Our Leadership

Our leaders share a deep commitment to quality, compassionate end-of-life care that makes a difference in the lives of area residents and makes this region a better place to live. Our leaders come from diverse backgrounds, but all share a common mission and have deep roots within our community.

Northern Illinois Hospice Physicians

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John C. Myers, MD, FACS, FACC - Medical Director
Prior to joining Northern Illinois Hospice in October 2017, Dr. Myers served as SwedishAmerican Health System’s Director of Medical Affairs and Education, and was a cardiothoracic surgeon and Chief of Surgery for SwedishAmerican and Rockford Surgical Services, S.C. Board certified in both cardiothoracic surgery and general surgery, Dr. John Myers is a 1978 graduate of The Ohio State University and The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1981. He completed his general surgery residency in 1987, and cardiothoracic surgery in 1989, both at Ohio State University Hospitals. Dr. Myers also served as Lieutenant Colonel and surgeon for the United States Air Force, and advisor to the US Air Force Surgeon General, caring for soldiers during Operations Just Cause and Desert Storm. In addition to caring for Northern Illinois Hospice patients, he also mentors and teaches Professionalism to medical students at The University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford, and serves in an advisory capacity at SwedishAmerican. He serves on the SwedishAmerican Foundation Board of Directors as well as the Board of the Rock River Valley Blood Center. Dr. Myers is impressed by the teamwork and professionalism of the Northern Illinois Hospice staff and finds the team to be very patient-focused and caring.

Joseph Ross, MD
Dr. Ross is a physician in private practice and serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Family Medicine Residency program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. A graduate of Loyola Stritch Medical School, he completed his family practice residency at Rockford Medical Education Foundation and his faculty development fellowship at Michigan State University’s Office of Medical Education Research and Development.

Operating Board of Directors

Jon Aldrich, CPA, CFP®
Focus Financial Advisors

E. Thomas Carey, Pharm. D.
Director of Pharmacy Services, SwedishAmerican Hospital

Henrietta Dotson-Williams
Ret. - Human Services Department, 
City of Rockford

Bruce Ewald R.Ph.
Retired Pharmacist

Kristin Hamblock, MBA CPP
HR Manager, Rosecrance Health Network

Jane Kiley, APN-CNP, MS
Lenox Healthcare for Women

Kathy Lundy
Chem Processing, Inc.

Michelle Masters
Senior Director, NFP

Carol Moll, CTFA®
Alpine Trust & Investment Group

Scott Olson
Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd.

Jerry Paris
Business Consultant

Betsy Pierson, CFA®
Alpine Trust and Investment Group

Thomas Schiller, MD, MBA
SwedishAmerican Health System

Jennifer Spencer, AIA - Architect
Gary W. Anderson Architects

Gary Tiffany, MSFS, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF
Pekin Life Insurance Company

Katie Zimmerman
Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office

The Executive Committee of the Northern Illinois Hospice Operating Board of Directors includes President Jon Aldrich, Vice President Scott Olson, Secretary Jerry Paris, Treasurer Betsy Pierson, Immediate Past Presidents Carol Moll, Bruce Ewald, and Foundation President Gary Tiffany.

Foundation Board of Directors

Jon Aldrich, CPA, CFP®
Focus Financial Advisors

Keri Benhoff
FurstSearch, LLC

Kimberly Blascoe
Wipfli LLP

Allie Branca, CFP®, AAMS®
McKinney Asset Management
of Raymond James®

Kelly Dinsmore
SwedishAmerican, Division of UW Health

Steven J. Elsberg, CLU
Mass Mutual

Hon. Gerald Grubb
Ret. - Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court

Brecken Haak
Associated Bank

Barbara Holmstrom
Community Volunteer

Julie Humpal
RE/MAX Property Source

Derek Kiley
Integrated HomeCare Services

Scott Olson
Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd.

Jerry Paris
Business Consultant

Michael J. Schappert
HolmstromKennedyPC

Jody Schumacher
RK Dixon

Bill Thiede
Powmet

Gary Tiffany, MSFS, CLU, ChFC, LUTCF
Pekin Life Insurance Company

Michael J. Tulley
Emeritus

The Executive Committee of the Northern Illinois Hospice Foundation Board of Directors includes President Gary Tiffany, Vice President and Secretary Mike Schappert, and Treasurer Jon Aldrich.


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