Beth Graber

Beth Graber joined the HOH board in 2009 after experiencing first-hand the important and highly supportive services hospice provides to families facing end-of-life transitions. As a long-time professor of composition and communications at the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College/University of Alaska Anchorage, a frequent community volunteer, and a former board member of other local non-profits, she hopes that her background, experience, and commitment to our mission will help ensure that our community continues to have ready and growing access to the compassionate, professional, and necessary services Hospice of Homer provides.

Beth is the current Hospice board president.

Judith E. Steyer

Judith E. Steyer, MD, has lived in Homer since 2006 and in Alaska since 1994. After graduating from University of Washington School of Medicine she completed her training in Rural Family Medicine in Marquette Michigan. Judith met her husband Bill in Nepal while serving as Peace Corps Volunteers. She has pursued additional training in tropical and travel medicine and she and Bill return to Nepal regularly as volunteers. Judith has worked with Homer Hospice on multiple occasions over the past 8 years as her patients and their families have benefited from their services. She is committed to supporting patients through the process of dying with dignity and is committed to strengthening the work of Hospice by serving on the Homer Hospice Board.

Hal Spence

Hal Spence moved to Homer in October 1981, a year later landing a job as a photographer and reporter for the Homer News. He spent 19 years with the Homer paper, followed by seven more with the Peninsula Clarion. During that time, he covered city, borough and state politics, natural resources, the environment, and more. He served as a board member, secretary and president of the Alaska Press Club during the 1990s. Since early 2009, he’s been doing contract consulting for several environmental organizations, among them Cook Inletkeeper, Alaska Marine Conservation Council, and World Wildlife Fund. Spence also is a musician and has played with various bands in the Homer area since the 1980s. His interests lie in the sciences, especially particle physics and cosmology. He and his wife Lynn, a former Hospice of Homer staffer, have a daughter, Katherine, in college in New York. When asked to join the Hospice of Homer board, Hal easily answered that question with a resounding yes, wanting to offer his talents to the HOH and the community.

Hal is the current board secretary.

Pam Breckenridge

I moved to Homer in 1994 with my husband Earl. I was a newly retired RN from California. We started a Bed & Breakfast in 1995 & were in business for 18 years.

Earl developed Cancer in 2004 & I took care of him with the help of Hospice for over two years allowing him to die at home as he wanted. This is what peaked my interest to be a volunteer for Hospice & I have been doing that since 2 weeks after he died.

I have volunteered at many organizations in Homer & have enjoyed them but I decided last year to devote more time to my favorite, Hospice, so joined the board of directors & it is such satisfying organization I will continue as long as possible.

Pam is the current board vice president.

Lise Klein Kirsis

Lise Klein Kirsis has lived in Homer since 2004. Lise completed a graduate degree social anthropology in 1994 studying birth, death and traditional medicine across cultures. In 1999 she attended and completed training at Mass. General Hospital in Massachusetts to practice hospital chaplaincy. Finding her calling in emergency room and crisis mental health work while training as a chaplain, Lise entered the field of emergency mental health services. She completed a graduate degree in counseling along the way and has been employed from 1999 to the present as a mental health psychotherapist and emergency services clinician. She has also been called to attend many deaths and provide support to the family over the years. Lise values Hospice for a number of reasons. She has seen Hospice contribute wonderful support too many families and to individuals who are experiencing the dying process. She also feels that Hospice was incredibly helpful for her personally during and after the deaths of her mother, father and husband.

Morgan Laffert

Morgan Laffert is excited to be a part of the Hospice of Homer community as a volunteer and Board Member.  She moved with her husband and Great Dane to Homer in November 2015.  She brings with her years of volunteer and work experience, working with non-profits such as The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and City Year.  In her diverse experience, she has worked as a Camper Recruiter and Outreach Manager where she advocated for campers and their families at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.  She has also worked as a Film Mentor to high school students at New Urban Arts in Providence, Rhode Island.  In all that she does, she loves being an advocate and source of help to those in need.

Michael Hawfield

Michael Hawfield is a resident of Homer, Alaska, and is employed as Assistant Professor of History and Political Science at the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College/ UAA. He is a graduate in history from Lynchburg College in Virginia, holds and MA in history from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and completed his PhD work in history at the University of Virginia. Since 1972 he has taught history classes as an adjunct or term professor in colleges and universities in Virginia, Indiana and Alaska and has been a full-time instructor in Alaska since 2008. He is the author of six books on local history (Indiana), numerous articles, and several radio programs in history (Indiana and Alaska). He entered the museum field in 1979 and has since been a director of historical museums and societies in Indiana (Fort Wayne) and in Alaska (the Pratt Museum). He has been president of the Association of Indiana Museums, Vice-Chairman of the Midwest Museums Conference, and president and executive director of Museums Alaska. He is currently treasurer of the Alaska Historical Society.

Michael is the current board treasurer.

Charlie Franz

Charlie received a Master of Social Work degree with specialization in program administration from the University of Arkansas in 1972 and is board certified in healthcare management by the American College of Healthcare Executives.  He served 25 years in the Army Medical Service Corps in a variety of healthcare administration positions, coming to Alaska in 1993 as the CEO of Bassett Army Hospital in Fairbanks.  He retired from the Army in 1995 at the rank of Colonel and then served as the CEO of South Peninsula Hospital for 12 years.  He retired again and then was asked to serve as the Administrator of Heritage Place nursing home in Soldotna where he worked from 2009 to 2015.  Charlie has been active on the Board of Directors of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association, serving several terms as the Chair of the Acute Care Committee and the Long Term Care Committee; and also serving terms as the Secretary, Vice-Chair, and Chairman of the Board of Directors.  He was the Alaska delegate to the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Council 2004 – 2007.  He has also been active in local community organizations, serving on the Board of Directors of the Homer Chamber of Commerce for six years, including terms as Vice President and President.  Charlie was a member of the Vocational Education Advisory Committee of the Homer High School; a member of the Board of Directors of the Homer Infant Learning Center, and the Kenai Peninsula College Council.  His retirement activities include kayaking, gardening, beekeeping, woodworking, skiing and fishing.  Charlie had wonderful support from Hospice in Arkansas with the death of his mother and in his work in hospitals and nursing homes has seen many examples of how Hospice can help families.

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Fellowship Circle
(up to $100)

Caring Circle
($101 to $249)

Kindness Circle
($250 - $364)

$-A-Day Sponsor
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Dignity Circle
($365 - $999)

Commitment Circle
($1000+)

Other donation options

Give a yearly donation to Hospice of Homer.

Regular small donations provide steady income to us throughout the year and are easier on your cash flow. You will be acknowledged for every contribution and can opt out at any time.

Make a Monthly Donation

Give a donation in memory of a dear one that will be recognized in the Hospice of Homer newsletter.

Make a Donation In Memorium

In the $-A-Day Program, each sponsor gives one dollar per day ($365/year) to support the work of Hospice of Homer. HOH sends an invoice monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, semiannually or annually; whatever works best for the sponsor. Sponsors are thanked in the Hospice newsletter and once a year in the Homer News. Names of sponsors are posted in the HOH office.

Make a $-a-day Donation

The fund is to honor Peter Larson’s contribution to Hospice and the community. The purpose of the Peter Larson Compassion in Action Fund is to provide long-term support for Hospice and its community. The Compassion In Action Fund provides an opportunity for community members to leave a legacy of caring through a donation to the Fund.

Donate to the Peter Larson Fund

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You may be able to double or triple your already generous donation to Hospice of Homer! Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. Some companies also match gifts made by retirees and/or their spouses. If your company has a matching gift program, request a matching gift form from your Human Resources Department and send it completed and signed with your gift or shortly after you have made your gift. We will do the rest.

Please remember Hospice of Homer when making a charitable contribution through payroll deductions. If you or someone you know works for a company that participates in the United Way, please consider making a designated contribution through UW.

Leave a legacy that will improve end-of-life care for people in need for many years to come. Your legacy gifts ensure the continuation and expansion of Hospice of Homer. Please contact your attorney for information and update laws.

You may include Hospice of Homer when preparing your will, or ask your estate planner to add a codicil to an existing will designating Hospice of Homer when preparing your will, or ask your estate planner to add a codicil to an existing will designating Hospice of Homer as a charitable beneficiary. You may choose to leave any combination of:

  • A specific dollar amount.
  • A specific percentage, or all, of your residuary estate – the remainder left after bequests to others, debts and expenses are paid.
  • A gift in trust that pays a portion of the trust property to individual beneficiaries and a portion to Hospice of Homer.

You may designate Hospice of Homer as the beneficiary of the insurance policy. You will be entitled to an income tax charitable deduction in the year of your gift.

The principal advantage of donating retirement plan assets to Hospice of Homer is that you avoid all income and estate taxes. If you leave these assets to a non-spousal individual beneficiary, they are subject to extremely high estate tax and income taxes. You may instruct the institution that handles your retirement accounts to designate Hospice of Homer as the beneficiary of your IRA or pension plan..

Transfer assets to a trustee and each year you and/or someone you have designated will receive income from the trust. The trust may last either for a term of years or for life. The trust allows you to receive an income tax deduction now, arrange for tax-free growth of retirement assets, and receive a retirement income from the trust when you retire. When the trust ends, the remaining trust assets will pass to Hospice of Homer.

Donating in stocks to Hospice of Homer can give you significant income tax savings.

Hospice of Homer is a qaulified 501(c)3 chartiable organization. Tax ID: 92-0115943