Our Dedicated Hospice Volunteers Staff
|Susan Roy, LSW, MHA - Executive Director email@example.com (207) 873-3615 x 13
Susan has the overall responsibility for the operation of Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area and takes those actions necessary to develop, fund, maintain and promote the various programs and services offered by HVWA.
Prior to coming to HVWA Susan was a medical social worker at MaineGeneral Health; Associate Director of Development at Good Will-Hinckley; and Executive Director at Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter in Waterville.
Susan has an Associate’s Degree in Secretarial Science, from KVCC, a Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services from the University of Maine at Farmington and a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from St. Joseph’s College of Maine.
Susan lives in Waterville with her husband Jim and two children Jenna and Jared. She also has two step-daughters Alicia and Amber. Her interests include reading, snowboarding, and camping with her family.
|Marilyn Pelletier, R.N. – Volunteer Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Marilyn helps plan and coordinate non-medical care for HVWA clients, and their families, such as respite, errands, household chores, transportation and emotional support. She also assists with training, supervision and support of Hospice Volunteers. Marilyn partners with physicians, nursing homes, hospitals and the Medicare certified medical Hospices in the Waterville area in planning and implementing comprehensive care for our clients. Her nursing background is invaluable to her in this role as Volunteer Coordinator.
Marilyn began her association with HVWA in 2006 and maintained commitment to Hospice through her volunteer efforts as office support volunteer, member of the Quality Control and Direct Care committees and she was a Regional Volunteer Coordinator. In 2009 Marilyn accepted the staff position of Volunteer Coordinator. Marilyn is a graduate from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Portland. From 1981-2005 Marilyn was an operating room registered nurse at MGMC – most recently as MGMC’s OR Clinical Education Specialist. Following retirement from her nursing career she followed her interest in Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area & completed the volunteer training.
Wanda Curtis- Bereavement Coordinator email@example.com 873-3615 Ext. 15
Wanda is a registered nurse with many years of experience in grief counseling and working with terminally ill patients and their families. She has spent the last 22 years assisting her husband in ministry which included counseling grieving individuals and families as they dealt with grief not only related to the death of a loved one but from other losses as well. Wanda is a journalist and has written articles to assist people in working through their grief. Wanda has experienced many losses in her own life-the death of a sister from childhood cancer, the sudden unexpected death of her 39-year old brother, the death of both of her parents, and the death of close friends. Each of those experiences has prepared her for helping others deal with loss
The Bereavement Coordinator oversees our bereavement programs and services. This includes working with the Youth Services Coordinator, Regional Volunteer Coordinators, Bereavement Correspondent, Certified Hospice Volunteers and partner agencies to determine and implement services for bereaved clients. This position assists in the training, continuing education and support of volunteers. This position also serves as liaison between volunteers, physicians, health care workers, involved agencies and community resources.
|Jillian Roy, B.S. - Youth Services Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Jillian develops and implements bereavement and end-of-life peer-support services for children, teens and their families; recruits and helps train volunteer facilitators who provide youth services; coordinates Hope’s Place, a year round program for grieving children and teens; and plans and coordinates Camp Ray of Hope, HVWA’s annual statewide weekend retreat for grieving families and individuals. She also helps plan and implement education and outreach workshops regarding grieving children and teens to schools and other youth service programs throughout the state.
Jillian first became a member of the HVWA team in the fall of 2007 as a University of Maine intern. She is a graduate of the University of Maine, Augusta and holds a BS in Mental Health and Human Services. She came on staff as Program Coordinators Assistant in 2008 and in 2009 became Youth Services Coordinator. Jillian makes her home in Skowhegan.
|Deb Letourneau, A.S. - Office Manager
Deb assists and supports the Executive Director with book keeping, fiscal management and fundraising efforts at HVWA.
Deb first became aware of Hospice bereavement services in 2008 following the accidental death of her daughter, Krysta. Deb says “the one on one support, grieving parent group meetings and Camp Ray of Hope gave me a place to vent my feelings and helped maintain my emotional well-being during that time!” Deb joined our staff in June 2009 and became a Certified Hospice Volunteer that fall. In addition to working on staff she hopes to volunteer at some point with Veterans in the Hospice Unit at Togus. She also has interest in supporting grieving parents.
|Barbara Radziewicz, A.S.- Direct Care Volunteer Assistant email@example.com
Barbara assists and supports the Volunteer Coordinator at HVWA.
Barbara helps plan and coordinate non-medical care for HVWA clients, and their families, such as respite, errands, household chores, transportation and emotional support. Barbara also provides clerical support for the Direct Care Volunteer Program.
Barbara has been a Hospice Volunteer since the spring of 2002. She first came to us following the tragic death of a loved one and soon realized she wanted to reach out to others. Since 2002 she has volunteered in various ways – that includes facilitating suicide support groups and serving as Secretary on the HVWA Board of Directors. Barbara was Volunteer Coordinator at MGMC for 35 years and she retired in 2009.
Sarah Swift-Simons, MDiv - Camp Ray of Hope Coordinator
Sarah has recently returned to Maine after living in Indiana for a few years. Sarah is currently working towards her Master’s of Divinity degree at Earlham School of Religion. Sarah first became involved in hospice several years ago after a family member was cared for by a wonderful hospice team and she decided that this was the work that she wanted to do. Since then Sarah has been involved in hospice in some form – as avolunteer, consultant and staff including interning at Dame Cicely Saunder’s hospice in England, facilitating support groups, offering workshops, and sewing photographic quilts with families in memory of a loved one.
Our Dedicated, Caring & Volunteers
Hospice Volunteers are screened, trained and certified by professionals in accordance to the licensure standards of the State of Maine. Following a 20-hour training program, volunteers receive ongoing supervision and continuing education.
The average time a volunteer spends with an individual and his/her family is about 3-4 hours per week. The days and hours for volunteer services are determined by interviewing the individual and family. the volunteer is selected for a family based on where they live, personality, age, other personal factors and their availability.
We do our best to provide help when needed. When we are unable to meet a requested schedule, we will offer our best alternative based on availability of volunteers.
2013 Board of Directors & Executive Committee
- President: Mary Smith
- First Vice President: Mark Thompson
- Second Vice President:
- Treasurer: Abigail Mullin
- Recording Secretary:Barbara Radziewicz
- Past President: Mark Nale
- Elizabeth Barron
- Sarah Webster
- Sue Dolloff
- Leon A. Duff
- Dr. George Spann
- Holly Caron
- Abigail Mullin
- Mark Nale
- Barbara Radziewicz
- Kerry Smart
- Mary Smith
- Mark C. Thompson
- Dr. Elizabeth Hart
- Gary Levesque