Established in 1986, CHAPCA is headquartered in Sacramento, CA.

CHAPCA is governed by the Board of Directors,whose members are responsible for setting the policy of the association.


The Board of Directors consists of eleven-fifteen members elected at large who serve three year terms. The board normally meets four or five times per year.

The CHAPCA Bylaws is the formal document that guides all association activities. CHAPCA has policies that guide program and financial activities, as well.

Kitty Whitaker

Kitty Whitaker

CEO, Hospice by the Bay, Larkspur, CA

Kristine Kowalski

Hospice Director, St.Joseph's Hospice, Anaheim, CA

Suzi Johnson

Suzi Johnson

Vice President, Sharp HospiceCare, La Mesa, CA

Carolynn Peterson

Carolynn Peterson

Executive Director, Hospice of the Foothills, Grass Valley, CA

Terrie Berentsen

Terrie Berentsen

Executive Director, Madrone Hospice Inc, Yreka, CA

Gina Andres

Gina Andres

Executive Director, Compassus, Los Angeles & Orange County, CA

Corrigan Gommenginger

Corrigan Gommenginger

CEO, Hospice Service of Lake County, Lakeport, CA

Stephanie Gwiazdon

Director of Patient Services, Yolo Hospice, Davis, CA

Paul Huante

President, Horizon Oxygen and Medical Equipment, Inc, Anaheim, CA

Edward Lowe

Edward Lowe

Executive Director, NorthBay Health at Home & Hospice, Fairfield, CA

Kim Phan

Kim Phan

Founder and EVP, HealthEssentials, Santa Ana, CA

Debbie Robson

Debbie Robson

Vice President, Salus Hospice, Irvine, CA

Alen Voskanian

Alen Voskanian

Regional Medical Director, VITAS Healthcare, Torrance, CA


Susan Negreen

CHAPCA President and CEO
(916) 925-3770


Committees are organized to address issues that affect provider members and the hospice community. Committee members are appointed by the current CHAPCA Chair and approved by the Board of Directors.

Committee members serve one year terms, and may be re-appointed. CHAPCA members and staff employed by provider members are encouraged to volunteer for committee participation

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee, composed of the officers and one member elected at large by the Board, conducts any necessary business between regular meetings of the Board of Directors.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee recommends an annual budget for CHAPCA, monitors the investments and considers all matters of a financial nature that are referred to the committee.

Education Committee

The Education Committee identifies and plans workshops and seminars to meet the educational needs of hospice providers and health care professionals. They plan the Annual Conference, select speakers and develop the educational format.

Leadership Development Committee

The Leadership Development Committee is responsible provide strategic direction, resources and opportunities for members to develop their leadership skills. This committee is charged with mentoring new professionals and promoting and cultivating volunteer interest in leadership positions within the Corporation. The Committee screens applicants and produces a diverse pool of candidates for all elected positions and committee chairs.

Public Policy Committee

The Public Policy Committee reviews proposed legislation that may affect hospice or palliative care; develops policy recommendations for the Board of Directors; develops CHAPCA's legislative agenda; monitors health care legislation and organizes grass roots political activities; advocates for hospice with the Department of Public Health and the Department of Health Care Services on issues related to state and federal hospice licensure and certification, Medi-Cal and managed care.


California Hospice and Palliative Care Association

3841 North Freeway Blvd., #100
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 925-3770 tel
(888) 252-1010 toll free
(916) 925-3780 fax

Susan Negreen, CAE

President and CEO

Holly Swiger, PhD, MPH, RN

Director of Education

Laura Blickle

Director of Administration

Rachel Henry

Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Ibe

Exhibits Sales and Management

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An important component of the hospice and palliative care industry includes companies that supply the products and services agencies depend upon daily.

The California Hospice and Palliative Care Association offers a number of opportunities to assist vendors in reaching palliative care and hospice decision-makers, all designed to maximize your marketing dollars with the leaders of this growth market.

For maximum savings, become an Associate member of CHAPCA and receive the lowest advertising and exhibiting rates offered by CHAPCA.


Trendsetter, CHAPCA's monthly e-newletter

The newsletter is emailed to over 1,200 provider members and their staff, and is available for on the CHAPCA website for one year past the publication date.

Annual Conference Final Program

This year's conference will be held in Palm Springs.

The final program is distributed on-site to all conference attendees and emailed to CHAPCA's entire contact list. It is posted online as well. Please check back for the program advertising order form.

  • Advertisers will be charged for all production work required.
  • Payment is due with your reservation.
  • Cancellations are not accepted after the closing date for space reservations.

Become A Sponsor

CHAPCA has the marketing and relationship building opportunities you need to reach the hospice community.

As one of the largest state hospice associations, CHAPCA has a wide variety of sponsorship options available for vendors wishing to connect to the hospice market.

Contact Jennifer Ibe at the CHAPCA office (916-925-3770) for the most up-to-date list of opportunities.

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