Director of Community Relations/Alternate Administrator
Melissa is a pioneer in end-of-life care. She recognizes that while we may not like what is to come at the end of life, we need to be willing to meet it and learn from it. Hospice has been a taboo for too long. She once read that the word “Welcome” confronts us; it asks us to temporarily suspend our usual rush to judgment and to be open to what is showing up at our front door, to receive it in the spirit of hospitality. At the deepest level, this invitation is asking us to cultivate a fearless acceptance. Her passion is to help people explore their options and embrace the truths of death.
Melissa is responsible for supervising and collaborating with physicians, nurse practitioners, and clinicians of Texas while serving urban and rural communities. She helps provide comprehensive end-of-life care while promoting best practices for the delivery of hospice and palliative care in both urban and rural communities. As an educator, Melissa has dedicated more than 10 years to providing educational programs about hospice and palliative medicine, including symptom management (physical, psycho-social, emotional, and spiritual) and counseling in the end-of-life setting.