"Being Mortal" Panel

A still from the documentary "Being Mortal."
On November 9 join us for a free screening of the Frontline documentary "Being Mortal," which is based on Dr. Atul Gawande's best-selling book of the same name.

A panel discussion will follow the screening at Madonna University. Read more about the panelists below.

Kathleen A. Aseltyne
Assistant Professor, Hospice and Palliative Studies, Department of Nursing, Madonna University
Dr. Aseltyne completed her PhD. in 2013 at Oakland University in Counseling and Education, and also holds a Certificate in Bereavement from Madonna University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and has worked in various mental health settings including community mental health, and cancer and bereavement support groups.

Dr. James Boal
Angela Hospice Medical Director
A graduate of Wayne State University’s College of Medicine, Dr. James Boal became employed in July 2000 as Angela Hospice’s full-time hospice medical director. Prior to his employment at Angela Hospice, Dr. Boal worked in the Pediatric Critical Care Unit at Providence Hospital, and completed his residency at the Family Practice at Providence Hospital. He has also held positions as a research assistant at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Boal earned the designation Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and is a recipient of the Dream Team Award from the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Michigan.

Anna Kostaroff
Consultant/Owner ASK Consulting LLC
Anna Kostaroff received her BSN from Biola University, and is a certified hospice and palliative care nurse. She's worked in various positions in acute, hospice and palliative care, and research. After receiving her MSH from Madonna’s Hospice and Palliative Studies program, she went on to create and coordinate palliative care programs at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital and DMC Harper/Hutzel Hospital. She also received an MA in Bioethics and Health Policy from Loyola University, Chicago, and has been instrumental in developing and chairing hospital ethics committees. She has been an adjunct assistant professor in the graduate studies program at Madonna since 2008, teaching interdisciplinary and nurse practitioner students. Anna also offers solutions in clinical ethics and palliative care to health care systems and families through ASK Consulting LLC. Professional memberships include the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA). She's currently serving on the board of the Great Lakes Provisional Group of HPNA.

Diane McDonald
Angela Hospice Director of Spiritual Care
Diane McDonald came to Angela Hospice in 2016 from St. Mary Mercy Hospital, where she served as staff chaplain for the oncology and hospice units, and on the palliative care team. She also served as director of their “No One Dies Alone” program. Ms. McDonald is a certified thanatologist and an advanced bereavement facilitator. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Saint Mary’s College and conducted graduate studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. She is currently a canon law procurator advocate for the Archdiocese of Detroit Marriage Tribunal, and a member of the preaching staff at Capuchin Retreat Center in Washington, MI. Her professional memberships include Kappa Gamma Pi, the Association of Death Educators and Counselors, and the American Academy of Bereavement. Ms. McDonald is active in the community and has worked extensively with the homeless.

For more information contact LeAnne Wiersing at (734) 432-5716 or email lwiersing@madonna.edu.

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