Todd Stern, BBA, MBA, CHA joined Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care in 2001 as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer and Managing Principal, and was appointed the Chief Executive Officer in 2005. Mr. Stern holds a BBA and MBA from Loyola University Chicago and is a Certified Hospice Administrator, and began his career in healthcare working for medical supply and long-term care companies.
Mr. Stern, a former member of both the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organizations (NHPCO) Public Policy Committee and the Hospice Action Network (HAN) Board, is highly supportive and active within hospice advocacy. With Mr. Stern’s support, Seasons leaders represent and serve on nearly every NHPCO and HAN committee and both respective boards of directors. Under Mr. Stern’s leadership, Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care has grown to become one of the leading hospice and end-of-life care providers in the nation.
Annemarie Switchulis, RN, MSN, OCN, CHA joined Seasons in 2005 as the first Executive Director of the Michigan program. She currently serves as the President and Chief Operating Officer for Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care nationwide. Her range of experience includes serving as Corporate Director of Clinical Operations for Hospice of Michigan, Clinical Case Manager for St. Joseph’s Mercy of Macomb and as a registered nurse for 25 years in Eastern Michigan.
Ms. Switchulis has been a member of the Jewish Hospice and Palliative Care Association, Cape Wayne Palliative Research Team and Palliative Care Teams of various Michigan hospitals. She is a graduate of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan and the University of Phoenix.
Balu Natarajan, M.D. is a graduate of Northwestern University Medical School and has been the Chief Medical Officer of Seasons Hospice since 2005. He served in various capacities for Seasons from 2000 until 2005, including holding the position of Medical Director of the Illinois program.
Board-certified in internal medicine, hospice and palliative care, and sports medicine, Dr. Natarajan has authored book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has also lectured across the United States and around the world, including at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Physicians. He won the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in 1985.
David Donenberg is the Chief Financial Officer for Seasons Hospice since January 2009. Mr. Donenberg is a CPA and holds a joint MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering Northwestern. Raised in South Africa, Mr. Donenberg has experience in startup, turnaround and growth companies and currently serves as a board member of the LEED Council of Chicago where he serves as Treasurer. Mr. Donenberg also serves as Chairman of the Seasons Hospice Foundation for the support of end-of-life care.
Timothy Simpson, RN, MS, CHPN joined Seasons Hospice in 2000, and currently is the Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Clinical Services. He has over 26 years of experience in health care, with 23 of those specifically in the area of hospice and palliative care.
Mr. Simpson is a board certified hospice and palliative care nurse, and additionally is an End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) certified trainer, Hospice and Palliative Nurse (HPNA) certified trainer, and a co-founder of the Chicago area Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association chapter. In addition, he is a national presenter on topics related to Hospice and Palliative care.
Mr. Simpson earned an associate’s degree in Registered Nursing from Oakton Community College, an undergraduate Bachelors of Science degree in health administration from University of St. Francis, and has his Masters of Health Services Administration from University of St. Francis.
Carl J. Brodarick earned his undergraduate degree from Western Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing Management from DePaul University. He joined Seasons Hospice in 2006 and is currently the Chief Marketing Officer. He has over thirty years of census development experience working within various levels of the healthcare continuum.