Save the Date for the 2019 Symposium | October 19, 2019


As a community, we recognize that health and well-being are both a gift and a responsibility. This becomes evident when either is threatened by a serious illness or loss. It is then we realize that end-of-life decisions and living with loss can be overwhelming and a very difficult time for families. As well, we understand that cultural differences, traditions and family history can impact an individual and the family’s ability to embrace end-of-life care, goals-of-care decision making, grief support and legacy planning. We see evidence every day that making decisions during a health crisis adds significantly to the confusion and burden experienced by patients and their families.

We believe that education for our community prior to a health crisis can empower and change the way families experience advanced illness and end of life, as well as recover from the loss of a loved one whether that loss be from illness or trauma.

In an effort to overcome these trying circumstances and prepare members of our community for these universal experiences, we are hosting a healthcare symposium that will address topics in three unique educational tracks as well as provide opening and closing speakers relevant to our overall goal. We will strive to educate, inform and empower the community to make informed, patient-centric decisions regarding end of life and the loss of loved ones.


Richard Payne, MD is a neurologist and palliative medicine physician, and holds the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City, Missouri. He is also the Esther Colliflower Professor of Medicine and Divinity (Emeritus) at Duke University. At the Duke Medical Center he is a Faculty Associate of the Trent Center in Bioethics and a member of the Duke Cancer Center (Emeritus). He is the former Chief the Pain and Symptom Management Section, Dept. Neurology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and the former Chief, Pain and Palliative Care Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He has numerous publications and has served on several NIH and National Academy of Medicine Committees. He is a past president of the American Pain Society, and past board chair of the National Coalition of Cancer Survivors. He currently serves on the board of the Hastings (Bioethics) Center, and the Cunniff-Dixon Foundation.

Rosemary Allender, LCSW-C founded Family Eldercare Management in 2006 to address the need for geriatric care management services in Prince George’s County and surrounding areas. She is a longtime resident of Prince George's County and has extensive experience with the geriatric population and their caregivers. Ms. Allender has a Master's degree in Social Services from The Catholic University of America, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Maryland (LCSW-C), Certified Advanced Social Worker Case Managers (C-ASWCM) and a Certified Aging Life® Care Manager. Ms. Allender was chosen as a 2011 Inspiring Champion for the Alzheimer's Association of the National Capital Area, an Alzheimer's Association support group leader and on their Speakers Bureau. Ms. Allender is also a Prince George’s Senior Provider’s Network Gold Sponsor, on their Planning Board, Education Committee and Speaker's Bureau.

Shahid Aziz, MD, who is board certified in pediatrics, medical management and hospice and palliative medicine, has talked to patients and their caregivers about end-of-life decisions over a thousand times in the last twenty years. After training in pediatrics at the University of Maryland, he has been on the clinical faculty of the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins, along with multiple local hospitals in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Dr. Aziz served as chair of pediatrics and VPMA at Medstar Harbor Hospital and now chairs multiple ethics committees in the region.

Kathleen A. Bixby, MSN, RN, CHPN a former Army nurse, returned to her roots and began working at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2005, conveying 25 years of experience from multiple venues including intensive care, advanced illness home and hospice care, and oncology case management. She is an approved End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) trainer, and has served as VA Faculty for Palliative Care Leadership training and provided national workgroup leadership promoting VA-wide palliative and end-of-life education. Kathy’s past clinical certifications include Critical Care and Oncology, and she is currently certified as a Hospice and Palliative Nurse. In addition to working in Geriatric and Palliative Care Staff Development, she also serves as the palliative care team member for the medical center’s Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Clinic. Kathy co-authored ‘Caring for Veterans,’ a chapter in Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association’s 4rd edition of Conversations in Palliative Care. Kathy is a Reiki Master with training in iRest Yoga Nidra and certification as HeartMath Trainer. She is also certified as a Caritas Coach through the Watson Caring Science Institute. Kathy is an Opus Peace Ambassador, and her interests include communication, expressive and healing arts, whole-person caring relative to wholehearted living, integrative health and well-being, and spirituality in healthcare.

Eric Bush

Eric Bush, MD, RPh, MBA is the Chief Medical Officer at Hospice of the Chesapeake. Dr. Eric Bush, a board certified Hospice and Palliative Medicine physician, joined Hospice of the Chesapeake team in September of 2016 as Chief Medical Officer. In this role, Dr. Bush provides strategic and leadership direction to the medical staff which includes Physicians and Nurse Practitioners. As a member of the executive leadership team, he will also share in the responsibility of implementing strategic direction and effecting cultural change within the Hospice of the Chesapeake team. Having served first as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the U.S. Army Reserve, a Pharmacist and then a Physician in the Baltimore and Washington corridor, Dr. Bush brings a unique perspective to Hospice of the Chesapeake. Dr. Bush earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, a Master in Business Administration, and his Medical Degree all from State University of New York in Buffalo, New York.

Susan Coale

Susan Coale, LCSW-C is the Director of the Chesapeake Life Center and oversees the development and delivery of all Hospice of the Chesapeake bereavement support programs and services, including all children/teen programs, camps, outreach and education for patient families and the community at large, expert consults to schools, county agencies and crisis teams, and professional/CEU education for community professionals working with individuals of all ages who are experiencing grief and loss. She supervises all CLC bereavement counselors and social workers who provide professional counseling services for children/teens/families, consultations, and family and professional education programs. She co-authored, with Sarah Montgomery, LCSW-C, Supporting Children After a Suicide Loss: A guide for parents and caregivers.

Aimee Griffin is the principal for The Griffin Firm with offices in Washington DC, Upper Marlboro and Baltimore, Maryland; Atlanta, Georgia and Durham, North Carolina. All the employees of this small firm are African American women including five attorneys. The commitment to empowerment through education is demonstrated with article contributions to the Washington Informer, Atlanta Voice and Triangle Tribune in addition to providing seminars for the Black banks, namely Industrial, Harbor, Citizens Trust and Mechanics and Farmers. Aimee has created the Association of Black Estate Planning Professionals. This nonprofit hosts the annual Creating a Legacy Financial Summit & Conference with the five partnering Black banks and the US Black Chambers.

Joy McCrady, LGPC, NCC Bereavement Counselor, Chesapeake Life Centeroffers individual, group, and family-centered grief counseling for Hospice families and members of the community who have experienced a traumatic loss. She assists with the coordination of camps and workshops for children and teens as well as a group for young adults. In her role, she also provides outreach and education for county agencies, faith communities, professional/CEU education for community professionals, as well as presentations at local and national conferences. She co-authored a pamphlet with Sarah Montgomery, LCSW-C and Amy Stapleton, LCPC, Supporting Children After a Drug-Related Loss: A guide for parents and caregivers. Ms. McCrady is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland's Pastoral Counseling program, where she earned her master's degree in clinical mental health counseling.

Deborah C. McBroom has worked with the Prince George’s County, Department of Family Services for 26 years. She has spent 20 of those years with the Aging and Disabilities Services Division. In addition, she has worked as the coordinator for the Senior Information and Assistance Program and the Family Caregivers Program. Ms. McBroom currently services as the unit manager for the Prince George’s County Aging and Disability Resource unit.

Ms. McBroom’s previous work history includes medical discharge planner, and family preservation counselor. She has a bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a Master of Public Administration Degree.

Deborah McGlauflin is a Hospice of the Chesapeake's Foundation team member as well as a hospice Vigil Volunteer. From 1994-mid-2013, through her consulting company Insights in Action, Inc., she provided training and technical assistance to scores of non-profit/non-governmental organizations and private and corporate funders around the world. Providing expertise in designing strategies to significantly boost their impact and effectiveness and find resources and partners to carry them out. Client engagements included Microsoft Asia-Pacific Community Affairs, the State Department Global Partnership Center, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the World Cocoa Foundation. McGlauflin has extensive "niche" experience with crafting public-private partnerships, particularly in Asia. Prior to 1994, she worked as a fundraiser, program developer, and operations manager in several nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Japan with focused experience with non-profit start-ups, including working with fiscal sponsors, founding boards and seed funders. She holds Master of Arts degree in East Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii/East West Center and a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from Connecticut College.

Polly Mizani, M.Ed., CCLS is a Certified Child Life Specialist who has worked with children in hospital and hospice settings since 2011. She has worked with Hospice of the Chesapeake since 2013, where she provides support to pediatric hospice patients and their siblings, and to children and grandchildren of adult hospice patients. Additionally, Polly co-facilitates the Phoenix Rising teen grief support group. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, both from the University of Florida. Polly is also a Certified Educator of Infant Massage, and a certified YoKid children’s yoga instructor.

JoAn Monplaisir, MSW, LCSW s a licensed clinical social worker with the home care adult and pediatric teams at Hospice of the Chesapeake. JoAn works with patients and families therapeutically to address anticipatory grief, healthy coping strategies, and referrals to community resources. Within her time working with hospice families, JoAn has recognized how social workers and helping professionals are integral to helping patients and families navigate the dying process. It’s in how you empathize and connect with the people who welcome you into their homes during their most vulnerable times, how you reflect your understanding of their needs back to them, and how you continue to help empower them to make difficult decisions. JoAn received her BA in Psychology from the State University of New York at Geneseo and MSW in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work.

Sarah Montgomery, LCSW-C is the Coordinator of Children and Family Programs at Chesapeake Life Center, a program service of the Hospice of the Chesapeake. She has over 20 years clinical experience providing individual, family, and group counseling in a variety of settings, including school-based, outpatient psychiatry and community-based organizations. She is also the co-author of three books including the Clinical Uses of Drawings, Helping Your Depressed Teenager, and Supporting Children After a Suicide Loss, and a recent publication SupportingChildren after a Drug-related Loss as well as numerous other articles. She has presented widely at both local and national conferences on a variety of topics including suicide and overdose loss, ambiguous loss, grieving children and griefs impacts on family systems.

Roberta Rook, LCPC has 20 years’ experience in the field of counseling. For fifteen years, she has been working as a Bereavement Counselor and Program Coordinator for the bereavement counseling department of Hospice of the Chesapeake, which is now known as Chesapeake Life Center. Roberta received a post-graduate Certificate in Thanatology (the study of death, dying, and bereavement) in 1999. She has training in several expressive therapeutic techniques, including SoulCollage®, the Mandala Assessment Research Instrument, and sand therapy. She has conducted trainings and presentations on grief-related issues for hospice staff, volunteers, and professionals from the community at large.

Amy R. Stapleton, LCPC is the Manager for Bereavement Services at the Chesapeake Life Center at Hospice of the Chesapeake. She brings a depth of experience from working with individuals and families during times of crisis and loss in various settings including hospitals, youth and family service centers and nonprofit community mental health agencies. While she currently sees clients across the life span, her passion is working with children, young adults and their families to increase resiliency and develop coping skills as they incorporate loss into their lives.

Genevieve Lightfoot-Taylor, MSN, CFNP, CHPN is board certified in hospice and palliative care. She joined Hospice of the Chesapeake in May 2006 and was an important part of the creation of Chesapeake Palliative Medicine in 2012 to serve those patients who are living with complex illness. She holds a Bachelor of Arts honors degree from Fourah Bay College, University Of Sierra Leone; Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from Excelsior College, Albany, New York; and MSN, FNP from Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland.

Stephanie Trifoglio, MD was born in Staten Island, N.Y. She received her B.S. degree from Yale University and her M.D. degree from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Mexico. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency in 1989. She has been Board Certified in Internal Medicine since 1989, in Geriatrics since 1994, with updated recertification in both specialties in 2003. She recertified again in Geriatrics in 2013. Dr. Trifoglio is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. This is an honor that marks academic achievement and community service among internists. In 2013, she was named by Aging Well Magazine as one of five Noteworthy Geriatricians nationwide. For over twenty years, she has given lectures to senior citizens, school groups, medical residents, and other physicians in Maryland and across the country. She speaks on topics ranging from aging in place, dementia, and menopause, to palliative care.

Alvin Reaves, III, MD, FACP, FAAHPM is currently the Director of Palliative Care at Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Clinton, Maryland. Dr. Reaves is a hospice & palliative medicine specialist, has been practicing for more than 20 years, is board certified in Internal Medicine and completed a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Reaves completed his undergraduate studies at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and later earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He received his internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. where he was appointed Chief Resident. Prior to fellowship, Dr. Reaves was in private practice in Internal Medicine for 2 ½ years in Orangeburg, South Carolina before transitioning to Hospitalist Medicine in 2005 at The Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg. While there, he served as Associate Director of Hospitalists and Medical Director of Palliative Care.

Reverend Renee Norwood began her career as a Hospice Chaplain in 2003 working for Optum Hospice and currently works for Hospice of the Chesapeake as part of the interdisciplinary team developing spiritual assessments and care plans. Rev. Norwood also provides pastoral counseling, bereavement support, officiates weddings, funerals and administers sacramental services for patients and families in Prince George’s County. Reverend Norwood received her MDiv from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC and her Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Loyola College in Columbia, Maryland. She is also an LCPC. She was ordained as an ordained Itinerant Elder in the AME church and is currently on staff at Reid Temple AME Church. She is the ministry leader for intercessory prayer and comfort. Reverend Norwood received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Gettysburg College, in Gettysburg, PA in 1982.

Imran Siddiqi, MD specializes in critical care medicine at University of Maryland Capital Region Health. He received his medical degree from Dow University of Health Sciences in Karachi, Pakistan. As well his attended residencies at SUNY at Buffalo in Internal Medicine; University Of Missouri-Kansas City in Critical Care Medicine; and University Of Missouri-Kansas City in Pulmonary Disease

Dr. Siddiqui is board certified in Critical Care Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pulmonary Disease.

Marcus A. Anderson, LCSW currently serves as a Clinical Liaison at Hospice of the Chesapeake. He is a proud graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where he obtained a dual Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Criminal Justice. While working as a Crime Scene Investigator he volunteered in a group home that housed teens ages 16+ who were sexually abused and had a mental health diagnosis. While working with these teens, he felt drawn to the idea of improving the lives of at risk youth and helping improve the quality of life for all people. With this decision he enrolled and graduated from the Masters of Social Work program from Virginia Commonwealth University. After several years of working in the District of Columbia as a clinician, he found a joy in working in end of life care also known as Hospice. While serving the community he observed a significant deficit in knowledge of how helpful comfort care is in the African-American Community. With this in mind he strives to educate the Prince George’s Community not only about Hospice care but also the importance and need for Advanced Care Planning.

Pastor Victor O. Kirk, Sr. serves as Pastor of the Sharon Bible Fellowship Church located in Lanham, Maryland, he leads with an exciting vision that calls for developing a “Passion for God through preaching, prayer and praise which will result in compassion for people.” Pastor Kirk’s affiliation with Sharon Bible Fellowship Church dates back to when he assumed the position of Executive Pastor serving under founder, Bishop Keith W. Reed, Sr. He worked diligently as his assistant for four years until being asked to take on the role as Senior Pastor in 2004. Hindsight reveals prior preparation for this office during his tenure as the Youth Pastor at Beulah Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA, Senior Pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Paoli, PA, and as an Associate Pastor of Sharon Baptist Church also in Philadelphia. He received his degree in biblical studies from The Philadelphia College of the Bible and the New Life Bible Institute in Norristown, PA, where he later served as the Assistant Dean of Education. He also holds a certificate in Pastoral studies from the Moody Bible Institute.

Rudolph Willis, MD is board certified in Internal Medicine and Oncology. Dr. Willis joined the Chesapeake Palliative Medicine team in August 2017. Previously, Dr. Willis was the Chief of Medical Oncology beginning in 2005 and Vice Chief of Staff at Eastern Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since 2011. As well, Dr. Willis served as Adjunct, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Drexel College of Medicine from 2011 – 2017. He received his Medical Degree in 1977 from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology/Chemistry from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.