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Staff Bios

      Sue Carpenter, MSW, MPA – Director

  • "Prior to becoming the Director seven years ago, I worked directly with the patients and families as a social worker.  Initially I also was the Volunteer Coordinator and Bereavement Coordinator.  Through the years I have met and worked with many wonderful patients and families.  I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to accompany patients on their final journey.  Hospice is an extremely rewarding profession."

      Dawn Renzi, RN, CHPN - Clinical Coordinator

  • "As a hospice nurse for the past 20 years I have come to the realization that competent pain and symptom management must also go hand in hand with compassionate care.  Throughout the health care community there is an awareness of a wide gap between the reality of end of life care and the kind of care each of us would seek for those we love.  Morgantown hospice bridges that gap by providing competent and compassionate care.  The support Morgantown Hospice provides for both the patients and families is why I  have dedicated the past 20 years of my nursing care to our agency and the Morgantown community."

      Lori Pritchard, RN, CHPN - Clinical Educator

  • "After 15 years of being a nurse, I have found working with hospice patients to be very rewarding.  Being able to help patients stay in their homes in their last days of life has given me a sense of accomplishment.  Some of the most kind and compassionate people that I have had the honor of meeting have either been patients or their caregivers.  Working as a hospice nurse is a reminder to make the most of everyday and cherish the time you have with your families and loved ones."

      Michelle Hopkins, MSW, MPA, LGSW - Hospice Support Services Coordinator

  • "I am originally from Morgantown and have found the seven years serving my community to be fulfilling and rewarding.  The relationships you develop with families, patients, and colleagues go beyond the norm.  They are relationships that last a lifetime because you are sharing in a moment in someone's life that is as intimate as when they were born.  Hospice staff don't help patients die, they help them live with dignity and peace."

      Heather Young, MSW - Bereavement Coordinator

"As the Bereavement Services Coordinator, I work with our patients' families for at least 13 months after their death.  During this time, I am witness to the healing process first hand, and see many people successfully recover from grief.  In turn, I use these experiences to help reassure the newly bereaved that there will be brighter days ahead for them, as well.  Although I have only been with Hospice for little more than a year, I find it to be the most rewarding work I have ever accomplished."

      Kathleen Kennedy, MPH - Spiritual Counselor/Volunteer Coordinator

"I feel very privileged to be in a position to accompany our patients and their families through this time in their lives. I am also grateful to have the opportunity to work with the compassionate, generous volunteers who give their time to help improve the quality of our patients' lives.


      Laurel Dakan, MSW, LCSW - Social Worker

"Working in hospice has given me the honor to assist patients and families as they go through a challenging yet sacred time in their lives.  Through hospice, I have the opportunity to help with issues ranging from completing advanced directives to giving emotional support to a family member caring for a dying loved one."

      Tammy Corley, RN


      Karen Trump, RN CHPN

  • "I like working with hospice patients and their families to help give them quality of life and help make them comfortable in their finals days of life."

      Jackie Gray, RN CHPN

  • "I find working with Morgantown Hospice is a special privilege.  Supporting loved ones  dealing with end of life issues is both challenging and rewarding.  I have worked in the capacity as a staff nurse for Morgantown Hospice for 10 years and also in a similar capacity with Monongalia Health Dept."

      Tricia Moran, RN CHPN


      Vicki Perry, RN

  • "Work as a registered nurse holds many opportunities to make a difference in others lives as well as the people I care for making a difference in my life.  I have woarked at Mon General for 28 yeasrs.  The past 10 years I have been bringing my acquired skills and knowledge of an experienced registered nurse to hospice.  I have enjoyed working at Morgantown Hospice because I have the opportunity to interact with families throughout the community.  I hope to motivate, encourage and empower every family I meet and interact with.  It is my aim to allow families to take care of their loved ones at home, providing them with the knowledge and assistance necessary to do so.  It is important for familes to have the professional support of hospice to fully take care of their loved ones in a comfortable, private enviroment  during the most precious and sensitive time of their loved ones life." 

      Priscilla Rondy, RN

  • "Realizing that dying is very much a part of living, I find great satisfaction in helping my patients have the best quality of life in the quantity of time left."

      Tony Clevenger, RN (PRN)

"I obtained a BSN in Nursing at Alderson Broaddus College, I have worked at Mon General Hospital since 2003.  While obtaining my nursing degree I worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for Mon General Hospital and Morgantown Hospice.  The reason that I chose to come to Morgantown Hospice is because of the time and dedication that you are able to spend with your patients and families.  The trust and relationships that you form between the patient and families are what makes your job very rewarding even in the most difficult times that they are going through.  Morgantown Hospice has a very dedicated staff and I am honored to be a part of this team."

      Lisa Mitchell, MSW (PRN)

  • "I have my Master's degree in social work from West Virginia University.  I have been employed with Morgantown Hospice for nine months.  As a hospice social worker one of my goals is to enhance quality of life and promote well-being for patients, families, and caregivers."

      Jennifer Peters, Music Therapist


      Nancy Strang, HHA


      Michelle Murray, CNA


      Kellie Sarver, CNA

  • "I enjoy working with hospice patients because I have more time to devote to them to give them more one on one care.  I can focus all of my attention on one patient at a time giving them extra tender loving care while pampering them and making them feel better in their last months."

      Allison Boczkowski, Secretary

  • "Being the Department Secretary I get very little face to face contact with our patients.  However, it is a pleasure to speak with them on the phone and assist them and their families while in the office."

Melissa Ellison – Data Entry Clerk

            "I enjoy working at Morgantown Hospice.  I do office work part time.  Even though I do not work directly with the patients I do get to hear about them and memories staff has of them, which is very nice.  I care about hospice and recognize it significance."

       Darlene Soccorsi, NP


      Chris Rosier, Consulting Pharmacist

      Dr. Gabriella Horvath, Physician Designee


      Dr. Vincent DeLaGarza, Physician Designee


      Dr. Charles Beall, Medical Director

Lori Fagan, Consulting Registered Dietician

  • "As the consultant dietitian for Morgantown Hospice, I found it rewarding to be able to assist with questions regarding nutrition.  I am available to provide assistance with nutrition support as well as general feeding issues and wound healing.  The hospice program is such a benefit to our community and I am happy to be involved with the program."
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