Hospice Alliance was established almost 40 years ago by a group of concerned volunteers who were determined to ensure that quality, end-of-life patient care and family support were available to residents of SE Wisconsin. Hospice Alliance was formed as a non-profit corporation in 1981.
Today, Hospice Alliance is led by Leadership Staff and governed by two volunteer Boards of Directors.
Rita Hagen, RN, MSN, Executive Director
Rita Hagen, RN, MSN has been the Executive Director of Hospice Alliance since 2012. She brings with her over 30 years of healthcare experience, with nearly 20 of those being in Leadership roles in Kenosha/Racine. Rita earned a Diploma in nursing from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree of Science in Nursing from Marquette University and University of Phoenix, respectively. She has served as adjunct faculty for Gateway Technical College and UW-Milwaukee. She is a member of the Italian American Ladies Auxiliary, Tempo Kenosha (past President), The Kenosha Rotary Club (Past President), and is a KABA/KUSD mentor. She is an active member of the Kenosha County Long Term Care Alliance, as well Kenosha County Care Transitions. She is also a member of Gateway Technical College and Carthage College Nursing Advisory Councils. Rita enjoys spending any/all free-time with her family - especially her 3 granddaughters!
Jennifer Bingham, RN, Director of Clinical Services
Jennifer began her career with Hospice Alliance in 2009 as a part time evening visit nurse. She was promoted over the years, working as a case manager, a circle leader, a Clinical Manager, an Assistant Director of Clinical Services where she also managed the Hospice House, and in May of 2019 accepted the role as the Director of Clinical Services. She began her career with United Hospital Systems – Kenosha Hospital as a nurse intern in Orthopedics and upon graduation took a position as a Med-Surg nurse where she gained valuable clinical knowledge and experience. Jennifer graduated from Gateway Technical College with an Associates Degree in Nursing and is currently completing her Bachelor of Science degree with Capella University. She is a mom to three amazing sons who have kept her and her husband on the move over the past 20 years. In her free time, she enjoys watching her kids sports and activities, her ministry of music for her church, watching college football, and loves to shop! Jennifer has a passion for excellence in end-of-life care and hopes to be with Hospice Alliance until she retires.
Brenda Shaff, Director of Employee and Organizational Development
Brenda manages all functions related to staffing, training and development, benefits and compensation, and employee and labor relations for Hospice Alliance. She also provides general oversight to Marketing, Fund Development, Customer Relations and Volunteer Services. Brenda holds bachelor degrees in Human Resource Management from Concordia University Wisconsin and in Early Childhood Health and Education from Clydebank College, Scotland. Prior to working at Hospice Alliance, Brenda was a manager for a national social service organization that provided services to mentally ill adults in Kenosha County and as the lead pre-school teacher at Great Lakes Naval Base. A native of the United Kingdom, Brenda immigrated to America in 1990 and has resided in Kenosha with her family for over 20 years. Volunteerism has always played an important role in her life. In the UK, she was Volunteer Director of the Kirk Street Youth Center and Cowal Council on Alcoholism. Brenda currently serves on the boards of the Westosha Kiwanis’s club and Every Childs Place. In her off time, Brenda enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and traveling.
Sandra Riese, RN, President
William Katt, Secretary/Treasurer
Rita Hagen RN, MSN, Executive Director
Joshua Bloom, M.D., Medical Director
Mary Ann Cardinali, MSN, NEA-BC
David Knight, M.D.
Rev. Joyce Rinehart
Christina Vitkus, APNP, NP-C
John Plous, President
Richard Regner, Vice President
Jean Garretto, Secretary/Treasurer