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Mila Filipovic, volunteer

Mila Filipovic is a JourneyCare volunteer, a journalist and Editor in Chief of Radio Uzice, and has published three books. When war broke out in her native country of Serbia in 1996, Mila moved to the United States. In 2005, she received a Masters of Art in Slavic Studies from UIC. She currently works as an executive assistant.

John Polo

John Polo

I am a widower, stepdad, speaker and aspiring author. My beautiful wife, Michelle, passed away at the age of 30 on January 22, 2016. We fell in love in high school and separated for eight years before we found our way back to each other. Shortly after, she was diagnosed with an extremely rare and aggressive cancer. Somehow, through the loss and horrific tragedy that it was, I have a found a better me.

You can connect with me by visiting my blog at or on Facebook by searching Better Not Bitter Widower.

Blog Posts:
  • Life Turned Upside Down
  • Why We Talk About Them
  • Maggie McMeekin, Resource Nurse

    Maggie McMeekin, RN, BSN, is a resource nurse at JourneyCare. She is pursuing her Masters degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Maggie speaks Polish fluently and is studying Spanish. She is also an avid fitness enthusiast and loves Zumba and weight-lifting.

    Nancy Peter, Social Worker

    Nancy Peter, Social Worker

    Nancy Peter is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an Advanced Practice Certificate in Hospital and Palliative Care-Social Work from the NASW. She received her Master’s Degree from Loyola University-Chicago. She also holds Certificates in Family, Advanced Family and Divorce Mediations. Nancy began her career in Social Work as a Therapist in an Outpatient Community Mental Health Center on the Northwest Side of Chicago. Simultaneously she maintained her own Private Practice for 15 years. She was the Director of a Children’s Bereavement Camp and then moved into Hospice Social work. She has a combined experience of over 20 years in Social Work and has enjoyed working with JourneyCare in the Inpatient Care Center in Barrington since February, 2014.

    Susan Harvey, Social Worker

    Susan Harvey is a licensed clinical social worker for Journeycare, currently working on a home care team. She has been with Journeycare since 2014. Susan is part of the Journeycare speakers' bureau, presenting to area facilities and hospitals. She has also been a guest lecturer at Aurora University, Augustana College and Metea Valley High School. Additionally, Susan is an adjunct professor at Aurora University, teaching hospice to graduate-level social work students.

    Blog Posts:
  • Hospice Is Not a Place. It's So Much More.
  • The Gift of Listening
  • Eva Hamer, Music Therapist


    Eva Hamer is a board certified music therapist and has been with JourneyCare since 2015, where she uses music interventions to help enrich lives and manage symptoms for patients at end of life. She received her Bachelors of Music in Music therapy from Western Michigan University in 2014. She completed a six-month internship in hospice in 2015.

    Kathryn Kane, Artist

    Kathryn Kane retired in 2008 after a career in brand management and marketing for international and national counseling and nonprofit firms. She now pursues her lifelong desire to study art; in recent years, she has focused on painting in watercolor and acrylics.

    Her solo exhibit, The Extraordinary Ordinary, is currently on exhibit at Journey Care, Glenview IL, featuring her semi-abstract interpretations of mundane nature: tree bark, tree mushrooms, water and ice. A prototype of the show was held at Oakton College, Des Plaines, IL in March, 2016.

    Kathryn currently has work on exhibit at the Northern Illinois University’s Community College Art Faculty Invitational & Juried Student Exhibit in DeKalb through Feb. 24, 2017, as well as in the upcoming New Orleans Art Association’s 2016 National Exhibition, Mar. 4-31, 2017. A selection of Kathryn’s paintings was on exhibit throughout 2016 at the Illinois Board of Higher Education in Springfield, IL. She has exhibited in a number of juried and group shows, including Celebrate, Contemplate, Flow Art Space, St. Paul, MN and The Abstract Show IV, at the Brickton Gallery in Park Ridge, IL.

    A native of Chicago, she received her undergraduate degree in English from Loyola University of Chicago, and did graduate work in film study at the University of Iowa. She resides with her husband, Allen Giedraitis, an accomplished photographer, and their black cat, Ninja, in Park Ridge, IL.

    Carol Swinford, Volunteer

    Carol Swinford, Volunteer

    Carol, along with her husband Gary, owns 31 miniature horses at the couple's Shades of Blue Ranch in Hebron, IL. Shades of Blue Ranch breeds rare Argentinian Falabella miniature horses, as well as American miniatures. Carol takes the trained miniature therapy horses to hospices, hospitals, nursing homes and schools. 

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