Board of Directors

Doug Irvin – Chair

Vitas Healthcare
1340 S. Damen Ave, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60608

Laurie Fester – Treasurer

Northern Illinois Hospice
Rockford, IL 61108

Fawn Hendershott – Secretary

Uplifted Care
482 Main St. NW
Bourbonnais, IL 60914

Wendy Bongero

Wendy Bongero

Residential Hospice and Palliative Care
5440 Corporate Drive
Troy, MI 48098


Julie Goldstein

Ethics and ACP Educator – Advocate Health Care
836 W. Wellington Ave.
Chicago, ILĀ  60657


Cordt Kassner

Hospice Analytics, CEO
2355 Rossmere Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80919


Mary Mihalyo

Delta Care Rx / Duquesne University
105 Whitehall Place
Steubenville, OH 43953

Ellen Byrne

Public Policy Consultant
Chicago, IL


Mary Sheehan

Lightways Hospice and Serious Illness Care
Joliet, IL 60431

Kristin James

Greater Illinois Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition
Evanston, IL 60202

Melissa Popp

Huntley, IL 60142

Merilee Smith

Carrie Bill

Executive – Mary Sheehan
Finance- Laurie Fester
Education – Merilee Smith
Communications & Membership – Wendy Bongero
Government Affairs – Doug Irvin
Governance Committee – Mary Sheehan
POLST Committee – Julie Goldstein
Reimbursement Workgroup – Carrie Bill
Veterans Workgroup – Andy Balafas
Serious Illness Workgroup – Sara Dado
Pass-Through Elimination Workgroup – Ellen Byrne
Chaplains Steering Committee – Wendy Bongero