Leadership Team

Carolynn Peterson RN, MSN, AOCN, CHPCA Interim Executive Director

Carolynn Peterson has over 35 years experience as a Registered Nurse.  She graduated from Fresno State Carolynn cropsCollege with a BSN, and attended UCSF where she graduated with a masters degree in Administration and a clinical minor as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Oncology.  She is nationally certified as an Advanced Oncology Nurse and as a Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator.  Carolynn previously worked as the Director of Cancer Program and Hospice at Kaweah Delta Hospital in Visalia.  Her last position was as Chief Operating Office for Community Hospice in Modesto.  She is the current chair of the state association, California Hospice and Palliative Care Association.  She is also a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, Sigma Theta Tau, and Association of California Nurse Leaders.  She has spoken at both the national and state level for the American Cancer Society, the Oncology Nursing Society, and California Hospice and Palliative Care Association.


Dr. René Kronland M.D., Medical Director

Dr. Kronland has lived in Nevada County since 1999, having relocated from Phoenix, AZ. She is board certified in both Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She currently maintains a primary care office practice in Grass Valley and sees patients of all ages. She specializes in chronic disease and chronic pain management. She serves on the Cancer committee at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and is involved in efforts to further the development of more palliative care and end-of-life services in our county.


Susan Juels, RN, Director of Regulatory and Quality

Susan has over 30 years experience in nursing with the last 20 years in hospital management leadership. She has extensive experience in hospital and community case management including discharge planning, home care and hospice. She has a strong clinical background including critical care, emergency department, cardiac rehabilitation and home health nursing. Susan’s educational background includes undergraduate degrees in biology and nursing and a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration. Her professional certifications include Certified Professional in Healthcare Management and membership in the American Case Management Association. Susan is published in the field of Case Management and has presented at National Conferences.


Mark Waters, MSc, Director of Development and Communications

For more than 20 years, Mark has worked for a variety of non-profit health and social justice organizations in the US and overseas. His experience in non-profit management and fundraising is broad and varied. Mark currently serves as a development consultant to a Haiti based non-profit. Mark’s educational background includes a Master’s degree in International Development from the University of London, UK and a BA in Environmental Science from the Claremont Colleges, CA.


 

Denyse Ashlock, RN, CHPN, Director of Patient Care Services

Denyse has been a nurse for close to 30 years in California’s Central Valley, with 15 years of Denyselong-term care management experience.  She began her hospice experience in 2004 as an RN Case Manager working in the field.  Within a few years Denyse was promoted into a management position overseeing the Facility Team, along with opportunities to manage the Intake Department, a home team, and interim DPCS position until joining Hospice of the Foothills in her new role as Director of Patient Care Services. Denyse has as passion for patient care and is intimate with what hospice means to the community in which it resides.  Her background makes her well qualified for regulatory compliance with Long-Term Care and Residential Care for the Elderly Facilities.  She is an experienced leader who understands the interpersonal skills, clinical competency requirements and overall qualifications needed to be an effective nurse at hospice.  Denyse is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse, participated in Stanislaus Elderly Abuse Prevention Alliance (SEAPA) and California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) groups and serves on the Residential Care for the Elderly Facilities task force for CHAPCA.


Shalena Candler Desmond, PHR, Director of Human Resources

Shalena brings more than 15 years experience in various leadership positions within the shalena headshot croppedhealthcare industry.  As an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and a Certified Professional in Human Resources, she combines her passion for the healthcare industry with her extensive experience in employee relations, training & development, and employee engagement.  In 2005, Shalena earned her A.S. in Personnel Management as an honor student from Yuba College.  She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with an option in Organizational Communication from California State University Chico in 2008, where she graduated with honors and was distinguished as a top achieving student in her program of study. Raised in the Bay Area, Shalena moved to the area in 1988 and currently resides in Marysville.


 

Michael Christman, Director of Finance and Shared Support Services

Michael has over 30 years of finance/accounting experience in the banking, retail, and medical fields. He Christman_M_newwas Vice President of Accounting and Procurement Services at Bank of the West and Director of Accounting Operations and Travel Services at Cost Plus World Market.  For the last nine years he was Shared Services Manager at Hospice by the Bay where he was on loan to Hospice of the Foothills as the Interim Finance Director and several other hospices throughout Northern California.   He has spoken at both national and state level conferences on the financial challenges facing hospice care providers and won a national award for implementing a successful cost containment program.  He joined Hospice of the Foothills full time in July 2014 and has relocated from San Francisco to Nevada City.

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