Our Team

Machelle Gilhaus - Director of Hospice

Machelle comes to Evergreen Hospice with over a decade of hospice experience in an executive role. She holds a Master of Science degree from Emporia University. Machelle believes in having a “Hospice Heart” – where caring and providing quality of care always comes first. “Care is the sweetest essence in the world, if someone says take care, it means you live in that persons heart until the last beat”.

 

James Morgan - Chaplain

James came to Evergreen in July 2016. Before then, he was a hospice Chaplain Team Coordinator in Missouri for four years. James has also served as a pastor, was on the Air Force Academy faculty, and was a Missile Launch Officer. James has earned a Master of Divinity, a Master of Science (Management), and a Bachelor of Science (Psychology). James remarked, “It’s a true honor to be a part of an amazing Evergreen team who puts patients and their families first.”

 

Pamela Lewis - Hospice Clinical Director

Pamela joins the Evergreen Hospice Team with 10 years of experience in the acute and chronic healthcare world. After working in major hospitals on the ICU/ Medical Surgical wards and in the Home Health and Hospice managerial teams she has formed a passionate desire to pursue Hospice Care advocacy for the need and importance of end of life care. She is very excited to be part of the growing Evergreen family and is so looking forward to bringing Evergreen’s loving care out to the community.

Amanda Peters - Hospice Social Worker & Volunteer Coordinator

Amanda is Social Worker with Evergreen Hospice. She came to Evergreen Hospice with a little over 2 years of previous hospice experience and 15 years of social work experience. Amanda obtained her Master of Social Work from the University of Kansas and loves to watch Jayhawk basketball. Amanda’s favorite work is with the aging population and she grateful to be able to help others at Evergreen Hospice. She is a lifelong Kansan from central Kansas and currently lives in Gardner with her husband and two daughters. She loves to travel, read, and spend time with her family.

Rachel Fleming - RN/Hospice Case Manager

Rachel comes to Evergreen with nearly 2 years of hospice experience and is very excited to join a team and culture that believes passionately in patient-centered care. She is an RN who starting off her nursing career in a hospital and was a nurse case manager in home health for nearly 5 years. She found that many of her patients were declining and more appropriate for hospice care than home health and felt a tug on her heart to move into hospice. Besides her love for hospice nursing, Rachel loves God, her two sons, Jacob and Eric, her fur baby (Noey Joey), and her extended family and friends. “I feel like I’m home at Evergreen and plan on being here for a long time!”

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Michael Shields - RN/Hospice Weekend Nurse

Michael is an RN with over 5 years of experience in hospice nursing and over 18 years of community education, including experience in public schools and university level. He earned his nursing degree from Neosho County and his Master’s of Education from Bemidji State University. Michael is the proud father of two sons, Ted and Conner.

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Christina Simpson - HHA Hospice Aide

Christina came to Evergreen Hospice with a little over 2 years of previous hospice experience and 6 years of long-term care experience. Christina earned her CNA certificate at Atchision Community College and is working towards becoming a nurse. She is from Leavenworth, Kansas and lives with her fiance and daughter. She loves to read, and spend time with her family.

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Cory Webb - Health Information Specialist

Cory joined the Evergreen Hospice team in October of 2016 as the Health Information Specialist. She earned her RHIT degree from DeVry University. Although most of her time is spent maintaining the medical records for our hospice patients, she also helps to take phone calls throughout the week. She feels honored to work with such a dedicated and compassionate team, and has found her home away from home with them. When Cory is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family outdoors or watching movies, as well as watching her three kids participate in their various activities. 

Kendyl

Kendyl Frerking - Music Therapist

Kendyl is a board-certified music therapist. She has a degree in Music Therapy from Drury University and has over three years of experience working in hospice and memory care. She has a passion for making music with others and providing opportunities for self-expression and support. She resides in Overland Park with her family and enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her dog, Buddy. 

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Nina Huffman - Administrative Coordinator

Nina has been with Evergreen Hospice since January 2019. She is excited to be a part of the Evergreen team! She helps out in all aspects of the front office and is always there to greet you with a smile. Outside of work, Nina is a foster parent and has recently adopted her son. She has a passion for helping others and it really shows in everything she does.