Suzanne Faith, RN Psych, Senior Director, Hope Dementia & Alzheimer's Services

Suzanne Faith, is a Certified Dementia Care Professional and Psychiatric Nurse specializing in the management of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Long considered an expert in the field of caregiving and dementia care, Suzanne's unique approach to dementia care has helped to guide thousands of families over the past 30 years. Suzanne has served on the Massachusetts working group to create the Massachusetts Alzheimer's Disease Plan, and helped create and implement the Massachusetts Silver Alert Policy. She has received numerous grants from the federal government to teach family caregivers and is regularly asked to participate in interviews and forums where expertise in the knowledge of dementia care management is required.

Ann E. Geagan, MSW, LICSW, Director of Bereavement and Community Services, Hope Community Care

Ann E. Geagan is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She has been providing grief counseling and conducting bereavement and caregiver support groups for over seven years in hospice and community settings. She worked for three years in an ambulatory oncology practice as an oncology social worker where she provided education and counseling to individuals undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Prior to working in the hospice field, Ann was employed as a psychotherapist for community mental health agencies and in elementary and middle schools for over twenty-five years.

Ellen McCabe, RN, CHPN, Director of Professional Education, HopeHealth

Ellen McCabe, RN, is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care nurse and has worked in hospice care for over 20 years. She is certified through the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, has experience in acute care hospitals, hospice inpatient units and home-based care. She is a certified ELNEC and EPEC trainer. Her clinical expertise focuses specifically in pain and symptom management at the end of life, grief and loss, and end stage dementia. She provides continuing education to health professional partners with the goal of increasing access to hospice and palliative care in the community.

Melissa Weidman, Director of Community Relations and Outreach, HopeHealth

For the past decade, Melissa Roberts Weidman has worked in community relations and outreach for HopeHealth, a visionary healthcare organization. She served in a similar role at the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, a national environmental advocacy group. She also ran staff and management training at the world-renowned Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Melissa served as Executive Director of AGREE – A Center for Dispute Settlement, a pioneering community mediation program in New York. She has extensive experience and skills in facilitation, conflict resolution, training, writing, and community advocacy.

Guest Faculty

Betty Diane Morgan, Ph.D., Associate Professor Emeritus at University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Dr. Betty D. Morgan is a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist and a certified ELNEC trainer. She worked with a variety of medically ill patients and people with HIV/AIDS. Her research interests include pain and addictive disorders, psychiatric mental health, HIV/AIDS, and palliative and end-of-life care. She published articles in a variety of nursing journals, co-authored several book chapters and is co-author of Psychiatric and Mental Health Essentials in Primary Care. She graduated from Grace-New Haven School of Nursing and completed a B.A. in legal services and labor studies from University of Massachusetts Boston. She received an MSN from Yale School of Nursing and completed a Ph.D. in nursing at Boston College. She has a post-graduate certificate in alcoholism and drug abuse from the Boston University School of Social Work.

Nellee Fine, RN, BSN, MA, AOCN, Hematology/Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist and Palliative Care Team Member, Lahey Clinic Medical Center

Nellee Fine is an advanced hematology/oncology clinical nurse specialist. She is a trainer for the Oncology Nursing Society and a certified ELNEC trainer. She holds leadership roles at the Oncology Nursing Society and is a charter member of the Boston chapter of the ONS. She is a board member of the Massachusetts Pain Initiative. She published articles in a variety of nursing journals and presented at numerous conferences on cancer related topics, symptom and pain management, advanced directives and wellness. Nellee received an MSN from New York University and a BSN from Skidmore College.

Carol Curtiss, MSN, RN-BS, Consultant and owner of Curtiss Consulting

Carol Curtiss is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker in pain and symptom management, cancer survivorship, palliative care and end-of-life care. She authored more than 40 professional publications. She is the past national president of the Oncology Nursing Society and is board-certified in pain management nursing. Her consulting work spans a variety of clinical settings, including home care, long term care, ambulatory care, acute care and hospice settings. She is adjunct clinical instructor at Tufts University School of Medicine, a national trainer for ELNEC and master faculty for the American Society for Pain Management Nursing. Carol received an MSN from Yale University, a BS from American International College and a diploma in nursing from the Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing. 



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