You can reach any Benton Hospice Service staff member at 541-757-9616.

  • Kelly Beard

    Executive Director

    Kelly Beard joined Benton Hospice Service in January of 2014.  She has over twenty years of organization leadership experience in a variety of healthcare settings including acute care, home health and hospice. Kelly obtained her Master’s Degree in Business from Marylhurst University. She is a seasoned healthcare executive uniquely suited to lead Benton Hospice Service with her expertise and experience in effectively developing, building and leading diverse, multi-disciplinary, healthcare teams to achieve improved patient care, as well as fiscal stability.

  • Shawn Foley, MD

    Medical Director

    Philomath Family Medicine and Medical Director for Benton Hospice Service

  • Helen Kao, MD

    Medical Director of Clinical Innovations

    Dr. Helen Kao joined Benton Hospice Service in 2016 after 9 years at the University of California San Francisco. Helen is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Hospice & Palliative Care. She has special interests in house calls, dementia care, reducing polypharmacy in health care, supporting adults who experience physical and cognitive decline, and advocating for comprehensive advanced care planning. Helen has been recognized with awards of distinction not only for her clinical care but also for her teaching and leadership.
  • Reenie Schwallie RN, BSN, CHPN, CHPPN

    Clinical Manager

    Reenie Schwallie oversees all patient care in collaboration with the Medical Director and is a member of the Leadership Team. She has been with Benton Hospice Service since 2004, starting as a case manager and moving to Assistant Patient Care Coordinator before being named Clinical Manager. Her 25 years of nursing experience has included oncology, pediatrics, and acute care. Schwallie is also a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse.

  • Luke King MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW

    Clinical Services Manager

    Luke King oversees the social services needs for all patients and families. He is a member of the Leadership Team. Luke joined Benton Hospice Service in 2012 as a medical social worker where he worked as a part of a hospice team providing support to terminally ill patients and their families by identifying and addressing psychosocial and practical needs related to the terminal illness. He was promoted to Clinical Serices Manager August 1, 2014. He has a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a Master of Social Work degree from Ohio State University. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Social Worker.


  • Bob Daley

    Transitions and Caregiver Support Coordinator

    Bob Daley, MAT, is the Transitions and Caregiver Support Coordinator at Benton Hospice Service. Transitions is a program at Benton Hospice for those not quite ready or eligible for hospice care but still need help. Bob also teaches “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” and facilitates caregiver support groups. He joined Benton Hospice Service in June 2010.

  • Melissa Allen, MSW, LMSW

    Bereavement Coordinator

    Melissa Allen, MSW, LMSW is the Bereavement Coordinator at Benton Hospice Service. She works with individual and families who are dealing with loss or grief of all types regardless of whether a family member received hospice care. She works in homes, schools and workplaces with adults and children, employers and co-workers, students and teachers providing education and grief support. She holds a BA in Sociology with a minor in education from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University in New York City.

  • naomi Hirsch

    Volunteer Coordinator

    Naomi Hirsch, EdM, is the Volunteer Coordinator at Benton Hospice Service. Naomi manages over 100 volunteers that help in the office, with patients in homes, facilities and foster homes, and with Transition clients. She facilitates three new volunteer trainings each year in February, June, and October. She also creates professional development opportunities for volunteers, like Volunteer Connections – the 2nd Wednesday of each month.  Naomi has a Master’s in Adult Education from Oregon State University.  She joined Benton Hospice Service in August 2015.

  • Laurie Russell

    Director of Community Engagement

    Laurie Russell joined Benton Hospice Service as Outreach Manager in May of 2011 and in November of 2013 was named Director of Communications and Development, and in 2015 was named Director of Community Engagement. She is a member of the Leadership Team and has responsibility for community relations, marketing and fundraising, as well as overseeing the Transtions, caregiver support, bereavement and volunteer programs. Laurie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Oregon State University and has over 20 years' experience in community relations, marketing and development. Her duties at Benton Hospice Service include overseeing external communications, community relations, community education and development.