Our Staff

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Lisa Bartoszek

Lisa Bartoszek is the Founder and Director of Lory's Place, a Grief Healing and Education Center of Hospice at Home. Lisa is an RN with 32 years of experience, trained in Critical Incident Stress Management. Lisa has been trained at the Dougy Center to develop and operate all aspects of a grief center. Lisa began coordinating all bereavement Services for Caring Circle(Hospice at Home) in 2000. Since founding Lory's Place in 2004, she has added directing all services offered by Lory's Place to her responsibilities. Lisa has presented at several state and national symposiums on grief and loss, most recently with several colleagues at the 2016 National Association for Grieving Children conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. Lisa is also a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition in Michigan.

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Stephanie Kohler

Stephanie took the annual Lory's Place facilitator training and became an active volunteer in 2005. In July of 2007 she accepted the position of Family Services Coordinator and in 2016 the role of Family Services Coordinator Leader. She administrates the Admirals(Adult Only), and Tiny Mates (Adult Only). Also included in her responsibilities are various school groups and community outreach opportunities. She holds a Bachelor's degree in General Studies with a concentration in Communication. She also has a certificate in Thanatology from the National Center for Death Education at Mount Ida College.

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Trisha Pickett

Trisha graduated with an Associates Degree in Sales and Marketing from Southwestern Michigan College in 2000. As a Bereavement and Donor Support Coordinator, she provides executive administrative support primarily for our fund development and bereavement departments at Caring Circle(Hospice at Home) and Lory's Place, but also assists with other departments at Caring Circle as needed. Works with Lory's Place fundraising committees and volunteers to facilitate and organize events.  Process data related to Caring Circle and Lory's Place Bereavement Department programs. She joined us in 2006. 


Mary Nell Rosenboom

Mary Nell’s beginning at Lory’s Place was as a student intern in 2012. Before that, she was an active volunteer with hospice for over three years. Mary Nell stepped into her role as a staff member and Family Services Coordinator at Lory's Place in May of 2013. She is now leading the First Mates (Elementary) peer support group and various school outreach groups. She has a Master of Social Work degree from Andrews University.


Jim Wilson

Prior to accepting  the  position of Family Services Coordinator at Lory’s Place, Jim was responsible for providing bereavement support through our Hospice at Home Buchanan Office. He administrates various school groups and community outreach opportunities. He has a Master of Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has completed the Death and Grief Studies Certificate from the Center for Loss and Life Transition.

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Amanda Iliff

Amanda came to Lory’s Place as an intern from Andrews University, fall of 2015.  Her awareness of the importance of grief healing originated with her background in animal care, where she often worked with families pre and post pet loss.  In 2016, after completing the internship and her Master of Social Work degree, Amanda accepted the role of Family Services Coordinator at Lory’s Place.  As an FSC, she now oversees the Capadores (Middle/High School) and Suicide Loss Support(Adult Only) peer support groups.  In addition, her responsibilities include several school groups and community outreach.  

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Angela Schlaack

Angela originally was a participant at Lory’s Place and in 2016 became a trained volunteer facilitator. She accepted the role of Family Services Coordinator in 2017 and will be working with the Admirals (Adult) Group as well as several school groups. She has an Associate in Arts from Lake Michigan College and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Community and Human Services. She is a certified volunteer Advanced Care Planning facilitator for Lakeland and volunteers with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

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Jody Bender

Jody Bender became the Development Officer serving Lory’s Place and Caring Circle in June 2016. She connects supporters to the joy of philanthropy by leading fund development and helping to coordinate special event outreach. A Midwesterner since 1990 and Michigander since 2015, Jody has more than 25 years of experience as both a nonprofit staff member and community volunteer. She holds a Bachelor’s in Journalism from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

The video below highlights our history and honors Lisa Bartozsek, Director of Lory's Place.



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