Our Hospice Staff is here for you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our nurses are your neighbors, most of them being born and raised in our communities, others who have moved here and who now call Pike County their home. We may be tooting our horn when we say we feel we have the most compassionate staff you will find in the workforce today! (TOOT TOOT!) We look forward to getting to know you better, here is a little bit about us!
BETHANY BILLINGS, RN
“More about Bethany, coming soon!”
MECIA CASTAGNA, RN
“My name is Mecia (pronounced MEE-Suh) for those curious. I was born, raised, and currently live in Louisiana. I earned my LPN from Pike Lincoln Tech Center, and after over 20 years in long-term care Pharmaceuticals I decided to go back to school. At 49 years old I earned my RN from Hannibal and absolutely love being in the medical field. I am excited to work for Pike County Home Health & Hospice as I get to be with patients and their family’s in their time of need. I enjoy feeling like I am making a difference in peoples lives. I am married and have three wonderful children. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, refinishing furniture and crafting.” Contact Mecia: email@example.com 573-324-2111 ext. 129
SUSAN CONNER, LPN
Susan is one of our Per-Diem LPN Nurses who helps on an as needed basis.
HILLARY HAKENWERTH, RN BSN
“Hi! My name is Hillary and I am an RN Case Manager here at Pike County Health Department, Home Health & Hospice. I have previously worked for University of Columbia and Hannibal Regional Hospital. I very much enjoy being an RN as putting a smile on patients and their families faces are something I take pride in. My husband Jason and I have lived in Bowling Green our entire lives. In my spare time I enjoy riding horses, making glass jewelry, and refinishing furniture.” Contact Hillary: firstname.lastname@example.org 573-324-2111 ext. 129.
KELSEY HENDERSON, RN BSN
“My name is Kelsey Henderson, I am the daughter of Kelly & Elaine Henderson and grew up in Louisiana, MO. I graduated high school at Louisiana and went on to Central Methodist University to graduate with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing and am a registered nurse. For the two years after graduation I worked at Pike County Memorial Hospital and I look forward to continuing to serve the county I grew up in. In my spare time I enjoy playing slow pitch softball, and playing with my dogs Willie & Waylon.” Contact Kelsey: email@example.com 573-324-2111 ext. 115.
RACHEL HENDERSON, RN BSN
“HI, my name is Rachel and I graduated in 2016 from the University of Missouri with my BSN, and have recently worked as an ICU nurse. My husband and I were both born and raised in Louisiana, and lived in Columbia for a while before returning back to Pike County. I am a dog mom, I love my dogs! In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, refinishing furniture and reading. I feel very honored to be a part of this agency. It is a great feeling being welcomed into the homes of our home health patients, caring for them and helping them stay out of the hospital. It is an especially humbling feeling as well, to be with our hospice patients and their families during such a tender and intimate time.” Contact Rachel: firstname.lastname@example.org 573-324-2111 ext. 110
JESSICA STOOPS, RN
“Hi! My name is Jessica Stoops. I received my LPN from Pike Lincoln Tech Center in 2004 and then received my RN in 2006 from Sanford Brown. I have worked in long term care, interventional telemetry, ICU and Med Surg. I have lived in Louisiana, MO for most of my life and have four children who all attend Louisiana Schools. I look forward to working in the community that I grew up in, and helping people improve their health.” Contact Jessica: email@example.com 573-324-2111 ext. 132.
DIANA WILLIAMS, LPN
“My name is Diana Williams, and I am originally from North Carolina where I worked in nursing homes for over 17 years. I have also served in a VA home in Mexico, MO, as well as Integrity Home Health (pediatrics). I have been working with PCHD since early 2015 and I love that I can meet new clients, and the feeling I get when I can make a difference in someone’s life. I currently live in Farber with my husband, and we share 3 wonderful grown children, and 3 amazing grandchildren. In my free time I enjoy sewing, exploring new cooking recipes, and exploring flea markets.”
Our Certified Home Health & Hospice Aides
“Hi, my name is Autumn! I grew up in and graduated high school from Centralia, Missouri and have been living in Bowling Green since about 2017. I have always had a passion for taking care of people so I decided to become a CNA and have previously worked in long-term care. I love to be that extra caring helping hand for our patients. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my fiance and three children as well as reading and taking my dog on walks to the lake.” Contact Autumn: firstname.lastname@example.org 573-324-2111 ext. 141
“Hello! My name is Melissa, and I have been employed with Pike County Health Department, Home Health & Hospice since 2015 as a Certified Aide. I am a member of the Louisiana Fire Department and am certified in First Aid and CPR. What I love most about my job is being able to make people smile. My father owns Lesley’s Hallmark in Louisiana where I work as well. For 5 years I worked for Ruth Jensen Village before beginning my career here at PCHD. I am originally from Louisiana and graduated High school there. In my spare time I really enjoy painting, and being around family and friends. I have a huge heart and I am always trying to smile. I am the baby of my parents 7 children, 3 boys and 4 girls, and I also have a step sister and brother.” Contact Melissa: email@example.com
“Hi! My name is Judy Ray. I have worked for Pike County Health Department, Home Health & Hospice since May 2016 as a Certified Aide, and I love it! As a Home Health Aide, I assist our patients with personal hygiene needs from bed baths, showers, to standing near by in case of a need. I also assist with shaving, washing/rolling hair, and dressing. The amount of assistance is determined by the needs of the patient and I also try to spend time just visiting with the patient, as some have limited visitors. The part of my job that I love the most is working with our hospice patients and their families. I often form a bond with them and truly consider it an honor and privilege to be asked to care for their loved one and to be a part of their lives. I have met some wonderful and memorable people. Working here is actually a retirement job for me, as I am a retired public school teacher. I ended my career in education at Louisiana R-11 School District as a Speech Language Pathologist. I attended Fontbonne University in Claton, Missouri and Ritenour High School in Overland, Missouri. I enjoy working with people and both of these positions have allowed that. Bowling Green has been my home for 28 years. I moved here from Hannibal with my son, Scott. I am a member of the Pike County Fair Board and Good Shepard Lutheran Church. I am a past member of the Louisiana Elementary Bullpup Boosters, the Bowling Green Jaycees and the Region III Council for Developmental Disabilities.” Contact Judy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Administrative Staff
TRACY BROOKSHIER – MARKETING COORDINATOR
“My name is Tracy Brookshier, I have always been a creative person who loves helping people. I was born and raised in Bowling Green and so has the majority of my family. I have my degree in Graphic Design and have had many years marketing experience. My job here at Pike County Health Department, Home Health & Hospice as Marketing Coordinator helps me use both of my passions at the same time. I come up with creative ways and ideas to make sure the public is aware of just how many services we offer, which can be challenging at times since we offer so much! I love that I am helping bring the community in and educate them on all of the things we can help them with. My co-workers here are so incredibly easy and fun to work with, and our nurses are full of compassion for their patients. As a whole, this company truly cares about the community and I feel that shines through not only the employees, the residents of our community itself.” Contact Tracy: email@example.com 573-324-2111 ext. 140.
BECKY CARROLL – HOSPICE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
“My name is Becky Carroll and what I love most about being PCHD’s Hospice Assistant is the help I can give for the patients and the families during their toughest times. We have a great group of nurses and aides that make sure every need is met, from volunteers to the chaplain, to whatever the case may be. I am the last of the original Hospice employees that were hired when our Hospice Services began. I have previously worked as a CMT at Smith Barr Manor and also in the EKG department at Pike County Memorial Hospital, and before coming here to PCHD I also worked for four years at KPCR. I live in Bowling Green with my husband Ray and our two dogs Belle and Polly. We are lucky to have some wonderful children and grandchildren. Life is good!” Contact Becky: firstname.lastname@example.org 573-324-2111 ext. 133.
LYNDA COLBERT – HOME HEALTH ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
“Hi, my name is Lynda Colbert. I am the Home Health Administrative Assistant. I’ve been with the agency since January 3rd, 1974. Yep, that’s a long time. I’ve seen tremendous changes throughout the agency in the past 41 years. I’ve worked with many wonderful people over the years who have helped us grow. I feel we have one of the best nursing staffs anywhere. These nurses go to great lengths to help their patients. I thank those who saw the need for the Hospice Program and those that have worked so hard to expand our WIC and Immunizations programs. I’m thankful for all the family’s we have had the honor of serving. It’s a wonderful feeling to be a part of something that serves our whole community so well. I love my job!” Contact Lynda: email@example.com 573-324-2111 ext. 102.
CAROLYN ORF, RN – HOME HEALTH & HOSPICE DIRECTOR
“Hello, my name is Carolyn and I am a lifelong resident of Pike County. I am married with 4 children, and 5 beautiful grandchildren. I have been in the healthcare field since 1986, earning my RN at Hannibal-LaGrange. In my spare time I loves spending time with my family and outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, camping, and gardening. I am very excited to be working with the community in which I am from, serving and caring for our local residents, helping grow the Pike County Home Health & Hospice Programs, and working with the wonderful staff here at Pike County Health Department, Home Health & Hospice.” Contact Carolyn: firstname.lastname@example.org 573-324-2111 ext. 103.
CORI SHEPPARD, RN – HOSPICE PROGRAM CLINICAL MANAGER
“Hi my name is Cori, I am a 2003 Warren County R-III high school graduate. I graduated with my LPN from Hannibal Career and Tech in 2011 and finished my Bachelor’s degree at Hannibal LaGrange University. Shortly after that, I completed the bridge program to become an RN. I do not feel like nursing is my job, it is my passion and I truly believe it is my calling. I love being married to my best friend Justin Sheppard! We live in Louisiana, Mo with our 4 beautiful children, Luke, Mya, and our twin girls Ava and Emma. I have two brothers and three sisters and grew up in House Springs, MO. and then moved to Warrenton when I was 10, where my mother still resides. I recently lost my father to cancer and know how devastating it is to lose someone so close. Making the decision for hospice care was not an easy decision however, I feel my experience with him having cancer and being on that side of the situation will only help me be better for my patients and their families.” Contact Cori: email@example.com 573-324-2111 ext. 130
JENNIFER SCHUMACHER – EVENTS COORDINATOR
“Hi, my name is Jennifer Schumacher and I am your Administrative Assistant/Event Coordinator at Pike County Health Department, Home Health & Hospice. I was born and raised in Savannah, MO. I attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO where I received my bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Marketing in 2004. I also met my husband, Brian at NWMSU. I moved to Bowling Green in 2006 and began working at Pike County Health Department, Home Health & Hospice. As Administrative Assistant/Event Coordinator, I take care of the Home Care & Hospice Foundation financials, memorials, and various Human Resource tasks along with new daily tasks that come about. I also plan the Annual Valentine Gala, Run for Your Life 5k and the Cookies and Cocoa with Santa. I love that we are able to give back to such a generous community.” Contact Jennifer: firstname.lastname@example.org 573-324-2111 ext. 135.
JEANNIE STUCKEY, LPN – QAPI/INFECTION CONTROL COORDINATOR
“Hello! My name is Jeannie Stuckey, I am a Bowling Green native graduated at BGHS in the class of 97’. In 1998 I began working for Pike County Health Department, Home Health & Hospice and have been employed here ever since. I started my career at PCHD as Public Health Nurse, Home Health & Hospice LPN Field Nurse, and am now currently serving as the Home Health Team Leader. I love that my job keeps me involved in the community, and that I work with such an amazing group of people. I am married to my Husband Travis, and together we have 6 children. Two of whom are 1 year old twins that I am constantly chasing after. When I am not chasing after toddlers, I am watching my daughter Shelby play Softball for BGHS. I have a very large, very close-knit family who I love spending my free time and holidays with.” Contact Jeannie: email@example.com 573-324-2111 ext. 131.
RHONDA STUMBAUGH, RN – ADMINISTRATOR
“Hi! My name is Rhonda Stumbaugh and I am the Administrator at Pike County Health Department, Home Health & Hospice. I earned my RN in 1991 and started working with the Pike County Home Health Agency in 1992. I began as a field staff nurse case manager for Home Health and Hospice in 1992 and became the Home Health Coordinator in 1996. I served as the Agency Interim Administrator in June of 2008 until November of 2009.In December of 2008, I took the position of Public Health Coordinator and I was named the D.O.N. in June of 2011 when we moved into our new building. I accepted the Administrator position in 2017. I truly love my job because I work for a wonderful agency that gives me the opportunity to serve my community in a way that helps people in their time of need. I have been able to experience through my years all of our programs from starting in Home Health and then Hospice as a field staff nurse case manager and taking care of patients in their home to now being in the Administrative role in Public Health, Home Health and Hospice. I feel every position that I have held has been beneficial and has made me a better leader because of my experiences. Another reason I love my job is that it has given me the opportunity to continue to work for the agency in different capacities. My role under the Health Department ismuch different but just as rewarding. I am now gaining knowledge and focusing on prevention which has enabled me to get out into the public to educate and collaborate with partners in our community to help us become a safe, healthy community. I serve on two community partnerships groups as well as a regional committee in Marion County. Having my BLS instructor certification as well as my Safe Sitter instructor certification, has made it possible for the health department to offer more programs and educational classes. I feel very blessed to work for this Agency with my wonderful co-workers and look forward to continuing to serve this community.” Contact Rhonda: firstname.lastname@example.org 573-324-2111 ext. 101.
BROTHER DON AMELUNG – HOSPICE CHAPLAIN
Brother Don is our hospice chaplain, he also facilitates our bereavement support group. “At Pike County Hospice we know that everyone must deal with grief and bereavement, but we also believe you do not have to do it alone. It is our honor and joy to help in the time of struggled questioning.”
DR. CASEY JENNINGS – HOSPICE MEDICAL DIRECTOR
A valuable part of our Hospice Interdisciplinary Team, Dr. Jennings serves as our Per-Diem Hospice Medical Director. She is a local physician at Pike County Memorial Hospital Clinic in Bowling Green.
THEA NELSON, MT – HOSPICE MASSAGE THERAPIST
Thea is our Massage Therapist for our Home Health & Hospice programs.
DR. PHILLIP PITNEY – HOSPICE MEDICAL DIRECTOR
A valuable part of our Hospice Interdisciplinary Team, Dr. Pitney serves as our Hospice Medical Director. He is a local physician at Hannibal Regional Healthcare in Bowling Green.
CARRIE WELLS, MSW LCSW CRADC MARS- SOCIAL WORKER
“Hi! My name is Carrie Wells and I am the Hospice Social Worker. I started working for the Pike County Health Department in November 2015 assisting with implementing a new behavioral health program as well as providing outpatient substance abuse and mental health counseling to residents of Pike County. In January 2019 I made the decision to change to the hospice program to follow my passion of helping families and loved ones through this difficult life process. I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Psychology degree in 2011 and obtained my Master’s of Social Work degree from Boston University in 2016. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I have also been a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor with the State of Missouri since 2009. I have worked in a variety of settings including outpatient mental health facilities, community counseling agencies, hospice, Department of Corrections, and substance abuse treatment facilities. I currently live in rural Ralls County with my husband, Anthony and our daughter, Brianna but I feel absolutely blessed to be able to travel to Pike County each day to work in such a warm and caring community.” Contact Carrie: email@example.com 573-324-2111 ext. 119