Deb came to Heart of Hospice from her private practice and has her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, as well as completing the process as a Geriatric Mental Health Specialist. Deb has worn many hats since she started 6 ½ years ago. She has worked with our volunteers, palliative care team and currently offers bereavement support to our families and community
Her passion for doing Hospice work comes from personal experience with helping her own loved ones in their final days. She wanted to help others in this process. Her love for learning and people is evident in her work with our patients and families.
In her spare time Deb can be found reading, traveling or gardening; she loves spending time with her family and beloved dog Sami. Deb and her husband Jim are excitedly awaiting the arrival of their first grandbaby in July. Deb hopes to be a world traveler someday.
Deb could fill a book with her favorite quotes but a few that inspire her today are:
“Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.”—John Lennon
-NO DAY BUT TODAY!—from RENT
Angie graduated from Walla Walla University with a master’s degree in social work; her focus of study throughout both her BSW and MSW programs was with the elderly and in medical social work. Angie was excited to join Heart of Hospice in March 2010; hospice care gives her the opportunity to do both.
“I’ve met some amazing people—and feel honored they are willing to let me be a part of their life. I love the focus on living until the end, rather than on the pending death.”
Angie has two adult sons, Sean and Micah, and six beautiful grandchildren. Her hobbies include counted cross-stitch, reading, and music–piano and singing.
“Do it right the first time!”
Doug is a third-generation native of Portland, and has been a medical social worker for over 25 years, 17 of those in hospice care. He earned his MSW from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1987. Before landing at Heart of Hospice in 2013, Doug had worked with Legacy VNA Hospice for eight years, and OHSU for four years. He has come to see hospice care as the “crown jewel” of our health care system, with the inclusion of emotional and spiritual support to both patient and family, and an emphasis on dignity and self-determination at the end-of-life.
Doug is married to Fatima, who is originally from Spain. He is the father of two teenagers, and enjoys hiking, playing music, and has been a fan of the Portland Trail Blazers since they started up in 1970. He is also a student of Traditional Chinese Medicine in his spare time.
“Heal the Past, Live the Present, Dream the Future” — bumper sticker
Celeste attended four years of training in end-of-life care to make the career change to Chaplaincy, including two years at the Sacred Art of Living and Dying Center in Bend, OR and two years in Clinical Pastoral Education with the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy.
The graciousness of the patients and their families and the privilege of walking with them in their journey are what are most attractive to her about Hospice work. Her own family consists of her husband, two children, two children-in-law and 5 grandchildren along with various four-legged housemates.
Celeste enjoys living in the Gorge, walking the beach, reading, music, knitting and the outdoors.
”You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Jason came to Heart of Hospice in March 2015.
After completing his Clinical Pastoral Education he wanted to return to spiritual care. He enjoys meeting people and discovering what gives them meaning. He then uses that to help them with their transition. He also really enjoys collaborating with the Team to help his patients. Jason attended Pastor School of Religion in Berkley, California.
Jason is married, his wife Kelly is a minister at a church in White Salmon. Jason enjoys hiking, backpacking, worship planning, and gardening.