Board of Directors
[ Back to Home ] > [ Back to About ]
President and CEO
Tom Koutsoumpas, President & CEO, National Partnership for Hospice Innovation
As President and CEO of the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NPHI), Tom oversees and advances the organization’s initiatives and strategic direction to drive the Partnership’s mission and achieve its vision that every American experiences exceptional care during the last stages of life that matches their goals, values, and preferences. Tom has dedicated his career to ensuring that private and public organizations are prepared to meet the ongoing opportunities and challenges related to providing high-quality, compassionate, and cost-effective hospice, palliative, and advance illness care to the people they serve. That focus led him early in his career to be instrumental in advancing the creation, development, and implementation of the Medicare hospice benefit.
His passion to improve care delivery also led him to become a co-founder and co-chair of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC). C-TAC is a national, not-for-profit, non-partisan alliance of patient and consumer advocacy groups, health care professionals and providers, private sector stakeholders, faith-based organizations, and health care payers with the shared mission to help provide all Americans, especially the sickest and most vulnerable, with comprehensive, high quality, patient-centered care that is consistent with their goals and values and honors their dignity.
He has previously served as the head of Federal Government Affairs for UnitedHealth Group (UHG) for nearly a decade. His positions included Corporate Vice President and Senior Vice President. There, he led UHG Federal Government Affairs during the implementation of Medicare Part D, the expansion of the Medicare Advantage program, and health care reform. In addition, he developed and expanded the company’s communication initiative.
In addition, Tom held several public policy, political and communication roles, including Senior Advisor and Executive Assistant/Federal Affairs to former Indiana Governor (and later Senator) Evan Bayh, advisor on health policy matters with the Health Practice Group of the Hogan and Hartson law firm (now Hogan Lovells), and associate in public affairs for Burson Marsteller. Early in his career, Tom worked in the United States Senate for Indiana Senator Birch Bayh where he served in several staff and legislative positions.
Tom is a member of the Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness in the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which convenes experts in the quality care for those with serious illnesses. Tom also serves as one of the leaders of the Project on Advanced Care at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.
Tom is a co-author of A Roadmap to Success: Transforming Advanced Illness Care in America and of the foreword to the publication, Having Your Own Say: Getting the Right Care When It Matters Most (2012) by Gundersen Health System and the Center for Health Transformation. A native of Indiana, Tom received his Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C, where he served as a member of the Board of Regents.
Phillip L. Marshall, BBA, MBA
President/CEO, Hosparus Health, Inc.
Phil Marshall, President and Chief Executive Officer, provides strategic leadership and overall management for the organization that assures adherence to the end-of-life care philosophy which includes palliative and hospice care, supportive and advanced illness care to complement the goals and objectives of Hosparus Health, Inc. as determined by its Board of Directors. Hosparus Health, Inc. is now in the top 20 largest non-profit hospice organizations in the nation by number of patients served and has a focused vision to be the leader in aging care innovation. The overall mission of Hosparus Health is “Improving the Quality of Life” for our patients and families.
Prior to joining Hosparus Health, Inc. in 2006, Phil served as Executive Director/VP of the Norton Healthcare Foundation, Chief Administrative Officer and then Chief Executive Officer at The Healing Place in Louisville. Before shifting his career toward non-profit endeavors, he held lending/executive positions with US Bank in Cincinnati, National City Bank in Cleveland and several other Kentucky banking institutions, including being Executive Vice President of Jefferson Banking Company.
Phil is Past Chair (2011-2012) of the Bluegrass Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization International. Marshall served on the executive committee of the board on the Kentucky Association of Hospice and Palliative Care, Current President (2016-2017), Vice-President (2014-2016), Secretary (2012-2013) and Treasurer (2010-2011) In addition, Phil is serving as Chair and has served as Vice-Chair of Knowledge Networking for the Health Enterprises Network Board of Directors, which is part of Greater Louisville, Inc. (GLI). Recognized as one of America’s sought after leaders, and valued contributor within the non-profit hospice industry, he joined the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NPHI)--formerly the National Hospice Work Group--in 2012 and is now one of 10 founding national board members.
He has a bachelor of business administration from the University of Michigan and a master of business administration from the University of Indiana.
Samira Beckwith, LCSW, FACHE
Dr. Samira K. Beckwith is a pioneer in the hospice field for the past 40 years and has served as President and CEO of Hope Healthcare for more than 30 years. With her leadership, the organization grew from a hospice caring for fewer than 100 patients a day to a comprehensive community based health care system caring for more than 4,000 individuals a day through a variety of innovative programs.
Her expertise and life time commitment to quality care is acknowledged throughout the state, nationally, and internationally. She was appointed to The White House Conference on Aging and recently served on a panel for the Senate Special Committee on Aging. She has testified before the House Judiciary subcommittee on the need for legislation to enable better care and comfort for those at the end of life. Within the state of Florida, she was given special recognition by Governors DeSantis, Scott, and Bush, having been appointed to their respective committees including the Transition Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness, the Board of Directors for the Florida Center for Nursing, and the Long-Term Care Advisory Committee. Governor Jeb Bush describes Dr. Beckwith as “a visionary who provides leadership on a local and national level – passionate about ensuring the highest quality of service,” after she served on his Long-Term Care Advisory Committee.
As a dedicated champion for palliative care and end of life issues, Samira has served as Chair for both the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the National Hospice Foundation. In addition, she is the Founding President of the Florida PACE Providers Association and a Founding Director of the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation.
Dr. Beckwith’s leadership, career accomplishments, and commitment to diversity have also been honored. She was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, bestowed upon distinguished Americans who exemplify outstanding qualities in their personal and professional lives. She was also awarded The Ohio State Alumni Association’s highest recognition, The Medalist Award, presented to alumni who have gained national or international distinction in a chosen field.
She was granted a Doctor of Humane Letters by Piedmont College and by Southwest Florida College, as well as Bachelor of Sociology Degree and a Masters in Social Work from The Ohio State University, where she recently served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Diana Franchitto, MBA
Diana M. Franchitto
President & CEO, HopeHealth
Diana Franchitto, president & CEO of HopeHealth, has been a strong, leading voice in hospice, palliative and home care for nearly a decade. Serving Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, HopeHealth is one of the largest non-profit hospice and palliative care organizations in New England. The HopeHealth family of services includes HopeHealth Hospice & Palliative Care, HopeHealth Visiting Nurse, HopeHealth Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services and the HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center.
At HopeHealth, Ms. Franchitto facilitated an academic affiliation to become the major teaching affiliate for hospice and palliative medicine of the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. In addition, Ms. Franchitto established palliative care partnerships with hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and payers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Franchitto held a variety of senior leadership positions at Caritas Christi Health Care (the predecessor organization to Steward Health Care), then the second largest healthcare system in Massachusetts, where she was responsible for marketing, communications, public affairs and network development.
Ms. Franchitto has an MBA and a bachelor of science in business administration from Bentley University, Waltham, Massachusetts. She is also on the board of directors of the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (treasurer), Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, the Rhode Island Quality Institute (chair), Harbor Health Services and CareLink.
Christy Whitney, RN, MSN
Christy is the founding CEO of HopeWest, a community-owned “for-impact” health and community services organization in Western Colorado formed in 1993 through a unique collaborative effort and initial funding from Rocky Mountain Health Plans, the VA Medical Center, Hilltop, Community Hospital and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. She completed her professional education with a Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado Health Science Center with a degree in Community Health Nursing. Her leadership career began with being the founding director of an “all volunteer” hospice in Durango, Colorado in 1979. She later served as Vice President of Mercy Medical Center, and CEO of Hospice Northern Virginia.
Christy serves as the founder of The National Partnership for Hospice Innovations – a Washington, DC based collaborative of innovative hospice organizations, is a founding board member of the National Hospice Work Group, is an appointed member of the National Rural Advisory Committee for HHS, was appointed by the Governor to the Caring for Colorado Foundation Board of Directors, serves as a board member of the Western Health Care Alliance, She served on the Board of Directors of the National Hospice Organization and the Colorado Hospice Organization.
She co-authored the American Nurses' Association Standards of Hospice Nursing, and wrote chapters for the American Hospital Association publication: "Hospital Hospice Management Models" and the Veterans Administration Hospice Manual. She was the principle author of the National Hospice Organization's first edition of Service Guidelines for Hospice Care published in 1996 and helped develop the Standards of Hospice Care for the National Hospice Organization.
HopeWest has grown to be a “Western Slope” asset providing a broad range of community services and programs.
Christy has been recognized by the Veteran’s Administration, The Girl Scouts of America, and the Colorado Nurses Association. She is a recipient of the Colorado Nurses Foundation Nightingale Award, and The Colorado Women’s Foundation Woman of the Year Award. She was named by University of Colorado School of Nursing as a Distinguished Alumna.
Mary Ann Boccolini
Mary Ann Boccolini
Mary Ann Boccolini, the President and CEO of Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, joined the NPHI Board in 2018. Samaritan, founded in Moorestown in 1980 as southern New Jersey’s first hospice, is now headquartered in Marlton and serves five New Jersey counties.
Prior to joining Samaritan, Mary Ann, an RN, was Director of Oncology Services at Virtua Memorial Hospital-Burlington County. Previous positions included the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in PA, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NY, the National Institute of Health in MD, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in PA. She received a BS Degree from Boston University, and an MA degree in Human Services Administration from Rider University.
Mary Ann joined Samaritan as Director of Clinical Operations in 1997 and helped establish The Center for Grief and Loss (now called the Samaritan Center for Grief Support), and the Transitions program.
Since becoming President/CEO in 2001, Mary Ann has developed a diverse “family” of life-affirming services including: hospice care, Palliative Medical Partners, and The Institute for Education. The Institute, in 2013, launched New Jersey’s first Hospice-Palliative Fellowship program in collaboration with the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.
In 2005, Mary Ann proudly opened Samaritan’s first inpatient hospice center in Mount Holly. Samaritan’s second inpatient hospice center – and South Jersey’s first freestanding center – opened in Voorhees in December 2016.
Mary Ann has received many leadership awards for which she credits her extraordinary staff.
Mary Ann is the mother of three daughters and grandmother of two. She and husband Bob live in Marlton, NJ.
Bill Finn, MBA
William E. Finn
President and CEO
Bill Finn has been supporting hospice and end-of-life care in America for more than 35 years. Bill has held CEO positions at multiple not-for-profit hospices, and has been active at both the state and national level in advancing innovation, access and quality of care at end of life. Bill has served on multiple association boards, has spoken and consulted extensively, and is recognized as an expert in his field. Bill is the President & CEO of Western Reserve Care Solutions and Hospice of the Western Reserve, based in Cleveland.
Bill received his Master of Business Administration degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and has a certification in Hospice and Palliative Care Administration.
Charles O. “Chuck” Lee, President and Chief Executive Officer
Chuck has served since December 2012 as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., a 501-c-3 not-for-profit organization that serves more than 1,300 patients per day in seven central Florida counties, including the greater Orlando area. Cornerstone’s scope of post-acute services include hospice, palliative care consults, private-duty nursing, and PACE, the Program for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly.
Before joining Cornerstone, Chuck had more than 11 years of executive-level hospice experience in developing and executing strategic plans, building leaders, expanding into new markets, increasing patient referrals and daily census, and enhancing volunteer and fund-raising efforts. Previously, Chuck served as Chief Operations Officer at Hospice of Chattanooga in Tennessee. Prior to Chattanooga, he served as Senior Vice President of Operations at Covenant Hospice in Pensacola, Fla., and worked with hospices across the country as a leader and consultant with the Studer Covenant Alliance.
Chuck holds a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Loyola University in New Orleans, LA. He earned his Master of Arts at the George Washington University, Washington, DC, and his Master of Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI. In addition to academic training, Chuck has earned the Certified Hospice Administrator designation, and completed an extended internship in Clinical Pastoral Education at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola. He is a Permanent Deacon, ordained in the Roman Catholic Church, and is currently assigned to St. Patrick Parish in Mount Dora, Florida.
Chuck’s professional activities include serving on the Board of the Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association; on the Clinical and Operations Management Section of the National Council of Hospice & Palliative Professionals in Washington, DC; and he has participated in NHPCO’s Capitol Hill advocacy days. Previously, he served the Tennessee Hospice Organization, and also served on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Hospice Organization. He has delivered many presentations on leadership, operations, and disaster preparedness at hospice and post-acute conferences across the country.
Chuck’s civic activities have included Boy Scouts of America, United Way, Rotary International, and Habitat for Humanity. He and Heidi, his wife, have three children.
Patti Moore, RN, MSN
Patrice “Patti” Moore
Patrice C. “Patti” Moore, RN, MSN, ARNP, President and Founder of The Watershed Group, a nationwide healthcare consulting an coaching company working with organizations and people to attain advanced levels of success and achieve their ideal mission. Since 1999, Patti and The Watershed Group have tailored their services to meet the unique needs of each client and achieve positive growth and financial stability. Patti is a Certified High Performance Coach, expert consultant and thought leader in end of life care.
Patti’s insights help clients create and sustain high performance cultures in order to realize their full potential—even in periods of change and transition.
Prior to founding The Watershed Group, Patti was the Executive Director of Hospice of North Central Florida (now Haven Hospice), leading that organization to a position of national prominence. She began her career in the nursing profession, where her commitment to service and compassionate leadership first took root. Ms. Moore was a surveyor/consultant for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, former president of Florida Hospices and Palliative Care, Inc., founding member of the National Hospice Work Group, Board member of the National Hospice Foundation, founding Board member of the National Partnership of Hospice Innovation and Board member at Oak Hammock CCRC in Gainesville, Florida. She has spoken widely on issues of caring for the dying and end of life care.
Patti is the author of the book, No Mission No Margin: Creating a Successful Hospice with Care and Competence and co-author of the book How Goes It With Your Soul.
Patti has her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Nursing from University of Florida and she lives with her husband in Gainesville, Florida.
Lynne Sexten, FACHE
Lynne M. Sexten, FACHE
Ms. Sexten has been with Agrace since 2012. During her tenure, Agrace’s revenue has grown more than 7% annually and its service area increased from 1,900 square miles to more than 11,000 across two states. Under her leadership, Agrace has been recognized four times as one of Madison’s Best Places to Work and has successfully completed a $15M endowment campaign to ensure adequate funding for charity care. She has also overseen the development of a second hospice inpatient unit, additional satellite offices in rural communities, a palliative care program, a non-medical home care company, and a home medical equipment company.
She came to Agrace from Unity Point Health - Meriter in Madison, Wisconsin where she served as executive vice president and chief operating officer. During her tenure, Ms. Sexten was responsible for all inpatient and outpatient clinical services. She oversaw the development of a new multi-specialty medical group with eight clinic locations as well as the complete replacement of 18 operating rooms.
Prior to her leadership at Meriter, Ms. Sexten was director of planning and program development for the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore before becoming vice president of corporate strategy and professional services at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney, Maryland.
She holds a master’s degree in health care administration and a bachelor’s degree in biomedical communications from The Ohio State University. She is a fellow in the America College of Healthcare Executives. Ms. Sexten is active in the community, serving on local and national boards. She has been recognized for her leadership with several awards including being named one of Madison’s Most Influential People in 2015.
Debbie Shumway is Executive Director of Hospice of the Valley (HOV). She has devoted 25 years to advancing the agency’s mission: comfort and dignity as life nears its end. Debbie helped the organization grow from 100 patients per day in 1994 to over 4,000 patients per day today with all of the agency’s programs.
Debbie provides leadership and direction for hospice and palliative care programs with annual revenues in excess of $150 million. A certified public accountant, she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for 22 years prior to her appointment in 2016 as Executive Director.
Under Debbie’s supervision the agency has produced strong financial results, patient satisfaction scores and community and business partnerships. She has worked to enhance marketing and fund development goals. She has advanced the agency’s use of technology. Debbie has improved the core strength of the agency by overseeing a service-oriented culture that puts patients and families first.
Partnerships and consolidations have strengthened Hospice of the Valley’s leadership position in one of the country’s largest healthcare markets. In 2016 Debbie led the acquisition of a physician practice group that serves 1,300 patients daily. She oversees and participates in new program development and partnerships with other healthcare organizations seeking hospice, palliative care and advanced illness services.
In 2009, Debbie was named Chief Financial Officer of the Year in the nonprofit category by the Arizona chapter of Financial Executives International. She was cited for her leadership in growing Hospice of the Valley and for her management versatility.
Debbie lives with her husband in Phoenix and is the mother of three college students.
Join Our Mission
Contact us to learn more about NPHI membership and initiatives.Contact Us