Board of Directors
Ruth L. Constant
Beaumont , Port Arthur & Wichita Home Health, Victoria, TX
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Andrea L. Devoti
Vice President Policy, Meetings and Education, National Association for Home Care & Hospice,
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Walter W. Borginis, III
VNA of Greater Philadelphia,
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Ruth L. Constant, Ed.D
Dr. Ruth L. Constant has served as chairman of NAHC, twice chairman of the Texas Association for Home Care, and head of the Home Health Care Nurses Association. She set up and developed the first home health agency in Texas certified under the Medicare program in 1966. She is founder, president, and CEO of Beaumont Home Health Service, Port Arthur Home Health Service, and Wichita Home Health Service, all founded in 1969. She was appointed to the honorary board of trustees of the Caring Institute and subsequently elected to its board of directors.
Andrea L. Devoti
Andrea L. Devoti is Vice President Policy, Meetings and Education, National Association for Home Care & Hospice, Washington, DC. Previously she was president and CEO of Neighborhood Health Agencies (NHA), Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania. NHA has been a local provider of home health, hospice, private duty, and Senior HealthLink services to the people in Chester County and the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania since 1912. She also served as chairman of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s board of directors. Devoti has over 30 years of health care experience, 12 in home care and hospice. She is a certified home care & hospice executive (CHCE) with a Master of Business Administration degree from Widener University and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.
Walter W. Borginis III
Walter Borginis is the CEO of the Visiting Nurse Service of Philadelphia which is the old homecare and hospice organization in America having been in business since 1886. Prior to taking the reigns, Borginis served as the CFO for the VNA of Philly helping the agency remain viable in difficult times. He was selected to the NAHC Board and served four years as NAHC’s Treasurer. He is credited with helping to make the decisions which have kept NAHC on track and allowed it to remain a forceful advocate for the nation’s home care and hospice organizations. Mr. Borginis is being inducted into the Homecare and Hospice Hall of Fame in October 2016.
Karen Marshall Thompson
Karen Marshall Thompson, RN, MS, CNS has over 36 years’ experience in Home Care. She is Director of Home Health Services and the Wound Healing Center at Southern Ohio Medical Center, and the Secretary of the National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) Board of Directors. She has a particular interest in advocacy and activism helping to shape federal legislation on regulations and reimbursement to protect the public and ensure the viability of the provider community. She has also served as President of the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice .
Denise R. Schrader
Denise R. Schrader is president and executive director of Visiting Nurses Association in Rockford, Illinois. She’s also vice president of care continuum and wellness at Rockford Health System, where she leads Mercy Home Health Care, Mercy Hospice Care, and Mercy Durable Medical Equipment. She has 31 years of experience in health care, the last 20 of them in home care administration. She has served as chair of the Home Health Care Nurses Association and is now NAHC’s chairman of the board. She has a master’s in nursing administration from Clarkson College and an advanced certificate in nursing administration from the American Nurses Credentialing Association.
Lucy Andrews is the founder and CEO of At Your Service Home Care, a concierge home care agency that provides essential services for seniors to age in place. With 33 years experience as a nurse and patient advocate, she offers a high level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.
Thomas Moreland is CEO of A Great Love Company and Marian Homes, where the focus is on both seniors’ physical and spiritual health. Before that he served as administrator of Heartland Home Health Care & Hospice, director of hospice at Bon Secours Health System, and CEO of Iowa Hospice, where he increased the business to a daily census of over 500 patients. He went on to found Spirit Homecare and Saint Jude Healthcare, which grew to have 14 hospice locations and one home health care location in five states. Moreland also serves on NAHC’s board of directors and its executive and audit committee.
Ellen Bolch, BSN, MSN, is an award winning telehealth pioneer, President and CEO of THA Group, and President of the Island Hospice Board of Directors. Bolch founded THA Group in 1995 with the vision that the future model of health care would be delivered in the home at the demand of the consumer. Bolch actively serves both health care and other nonprofit organizations on the national, regional, and local level. She has served on the Board of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice and is Chair of the National Medicaid Council affiliated with NAHC.
Mary Suther is a founding Board member of NAHC and of the Foundation for Hospice and Homecare. She served three terms as Chairman of the NAHC Board and four years as Chairman of the Foundation. Out of gratitude, she was honored as a lifetime member of the organization. She was the CEO of the VNA of Texas, the second largest freestanding agency in the United States and before that the VNA of Atlanta. She was inducted into the Homecare and Hospice Hall of Fame in 2007.
Kathleen M. Brennan
Kathleen Brennan has volunteered for 20 years as president of the Caring Institute, a nonprofit devoted to caring, integrity, and public service. She has also honored these values in her career. She was director of nursing for a veterans’ hospital that served the mentally impaired and developed pediatric home care and hospice programs for the Visiting Nurse Service of Los Angeles. She went on to found Specialized Home Nursing, one of the first agencies to care for those with AIDS. Together with her husband, Val J. Halamandaris, she produced Suffer Not the Little Children, a documentary that resulted in laws making it easier for special-needs children to receive care at home.
Val J. Halamandaris
Val J. Halamandaris is president of NAHC and the preeminent voice of home health. For 34 years, he has led NAHC to become one of the country’s most respected associations. Under his guidance, NAHC has broadened support for home health in the halls of Congress, where he served 20 years as counsel to both the House and Senate Committee on Aging. As a congressional investigator, he won fame for exposing nursing home abuse and rooting out fraud against seniors. His work has been featured on 60 Minutes, 20/20, and in national magazines such as Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News &World Report.