In early 2015 Margot Parr became Angela Hospice’s President & CEO. A decade ago she was an Angela Hospice volunteer. Prior to coming to Angela Hospice she was senior executive director for Evangelical Homes of Michigan. Before that she served as operations consultant with Trinity Continuing Care Services, and then as executive director for Jewish Home and Aging Services. Parr received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration from Lockyear College in Indianapolis, and completed coursework towards a Master of Science degree in Hospice and Palliative Care Studies from Madonna University. She also has a certification in fundraising management from The Center on Philanthropy in Indiana University. Margot is a former nurse, United States Army veteran, and licensed as a Nursing Home Administrator by the State of Michigan.
Marti Coplai joined Angela Hospice in October 2015 as Executive Director. Prior to coming to Angela Hospice, Coplai was Associate Executive Director for Evangelical Homes of Michigan, and had previous experience with Glacier Hills and Arbor Hospice. A licensed Nursing Home Administrator with the State of Michigan, Coplai has worked in senior living and hospice services for the last 11 years with a special emphasis on end-of-life care, dementia care, and leading culture transformation. A graduate of Michigan State University, Coplai intentionally transitioned from a career in marketing to healthcare after becoming a hospice volunteer in 2001. In 2009 she was certified as a Master Trainer in the Best Friends™ Approach to Dementia Care, and in 2012 she was consecrated as a Diakonal Minister by the Christian Health and Human Services Ministry.
A graduate of Central Michigan University, with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Mark Hibbard joined the Angela Hospice staff as CFO in 2015. Hibbard has more than 20 years of experience providing financial reporting, reimbursement, and managed care financial management in healthcare and the senior service industry. His professional work experience also includes financial feasibility analyses, contract negotiation, capital financing, and implementation of technology. Prior to coming to Angela Hospice, Hibbard worked as a controller for Canterbury on the Lake; and chief financial officer for Evangelical Homes of Michigan and the Center for Senior Independence in Detroit.
A graduate of Wayne State University’s College of Medicine, Dr. James Boal became employed in July 2000 as Angela Hospice’s full-time hospice medical director. Prior to his employment at Angela Hospice, Dr. Boal worked in the Pediatric Critical Care Unit at Providence Hospital, and completed his residency at the Family Practice at Providence Hospital. He has also held positions as a research assistant at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Boal earned the designation Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and is a recipient of the Dream Team Award from the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Michigan.
Bob Alexander joined the Angela Hospice team in 2007 as Business Development Manager, overseeing marketing and public relations. In 2008, he added oversight of the Development Department to his role and now serves exclusively as Director of Development for Angela Hospice. Prior to that, Mr. Alexander served as an Owner and Executive Vice President of Wm. H. Scarlet & Associates, Inc. of Southfield, MI, for 31 years. He specialized in administration, marketing, contract negotiations, and engineering oversight. An alumnus of the University of Michigan, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Development and Public Administration from Central Michigan University, Alexander has also received a Certificate in Fundraising Management from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and is a CFRE. He's also a Co-Chair for Leave A Legacy of Southeast Michigan (a division of the Planned Giving Roundtable of Southeast Michigan), and serves on the Board of Directors for a metro Detroit non-profit organization specializing in care for victims of relational and physical abuse.
Before joining the Angela Hospice team in December 2016, Elizabeth Berlow was working as a clinical liaison for Great Lakes Caring at Huron Valley Hospital. As a clinical liaison she frequently presented CEU (Continuing Education Unit) programs and wrote educational pamphlets. Prior to that she was a case manager at Seasons Hospice and has been an RN for 44 years. Elizabeth is also a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse, and graduated from the Mercy School of Nursing. She received her bachelor’s degree in both psychology and sociology, from the University of Michigan, Dearborn, and has her Masters of Public Health from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, with a concentration in health behavior and health education.
Karen has been with Angela Hospice since 2010, spending three years as a RN Case Manager in Home Care and two years in Quality Outcomes/Education. She received her Bacherlor of Sciene in Nursing from Northern Arizona University, and is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse. Karen is also a HPNA Approved Educator and trained ELNEC Core and Pediatric Trainer. Karen is part of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, and National Association of Health Care Quality. She’s been a nurse for 29 years.
Social work is Mike Conway’s second career. He was so inspired after a family experience with hospice that he left a senior management position at 360 Services International and returned to school to become a social worker. He earned his Master of Social Work from Wayne State University in 2009, and also holds a Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies. Mike had interned with Angela Hospice while he was completing his schooling and was hired on as a home care social worker in 2011. Mike was promoted to Director of Social Work and Bereavement in 2017.
Jennifer Kirkland joined Angela Hospice as Director of Community Relations in February 2017. Prior to coming to Angela Hospice, Jennifer was the Senior Director of Development at Burcham Hills, a not-for-profit life plan community. Prior to Burcham, Jennifer spent several years working in hospice services in business development, training, and education. Additionally, she is a part of the Madonna University Hospice and Palliative Studies department as an adjunct assistant professor. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from The University of Michigan Ann Arbor and holds an undergraduate degree from Madonna University in Gerontology and Long Term Care Administration. She received her Master of Education from Wayne State University in instructional technology, including a graduate certificate in online teaching and training. Ms. Kirkland serves as a board member for Education Foundation with Leading Age Michigan.
Diane McDonald came to Angela Hospice in 2016 from St. Mary Mercy Hospital, where she served as staff chaplain for the oncology and hospice units, and on the palliative care team. She also served as director of their “No One Dies Alone” program. Ms. McDonald is a certified thanatologist and an advanced bereavement facilitator. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Saint Mary’s College and conducted graduate studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. She is currently a canon law procurator advocate for the Archdiocese of Detroit Marriage Tribunal, and a member of the preaching staff at Capuchin Retreat Center in Washington, MI. Her professional memberships include Kappa Gamma Pi, the Association of Death Educators and Counselors, and the American Academy of Bereavement. Ms. McDonald is active in the community and has worked extensively with the homeless.
Mary Ann Ruberg has been with Angela Hospice since 2007. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ball State University and is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Health Care Informatics from University of Colorado, Denver. She is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse, with previous experience as a hospice nurse case manager, on-call nurse, and hospice educator. As Director of Informatics, Ms. Ruberg oversees the electronic health record program, data quality, and reporting.
Terri Rush became the Director of Clinical Services in November 2015, but she brings with her 30 years of experience in the healthcare profession. Her previous hospice work over the past two decades included positions with Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, Affinity Hospice of Life, and Hospice of Michigan. Ms. Rush received her nursing degree from Henry Ford Community College and has completed coursework toward her bachelor of science at University of Phoenix-Southfield.
Teri Schmitchen joined the Angela Hospice team in the summer of 2016, bringing with her over 14 years of experience in hospice volunteer administration, and a passion for a variety of volunteer program areas. Previously, she was a volunteer coordinator at both Arbor Hospice and Affinity Hospice. For the last seven years Teri, a Certified Volunteer Administrator, has been serving as Director of Volunteer Services at Seasons Hospice, where she helped them achieve a Level IV We Honor Veterans status. She was also instrumental in developing complimentary services programs, including aromatherapy and Healing Touch, among others.
Barbara Hendrickson is President of Visible Communication, LLC, a company she founded in 2012. Prior to that she held the position of President and Sole Owner for Design Incentives, Inc., and was president of the Board for the Incentive Marketing Association. She is currently a member of the National Association of Woman Business Owners (NAWBO), and received the NAWBO Innovator Award in 2013.
Mrs. Hendrickson holds a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Psychology with Minor in Business Management from Western Michigan University, and has completed the Plante & Moran Masters Forum Education series, and Dale Carnegie Sales Intensive.
David Ward serves as Senior Vice President and Ministry Designee for Felician Services, Inc, providing support and oversight for health care, hospice, older adult services, and related ministries. Prior to Felician Services, Mr. Ward served as Principal for a consulting group that focused on advancing Hurricane Katrina recovery, electronic health records, and health system financing. His professional experience includes consulting work; and executive/management positions with Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans; St. Joseph Health System, Atlanta; Catholic Health Corporation, Omaha; Illinois Association of Homes for the Aging. He was a Commissioned Officer for US Public Health Service, Baltimore, and held positions at Tulane University and LSU.
Mr. Ward earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology & Sociology from Allegheny College, and Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) from University of Michigan School of Public Health. He is a licensed nursing home administrator, Fellow in the American College of Health Care Administrators, and former Board member of Catholic Health Association USA and American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging/LeadingAge.
Art Cole is managing director and owner of Cole, Newton & Duran, Certified Public Accountants. He also owned and managed Strategic Investment Services, Inc., which merged with Executive Financial Services, Inc., in 2008. He retains his ownership.
Mr. Cole holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Michigan State University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Detroit, a Master of Professional Accountancy from Walsh College of Accountancy, and CPA certification from the State of Michigan. He attained the credential of Personal Financial Specialist (2006), which is the highest credential awarded in this field by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Peggy Cummins-Polinski is Managing Director at Talmer, Bank & Trust, with experience in financial analysis, personnel management and development, team building, negotiations and marketing/sales. Her previous work experience includes serving as Senior Vice President at FirstMerit Bank/Citizens Bank, a position she held for nine years. She was also the First Vice President/Commercial Banking, and Vice President/Credit Administration at Comerica Bank, as well as serving as Vice President at Ann Arbor Commerce Bank. Cummins-Polinski received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan as well. She has also completed the Center for Women’s Leadership’s six-month leadership program for executive level women. Cummins-Polinski has volunteered for a variety of organizations, including Ladywood High School, Michigan Metro Girl Scouts, and the Michigan Economic Growth Corp. She is a member of the Turnaround Management Association and committee person for the TMA’s Network of Women, among others.
Deborah Dunn is Dean of the Graduate School at Madonna University. With over 20 years teaching experience, Deborah is also an AACN board-certified Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist and AACN board-certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. Since 1997, Deborah has worked as a nurse practitioner in private practice, caring for older adults in assisted living, sub-acute care, and long term care settings.
Deborah has been the recipient of multiple awards for education and leadership, has authored over 21 publications on health care topics, and presented on nursing education and elder care subjects at over 37 conferences. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University, a Master of Science in Nursing from Wayne State University, a Post-Masters Certificate as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner from the University of Michigan, and a Doctorate in Education from Eastern Michigan University.
Sister Felicity Marie is a Felician Sister who recently professed Perpetual Vows and has completed the Board Preparation Workshop given by Felician Services Inc. Sister Felicity holds an Associate Degree in Allied Health and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resources from Davenport University, and a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Madonna University.
Sister has experience working as a medical assistant, in human resource management, and in young adult ministry. Currently, she is Dean of Ministry and Mission at Ladywood High School in Livonia, Michigan.
David Parr was an Insurance Agency Principal for with Allstate Insurance for over 30 years, before taking on independent insurance consulting in 2003. He was a member of the United States Army Reserve from 1965 to 1972, and currently serves as President and Chairman of the Mercy Education Project.
In early 2015 Margot Parr become Angela Hospice’s President & CEO. A decade ago she was an Angela Hospice volunteer. Prior to coming to Angela Hospice she was senior executive director for Evangelical Homes of Michigan. Before that she served as operations consultant with Trinity Continuing Care Services, and then as executive director for Jewish Home and Aging Services. Parr received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration from Lockyear College in Indianapolis, and completed coursework towards a Master of Science degree in Hospice and Palliative Care Studies from Madonna University. She also has a certification in fundraising management from The Center on Philanthropy in Indiana University. Margot is a former nurse, United States Army veteran, and licensed as a Nursing Home Administrator by the State of Michigan.
George Smrtka received his law degree, Juris Doctorate, from the University of Michigan, and has been in private practice since 1968. He is an Accredited Estate Planner through the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils, a member of the Probate and Trust Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and a member of the Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit. He has taught Estate and Gift Taxation at Oakland University.
Mr. Smrtka has been a solo practitioner since 1980, and his work has been highly rated by several national organizations. He is an active member of the Knights of Columbus, a Fourth Degree Knight, and serves as the Faithful Comptroller of Divine Mercy Assembly No. 3082.
Sister Mary Clarette Stryzewski joined the Angela Hospice board in 2016. She served as President and CEO of Felician Services, Inc. (FSI), for 20 years before transitioning into a part-time role assisting FSI as their Executive Liaison. Her background as President and CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia, IL, prepared her for this role of working with the Felician co-sponsored healthcare ministries. Sister Clarette has served on numerous healthcare organizations’ boards throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. She holds a Master of Health Administration from St. Louis University, a Master of Social Work from University of Wisconsin, and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Mundelein College. Sister Clarette was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Madonna University in 2013.
Nancy Tochman is a business and sales professional, with corporate development and management experience at Flagstar Bank and Chase Bank, where she was named Midwest Manager of the Year for three consecutive years. She holds a Master of Business Administration in Management from University of Dallas and a Bachelor of Science from University of Detroit, as well as underwriting and formal credit training.
Sister Giovanni’s zeal for the hospice concept of care began after attending a conference featuring Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern day hospice movement in England. Following that inspirational meeting, Sister Giovanni spent 11 years researching pain control, alternative comfort measures, and the daily needs of dying patients and their families. Sister Giovanni founded Angela Hospice in 1985, and in 1994 opened the Angela Hospice Care Center as the first freestanding facility of its kind in Michigan.
Sister Giovanni served as President and CEO until 2014, when she transitioned into a role which would allow her to work more directly with patients, benefactors, and the community, while also serving her second passion: the Blessed Angela Mobile Clinic which she helped establish in 2013 to reach underserved people in the mountain regions of Haiti.
Over the past 30 years, Sister Giovanni has served on boards and committees for end-of-life care on the local, state, and national level; and has received numerous honors for her compassionate work and pioneering spirit. In 2014 she was named a Visionary in Hospice and Palliative Medicine by the American Association for Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and was inducted into the Home Care and Hospice Hall of Fame by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice.
Sister Giovanni received her Master of Nursing Administration from Madonna University, in addition to Bachelor degrees in Nursing and Gerontology. Her professional experience has also included positions as staff nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital, faculty in Hospice Education at Madonna University, and Director of Nursing at the Felician Sisters Infirmary.
She retired from her work with Angela Hospice in 2015.