You can reach any Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care staff member at 541.757.9616.
Elizabeth French Joined Lumina in April of 2019. French brings with her a broad business background and 30 years of experience in consulting and professional services. Her expertise includes leadership and talent development, strategic relationships, process improvement, corporate governance, community engagement and contract negotiations, among other core management capabilities. French has called Corvallis home for over 25 years, and received the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce award, Robert C. Ingalls Businessperson of the Year in 2013.
Medical Director of Clinical Innovations
Dr. Helen Kao joined Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care in 2016 after nine years at the University of California San Francisco (where she continues to work part time as Professor of Medicine and Geriatrics). Dr. Kao is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Hospice & Palliative Care. She has special interests in house calls, dementia care, reducing polypharmacy in health care, supporting adults who experience physical and cognitive decline, and advocating for comprehensive advanced care planning. Dr. Kao has been recognized with awards of distinction not only for her clinical care but also for her teaching and leadership.
Hospice and Consult Physician
Dr. Daniel Harris was a student at Corvallis High School when Benton Hospice Services was founded. He studied Biology at the University of California at Santa Cruz and received his MD degree from Oregon Health and Sciences University. He completed residency in Greeley Colorado, then his career took him to Crescent City, California and Silverton, Oregon. He returned to live in his home town in 2012 but continues to work as an inpatient hospitalist physician at Legacy Silverton Hospital. Dr. Harris joined Lumina Hospice and Palliative Care in 2019 with eight years experience as a part-time hospice doctor. He maintains board certification in Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Katelyn Cooper joined Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care in February 2017 and is a member of the Leadership team. Cooper has worked in a variety of healthcare management positions as well as direct patient care for the last 11 years. She has a strong background in HR, IT and building management. Her duties include providing board support, administrative operations and supervising administrative staff.
Quality and Compliance Manager
Heidi Yaich, RN joined Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care in 2016 as a nurse case manager. She has worked in various international health and wellness settings for 25 years. She is now Lumina's Quality and Compliance Manager.
Stacy Cole, RN joined Lumina Hospice and Palliative Care in April of 2016 as a Registered Nurse Case Manager. She was promoted to Clinical Manager in December of 2019. Cole is responsible for the supervision of nursing, hospice aides and other clinical staff.
Social Services Clinical Manager
Lynn Edtl’s passion is caring for and leading people. She has devoted over 30 years to these endeavors. In the private sector, Edtl served as pastoral care, counselor, and chaplain at the largest church in SW Portland, all while leading a team of over 170 volunteers. In the public sector, Edtl served at the corporate level of a Fortune 500 company managing and leading key teams for growth and profits. Edtl joined Lumina in 2016 as a chaplain caring for individuals and families through the dying and death process. She now serves in the capacity of Social Services Clinical Manager providing care and leadership for the front line workers of Lumina: Social Workers, Chaplains, and the Physical, Massage and Nutrition Therapists. Edtl also provides leadership to the Volunteer, Bereavement and Transitions programs.
Referral Coordinator/Infection Preventionist
Stacia Pugh, BS, MPH joined Lumina Hospice and Palliative Care in December of 2017. She has worked in a variety of different healthcare positions over the last 20 years, including direct patient care and administrative. She has a strong background in patient coordination and infection prevention. Her duties include processing referrals, infection prevention, and quality and compliance.
Human Resources Manager
Jenny Sherman has over 25 years’ experience in Human Resources, including in senior leadership roles. Her work has been both strategic and tactical, encompassing broad application of deep knowledge in benefits management, salary planning and administration, compensation and performance management design, recruiting and selection, employee relations, training and development, and employee communications. Sherman volunteers as an HR mentor to many emerging HR professionals. She is on the founding committee for the Portland Walk to End Colon Cancer supporting education and research funding for the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, and she participates in a community garden where the majority of the organic produce is donated to the local food bank.
Director of Development, Marketing and Outreach
Angela Hibbard joined Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care in March of 2020. Hibbard is charged with raising the organization's profile and expanding fundraising and community outreach. She brings over 20 years of experience as a managing director and editor-in-chief of a prominent local parenting magazine, as well as numerous leadership roles in multinational marketing firms. She is an active community member, serving as Trustee for the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation among other volunteer and civic positions.
Transitions & Caregiver Support Coordinator
Kim Rockwood is the Transitions and Caregiver Support Coordinator at Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care, assuming the role in April 2019. She has served in a variety of roles at Lumina, first as an administrative and respite volunteer in 2003. She went on to serve as a Compassionate Companions vigil volunteer, and later on staff as Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator. She has a passion for hospice care and has been an active part of our community since 1995. Her background includes over 20 years in administration and customer service positions.
Melissa Allen, MSW, LMSW is the Bereavement Coordinator at Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care. She works with individual and families who are dealing with loss or grief of all types regardless of whether a family member received hospice care. She works in homes, schools and workplaces with adults and children, employers and co-workers, students and teachers providing education and grief support. She holds a BA in Sociology with a minor in education from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University in New York City. Allen came to Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care in 2012 from Atlanta, Georgia where she worked as a placement coordinator for a therapeutic foster care program. As Lumina Bereavement Coordinator, she is responsible for overseeing the bereavement care for over 350 families annually.
Naomi Hirsch, EdM, is the Volunteer Coordinator at Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care. Hirsch manages over 100 volunteers that help in the office, with patients in homes, facilities and foster homes, and with Transition clients. She facilitates three new volunteer trainings each year in February, June, and October. She also creates professional development opportunities for volunteers, like Volunteer Connections – the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Hirsch has a Master’s in Adult Education from Oregon State University. She joined Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care in August 2015.
Jeana Anderson joined Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care in May of 2017. She leads the accounting and finance department and is a member of the Leadership Team. Anderson oversees accounting, billing, payroll and other financial systems. She comes to Lumina with 30 years in management, 20 of those in finance with nine years specific to the hospice industry.