Registration and Certification Committee (R&C)

The Registration and Certification Committee shall consist of the Chairperson, The President of the Association (ex-officio) and not less than four members and not more that six members, at least three of whom shall be members of the Association. (Constitution, Article 16.1)


Michelle Benjamin – Chairperson

Michelle has thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of the experiential learning model used in Clinical Pastoral Education, which has equipped her to care for a diversity of people in complex contexts.  Michelle is accredited by ACPEWA as a Level 2 Supervisor.  She has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing Primary Care), and Graduate Diplomas in Christian Studies and Spiritual Direction.  She is currently Centre Director of the St John of God CPE Centre and maintains a small private practice in supervision.


Wendy McKay – President of the Association

Wendy’s CPE supervisory philosophy is that people engaged in CPE can explore their story alongside the story of another. Wendy is accredited by ACPEWA as a Level 2 Supervisor.  She has a Diploma of Teaching, Graduate Diploma in Special Education and a Bachelor of Theology.  She works as Senior Pastoral Practitioner at St. John of God Hospital Murdoch.


Cheryl Meta – Secretary

Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Theology with a minor in counselling. She completed units of Clinical Pastoral Education in 2007 and 2011.  Currently employed as the Pastoral Services Coordinator at St. John of God Mt. Lawley Hospital, Cheryl enjoys being an active part of the ongoing life of ACPEWA.



Michael Hertz

Michael relocated to Perth from America’s Pacific Northwest in 2015 in order to lead the Clinical Pastoral Education Centre at Royal Perth Hospital. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Michael completed his first unit of Clinical Pastoral Education in 1987 and has “been hooked ever since.”  His degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology and a Masters of Divinity.  He believes the CPE model of education is empowering for a broad range of health care professionals and leaders in a variety of fields.  Michael enjoys exploring Western Australia’s natural beauty and diverse cultures.