Megan Andriano, JourneyCare Art Therapist/Manager of Integrative Therapies, graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in studio arts and minor in psychology. She earned her Master of Arts in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2011, interning at JourneyCare and Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital (ABBHH). After graduating from SAIC in 2011, Megan went on to work as a Resource Expressive Therapist for ABBHH through February 2016. Megan also worked as JourneyCare’s art therapist since May 2011 and in September, 2015, Megan took on the role of Manager of Integrative Therapies for JourneyCare while still serving hospice patients through art therapy. Megan has presented twice on art therapy with hospice patients at the Illinois Art Therapy Association Conferences and has grown an art therapy internship program at JourneyCare, supervising art therapy graduate students from SAIC, Adler University in Chicago and Southwestern College in Sante Fe.
Barbara Mistele is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for JourneyCare Hospice. She has worked in a variety of settings as a Social Worker for the last 32 years, including the Navy Reserve, the Presbyterian Home, private practice and Employee Assistance. She is happily married and has one son, bound for college, and three beloved cats: Kenneth, Calla and Jasper (but loves dogs too). She lives in Prairie Crossing, a conservation community in Grayslake.
Jordan Grumet, MD, responsively pivots Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care, fervently advocating for the best care possible through the end of life.
His interest in becoming a doctor ignited when Jordan's father, an oncologist, died unexpectedly in the prime of life. This profound and life-shaping boyhood loss colors Jordan's self-reflective writing and manifests as his "genetic destiny" to practice medicine.
Jin Schnitzler and Chef Stephen Manno serve respectively as a Registered Nurse and Director of Dining Services at JourneyCare’s Marshak Family Hospice CareCenter in Glenview. They are both part of a larger team that has helped join the clinical care of medicine and the emotional care of food and drink to create special experiences for JourneyCare patients and their families.
Steve Crews is a retired PR man. He worked as a reporter with the Chicago Tribune, deputy press secretary with former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne, an executive with two international public relations firms, and head of communications with Hallmark Cards and later, with Alberto Culver Corp. He is an Army vet, married and the father of two.
I was born in El Paso on an Army base, moved back to Puerto Rico and then to my forever home, Chicago. I am a single mother of a wonderful eight-year-old boy who I named after her late grandfather, Antonio. The first few months of working for hospice was a definite adjustment and now, 15 years later, I can’t imagine my life without it.
Karen Evans started with our organization as a Master level counseling intern in 2004, became a Bereavement Coordinator in 2007, and is currently a Bereavement Counselor at JourneyCare's Chicago office. She has worked with clients ranging in age from four to 84.
Bonnie Roter has been a Hospice Nurse Case Manager for more than 12 years with JourneyCare. She began her nursing career 30 years ago as a medical surgical nurse at Evanston Hospital. Bonnie also worked for over two years as a hospice nurse at a small Chicago hospice, as a home health nurse in Chicago for four years, and as a home care manager in Madison, Wisconsin for a year. Bonnie received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Illinois in 1986.
Meredith Hellestrae's diverse 30+ year career included music performance, public school and private teaching, book publishing, advertising/marketing, and client management. An experienced administrator and communications professional, she served as Marketing Vice-President, Advertising in Scott, Foresman and Company's Higher Education Division; Technical Publications Manager for the American Society of Safety Engineers; Marketing Director for Interpharm Press in Buffalo Grove; and Executive Director of The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. Retiring almost ten years ago has allowed her to pursue some of her favorite activities: writing, reading, taking classes, music, gardening, and volunteering at JourneyCare.
My name is Amy and I've always known I wanted to be a mother ̶ I just never knew it would be such a bitter sweet experience. The truth is, all I can do now is try and live my life the way my beautiful baby girl would. With love and grace, and I hope that anyone who reads this will do the same.