The Virginia Association for Hospices & Palliative Care Mission Statement: 

To advocate for quality care for all persons with life-limiting illnesses. 
Promoting hospices and palliative care education and ethical practices,
and serving as a united voice and resource for its members

Meet the VAHPC 2022 Board of Directors
These individuals have a passion for the work we do and we are grateful that they are willing to work for us!

Jennifer T. Martin RN, CHPN
Chief Nursing Officer
Blue Ridge Hospice

Representative: Brian Cassel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Palliative Care Research Director
Department of Internal Medicine
Hematology/Oncology & Palliative Care
Virginia Commonwealth University

Secretary and Treasurer:
Rachel Cohen-Schmidt

Pat Bishop
Executive Director
Capital Caring Health

Deena Cress, MSW
Director of Psychosocial Services
Legacy and Journey Hospice Divisions
LHC Group, Inc.

Carla Thompson
Director of Hospice, Bon Secours/Mercy Health
Richmond Hospice House & Home Hospice


Aaron Housh
Chief Executive Officer
Good Samaritan Hospice

Tasha Walsh
Executive Director, Rockbridge Area Hospice

Immediate Past President:
Ron Cottrell                                                                         
President and CEO, Hospice of the Piedmont