Board Members

Jessica Lisinski MBA, BSN, RN, CHPN


Jessica serves as the Director of Hospice and Palliative Care with Horizon Home Care and Hospice in Milwaukee, WI, overseeing the Lawlis Family Hospice, The Kathy Hospice, a large home hospice, a community based palliative consult program, and a unique model of hospice care delivery within Froedtert Hospital. Jessica is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse, ELNEC trainer, and is also a previous President and current Treasurer of the Greater Milwaukee Chapter of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

Kristi Barfield

Kristi is the manager for Aurora at Home Hospice and Palliative Care in southeastern Wisconsin. She received her diploma degree in nursing from St. Luke’s School of Nursing, Fargo, North Dakota and her Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College, Albany, New York. Kristi has devoted her career to hospice and palliative care with over three […]

Jessica Bumgarner NP

Jessica Bumgarner is board certified as a FNP-BC and currently is a Nurse Practitioner for Gundersen Hospice in La Crosse. She received her bachelors in nursing and masters in nursing from Indiana State University. She started her work in hospice in 2006 as their first LPN, then transitioned to an RN role where she worked […]

Kelly Cooke DO

Kelly Cooke has been the Medical Director of Palliative Care with ProHealth Care since 2013—prior to that she practiced in central Texas. She is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Her palliative care interests lie in oncology, young adults and veterans.

Jim Deming MD

Jim was a family physician for 27 years where he served as medical director of a small community hospice for 15 years. In 2013 Jim moved to Eau Claire, WI where he became a full-time palliative care physician and served as hospice medical director with Mayo Clinic Health System. Jim has a special interest in […]

Suzie Feuling RN, MS


Suzie is passionate about palliative / patient centered care and is pleased to serve PCNOW. She brings over 35 years of experience in healthcare, which includes 20 years of progressive healthcare leadership and nearly 10 years in executive operation, quality, and safety roles. Suzie is a registered nurse with her MS degree in organizational leadership […]

Mary Jane Higgs NP

Mary Jane currently works at ProHealth Care with the palliative care team and meets with patients during their hospital admission. She is board certified as MSN, APRN, AGNP-C as well as Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care NP. Mary Jane was fortunate enough serve as a member of a palliative care team as the RN […]

Tim Jessick DO

Past Chair

Tim was a Family Physician for 12 years and a Hospice Medical Director for 5 years. He completed his Palliative Medicine Fellowship in 2010 and now serves as a Palliative Medicine consultant and Chair of the Ethics Committee at Aurora West Allis Medical Center.

Sean Marks MD


Sean Marks is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He practices Palliative Care at Froedtert Hospital and the Zablocki VA Medical Center as an associate professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin where he is the editor in chief of Fast Facts and Concepts and the program director for the physician fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Elena Sherr APSW, ACHP-SW

Vice Chair

Elena Sherr is an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Social Worker. She is the Hospice Manager at Horizon Home Care and Hospice. She is passionate about issues of equality and accessibility. Elena facilitates trainings for new employees focused on the hospice philosophy and cultural sensitivity. Additionally, she provides education to current employees through the […]

Jacob Werkheiser Reverend, MDIV, BCC

Jacob currently serves as a hospice chaplain at Zilber Family Hospice in Wauwatosa and as a Certified Educator Candidate with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education through Advocate Aurora Health. In addition, he serves on the faculty of the Aurora Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. Jacob is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church […]