My name is Lauren Wozniak, LPC, ATR-P and I am the new Children’s Grief Coordinator and Bereavement Counselor at JourneyCare as of February 2019. I have a master’s degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from Adler University and a bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts/Painting from Illinois State University. During my graduate program, I had the amazing opportunity to intern at JourneyCare as the Art Therapy Intern from 2016-2017. The experience I had during my internship is what lead me to want to become a part of JourneyCare’s staff! I am humbled to be able to help people heal through art as a part of my career! I enjoy painting, dancing, and being outside. I love art making in any fashion as it lights up my soul when I create!
Dana M. Delach is a physician for JourneyCare since 2016. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Ripon College in 2001. She continued her education in medicine and graduated from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in 2006. She completed her secondary education from New York Medical College in 2007 in Staten Island New York. She attended Williamsport Family Medicine Residency and completed this in 2010. In 2011 she completed her fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine in Mason City Iowa. She was medical director and fellowship director there until 2016 when she relocated back to her home state of Illinois in 2016. When she is not working she is found chasing after her three children, running den meetings for Cub Scouts, or rounding up volunteers for the PTA.
Stephanie Meyer joined JouneyCare in April 2009, and is now serving as the Associate Vice President of Service Excellence & Quality Improvement. She partners with the operations team to champion team member engagement to create the path to exquisite care through quality initiatives.
She earned her initial nursing degree in 2000, and then completed her bachelors in nursing from Purdue University in 2014. She is also a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care nurse since 2012, and has enjoyed serving JourneyCare in many facets including Admissions, Quality, and Learning & Development. She is also the chair of the Illinois Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Education Committee.
Rachel Risler, LCSW, is a social worker on a hospice team serving residents of senior living communities. She earned a B.A. from Smith College and her MSW from the University of Michigan where she was a Hartford Geriatric Fellow specializing in Aging and Interpersonal Practice.
Susan Friedberg is a JourneyCare volunteer and member of the Volunteer Advisory Council. Susan began volunteering with JourneyCare in 2015, and she has volunteered over 850 hours since then. Susan currently serves as an IDT Liaison for the Sapphire and Garnet teams, assists with the weekly Bereavement Department mailings, visits patients, and frequently responds to one-time requests! She will also be co-facilitating the “Volunteer Conversations” event on April 1, 2019 in Glenview for volunteers who are interested in discussing their experiences!
Jessica Sandacz is an Art Therapy Intern at JourneyCare. She is finishing her last semester of graduate school at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Jessica is a ceramic artist and creative writer. In her spare time she enjoys writing short stories, playing tabletop games with friends, and binge watching Netflix.
Emma Kainz is a senior at Barrington High School and member of the JourneyCare Youth Advisory Board. She spends her time working at her family restaurant, the Onion Pub and Brewery, babysitting, playing the violin, lifeguarding, and volunteering. She has been volunteering at JourneyCare for over five years.
Katie Lahiff completed her internship with JourneyCare Music-Thanatologists Tony Pederson and Margaret Pasquesi in 2014 and was hired to work part-time at JourneyCare upon certification as a Music-Thanatologist in the same year. She has been teaching music for over 40 years, currently in her 24th year with the Community Music Division at De Paul University. She is ordained swami from the Temple of Kriya Yoga where she leads music meditations regularly and serves as a Spiritual Guide. She is a Certified Contemplative Practice yoga teacher and yoga therapist. For Katie, Music-Thanatology is a beautiful expression of service to Life, combining all of her values. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Stephen Hutchins, also a musician.
Andrée LaVallie started as a volunteer at JourneyCare before joining the company as a full-time Licensed Massage Therapist in 2016. After over 20 years in the media business, personal experiences with hospice care inspired her to pursue massage therapy as a way to be involved with caring for people at the end of life. She feels incredibly lucky to have found this new career and loves her work at JourneyCare. She and her husband live in Chicago and love to travel.