Board of Directors

Kat Lassiter, RN – Interim President

Kat is a registered nurse with more than 14 years of extensive experience in consulting and progressive field, management, and leadership roles in home health, hospice, and private duty organizations. She has served on the Board of Directors as Chair for Franks Family Home Care, as Executive Director at Boone Hospital, Regulatory and Clinical Consulting at SimiTree Consulting, Clinical Consulting with WellSky, and Chief Compliance Officer at Oxford HealthCare. Kat has an immediate family of 4. She has a spouse, Gordon Lassiter, and two daughters, ages 22 and 25. One has special needs with Down’s Mosaic Syndrome. This has caused her to be an advocate for independent living and meeting the needs of the person vs the person fitting into systems that are not adjacent to their needs.

Jacque Fernald, RN – Vice Chair

Jacque has been a nurse for 30 years and has been involved in Hospice Care for the past 15 years in a variety of settings.  For 10 years she was the Director of Health & Safety for a Mid-Missouri provider for Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities with 250 employees and was responsible for the training/healthcare supervision of non-licensed personnel. During this time, she earned national certification as a Developmental Disability Nurse and was awarded the John E. Morley Award by the Association on Aging with Developmental Disabilities. She has lived in Columbia for the majority of her adult life but calls Maine home. In her spare time, Jacque loves to kayak with her partner. You can find her with a good book, and a kitty on her lap.

Kristen Dean – Treasurer

Kristen is a Branch Manager at Central Bank of Boone County. Kristen is very active in our local community. She served as past president of Kiwanis, Rotary Club Treasurer, Board member for Fulton Roundabout Beautification Committee, and a member of the Fulton Preschool Board.

Rachel Dale – Secretary

Rachel is a graduate of William Woods University with a degree in Human Resources Management. She has over 15 years of experience working in the human services field specifically with those individuals who have developmental disabilities and those in need of Hospice and end of life care. In her free time, Rachel is a Sports mom, puppy mom, and foster mom alongside her is the “Best Husband Ever”. You can also find her enjoying a good book.

Dorreen Rardin, RN – Co-founder

Co-founder of Caring Hearts and Hands of Columbia. Doreen is a registered nurse with 47 years’ experience in nursing primarily in intensive care units and Palliative Care. She started the Palliative Care Program at Boone Hospital 20 years ago. Doreen received the Alumni Nursing of the Year Award from Sinclair School of Nursing for her work in Palliative care in Community and Hospital Settings. In addition, she received the Missouri Hospital Hero Award for her work in palliative care.

Jackie Reed, RN – Co-founder

Jackie is a 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. She is very proud to be one of the co-founders of Caring Hearts and Hands of Columbia.

Deborah Portell – Board Member

Deborah has 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, she was moved to become a hospice volunteer in 2001. The joy and wisdom that come from spending time with those in hospice filled her in ways that are hard to express. CHHC’s social-model concept really speaks to Deborah and she is proud to be a part of the community of volunteers who provide many forms of service to the guests and their loved ones.

Sandy Belden, RN – Board Member

Sandy is a retired Registered Nurse with 40 years of nursing experience in a variety of nursing areas, including Hospice and Chronic Pain Management. With years of personal experience in caring for parents and family members, Sandy understands the time and commitment of someone on hospice. She is honored to provide this loving, caring service of Caring Hearts and Hands to our community.

Beth Thompson – Board member

Beth is a Chef and Director of Dining Services for Fresh Ideas Food Service here in Columbia. She has over 20 years of culinary experience and earned her degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Beth fuels her passion for food by using fresh, local ingredients with a focus on sustainability and nutrition. She enjoys all things related to food and spends her free time volunteering with Rotary, CCUA and CHHC and traveling to the Ozarks to paddle the rivers.