Board of Directors, Avow, Inc., Avow Hospice, Inc., Avow Care Services, Inc. 2017-07-26T11:32:30+00:00

 Board of Directors

Avow, Inc., Avow Hospice, Inc., Avow Care Services, Inc.

Vip Grover – Chairman

VipGrover_web-240x300Vip Grover joined the Board of Directors in 2011. He is currently serving his first term as Chairman of the board. Grover has also been a member of Avow’s Marco Island Community Advisory Board since 2008 and currently serves as its chairman. He is the managing partner and agent of V.I.P. Insurance Services on Marco Island, a past president of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, and has chaired and co-chaired fundraisers for the Art League of Marco Island, as well as the corporate sponsorship team of Relay for Life (American Cancer Society, Marco Island Unit). Grover is a graduate of Leadership Marco and holds a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Lafayette College of Easton, Penn.

Charles Hoffman – Immediate Past Chairman


Charles Hoffman is Immediate Past Chairman, after completing several terms as Chairman in May, 2017. He served as chairman of Avow’s Promise Campaign (2009 – 2011) and is currently chairing the Promise 2 Give Campaign. Hoffman has worked in the financial industry since 1981. Currently, he is a financial advisor in a local firm. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta, where he received a degree in business and economics. He has been a charter member of Kiwanis, is a member of St. Ann Knight’s of Columbus and has served on several homeowner association boards. He is married and has three children and has lived in the Naples area since 1987.

Jaysen Roa – President & CEO

Jaysen-Roa-for-webJaysen Roa joined Avow as President & CEO in October, 2015.

Prior to joining Avow, Roa served as Executive Director at Good Shepherd Hospice, Inc. an affiliate of Chapters Health System, Inc. based in Lakeland, Florida, and was responsible for the daily operations of the hospice’s 550 patients, 300-plus staff and three free-standing inpatient facilities. Roa’s extended hospice experience includes directing clinical, business development, fundraising and community relations operations and ensuring regulatory compliance. He developed and implemented a pediatric palliative care program and has engaged in local, state and national efforts to promote recommended hospice legislative actions.

Prior to working at Good Shepherd Hospice, Roa held leadership positions at Hernando Pasco Hospice (HPH), Inc. and worked at Hospice of Citrus County, Inc., both based in Florida.

Roa is a Certified Hospice Administrator who holds a Master’s in Business Administration and Master’s in Health Administration from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of South Florida in Tampa.


Phyllis Hall – Chief Financial Officer

Phyllis Hall is an ex-officio member of the board. She joined Avow in October, 2015 and serves as Chief Financial Officer. Hall is responsible for the management and general oversight of financial operations, patient accounts, facilities and information technology.

Hall is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting at the University of Wisconsin. Hall joined University Hospitals Management Services (a physician management services business) in 1998 as chief financial officer.

Hall is a member of Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Prior to joining Avow, Hall was Vice President and Executive Director of University Hospitals Management Services Organizations, University Hospitals Medical Group and University Hospital Practices based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dana Hall


Dana Hall joined the Board of Directors in 2016.  She began volunteering with Avow through the organization’s annual Butterfly Release event.  In 2015, Dana was invited to be a founding member of the Avow Women’s Board.  Dana and Michael Hall own The Beachwood Cremation Society and Naples Funeral Home located on Davis Boulevard. Dana is a Licensed Direct Disposer in the State of Florida and manager of The Beachwood Cremation Society. Dana’s volunteer involvement has included homeowner association board service and various volunteer activities with the public school system.  Dana has two children and has been a resident of Naples since 2003.

Thomas Gazdic

tomgazdic_webTom Gazdic has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2007.  He currently serves as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and has served on the Executive and Finance committees. Tom retired from KPMG, where he served as partner in charge of KPMG’s Southeast Area Health Care Practice, a member of the firm’s National Health Care Leadership Team and Southeast Area Operating and Leadership Committees. During his 32 years with KPMG, he served in numerous leadership positions while providing a variety of consulting and assurance services to multi-hospital systems, hospitals, and other related health care entities throughout the midwest and southeast.

Born in Chicago, Tom received his undergraduate business degree from John Carroll University and an MBA from Ohio University. He is a C.P.A. in Illinois, Ohio and Florida. Tom has served on the board of NCH Healthcare System since 2007 and currently serves as first vice chair/treasurer, chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Executive/Governance, Strategic Planning, Compensation, Audit and Professional Capabilities/Joint Conference committees.  Tom has served two three-year board terms as Treasurer and recently completed his second board term as president of Wyndemere Country Club.

Jay Johnston – Secretary

jayjohnston_webJay Johnston has served as a member of the Board of Directors since July 2006. He is also active in fundraising with Midwest Palliative and Hospice CareCenter of Glenview, Ill. Johnston is chairman of QuesTek Innovations, LLC, a privately held company that designs and markets high tech materials. From 1975-1999, he held numerous positions at Abbott Laboratories, most recently corporate vice president for Diagnostic Assays and Systems. He held numerous other positions with Abbott Laboratories, including president of Dainabot Co. Ltd. and vice president, Asia Pacific. Mr. Johnston has experience in general management, product development, technology management, strategic marketing and business development. He holds an MBA in general management from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration and a BA in public administration from Dartmouth College.

Roger Lipitz – Treasurer

Roger-LipitzRoger Lipitz joined the Board of Directors in July 2011. He is a former chairman of the board of the Baltimore Development Corporation and of the University of Maryland Medical System. He also chaired the board of Meridian Healthcare, the largest provider of long-term care services in Maryland. He is a past president of the American Health Care Association, the largest nursing home association in the U.S., and also served as president of the Maryland Nursing Home Association. He is a trustee of the Johns Hopkins University and chair of the Health Advisory Board at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Giuliana McQuirt

Dr. Giuliana McQuirt joined the Board of Directors in May 2017. She currently serves as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine at Florida State University College of Medicine (FSUCOM), at its health education site in Immokalee, FL. She provides behavioral health consultation services to rural underserved, ethnic minorities and migrant farmworkers within Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida (HN). She also provides clinical supervision to FSUCOM psychology post-doctoral fellows and medical students. Dr. McQuirt brings a valuable perspective to Avow’s treatment of children and adults as our patients work through the psychological effects of their illness, treatments, and condition.

Patrick Neale

patric-neale_webPatrick Neale joined the Board of Directors at Avow in 2016. Mr. Neale is an attorney who practices law in the areas of land use, contractor, real estate, zoning, governmental and administrative law, foreclosure prevention and defense, and bankruptcy. Mr. Neale moved to Marco Island in 1987. Prior to settling in Marco, he lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the New York metropolitan area, Houston, Texas and Miami.

Mr. Neale’s community involvement includes serving on the boards of the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Collier Foundation, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Naples Equestrian Challenge, Naples Pathways Coalition, Youth Haven, Searching for Solutions Institute, United Way of Collier County, YMCA of Marco Island, University of Miami, American Cancer Society – Marco Island Chapter and the Immokalee Friendship House. Mr. Neale has served leadership roles on most of the boards he has been affiliated with and has served on numerous advisory and other community-focused committees.

Mr. Neale is a member of the Collier County Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and the American Bar Association.

Mr. Neale is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law and also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry there. Patrick Neale and his wife Karen Klukiewicz, live in Naples.


Rev. Kathy Schillreff

revkathyschillreff_webRev. Kathryn Schillreff 
 joined the Board of Directors in January 2014. Rev. Schillreff recently retired as rector of St. Monica’s Episcopal Church in Naples. Rev. Schillreff is the leader of St. Monica’s Episcopal Church in Naples. Prior to joining the Board, Rev. Schillreff was a member of the Avow Spiritual Advisory Board. Her community involvement includes engagement with the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

Jimmy Dascani

Jimmy Dascani joined the Avow board in 2017. He is a former hospital CEO and currently serves as Global Director of Healthcare Administrator Relations for Arthrex. Mr. Dascani has more than 18 years of experience working in hospital/outpatient surgery settings. He holds a Florida RN license as well as a bachelor’s degree in nursing and an MBA.

Gerald Lanz

Gerald Lanz was a founding partner and the Chief Operating Officer of Navigant Consulting Inc. Navigant Consulting, headquartered in Chicago, is a specialized international consulting firm providing strategic, operational, and technical management consulting services. In addition to his role as COO, he consulted with CEO’s and senior management on issues related to corporate strategy, organization structure, and management effectiveness.

Prior to Navigant, Mr. Lanz spent more than 20 years in the telecommunications industry with Ameritech and AT&T.

Mr. Lanz was on the Board of Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, and chaired the hospital’s Quality Management and Professional Services Committee.

He resides in Chicago and Naples, Florida.

Patrick Martin

Pat spent his career at Fisher Titus Medical Center and its related companies in Norwalk, OH. He joined the company as an assistant administrator in 1976 and retired in 2013, having served as president &CEO since 1998.

When Pat began his career, Fisher Titus consisted of a hospital and a nursing home with annual patient service revenues of $4 million. By the time he retired, the company and its affiliates had grown to produce $230 million in annual patient service revenues and had more than 1200 employees.

Pat has a long history of service to others, including serving on multiple health care-related boards in Ohio and several community boards. He holds a BS in business administration from Otterbein University, a master’s degree in health care administration from The George Washington University, and served in the Air National Guard.

Jack Fulmer

John “Jack” Fulmer began his board service in 2017. In his professional life, Jack served as IT director for the U.S. Treasury Department and as a senior project manager for an international monetary fund. He is a supporter of multiple military/veterans organizations and has participated in fundraising events for Avow. Jack holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and was a captain in the US Marine Corps.