Dr. Mark Grzeskowiak, MD, HMDC, is JourneyCare’s Vice President of Medical Services. He earned his medical degree from the Medical University of Warsaw (Poland) and completed his residency at Thomas Jefferson University at Underwood Memorial Hospital, Family Medical Center in Woodbury, NJ. At home, he is a husband and father to four children and loves taking on home renovation and auto mechanic projects, fitness and travel.
Trevor Boburka joined JourneyCare this summer as a volunteer in the Marketing & Communications Department and chose to extend his service to Camp Courage, where he led the youngest group of children (the T-Rexes, as they were called) through a week of activities like canoeing, a climbing wall and swimming, along with exercises to explore their feelings on grief and loss.
Jessica Gardner joined the JourneyCare Foundation in June 2017. She has over ten years of professional and volunteer experience in the non-profit world, including serving as vice president of her alumni board. She has a lifetime of caregiving experience and was one of two primary caregivers during the last seven years of her Nana’s life.
Outside of work, Jessica enjoys writing, cooking, swimming, trips to Michigan, gardening, and is learning to quilt. She also has two feline fur babies, Sammy and Zoey. For the past 10 years, has written Little Merry Sunshine, a blog that finds the joy in life, and since 2015 has written a family letter that is mailed monthly to close to 30 family members.
This year Linda celebrates 50 years as a registered nurse. Retired from active practice, Linda has since acquired two certifications in Emergency Management and maintains her CPR instructor status teaching the staff at Northwest Community Hospital. Linda also sits on the JourneyCare Volunteer Advisory Council, represents the volunteer department at the Amber IDT and serves as camp nurse for Camp Courage.
Rick Davis is a graduate of Purdue University who has lived in Evanston for 40 years. He is a retired Registered Representative who worked in financial services. Davis served four years in the Marine Corps, including two tours in the Vietnam War. He is married to his high school sweetheart and they have been together more than 50 years. Some of his past volunteer work includes participation in the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum's educational outreach program. Here he shared with high school and college students of American history what it was like to be in a combat zone in Vietnam as a 20-year-old – a talk he has given to more than 25,000 people. He is a contributor to the book “Once a Marine” by Claude DeShazo, a collection of stories by veterans about how their Marine Corps experience impacted their lives.
In addition to his volunteer work at the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, Davis has been a civic volunteer for Heifer International, promoting the humanitarian work of this nonprofit organization. He led discussion groups for the Northwest Earth Institute, educating others on issues surrounding the environment. He has also been a supporter of America Saves, a campaign to encourage people to return to those long forgotten habits of frugality, thrift, moderation, self-discipline, delayed gratification and patience. He has also volunteered at the Presbyterian Retirement Home in Evanston, as well as Hillside Food Pantry.
Rick and his wife, Sheila, have traveled to more than 20 countries. They have hiked the Grand Canyon, the Rocky Mountains, Pyrenees, Andes and Himalayas. They have seen the King of Bhutan and King of Cambodia. The duo has traveled up the Mekong Delta to Angkor Wat, sailed up the Nile in Egypt, hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and hiked through Tuscany, and explored Patagonia. A highlight of their travels was climbing Mt. Killimanjaro and then experiencing an African safari on the Serengeti.
Gloria May has been a CNA for 24 years and and loves her work and her patients. When she’s not at work, she loves to spend time working out, with her family and traveling to her favorite vacation spot, Florida.
I've been a CNA since 1984. I've worked for JourneyCare since September 2011, in addition to working for other hospice teams. Basically, I've worked for hospice for 12 years total...wow, I just realized that! I've also worked in serval areas in hospitals, including a medical surgery unit, labor & delivery, MICCU, ICU, Skill Unit, in addition to the pediatric unit and being a unit clerk. I've always enjoyed caring for individuals.
I am a new palliative care nurse practitioner with JourneyCare. I've been working in healthcare for 20 years as an RN and as a nurse practitioner in internal medicine for three years. I attended Northern Illinois University where I earned both my BSN and MSN. I am certified as a nurse practitioner and as a Gastroenterology nurse.
Suzanne B. Griffel is a rabbi in the Jewish Care Services program at JourneyCare in metropolitan Chicago, IL. She provides spiritual care to Jewish hospice patients and their families; this includes supportive visits and telephone calls and can also entail assisting patients and families in completing advance directives and/or ethical wills, consulting about bioethical and halachic issues from a non-Orthodox perspective, and planning and officiating at funerals and memorial services.
Suzanne became a Board Certified Chaplain through Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains in 2015. She completed her residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago in 2004. Before pursuing a career in chaplaincy, she served as a rabbi at Congregation Or Chadash in Chicago and at Hillel at the University of Chicago. She was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1990.
I have been a hospice nurse in various positions for almost 22 years. I found my passion when my own mother passed away when I was in my 20s. Hospice was still more of a “grass roots” service.
Even though I was in nursing school at the time, I had never even heard of hospice. Neither the hospital, or doctors ever mentioned this as an option. The painful, and very overwhelming care required of a dying loved one without assistance from professionals was indescribable. I vowed that if I found a better way I would be part of the solution for terminally ill people. I found my calling in 1995 and have not looked back since.
I love to read, listen to classical music and enjoy time with my nieces and nephew.