Board Members

The Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice Board of Directors are selected based on their experience and commitment. They are appreciated for their dedicated volunteer service.

Kathy Apple, R.N., M.S., F.A.A.N., Secretary

Executive Committee, Quality Assurance & Clinical Committee

Source of Passion for Hospice

“My lifelong decision-making has always been based on finding meaningful ways to contribute in this life based on compassion, giving back, and making a difference.   It is a privileged opportunity, through the Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice, to support compassionate care at the end of life in the Rogue Valley community.”

Education

  • S.N., Nursing, California State University, Long Beach
  • S., Counseling Psychology, University of Alaska, Anchorage
  • S., Nursing, University of Nevada, Reno

Work History:

  • Chief Executive Officer, National Council of State Boards of Nursing (retired)
  • Executive Director, Nevada State Board of Nursing
  • Co-Director, The Family Therapy Center
  • Psychiatric Nurse, The Alaska Clinic

Board Service and Community Involvement

Ms. Apple has served on a number of boards throughout her career including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Alumni Board, the Western Governors University National Advisory Council, the American National Standards Institute Board of Directors, the AARP Center to Champion Nursing Council, the Joint Commission Nursing Advisory Council, the Health Workforce Information Center Advisory Board, the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care, the Nursing Spectrum National Advisory Board, the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Consensus Work Group, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Board of Directors, and the State of Nevada, Commission on Mental Health/Mental Retardation.


Fred Bockstahler, J.D.

Board Development Committee – Chair, Inclusion & Ethics Committee

Source of Passion for Hospice  

“After all my years in health care, and membership on several Medical Ethics Committees, I clearly recognize the role and need for “end of life” support and services. The nature of the work I have done these past 40+ years, leads me to believe that I can assist Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice, in some small way, in the achievement of its important mission.”

Education

  • S., Education – Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
  • D., South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas 

Work History

  • Corporate Compliance Officer, Asante Health System (retired)
  • Senior VP, Legal and Corporate Integrity, Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • VP, Legal Services and General Counsel, All Saints Health System, Fort Worth, Texas
  • VP, Risk and Claims Management, VHA, Irving, Texas
  • VP, Legal Services, Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, W.Va.
  • Attorney, JAG Corps, USAF, Washington, D.C.

Board Service and Community Involvement

Mr. Bockstahler has, since 2005, served as member of the Southern Oregon, Institutional Review Board (SO-IRB) an FDA required human clinical research review and approval board supported by all three Asante hospitals.


Christine Eberhardt, MBA, President Elect

Executive Committee, Board Development Committee, Advancement & Endowment Committee – Chair

Education
B.A. Mathematics, Pomona College
M.B.A. in Accounting and Finance, Anderson School of Management, UCLA.

Work History
Chris is a retired Certified Public Accountant.
She was employed by Arthur Andersen & Co. as an auditor; Maxxam Inc. as Director of Internal Audit; Getty Trust as General Auditor; and Colburn Foundation as Treasurer.

Board Service and Community Involvement
Chris served on the Pomona College Board of Trustees for over 20 years. She is also a Hospice Unique Boutique Shop Volunteer.

Source of Passion for the Hospice Residential Care Facility Project
“My belief in hospice and the Hospice Residential Care Facility project comes from prior positive experiences with hospice and the belief that everyone, and their loved ones, deserve caring, compassionate care at the end of life.”

Other Interests
Chris enjoys traveling with her husband, golfing and cooking. She also enjoys horseback riding and has competed in both dressage and jumping in California and Oregon.


Norman Fincher, B.S., Board Chair & President

Executive Committee – Chair & President, Finance Committee

Source of Passion for Hospice

“In my career, I have personally witnessed the desperate need for Hospice Care and appreciate the void Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice is filling for our community.”

Education

  • B.S., Economics, Westminster College

Work History

  • Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley (current)
  • Vice President at Strand, Atkinson, Williams & York
  • Vice President at Merrill Lynch
  • Regional Manager, Better Business Bureau

 Board Service and Community Involvement

Mr. Fincher previously served on the Board of the Hospital Facilities Authority Board and on the Boards of Medford City Planning, Rogue Valley Symphony, Craterian Theatre, Grace Christian School, Cave Junction Citizens Review Board, Oregon Commission Foundation Professional Advisory Committee, March of Dimes, Quail Point Rotary, Southern Oregon Baptist Convention (Treasurer), and the Better Business Bureau.


Sudhir Gautam

Advancement & Endowment Committee, Resident Support Volunteer

Source of Passion for Hospice

It started with me looking for local options to compensate for my inability to take care of my parents in India. Over the years it has become an important part of my self-exploration process.

Education

B.E – EEE
Several tech-related certifications

Work History

Technologist for over 20 years, with current focus on Mobile Apps, AI, Machine Learning and web3 technologies. Worked in Automotive, Entertainment, Hospitality, Healthcare, FinTech and Nonprofit sectors across the world.

Board Service and Community Involvement

Served on the boards of tech startup companies and I’m also an Oregon Long-Term Care Ombudsman, advocating for the rights of long-term care residents in Oregon. A volunteer at local schools and a few organizations in India.


Michelle Hollenback, R.N.

Advancement & Endowment Committee, Quality Assurance & Clinical Committee

Source of Passion for Hospice

“Throughout my nursing career, my passion for hospice grew as I supported the growth of in-patient palliative care with the intent to improve the admissions to hospice.  This soon aligned with the opening of Celia’s House by serving their end-of-life path.  In addition, during my role as cancer navigator in Radiation Oncology, I spent many long hours with patients and families as they made difficult decisions to end their cancer treatments and transition into hospice.”

Education

  • B.S. Interdisciplinary Health Promotion / Corporate Wellness; Southern Oregon State College (Currently Southern Oregon University)
  • B.S.N., Nursing; Southern Oregon State College

Work History

  • Projects Manager Cancer Services & Nursing Administration, Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center (RRMC) (Current)
  • Interim Nursing Director Cancer Services, Asante RRMC
  • Cancer Navigator Asante RRMC
  • Nursing Director Patient Care Services Asante Ashland Community Hospital
  • Nursing Director Patient Care Services Asante RRMC
  • Emergency Nursing Asante RRMC

Bryon Lambert

Source of passion for hospice

“My family traditions taught me to be sober and uncomfortable with death and dying until I experienced hospice workers tend to my mother-in-law a few years back. I want that reverent, loving, and respectful experience for everyone. ”

Education

B.A. of Communication – University of Illinois at Springfield

Work History

  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Director at La Clinica, Medford, Oregon.
  • Equity and Inclusion Director for the Cross Cultural Health Care Program in Seattle Washington.
  • Patient Experience Manager for La Clinica, Medford, Oregon.
  • Assistant Program Director, Jefferson Public Radio, Ashland, Oregon.

Board Service and Community Involvement

In addition to serving on the Friends of Hospice Board of Directors, Bryon serves on the Health Equity Committee for the Oregon Health Authority and the National Association of Community Health Centers Advisory Council. Bryon’s role as EDI Director includes consulting and workshop facilitation through The Learning Well, La Clinica’s learning and education center with a focus on personal and professional development & growth, well-being and resiliency. 


Patricia Narus, R.N., L.T.C.

Executive Committee, Advancement & Endowment Committee – Chair, Finance Committee

Source of Passion for Hospice

“I have a lifelong interest in the stages of grief as described by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and am deeply impressed with the Culture of Mindful Caregiving that is practiced at Celia’s House at Holmes Park. My goal is to ensure that high-quality end-of-life care is available to anyone who needs it.”

Education

  • B.S., Nursing – St Louis University
  • Licensed Tax Consultant

Work History

  • Tax consultant, Jackson County Accounting (retired)
  • Nurse, Coronary Care ICU – St Louis University’s Firmin Desloge Hospital
  • Clinical Charge Nurse, Neurology – St Louis University’s Firmin Desloge Hospital

Board Service and Community Involvement

Ms. Narus serves on the Pacific Retirement Services Housing Board (Senior Affordable Housing) and served on their Community Services Board (Volunteer Community Network, Foster Grandparents, SHIBA, Call A Ride) until 2015. She also served three terms with the Providence Hospital Southern Oregon Service Area Advisory Council.

For many years after her move to Medford in 1977 she was a stay at home mom for her four children. She was active in the Sacred Heart School and South Medford HS Parent’s Club, and the Jackson County Medical Alliance.


Rebecca Reid

Source of Passion for Hospice

My father, a retired Navy Chaplain and active hospice counselor, emphasized the sacredness of pivotal moments in life’s circle, from birth’s beginning etches to death’s final mark. As both my parents passed through hospice on their paths to death, I was deeply affected by the kindness, caring, and sincerity that the hospice workers gave to my parents and family. I understood the connection my father experienced through his dedicated years of hospice work. As I now work with Board members, volunteers and staff of Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice and The HUB, that profound sense of life’s circle returns to me. I am honored to be a part of the Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice and to do what I can to support its mission. 

Education

B.S., M.S., Ph.D. (ABD) Economics, University of California, Berkeley 

Work History

  • Research and Teaching Assistant, University of California, Berkeley 
  • Director, Southern Oregon Regional Services Institute (SORSI), Southern Oregon University 
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, Southern Oregon University 
  • Economic Consultant 
  • Currently Retired

Board Service and Community Involvement  

Rogue Valley Civic League Board of Directors and volunteer at The HUB.


Susan Rouzie, B.F.A

Board Development, Culture, Inclusion and Ethics Committee, Marketing & Communications Committee – Chair

Source of Passion for Hospice

“While serving as a volunteer at the Guest House with the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, I witnessed the healing potential of that particular time of life and the profound impact it can have on all of those involved. ”

Education

  • F.A. – Academy of Art University, San Francisco, Graphic Design

Work History

  • Design & Branding Consultant (current)
  • Instructor, Academy of Art University
  • Creative Director, CF Napa-Colonna Farrell Design
  • Project Director, Principle, Axion Design

Board Service and Community Involvement
After completing specialized Hospice training, Ms. Rouzie served as a volunteer for the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco before returning to Southern Oregon in 2016. Prior to that she volunteered at Maslow project in Medford, a non-profit offering support services to homeless children, and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Gangaji Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to world peace.


Diane Williams, MD.

Source of Passion for Hospice

“As a pediatrician and oncologist I have always been involved with end of life issues and strongly supported transition to hospice care when medical options have no longer proved of benefit.  Medical ethics has also been a strong interest of mine.”

Education

  • Bachelor of Science:  Oregon State University, 1968
  • Medical Doctor:  University of Oregon Medical  School 1971
  • Rotating internship:  Highland General,, Oakland, CA 1972
  • Pediatric residency:  OHSU 1977
  • Pediatric heme-oncology 1979

Work History

  • Captain (physician) US Army in Germany 1972-5
  • Staff of OHSU Pediatrics 1980
  • Pediatrician/pediatric oncology  practice in Ashland/Medford from 1980-2012
  • Volunteer MD for Rogue Community Health/Ashland High until 2021

Board Service and Community Involvement

  • Children’s Advocacy Center board last 5 years
  • St Vincent de Paul Ashland/Talent last 5 or so years
  • Ashland YMCA board past year
  • Friend of Ashland Library board 2 years
  • Asante Institutional Review Board last 10 years
  • Jefferson Regional Health Alliance executive board last 3 years

Lorette (Lori) Williams, Treasurer

Executive Committee – Treasurer, Finance Committee, Board Development Committee

Source of Passion for Hospice

“The determination and commitment of the founders of Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice is an amazing story.  I was inspired by the mission and by the intense compassion of its leaders and volunteers who have created a place to provide care, comfort, and emotional support of the terminally ill in a beautiful homelike setting so our guests can live each day as fully as possible.”

Education

  • Graduate, Pacific Coast Banking School – University of Washington
  • A.A., Business – Coastline Community College

Work History

  • Commercial Loan Officer, People’s Bank of Commerce (current)
  • Commercial Loan Officer, Scott Valley Bank
  • Commercial Loan Officer, Umpqua Bank

Board Service and Community Involvement

Ms. Williams is a current Board Member of Medford Rotary Club. She is the Past President for the Rotary Club of Bear Creek Valley.  Previously she served as a Board Member of the Southern Oregon Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Medford Senior Center.  Her volunteer work includes serving with Kid Spree, Jr. Achievement, Rogue Run and Rogue Power Pack Program.


Jerrye Wright, R.N.

Board Development Committee, Quality Assurance & Clinical Committee

Source of Passion for Hospice

“I was a hospice nurse and director of hospice from 2005-2016. I have watched the inception and know the amazing early founders of Celia’s hospice house. It is a dream and an honor to be asked to serve on the board of directors of the amazing mission.”

Education

  • B.A., Nursing, California State University Stanislaus
  • R.N., Licensure – Oregon and California

Work History

  • Director of Nursing – Asante Ashland Community Hospital (current)
  • Home Health and Hospice Director – Ashland Community Hospital
  • Hospice R.N. and Manager of Hospice House – Hospice of San Joaquin

Board Service and Community Involvement

Ms. Wright currently serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer and peer coordinator in Jackson County.

Delia Hernandez

Source of Passion for Hospice

“I have worked hard to serve diverse groups across cultures and have important end-of-life discussions with people of all backgrounds. I believe every person deserves to have more knowledge around end-of-life and hospice care, as well as access to end-of-life services. I am very passionate about education and outreach to my community.”

Education:

Medical Assistant Diploma; Bryman College – San Francisco, CA

Work History:

  • Health Outreach Specialist at La Clinica in Medford, OR (current)
  • Several years experience as a Home-Health worker

Board and Community Service Involvement:

  • On La Clinica’s Equity Diversity & Inclusion Committee
  • Currently volunteers with Northwest Seasonal Workers
  • Previous volunteer work with Rogue Retreat
  • Serving on the Board of Directors with Southern Oregon Friends of Hospice