Amber Shumway
Amber worked as a LPN at Oswego County OBGYN for 12 years and helped to develop and start the community program Smoke free for Baby and me. Graduated from Cayuga Community college and currently working for Oswego Health as a RN. After a few years on their med/surg unit, she now works at the Fulton urgent care.

Amber enjoys delivering home town care and also loves running half marathons and obstacle races in her free time. She lives in New Haven with her husband. She is a new board member as of 2018 and looking forward to working collaboratively with her fellow board members.

Elena Twiss | Executive Director
Elena is the Executive Director of the Friends of Oswego County Hospice.  Elena graduated from SUNY Oswego with a BA in Human Development.  Her passion has always been working with the geriatric population. She worked part time for the Friends of Oswego County Hospice before becoming the Executive Director in March of 2018.

Elena lives with her husband Patrick, their two fur babies and their baby girl in New Haven.  She is passionate about assisting the Hospice program in the community she was born and raised in.

Renante Ignacio,  MD, FACP, AGSF, CMD
Dr. Ignacio is a Geriatrician and Palliative Care Physician and currently serves as Medical Director of various SNF and ALF. He serves as board member of the Friends of Hospice. He remains active in local, state and national organizations to foster geriatric care. He currently serves as the Chair of the Clinical Practice Steering Committee of the American Medical Directors Association. He is a board member of New York Drug Utilization Review Board. He also serves as the Chair of Oswego Hospital’s Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee.

Dawn Leduc
Dawn was the Volunteer/Community Support Coordinator for the Friends of Oswego County Hospice
for 6 years, and retired in July 2014. She has been an active volunteer for Oswego County Hospice since 2002 and was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2016. Dawn was nominated for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization for "Patient Service Award" and is part of the "We Honor Veteran's" pinning/recognition program for Hospice.

In 2017 she became a member of the Board of Directors for the Friends of Oswego County Hospice.
Dawn lives in Oswego with her husband Mike and has three grown children.

Jane Nalle
Jane has lived in Oswego since she was 5 years old after her dad was transferred and stationed at the Naval MilitiaBuilding on Lake Street with the United States Navy. Her parents loved Oswego and settled here to raise their 4 children. Jane knew from a young age that she wanted to be a nurse. During her Senior year at Oswego Catholic High School, she applied and was accepted into St Elizabeth College of Nursing in Utica NY.

She graduated in 1979 and accepted an RN position at Oswego Hospital. She spent the next 38 years as a staff surgical nurse, Senior RN, Operating Room Supervisor and lastly Director of Surgical Services.
She received her Certification in Operating Room Nursing in 1988, was a member of Nurse Executives of CNY and continued her Education at American Sentinal University. She retired from Oswego Hospital in September 2017. Jane lives in the town of Oswego with her husband Stan who recently retired from Exelon at Nine Mile Point 2. They raised 3 children: Erin, Meghan and Stephen and are the proud grandparents of Ella, Callen, Maci and Lila.

Josie LaTulip | Treasurer
Josie retired from Oswego County DSS after 33 years of service. She has been a Hospice volunteer for 12 years, is the treasurer of the Friends of Hospice board as well as the volunteer liaison.

She is on the supervisory committee for the Oswego County Federal Credit Union, and is an active member of St. Mary’s Church, The Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Elk’s Club. Josie is a lifelong resident of Oswego and enjoys volunteering and playing on golf and bowling leagues in her spare time.

Rhonda Hutchins | President
Rhonda is the Vice President of Compliance/CRA/Fair Lending Officer at Pathfinder Bank. She has been a Friends of Oswego County Hospice Board Member since 2013, currently serving as Secretary. Previous Board member of Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County, Habitat for Humanity, Oswego County Housing Development Council and volunteer for a number of not-for-profit organizations in the community. She lives in the community with husband David, has four grown children and family dog, Lulu.

Kathleen A. Smith
Kathleen is a lifetime resident of Oswego and graduated from Oswego schools. She is married toTerrance Smith and they have two grown children and two grandchildren. Kathleen started her career in nursing as an L.P.N. at Oswego Hospital and eventually went on to receive her R.N. and B.S.N. She was employed by the Oswego County Health Dept. as a case manager in Home Care in 1977 and continued on in Public Health, receiving an M.S. in Health Services Management. She eventually retired after 31 years in various capacities, includingSupervising Public Health Nurse and Director of Patient Services, lastly as Public Health Director. A high point in those years was in 1989 when, with the guidance and leadership of Dr.James Grant and Commissioner Rupert Collins, the Nursing service developed and implemented, among many other new programs, the Oswego County Hospice program. Now, as a Board member of the Friends of Oswego County Hospice and as a non-direct volunteer she is still involved with this wonderful program and so proud of the services they have provided to the residents of Oswego County these past almost 30 years.

Terri Richardson - Secretary
Terri has lived in Oswego for 26 years with her Husband Tom and their two boys Brennon and Austin. She works at Pathfinder Bank in Oswego, in the Human Resources Department. Terri enjoys volunteering and serves as the secretary for the Oswego Laker Swim Club.  She is also the Pathfinder Bank’s Co-Captain for their Relay For Life team

Meet Our Board

Judith Sabin Watson
Judy holds a Bachelors’ degree in Nursing and a Masters in Health Care Administration. She was employed by the Oswego County Health Dept. in a variety of nursing positions for over 35 years. She served as a Supervising Public Nurse for Preventive Services and Hospice. She retired as the Director of Patient Services. In addition to serving on the Friends of Hospice, she is the Chairperson of the Oswego Town Planning Board and volunteers for the CNY Cat Coalition.

Helen Hoefer | Vice President

Becky Miller, SPHN
Becky is the Supervising Public Health Nurse/Patient Care Coordinator with Oswego County Hospice.She began her career as a nurse’s aide while in high school and climbed the career ladder earning her LPN license in 1983, an associate degree in nursing from Jefferson Community College in 1990 and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Roberts Wesleyan college in 2016. She is a licensed Registered Nurse with New York State. She always had a passion for end of life care and joined the Oswego County Health Department in 2009 working in the homecare division initially, then joining the hospice team as a case manager. After earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing, Becky accepted a promotion to Supervising Public Health Nurse. Becky lives in the community and has three children, twin boys and a daughter. She is a member of the Oswego County Comets motorcycle riding club and is proud to serve the community of Oswego County.

Mary Christine (Chris) O'Connor
Chris is the Execcutive Assistant for Friends of Hospice since November 2017. She is also a Volunteer for Oswego County Hospice. Chris was born and raised in Oswego and has two grown children.

Sue Alfieri
Sue is a lifetime Oswego resident.  She graduated with a Chemistry degree from Oswego State and has worked for the various owners of the nuclear plants for 33 years.  Currently she is the Training Lead for the Emergency Preparedness program for Corporate Exelon.  She is a strong supporter of various organizations including Hospice, Paws Across Oswego County (where she rescued her sweet little Maltese, Freddie), and Peaceful Remedies.  She is excited about the opportunity to help Friends of Hospice to become more well known in our community.

Meghan Sherman
Meghan lives in Hannibal and grew up in the town of Oswego attending Oswego City Schools. She is a Senior Loan Officer at Oswego County Federal Credit Union and has been there for 7 years. She does several community activities and volunteering with the Credit Union. She has been married for 4 years to husband, Eric Sherman and has a 1-year old son, Tripp.  They enjoy the outdoors, boating, riding motorcycles, and their two Jack Russell Terriers. Her family has been personally touched by Hospice and she is proud to become a Friends of Oswego County Hospice board member in 2019.

Ashley E.A. Lawton, MS LMHC NCC RPT-S CCPT-S
Ashley Lawton is an Assistant Director at Integrative Counseling Services. She is also an adjunct professor at SUNY Oswego. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at the State University of New York at Oswego. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) through the state of New York. Ashley is credentialed as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). She is also credentialed in Play Therapy as a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S) through the Association for Play Therapy (APT) and as a Child-Centered Play Therapist Supervisor (CCPT-S) through the National Institute of Relationship Enhancement (NIRE). Ashley has presented on various Play Therapy topics, often relating to grief and loss. She is a member of the committee that plans and organizes Friends of Oswego County Hospice’s Camp Rainbow of Hope and volunteers every summer as a Healing Circle Facilitator for the past 10 years.  At Integrative Counseling Services Ashley provides counseling to adolescents and young adults, as well as Play Therapy to children. Her duties as Assistant Director include overseeing staff, supervising the coordination of intakes, supervision of graduate interns, handling day to day operations, and managing crisis situations as they arise.

Eric Cullinan

Michelle Dowd

Tina Bourgeois