Team

Team

Meet HoriSun's qualified and experienced hospice team.  Please click on individual photos to read more about each individual team member. To view our entire HoriSun directory of staff, click here.

Bob J. Bleicher, MD

Medical Director and Executive Director

Our Medical Director, Bob Bleicher MD, was born into a family of physicians and nurses from Omaha. He has practiced medicine in Lincoln for over thirty years and has 25 years of hospice medical direction. He has strong beliefs in compassionate care with attention to patients' and families' physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. He is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pulmonary Medicine. He is prepared to help deal with many family and patient concerns. His work in Quality Improvement at local hospitals also helps bring concerned attention to detail, superb care, and desire for excellence.

Susan Burkey, RN, BSN, CHPN

Clinical Program Coordinator

Susan received her RN from Bryan School of Nursing and her BSN from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She has worked in end of life care for over 35 years, beginning as a volunteer for hospice in 1988. Susan supports the End of Life Coalition and the Coalition for Older Adult Health Promotion, as well as serves on the Aging Partners Areawide Advisory Council for Seward County. Additionally, she is active in the Milford Kiwanis. Susan is passionate about educating those in the medical profession to recognize the unique care that is necessary and that people deserve at the end of life. She firmly believes in the importance of self-care and enjoys reading and listening to many genres of music.

Stacie Bleicher, MD, FAAP

Pediatric Hospice Physician

Our pediatric hospice physician Stacie Bleicher, MD, FAAP, is here to support our pediatric patients as well as their family unit. Dr. Stacie Bleicher received her MD at the University of Iowa. She completed her Pediatric Training at the University Hospital and Clinic in Iowa City, IA. In 1983 she relocated to Lincoln, NE where she worked in general pediatric practice. Early on in her practice, she became involved in the evaluation and caring for abused children. Since 1997, Dr. Bleicher has evaluated children for sexual and other forms of abuse through the Lincoln Child Advocacy Center and is currently its medical director. She has also participated in the Nebraska Chapter and national American Academy of Pediatrics as well as a variety of community coalitions related to child health. Additionally, she has served on multiple governor-appointed committees related to child health. She has participated in the care of multiple hospice patients.

Nancy Hulewicz

Office Manager

As HoriSun Hospice's Office Manager, Nancy oversees all billing and financial operations of the business. Nancy has been with HoriSun since 2008 and has over twenty years experience in medical billing and finance.  Nancy can assist you with any questions or concerns you may have about your billing with HoriSun.

Kelli Klopfenstein, RN, BSN, MSN

Director of Clinical Services

Kelli received her Associate's Degree in nursing in 1999 from Southeast Community College, her Bachelor's Degree from UNMC in 2005, and her Master's of Science in Nursing in 2014. Prior to joining the HoriSun team, Kelli worked at Bryan Medical Center West Intensive Care as a staff nurse, and most recently as a nurse manager. Kelli enjoys meeting patients where they are at in their end of life journey. She is passionate about serving individuals from every background and ensuring dignity in all aspects of their care.

Molly Turek, RN

Clinical Manager

Molly received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Southeast Community College. She has worked in skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and in hospice for 15 years at the Monarch hospice house and previously with HoriSun Hospice as Clinical Manager. She most recently worked for a medical software company for three years and returned to HoriSun in 2019. Molly is passionate about providing comfort and promoting quality of life to all individuals.

Deb Maguire, LPN

Quality Assurance Manager

Deb has a passion in caring for the elderly and has worked with both the elderly and those with dementia for most of her career. Deb obtained her Assisted Living Administrator’s License in 1999 and has worked in the assisted living field for the past several years. She helped open an assisted living and memory care community in Lincoln in 2018. Her passion is to help give caregivers the knowledge they need to care for the elderly and dementia patients with dignity and grace. Deb serves as Secretary for the HoriSun Hospice Community Foundation.

Kelli Higgins, LMHP, LCSW

Hospice Social Worker

Kelli received her Master of Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She has extensive work experience in medical and mental health case management as well as clinical experience with elders and juveniles. Kelli serves as the Treasurer for the HoriSun Hospice Community Foundation.

Tracey McChargue, LMHP, LCSW

Hospice Social Worker

Tracey received her Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois – Chicago with an emphasis in Mental Health. She received her Bachelor of Science in Family Social Services and Sociology from Northern Illinois University. Tracey has worked for 15 years in medical social work in the skilled nursing community, hospital and dialysis settings. Previously, Tracey worked in child welfare as well as program development and training/education. She has enjoyed working with individuals and families through the lifespan; from before birth, preparing and educating families for adoption and helping them adjust to parenthood, to providing end of life support to patients and families through their journey on hospice.

Nina Lux

Volunteer Coordinator

As the volunteer coordinator, Nina oversees our team of dedicated hospice volunteers. She is very passionate about the death and dying process, as it is an integral part of all of our lives. She is an advocate of hospice services for the additional support it brings both individuals and family. Nina has worked with hospice both personally with family members, as well as professionally. She believes that women bringing life into the world during pregnancy and childbirth receive much support throughout the process, and that the same support is needed when an individual goes through the dying process. She has seen many deaths and noted that it is possible to have a good death. Before joining the HoriSun team, Nina worked for the past ten years at a Skilled Nursing Community in various roles, spending the last several years as a Social Services Coordinator.

Michelle Sarafian

Bereavement Coordinator

Our Bereavement Coordinator, Michelle Sarafian received her Master of Science degree in community counseling from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and her Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministry from North Central University in Minnesota. Michelle has extensive work experience in medical and mental health case management, and family based community mental health work. 

George Robie, MDIV, DMIN, MS, BCC (Ret.)

Spiritual Care

George, a native of New Hampshire, is an ordained United Church of Christ minister. A board certified chaplain (Retired) in the Association of Professional Chaplains, George served churches in Wisconsin for ten years before transitioning into chaplaincy, serving hospitals in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Nebraska for 30 years. He has been a part time chaplain at HoriSun for 13 years.

Jim Cummings, MS, MDIV, BCC

Spiritual Care Coordinator

Our Spiritual Care Coordinator, Jim Cummings, served as a pastor for 20 years in different denominations.  During that time, he saw his father pass away after ten years with Alzheimers Disease.  The good care provided by the Veterans Home chaplain encouraged Jim to take a year's specialized training and become a certified chaplain himself.  He finds joy in helping people find the spiritual strength each person has within in a variety of ways.  He has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling the Deaf and a Master of Divinity. 

Laurel Crusinberry, MDIV

Spiritual Care

After graduating from the University of Iowa, Laurel worked in the medical field before experiencing a call to ministry. She worked in children’s ministry and then went back to school to earn a Master of Divinity degree. In the last ten years, Laurel has worked as a chaplain in care facilities and hospitals. Laurel believes each person can find spiritual strength and meaning in life based on the values and relationships that are personally important.

Shelly Troyer, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

HoriSun is proud to offer the services of Shelly to our hospice patients. Shelly acquired her Nebraska State Massage Therapist License in July of 2005 and has been contracted with HoriSun since November of 2005. Each session with Shelly is individualized, with special consideration given to the unique situation and the needs of the hospice patient. Bringing comfort and relaxation is a priority with each patient Shelly visits.

Becca Henry, MA

Community Relations Coordinator

Becca received both her Bachelor of Journalism and her Master of Arts in Integrated Media Communications from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She currently serves as the President of the Lincoln Coalition for Older Adult Health Promotion, President of the HoriSun Hospice Community Foundation, a member of the Lincoln Caregiver Education Group, the Nebraska Caregiver Coalition, and the Seniors Foundation of Lincoln. Becca has had personal experiences with her own family members on hospice services and feels passionate about educating others on the many benefits hospice provides.

Mary Cammack, APRN

Nurse Practitioner

Mary Cammack, RN, APRN is Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certified. She has many years of experience in pulmonary and critical care. She currently works in emergency medicine, and has worked with HoriSun Hospice since 2011.

Kelli Schreiner, APRN

Nurse Practitioner

Kelli has been a registered nurse since 1997.  She began her practice as a nurse at Sioux Valley hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in medical/surgical care.  Kelli practiced as a critical care nurse, a certified wound, ostomy, and a Continence Care Nurse as well as a Nursing instructor in Lincoln and Omaha.  Kelli is board certified as an Advanced Gerontological Nurse Practioner.  She has practiced as an APRN at Alegent Health in Omaha and currently works in palliative medicine. Kelli has been with HoriSun Hospice since 2013.

Robin Davenport, RN

RN Case Manager

Robin received her RN from Bryan School of Nursing and worked at Bryan for 30 years in Med Surg, ICU and Care Management prior to joining the HoriSun Hospice team. Before that, she worked at Lincoln Ear, Nose and Throat. Robin is passionate about caring for patients at the end of life as well as supporting their loved ones.

Angie Kelley, RN

RN Case Manager

Angie was an LPN for 18 years and then obtained her RN in 2002. Prior to working from HoriSun, Angie worked in radiation therapy, neurosurgery and surgery.

Shannon Kennedy, RN

RN Case Manager

Shannon graduated from Bryan School of Nursing in 2000 and was a Registered Nurse for Crete Area Medical Center for 8 years. She was a School Nurse for Crete Public Schools for 11 years prior to joining the HoriSun team. Shannon is compassionate and caring, and is focused on helping individuals meet their end-of-life goals while also supporting their family and loved ones.

Karla Sargent, RN, BSN

RN Case Manager

Karla graduated from Bryan College of Health Sciences with her BSN in 2014. She worked in long-term care ventilator support and with special wounds for 8 years. She also has experience working within the mental health system. Karla found her passion for hospice while completing her senior practicum at an inpatient hospice house.

Angela Boule, RN, BSN

Visiting Hospice Nurse

Angela received her diploma in nursing from UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, PA and her BSN from Chatham University also in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been a nurse since 2008 working in transplant ICU, community geriatrics and ortho/trauma. Angela previously worked at Clinic with a Heart as their Development Director and Provider Relations Coordinator. She first got to know HoriSun Hospice as a volunteer in 2013. Angela has found her niche in hospice nursing and thoroughly enjoys working with patients and families as they embark on their special final journey.

Rita Kment, RN

Visiting Hospice Nurse

Rita received her diploma from Bryan School of Nursing. She worked as a registered nurse at Memorial Health Care Systems in Seward for 15 years. She most recently worked at Lincoln Orthopaedic for the last 22 years. Rita enjoys building relationships with patients and their families, and assisting them through their end of life journey with great compassion.

Klara Schuman, LPN, CHPLN

Visiting Hospice Nurse

Klara began working for HoriSun Hospice in 2004 when the company first began. From 1998 to 2004, Klara worked at Nebraska Pulmonary Specialties with Dr. Bleicher as well as other providers. She has served on the board for St. Monica's Behavioral Health and currently serves on the board for the HoriSun Hospice Community Foundation. Klara feels it's an honor and privilege to work with hospice patients and their families.

Jill Stucky, CHPNA

Hospice Aide Supervisor

Jill works as a Clinical Assistant overseeing our team of hospice aides, as well as assists in medical records. She has worked as a CNA and Medication Aide for over 18 years in the long-term care, assisted living, and private duty settings. She also previously worked in the vent unit at a skilled nursing community. Jill recently received her Associate of Arts degree from Northeast Community College, and works on an as-needed basis for a skilled nursing community in her hometown of Oakland, Nebraska. Jill received her Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant Certification in June of 2016.

Tanya Babcock, CHPNA

Hospice Aide

Tanya began working as a CNA in 2009. She worked for over 7 years in a memory care community prior to joining the HoriSun team. Tanya enjoys assisting people with their wanted and needed cares, and is dedicated to going the extra mile to make patients as comfortable as possible, keeping pride and dignity in the forefront of her decision-making processes. She received her Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant Certification in September of 2017.

Jessica Canter, CHPNA

Hospice Aide

Jess began working as a CNA in 2007. Prior to working for HoriSun Hospice, Jess worked in assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and hospice. Jess enjoys working in hospice because it is home-based and there is more time to get to know patients and their families. She enjoys hearing their stories and the one-on-one time that allows for patients to feel well-cared for. Jess received her Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant Certification in March of 2018.

Gina Kroger, CHPNA

Hospice Aide

Gina began working in healthcare at the age of 15 and loves helping others. She previously worked in hospice and knew she wanted to return to it when she joined the HoriSun team. Gina is passionate about providing respect, dignity and comfort to hospice patients and their loved ones. Gina received her Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistant Certification in November of 2020.

Coco

Hospice Dog

Coco the beloved hospice dog is a rescue animal who lives with Drs. Bleicher. She is nine years old and enjoys making patient visits. Coco brings smiles to many that enjoy the company of a four-legged companion.