Celebrating over 20 years of changing the way we care

US Educator Team

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Kirsten DeLeo, International Trainer

Drawing on over 20 years of experience in accompanying the dying, Kirsten leads seminars and retreats for healthcare professionals and the public around the world. Kirsten has served as a hospice and nursing home volunteer co-ordinator and spiritual counselor and has been a pioneer in the development of online learning for caregivers. She currently works as staff supervisor at the Sukhavati Center for Spiritual Care/ Germany and is on the faculty of “Authentic Presence Contemplative End-of-Life Care”, a US-based certificate program launched at Naropa University in 2003. Kirsten is trained in the Hakomi mindfulness-based somatic approach to psychotherapy and has been immersed in contemplative practice and study for many years including attending a three-year meditation retreat. Kirsten is a passionate writer and has published numerous articles on the contemplative approach to care.

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Dr Ann Allegre MD, FACP, Director of medical programs, Kansas City Hospice, medical director of palliative care, Providence Health, professor of medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine and educator for the Spiritual Care Education Program.

She was awarded the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine "Project on Death in America Community Leadership in Palliative Care Award" in 2007, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the advancement of the field of palliative medicine through the education and training of future leaders. She was named as Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2008 and honored with the Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon 2011 Award in the senior palliative care physician category.

Ann is an Educator with the Spiritual Care Program and faculty of Spiritual Care's "Contemplative End-of-Life Care Certificate Program".

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Pam Russell, LMSW

Pam is currently a hospice social worker for The Community Hospice of Saratoga and Montgomery County of upstate NY. Pam supports patients and families living with terminal illness and facilitates bereavement support groups for parents and children. Pam serves as senior educator with the Spiritual Care Program and as faculty member for “Authentic Presence – A Certificate Program for Contemplative End of Life Care”. Pam has developed and led contemplative educational trainings and retreats for both public and healthcare audiences based on her 30 years of meditation practice. She brings her past experience as an activities and volunteer director for long term care facilities and work with the American Cancer Society to benefit people facing chronic illness and dementia, and their family and professional caregivers.

She has led numerous trainings and workshops since the 90’s.

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Youske Eto,¬†LCSW, has supported and accompanied terminally ill patients and their families as a hospice social worker for the past 18 years. He is currently the lead social worker at Housecall Providers Hospice in Portland, OR. He received his BA in Leadership Studies and International Studies at University of Richmond, and MSW from Portland State University where he was awarded Barbara Roberts Community Service Scholarship. Prior to pursuing his MSW, Youske served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, volunteered for the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India, and worked as an outreach worker for those experiencing homelessness in New York City. Youske has been a meditation instructor since 2003 and an educator for the Spiritual Care Program for their flagship program, “Authentic Presence: A Certificate Program for Contemplative End-of-Life Care”.

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