​Presenters

Dawn Gross 
Dawn M. Gross, M.D., Ph.D., FAAHPM

Dr. Gross is an Attending Physician with the Department of Hospital Medicine, Palliative Care Service, with the University of California, San Francisco. She also is a Radio Host of Dying To Talk on KALW 91.7 FM. She graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine with an M.D. and a Ph.D. She completed a Medical Residency Program with Tufts-New England Medical Center (NEMC) and a Fellowship in Hematology with an emphasis on Bone Marrow Transplant at Stanford University. Her Triple specialization in internal medicine, hematology (with a focus on bone marrow transplantation), and hospice and palliative medicine, affords her the ability to champion diverse, high functioning interdisciplinary teams, giving rise to opportunities for institutional collaborations internally and externally. Growing teams of visionary and passionate professionals from all disciplines aligned on the premise that we are always both mentor and mentee, inspires education, innovation and compassionate care. It is this profoundly humane level of care that empowers each of us to live full lives through our final exhale.

Lizzy Miles 
Lizzy Miles, MA, MSW, LSW

Lizzy Miles, MA, MSW, LSW, is a hospice social worker, and a writer, editor and board member for Pallimed.org. Lizzy is a passionate advocate for hospice and palliative care and has presented her research and experiences at national and international conferences. Lizzy is best known for bringing the Death Café concept to the United States. Death Cafes are free events for the community to engage in conversations about death and dying. Lizzy’s Death Café work has been acknowledged in many media outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Lizzy has a Master's degree in Journalism in addition to her MSW.

Kenneth Rosenfeld
Kenneth Rosenfeld, M.D.

Kenneth Rosenfeld, M.D., is a Hospice and Palliative Medicine & Geriatric Medicine Physician at University Hospital. He is a Senior Clinical Instructor of Medicine with CWRU School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Duke University and received his M.D. from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. He completed a residency of Internal Medicine with Brigham and Women's Hospital and a Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has over 15 years of clinical practice experience working with patients and families and has expertise in Health Services Research, Medical Ethics, Quality Improvement, Quality of Care, Design Thinking.


Patricia Schraff
Patricia J. Schraff, J.D., LISW

Patricia J. Schraff, J.D., LISW is a principal in the law firm of Schraff & King Co., L.P.A, 2802 SOM Center Rd., Willoughby Hills, OH 44094. Schraff & King is an elder and disabilities law firm Ms. Schraff is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) and is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association Commission on Specialization for the Supreme Court of Ohio as an elder law specialist. Her practice is concentrated in the areas of estate planning and administration, guardianship, probate litigation, and long term care and benefits planning. She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section and Elder and Special Needs Law Committee, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Estate Planning Section and The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and its Guardianship Special Interest Group. She is attorney for the Geauga County Department on Aging’s legal services program. She is also a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW).

John P. Thomas, J.D. 
John P. Thomas, J.D.

John P. Thomas, J.D. received his B.A. degree from Boston College in 2002 in Political Science and Economics, and received his J.D. degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 2005. Mr. Thomas is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Lake County Bar Association, Ohio Bar Association, Parma Bar Association, and American Bar Association.Mr. Thomas is a Board Member of the Lake County Council on Aging, and Trustee of the Parma Bar Association. He formerly served as Treasurer of The Association of Specialists in Aging, which promotes the well-being of older persons in Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula Counties. Mr. Thomas concentrates his practice in the areas of elder law, estate planning and administration, business litigation and probate litigation. He has been named a 2010 Rising Star in Ohio Super Lawyers, and received the Ohio State Bar Foundation 2015 Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under in District 18.

Mary E. Murphy, M.Ed., LPC 
Mary E. Murphy, M.Ed., LPC

Mary E. Murphy, M.Ed., LPC is a Bereavement Coordinator with Hospice of the Western Reserve. She graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Science and has a Master’s in Education, Community Mental Health and School Guidance from Cleveland State University. Mary Murphy has worked with children in a variety of settings over the past two decades as an elementary school teacher, school guidance counselor, and as mental health worker specializing in children with PTSD. She has also worked with adults and children regarding grief and loss.

Stephen C. Blonder Adams, M. Div. 
Stephen C. Blonder Adams, M. Div.

Stephen C. Blonder Adams, M. Div., is a Spiritual Care Coordinator with Hospice of the Wester Reserve, an ordained Presbyterian Minister, and a Healing Touch Practitioner. He received his Masters of Theology from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh PA. He has been doing direct spiritual care along with providing education and presentions on Spiritual Care and Cultural Diversity issues in Hospice and End of Life Care since 1993.

Petique Oeflein, RN, NP-C, ACHPN

Petique Oeflein, RN, NP-C, ACHPN, is on the Education Team at Hospice of the Western Reserve and serves as a Nurse Practitioner and clinical educator. She graduated from Ursuline College with an MSN. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner and is a certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse. Her clinical experience is in providing Palliative Care to patients within Hospice of the Western Reserve’s community based palliative care program. As of 2014, I transitioned to the Education Team within Hospice of the Western Reserve’s Institute to further Hospice education and research.

Sarah Blowers MSN, ANP-BC, BSN, RN, ACHPN 
Sarah Blowers MSN, ANP-BC, BSN, RN, ACHPN

Sarah Blowers MSN, ANP-BC, BSN, RN, ACHPN is an MSN graduate of Ursuline College. She is a Nurse Practitioner certified in Hospice and Palliative Care. My clinical experience is in providing Palliative Care to patients within Hospice of the Western Reserve’s community based palliative care program.

Lisa M. Bruening, M.S., CCC-SLP

Lisa M. Bruening, M.S., CCC-SLP, is the Director of Care Services with The ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter and is a Speech Therapist. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master of Science-Communicative Disorders. I have over 20 years working as a Speech Therapist and over 15 years with the ALS Associations, Northern Ohio Chapter. I have worked to provide care and services for many people with ALS that are dealing with their advanced illness and the transitions that occur.

Becky Kiely, M.A. ATR-BC 
Becky Kiely, M.A. ATR-BC

Becky Kiely, M.A. ATR-BC is an Art therapist with Hospice of the Western Reserve. She is part of the Expressive therapies team. She has been providing art therapy to Patients and families in homes, inpatient settings, alternative homes, and facilities for over 13 years.. She received a Bachelor of Science in Art therapy from Bowling Green and a Master of Arts in Art therapy from Ursuline College. Currently, I am sitting on the Leadership Council board at Bowling Green State University providing expertise in the field.

Sarah Paczak Chappell, MT-BC 
Sarah Paczak Chappell, MT-BC

Sarah Paczak Chappell, MT-BC is a Music Therapist for the Groovy Garfoose. Sarah works as a music therapist for this private practice serving Cuyahoga and Summit County. After spending over 5 years working in the hospice setting, Sarah has recently gone back to her roots as a music therapist working in the classroom with children and adolescents who have exceptionalities. She obtained her Bachelors of Music at Ohio University and completed my music therapy internship with The Music Settlement in Cleveland, Ohio. She has been a Board-Certified Music Therapist since 2009.

Stacey Heffernan, M.Ed.

Stacey Heffernan, M.Ed., received her M.Ed. in Education from Cleveland State University. She is currently the Education and Outreach Manager with the Alzheimer’s Association. The Education and Outreach Manager position supports the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter by supervising the delivery of education programs and coordinating outreach opportunities in 5 counties in Northeast Ohio.

Mary Ann Walker, ADC, DCP

Mary Ann Walker, ADC, DCP, is a Support Group Specialist with the Alzheimer’s Association. She facilitates community care giver support groups and groups for those diagnosed with the disease. She is a Certified Activities Director and a Dementia Care Practitioner. She has over 25 years of experience working with those that have Alzheimer’s and need dementia care.

Tony Thomas, LISW-S, ACSW

Tony Thomas, LISW-S, ACSW, is the Executive Director of Welcome House Inc. He obtained his Master of Social Science Administration (MSSA) from Case Western Reserve University. He has over 17 years of experience in working with his agency to bring a new program of spiritual care and end of life care to the Developmental Disabilities population.

Jennifer Martnick CNP, MSN, BSN, RN, ACHPN
Jennifer Martnick CNP, MSN, BSN, RN, ACHPN

Jennifer Martnick CNP, MSN, BSN, RN, ACHPN is a Nurse Practitioner with Hospice of the Western Reserve and the Team Leader for Palliative Care Western Reserve Navigator. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Ursuline College. She is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse. She has over 10 years of working in hospice care and 3 years of working in palliative care. She has experience in managing symptoms of cancer patients both pharmacological and non-pharmacological.

Joan Hanson RN, BSN, CHPCA

Joan Hanson RN, BSN, CHPCA is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator and is the Director of Western Reserve Navigator, Palliative Care Program. She graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She is at Kent State University where she is currently enrolled in a Nursing Master’s Program. She was the Director of New Life Hospice for 8 years and the Director of WRN Palliative Care Program for five years.