Nancy Kholamian is a six-year JourneyCare volunteer. She is happily married and has worked both a freelance interior design consultant and as a stay-at-home mom with her three sons in Barrington, where she has lived for the last 27 years. In addition to her work with JourneyCare patients, Nancy volunteers with Willow Creek Church, Little Garden Club of Barrington and neighborhood groups. She also recently learned artistic metal welding at Harper College and hopes to devote more time to crafting metal in the New Year!
Karen Miller is a Volunteer Advisory Board Member and Patient Care Volunteer. She is committed to voluntarism and serves on multiple community boards. Karen loves volunteering with JourneyCare because of the genuine care and compassion that the staff and volunteers show towards one another and each patient.
Sarah Bealles is President and Chief Executive Officer with JourneyCare, the region’s premier palliative care and end of life provider, the result of the June 2015 merger of Horizon Hospice and Palliative Care, JourneyCare and Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter. The combined agency is now providing services to patients and their families and caregivers in a 10-county area.
Rev. Bruce Moore has served as a chaplain for several institutions and has been a hospice chaplain at our organization for seven years. A graduate of Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY, he has been a resident of the Chicago area for 21 years.
Burton Weisbrod is the John Evans Professor of Economics at Northwestern University. He is also chair of Northwestern's Institute of Policy Research Program on Performance Measurement and Rewards in Government and Nonprofit Organizations. He met his wife, Shirley, in college and the two have been married for almost 65 years.
Kathy Digan, Provider Relations Supervisor, has been with our organization since 2003.
Malin Maleegrai, LCSW, has been a hospice social worker with Midwest Palliative and Hospice CareCenter for almost 11 years. Malin started her career in hospice as a field team social worker and has been the inpatient hospice unit social worker for the past nine years. Having been on both sides, a family member of a loved one receiving hospice care and a clinician on a hospice team, Malin brings a broad perspective to supporting patients and families facing end of life. She feels grateful everyday to work along side compassionate and caring team members.
Many of us have read Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling book "Unbroken," which follows the life of 1936 Olympian Louis Zamperini, WWII MIA/POW survivor. Byron Kinney is the actual B-29 pilot who flew a POW rescue mission at the end of WWII to reach Zamperini's camp in Japan and parachute life-saving food and supplies to him and fellow prisoners.
Carrie Cohan has worked as a Jewish Care Services Ambassador since April 2014. Her role is to reach out to the Jewish community and help spread the word about the services available to our Jewish patients, as well as set up educational opportunities for Jewish groups/organizations. She first became familiar with our hospice when Midwest CareCenter cared for her father seven years ago."The compassion and level of care was unlike anything I had ever experienced," she says. "I knew that, one day, I needed to be part of this organization."
Tami Miller began volunteering at our organization in 2011. Since every experience with the patients, families and staff felt so meaningful to her, Tami sought out an opportunity to join Jewish Care Services as an Ambassador. Since April 2014, Tami has worked in this capacity and has felt so proud to represent JourneyCare as she helps to spread the word within the Jewish community about the special and culturally sensitive care that is provided to all of our Jewish patients and families.