Creating art has been a driving force throughout the lives of the Baggio Family and has influenced their life paths. "It is a thread that links us to our ancestors and to each other," says Rita Baggio. "We are grateful to Midwest CareCenter for giving us the opportunity to display what we have experienced throughout our travels―that which touched our lives."
Rhonda Wehner joined Midwest CareCenter as Coordinator of Jewish Care Services in 2006. She educates others about hospice, palliative care and its benefits, as well as how our Jewish Care Services program can add another element of care to Jewish patients and families. The program works hand in hand with a person's hospice care team, offering Rabbinic presence if so desired, providing Jewish volunteers and guidance with understanding Jewish law with regard to medical care. "Being a teacher brings me great joy," Rhonda says, "and my role is all about teaching, whether it is our staff, the staff in the facilities we visit or—most importantly—teaching the members of the greater Jewish community about palliative care and hospice."
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Social Worker Christina Rice has been with Midwest CareCenter for two and ½ years. In addition to her Masters of Social Work Degree from Loyola University, she has a Masters of Child Development from Erikson Institute. In graduate school she became very interested in trauma and began to wonder if it was possible to make the death of a loved one less traumatic. This thought process brought her Midwest CareCenter where she shares her passion for self- determination, social justice and emotional well-being for patients and their families.
Ruth Rane has volunteered with Midwest CareCenter for nearly 20 years. She serves as a patient volunteer at the Pavilion on weekends — a busy time for patient families — and as an ambassador for Midwest CareCenter in the community. "This is a very spiritual place and a very personal place, and I am so blessed to be a part of this world," Ruth says. "To have families invite you in at such a personal time of life, is very humbling."
Jen Bosworth, LCPC, is a professional writer and performer, host on WGN Radio, and Midwest CareCenter's artist in residence. Her live one-woman show, "Why Not Me: Love, Cancer and Jack White," based on her real-life experiences, reveals the humorous gaffes and tribulations of her days as an actress living in Los Angeles and her return to Chicago as sickness and cancer engulf her family, while, at the same time, popular singer Jack White invades her nightly dreams as an escape from reality. An Evanston, Illinois native, Jen is an alumnus of The Theatre School at DePaul University. Her numerous acting credits include the popular 90's television series ER and Early Edition and a starring role in a Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of The House on Mango Street. A mainstay of Chicago's "Live-Lit" scene, Jen is a founding member of The Chicago Story Collective and can be seen regularly all over town telling her honest and hilarious tales. She holds two Master's degrees in psychology – Spiritual Psychology and Counseling Psychology from The University of Santa Monica.
Anne Rossiter is Senior Director of Community Development at Midwest CareCenter. She has been a valued staff member for 15 years.
Cheryl Peterson resides in Niles, Illinois, with her husband, two grown children, Sean and Jaclyn, three dogs (Cooper, Kaylie and Sadie), one cat (Oreo) and fourteen koi (no names!).
She works full time as Deputy Clerk/Assistant to the Mayor for the City of Park Ridge and has achieved the Registered Municipal Clerk (state) and Certified Municipal Clerk (international) designation through education obtained from the University of Illinois.
"In my spare time, I need to keep busy, Cheryl says. "Whether it be making Plates2Petals recycled glass garden flowers, tending to my perennial gardens, the koi pond, demolishing a room in my home, or creating works of art, I always need to be doing something. My husband prefers the artwork since its less expensive than redecorating or remodeling."
Betsy Haraf works at Midwest CareCenter as an administrative assistant, and volunteers at Midwest CareCenter's hospice suite at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. Betsy graduated with BS in Health Information Management and worked several years before deciding to be a stay at home mom with her three daughters - while volunteering for her church and the girls' school, and caring for her aging parents. She learned of hospice when her father was dying. Her mother was admitted to Midwest CareCenter's Marshak Hospice Pavilion a year later. "Because of the incredible care and support my mother received as she was dying, I decided to put my volunteering efforts into supporting Midwest CareCenter," Betsy says. "I was so impressed with the way Midwest CareCenter was able to help my mother die with dignity, surrounded by so much love and compassion. I'm thrilled to be giving back as a volunteer and staff member to an organization that has had such a positive impact on my family."
Linda Moore joined Midwest CareCenter in 2009. She retired from JP Morgan Chase as a VP of technology, where she managed emergency response services. She enjoys spending her quiet time puttering in her garden, working on creative projects and yoga.
Linda Rockwell, MPA, currently serves as JourneyCare's We Honor Veterans Program Coordinator, and works in collaboration with the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Trained as a social worker, she has been with our organization for more than 13 years and has held positions in the hospice admissions, provider relations, educational outreach, and community development departments. In addition to speaking on veterans' issues, Linda has provided numerous presentations on topics such as advance healthcare planning, stress management and caregiver self-care.