Meet the Regional Hospice Development Team!

Our dynamic development group has had to pivot due to Covid-19, moving from in-person events to virtual fundraisers. Currently, the team is planning our first online gala, which will benefit the North Star pavilion and our existing children’s hospice programs. They are also at work on Color Fest 2021, a 5K youth run that will also benefit the North Star. If you’re interested in supporting the team’s efforts, please contact us at info@regionalhospicect.org

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Nan McKernon

MFA, Senior Vice President of Philanthropy

As a liaison with Regional Hospice President and CEO, the Board of Directors, outside consultants and staff, Nan is the hub of all development efforts across the organization. Nan created and wrote the concept that serves as the organization’s five-year fundraising capital campaign to be the only residential hospice for children in the Northeast and one of only five in the country. Emily’s Last Wish, the story depicting the need for a residential children’s hospice, is told fictionally through the eyes of an actual former Regional Hospice patient and revolutionized the approach to philanthropic storytelling. The comprehensive digital project won a 2020 Telly Award and National Federation of Press Women award for innovation in nonprofit hospice development marketing. Nan brings to Regional Hospice extensive experience in corporate marketing communications, writing and business development as a former executive in multiple vertical markets with some of the nation’s most recognized companies.

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Mary Beth Hickey

MS, Director of Volunteer Recruitment and Youth Services​

Last year, Mary Beth came out of retirement after having worked for Regional Hospice since April 2013 overseeing the volunteer department! Now she is involved with everything related to the Regional Hospice Youth Project (RHYP), our volunteer group of teens and children. “It is my joy to be involved with the mission of Regional Hospice again,” says Mary Beth, who is currently managing the Color Fest, a 5K youth color run fundraiser being held in 2021. Funds raised for this event will benefit the North Star. If you’re interested in being a part of this event, please reach out to MHickey@regionalhospicect.org

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Katie Fitzmaurice

JD, Grants Manager

Katie, who joined us this past November, was drawn to Regional Hospice because of our mission to provide all- encompassing care to patients and their families. “I am a licensed attorney, but I was drawn to development because every day you are working with people who are trying to improve the lives of others,” she says. Prior to coming to RH, Katie was a prosecutor with the Cook County States Attorney’s Office in Chicago and then worked in the Child Welfare Litigation Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. She also spent time in private law firms practicing probate litigation.

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Lori Parisi

Administrative Fundraising and Donor Database Manager

“Bridging the connection between donors and families, many of whom have personally experienced the magic of Regional Hospice is a wonderful thing,” says Lori. She loves translating the language of data management for non-data thinkers and creating solutions to help achieve our development goals. Before joining Regional Hospice last October, Lori ran the day to day operations of the Aldrich museum in Ridgefield where she also managed the database and any and all development needs.

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Jen Matlack

Marketing and Public Relations Manager

“What we do here is heart work,”  says Jen, who started in the volunteer department last April, then transitioned to public relations and marketing. She is grateful that her new position uses her creative skills—from writing staff, volunteer and patient stories to helping manage the design of invitations and materials for fundraising events and galas. Jen’s background is in sales, public relations and writing. For over a dozen years, she worked as a freelance writer, penning health and psychology articles for national magazines like Health, Reader’s Digest, Glamour and Prevention. 

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Casey Koveleski

Finance and Development Coordinator

Casey always wanted to be a part of a nonprofit organization that makes a strong impact. Working in two departments gives Casey, who began at Regional Hospice in October 2019, the chance to use her finance skills and hone new development skills, which excites her. “I have always enjoyed planning events, and fundraising for our mission is something that I find incredibly gratifying,” says Casey who has a BA in Business Management with a concentration in Small Business Management.