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Honoring 2017 Volunteer Service Award Recipients


JourneyCare’s volunteers are, quite literally, the foundation of who we are. Our agency was founded nearly 40 years ago by groups of volunteer physicians, clinicians and citizens who had a pioneering vision for the supportive hospice and palliative care services that JourneyCare provides today.

As JourneyCare’s services have grown, so has the role of volunteers. Today, our volunteers serve in more than 40 roles, including patient support, pet therapy, helping at special events and administrative support. Their work is critical to the care and services JourneyCare provides, and our teams are deeply thankful for the time and talents they share.

Now, we give a special salute to these volunteers. Everyone below has earned a 2017 Volunteer Service Award, as they celebrate milestone anniversaries with JourneyCare. They were feted this spring and summer at three Western-themed events in Chicago, Barrington and Glenview. Thank you for all that you do!

30 Years

Volunteer and Lifetime Trustee George Yapp and DeDe Zwilling

Marie Schaack


25 Years

George Yapp, JourneyCare Lifetime Trustee

Marcia Heilicser


20 Years

Andy Amend

Catherine Nowacki

Ruth Rane

Family Support Services Director Kathleen Recchia, Volunteer Sherman Blackman and Vice President of Clinical Services Jim Marshall

15 Years

Frank Conrad

Martha Duerst

Nancy Ferguson

Russell Feurer

Patrick Moughan

Bette Roeser

10 Years

Volunteers Jerry Williamson and Dr. Marvin Johnson

Richard Conrad

Mike Beemer, Board of Trustees

Mary Bienemann

Jeff Boundy, Board of Directors Chair

Thomas Coe

Mike Denesha

Terry Gibbons

Frene Hayer

Volunteer Coordinator Mary Jo O’Brien, left, and Volunteer Shirley Glass

Sue Imhoff

Rose Marie Kobussen

Natalie Krzyzan

Debby Lambert

Claudia Miller

Lucy Petrone

Carlton Prouty

Joan Ruggero

Volunteer Joan Ruggero receives her Volunteer Service Award pin for her 10 years with JourneyCare .

Alice Van Housen

Paul Witt


5 Years

Ellen Abramowitz

Christine Allegretti

Jyoti Amin

Mickey Ayars

Volunteer Steve Grossman and his pet therapy dog, Buttons

Vicki Bitner

Diana Bloem

Nora Brown

Julie Burke

Linda Carpenter

Bridget Carter

Maureen Cassidy

Linda Clark

Joanne Collins

Jeanne Daniel

Amanda Dawson

Volunteers Bridgette Wright and Rodrigo Martinez-Noubleau

Cindy Diekmann-Hohoff

Madeleine DiGiannantonio

Smith Donoghue

Susan Feldman

Dorothy Fiedler

Paulette Forrest

Elizabeth Fraser

Marilyn Freifeld

Volunteer Coordinator Mary Jo O’Brien, left, and volunteers Diana Bolem and Adrienne Pfohl

Matt Gensburg

Joan Giroux

Pamela Gold

Nancy Gordon

Beth Gusloff

Doreen Gustisha

The volunteer staff receives kudos from their teams during the Glenview reception. From left to right, Volunteer Supervisor Kathy Schimmelpfennig, Patient Care Volunteer Coordinator Carol Ramsey, Volunteer Coordinator Noel Gilligan, Volunteer Services Mangers Peggy Prigge and Regan Clute, and Volunteer Coordinator and Trainer Mary Mazzaroli.

Lucia Hall

Diane Hansen

Susan Hanson

Karen Harris

Beverly Herndon

Maggie Hettman

Susan Igyarto

Carol Johnson

David Kaminsky

Pamela Kemph

Annette Kenney, Board of Trustees

Cathe Keres

Volunteers Chicago Katrina Stoutmire, left, and Shirnette Gosberry

Kate King

Bernice Kirchler

Heather Kroski

Diane Krumm

Bailey Kuhn

Andree LaVallie

Patricia Lawlor

Nanci Leigner

Leslie Levin

Father Dennis Logue

Volunteers John Dykas and Casey James

Peggy Martay

Terrie McDonald

Frank McGovern

Ann McHugh

Carol Mellem

Paula Merlo

Karen Miller

Senior Director of Philanthropy Anne Rossiter hugs Volunteer Fr. Dennis Logue at the Glenview reception.

Cary Mondschean

Meredith Montross

Carol Myers

Barbara Noparstak

Laurie Olson-Perkins

Caryn Penn

Robin Petty

Kristin Rakstang Schmidt

Robert Reaumond

Nancy Reinberg

Lisa Rockwell

Janice Sackett

Volunteer Rita Finley

Bob Scios

Robert Seebeck

Lisa Seyring

James Shaver

Charles Smith

Maura Smith

Mary Spiewak

Susan Tennant

Catherine Testa

Sara Thobe

Katie Umphred

Kelly Umphred

Linda Warren

Pamela Weiland

Gloria Weiss


– By Elisabeth Mistretta, JourneyCare Content Specialist
Originally published in Together to Care, Issue 2, 2017














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