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Barbara offers a depth of nursing experience, encompassing acute critical care to special care nursery/ pediatrics, then to the hospice world in 1992. During her time in hospice, she performed a variety of roles within the team, and now serves as the leader of the Education Department at Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, AZ. She has presented at both state and national levels on symptom management, compassion fatigue and other issues. She is dedicated to communicating that passion in order to equip nurses to give the most compassionate and competent nursing care at the end of a patient’s life.

Barbara Schmal



Reverand Barry Schwartz is a  Ordained Interfaith Minister and retired Chaplain with Hospice of the Valley. He has served as a  CPE at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center and is a Member-At-Large of the Public Policy Commission-Arizona Faith Network. He has over 30 years of success as an executive in the television and media sales business such as ABC, CBS, the NBA and FOX. Named by Advertising Age as one of the 100 Best & Brightest media sales reps and was a 2008 Cambridge Who's Who of media professionals and entrepreneurs. 

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Sally Mulready MA, LMFT .  Originally licensed in California and currently in Arizona, Sally has over 35 years experience working with children, teens, parents, couples and individuals in multiple treatment settings: inpatient, RTC, out patient clinics and private practice, including 15 years specializing in Bereavement at Hospice of the Valley here in AZ. She enjoys use of play, art, visualization, story telling and mindfulness in her therapy with individuals and groups. Currently she has five grandchildren under age 6 who keep her on her toes.

Sally Mulready


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Frank is a professional drum circle facilitator and educator. He is the founder of the AZ Rhythm Connection (AZRC) and has been facilitating rhythm for over 25 years. Frank is a leading advocate of using music for wellness and is a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University. Teaching Health Rhythms and drum circle facilitation for the Music Therapy Department. Frank is also a Teaching Artist with Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona and at the Musical Instrument Museum. 

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Tess Mosko Scherer combines her interest and study of the human psyche, specifically the light and shadow theories of Carl Jung into her art.  Her work excavates human emotions and archetypal energies that prevail in our human nature. She has a diverse background in the arts and co-founded Scherer Gallery in 1983 representing international contemporary artists, specializing in glass art until 2006.  Since 2012, she has served on the board of the Arizona Artists Guild currently as President, was the Artistic Director of Shemer Art Center and Museum, is a member artist and co-president of the eye lounge collective gallery.   Mosko Scherer is the Director of Curriculum and Facilitation for the of the World Academy for the Future of Woman, serves on the advisory board and is a program facilitator in China and Bangladesh. She was named one of the ‘100 Creatives’ by the Phoenix New Times in 2016.

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Maureen Armas-Wess works as a chaplain and nurse for Hospice of the valley, supporting persons in drawing on their inner experience of the sacred and divine. Maureen trained and worked as chaplain at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital, and several parishes since 1994, most recently at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Scottsdale, St Timothy' s in Mesa, and St. Anne's in Gilbert. Maureen trained in the "Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, " an application of Montessori principles to pastoral care in Rome, Italy; Washington, D.C., and Arizona, whereupon she met her husband Chris, and stayed in Arizona. She holds a BSN in nursing from ASU, BS in psychobiology and MPH from UCLA, and MTS from the Franciscan School of Theology pending thesis.

Maureen Armas-Wess


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Chikal Patel is an Internist, Geriatrician and Hospice and Palliative Medicine trained physician. She currently is the Medical Director for the Department of Palliative Medicine at Banner Baywood Medical Center and Banner Heart Hospital and the lead for all East Valley Palliative Care programs for Banner Health. Chikal’s strengths include communication skills and symptom management. She is passionate about her work and loves teaching.   Chikal completed her Internal Medicine residency from St. Barnabas Hospital, NY and then, after working as an Internist seeing patients in the outpatient, inpatient and nursing home settings for seven years, went on to pursue fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Geriatrics at University of Texas, San Antonio. Chikal is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine and board eligible for Geriatrics.​

Chikal Patel


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Cheryl Mathis, LCSW is currently a Palliative Care Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Dignity Health East Valley working primarily at Chandler Regional Medical Center. Cheryl has over 18 years’ experience working with older adults, chronically ill, their families, caregivers and the community in various professional capacities, including private duty home care, community mental health, hospice, and palliative care. Additionally, Cheryl has over 20 years of supervision, management, and leadership experience in health care and other professions, and enjoys providing education and mentoring others. She has a passion for working with this population, and with issues related to end-of-life, grief and loss, chronic health issues, caregiver stress, and life transitions.

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Julie began studying yoga in 2002.  She has been a registered nurse since 1992.  Julie is passionate about bringing her nursing background into the yoga studio and helping students achieve and maintain range of motion.  Julie's teaching style is playful and inclusive.  She has experience teaching prenatal, chair, yin and flow classes.  Julie teaches two classes a week that are free as part of her mission to make the world a better place.  Julie is currently working on her 500-hour certification in yoga therapy.

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Cheryl Aisporna is currently the Director of Clinical Operations for Trinity Air Medical. She has been an RN for 10 years and recently received her Master’s in Nursing Leadership from Grand Canyon University in 2018. She is passionate about education and worked as a clinical instructor for Grand Canyon University and Brown Mackie College. She currently is involved with public education in regard to working with patients living with Alzheimer’s disease.

Cheryl Aisporna

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Kenneth is an ordained and licensed minister. He has been proving spiritual care for 35 years and has spent the last 14 years as a Hospice Chaplain. He has been married to his wonderful wife for over 39 years, and has has 2 married children and 5 grandchildren. He spends his weekends hiking and since he's from  Louisiana, gumbo and fried catfish are his favorites.

Kenneth Collins

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Wellness Advocate

Kelli Johnson is a doTERRA Wellness Advocate who works to empower individuals to improve their overall health and wellness through natural solutions.  As a mother of four, Kelli found herself searching for a natural ways to support her family’s health and when she found doTERRA over four years ago she recognized the powerful potential of essential oils.  Kelli is passionate about educating  others about the safe, effective ways you can utilize these gifts of the earth to promote physical and emotional wellness.

Kelli Johnson

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