Advisory Council

The CASL Advisory Council is a consultative board to the Executive Director and her staff. Their mission is to represent the interests of the Center in the development and implementation of ideas for workshops, course offerings and conferences that support the mission and the needs of students and professionals in the field.

Advisory Council Members

Keith Anderson
Executive Director
Gift of Life

Dr. Share DeCroix Bane, Ph.D., MSW.
Counseling Psychology & Gerontology

Dr. Lynn Bondurant
Member, Board of Trustees
Park University

Dr. Bob Bush
Home Reliance Care Consortium

Dr. Gayden Carruth
Executive Director
Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City

Vicki Cohen, L.C.S.W.
Licensed Therapist
Jewish Family Services

Ray Courter
Home Reliance Care Consortium

Dr. Emily Sallee
Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Park University

Dr. Dan Festa, D.Min.
Covenant Presbyterian Church

Dr. Jody Gyulay, R.N., Ph.D.
Social Worker/Retired Palliative Care Nurse
The Hospice House


Janet Hessenflow, R.N.
Executive Director
Crossroads Hospice

Kim Logan, M.A.
Executive Director
NorthCare Hospice & Palliative Care

Dr. Janet McCord, Ph.D., F.T.
Associate Professor/Program Director of Thanatology
Marian University

Vicki Mears, L.M.S.W.
Director of Grief Support Services
Crossroads Hospice

Diane Moran
Director, National Center for Death Education
Mount Ida College

Dr. Harold Ivan Smith, D.Min., FT
Grief Specialist/Public Speaker/Author

Brad Speaks
Funeral Director
Speaks Family Legacy

Dr. Gerry Walker, DHEd, MSN, RN
Nursing Program Chair and Assoc. Prof. of Nursing
Park University

Linda Ward
Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
Center for Practical Bioethics

Rhonda Weimer, LCSW, LSCSW
Asst. Professor, School for Social Work
Park University

Douglas Weishar
Director of Human Resources
Kansas City Police Department

Susan Zimmerman, MLIR
Integra and Passages Transition Center