Expanding the Regional Hospice Circle of Support – Lisa Esneault Joins the Non-profit Organization’s Volunteer Board of Directors

This month, Regional Hospice welcomes Lisa Esneault of Brookfield, Connecticut to the agency’s volunteer Board of Directors. As Vice President of Communications and President of Global Giving at Linde, Esneault has more than 25 years of experience in driving organization change and business results through development and execution of strategic communication. She has led the Linde corporate communications team responsible for developing and implementing global communications for the past nine years.

“Lisa brings a tremendous charitable focus on how to improve community,” says Regional Hospice President and CEO, Cynthia Emiry Roy, MS, LCSW, CHA. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with her.”

Linde, a $28B global leader that operates in 100 countries, has a strong commitment to supporting local organizations. Each year, Esneault’s team disperses $8M, allocating $1M of that total to fund area organizations with multi-year grants. “As the head of global giving, I feel lucky to be associated with so many important agencies in Connecticut,” she says. “We do more than provide financial support by writing checks – we aim to go deeper. The goal is always to develop and nurture long-term relationships.”

Employees of Linde also play a role in the company’s generous giving initiatives. “We encourage and support employee involvement in community giving,” Esneault says, adding, “giving is a real source of pride and engagement with our employees.” Each year Linde matches about one million dollars in gifts to support staff and the initiatives they care about.

Esneault, who also serves on the board of the Danbury/New Milford Hospital Foundation, the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury and the Connecticut Cancer Foundation, among others, found herself drawn to Regional Hospice when she heard Roy speak at a local dinner event. “She was inspiring and demonstrated strong leadership skills,” says Esneault. “Then when I first toured the Center for Comfort Care & Healing and learned about all the thoughtful details that went into its design, I became even more impressed.”

“What Regional Hospice does and how the organization supports patients and their families during the most difficult time of their lives amazes me. The agency ensures that every patient has an end of life experience that is full of respect, love and comfort.”

As a compassionate, skilled and successful global communicator, Esneault looks forward to working alongside Roy to support and continue to grow the nearly 40-year-old organization that cares for patients—from babies to adults—throughout four Connecticut counties.

A distinguished nonprofit hospice provider since 1983, Regional Hospice walks alongside patients and their loved ones enabling those in our care to focus on what matters: living fully when facing life-limiting illness. Patients of all ages―from babies to adults―in private homes, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities in four Connecticut counties benefit from our services. Our Center for Comfort Care & Healing is the first residential hospice center of its kind in Connecticut, offering all the comforts and amenities of home. The North Star pavilion will make Regional Hospice the only residential hospice center for children in the Northeast and one of only five in the country. We believe no two patients are the same; no end-of-life experience is, either. As advocates for innovative hospice care, we encourage conversations around end-of-life choices because we believe there is more to care than just medicine. Healing is our business, patients and their loved ones our priority.

Written by Sophia Cirigliano