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.
Tony Pederson is a Certified Music-Thanatologist who has been with Midwest CareCenter since 2003. He studied Psychology, Philosophy, and Religion, and received his BA from Northeastern Illinois University. In a previous life, he was a Certified Nursing Assistant on an Alzheimer's unit for six years. It was there that he first encountered music at the bedside of those in the terminal phase of their illness. He currently serves as the President of the Music-Thanatology Association International, a group which held their annual meeting at Midwest CareCenter's Glenview campus over the weekend of October 24-26, 2014.
Robert Magrisso, MD, is a general internist physician in private practice in Winnetka for the past 25 years. He is a Senior Attending at NorthShore University Health and Senior Clinician Educator, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago Medical School. He was a former Associate Medical at Midwest Palliative CareCenter.
Certified Nursing Assistant Peter Teruel has been a CNA for 14 years, and has been with "this wonderful organization," for six of them. "I am also currently a nursing student working on my last class to get licensed as a Practical Nurse (LPN). He loves to fish, and also dogs. "Most importantly; I love helping people."
Sheila Yousuf-Abramson, Midwest CareCenter Families with Children (FWC) Counselor and Camp Care Leader
Sheila Yousuf-Abramson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She graduated from the Jane Addams College of Social Work in 2005 with an MSW, focus on children and families and has been with Midwest for five years. Sheila provides grief counseling to children and adolescents. She not only works with our hospice families but also with the community and Chicago Public Schools. This is her first year as Camp Director of CampCare but she has been involved with the CampCare program since she started at Midwest. "I feel very blessed to be able to provide grief support to children and their families, especially in communities where there is a lack of resources. Death and loss is a very difficult topic and being able to aid a child through the healing process and find ways to connect to their loved one is a gift."
Margaret Pasquesi is a certified music-thanatologist who has worked for our organization since 2003. Margaret’s work as a music-thanatologist has been covered widely in the media, including Crain's Chicago Business, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Public Radio, NBC, and WGN. She regularly presents on music-thanatology to a wide range of medical, spiritual, and cultural organizations. Margaret also holds the title of Integrative Care Services Resource, a role which helps her teammates with systems and standards, and coordinates music-thanatology interns. Margaret formerly held the position of Conference Chair of the Music-Thanatology Association International, (which was hosted in 2014 by Midwest CareCenter), as well as the position of co-editor for the Journal of the Music-Thanatology Association International (JMTAI).
Mary joined Midwest CareCenter as a volunteer in 2006. She convinced one of her friends to become a volunteer and the two of them would visit patients as a team. They have very fond memories of their first patient and both feel very blessed to have been part of her life. Mary's other volunteer activities include giving her time as a Lake County Master Gardener as well as volunteering in the surgical waiting lounge at the hospital near her home. Mary is married to her high school sweetheart and has lived in Lake County for 30 years. Her other passions include traveling, birding, her pets, spending time with family and friends, and wintering in Arizona.
Michael Van Oeveren has been a hospice chaplain for our organization since