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Saneta Maiko, PhD, MS, IDI

District Superintendent, United Methodist Indiana, Founder Amani Family Services, and Chaplain Researcher at Indiana University Health


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Dr. Maiko is also nationally board certified as a healthcare chaplain. He is a recipient of several honors and award and has authored a book and several articles in medical, leadership, chaplaincy, and youth journals. He is married to Beatrice, and they are blessed with four children. They reside in Indianapolis.

An experienced ordained clergy and current district superintendent of the United Methodist Indiana, Dr. Maiko is the founder and former executive director of Amani Family Services and chaplain researcher at Indiana University Health. 


Experience & Accolades


  • Spirituality in healthcare


  •  Concordia Theological Seminary
    • Doctor of Philosophy (Historical Theology)
    • Master of Sacred Theology (Psychology)
  • Indiana University School of Medicine
    • Master of Science (Clinical Research)
  • Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health
    • Graduate Certificate (Public Health)
    • Graduate of Emerging Leaders Program
  • Purdue University College of Engineering
    • Master of Science (Leadership & Supervision)
  • St. Paul’s University
    • Bachelor’s of Divinity (Theology)
  • Cambridge University
    • Graduate of Reflective Supervision


  • Indiana UMC Conference (2019-Present)
    • Chief mission strategist, conference superintendent
  • Methodist Denomination (1997-Present)
    • Clergy
    • Ordained elder within the denomination
  •  Indiana University Regenstrief Institute (2016-2019)
  • Research scientist, research fellow
  • Indiana University Health (2015-2019)
    • Chaplain researcher
  • Crime Victim Care of Allen County, Inc., now Amani Family Services (2006-2014)
    • Founder
    •  Chief executive director
  • Purdue University, Fort Wayne (2006-2018)
    • Affiliate faculty

Awards & Distinctions

  • John Templeton 2-year Fellowship, Transforming Chaplaincy Research, Rush University, 2017-2019
  • Raymon Rosenberger-Maxine Rippe Award, Lutheran Foundation, 2014
  • Liberty Bell Award, Allen County Bar Association, 2013
  • Outstanding Professonal Advocacy Award, Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault, 2013
  • Chancelor’s Community Achievement Award, Indiana University/Purdue University, 2013
  • Outstanding Service to Victims Award, Indiana Tech School of Criminal Sciences, 2013
  • Refugee/Immigrant Victim Advocate Award, Allen County Prosecutor’s Office, 2011
  • Community Victim Service Award, Center for Nonviolence 30th Anniversary, 2011
  • Community Achievement Award, Indiana University/Purdue University, 2011
  • Victim Advocacy Award, Fort Wayne Police Department Victim Assistance, 2011

Professional Memberships & Board Positions

  • Board member, strategic planning, Methodist Hospitals in Gary and Millville, Indiana, 2020
  • University Senate Review Board, General Board of Higher Education, Global United Methodist Church, 2019-Present
  • Member, Board of Methodist Hospital, 2019-Present
  • Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group, 2018-Present
  • American Medical Association, 2017-Present
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology 2015-Present
  • Association of Professional Chaplains, 2014-Present
  • Member, Board of Ordained Ministry, United Methodist Church, Indiana Conference, 2017-2019
  • Member, Fort Wayne Mayor’s Diversity Council, 2010-2014
  • Multicultural Representative, Mayor’s Commission on domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, Allen County, 2009-2014
  • Multicultural Representative, Crime Stoppers Board, 2009-2010
  • General Secretary, Fort Wayne Africa Organization, 2005-2008
  • Board of the Indiana UMC Conference Black Church Development Committee, 2005-2012


  • Torke, A, Fitchett, G, Maiko, S, et al. The Association of Surrogate Decision Maker’s Religious and Spiritual Beliefs with End-of-Life Decisions. Journal of Pain Symptom Management. 2020
  • Torke, A, Maiko, S, Waston, B, et al. The Chaplain Family Project: Development, Feasibility, and Acceptability of an Intervention to Improve Spiritual Care of Family Surrogates. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy. 2019
  • Maiko, S, Johns, S, Helft, P, et al. Spiritual Experiences of Adults With Advanced Cancer in Outpatient Clinical Settings. Journal of Pain Symptom Management. 2019
  • Maiko, S, Ivy S, Watson, B, et al. Spiritual and Religious Coping of Medical Decision Makers for Hospitalized Older Adult Patients. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 2019
  • Maiko, S. John Wesley: Church Mission Struggle in the Fight Against Slave Trade. Missionalia Journal of South Africa. 2018
  • Johns, S, Cottingham, A, Gowan, T, et al. Mindfulness Training to Support Advance Care Planning: Qualitative Findings from a Randomized Pilot. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2018