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 & Grief Support

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.”

 

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.

Leslie Peek - Nurse Case Manager

Leslie Peek, RN, graduated from Park University in 1989. Leslie’s background in home health and long-term care eventually lead her to a natural transition to hospice in 2005. Over the 15+ years in hospice she's had the opportunity to meet really wonderful people. This is one of the reasons she knows hospice is where she needs to be.  It’s a unique privilege to be with a person and their family at their most vulnerable, and helping them to navigate both emotional and physical aspects at end of life.  When she's not working Leslie enjoys spending time with friends and family and spending time outdoors with Sadie, her Golden Retriever.

Sheri Johnson - Nurse Case Manager

Sheri Johnson was born and raised in Bolivia, South America and is bilingual.  She has experience in critical care and recovery room.  She has been working in hospice for more than 27 years as a case manager, patient care coordinator, clinical director, and week night on call nurse.  She loves spending time with patients but hates paperwork.  She has three amazing grandchildren.  She shares her home with her aunt, her one year old Papillion, Snow and ten year old cat, Ross. 

Cory

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. 

Kendyl

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.