Education:

B.S. Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

M.S. Nursing, University of San Francisco

PhD, Education, University of California, Berkeley

Certificate in Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Work History:

Shirley is the former Commissioner of the U.S. Social Security Administration, serving during the Clinton administration.  Prior to that time, she was President of Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Dallas and Houston, Texas for seven years, and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of California, San Francisco for five years.  She served as Professor of Nursing and Education, joint appointments at the University of California San Francisco and Berkeley.  For the past 15 years she has held the position of founding Chair of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s program for Executive Nurse Leaders.

Other Honors:

Dr. Chater is the recipient of thirteen honorary doctoral degrees from various colleges and universities, including her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania. Other honors include distinguished alumna awards from the Hospital School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, the School of Nursing of the University of Pennsylvania and the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco.  In 1997 she received the University Medal from the University of California San Francisco, the highest award given by the University.  She was honored as a University of California Regents’ Professor in 1997-1998.  She also received the John P. McGovern, MD, Annual Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in 1996 and the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society Lucia S. Kelly Mentor Award in 1995. Dr. Chater is a new resident of Oregon and lives in Medford.

Education:

B.S. Chemical Engineering, UCLA

MBA in Finance from UCLA

Certificate in Securities and Investments from New York University

Senior Executive Service Certification from the U.S. Department of the Treasury awarded by the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Work History:

Dan worked with the Ford Foundation and Morgan Stanley in portfolio management and investment banking (15 years). He worked for the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington D.C. (25 years) and oversaw the major Trust Funds, including Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment Insurance and Native American Trust Funds. He was a Senior Fiscal Affairs Official with his office having oversight responsibilities for the Bureau of the Public Debt and Financial Management Service. He established the Community Investment and Adjustment Grant and Loan Program in the Office of Domestic Finance.  He represented the Treasury Department in the Boards of the National Archives and the Library of Congress.

Board Service and Community Involvement:

Dan has been involved in the Rotary Club of Ashland Lithia Springs, the AIFF, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Museum of Fine Arts in San Francisco.

Source of Passion for the Hospice House Project:  

Dan supports the Hospice House Project in honor of his mother, and obstetric gynecologist in the Philippines and his partner’s parents Bill and Peg Sammons and their family friend and founding Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice Board Chair, Catherine Church.

Other Interests:

Dan and his partner, Morgan Sammons, are avid travelers, long-time art and antique collectors, and architecture and interior design enthusiasts. They love operas and have attended major art shows and auctions all over the world. They love to cook and entertain and consider themselves as foodies.


Education:

Yale University, B.A.;

Yale Law School, J.D.;

Pacific School of Religion, M. Div

Work History:

Don was a partner in a large San Francisco law firm specializing in business and financial law. He served as Interim Minister at the United Church of Christ.

Board Service and Community Involvement:

Don served on the Boards of Marin Community College District, several spiritual organizations, and a San Francisco Tenderloin care organization.  He was the volunteer chaplain of Hospice of Marin.

Source of Passion for the Hospice House Project:  

“The nurses and chaplains of Hospice of Marin were the purest souls I have ever worked with.  The effect of their work with patients and their families was life enhancing.  An earlier experience visiting a dying friend at the Zen Hospice in San Francisco still affects me deeply.”

Other Interests:

Family, good causes, the arts, the sea.

Education:

B.A. Sociology, University of Minnesota

M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling, Minnesota State University

Post Masters, Cornell University (Bush Foundation Fellowship /Executive Development)

University of Washington, Certificate in Gerontology

Work History:

Sharon served as the Director of Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Director of Division of Mental Health for Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, and Deputy Director and Interim Director of Public Health for City of Seattle/King County. She retired in 2012 as Associate Professor Emeritus from Oregon State University at the Extension Campus in Southern Oregon. Sharon also completed the National Home Builders Program as Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and launched a non-profit organization, Age Friendly Innovators, with her husband in 2013.

Board Service and Community Involvement:

RVCOG’ s Center for Community Partnership Board Member; Consumer Credit Counseling Money Management Advisory Group Member; Ascension Lutheran Church Adult Education Committee Leader; Jackson County Public Health Advisory Board Member; Founding Member, COHO; Former RSVP Lunch Buddy Program Volunteer and Food & Friends Volunteer.

Reasons for my desire to be involved in hospice: Admiration for the work done and the people doing it; recent experience with the death of a friend who had hospice care and knowledge that a Hospice Home would have lightened that family’s load enormously.

Other interests: Spending time with her 7 grandchildren (ages 1 to 21) and assuring an active and productive retirement.

Education:

Oregon State University, BS in Business Marketing 1981

Work History:

Laura is Vice-President of Naumes, Inc. (Fruit Production, Cold Storage Operations, Fresh Packing and Shipping). She has been with Naumes Inc. since 1987.

Current Board Service and Community Involvement:

President, Boy Scouts of America – Crater Lake Council, Pear Bureau Northwest Member, Fresh Pear Committee Member, Oregon State University Board of Trustees, Winter Pear Control Stewardship and Technical Advisory Committee, Asante Foundation Board of Trustees

Previous Board Service and Community Involvement:

Past President Pear Bureau Northwest Board of Directors, Rogue Valley YMCA Board Member, South Valley Bank & Trust Board of Directors, Northwest Horticultural Science Advisory Council, Advisory Council 12th District Federal Reserve Bank, St. Mary’s School Board of Trustees, Oregon State University Foundation Board.

Education:

Santa Clara University, B.A. in Economics, 1968

Cornell University – M.B.A. 1972

Military:

Honorable Discharge – Specialist Five – 14 Months in Vietnam

Work History:

President, Naumes, Inc.

Board Service and Community Involvement:

Current member of: Pear Bureau Northwest Executive Committee; Oregon Community Foundation Walker Fund; St. Mary’s Endowment Fund; Boy Scouts of America Advisory Committee; Santa Clara University Agri-Business Advisory Board; Oregon State University Campaign Cabinet- College of Agricultural Sciences; Secretary of the Joe and Frances Naumes Family Foundation; Gorilla Capital, Inc. Board of Directors; Essential Holdings, Inc. Board of Directors. Past Community Involvement: Pear Bureau Northwest Executive Committee; Medford Pear Shippers; Rogue Valley Marketing Association; Winter Pear Control Committee; Northwest Fresh Bartlett Marketing Committee; Boy Scouts of America Executive Board; Providence Hospital Foundation Board; First Interstate Bank of Oregon Board of Directors: PacifiCorp Advisory Board of Directors; Pacific Northwest United States Tennis Association Board of Directors.

Education:

Stanford University, B.A., Speech and Drama

Portland State and SOU, post-graduate work for teaching certificate

Work History:

Shirley was a member of the acting company of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for thirty seasons. She has also been a guest artist at SOU as well as working for Actors’ Theatre, New Playwrights, Oregon Stage Works, Lyric Theatre and currently, Camelot Theatre.  She taught English at Medford High School for one delightful, challenging year.

Board Service and Community Involvement:

Shirley as served on the boards of the Carpenter Foundation, League of Women Voters, Ashland, Tudor Guild, and the Junior Service League (President).  She is a founding board member and performer with the Extended Circle, which for 24 years has provided weekly variety shows in care and retirement facilities in the Rogue Valley. She is a leader with Presbyterian Women on the national, synod, presbytery and local level, synod representative on Global Exchange to Brazil. She is an Elder and Deacon (co-Moderator) at the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland. Shirley’s voice is also familiar to many as the voice of “As It Was” on JPR.

Honors include:

Aubrey Watzek Award (Lewis & Clark College); President’s Medal (SOU); Citizen of the Year (Ashland Chamber of Commerce); Inclusion in Ellen Nichols’ book, Images of Oregon Women

Reasons for my desire to be involved in hospice:

“In the span of two years I experienced hospice first hand during the preparations for my mother’s and then my husband’s deaths.  We were all cared for by wonderful, caring teams of people from hospice.  Any program that benefits the work of hospice and extends its reach has my support.”

Other interests:

Shirley enjoys travel, especially with friends and family; attending cultural events; reading; and showing up on behalf of peace with justice concerns.

Honorary Board member, Harriett Rex Smith, artist and painter, died on hospice July 20, 2017 at age 96 in her Greensprings studio in Ashland. Harriett’s sparkly personality and aesthetic inspired us to find a beautiful place to create our hospice care facility. We are honored and blessed that so much of her generously donated artwork lives on in the Holmes Park House to remind us of her daily. Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice would like to thank her for her support and service to our community.

Work History:

Before retiring, Jeanne owned a Farmers Insurance Agency in Denver, Colorado.

Board Service and Community Involvement:

Jeanne serves on the SOU Foundation Board, Southern Oregon Land Conservancy Board, and is the current President of the YMCA board. She served on the Ashland Hospital Foundation Board for six years and on many boards in California before moving to the Rogue Valley.

Personal:

Jeanne and Jerry Taylor were high school sweethearts in North Platte, Nebraska, before life took them in different directions. Twenty-five years later, they reconnected, married, and have been together ever since. Jeanne and Jerry became involved in local philanthropy, creating the Taylor Family Foundation that today is managed by the Silicon Valley Charitable Foundation. In 1996, the Taylors bought a second home in Ashland and began spending time in southern Oregon. It was when they moved to Ashland permanently in 2003 that they realized the great reward of living in a small community. “People are inclusive. People are generous,” says Jeanne. “This is a great community with wonderful people.”

Bill Thorndike

Education:

Medford Senior High, 1972

Lewis & Clark College, BS in Business Administration, 1976

Work History: 

Bill Thorndike operates his family business, Medford Fabrication, a custom steel fabrication company that has been in operation for over 70 years.

Board Service and Community Involvement:

Mr. Thorndike currently serves on the boards of Southern Oregon University, Oregon Business Council, Regence- Oregon BlueCross Blue Shield, Crater Lake National Park Trust, Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc., Oregon Economic Forum, State Board of Higher Education, Jefferson Regional Health Alliance, Philanthropy Northwest, Northwest Health Foundation and the Northwest Area Foundation. He has served on a number of Oregon boards and commissions, including the Port of Portland, The Oregon Community Foundation, Asante Health System and the Portland Branch of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank.

Honors include:

SOLV / Tom McCall Leadership Award and the Glenn Jackson Leadership Award from Willamette University

Education:

Duke University, B.A., Comparative Literature

Monash University, Victoria, Australia, M.A. in Bioethics at with a focus on end-of-life issues

University of Washington, medical school and internship

Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Internal Medicine residency

OHSU, Portland, Hospice & Palliative Medicine fellowship

Work History:

Davis is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Hospice & Palliative Medicine.

Davis and her husband, Matt Oliva, MD, moved to Ashland in 2008.  She began the first inpatient palliative medicine consultative practice here in Southern Oregon. She went on to champion inpatient palliative medicine service implementation grants from the Cambia Foundation at both Rogue Valley and Providence Medford Medical Centers and was the founding medicine director for Rogue Valley Medicine Center’s palliative care service from 2010-2012, where she served on their hospital ethics committee.  She currently works as the medical director for Ashland Community Hospital’s Home Health, Hospice, and Palliative Care service.

Board Service and Community Involvement:

She has worked with hospices and palliative care units in Kathmandu, Nepal, while there with her husband who works overseas with the Himalayan Cataract Project.

Source of Passion for the Hospice House Project:  

Davis seeks to bring excellence in both care and communication to the bedside and champions the movement to build a residential hospice house to Southern Oregon, where she looks forward to caring for patients and their families one day.

Previous Honors:

While at University of Washington, Davis co-created and taught an elective course for medical students, residents and physicians still being taught today: Mind, Body and Pen–Writing and the Art of Becoming a Physician, for which she was awarded the Ellen Griep award for most inspiring student by her colleagues and professors.