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Meet our Board

Our board is comprised of experts with decades of experience in the advanced illness, hospice, and palliative care space.

Tom Koutsoumpas

Samira Beckwith, LCSW, FACHE, LHD

Diana Franchitto, MBA
Vice Chair

Debbie Shumway

Karen Rubel


David W. Cook

David W. Cook
President & CEO, Hosparus Health

David W. Cook, MBA, is president and chief executive officer of Hosparus Health, one of the nation’s leading non-profit care providers for patients and families facing serious illness. For over 40 years, the $90 million mission-driven organization has been a trusted partner to nearly 10,000 patients annually across a 41-county service area in Kentucky and Indiana. As the largest non-profit in Louisville, Hosparus Health has been championing equitable healthcare access for all members of the community since 1978.

Since assuming the role in September 2021, David has overseen operational and strategic efforts in response to the community’s changing healthcare needs. Under his leadership, the organization has broadened its scope of services to provide its patient-centered model across the continuum of care for those facing complex medical conditions.

David is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of operational and financial leadership experience within the healthcare and non-profit sectors. Most recently, he served as president and chief executive officer of Carolina Caring in Newton, North Carolina. During his five-year tenure with the organization, David expanded service offerings and oversaw the development of the community-based pediatric palliative and hospice program, Carolina Kids.

Before joining Carolina Caring, David spent over 15 years with Hosparus, where he started his career in healthcare after working in the banking industry. Throughout his time with the organization, he held several key leadership positions, including chief operating officer. In each role, David sought innovative opportunities to build on Hosparus’ history of compassion to improve the quality of life for people of all ages and backgrounds, regardless of their ability to pay.

David has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, a post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting, and a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University. He currently serves on the boards of the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation, Kentucky Association of Hospice & Palliative Care, and the CEOc (formerly Louisville Healthcare CEO Council). In 2023, he was recognized as a Health Care Hero Innovator honoree in the Louisville area by Louisville Business First.

A native of the Kentuckiana area, David now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife and their three sons.

Bill Finn, MBA

William E. Finn
President and CEO, Hospice of the Western Reserve

Bill Finn has been involved in hospice and end-of-life-care for 40 years.  Bill has held CEO positions at multiple not-for-profit hospices and has been active at both the state and national level in advancing innovation, access, and quality of care at end of life.  Bill has served on multiple state and federal association boards and has spoken and consulted extensively.  Bill is the President & CEO of Western Reserve Care Solutions and Hospice of the Western Reserve, based in Cleveland, and regularly volunteers in hospice inpatient units as a caregiver.

Bill received his Master of Business Administration degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and has a certification in Hospice and Palliative Care Administration.


Phillip W. Heath

Phillip W. Heath
President & CEO, Samaritan

Phillip W. Heath is the president and CEO of Samaritan, an independent not-for-profit provider of home-based healthcare and supportive services in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Founded in Moorestown in 1980 as one of the country’s first hospices, Samaritan now provides an expanding range of life-enhancing services for more than 11,000 patients and their families annually in five New Jersey counties.

Before joining the Samaritan leadership team, Phillip’s career was distinguished by 30 years of leadership experience with various local, regional, and national healthcare organizations in the areas of sales, marketing, business development, government affairs, and operations. With extensive experience in the hospice, senior housing, long-term care, and healthcare technology arena, he was also involved in corporate community affairs, social responsibility, inclusion and diversity initiatives, and as a community volunteer throughout his career.

Phillip served as Chief Marketing and Sales Officer and Chief Administrative Officer with a provider of long-term care services and Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).  Most recently he was the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for a healthcare technology firm where he was responsible for providing instructional leadership to department managers, working to develop and implement the company’s strategic plan, administrative policies, and performance of all corporate departments.

Phillip currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation, Responsive Care Solutions, and the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey.

Phillip holds a B.A. from Morehouse College and an M.S. in Health Services Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy. He earned a certificate in Healthcare Leadership from Cornell University and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

At Samaritan, Phillip is responsible for leading the vision, mission, and strategic direction to provide advanced clinical expertise and extraordinary compassion through our comprehensive and growing family of life-enhancing services including: primary care at home, palliative medicine, hospice care, grief support, education, and advocacy.

Prior to being unanimously elected to the role of President and CEO in 2022, Phillip led Samaritan’s volunteer board of trustees as chairman for four years, working alongside the senior leadership team to expand the organization’s care options to help more people—especially those who are most vulnerable—in more ways.

Throughout his career, Phillip has understood his mission of service to be “provide what the patient wants and what the patient needs.” That priority continues today as he leads Samaritan’s mission to help patients, and those who care about them, live their best lives every day.


Patricia “Patti” Moore, APRN, MSN

Patrice “Patti” Moore
President & Founder, The Watershed Group

Patrice C. “Patti” Moore, APRN, RN, MSN is President and Founder of The Watershed Group, a nationwide healthcare consulting and coaching company working with organizations and people to attain advanced levels of success and achieve their ideal mission. Since 1999, Patti and The Watershed Group have tailored their services to meet the unique needs of each client and achieve positive growth and financial stability. Patti is a Certified High Performance Coach, expert consultant and thought leader in end of life care.

Patti’s insights help clients create and sustain high performance cultures in order to realize their full potential—even in periods of change and transition.

Prior to founding The Watershed Group, Patti was the Executive Director of Hospice of North Central Florida (now Haven Hospice), leading that organization to a position of national prominence. She began her career in the nursing profession, where her commitment to service and compassionate leadership first took root. Ms. Moore was a surveyor/consultant for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, former president of Florida Hospices and Palliative Care, Inc., founding member of the National Hospice Work Group, Board member of the National Hospice Foundation, founding Board member of the National Partnership of Hospice Innovation and Board member at Oak Hammock CCRC in Gainesville, Florida. She has spoken widely on issues of caring for the dying and end of life care.

Patti is the author of the book, No Mission No Margin: Creating a Successful Hospice with Care and Competence and co-author of the book How Goes It With Your Soul.

Patti has her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Nursing from University of Florida and she lives with her husband in Gainesville, Florida.

Lynne Sexten, FACHE

Lynne M. Sexten, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer, Agrace

Ms. Sexten has been with Agrace since 2012. During her tenure, Agrace has grown tremendously. Hospice census has increased 100%, a second hospice inpatient unit was opened, as well as a new hospice memory care unit. Additional satellite offices were established, a palliative care program was initiated, a non-medical home care company and an adult day center were launched, as was a new home medical equipment company.

Ms. Sexten came to Agrace from Unity Point Health - Meriter in Madison, Wisconsin where she served as executive vice president and chief operating officer. During her tenure, she was responsible for all inpatient and outpatient clinical services. She oversaw the development of a new multi-specialty medical group with eight clinic locations as well as the complete replacement of health system’s operating rooms.

She holds a master’s degree in health care administration and a bachelor’s degree in biomedical communications from The Ohio State University. She is certified as a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Ms. Sexten is active in the community, serving on several local boards and committees. She has been recognized for her leadership with several awards including being named one of Madison’s Most Influential People in 2015. Ms. Sexten is presently the Chair of the Board for the Wisconsin Hospice and Palliative Care Association, a national director of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and a board member of the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation.

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