541-757-9616

Staff

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

    Physician
    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.

  • Traci Wendell, LCSW

    Clinical Services Manager

    Traci Wendell joined Benton Hospice Service as the Clinical Services Manager in May of 2017.  She is a member of the Leadership Team.  Traci has over ten years of experience working as a therapist in private practice.  She has also been employed in various healthcare settings providing clinical social work.  Traci has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington.  

  • Laurie Russell

    Director of Community Engagement

    Laurie Russell joined Benton Hospice Service in May of 2011. 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 25 years' experience in community relations, marketing and development. Her duties at Benton Hospice Service include overseeing external communications, community relations, community education and development.

  • 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 May of 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.

  • Jeana Anderson

    Controller

    Jeana Anderson joined Benton Hospice Service in May of 2017. She leads the accounting and finance department and is a member of the Leadership Team. Jeana oversees accounting, billing, payroll and other financial systems.  She comes to Benton Hospice Service with 30 years in management, 20 of those in finance with nine years specific to the hospice industry. 

  • Katelyn Cooper

    Support Services Manager

    Katelyn Cooper joined Benton Hospice Service as the Support Services Manager in February 2017 and is a member of the Leadership team.  Cooper has worked in a variety of healthcare management positions as well as direct patient care for the last 11 years.  She has a strong background in HR, IT and building management.  Her duties include providing board support, administrative operations and supervising administrative staff.