Since 2007, Sue Boucher has been the International Information Officer for the International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN). She sits on the boards of the Umduduzi Hospice Care for Children in Durban and the South African National Children’s Palliative Care Network (PATCH-SA).
She has authored numerous teacher resource materials and children’s reading books, including Sunflower House, the story of a children’s hospice in Bloemfontein, South Africa. In 2006 she wrote a manual called Promoting Early Childhood Development within Pediatric Palliative Care and was a contributing author to the Oxford Textbook for Children’s Palliative Care in Africa. She co-edited the ICPCN Publication, Touching Rainbows.
Dr. Joanne Cacciatore is researcher and professor at Arizona State University whose nearly 40 studies in the area of traumatic infant and child death have been published nationally.
She founded the MISS Foundation, an international organization for grieving parents with 75 outreach centers around the world, in 1996 after the death of her fourth child.
She started the Kindness Project in 1997.
Dr. Katie Eastman has held a series of mental health related positions working with children and families, culminating in work with seriously ill and dying children and most recently adults with Cancer.
She attended Boston University School of Theology and The University of Houston School of Social Work and acquired a Doctorate in Child Psychology. Katie founded the non-profit organization,The Jason Program, to honor a courageous young man who left this earth by far too early.
The organization, now called Children’s Palliative Care Community, continues to support seriously ill children and their families through one of life’s most difficult circumstances by engaging community members with families in need. Dr. Katie has just contributed to a book, ‘Percolate’ by Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino that will be published in August by Hay House Publishers.
As a counselor, consultant and author, Katie brings all of her experiences as a change agent and beliefs about how our physical, emotional and spiritual balance contributes to our well-being.
Deborah Grassman: The country’s foremost expert on veteran’s affairs involving hospice. Deborah Grassman is a Nurse Practitioner.
Her career at Bay Pines VA in St. Petersburg, Florida lasted for nearly 30 years, where she was the Director of the Hospice program and personally took care of 10,000 dying veterans. She recently retired from the VA and now provides education and consultation throughout the country.
Jennifer Hale is the Executive Director for the Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
With more than 20 years experience as a clinician and health care manager, Jennifer leverages her knowledge of healthcare delivery and trends in regulatory matters to improve visibility of the organization at a variety of stakeholder tables including Georgia’s Department of Community Health, the Georgia Pain Initiative, the Healthcare Ethics Consortium of Georgia, and the Georgia Cancer Coalition.
Nancy Hinds was a missionary nurse in the West Indies, Nigeria and Uganda. Married to an Irish Missionary physician, they had 3 sons. After caring for her husband and mother dying with cancer, her path led her into the care of the terminally ill for the last 32 years. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross was a mentor and voice of understanding over the years.
Nancy’s passion has taken her to care for terminally ill children, the underserved and marginalized in developing countries and within the prison system. She is also an incredible global advocate and the Founder of Hinds Hospice in Fresno.
Eric Ellsworth Hipple is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round of the 1980 NFL Draft. A quarterback from Utah State, Hipple played in ten NFL seasons for the Lions in the 1980’s. As a result of his fifteen-year-old son’s suicide in 2000, Hipple chose to dedicate his life to educating people around the world about the dangers of depression and the potential for empowerment and mental wellness through knowledge on the topic.
Eric is co-author of the book “Real Men Do Cry”. He speaks around the world to military personnel on issues on mental wellness and suicide prevention.
Dr. Heidi Horsley is a licensed psychologist and social worker, and is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Open to Hope Foundation. Heidi is in private practice in Manhattan.
In addition, she is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University. An internationally known grief expert, author, and bereaved sibling, Heidi co-hosts the syndicated internet radio show, “Open to Hope.”
Dr. Gloria Horsley MFT CNS Ph.D. is the Founder and President of Open to Hope Foundation the world’s largest multi media web based resource for the bereaved. Dr. Gloria co-hosts, with her daughter Dr. Heidi, the cable television series “Grief Relief” and an Internet radio show.
Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi have authored a number of books and articles including; Open to Hope: Inspirational Stories of Healing After loss; Open to Hope Handling The Holiday; Real men do Cry and Teen Grief Relief.
A graduate of MIT and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Joseph is board-certified in Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine as well as Chronic and Acute Pain Management. A Physician Executive, Inventor, and Entrepreneur, he has served as a director, trustee, consultant or advisory board member for dozens of organizations, ranging from hospitals to start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations, and is very active in education and community service.
He is also an avid international traveler, having visited over 100 countries on all seven continents.
Dr. Stacy Orloff is the Vice President of Palliative Care and Community Programs at Suncoast Hospice.
She has served on several national task forces and presented at many national conferences. She has almost 25 years of experience in hospice and palliative care.
Stacy is published in peer reviewed journals, authored or co-authored numerous book chapters, and has co-edited two books.
Stacy holds a Masters in Social Work and a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership.
Natasha Pedersen is the founder and CEO of the only Nordic Organization working on palliative care for children.
She has is educated as a pastor and health care professional in Norway. Natasha is currently working on formalizing the first Norwegian national pediatric palliative care guidelines.
Paul Quilliam is the Cofounder and Executive Director of Queensland Kids – formed to establish Hummingbird House as only the third children’s hospice in Australia. He was the founding Board Chair when Queensland Kids incorporated in February 2011. Paul has been a leading educator and IT administrator in the independent education sector for almost two decades with experience in Australian and international school contexts.
Paul’s previous role as a Chief of Staff in a large independent school, coupled with his business and management credentials, have set the ideal platform for leading Queensland Kids within the pediatric palliative care sector.
Having more than twenty years of experience in the not-for-profit sector in both management and governance, Paul also actively serves the community as a Commissioner of Declarations. He is currently a member of the Australian College of Educators, Queensland Justice Association, MENSA, Foster Carers Queensland, Transplant Australia, an Associate of the Fundraising Institute of Australia, and an Associated Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.
Lanise Shortell is a RN, CHPPN (certified hospice and palliative pediatric nurse) with The Children’s program of Hospice Atlanta.
Her passion is educating parents on importance of palliative care in the quality of life for their children.
She loves spending time with her family and their adorable dog, Colby.
Irene Smith is Founder and Director of Everflowing, a Project devoted to educating the health care community in mindful touching as an integral component to end of life care.
In service to the dying for over three decades Irene continues to teach, consult in the development of hospice massage programs, create educational resource materials and has a private touch practice with the dying, in home and facility care.
Karla Wheeler co-heads the Public Relations & Marketing Committee for the Open to Hope Foundation. A former newspaper reporter and editor, she is Founder and President of Quality of Life Publishing Co., a national publishing firm specializing in grief support books and a growing number of publications to help hospices provide their multidisciplinary care. Quality of Life is the publisher of the physician newsletter, Quality of Life Matters; and booklets for families, “When Death Is Near: A Caregiver’s Guide;” and “When You Are Grieving: A Guide to Understanding Loss.” Karla is the author of grief support books for adults and children and bereavement columns for newspapers and magazines across North America. Several of Karla’s family members have experienced a “good death,” thanks to hospice, including her 54-year-old husband. Following his death, their daughter Jenny wrote a teen-to-teen book,Weird Is Normal When Teenagers Grieve. Karla and Jenny enjoy bringing their messages of hope as a mother-daughter team traveling nationwide, speaking at professional grief conferences and to community groups. A longtime hospice volunteer in Southwest Florida, Karla has visited with hundreds of dying patients, providing bereavement follow-up care to grieving families.