Our Foundation

Most Hospice organizations depend on generous donations of time, money and compassionate care. As one of the first three Hospices to operate in the United States, U.P. Hospice is no exception.
During our four decades of service, we have benefited from countless hours of volunteer service and contributions of financial support, unused medical supplies, and equipment. What does make
our non-profit foundation unique, however, is that 100% of all donated monies go directly back to Hospice patients and their families. No donated funds ever go towards operating costs or other overhead.

Our Foundation Board of Directors is made up of community leaders who are dedicated to overseeing these funds and dispersing them to patients and families who deserve extra special treatment
while confronting a terminal illness.


Cindy Nyquist

Cindy Nyquist

President and Founder of U.P. Home Health & Hospice

President of the U.P. Hospice Foundation

Cindy’s story begins as one of loss. By the time she was 20 years old, Cindy had already experienced the agonizing deaths of her mother, and some years later, her step-mother. As was the normal practice at that time, they each spent their last days dying alone in the hospital. Cindy knew that there had to be a better way to care for people with terminal diagnoses, and she was determined to find that better way.
 
After several years of correspondence with Cicely Saunders, the Founder of the Modern Day Hospice movement in England, Cindy introduced the Philosophy of Hospice to the Upper Peninsula in 1973. Cindy recognized that this philosophy was desperately needed in the U.S. to provide the necessary care to patients and their families diagnosed with a Life-Limiting Disease. Hospice care became a Life-Long Vocation for Cindy and she has inspired many to join this worthy goal.
 
After establishing the current day Upper Peninsula Hospice in 1973, she also established Lake Superior Hospice in 1979. Cindy is currently only associated with the Upper Peninsula Hospice and has continued to improve on this program over the years by adding many integral programs such as Palliative Care, Skilled Home Health Care, and Private Duty Services.
 
Cindy continues to be a local, regional, and national expert and presenter regarding Hospice and Palliative Care. You will still find her meeting personally with families when they are making the decision about whether Hospice and Palliative care is the best choice for them. She regularly shares, with anyone who will listen, that Hospice is about LIVING and PEP (Palliation, Education, and Priorities).


U.P. Hospice Foundation Board Members

Jeremy Hansen

Jeremy Hansen

Funeral Home Director
& Vice President of the U.P. Hospice Foundation

Kent Jenema

Kent Jenema

Pharmacist
& Treasurer of the U.P. Hospice Foundation

Susan Wideman-Schaible

Susan Wideman

Elder Law Attorney
& Secretary of the U.P. Hospice Foundation

Neal Crothers

Neal Crothers

Board Member of the U.P. Hospice Foundation

Gary Walker

Gary Walker

Retired District Attorney
& Board Member of the U.P. Hospice Foundation

Nheenah Ittner

Nheena Ittner

U.P. Children’s Museum Director
& Board Member of the U.P. Hospice Foundation

Dave Aro

Dave Aro

Hospice Foundation Executive Director

Bob Raica

Bob Raica

Board Member of the U.P. Hospice Foundation

Jesse Bell

Jesse Bell

Owner of Bell Financial
& Board Member of the U.P. Hospice Foundation

Jan Wickstrom

Jan Wickstrom

Retired Schoolteacher
& Board Member of the U.P. Hospice Foundation

Jackie Menhennick

Jackie Menhennick

Retired School Mortgage & Consumer Lending Manager
& Board Member of the U.P. Hospice Foundation