Board of Directors

Amy Bowers — Co-chair of Operations Committee

Qualifications: An ordained minister who served for many years as a Volunteer Coordinator and pastor for two different hospice houses which she describes as her “dream job.”  She knows how valuable inpatient hospice care can be for caregivers who can no longer provide such care in their homes or need respite. She recently moved back to the Columbia area where she grew up and went to school. Her husband is the pastor at United Methodist Church.

Term Expires: January 2025

Cindy Daugherty — Chair of Donor Stewardship Committee

Qualifications:  As a Columbia native has worked in businesses owned by her family and was an active volunteer and contributor with the local PTA board, sporting teams, school fundraisers, and Columbia Police Department DARE program while raising her children. She is a member of the Dorothy McArthur Kings Daughters organization. Cindy has personal experience with hospice care for close loved ones at the end of life and was inspired to join the Caring Hearts and Hands team. 

Term Expires: 2024

Kristen Dean — Treasurer and Chair of Finance Committee

Qualifications: Branch Manager at Central Bank of Boone County.  Kristen is past president of Kiwanis, Rotary Club Treasurer, Board member for Fulton Roundabout Beautification Committee, and a member of the Fulton Preschool Board.

Term Expires: January 2025

Robert Doroghazi, MD — Chair of the Board and Chair of Board Development Committee

Qualifications: Cardiologist who graduated with Honors from University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine in 1977, followed by his Cardiology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and Cardiology fellowship at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. Dr. Doroghazi practiced Cardiology in Columbia until he retired in 2005. He is Past President of the Great Rivers Council, Boy Scout of America, Columbia Northwest Rotary, Job Point, and is currently President of the Board of the Columbia Civic Orchestra.

Term Expires:  January 2025

Willis (Bill) Kollars

Qualifications: Retired after serving in the U.S. Navy and 50 years in the legal field as a Paralegal and retired Federal Administrative Hearing Office (Administrative Judge). With over 60 years’ experience serving others through counseling and providing comfort and grief support for those who lost loved ones as well as assisting hospice personnel in providing a safe, friendly environment for those at the end of life. Bill has extensive background experience in all legal venues, most prominently that of Administrative Law dealing with rules, regulations, and ordinances. He has served as a Rotarian since 1988.

Term Expires: January 2025

Patrick Lee — Vice Chair of the Board and Co-chair of Operations Committee

Qualifications: Experienced healthcare executive with a 40-year career spanning clinical operations management and executive leadership in large academic hospitals and healthcare organizations, including serving as CEO for Rusk Rehabilitation Hospital in Columbia; He currently serves as Executive Director with Services for Independent Living of Mid-Missouri serving those individuals with disabilities, older adults and

veterans that may require assistance in order to remain and thrive in their own homes. He has served as a Rotarian since 2002 and is past president of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation – St. Louis Chapter Board.

Term Expires:  December 2023

Stacy Peters — Secretary

Qualifications: Stacy holds her Masters of Liberal Studies in Organizational Design and Development from SMU. Her passion for palliative care and hospice brought her to CHHC, as well as her many years of board experience including at Boone Hospital Foundation, Columbia Art League, Lutheran Family and Children’s Services, and Mary Lee Johnston Community Learning Center.

Term Expires: 2025

Deborah Portell — Co-chair of Fundraising Events Committee

Qualifications: A heart for those nearing the end of life and for their loved ones.  After experiencing the value of hospice care during the final days of four family members, I was moved to become a hospice volunteer in 2001. The joy and wisdom that came from spending time with those in hospice filled me in ways hard to express. CHHC’s social-model concept—involving community volunteers to provide many forms of service to our guest and their loved ones—really speaks to me, and I’m proud to be part of it.

Term Expires: January 2025

Jackie Reed, RN – Co-founder and Co-chair of Fundraising Events Committee

Qualifications: Registered Palliative Care Nurse at Boone Hospital with 28 years of nursing experience with previous certifications in CCRN and Gerontology; she has a strong passion for end-of-life care due to personal family losses and is one of the co-founders of Caring Hearts and Hands of Columbia.

Dorreen Rardin, RN – Co-founder

Qualifications: Co-founder of Caring Hearts and Hands of Columbia; Registered nurse with 47 years’ experience in nursing primarily in intensive care units and Palliative Care, Started the Palliative Care Program at Boone Hospital 20 years ago; Received the Alumni Nursing of the Year Award from Sinclair School of Nursing for her work in Palliative care in Community and Hospital Setting; Received the Missouri Hospital Hero award for her work in palliative care.

Leslie Willey, Ph.D.

Qualifications:  Earned a Ph.D. and M.Ed. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a B.A. from Stephens College where she taught for 19 years, then became vice president for academic affairs in June 2016. She also has served as director of the undergraduate Education department and as director of the Master of Education program. Prior to Stephens, Willey taught in both public and private early childhood and elementary classrooms. She has served as an educational consultant to schools, providing professional development to teachers throughout the United States through the Ministry of Education in New Zealand.

Term Expires: 2024

Board Advisory Committee

Jennifer Beshears

Qualifications: Licensed social worker and a Registered Nurse; specialized training in policy planning and administration with experience in budgeting, staffing, counseling, and fundraising; Extensive experience in policy writing as well as quality improvement and experience as a director of a group home with developmental and behavioral disabilities.

Laurie Hines, JD

Qualifications: Graduated from MU with a law degree, retired from the state government in public policy and regulatory affairs, and is currently the director of the Missouri Kidney Program which is part of the University of Missouri School of Medicine; In that role, she engages with patients that have end-stage renal disease, and health care providers around the state; Co-chair of the Missouri Hospital Association’s Statewide Patient and Family Advisory Council.

Jim Meyer

Co-owner MeyerWorks, LLC is a locally owned & organically grown real estate firm. He has extensive leadership experience including 33 plus years in the military, and an excellent community reputation including past president of Columbia Board of Realtors, former United Way Campaign Chair, and with several local civic and political organizations.

Chad Moller

Qualifications: Strong strategic communicator with excellent people skills with a 25-year proven track record in Division I collegiate athletics of building internal/external relationships. Chad is also a Community Relations Specialist at Veterans United Home Loans with a detail-oriented professional background with the ability to manage multiple projects at the same time and bring them to conclusion.

Theresa Rardin, RN

Qualifications: Over 10 years of hospice experience, 20 years in healthcare. Degrees in Respiratory Therapy, Business Management, and is currently completing her master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. In addition to a clinical background, Jennifer has experience in business development, sales, and community relations.

John Shikles, JD

Qualifications: Earned a law degree in 2014, he is a genuine and dedicated litigator and trial attorney.  In 2018, John’s reputation for hard-work, innovation and trust-building brought him into service of the Missouri Governor’s Office. As Policy Counsel, he provided advice and direction in a number of complex legislative and executive policy matters to the Governor’s administration. He represented Missouri around the country to many of the nation’s most influential non-profits, think-tanks, and federal agencies. 

Olivia Swanson, MBA, MT-BC

Qualifications: MBA recipient, certified nonprofit board consultant, and Senior Associate with New Chapter Coaching in Columbia where their mission is to optimize nonprofits’ capacity to achieve their missions and improve quality of life for those they serve. Olivia is also a board-certified music therapist with experience in healthcare, hospice, and nonprofit senior living facilities.