BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Roots & Roads Community Hospice Foundation is led by a dedicated, volunteer board of directors. The Board governs and supports the work of the Foundation and provides mission-based leadership. Board members are elected annually and may serve three-year, renewable terms.

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Rachel M. Sass President

Rachel Sass is a Vice President and Trust Advisor at Northern Trust.  Northern Trust collaborates with clients and their advisors to offer holistic wealth management services for individuals and families, privately held businesses, family offices, and foundation and endowments.  Prior to joining Northern Trust, Rachel was an Associate Attorney at Rimon, P.C. and Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P.  Rachel graduated summa cum laude and with honors from the University of Arizona in 2013 with her bachelor’s in political science, and later graduated cum laude from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law in 2018.

Rachel’s practice concentrated on estate and tax planning, probate and trust administration, and business law. She is well-versed in developing estate plans in a wide variety of circumstances, from simple plans to complex plans for high-net-worth individuals and families.

Rachel is a member of the Southern Arizona Estate Planning Council, the Morris K. Udall Inn of Court, and the State Bar of Arizona.  Rachel is a former Miss Arizona United States and enjoys serving her community. She is a graduate of the Greater Tucson Leadership LEAD program, Class of 2021, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Tucson Leadership organization.

“[In my work] as an estate planning attorney, I helped guide my clients through end-of-life issues.  While, for most, it is not a pleasant conversation to have, it is an essential one.  The work that the Foundation does in Southern Arizona is pivotal to bringing more awareness about end-of-life issues and supporting individuals and families in our community.  I am honored to serve on the Board of the Foundation to continue the great work that it’s been doing, and to help guide it in the future.” –Rachel Sass 

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Jan Storey Vice President

Jan Storey was born and raised in Indiana and has lived most of her life in the Midwest until moving to Tucson 6 years ago with long-time partner Jon and their Great Dane Wrigley. She graduated from Butler University with a Corporate
Communication degree but quickly found her footing in healthcare, first spending 22 years in various roles at Express Scripts and then moving to Optum 8 years ago. Her current role is leading a team of implementation managers who
onboard new clients with Behavioral Health products. Her current role and her previous experience have provided her the opportunity to help others ‐helping members navigate the health care system and to help them live healthier
lives. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time hiking, mountain biking, and checking out new restaurants in town.

"Both of my parents were in hospice for end-of-life care and after witnessing the compassion and comfort they received it created a space in my life where I wanted to give back. When I recently learned about the board opening with Roots and Roads Community Hospice Foundation I knew it would be a perfect fit for me." - Jan Storey

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Elhadj Ndoye (El) Treasurer

Elhadj Ndoye (El) was born and raised in Senegal, West Africa. Back in 1995, he relocated to the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a degree in Operations Management. He has served as a volunteer at Casas De Los Ninos, a not-for-profit shelter for children in abusive households. He also volunteered at Big Brothers and Sisters. He is very active in his community and currently has affiliations with the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce as Past Chairman. In 2010 El created The Forgotten Children, a non-profit geared towards helping the street children in Senegal by achieving goals of self-sufficiency.

El is the Director of Business Development for CorporateCare Solutions. As a new member of the CCS team, El is excited to bring the concept of National Backup Child and Adult Care to the forefront of employee benefit discussions. In his role, El will be responsible for developing and growing current client relationships, identifying prospective clients, and contributing to the overall growth of CCS. He is dedicated to educating employers on the unique benefits they may offer to their employees, creating a family-friendly work environment, and assuring the recruitment and retention of top talent.
El has more than 20 years of banking experience in the local Tucson area. He is a University of Arizona alumnus and a Wildcat through and through. Prior to joining CorporateCARE Solutions, he served as the Market Executive and Senior Vice President of Canyon Community Bank.

“Death is inevitable but to be able to educate, support, and promote a quality end of life experience is an experience worth having.” - Elhadj Ndoye

MaryAnn Juarez

MaryAnn Juarez, MSN, BSN, RN Secretary

MaryAnn Juarez has dedicated 20 years of her expertise in clinical nursing and currently is providing Leadership in Care Coordination to El Rio Health.  She leads the Care Management Department and helps care for the most vulnerable population and helps coordinate their health care. MaryAnn is a transformational leader with a vision and a passion for people as shown in her commitment to providing excellent patient care in the safest and most effective manner possible.  MaryAnn earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix and her Master of Science in Nursing Leadership from the Grand Canyon University. She is a lifetime learner and gets inspired by others who want to make a difference in the community. Being a graduate from Greater Tucson Leadership in 2021 has allowed her to continue her networking with other Leaders in the community in making a difference. She is also a Board Member for Dependable Hospice and Palliative Care LLC as it created great insight in the need of our community. In her spare time, MaryAnn enjoys cooking and spending quality time with her family which includes three grandkids.

“Serving and being a Member of Roots and Roads Foundation is a privilege to share awareness and educate loved ones on the circle of life with Grace and Support as their hearts are hurting.“ - MaryAnn Juarez

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Alan Barreuther

Alan Barreuther was born in Chicago, but grew up in Tucson where he received most of his education. He graduated from the University of Arizona and the University of Michigan College(s) of Pharmacy. He was a clinical faculty member at the U of AZ College of Pharmacy for 17 years and then pursued activities in the area of Medical Affairs for a number of pharmaceutical companies working in the pharmacological/therapeutic areas of pain and sleep.
He first became interested in pain control while teaching at Tucson Medical Center. He helped establish a patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) program on a surgical ward and became interested in hospice philosophies and activities. After TMC established its hospice, he was active in the training of volunteers and served on the TMC Hospice Advisory Board for many years.

“I am on the Board of Directors because I have a deep interest in providing information/reaching/teaching about preparation for end-of-life issues. In my past clinical experience, derived by working in an intensive care unit, I saw many instances where families were not prepared for the impending death of a loved one and, acting as proxies, opted for aggressive care at all costs. Many times, this aggressive approach was unwarranted, but because the families did not know they had options, this became the usual choice for continued care. I feel strongly that families and individuals educated as to their options at the time of death, handle the situation more confidently and live their lives with a greater appreciation of life itself.” – Alan Barreuther 

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Andrew Bevington

Andrew Bevington, M.Ed./MFA, has over 20 years of experience in education and workforce development and currently serves as the Director of the Business & Education Partnership Program for the Pima County School Superintendent’s Office. He develops programs that bring industry, local government, and education together to provide career awareness, job skills training, and job placements to youth and adults seeking employment. Andrew is also a United Way Public Policy Committee member and a strong proponent of keeping private equity out of hospice care in Arizona and ensuring quality end-of-life care for all citizens of Pima County.

Andrew was the primary caregiver to his maternal grandmother during the final years of her life, and the experience shaped his understanding of death and dying. After recently reading Five Invitations of Death: Discovering what Death can Teach us about Living Fully by Frank Ostaseski, he had the good fortune to meet Kasey Hill and Julie Evans through GTL, which brought him to the Roots & Roads Board.

“We can harness the awareness of death to appreciate the fact that we are alive, to encourage self-exploration, to clarify our values, to find meaning, and to generate positive action. It is the impermanence of life that gives us perspective. As we come in contact with life’s precarious nature, we also come to appreciate its preciousness. Then we don’t want to waste a minute. We want to enter our lives fully and use them in a responsible way.”
-Frank Ostaseski

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Antonio C. Estrada (Tony)

Tony is currently the Older American’s Act Program Director at Pima Council on Aging where he oversees the Contracts area and PCOA’s Nutrition and Home Repair programs. Tony has 45+ years of experience in the fields of Banking, Managed Care and Social Services Data Collecting/Processing. He has over 30 years of Managed Care and Social Services experience and was Operations Program Manager with Pima Health System (PHS) with oversight for the Contracts, Provider Services and Claims departments.

Tony has Project Management experience at both Pima Health System and Pima Council on Aging, directing the activities of conversion/system configuration teams for both organizations.  In addition, Tony was a Senior Encounter Correction Specialist with Bridgeway Health Plan and has extensive experience in the provision of home and community based services while working with the AHCCCS Ambulatory and Long Term Care programs as well as with the State of Arizona’s Department of Economic Security, Aging and Adult Administration.  Tony also has over 16 years of experience in Bank Operations while working for with First Interstate Bank, Southern Arizona Bank, and Western BanCorporation in both Arizona and California and was an Assistant Vice President with First Interstate Bancard Operations in Simi Valley, California, overseeing bank credit card operations for the 11 western states.

In February of 2021, Tony was selected as a recipient of the 31st Annual FBI/LULAC Community Service Awards, created by William Sessions, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Jim Perez, Human Resource Director for the FBI and Richard Fimbres, Tucson City Council member for Ward 5 in conjunction with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). The award honors “those in our community, giving their all, to help those in need”. In March of 2020, Tony along with his wife Gloria, were honored by Ramon Valadez, then Pima County District 2 Supervisor, with a Community Leadership Award for “their tireless work for making your immediate neighborhood, and by extension the entire region, a better place to live and raise a family”.

“Having been on the receiving end of benefits from a social service agency in my youth and seeing first-hand the workings of these agencies in my community, I feel that it is my obligation and honor to “pay it forward” and to serve my community in any way that I can. I feel a real connection to the Roots and Roads Foundation and serving on their board helps me to give back to a very worthy organization and their extended community.” - Antonio Estrada

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Ed Fix

Ed Fix is a retired banker after working 44 years in the industry. He worked in several major US cities and 5 Asian countries as a commercial banker. He has been a long-time volunteer, serving as a patient companion, at Casa de la Luz Hospice.  He and his wife’s parents both benefitted from hospice care at the end of their lives. He also volunteers at other organizations in Tucson. His wife owns an antique mall in Tucson, and he helps her with that business. 

“I am serving on the Foundation Board because it plays an important role in the community to support individuals on hospice care who are in need of financial assistance and education about the supportive process hospice plays at the end of life.” -Ed Fix 

Kasey Hill

Kasey Hill

Kasey Hill is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Prescott College. Before that, she served as chief executive officer for Greater Tucson Leadership for six years. 

Kasey is a native of Kentucky and received recognition as a Kentucky Colonel in 2015. Kentucky Colonel is an honorary commission given by the governor of Kentucky to individuals noted for their public service. She is a 2020 recipient of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber's 40 Under 40 awards.

In the spring of 2021, she was recognized by BizTucson Magazine as one of Tucson's 20 NextGen Leaders. She lives on the east side of Tucson with her husband, Alan, and her 6-lb Yorkshire Terrier, Thor.

"Roots & Roads plays a vital role in providing education and necessary resources to support individuals and families experiencing grief, loss, and end-of-life. I feel honored to serve on the board of an organization that shows courage in discussing and tackling the issues around death and dying – issues that our society often overlooks but are universal to the human experience." - Kasey Hill

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Beatrice Krauss

Beatrice Krauss is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Methods and Measurement in the Social Sciences, a Richard L. Gorsuch Postdoctoral Fellow, and a Designated Campus Colleague for the psychology department at the University of Arizona. She is an Emerita Professor of the City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. Until 2012, she was the Executive Director of the Hunter College Center for Community and Urban Health. She is also a harpist; she plays as a certified healthcare musician at Casa de la Luz Hospice in Tucson, AZ.  In 2021, Bea published a book of poetry titled, Strong Medicine, and is currently working on a second poetry book.

Dr. Krauss has been involved with over 40 privately-, city-, state-, nationally- or internationally-funded research projects regarding family and community adjustment to health threats. Until May 2012, Dr. Krauss co-chaired the Non-Governmental Organization Committee on HIV/AIDS for organizations in consultative status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. She was a visiting investigator at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 2011, transferring insights about the destigmatization of HIV to lung cancer.

“I have been a widow now for over six years. I have worked through the documented invisibility of widows and assumptions about widows, and through shade after shade of grief. My solace has come not only from an excellent grief group, but the same as for many, from art, nature, friends, family, and activities that promote the common good. I bring the personal and professional to the Board. Every life ends with death. What we all hope for is a fitting end to our biographies.” - Beatrice Krauss

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Serani Wijesinghe

Serani was born in Sri Lanka. She has lived in Tucson for more than 30 yrs. She got her masters in Social Work at ASU - Tucson Component.  Due to her love of working with the elderly, she got a certificate in Gerontology at the same time.  She volunteered with Casa de la Luz Hospice for 6 years. One of her four internships was completed at Casa de la Luz Hospice.  She worked in different capacities at Casa de la Luz Hospice for 9 years.  The last seven were at the Casa de la Luz Hospice Inpatient Unit. She retired in October of 2023.

“It was an honor to work with hospice patients at the end of life and to support the patients and families. The profound confluence of emotions and needs at this time required navigation. As a social worker, I was thankful to be able to provide support and assistance.  There were lessons to be learned each day.  Roots and Roads was so very steadfast in their availability to support patients and families who needed financial support to alleviate their already accumulating burdens.  As a social worker, I was able to experience the relief families and patients felt when they found out that they were going to be provided the financial support they needed.” - Serani Wijesinghe  

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Roots & Roads Community Hospice Foundation, formerly Casa de la Luz Foundation, was established in 2000 as a nonprofit organization to support end-of-life care.

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