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Ciarra Federspiel

Ciarra Federspiel

Ciarra Federspiel is a high school senior living in the Midwest who is exploring a career in nursing, thanks to her positive experience with JourneyCare.

Regan Clute, Lead Volunteer Coordinator

Regan Clute started volunteering at a very young age and has always had a heart for service. After high school Regan completed two years of AmeriCorps. Her first year was with Habitat for Humanity where Regan lead volunteers on site, building sustainable housing for those in need. Regan’s second year was spent building a volunteer leadership program with Chicago Cares in downtown Chicago. Once completed with her years of service Regan worked for a Chicago based company as a systems trainer. It was a necessity for Regan to get back into the nonprofit sector and eventually found herself settled at JourneyCare as a Lead Volunteer Coordinator for their in-patient CareCenters and she hasn’t looked back since!

Jennifer Fieten, Child Life Specialist

Jennifer Fieten has been a child life specialist for 16 years and a certified child life specialist for 12 years, working in the hospital environment before joining JourneyCare in January 2015. She has her undergraduate degree in child development from Northern Illinois University, her graduate degree in education with an emphasis in early childhood from University of Texas at San Antonio, and has started her doctoral study at the Erikson Institute and Loyola University Chicago in child development and developmental psychology. 

Jennifer has previously initiated, coordinated and facilitated bereavement support programming and has redeveloped multiple bereavement support resources while a child life specialist in the hospital setting. She has given many presentations on children’s developmental understandings of death and disclosing death to children and has recently published an article providing resources for the hospice child life specialist and is a registered trainer for Gateways to Opportunity through the State of Illinois.

Elizabeth Richmond

Elizabeth Richmond is a Bereavement Counselor with JourneyCare. She provides supportive counseling services to families who have experienced the death of a loved one, whether they have been in the care of JourneyCare or are members of the community at large. Elizabeth has been working in the field of bereavement for over 15 years and has helped to create programming for special events as well as presentations to the community at large concerning grief and loss. Additionally, Elizabeth has provided grief education in various health care settings including long term care centers, hospital and other venues. Elizabeth has a master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University in Chicago, and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.

Joseph Matty, JourneyCare Foundation President

As President of the JourneyCare Foundation, Joseph Matty, together with the Foundation team, helps ensure that JourneyCare keeps one of its most important promises: to never turn anyone away because of an inability to pay. From high-profile fundraising events such as the Galas and Decades Dance, to the annual appeal campaign and direct one-to-one donor relationship building, Joseph oversees the Foundation’s many successful initiatives. 

Joseph joined JourneyCare following more than 14 years at Northern Illinois University, where he most recently served as CEO of the alumni association and COO of the university’s foundation simultaneously. His experience in achieving long-term funding goals and managing governance for both organizations makes him a great fit to take the JourneyCare Foundation to new levels of excellence.

Karen Short

Karen Short has been a Social Worker for 21 years and in Hospice and Palliative Care for almost six years. She has a LCSW and my ACHP-SW. Karen lives in Loves Park, IL and grew up in a small town in DeKalb County.

Mina Patel

Mina Patel, RN, BSN, is Staff RN at JourneyCare's Hospice CareCenter at Northwest Community Hospital.

Sarah Squires-Doyle

Sarah Squires-Doyle has dedicated her career to community health and corporate wellness consulting. She is a trained and certified health educator, life coach, fitness trainer and advance care planner.

Being a member of the “Sandwich Generation” (caring for aging parents and young children at the same time) prompted her to study the field of gerontology. After losing her mom and mother-in-law to long drawn out end of life battles, Sarah felt called to help families get better prepared for aging transitions and end of life planning. She lives in the north shore of Chicago with her husband and daughter and is an active member of their community.

Nicole Kaufmann

Nicole Kaufmann, MM, MT-BC received her BA in general music with applied in voice from Olivet Nazarene University. She earned her MM in Music Therapy from Illinois State University in 2013 and did a six-month internship with hospice. Nicole’s career as a music therapist began at our organization in February 2014, and received her MT-BC in March 2014. Nicole is also in the process of completing her Hospice and Palliative Music therapy certification (HPMT) with two more courses to complete.

Dana Conlon

JourneyCare Massage Therapist Dana Conlon, LMT, graduated Valedictorian from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy in 2002, now known as Cortiva. Dana has additional training in pregnancy massage through Kate Jorden, Pediatric Myofascial Release through John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach, Craniosacral Therapy I through Upledger Institute, Manual Lymphatic Drainage through the Dr. Vodder Method, and is a Reiki Master. Dana has been practicing as a Massage Therapist for 14 years and served JourneyCare for over 11 of them. Dana has also been a guest speaker on hospice massage at the Cortiva Institute for the past 4 years.

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