Kevin Dieter M.D. FAAHPM is a 1985 graduate of Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), and is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at NEOMED as well as serving as a Medical Director of the Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio.. He is board certified in both Family Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and became a fellow of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Academy in 2009. He is active nationally in the Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, currently serving as Chair of the Spirituality and Humanities Special Interest Group. He completed his residency training in 1988, established Waynesburg Family Practice, and discovered his passion for hospice care shortly thereafter when he became the medical director for a local hospice program. Kevins professional energy and training have been focused on hospice, palliative care, and medical ethics since that time.
Kevin remains active in medical education in diverse venues, including NEOMED, where he helped to develop the nationally recognized Palliative Care curriculum, which has a strong component of a “Hospice Patient as Teacher” experience during the Family Medicine clerkship. He is the recipient of several teaching honors, including the 2012 Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, Summa Health System Community Preceptor of the Year, and Kevin was recently nominated for induction into the NEOMED Master Teachers Guild.
Kevin has provided hospice and palliative care at several health care systems, but recently has been drawn to focus on bedside care of the dying and their families as a physician at the 40 bed David Simpson Hospice House. Compassionate care of the dying also led him to his involvement in the Sacred Art of Living program where he is currently a mentor and facilitator, having completed the Anamcara Apprenticeship. His ongoing hope is to incorporate that wisdom into medical education throughout the medical and nursing education system. Kevin and his wife Jennie live in Brecksville, Ohio and are fortunate to enjoy the Cuyahoga Valley National Park outside their door. They have 3 “grown kids” who have started adventures of their own in Washington, DC, Columbus and Lakewood, and recently were blessed with 2 beautiful granddaughters. He enjoys flyfishing, reading, cooking and drinking wine.
Cyndi Hovland, PhD, MSSW, serves as an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Cleveland State University, as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Community Medicine for Northeast Ohio Medical University. Her research interests are grounded in nearly 17 years of practice as a hospice social worker, grief counselor/supervisor, volunteer, clinical manager, and scholar. Additionally, for 19 years, she has served as a volunteer counselor and director of adult camp for Camp HOPE, a camp for grieving children and their families. Dr. Hovland’s practice, pedagogy, and scholarship focus upon understanding and improving the quality of care at end of life and bereavement process for those facing a life-limiting illness and their families. Her original research entitled “Preparedness for Death: How Caregivers of Elders with Dementia Define and Perceive its Value” was recently published in The Gerontologist, one of the top journals of aging in the world.
Lizzy Miles, MA, MSW, LSW is a thanatologist, writer/editor for Pallimed.org, and hospice social worker. She is passionate advocate for hospice and end-of-life issues and has presented her research and experiences with death and dying at national and international grief conferences. Lizzy is best known for bringing the Death Cafe concept to the United States and supporting the concept's worldwide growth and development.
M. Murray Mayo
M. Murray Mayo has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing and a doctorate in sociology. She has worked as a hospice nurse most of her career both in patient and in home care. Because of her nursing experiences, she studied with the Sacred Art of Living and Dying Center in Bend, OR. This formation shaped how she approaches her nursing practice and her current research. She has taught graduate nursing for 10 years and doing qualitative research with teens who have a parent in hospice.