about UH | key personnel
United Hospice is very proud of our staff. We appreciate the dedication and commitment to excellence they show every day. With our offices in Goshen and New City, our Joe Raso Residence, and home care providers, we have a growing team of experts ready to assist our patients and their families. Many of our staff have advanced degrees specializing in caring for patients at the end of their lives.
Allow us to introduce ourselves!
Chief Executive Officer
Director of Clinical Services/Administrator
Director of Finance
Director of Performance Improvement and Special Initiatives
Chief Operating Officer
Assistant Director of Nursing
Director of Counseling Services
Director of Nursing
Patient Experience Program Director
Cara Pace joined United Hospice’s Executive Team in 2019 as Chief Operating Officer and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in June 2020. She currently serves as a member of the Legislative/Regulatory Public Policy Committee for the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State (HPCANYS). She has more than 27 years of experience working in the nonprofit, healthcare and government sector. Cara has served in key executive leadership roles in nonprofit organizations successfully managing large, complex and diverse portfolios. During her career, Cara has developed more than $100 million in new business revenue for the organizations she has served totaling more than $1 billion in contracts. To date, she has secured $1 million in grant revenue for United Hospice to expand end-of-life care to Hispanic/Latino and underserved communities.
Ms. Pace consistently receives high recognition from her partners in government and the private sector for her innovative and compassionate approach to serving communities in need. She is a well-respected leader in the Greater New York Metro Area nonprofit community and has strived to achieve the highest standards throughout her professional career.
Ms. Pace received her undergraduate degree from Rockefeller College, State University of New York at Albany and earned her Master of Public Administration at the Marist College School of Business. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the State University of New York at Albany, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and previously served on the Advisory Board for Marist College School of Business. In addition, Ms. Pace has also taught graduate courses at the Marist College School of Business.
Dr. Chmielewski is Board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Hospice & Palliative Medicine. After completing his BA in Theater and English at Brandeis University and his MA in Education at Columbia University Teachers College, Dr. Chmielewski embarked upon a career change and earned his MD from SUNY at Buffalo. There he received the David K. Miller prize in Medicine, “for demonstration of Dr. Miller’s approach to caring for the sick—competence, humility, humanity.” He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital Center, and then completed his fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.
Dr. Chmielewski has lectured in New York City as well as at the local, state, and national levels on his areas of professional expertise and interest, which include the management of pain and other physical symptoms, the medical management of emotional and psychosocial symptoms in the seriously ill, provider-patient-family communication, biomedical ethics, and end-of-life care.
Judi comes to UH with a wealth of clinical and administrative experience in pediatric and geriatric care. She has held management positions in both acute and long term care settings, and is certified in wound care and hospice/palliative care. Judi graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a BS in Nursing followed by a Master’s degree from Columbia University School of Public Health.
Arthur has over 34 years experience in the home health care industry and has a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Scranton. Prior to coming to UH, Arthur was the Chief Financial Officer at Visiting Health Services of New Jersey, Inc. and Passaic Valley Hospice in Totowa, New Jersey. His career there spanned over 29 years and he was responsible for the entire business operations of the organization, similar to his current position at UH. Arthur has also served on the Board of Trustees for two non-profit organizations affiliated with Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey.
Joan O’Brien has a BA in Economics from SUNY Purchase. Joan joined UH in 1996. Joan believes in giving back to the community and volunteers with the W.S.H.S, an animal rescue organization. Prior to joining UH, Joan worked for 13 years with Saks Fifth Avenue.
Darren serves as the Director of Performance Improvement and Special Initiatives for United Hospice and is the agency Compliance Officer. He is responsible for agency compliance and ongoing quality assurance. Darren earned his MPA from Marist College, a BA from Syracuse University, and AS from Orange County Community College.
Adam Huron joined United Hospice in 2021 continuing a career of health and human services management that has ranged from evaluating youth services in Maine to overseeing the provision of services to formerly homeless aging veterans in New York City. Adam has a passion for working with teams that are goal-oriented and mission-focused. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Haverford College and a Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers University.
Marian serves as United Hospice’s Assistant Director of Nursing and is responsible for the oversight of community nursing and home health aide services. Marian Bediako received her MSN and BSN from Mercy College and her RN from Rockland Community College.
Suzanne has 14 years of social work experience with a focus on end of life care. Suzanne entered the social work profession after her father became ill and had to go onto hospice care. This experience and her interaction with the hospice staff had such a profound impact on her, Suzanne decided to enter grad school the following year. Her work experience includes individual counseling, discharge planning, oncology social work, and working with veterans. Her goal is to always provide kind, compassionate, individualized care.
Lisa is the Director of Nursing for United Hospice. She is responsible for the overall management of community nursing and home health aide services. Lisa earned her RN from the Charles E. Gregory School of Nursing. Lisa joined United Hospice in 2017, after building a career which included work on both coasts in settings from community nursing to intensive oncology and cardiac treatment centers.
Greg is the Patient Experience Program Director for United Hospice. He also serves as coordinator of the organizations’ volunteer program. Greg holds a BA from Eastern Illinois University.