Angela Hospice welcomes new President & CEO: Margot Parr

Angela Hospice has blossomed over the past 30 years through the vision and great compassion of its foundress, Sister Mary Giovanni. Now that Sister Giovanni has stepped down to focus on her international ministries, Angela Hospice begins a new chapter under the guidance of new president and CEO, Margot Parr.

Margot accepted the role as Angela Hospice’s leader in January 2015, after a national search was conducted by Felician Services, Inc., to find a new president/CEO.

For Margot, it feels like coming home. She volunteered at Angela Hospice a decade ago, and at that time even wrote a letter to Sister Giovanni asking about employment. “I’m happy to do anything,” she said. “I’m happy to work anywhere. I just know that I want to be a part of your organization and I want to be a part of your good work.”

She would wait ten years, meanwhile serving as executive director for Jewish Home and Aging Services, then operations consultant with Trinity Continuing Care Services, and finally as senior executive director for Evangelical Homes of Michigan. She also worked in a unique partnership with Arbor Hospice providing operational oversight and consultation for the Arbor Hospice Residence.

Then one day this past summer, a friend told her: “You know, they just posted your job on a national search engine.”

Margot hadn’t been looking for a new job, but when she found out it was Angela Hospice, she knew she had to go for it.

“Sometimes you just feel like you were led; that God leads you in a direction; that God puts you in a place you’re supposed to be,” Margot said. “I felt really connected and always wanted to be a part of Angela Hospice.”

Margot submitted her resume, and was contacted for an interview.

“I actually had to go to Chicago to interview for a job that is two miles from my house!” she said.

In January, the search committee announced Margot would begin her first day at Angela Hospice on February 9 – a day ten years in the making.

“Sister Giovanni was here to meet me when I came in for my first day. That was really to me the most special thing,” said Margot, who is eager to carry on Sister Giovanni’s caring legacy.

Looking toward the future, Margot has said she will focus on making Angela Hospice a strong, viable, and growing organization, that will continue to be an innovator in the hospice field.

Sister M. Barbara Ann Bosch, CEO of Felician Services, Inc., said Margot was chosen for her “strong business acumen, financial expertise, years of health care experience and faith-based organizational leadership, along with her passion for hospice care.” Angela Hospice’s Executive Director Mary Beth Moning, who served as interim president and CEO as the search was conducted, is also pleased to welcome Margot to this role.

“Margot embraces our Felician core values and the mission of Angela Hospice,” Mary Beth said. “Her respect for Sister Giovanni’s vision and her eagerness to continue Sister’s legacy makes Margot a wonderful fit for our organization.”

“As its first lay leader, I will represent Angela Hospice with compassion and great respect for the organization and its history,” Margot said. “I am honored to move this great tradition forward.”

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