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Our Leadership

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The Delaware Hospice Board of Trustees actively participates in establishing and maintaining our organization’s mission and vision. Each of these members demonstrates their support by making recommendations regarding our strategic direction, by providing counsel in legal and financial matters and by participating in fundraising. Their combined efforts help us to ensure all patients and families receive comfort, resources and support when it matters most.

Board Members

Sharon Leyhow, Chairman

Raymond D. Andrews, Treasurer

Karen Poore, Secretary

Allan E. Atzrott

Thomas E. Brown

F. Gene Donnelly

Janet Dougherty

Ronda L. Douglas

Robert Dressler, M.D.

Tamera L. Fair, Esq.

Tom Hoyer

Steve Ladin

Carol Leashefski

Kathleen Matt, MS, PhD

Terry M. Murphy

Robert Pierce

Laura C. Robelen

Clarence A. Smith, II

A. Dale Stratton

Joan Thomas, RN, MSN, FACHE

Susan D. Lloyd, MSN, RN, President, CEO

Andrew L. Himelstein, M.D., Medical Director

At Delaware Hospice, we’ve assembled a management team with a passion for improving access to end-of-life care. Each individual brings unique strengths and contributions which enable us to remain the leading provider of high quality care and comfort and to serve as a resource for end-of-life care education.

Our Leadership Team

Susan D. Lloyd, MSN, RN, President and CEO

M WebB Susan Lloyd 6268AFor over two decades, Susan Lloyd has provided national and regional leadership and support within the hospice community. As President and CEO of Delaware Hospice, she has upheld the organization’s mission and expanded its services, including establishing the Delaware Hospice Center, which offers patients 24-hour specialized care in an alternative setting to a hospital facility.

Lloyd also serves on the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Board of Directors as the Northeast Geographic Area Director, is a member of the NHPCO Hospice Action Network, and is actively involved on the organization’s public policy committee. In this role, she serves as an advocate to ensure that all Americans have access to high-quality care at the end-of-life. She has served as President of the Delaware Association of Home and Community Care and Delaware HIV Consortium and is the co-founder of the Delaware End-of-Life Coalition. Lloyd secured her undergraduate Nursing Degree from Bloomsburg University, holds her Master’s Degree in Nursing from Villanova University and holds her Certification in Hospice Administration.


Andrew L. Himelstein, M.D., Medical Director

andrewAs the medical director of Delaware Hospice, Dr. Himelstein provides support and direction to the organization’s care team members, consults with physicians and oversees care plans for Delaware Hospice patients. Known for his considerable efforts in mentoring others who work in palliative care as well as his hard work to improve quality standards, Dr. Himelstein was awarded a physician excellence award in hospice and palliative care from Delaware End-of-Life Coalition. He holds multiple board certifications, including hematology, oncology, and hospice and palliative medicine, and has conducted research and published numerous articles in these areas. Recognized as a “Top Doctor” by U.S. News, Dr. Himelstein received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his degree in medicine from Washington University School of Medicine.


Michelle Burris, MBA, FACMPE, Chief Financial Officer

Burris HeadshotAs Chief Financial Officer, Michelle Burris manages all the administrative functions at Delaware Hospice including accounting, facilities management, human resources, and information technology. She brings with her 18 years of accounting, finance, and operations experience, 10 of which are at the executive level, in for-profit and not-for-profit Health Care Services organizations. Michelle is an active member in the National and Pennsylvania Chapter of Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) serving as a Board member for the PA Chapter and actively involved in the Legislative and Education Committees. Once finishing her service in the United States Marine Corps, Michelle received her Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from Jacksonville State University, Alabama and her Masters of Business Administration from Monmouth University, New Jersey.


Sue Bernetich, BSc, CFRE, Vice President of Development

Sue-BernetichSue Bernetich oversees the Development Department including the Memorial Giving Program, Commemorative Brick Pathway, special events, grantwriting, the Capital Campaign, and Planned Giving. In addition to being a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Sue brings nearly 20 years of fundraising experience to Delaware Hospice. Active in the fundraising community, she serves as Secretary and Board member for the Brandywine Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Drexel University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Delaware.