Advisory Council

Susan Barber

Susan launched the Community Education program in 2005 at Mission Hospice. They provide education opportunities for community members and professionals who work with people experiencing illness, death, loss and/or grief.

Dr. Jim Cleary
    • An Australian Badger
    • Faculty of University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health
    • Medical Oncologist and palliative care physician
    • Former President, American Academy of Hospice Palliative Medicine
Deborah Grassman

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

Nancy Hinds, RN

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

Cole Imperi

Cole Imperi is a dual-certified thanatologist, a two-time TEDx speaker, and one of America’s leading experts on death, dying, and grief.

She is best known for her work pioneering the fields of Thanabotany and Deathwork

Dr. Karl Lorenz

Dr. Karl Lorenz, MD, MSHS is a general internal medicine and palliative care physician, and Section Chief of the VA Palo Alto-Stanford Palliative Care Program. Formerly at the VA Greater Los Angeles, he directed palliative care research at the VA Center for Innovation to

Dani Monte (Brazil)

Dani Monte is based in Fortaleza, Northeast, Brazil. After a near-death experience, I felt a turning point in my life when I met Dr. Elisabeth Kubler Ross. Those eyes looked straight in my soul and have been guiding me ever since. Her light, her love, her words touch my heart.

Karla Wheeler

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

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