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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. 

    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.

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