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 in New Haven with her husband and two children.  She is passionate about assisting the Hospice program in the community she was born and raised in.

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.

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

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.

Sue Alfieri | President
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.

Michelle Dowd

Tina Bourgeois

Judith Sabin Watson | Vice President
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.

Donna DuBois-Taylor

Donna DuBois- Taylor has lived in Oswego her entire life. She has been involved in medical care for her community since 1986 as an EMT, Nurse Aide, Home Health Aide, LPN, RN and lastly obtaining her NY State License in Massage in 2004. She has been involved with Hospice at the Oswego County Health Department since 2008.  She became involved with Camp Hollis in 2014 as a fill in Camp Nurse. In 2015 she decided to go to an orphanage in Kenya. To assist her in doing so, she took the full time RN position at Camp Hollis for the first time that summer and has been actively involved with Camp Hollis ever since. She loves working with the campers and counselors. 2017 she joined the Friends of Camp Hollis Board. Working in her community is her passion

James Karasek


Steve Chirello

Steve Chirello formed Chirello Advertising in 1996 and has been a professional marketer/communicator for more than 30 years.He has worked for two Central NY advertising agencies, was chief advertising writer for the Transicold Division of Carrier Corporation, served as public relations manager for The Miller Brewing Company (Philip Morris USA), and was the first Director of Community Relations for Syracuse University.  He is also an adjunct professor in Communication Studies at SUNY Oswego.He brings the unique combination of having worked for two Fortune 100 companies, a large, private university, and the entrepreneurial experience of a small business owner.

Michelle recently joined the board that she initiated 25years ago while acting at the volunteer coordinator for the Oswego County Hospice Program. As an RN she was employed at the Oswego County Health Department for 22 years. For the last 13 years of her career at OCHD she acted as the Volunteer Coordinator and a member of the hospice team. She is proud of the role she had in the growth of the Hospice program. She is delighted to see some of the early projects (Camp Rainbow and the Hospice Regatta, for example) have continued to remain an integral part of the work of the board and that there are volunteers that joined during her tenure who are still active and support hospice in various ways. The philosophy and goals of hospice work never left her as she continued to work as an RN, described by her as a “hospice heart”.She retired in 2017 from Upstate Medical Center and enjoys living on Sandy Pond with her husband, Don and her dog, “Luna”. She has 3 grown children. She and Don love to travel in the winter months with their RV “where ever the weather is good”.