Deoudes named chair­man of Com­pass board

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Obituaries -

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Dur­ing the an­nual board meet­ing of Com­pass Re­gional Hospice in June, the new ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee was voted in. Kathy Deoudes was wel­comed back as board chair­man, Teresa Bau­mann was voted in as vice chair­man, Jan­ice Fee­ley as sec­re­tary and Ed Allen as trea­surer.

“I am so ex­cited to wel­come Kathy Deoudes back as our board chair,” Com­pass Re­gional Hospice Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Heather Guerieri said. “I have had the plea­sure of work­ing with Kathy for 10 years now. She is one of the most com­mit­ted vol­un­teers and board mem­bers I have ever worked with. She is ded­i­cated to our mis­sion and does what­ever it takes to con­tinue to help build on our in­cred­i­ble rep­u­ta­tion.”

Deoudes most re­cently served as board chair for Com­pass Re­gional Hospice from 2014 to 2017. This time, she fol­lows Tom Helfen­bein, who served as board chair from 2017 to 2018.

Deoudes also is the co-chair of the cap­i­tal cam­paign of Com­pass Re­gional Hospice, which cur­rently is un­der­way. Com­pass Re­gional Hospice is just $600,000 shy of reach­ing its ini­tial cap­i­tal cam­paign goal of $4 mil­lion, a cam­paign the or­ga­ni­za­tion em­barked on in 2016. The or­ga­ni­za­tion had sev­eral ob­jec­tives for the fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive, in­clud­ing fund­ing a four-bed ex­pan­sion to the Hospice Cen­ter in Cen­tre­ville, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of beds in the fa­cil­ity to 10; renovations to the Hope and Heal­ing Cen­ter, which houses Com­pass’ grief sup­port ser­vices pro­grams; renovations and the es­tab­lish­ment of the new Hospice Cen­ter in Ch­ester­town, which opened at the be­gin­ning of this year; fund­ing an en­dow­ment to sup­port Com­pass Re­gional Hospice in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caro­line coun­ties; and re­tir­ing the mort­gage debt on Com­pass’ main of­fice build­ing in Cen­tre­ville.

“So it can fo­cus its fund­ing and ef­forts on what’s re­ally im­por­tant – our pa­tients and their fam­i­lies,” Deoudes said re­cently dur­ing the Sept. 19 ground­break­ing event at the Hospice Cen­ter in Cen­tre­ville.

More than 214 in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, com­pa­nies and pri­vate foun­da­tions have par­tic­i­pated and do­nated to­ward the cam­paign, so far, Deoudes said.

Guerieri said the new ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers are no strangers to the Com­pass Re­gional Hospice all-vol­un­teer board. Bau­mann has been on the board for six years and is the out­go­ing trea­surer, now step­ping into the vice chair role.

Allen has been on the board for more than five years and now has stepped into the trea­surer role. Guerieri said he is the full-time chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer for Shore Banc­shares, so his new role on the board is a nat­u­ral fit for him.

Fee­ley has been elected to the role of sec­re­tary and has been on the board for six years. She has served as sec­re­tary in the past, as well, Guerieri said.

Other board mem­bers in­clude Tom Helfen­bein, Linda Bounds, Deb­bie Dean, Julie Gille­spie, Joyce Davis, Zeke Warner, Mar­sha Wilder, Paula Warner, Diane Pap­pas, Doug Pier­son, C. Ir ving Pin­der Jr., Gary Smith, Jenny Rhodes, Ja­son Ruth, Julie McMa­han Thomas and Mary Ellen Val­liant.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of all our board mem­bers and are blessed to have those who care and sup­port the Com­pass Re­gional Hospice mis­sion to lead our or­ga­ni­za­tion,” Guerieri said. “We are so lucky to have such ded­i­cated and skilled pro­fes­sion­als in their fields to vol­un­teer their time and trea­sures to our or­ga­ni­za­tion. It is an honor to work with Kathy, Teresa, Ed and Jan­ice, as well as our en­tire board of direc­tors and we thank them for their ser­vice.”


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