Meet Our Team

Hospicare is staffed by approximately 85 skilled and compassionate individuals. Please feel free to contact us or call us at 607-272-0212 and we will direct you to the person who can help. If you are interested in employment opportunities, please visit our Careers page.

Our leadership team includes:

  • Executive Director Joe Sammons
  • Senior Director, Finance & Administration Ebru Arslan
  • Director, Patient Services Leah Gugino, RN, CHPN
  • Director, Development & Community Relations Sara Worden
  • Medical Director Lucia Jander, MD
  • Associate Director, Patient Services Kirsten Miller, RN
  • Manager, Psychosocial Services Laura Ward, LMFT, CT
  • Human Resources Manager Stephanie Fitterer
  • Manager, Volunteer Services Wendy Yettru
  • Team Leader Kimmy Jones, RN
  • Senior Clinical Administrator Sandy Allen
  • Outreach & Development Manager Emily Hopkins
Patient Care Wheel with our hospice interdisciplinary team.

Hospicare Board of Directors

The Hospicare Board of Directors oversees the financial, clinical and regular operations of Hospicare & Palliative Care Services. Board members are recruited from the community and generally serve a three-year term.

  • President:  Joe Mareane, Retired, Tompkins County Administrator
  • Vice President:  Jane Powers, Senior Extension Associate, Cornell University, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research
  • Secretary: Eliza Mulhern, CFCU Community Credit Union
  • Treasurer: Mutale Sokoni, Controller, TC3 Foundation
  • Aloja Airewele, Energy Warriors Coordinator, Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Renata Dabrowska, CPA, Sciarraba Walker
  • Natalie Daffinee, Associate Director of Social Media Strategy, Ithaca College
  • Rev. Tim Dean, Director of Spiritual Care at Cayuga Medical Center
  • Jerry Dietz, Owner, C.S.P. Management
  • Betsy East, Retired, Associate Dean, Cornell Engineering
  • Barbara Ganzel PhD, LMSW, Director, Gerontology Institute, Ithaca College
  • Becky Hill, Human Resources Director, eCornell
  • Michael Kilmer, Executive Director, Brewster House
  • Jeffrey Lewis MD, Medical Director, Racker Center
  • Laurie Mante, Executive Director, Kendal at Ithaca
  • Emily Papperman, Advocacy Specialist, Finger Lakes Independence Ctr.
  • Alison Smith, Director of Development, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Bonita (Bonni) Voiland, retired, BluePearl® Veterinary Partners, a Mars Petcare brand
  • Linda P. Wagenet, Retired, Senior Research Associate, Cornell University

Hospicare Foundation Board

The Hospicare Foundation Board owns the Hospicare property at 172 East King Road in the town of Ithaca. The Foundation oversees Hospicare’s long-term investments and capital.

  • Chair: Nina Miller, Retired Executive Director, Hospicare
  • Vice-Chair: Charles Guttman, Attorney
  • Loren Gardner, Senior VP, Tompkins County Trust Co.
  • Mark Wheeler, Attorney

Hospice Foundation of Cortland County

The Hospice Foundation of Cortland County supports Hospicare & Palliative Care Services, the sole provider of hospice services in our community. The Hospice Foundation of Cortland County hosts the annual Light of My Life event each December in Homer, NY. Light of My Life features a memorial board displaying names of those being remembered by loved ones in the community. This is the Foundation’s largest fundraising campaign.

  • Barbara Closson, President
  • Gail Van Patten, Vice-President
  • Nancy Fuller, Secretary
  • Dianne Higgins, Treasurer
  • Bill Hopkins
  • Michael J. Kilmer
  • Suzanne Riley
  • Bev Ryan
  • Kathy Rutan
  • Evelyn Sammons
  • Nancy Wainwright