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Board of Directors
Hospice Caring is governed by a Board of Directors that sets policy, monitors finances, and oversees the strategic direction of the organization. 

Nancy Richardson, RN, Chair
Nancy owns and operates
Bar-T which provides school age childcare programs and summer camps in Montgomery County, and an infant through school age program in Reston, Virginia. She has been a resident in Montgomery County for 54 years. She brings her expertise to the Camp Caring weekend, which is a bereavement camp that operates 1 weekend each year. Nancy is an RN in Montgomery County and has used hospice services for her own family. She has been a member of the Board since 2006.

Audrey Rothstein, CAE, Vice Chair
Audrey wears two hats: She is a photographer who specializes in portrait, family and event photography. Some of her recent work can be
viewed here. A recent video she created about Hospice Caring’s camp can be seen here. She also serves as a consultant for non-profit organizations in the United States and India, helping with communications and strategic planning. Audrey previously held staff leadership positions at the Association for Conflict Resolution, the American Occupational Therapy Association, the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, and Child Life Council.

Audrey served on the Board of Directors of Circle Camps for Grieving Children, Inc. for 11 years. Circle Camps operates week-long overnight camps for children who have experienced the death of a parent. Audrey is a former Circle camps director having led the organization’s flagship camp in Maine. She also brings to Hospice Caring her experience raising three children, two of whom lost their natural mom to cancer at ages 4 and 14, respectively.

Thomas J. Keller, Esq., Secretary
Tom's professional background has spanned over 40 years as a lawyer specializing in telecommunications.  He is very active in a number of civic and volunteer programs.  In addition to serving on the Board since 2010, he is a member of the team of volunteers assisting patients and families, delivers the Health Class in Montgomery County Public Schools, and has been a Big Buddy at our Camp Caring.  In addition to all he does for Hospice Caring, Tom is a member of the Friendship Heights Civic Association and Chevy Chase Lions Club.  He is also Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of his condominium association.

Stephen R. Halpin, Jr., Treasurer
Steve is the retired former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Chevy Chase Bank. He has served as a trustee and now a director of Hospice Caring for over 20 years. Steve has also recently been a trustee and Board Chair of The Academy of the Holy Cross.

Gerald K. Gimmel, Esq., Historian & Parliamentarian
Jerry has had a general practice Law Firm, 
Gimmel, Weiman, Ersek, Blomberg & Lewis, P.A., in Gaithersburg for more than 40 years. He has long been active in community affairs including serving as President of the Montgomery Village Rotary Club and Chairman of the Board of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce. He has been a member of the Hospice Caring Board of Directors since 1991 and served as its Chair 1998-2002.


Debra Berner
Deb is completing her 36th year as an educator. She completed her undergraduate work at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, and graduate education at Butler University in Indianapolis. She has been a teacher for students with disabilities; Resource teacher in Special Education; assistant to the Director of Special Education; Assistant Principal; Principal; and most recently, the executive director for the Chief Operating Officer in
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). She currently serves as the Director of Student Services where she oversees Psychological Services; Pupil Personnel Services; School Counseling, Residency and International Admissions; Interim Instructional Services; Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS); and Student Affairs. She also teaches a class on Student Services for aspiring administrators for Hood College. Deb is the proud parent of Sam, who lives in Pittsburgh and pursuing his dreams of being a ceramic artist and owning his own studio. Her daughter Abby has followed in her footsteps as a teacher in MCPS for students with autism. Deb has found her home in Rockville since moving from the Midwest in 1992 and contributes to community efforts when time permits.

Gary Franklin, CPA
Gary is a CPA with
CohnReznick and has 30 years of experience providing tax planning and business advisory services to individuals and their businesses. He sits on the board as treasurer for the Montgomery County Students Construction Trades Foundation and has held board positions on other local non-profit organizations. He has been a member of the Hospice Caring Board of Directors since 2013 and serves on the finance committee.

William Hard
Bill is a principal in and heads the Washington, DC office of
LCOR, a real estate development and investment company. He has been active in several organizations in Montgomery County, including the Montgomery College Foundation Board of Directors, where he serves as chairman of the Real Estate Committee. Bill's wife Pam is a caregiver and volunteer coordinator for Hospice Caring; he joined the Board in 2008.

Sara Harris
Sara is a wife, mother, grandmother, and a retired Montgomery County Deputy Election Director and Occupational Therapist. For over 20 years, she has been a committed supporter of Hospice Caring, initially, as a Board member, then a Trustee, and, now, once again as a Board member and is engaged in a variety of outreach efforts. Sara is a member of the Leadership Montgomery Inaugural Class and Membership Committee. Past community involvement includes the Montgomery County Health Planning Commission, various health and election administration organizations at the national, state and metropolitan levels, and has held elected positions on the Montgomery Village Foundation Board, the Stedwick Homes Corporation, and the Maryland Association of Election Officials.

Bobbie McNairy, M.S.
Bobbie is a resident of Gaithersburg, MD, a retired MCPS math teacher, wife of Sidney McNairy, mother of three and grandmother of nine.  She has been on the Board for six years with an endorsement from Shirley Kay. Her passion is the complete mission of HCI and reaching out to family and individual needs within our community.

Judy Peres, LCSW-C

Judy brings decades of experience and expertise in the theoretical and practical aspects of death and dying.  Her policy work uses her expertise in the intersection of palliative care hospice and long-term services and supports. In her private psychotherapy practice, she works to assist Medicare beneficiaries in navigating the transitions of aging. Her consulting clients have included the Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Altarum Institute's, Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness, the Center for Practical Bioethics and the National Institute of Nursing Research.  In addition to her work with HCI, Judy is on the Board of Directors of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network as well as Hebrew Home of Greater Washington as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.

Anu Sharman

​Anu is a program director at the National Institute of Health and has been volunteering for the last two years at Hospice Caring. She taught English for the Montgomery Literacy Council which helps minority parents to better their communication skills. She has lived in the DC metro area for the last 28 years and earned certifications as a coach and trainer at Georgetown University. She has also worked as a trainer at various women shelters in DC.

Tori Tomlinson
Tori is the founder, president and CEO of
US Wellness, a national health solutions company specializing in biometric screening, health risk assessment, online population management and incentive services.  She is responsible for providing the vision, product development and business modeling for the company as well as facilitating opportunities and strategic direction for the organization.  Tori has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare arena and is a pioneer in offering corporate wellness and direct to consumer initiatives.  Tori holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Maryland and an MBA in International Business from Loyola University.

Colleen Luzier 

Colleen has over 30 years of experience as an organizational development and human resources consultant, manager, and administrator for businesses of all sizes, both public and private. In 1988, she founded HR Solutions, Inc., a full service human resources consulting firm and works with small and large organizations in both the for-profit and the non-profit arenas. She has served on numerous boards including Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.), Leadership Montgomery, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, the Bethesda Rotary Club, the Treatment and Learning Centers, the Career Transition Center and St. Luke's House. Colleen is a 1993 graduate of Leadership Montgomery and a 2000 graduate from Leadership America.  In September 2009, Colleen received the Community Leadership Award from Leadership Montgomery in recognition of her years of service to the Montgomery County community. Colleen founded and led a small non-profit, CourageCollages, which offers creative expression workshops that facilitated the emotional recovery, coping and healing process for cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones.  She became a Hospice Caring volunteer in 2014 and currently facilitates children's bereavement groups.