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Tammy McNeal, Chaplain

I am a full-time Field Chaplain for the Amber Team and currently assist at our Hospice CareCenter at Northwest Community Hospital. Before serving at JourneyCare, I served at my church as the Pastor-Chaplain of our congregation and at a Trauma One hospital—both on the West Side of Chicago. I'm a mother of five adult children (one girl and four boys), one grandson and one on the way. (YAY!!!)  I'm currently an Associate Ordained Pastor at New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, and  have served at this church for 24 years. I received my Master’s in Theology from McCormick Theological Seminary in 2009, and completed two units of Clinical Pastoral Education units (CPEs) in Pastoral Care Counseling.

Ann Portmann, RN Case Manager

Ann Portmann is RN Case Manager for the Amber team at JourneyCare. Ann has worked for JourneyCare for five years, starting as a crisis care Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and then as a Nurse Case Manager.

 

Diane Klick, Massage Therapist

JourneyCare Massage Therapist Diane Klick, LMT, graduated Valedictorian from Cortiva Institute of Chicago in 2011 and began working at JourneyCare in 2010 as receptionist, then as LMT in 2012. Diane has completed additional training and certifications with renown PT-John Barnes Myofascial Release Techniques, Raindrop Technique and Bliss Technique thru Lessons in Vitality, Manual Lymphatic Drainage through the Klose Training, and is a Reiki I+II Practioner.

Diane enjoys Inservice support and education/training for our Volunteers for Comfort Touch as well as LMTs. Diane was a former ballerina in Frankfurt, Basel and Zurich having performed all over the world and lived 22 years in Switzerland. She speaks and writes fluent German.

She enjoys being a grandmother now and traveling to visit her sons.

 

Roberta Ward, Social Worker

Roberta Ward is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for JourneyCare. She began working in community mental health over 20 years ago, and has been privileged to spend the past 12 years doing hospice and bereavement work. Roberta began practicing meditation and mindfulness several years ago as a way to better manage stress and anxiety. The impact of these practices was so significant in her life that she decided to pursue certification as a meditation and mindfulness teacher in order to share the benefits with others.

Roberta is happily married and has two wonderful daughters. She serves as Social Justice Deacon at her church, enjoys traveling, creating mosaics, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Vicki Foreman, Bereavement Counselor

Vicki Foreman is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Board Certified Counselor, Grief Recovery Specialist and Bereavement Counselor at JourneyCare’s Glenview location. Vicki began practicing meditation and mindfulness during her undergraduate years and was trained by Deepak Chopra. She has been teaching meditation and mindfulness for 15 years. After several years of teaching and realizing how meditation significantly helped her students mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually, Vicki returned to school to earn her Master’s Degree in Counselling. Discovering that meditation is a part of many mental health interventions, Vicki often uses these techniques to help clients process their grief and find peace.

 

Dr. Mark Grzeskowiak, MD, HMDC

Dr. Mark Grzeskowiak, MD, HMDC

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

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

Jessica Gardner

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.

 

Linda Kielas, RN, Volunteer

Linda Kielas, RN, Volunteer

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, Veteran Volunteer

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.

 

 

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