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.
Diane Soucy Bergan was named to the newly created position of Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer for JourneyCare in September 2015. She leads all aspects of marketing, communications and public affairs strategies to promote the programs, services and mission for the region’s premier provider of palliative, supportive and end-of-life care.
Diane formerly served as Senior Vice President of Communications and Head of Regulatory Communications for HSBC USA. Previously, she held roles with United Airlines, including Director of Customer Relations and Director of Government & Public Affairs.
Diane earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from American University in Washington, D.C. and attended the International Asian Studies Program at Chinese University of Hong Kong. She also completed Executive Programs in Strategy and Finance through the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. She is a coach for the INCubatoredu entrepreneurship program at Barrington High School, active in other education activities and volunteers with Citizens for Conservation.
Jennie Anderson-Nowak, RN, CHPN, WCC, OMS, has been in healthcare for 17 years. “I started as a CNA and worked my way up from there into nursing,” she says. “I have been a hospice nurse for the last 5 years and my career will remain with hospice. It is my calling.”
Dina Ewing-Morgan has always had a passion for helping people and making a difference. Dina graduated from Elmhurst College with degrees in nursing and psychology, and is a licensed Registered Nurse in Illinois.
Understanding the value of making a difference in the community, she devotes her time to several charities. Dina is also a founding board member and Director of Development of
Mane in Heaven ― the all-volunteer staff and the adorable "minis" visit nursing homes, schools, hospitals, libraries and other organizations. She is an active in member in CWIP Chicago Women in Philanthropy, and has recently taken the lead in the McHenry County Nonprofit Networking Group. She hopes that she can continue to make a difference to those in need.
Rachael Telleen is JourneyCare’s Advance Care Planning Advocate and she has spent nearly a decade working for hospice and advance care planning agencies. In her personal time, she serves as the Women’s Auxiliary Treasurer for Hephzibah Children’s Association and as a shelter volunteer for West Suburban PADS.