assistance to a primarily Mexican and Mexican-American population living in South Tucson.  She has done pastoral care in a variety of settings, finding her recent work on the streets of the Tenderloin and at the Ambassador SRO hotel "especially fulfilling."

Spiritual Care Manager

The Rev. Susan Ezequelle Telephone: (415) 206-8983

The Rev. Susan Ezequelle is an ordained Buddhist minister and Spiritual Care Manager for Sojourn Chaplaincy at San Francisco General Hospital. Prior to coming to SFGH Susan served as Palliative Care Chaplain at St. Johns Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, CA. She completed 4 units of residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, CA.

Susan began her career in the technology publishing world, holding various positions including publisher, executive editor and communication specialist for corporate and publishing entities. She also played a leading role in the funding, purchase and establishment of the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City and has been involved in various roles associated with the provision of spiritual care since 2006.


Fr. Bruce J. Lery, sm Telephone: (415) 206-8119

Bruce is a perpetually professed member of the Society of Mary, Marists, ordained as a Catholic priest in 1987. Fr. Bruce ministers at SFGHTC under the auspices of the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Before profession Bruce worked for the federal government in Chicago and in San Franciscocoordinating environmental planning for municipalities, and for regional associations of governments. Since ordination, Fr. Bruce has served as pastor, or in pastoral roles for communities (including military reservations) in Phoenix, AZ; the San Francisco Bayarea; Kauai, HI, and Washington, D.C. In all of these geographical areas Fr. Bruce has been actively engaged in detention ministries, and in Spiritual Direction.

In the early 1990’s Fr. Bruce ministered to persons living with HIV/AIDs; doing so primarily in the Tenderloin of SF (Network Ministries), within the SF Jail system, and at SFGH. At SFGH Bruce participated in the Sojourn training for HIV/AIDS ministers, and remained to volunteer at Sojourn until transferred by his religious community from the Bay Area.

Academically Bruce has received M.A. (Botany), and M.Div. degrees. He has completed most academic course work for a D.Min. degree and has actively studied Spiritual Direction in Pecos, NM, and at the Washington Theological Union.

Administrative Coordinator

David Stickley    Telephone: (415) 206-8918

David joined Sojourn Chaplaincy in April 2014, bringing with him a wealth of Retail Management and Office Administration experience. He holds a degree in Business Management from Ithaca College, and a degree from School for Deacons in Diaconal Studies. Ordained in June 2009, David is a deacon in the diocese of California, currently deployed  at St. Francis Episcopal Church in San Francisco, and having also served at St. Aidan’s and Holy Innocents.





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Bay Area Jewish Healing Center

Episcopal Charities

The Episcopal Diocese of California

San Francisco Interfaith Council

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