Who We Are

Montgomery Hospice was the first independent hospice licensed in Maryland.

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men sitting at a table at a training meeting

1981

Volunteers founded our core service, Hospice at Home, in the basement of a church in Chevy Chase in 1981.

1999 building project

1999

Casey House opened in 1999, and is the only medical facility in Montgomery County exclusively designed and built to comfort the dying. Patients of Montgomery Hospice and Prince George’s Hospice go to Casey House to receive General Inpatient Care

smiling elderly woman

2001

Palliative Medicine Consultants of Greater Washington was formed in 2001.

2019

In August of 2019, Montgomery Hospice’s services expanded into Prince George’s County – forming Montgomery Hospice and Prince George’s Hospice. 

Current

Montgomery Hospice and Prince George’s Hospice has grown from serving seven patients in 1981 as Montgomery Hospice, to more than 2,000 patients now across Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, with 5,700 family and community members receiving bereavement support annually.

BOARD & STAFF

We are nurses, doctors, and hospice aides. We are social workers and chaplains. We are accountants and fundraisers. Together we work to provide compassionate comfort care and to support the grieving members of our community.

Board Leadership

board leadership

Life Directors

  • Edward Hall Asher
  • Suzanne Firstenberg
  • Arnold J. Kohn, Esq.
  • Catherine Leggett
  • Brian McCagh
  • Margaret McCaig
  • Michael McCarthy
  • Frederick Nebel
  • Deborah Neipris
  • Richard Pettit
  • Karen Schaeffer
  • Eloise Strand

Board of Directors

  • Elma M. Levy, Chairman
  • Diane K. Kuwamura, Esq., Vice Chairman
  • Rev. James Boney, Secretary
  • Michael Zhuang, Treasurer
  • Lya Mall Karm, M.D., Immediate Past Chairman
  • Bradley H. Colton
  • Delegate Bonnie L. Cullison
  • Dawn E. Doebler
  • Susan L. Glover
  • Suresh K. Gupta, M.D.
  • Mimi Hassanein
  • Deborah Parham Hopson, Ph.D.
  • Cynthia A. Mesmer
  • Ann Mitchell, MPH
  • ​Cecilia Otero
  • Cesar E. Palacios
  • Christopher N. Palmer
  • Michelle Q. Profit
  • Ronald J. Rubin
  • Shobhana Sharma
  • Jo Anne Zujewski, M.D.

Staff Leadership

Staff Leadership

Senior Leadership

President & CEO

Ann Mitchell has been in hospice management since 1981 when she lobbied for passage of the Medicare Hospice Benefit. Prior to coming to Montgomery Hospice in 1998, she worked for non-profit hospices in Massachusetts and South Carolina.

Ann also is a Board Director of the Hospice Alliance, a collaboration of regional hospices that works, through Alliance Kids, to enhance quality pediatric hospice service. In addition, she has been elected by her peers to the Board of Directors of the Hospice and Palliative Care Network of Maryland every year since 1999. Ann is the Vice President of the Retirement Services Board of Directors of Maplewood Park Place, a continuing care retirement community located in Bethesda.

Ann majored in economics at Smith College, and in 1981 earned her Masters in Public Health from Yale University’s School of Public Health.  She also took courses at the Yale School of Management to satisfy the requirements for her concentration in hospital administration. In the mid-1990’s Ann was the principal investigator of a study, published as a letter in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), on the economics of hospice care.

Ann is a member of the Leadership Montgomery Class of 2015 and a trustee of Smith College.

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland recently honored her at the Senate. A tribute to her twenty years of leadership and dedication as the head of Montgomery Hospice, Inc. View the Congressional Record.

Chief Medical Officer/Medical Director

Dr. David Schrier received his medical degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, followed by a fellowship in Hematology-Oncology. He received board-certification in Medical Oncology, establishing a successful practice with a mission to deliver comprehensive medical and emotional care to patients and their families, with emphasis on the whole patient. As a medical oncologist, his involvement with helping patients and family members navigate end of life issues led him to become a Hospice Medical Director, a position he has held since 2007. Dr. Schrier has extensive experience with non-medical aspects of practice – including staffing, scheduling, marketing, advertising, education, and community involvement. Dr. Schrier has a lifelong passion for animals (especially dogs), art, philanthropy, equestrian competition, physical fitness/nutrition, gardening, and community service.

Chief Financial Officer / Chief Communications Officer

Monica has been working in end-of-life care since 2001. She is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Monica also serves as the treasurer of the board of Leadership Montgomery, and as steering committee co-chair of the Montgomery County Latino Health Initiative. Monica has extensive background in marketing research; she has conducted both qualitative and quantitative research in the Latino community nationwide on various health issues such as mental health, substance abuse, cancer prevention, and aging (for agencies including SAMHSA, CSAT, NIH, and NIA).

In her position as finance consultant with the Ministry of Finance in Bolivia, she worked with national healthcare institution budgets and did strategic planning. She also served as the Director of the Graduate School’s Finance Office at the Catholic University in Bolivia.

Monica graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Masters of Science in Marketing and has a Masters in Public Policy and Management from the Catholic University (Bolivia) & Harvard University. Her undergraduate degree is in Business Administration.

Monica is a recipient of the Washington Business Journal’s 2019 Minority Business Leader Award.

 

Senior Vice President of Nursing and Care Management

Jennifer Plude has been a professional Registered Nurse for twenty-seven years, with a clinical focus on pediatric oncology and end-of-life care. She has seventeen years of nursing leadership experience with seven of those in hospice leadership. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Hartwick College, and is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN).

Senior Vice President of Counseling and Family Support 

Rabbi Dr. Gary Fink is a pastoral counselor who specializes in grief, loss, and life-limiting illness. He leads the Montgomery Hospice chaplaincy staff, oversees the volunteer program, and provides education throughout the community in the field of end-of-life care and counseling. He also serves as adjunct faculty in the Psychology/Thanatology Graduate Program at Hood College in Frederick, MD.

Rabbi Fink earned a Doctor of Ministry degree at the Howard University School of Divinity. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Thanatology, the study of death and dying, and completed Dementia Care Certification training through the Copper Ridge Institute, affiliated with Johns Hopkins University.

A native of Maryland, he was named Rabbi Emeritus of Oseh Shalom Congregation in Laurel, MD, in recognition of more than 25 years of service in the congregational ministry, from which he retired in order to work full-time in the field of end-of-life care and counseling.

Rabbi Fink is a recipient of the James F Jenkins Pillar of Faith Award for transformational spiritual leadership, given by the Howard University School of Divinity and the United Church of Christ Friends of HUSD.

Vice President of Philanthropy

Marlene Bradford has more than 20 years of experience raising funds for healthcare and education nonprofit organizations in the Washington metropolitan area. She has a proven track record in the management of fundraising programs including supervisory experience, event planning, grant writing, prospect research, and donor acknowledgment and stewardship. Since joining Montgomery Hospice, Marlene has built strong relationships and partnerships with companies, leading to increased corporate funding.

Marlene holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toledo, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Vice President of Social Work and Volunteer Services

Lisa Morris, LCSW-C, ACHP-SW, is a social worker with specialization in end-of-life care, grief and loss. She has worked in hospice care since 1989, providing direct care to terminally ill patients and their families and providing clinical supervision to hospice social workers who are seeking their LCSW-C or LICSW licenses. Lisa came to Montgomery Hospice in 1997. She brings a wealth of hospice experience and community resource expertise to her current position. She educates employees as well as the community about the complexities of caring for hospice patients and their families.

Lisa studied Chinese Language at Tung Hai University in Taiwan and has a Bachelors of Art in Sociology from George Washington University. She has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the Catholic University of America with a concentration in Health and Mental Health. She also has 20 years experience working as a Massage Therapist. She is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the National Association of Social Workers and has her Advanced Certification as a Hospice and Palliative Care Social Worker.

Vice President of QAPI and Strategic Development

Cornelia Stronge is a registered nurse with 23 years of nursing experience, nine of which have been in hospice clinical management. She obtained her BSN degree from City University in London. She is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN) and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration.

Cornelia’s main clinical focus has been medical, surgical and community health care, as well as end- of-life care. During her 11 years at Montgomery Hospice and Prince George’s Hospice, she has developed and fostered good working relationships with healthcare partners and actively participates in community education.

Vice President of Human Resources

Janet Cauffiel has over thirty years of human resource management experience in the health care environment. Since 1994 she has been responsible for the development, implementation and operation of human resources functions at Montgomery Hospice. Ms. Cauffiel previously worked with National Medical Enterprises as Senior HR Director and was Human Resources Director at the Psychiatric Institute of Montgomery County.

Ms. Cauffiel has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Gettysburg College. She served on the Board of Directors for the Center for Adoption Support and Education for ten years.

Montgomery Hospice and Prince George’s Hospice’s
Physicians and Nurse Practitioners

Associate Medical Director

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Ann Lichtenstein received her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York. She completed her Internship at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Motivated by her passion for movement and exercise she specialized in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation during her Residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, New York. Her interest in pain and symptom management led her to a Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Lichtenstein has contributed several chapters to textbooks on Rehabilitation and Palliative Medicine and also has published a number of research articles. She continues to be involved in medical training with Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows from NIH and Children’s Hospital Center. She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and board eligible in Hospice & Palliative Medicine.

Team Physicians

Team Physician

Dr. Geoffrey Coleman attended the Georgia Institute of Technology (Mechanical Engineering) and Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. His first residency training was in emergency medicine, an experience which persuaded him to pursue a career that allowed more hands-on patient contact. He decided to switch to family medicine and earned his board certification in this specialty. Dr. Coleman spent his first year of practice in Kenya and Sierra Leone, Africa. On his return to the United States he provided primary medical care for nine years on the Menominee Indian Reservation in Wisconsin. Moving east to be near family, he established a community health center in Montross, Virginia, providing primary and preventive healthcare, with regular house calls to patients. He continued his passion for direct patient care, and for home visits, when he moved into hospice work by starting a practice focusing on home visits and palliative care in 2004. He served as its medical director. Since 2007 Dr. Coleman has practiced hospice and palliative medicine exclusively. Dr. Coleman is certified in Hospice & Palliative Medicine and in Family Medicine.

Team Physician

Dr. Mark Goldman graduated with honors from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he majored in psychology. He completed medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical College in Syracuse, New York. Dr. Goldman completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Washington Hospital Center. After finishing his training, he saw patients in an outpatient setting and at the hospital while working for Group Health Association, one of the nation’s first staff model health plans. He was lead physician at GHA’s Prince George’s Center. Following a one-year sabbatical studying preventive medicine and epidemiology at the Pasteur Institute in Lille, France, he returned to a position as director of GHA’s Primary Prevention program, while continuing to see patients at the office and the hospital. Dr. Goldman moved from office practice to hospital medicine, and began working as a hospitalist at the Washington Hospital Center and Holy Cross Hospital. During his years in the hospital, he became interested in palliative care of extremely ill patients and started doing Palliative Care consultations in addition to regular hospital practice. Dr. Goldman holds Board Certifications in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care. He is also certified by the College of Hospice Medical Directors.

Team Physician

Dr. Mendhiratta attended Medical School at Punjabi University in Patiala, India and did her residency in internal medicine in the VA Georgetown program, Washington DC. Dr. Mendhiratta has extensive experience in nursing homes and in hospice and palliative care. She has been in private practice In Montgomery County since 1998, is the medical director for palliative care in two local nursing homes, and serves as a Montgomery Hospice team physician. She worked part time with Evercare Hospice in Ellicott City as an Associate Medical Director and later as Medical Director from 2008 till 2015. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, and in Hospice and Palliative Care.

Chief Medical Officer/Medical Director

Dr. David Schrier received his medical degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, followed by a fellowship in Hematology-Oncology. He received board-certification in Medical Oncology, establishing a successful practice with a mission to deliver comprehensive medical and emotional care to patients and their families, with emphasis on the whole patient. As a medical oncologist, his involvement with helping patients and family members navigate end of life issues led him to become a Hospice Medical Director, a position he has held since 2007. Dr. Schrier has extensive experience with non-medical aspects of practice – including staffing, scheduling, marketing, advertising, education, and community involvement. Dr. Schrier has a lifelong passion for animals (especially dogs), art, philanthropy, equestrian competition, physical fitness/nutrition, gardening, and community service.

Team Physician, Casey House Physician

Dr Steven Wilks graduated from Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University in 1998 and went on to complete a residency in family medicine at State University of New York, Stony Brook. He then became faculty at Beth Israel Residency in Family Medicine in lower Manhattan until 2005. Later that year he left New York City for Chevy Chase where he worked as a hospitalist at Suburban Hospital-Johns Hopkins Medicine until 2008. Given his interest in end of life care, medical ethics, and religion in health, in 2008 he did a year-long fellowship in palliative and hospice medicine with Capital Caring. Moving forward, he returned to Suburban Hospital to be the medical director of the Palliative Medicine Service as well as the chair of the hospital’s ethics committee.

Casey House Physicians

Casey House Physician

Dr. Joseph received her medical degree from JSS Medical College in Karnataka, India. She did her residency in family practice at The Toledo Hospital, Toledo Ohio. Dr. Joseph did a Geriatric Medicine Fellowship in George Washington University, Washington DC. Her work experience includes working as a geriatrician at Ascension Providence, Washington DC, since 2004, as medical director at Center for Geriatric Medicine and Carroll Manor Nursing Home and Rehabilitation at Washington DC, and as a Montgomery Hospice inpatient physician. She is an assistant professor at George Washington Medical School. Dr. Joseph is Board Certified in Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Care, and Wound Care. She has been listed as a Washingtonian Top Doctor in 2016 and 2017 and describes herself as “passionate about geriatric and palliative care.”

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Ann Lichtenstein received her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York. She completed her Internship at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Motivated by her passion for movement and exercise she specialized in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation during her Residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, New York. Her interest in pain and symptom management led her to a Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Lichtenstein has contributed several chapters to textbooks on Rehabilitation and Palliative Medicine and also has published a number of research articles. She continues to be involved in medical training with Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows from NIH and Children’s Hospital Center. She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and board eligible in Hospice & Palliative Medicine.

Casey House Physician

Dr. Kathleen McCabe attended Barnard College in New York City and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia. She completed an Internal Medicine internship at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, New York and a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mount Sinai in New York City. She then completed a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at George Washington University. During that time she developed a passion for in-patient hospice and was pleased to have the opportunity to join the team at Casey House. Dr. McCabe is board eligible in Hospice & Palliative Medicine.

Team Physician, Casey House Physician

Dr Steven Wilks graduated from Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University in 1998 and went on to complete a residency in family medicine at State University of New York, Stony Brook. He then became faculty at Beth Israel Residency in Family Medicine in lower Manhattan until 2005. Later that year he left New York City for Chevy Chase where he worked as a hospitalist at Suburban Hospital-Johns Hopkins Medicine until 2008. Given his interest in end of life care, medical ethics, and religion in health, in 2008 he did a year-long fellowship in palliative and hospice medicine with Capital Caring. Moving forward, he returned to Suburban Hospital to be the medical director of the Palliative Medicine Service as well as the chair of the hospital’s ethics committee.

Montgomery Kids Physicians

Dr. Aziz, who is board certified in pediatrics, medical management, and hospice and palliative medicine, has talked to patients and their caregivers about end-of-life decisions over a thousand times in the last twenty years. After graduating from King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan, he trained in pediatrics at the University of Maryland, Saint Agnes, and Mercy hospitals. He has been on the clinical faculty of the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins, along with multiple local hospitals in the Baltimore metropolitan area. He served as Assistant Chair of Pediatrics at Saint Agnes hospital, then Chair of Pediatrics and the Ethics Committee, as well as the VPMA at Medstar Harbor Hospital, all in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Aziz was instrumental in helping start the pediatric hospice services at Hospice of Chesapeake in Maryland and the Palliative Care Program at Laurel Regional Hospital in Maryland. He continues to chair multiple ethics committees, as well as serve on hospice/palliative care teams at local hospitals and at Montgomery Hospice in Rockville, Maryland, helping take care of children and adults. He is also actively involved in the education of the public and medical personnel.

Consulting Psychiatrist

Dr. Martin attended Oberlin College (BA Biology) and Georgetown University School of Medicine. Her residency in Psychiatry was completed there, as well. She has been certified by the joint Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as a psychiatrist since 1983. She went on to complete training in psychoanalysis and she has been in the practice of general psychiatry in this area for the last thirty-plus years. Drawn to the intersection of Psychiatry and Medicine, she has always had a special interest in working with people living with chronic medical illnesses, as well as an abiding interest in hospice and end-of-life care.

Montgomery Hospice and Prince George’s Hospice Nurse Practitioners

Jennifer Jordan, MS, FNP-BC received her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in nursing from University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University respectively and is an ANCC board-certified family nurse practitioner. She additionally has a BA in physics and environmental sciences from University of California, Berkeley and in an earlier career worked as a climate change and environmental researcher. Ms. Jordan has served as a nurse practitioner at Montgomery Hospice since 2011. Prior to joining hospice, Ms. Jordan worked alongside a family practice physician for a decade seeing both adult and pediatric patients. As an RN, she worked in the late 1990s at Georgetown University Hospital and George Washington University Hospital in the emergency departments and on medical surgical units. She spent three months serving as the staff nurse at a rural orphanage in Nepal in 1997. Professionally, Ms. Jordan divides her time between hospice and teaching mindfulness meditation. For nearly two decades, she has led mindfulness trainings for groups and individuals across the lifespan. She is Family Program Director at Insight Meditation Community of Washington, teaches mindfulness in schools with Minds, Inc, is a senior mentor for the online Power of Awareness course, and is a certified Level 3 Reiki Practitioner. She has extensive training in a variety of contemplative and healing modalities.

Anna M. Moretti, RN, ANP, JD is the nurse practitioner for Montgomery Hospice and has professional training and expertise in both law and health care. She developed and led Palliative Medicine Consultants (2000-2006), the first home based palliative care team in Montgomery County. Prior to her work at Montgomery Hospice, Ms. Moretti was the Assistant Legal Director of Choice In Dying (CID). During that time, Ms. Moretti advised families, health care and legal professionals about legal rights and responsibilities surrounding patient self-determination. Ms. Moretti also advised families and providers about the ethical and legal implications of withholding and withdrawing “life-sustaining” treatments. Ms. Moretti was also involved in the review of advance directive legislation and development of legal and educational publications for distribution to consumer and professional audiences. Ms. Moretti has continued her involvement in the legal and ethical world of end of life care by maintaining professional affiliations in the education committee of the Maryland Ethics Network and as a community ethics committee member in a local hospital.

Angela Novas, MSN, CRNP, ACHPN received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland, and Master of Science in Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner from The George Washington University. Having found her vocation in palliative and hospice care, Ms. Novas completed post-graduate certifications at both Harvard Medical School and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus before gaining her Board Certification as an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN). Additionally, Ms. Novas is Would Care Certified (WCC) and is a partner in Capital Wound Care, LLC. Prior to working in hospice care, Ms. Novas worked as a primary care provider in a variety of acute, skilled nursing, and long-term care settings. Ms. Novas has worked for Montgomery Hospice since 2017 and considers it a privilege to work in this field of healthcare. 

Marisa Tamari received a B.S. in nursing from The Catholic University of America and a M.S. in nursing from Georgetown University. She is an ANCC board certified family nurse practitioner. Most of her career has been in research settings–first at the Georgetown University Medical Center, where she worked primarily with HIV/AIDS patients and, later, at the National Institutes of Health, where her work focused on patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation. These professional experiences led her to develop an enduring interest and commitment to compassionate end-of-life care. In 2015 she completed training in Dignity Therapy at the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit in Winnipeg, Canada and decided to redirect her practice toward providing care in the final phase of life. As a child whose parents came from different cultural traditions, Ms. Tamari cultivated an interest in the power of personal stories as a therapeutic tool. She is a trained Story Corps facilitator in their Legacy program and is the proprietor of Keepsake Conversations, LLC, a legacy document service based on the Dignity Therapy protocol. Through this service, individuals with life-threatening illness or life-limiting conditions create an enduring document derived from a review of their values and formative life experience.

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