Meet the Team of Soulistic Hospice

Our dedicated hospice team works together with a high level of cooperation, coordination, and communication, serving our patients and families with the utmost respect and consideration for every individual involved. We are more than just co-workers; we are a family and a team committed to serving the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those with life-limiting illness. Some of our primary team members are introduced below.

Marayeh Cunningham, Ph.D.

Executive Director
Clinical Psychologist
Interfaith Minister

Dr. Cunningham is a Clinical Psychologist who has over 40 years’ experience in health care management. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and was a professor and psychotherapist at U.C. Berkeley. She was in private practice in San Francisco and La Jolla, California, as well as Sedona, Arizona before moving to the Tucson area, where she brought together a team of highly qualified, caring professionals and volunteers whose shared mission is to provide the highest quality of care to everyone. In addition to being the Executive Director of Soulistic Hospice, she is a published author, educator, and speaker. In her spare time, Marayeh enjoys being with family and friends and pursues her love of art via water color painting.

Centria Catherine J. Lilly

Board of Directors
Chief Financial Officer

Centria has over two-decades experience in nonprofit financial management where she has worked as chief financial officer of Global Community Communications Alliance and as a liaison administrator with numerous affiliated nonprofit organizations. Prior to her role as CFO with Soulistic Hospice, Centria served as Executive Director of International and Local Adoptions in Hawaii, as a Guardian Ad Litem advocating the rights of children removed from their homes due to neglect and abuse, and as a counselor to teen parents. She is committed to ensuring a balanced portfolio of growth initiatives and maintaining high levels of integrity and transparency.

Aladi Goodman, RN

Director of Quality Care and Community Outreach
Interfaith Minister

Aladi was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand and received her diploma as a comprehensive registered nurse in 1993. Her nursing experience encompasses a variety of healthcare fields including psychiatric, post-partum, geriatric, orthopedic, rehabilitation, home health, and hospice care. Aladi is an educator in her field of expertise to both public and professional audiences. She is intuitive and sensitive to both patients and their loved ones and has dedicated her life to serving humanity. Aladi is also a musician and artist and has a love of animals.

Vickie Myers, RN

Patient Care Manager

Vickie is from Texas and has lived in Tucson for over 35 years. She earned her nursing degree from Pima Community College in 1995 and has had a very fulfilling career in nursing. Vickie has spent 19 of the 21 years of her nursing career, serving in all areas of hospice. This is the area of nursing for which she has the most love and passion.
Vickie enjoys educating patients and their families so they can better understand the dying process and can have a more positive experience. Vickie has been married for 35 years. She has 2 children and 7 grandchildren. When she is not dedicating her time to hospice, Vickie most enjoys spending time with her family.

LeAnn Swinehart, RN, BSN, MNA

Compliance Officer
Manager of Human Resources

Born in Nebraska but raised in Tucson Arizona, LeAnn considers herself a native of Tucson. Early in life she was called to a career in nursing, volunteering in hospitals during the summer months while completing a high-school training program to become a nursing assistant. She completed her first nursing degree in 1976. LeAnn’s initial experience included nursing care on surgical, orthopedic and intensive care units. While working and raising a family she finished both a BSN and Master’s in Nursing Administration. She has worked as both an Administrator and Director of Nursing over several years in both acute and sub-acute care. With the death of her grandmother and father, LeAnn was drawn to a career in hospice working first as an RN Case Manager. She greatly enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren. When time permits, writing is also a passion.

Beyana Grace, RN, BSN

Case Manager
Admissions
Interfaith Minister

Beyana graduated with a BSRN from Arizona State University, Tempe in 1980. She has worked in women’s health and geriatrics, and did graduate studies in Somatic Psychology/Dance Movement Therapy at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. She brings warmth and comfort to those she cares for. Beyana is also a HeartMath instructor and is dedicated to serving others with the utmost respect and compassion. In her life beyond nursing, Beyana enjoys creative dance movement, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

Vicki Nordess, RN

Admissions

Vicki was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She has a great love of the Earth and a desire to care for and protect people in need, animals, and the wilderness. Vicki studied wilderness management at the University of Washington and worked as a ranger in the North Cascades. After hiking from Canada to Mexico on the Pacific Crest Trail in 1979, she returned to school and became a Registered Nurse in 1983. She worked in an acute care unit at a Seattle hospital for two years, then ran a satellite home health and hospice office in a remote mountain valley area in Washington State. She moved to Tucson in 2004 and worked as a traveling nurse, dividing her time between Tucson and the Northwest. She joined the Soulistic team in 2013. She loves poetry and hiking in the Sonoran desert and mountains.

Ah’Nuit Nelson, BS

Spiritual Care Coordinator
Interfaith Minister

Ah’Nuit became an ordained minister in 1996 and joined Soulistic Hospice as a Chaplain in 2009, bringing more than three decades of experience in education and volunteer services. He served in the U.S. Army during the revolutionary uprising in the Dominican Republic and has taught Special Education for Children with Behavioral Difficulties. Ah’Nuit has dedicated hundreds of hours in various areas of humanitarian outreach and is sensitive to the needs of others during difficult life transitions. He has an instant camaraderie with patients, especially military veterans and their families.

KarEne Bennett, MUP

Spiritual Care Coordinator
Interfaith Minister
Community Liaison

KarEne is committed to helping to make this a better world; one of compassion and humanity. Having a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and over 30 years of experience in dozens of human service programs, KarEne’s sincere desire to help people, presented him with opportunities in grant-writing, planning, and volunteer coordinating for public, private and non-profit corporations. KarEne also spent several years in the Peace Corps, serving in South America, where his bilingual abilities and cultural insights have resurfaced to complement his natural ability to communicate with people in all walks of life. As a Community Liaison with Soulistic Hospice, KarEne encourages individuals to be aware of the dignified choices provided through hospice care.

Lah-May Bremer

Financial Administrator
IT Administrator
Interfaith Minister

Lah-May graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a degree in Business Administration, specializing in Business Computer Methods. She joined Soulistic Medical Institute and Soulistic Hospice in 2009 and is the Financial Administrator, IT Administrator, and HIPAA Security Officer. She lives a sustainable lifestyle which complements the technical aspects of her job and better enables her to serve the caregivers and staff.

AsCenTae Holmes, BS

Admissions Coordinator
Interfaith Minister

AsCenTae Holmes has more than 20 years of experience as an administrative assistant including at a top ten University Health Sciences department and naturopathic medicine office in Wisconsin, as well as a nonprofit immigration and family law office in Arizona. She received her Associate of Arts Executive Secretarial degree from Madison Area Technical College in Wisconsin and a B.S. teaching degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. As the Administrative Assistant and Human Resources Associate, she gives support to not only our staff but also to our patients, their families and their loved ones, and does so with compassion and respect for their unique personal perspective.

CipPriAnkhA Larson

Community Liaison

CipPriAnkhA has been an active humanitarian and Community Liaison in many areas for more than 30 years. As an international flight attendant from her native home in Minnesota, she has experienced the art of communication with hundreds of global citizens in many walks of life and with various cultural backgrounds. As a Community Liaison for Soulistic Hospice, CipPriAnkhA introduces the benefits of home hospice care by educating the public, care providers, and health professionals on the benefits of receiving hospice care. Her friendly, exuberant personality is complemented by her warm heart and generous spirit of service to others. When CipPriAnkhA is not interfacing with people, her passion and love is in flower gardening.

AvaJaCyone DellErba

Community Liaison

AvaJaCyone grew up in Oregon and did her undergraduate studies at Portland State University in health science with a focus on a holistic approach to health and healing and was later trained in Reiki therapy. She spent 10 years doing in-home care for the elderly and volunteering her time with a non-profit organization advocating for, supporting and serving children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. She has a spirit of service and a passion for working with people. Her other interests include music, writing, dancing and enjoying time with her family.

Auneea White

Certified Nursing Assistant

Auneea was born and raised in New Zealand and moved to Arizona in 1996. She became a Certified Nursing Assistant in 2009 and immediately felt drawn to hospice care. Prior to becoming a CNA, Auneea had already provided in-home care to elderly people and particularly enjoyed the personal relationships she established with patients and their families. Auneea is always willing to go the extra mile to bring comfort and compassion to others. Auneea is also a gifted artist, and enjoys gardening.

Ele-Elleid Kay

Certified Nursing Assistant

Ele-Elleid’s passion is helping people, which she does every day while serving the patients of Soulistic Hospice and Soulistic Medical Institute. Ele-Elleid’s previous experiences in serving Native American tribes in Wisconsin, the homeless, the incarcerated, the abused, and the addicted, have given her a strong conviction to help people regardless of their life circumstances.

Viviana Barba

Administrative Assistant

Viviana Barba was born and raised in Nogales, Arizona, and went on to study at Pima Community College where she focused on business management. She plans to continue her college education within the medical field. Vivi has always been interested in the health field and had desired to be a nurse at one time. She has been working with Soulistic Hospice for almost two years and really appreciates the family environment where everyone treats each other with love and respect and does their best to truly help the families they care for. Vivi has three precious children, and when she is not at work, enjoys spending time with them.

BeSaRai Ersek

Administrative Assistant

BeSaRai grew up in Maine, where she had experiences working on organic farms, striving to learn how grow food that is nourishing for the body, mind and spirit, as well as for the earth. She did undergraduate studies in religion at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. During this time she volunteered regularly at a nursing home, visiting patients—an experience that was meaningful for her and those she served. BeSaRai loves to serve people, from small babies to elderly people; she tries to bring hope and joy to the world. She recently moved to Arizona and joined the Soulistic Hospice staff. She enjoys cooking, vegetable gardening, hiking, and writing.

NiCieen Nelson, BS

Medical Records/Volunteer and Bereavement Coordination Assistant

NiCieen joined Soulistic Hospice in 2010 and works in Medical Records. She grew up on a farm in North Dakota and received her BS degree from North Dakota State University. After graduation, she joined the Vista Program, where she set up the math and science curriculum for Sitting Bull College. Later, she taught math and science for over 30 years in both public and private schools, including 15 years teaching on Native American Indian Reservations in the Dakotas. She moved to Arizona with her husband, Ah’Nuit, in 1994 and shares his passion for voluntary humanitarian service to others. NiCieen’s love of facts and figures is a rare and much-appreciated gift to our Medical Records department.