Hospice Alliance was established nearly 35 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.
Leadership Staff:

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!

Kelly Gronli, RN, BSN, Director of Clinical Services

Kelly joined Hospice Alliance in 2014 as the Director of Quality.  She recently took on the role of Director of Clinical Services in 2015.  Kelly has 20 years in healthcare including 10 years of Quality and Accreditation at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha.  She began her nursing career on a Medical Unit at Mercy Hospital of Janesville WI, and has experience in Intensive Care and Surgery. She graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing from Blackhawk Technical College and a Bachelor of Science degree from Concordia University of Wisconsin.  She enjoys gardening, camping, snowmobiling, and riding the Harley with her husband, Jeff.

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.

Operations Board

Myles Mullikin, President
Chuck Duford, Past President
Sheryl Mueller, Vice President
William Katt, Secretary/Treasurer
Rita Hagen RN, MSN, Executive Director
Joshua Bloom, M.D., Medical Director
Rosanna Barbieri-Molinaro
Mary Ann Cardinali, MSN, NEA-BC
Connie Covey
David Knight, M.D.
Nancy Piasecki
John Plous
Rachael Proko-Viola
Rev. Joyce Rinehart
Sandra Riese, RN
Thomas Tenuta
Pamela Thomey

Foundation Board

John Plous, President
Richard Regner, Vice President
Jean Garretto, Secretary/Treasurer
David Berman
Dennis Mattioli
Aliya Pitts
Sandra Riese, RN
Thomas Tenuta