Our History

History of The HAP Foundation

The HAP Foundation continues the legacy of expert hospice and palliative care available to all. The HAP Foundation, with deep community roots, proudly expands upon that focus providing expert hospice and palliative care education and research. The commitment is to positively impact the experience and future of advanced illness and end of life. This means empowering individuals to make informed choices, and connection to resources that strengthen the continuity of care through the end of life.

Expanding on our commitment, The HAP Foundation proudly offers support through association management, consultations for hospice and palliative care programs and a speaker’s bureau of experienced leaders for events.

Click here to read our 2023 Program Impact Report

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The HAP Promise

Our promise to you: deliver best in class patient-centered hospice and palliative care education and research. We truly believe in the transformative power of education. All those with serious illness deserve to live their best life to the fullest on their terms. We are here to make sure all have access to resources and we are committed to breaking down barriers in end-of-life care.


Our Mission

To advance access to serious illness care through education, research, advocacy, and workforce development, while honoring our legacy organizations.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We embrace diversity and are committed to proactively promote health equity and social determinants of health in post-acute care.

Staff Leadership

Colleen - Matty


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Missing Pieces Project Manager


Director of Community Health


Program Coordinator

Colleen - Conely

Executive Director Business Development & Marketing


Director of Pediatric Programs

Colleen - Dado

Executive Director of Adult Palliative Programs

Colleen - Downing

Vice President, Population Health

Colleen - Draw

Senior Community Health Worker, Advocacy and Research


Executive Director of Communications, Marketing, & Events

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Senior Director Constituent Relations and Human Resources


Community Education Associate and Research Liaison—Western Cook County


Associate Director of Development


Office Manager


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Grief Navigator

Colleen - Long

Director of Philanthropy


Community Health Worker—West Cook County


Partnerships Manager

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Associate Director of Digital Communications & Multimedia


Director of Missing Pieces

Colleen - Moore

Vice President of Strategy and Implementation 

Colleen - Post-Duncan

Senior Executive Director Finance and Estate Planning

Colleen - Rositer

Director of Philanthropy


Community Education Associate and Research LiaisonWestern Chicago Region

Colleen - Telleen

Executive Director, Community Education and Workforce Development


Director of Grants

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Community Education Associate and Research Liaison—Lake County

Colleen - Yadgir


Board Of Trustees

Colleen - Bollman

Lynda Bollman


Linda Morris
Vice Chair

Michael Burke

Pam Cramer

Anthony Balthazor

Alderman Stephanie Coleman

Kimberly Duchossois

Stephen Erenburg

Larry Feldman

Betsy Foley

Anthony Iosco

Elaine Kurczewski
Immediate Past Chair

Maggie Lapcewich

Howard Lapin

Tom Liebman

Carol M. Nelson

Meg Schmitz (Layton)

Arch Shaw

Elisha D. Waldman, MD

Jesse White

Lifetime Trustees

Ada Addington

Dee Beaubien

Michael Beemer

Sally Downey

Jackie Holland

Martha Mabie

Dr. E. Dennis Murphy

Sam Oliver

Frederica Smith Pederson

Mary Runge

George Yapp

Michael and Diane Beemer Philanthropic Awardees

Michael and Diane Beemer


Dr. Bruce Carlson Clinical Impact Awardees

Dr. Bruce Carlson