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.

Sue Boucher

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. 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 
Dr. Katie Eastman

Dr. Katie Eastman is a national grief/trauma therapist, speaker, and consultant with ReCreate Coaching and Counseling in Anacortes, Washington.

As a licensed psychotherapist, licensed social worker, and life coach specializing in loss and transition, she supports individuals

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

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

Paul Quilliam

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. 

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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Classes start Thurs. 3/18 – 11am EST

Join for us for this 11-part course with leading speakers in the field of grief. Each class is recorded so that you can view later at your convenience!

Courses are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
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