Board of Directors


Mary Sheehan – Chair

Joliet Area Community Hospice
250 Water Stone Circle
Joliet, IL 60431

Sara Dado – Vice Chair

Transitions Hospice – Executive Director

Laurie Sievert – Treasurer

Northern Illinois Hospice
Rockford, IL 61108

Connie Lemon – Secretary

Uplifted Care (formerly Hospice of Kankakee Valley)
482 Main Street 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, IL  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

Kate Proctor

Kate Proctor

Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care Rosemont, IL – Vice President, General Counsel
6400 Shafer Court, Suite 700
Rosemont, IL 60018

Ellen Byrne

Public Policy Consultant
Chicago, IL

Doug Irvine

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

Bonnie OGuinn

Amita Health/Rainbow Hospice
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056

Kristin James

Greater Illinois Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition
Evanston, IL 60202

Kimberly Hobson

Barrington, IL 60010

Melissa Popp

Huntley, IL 60142


Dale Righter – Honorary Director

Senator, 55th District
88 Broadway, Suite 1
Matoon, IL 61938

Bio Pic Diane Nowak

Diane Nowak – Honorary Director

Dignity Memorial – General Manager
12300 South Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60805

Executive – Mary Sheehan
Finance- Laurie Sievert
Education – Connie Lemon
Communications & Membership – Wendy Bongero
Government Affairs – Doug Irvin
Governance Committee – Mary Sheehan
POLST Committee – Julie Goldstein
Reimbursement Workgroup – Carrie Bill
Veterans Workgroup – Linda Rockwell
Palliative Care Workgroup – Sara Dado
Pass-Through Elimination Workgroup – Ellen Byrne

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