Meet Our Team

Hospicare is staffed by approximately 70 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
  • Director, Patient Services Leah Gugino, RN, CHPN
  • Medical Director Lucia Jander, MD
  • Director, Administration & Finance Kirsten Miller, RN
  • Director, Development & Community Relations Emily Sanders Hopkins
  • Director, Human Resources Stephanie Fitterer
  • Manager, Psychosocial Services Laura Ward, LMFT, CT
  • Manager, Quality & Education Megan Spicer, RN
  • Manager, Volunteer Services Wendy Yettru
  • Clinical Outreach Specialist Kimmy Jones, RN
  • Senior Clinical Administrator Sandy Allen
  • Clinical Team Leader Christina Slattery, RN
Patient Care Wheel with our holistic hospice 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: Jane Powers, Senior Extension Associate, Cornell University, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research 
  • Vice President: Laurie Mante, Executive Director, Kendal at Ithaca
  • Secretary: Jeffrey Lewis MD, Medical Director, Racker Center
  • Treasurer: Renata Dabrowska, CPA, Sciarraba Walker
  • Executive Committee: Joe Mareane, Retired, Tompkins County Administrator
  • Kenneth Clarke, Sr., Dir. Tompkins County Office Of Human Rights
  • Rev. Tim Dean, Director of Spiritual Care at Cayuga Medical Center
  • Jerry Dietz, Owner, C.S.P. Management
  • Barbara Ganzel PhD, LMSW, Director, Gerontology Institute, Ithaca College
  • Becky Hill, Human Resources Director, eCornell
  • Eliza Mulhern, CFCU Community Credit Union
  • Mary Opperman, Senior Vice President and University Secretary Syracuse University
  • Emily Papperman, Advocacy Specialist, Finger Lakes Independence Ctr.
  • Kathy Schlather, Retired Exec. Dir., Human Services  Coalition of Tompkins County
  • Alison Smith, Director of Development, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 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: Loren Gardner, Senior VP, Tompkins County Trust Co.
  • Vice-Chair: Betsy East
  • Bonni Voiland
  • Joe Mareane
  • Nina Miller
  • Chuck Guttman

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
  • Dianne Higgins, Treasurer
  • Nancy Fuller, Secretary
  • Chris Cecconi
  • Larry Hayes
  • Mary Kimberly
  • Merle McKown
  • Jim Povero
  • Kathy Rutan
  • Evelyn Sammons
  • Julie Vernum
  • Nancy Wainwright