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.
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
Dr. Joanne Cacciatore is a 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 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
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
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 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
Liese Groot-Alberts was born in Fryslân, Netherlands. She lives in New Zealand working internationally as a public and keynote speaker, palliative care educator and mentor for healthcare professionals.
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,
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.
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
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
Rodrigo Luz is a Clinical Psychologist, Thanatologist and Palliative Caregiver from Brazil. He’s an active member of the Laboratory of Thanatology and Psychiatry in Other Medical Conditions, linked to the Institute of Psychiatry of the Federal University of Rio de
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
Natasha Pedersen is the founder and CEO of the only Nordic Organization working on palliative care for children.
She is educated as a pastor and a health care professional in Norway.
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.
Lanise Shortell is an RN, CHPPN (certified hospice and palliative pediatric nurse) with The Children’s program of Hospice Atlanta.
Her passion is educating
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