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Founders

Lynette Jaramillo and Agnes C. Poore formed Casa de la Luz Hospice, LLC, in November 1998 with the intention of providing superior hospice care to the Tucson community. They built a team of individuals who were committed to guiding patients and their loved ones through the end of life journey with knowledge, compassion, and the highest ethical standards. Lynette and Agnes continue to lead the company’s mission with a hands-on approach to the company’s daily operations.

Lynette E. Jaramillo

Chief Executive Officer

Lynette E. Jaramillo has more than 40 years of management experience. She is a proactive and highly motivated leader with exceptional problem-solving skills. From 1990 to 1995 Lynette was the Arizona Area Manager of the second largest national home care provider. In 1995 she opened the southeastern Arizona market for a privately owned home health agency which grew to be the largest privately owned home health agency in Tucson. She left in 1998 after the agency was sold to a regional home care provider. Soon after, Lynette pursued a lifelong dream and partnered with Agnes C. Poore to found Casa de la Luz Hospice.

Lynette is currently a member of Women at the Top, Southern Arizona Leadership Council, the Community Coalition Healthcare Sector Partnership and the Medical Respite for Homeless Task Force. Recognized throughout her career for excellence, Lynette was named an ‘Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things’ honoree in 2016 by the University of Arizona Eller School of Management and the 2015 Inside Tucson Business Women of Influence awards ‘Outstanding Entrepreneur’.

 

Agnes head shot Agnes C. Poore

 Chief Clinical Officer

Agnes C. Poore, a Tucson native, has over 45 years of nursing experience, primarily in management and administration. A graduate of The University of Arizona College of Nursing in 1972, she received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 1991. Her first 17 years in nursing were in the hospital acute care setting. Then from 1990 to 1998, she was the Clinical Director of Home Health for large and regional home care organizations. In 1998, Agnes partnered with Lynette E. Jaramillo to form Casa de la Luz Hospice.

During her career, Agnes has served on the Pima Community College Nursing Advisory Board, the Arizona State Board of Nursing RN Scope of Practice Committee, and the Arizona Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Board of Directors. Recently, Agnes was recognized as Most Inspirational Mentor by the Tucson Nurses Week Foundation.  Previous accolades include Tucson Local Media’s Lifetime Achievement award at the 2018 Women of Influence Awards, Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Hispanic Business Woman of the Year and one of Tucson’s “Fabulous Fifty” Nurses in 1999. Agnes was inducted into the Salpointe Catholic High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2009 and received the Professional Achievement Award from the University of Arizona Alumni Association in 2016.

Agnes is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, the Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the National Association of Women Business Owners. She currently serves as a board member for the Pima Council on Aging.

Physicians

James Nicolai, MD, HMDC
Medical Director

Dr. Nicolai is a board-certified family practitioner and graduate of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine fellowship under the direction of Dr. Andrew Weil.

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J. Kevin Carmichael, MD, FIDSA
Associate Medical Director

Dr. Carmichael has dedicated most of his career to caring for people with complex medical conditions.

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Rebecca Powell, MD
Associate Medical Director

Prior to joining Casa de la Luz Hospice in 2016, Dr. Powell served as medical director at Oro Valley Hospital.

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Richard Hoffman
Hospice Physician

Richard Hoffman, M.D. joined the Casa de la Luz team in November 2015. He retired from the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System after 22 years.

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Gail McDonald, MD
Hospice Physician

Gail McDonald is board certified with the American Board of Family Medicine and the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

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Executive Leadership

Piper Frithsen, M. Admin, RN
Administrator

Piper Frithsen’s nearly 25 years of nursing experience includes a variety of bedside and leadership positions. Currently the Administrator for Casa de la Luz Hospice, Piper spent 17 years in Tucson area hospitals overseeing patient services, workforce …

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Janice Pucko, RN, MS, CNL
Quality & Compliance Director

Janice joined Casa de la Luz in the summer of 2014. She began her career in the world of MIS in the early ‘80s. She received a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire in 2001. In early 2006, she beg …

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Jommel Fischer, BSN, RN
Director of Nursing

During her 27 years in healthcare, Jommel has worked almost exclusively with seriously ill patients. Beginning as a certified nursing assistant in hospitals and long term care facilities, she joined Casa de la Luz in 2004 as a licensed practical nurse …

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Natalie Ronstadt, SHRM-CP
HR Director

Natalie Ronstadt has been with Casa de la Luz Hospice since the summer of 2002. The majority of her professional career has been in the healthcare industry

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Ken Winchester
Chief Financial Officer

Ken serves as the company’s Chief Financial Officer, managing the Accounting Department and overseeing the MIS department.

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David Fife
Director of Social Services

David Fife has been with Casa de la Luz Hospice since 2007. He served as a spiritual counselor with Casa prior to his work as director.

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