Our Inspirational Speakers

Dianne Gray is the President of Hospice and Healthcare Communications, an international firm focused on creating and furthering advocacy projects and education/communications initiatives involving all aspects of end-of-life and palliative care.   

Dianne is a nationally recognized speaker, award winning writer/journalist, film producer, master collaborator and project director.  She is also a passionate advocate for improved communication and care for seriously ill patients, their families and the loved ones they leave behind.

Ken Ross is the son of the late Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, pioneering legend in the hospice and palliative care arena.  Elisabeth, famous for her wit and voracious appetite for life, is best known for her seminal publication, On Death and Dying. 

Dr. Gloria Horsley is the Founder and President of the Board for the Open to Hope Foundation and is an internationally known grief expert, psychotherapist, and bereaved parent.

Dr. Heidi Horsley is a licensed psychologist and social worker, and is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Open to Hope Foundation.  Heidi is in private practice in Manhattan (www.DrHeidiHorsley.com).

Stephen Kiernan was born in Newtonville, NY the sixth of seven children. A graduate of Middlebury College, he received a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Over two-plus decades as a journalist he has won 40 awards, including the Bechner Institute's Freedom of Information Award, the Gerald Loeb Award for financial journalism (two time commentary finalist) and the George Polk Award.

Jennifer Steinman, Co-Founder of the film production company, Smush Media, has over 14 years of experience in television and filmmaking. She has established herself professionally as a creative storyteller, with a keen sense of pace and timing and the ability to tap into the heart and emotion of a story.  Steinman began her career as a Film Editor at CBS, both in New York and San Francisco.

Samira K. Beckwith, LCSW, FACHE has more than thirty year’s leadership experience in healthcare, focused on economically expanding the continuum of care, providing greater access, and shaping public policy on all levels.

 

Eric Ellsworth Hipple is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round of the 1980 NFL Draft. A quarterback from Utah State, Hipple played in ten NFL seasons for the Lions in the 1980's.

As a result of his fifteen-year-old son's suicide in 2000, Hipple chose to dedicate his life to educating people around the world about the dangers of depression and the potential for empowerment and mental wellness through knowledge on the topic.

Carole A. Fisher is honored to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of Nathan Adelson Hospice, bringing to the position, vast knowledge of the healthcare industry, a strong belief in the hospice philosophy, and a passion for the organization’s mission.  She is a visionary in her leadership and aspires for Nathan Adelson to be the hospice of choice, the employer of preference, and the training center of excellence.

Jennifer Hale, RN, BS, CHPN, is the Executive Director for the Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.  With more than 20 years experience as a clinician and health care manager, Jennifer leverages her knowledge of healthcare delivery and trends in regulatory matters to improve visibility of the organization at a variety of stakeholder tables including Georgia’s Department of Community Health, the Georgia Pain Initiative, the Healthcare Ethics Consortium of Georgia, and the Georgia Cancer Coalition.