Staff

Lumina’s Award-Winning Team


At Lumina, our staff give from the heart, providing clinically-excellent and compassionate end-of-life care. Our interdisciplinary team of medical professionals and highly-trained staff provide services across a continuum of care—from hospice and palliative care to community education programs, and grief and caregiver support. Our award-winning team is here to support you and your family when you need it most. 

Leadership

Executive Director

Elizabeth French

Medical Director

Daniel Harris, MD

Executive Director

Elizabeth French

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

Daniel Harris, MD

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.

Operations Director

Katelyn Cooper

Quality & Compliance Manager / Interim Clinical Manager

Heidi Yaich, RN

Medical Director of Clinical Innovations

Helen Kao

Human Resources Manager

Gina Morford

Chief Financial Officer

Jeana Anderson

Director of Development, Marketing and Outreach

Angela Hibbard

Social Services Manager

Amy Baird

Operations Director

Katelyn Cooper

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 & Compliance Manager / Interim Clinical Manager

Heidi Yaich, RN

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.

Medical Director of Clinical Innovations

Helen Kao

Dr. Helen Kao joined Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care in 2016 after nine years at the University of California San Francisco. 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.

Human Resources Manager

Gina Morford

Gina Morford comes to Lumina with 14 years of Human Resources experience from various industries, including hospice. Gina’s grandfather was assisted by Benton Hospice Service during his last phase of life and that is where she first learned about the importance of hospice and palliative care. Gina feels honored to work for the organization that provided outstanding service and care to her family.

Chief Financial Officer

Jeana Anderson

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.

Director of Development, Marketing and Outreach

Angela Hibbard

Angela Hibbard joined Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care in March of 2020. She is charged with raising the organization’s profile and expanding fundraising and community outreach. Angela brings over 20 years of experience as the 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.

Social Services Manager

Amy Baird

Amy Baird has been a social worker since 1998. She has worked with families at all stages throughout her career. Since coming to Lumina in September 2019, she has been focused on caring for individuals and families through the dying process. In addition to providing social work services to individuals and families, Amy is approved by the Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers to provide clinical supervision to social workers seeking their LCSW. She now serves Lumina in the role of Social Services Clinical Manager, providing leadership and care for Lumina social workers and chaplains. She also provides leadership for the Volunteer, Bereavement and Transitions programs.

Program Coordinators

Transitions & Caregiver Support Coordinator

Maggie Leinenweber

Bereavement Coordinator

Melissa Allen, MSW, LCSW

Volunteer Coordinator

Naomi Hirsch

Community Engagement Coordinator

Holly Terlson

Transitions & Caregiver Support Coordinator

Maggie Leinenweber

Maggie Leinenweber joined Lumina in April of 2021. Leinenweber studied at Carthage College and the University of Wisconsin before earning an Associate Degree in human services from Gateway Technical College. She moved to Oregon in 2012 and graduated from Wester Oregon University with a Bachelor’s degree in gerontology. She has worked previously in special education and senior living. Her duties include coordinating support programs for caregivers and providing case management to Transitions clients.

Bereavement Coordinator

Melissa Allen, MSW, LCSW

Melissa Allen, MSW, LCSW is the Bereavement Coordinator at Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care. She works with individuals and families who are dealing with loss or grief of all types regardless of whether a family member received hospice care. She holds a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University in New York City. Allen came to Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care in 2012. As Lumina’s Bereavement Coordinator, she is responsible for overseeing the bereavement care for over 350 families annually.

Volunteer Coordinator

Naomi Hirsch

Naomi Hirsch, Ed.M., is the Volunteer Coordinator at Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care. Hirsch manages over 75 volunteers that provide support in the office, outreach to the community, visits to hospice and palliative care patients, and assistance to Transitions clients. She organizes new volunteer trainings throughout the year. She also creates professional development opportunities for current volunteers, and facilitates the monthly Lumina Death Café. Hirsch has a Master’s degree in Adult Education from Oregon State University, and is an active volunteer in the Corvallis community. She joined Lumina Hospice & Palliative Care in August 2015.

Community Engagement Coordinator

Holly Terlson

Holly Terlson joined Lumina in May of 2021. Terlson holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and has extensive experience working with local nonprofit agencies across Linn and Benton Counties. She has worked in the senior services field for many years coordinating volunteers and providing community outreach. Her duties include community outreach and education, fundraising, and marketing.

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