Christina is a graduate of Navarro Community College and The University of Texas Arlington. She has a professional background in healthcare and administration with over 8 years of hospice experience in the field. Her hospice journey began in San Angelo, Texas, as a registered nurse, under the direction and supervision of National Hospice and Palliative Care Physician, Dr. Vayden Stanley. In 2013 she relocated to Austin, Texas, utilizing her hospice knowledge and skills to assist in the development, licensure and certification of several new hospice organizations. Currently, she serves as program administrator for Journey of Life Hospice and Palliative Care, LLC. Here, Christina works with a team of highly skilled professionals to provide a comprehensive, holistic approach to end-of-life care.
Kevin began working in the health sciences as a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2001 and later became an EMT/Firefighter in 2007. During the 5 years he worked as a first responder, he recognized that further education and training in the medical field would better prepare him to more fully help others through their healthcare crises, so in 2013 he began a Master of Science in Nursing program at the University of Texas at Austin. During this Master’s program he focused on education, which allowed him to reinforce concepts learned in his earlier Health Education Master’s degree. Currently, Kevin enjoys working as a field nurse and community liaison, and is the Director of Nursing at Journey of Life Hospice and Palliative Care, where he is excited to be a part of a dynamic and caring team of dedicated professionals.
Reed was introduced to hospice as a 22-year-old undergraduate at The University of Texas. His mother received an end-stage cancer diagnosis which prompted him to take a leave of absence from his studies to move home and act as his mother’s primary caregiver under hospice care. The three months he cared for her helped open his eyes to the holistic patient and family-centered care that hospice provides. He later became a Master’s prepared registered nurse, knowing that he only wanted to practice in the hospice setting. He is passionate about high quality hospice care and strives to care for every patient and family member as he would have wanted his mother to have been cared for. He feels honored by every patient and family that allows him to be with them during this journey of life.
Marissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of North Texas and her Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin. During her graduate program, she completed clinical internships at a local hospice agency and in the Victim Services Unit of the Austin Police Department. While interning at the hospice agency, Marissa gained experience working with older adults and their families which further solidified her passion for working in Gerontology. After graduating, Marissa continued working with older adults and became the Director of Social Services at a nursing facility in Austin, Texas. From there, she learned about the complex medical field and the many psychosocial issues that older adults face as they enter the last phase of their lives. Marissa is dedicated to the growing field of Gerontology and believes in promoting client’s feelings of self determination, self-worth and improving quality of life.