Laurie Michaels has been a JourneyCare pet therapy volunteer since September 2018 and brings strong medical, pastoral and pet therapy certifications to her role as a volunteer. She is an Ordained Episcopal Deacon serving on the clergy staff at St Michael's Episcopal Church since 2010. Laurie also is 35-year R.N. with a graduate certificate in School Nursing. She has worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings in Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois, and for 16 years as a Certified School Nurse with District 95 in Lake Zurich. Laurie also worked as a hospital chaplain for Bishop Anderson House, serving at Stroger Cook County hospital for five years, focusing on the care of women and children.
Tina is a digital specialist at JourneyCare and joined the team in May 2019. She graduated from Loyola University with her bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Studio Art. Her hobbies include photography, calligraphy, and drawing.
Gloria May has been a CNA for 26 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.
Tom Severin is a two-tour Vietnam veteran, a JourneyCare Veteran Volunteer Advisory Council member and a proud supporter of the We Honor Veterans initiative. With his loyal, smart and sweet therapy dog Magic, Tom visits our patients who are also veterans and performs meaningful pinning ceremonies to honor them and their service. Tom is a private detective and a soccer referee, and authors two blogs: Vietnam70to73 and BetterInstructors-Betterrefs. Magic authors the blog CODEMANBC, A Border Collie's Perspective on Life. Visit Magic’s blog at www.codemanbc.com.
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.