Our People

Leadership & management team

David W. Cook
President/Chief Executive Officer

Dave Cook, MBA, is a seasoned executive with over 16 years of hospice leadership. He has broad experience in strategic planning, finance, customer satisfaction, relationship-building, and outreach/growth initiatives. Dave has also participated in industry work groups and innovation teams, been involved in regulatory committees, and collaborated with key leaders of large hospital systems. After just one year of outstanding work as Chief Operating Officer, the Board of Directors appointed Dave to the position of President/Chief Executive Officer. Dave’s multi-faceted expertise and creativity support Catawba Regional Hospice and Life Transition’s mission to provide a world-class experience to all patients and families.


David B. Clarke
Executive Director of Foundation

Dave Clarke, MHA, brings 40+ years of expertise in health care administration to his position as Executive Director of Catawba Regional Hospice's Foundation. Well versed in strategic planning, business development, physician practice management, and provider reimbursement, Dave has spearheaded the western NC-based organization since 1997. He has also served on the board for the Carolinas Center for Hospice and End-of-Life Care and been a vital member of various industry-related state and national committees.

Caron Tucker
Vice President of Clinical Outreach

Caron Tucker, RN, CHPN, has been with Catawba Regional Hospice since 1990. Caron and her team provide information about CRH programs and services to medical practices, hospitals, and community facilities and help coordinate new patient referrals. Prior to her involvement with Hospice, Caron was employed in the long-term care industry for 13 years, serving as Director of Nursing for a 175-bed facility, among other roles



Kelly Tate
Vice President of Community Relations

Kelly Tate coordinates CRH's programs for the faith community, minority populations, and other interested groups within a 12-county service area. She also oversees the Volunteer Services team and the Catawba Regional Hospice Foundation, which raises funds to provide care for uninsured and underinsured patients. A trained mediator and facilitator, Kelly has worked extensively with children and youth as well.



Catawba Regional Hospice physicians are devoted to the patients they serve, offering them the utmost care and attention at a time when compassion counts as much as experience. They also do the important work of helping patients and their families understand disease progression while offering gentle, realistic expectations of their individual diagnoses.

Virginia Duany Jimenez, DO
Hospice Medical Director


Melissa Braunsteiner, MD
Sally Nicks, MD
Steven Williamson, MD
Virginia Wright, MD
Charmaine Luvis, MD
Ashley Albers, MD

D'Ann Grell, Board Chair

D'Ann Grell, Board Chair

board of directors

The CRH Board of Directors is a diverse group of professional and retired community members who bring special talents and interests to inform the work and direction of our organization.

They represent the fields of law, education, medicine, health care, real estate, ministry, entrepreneurialism, manufacturing, and insurance. As such, they provide a broad perspective on the various communities we serve and help visualize developing needs within our service lines and scope of care.


Catawba Regional Hospice seeks to offer residents within our 12-county service area a breadth of opportunities related to advanced illness management, senior care, and end-of-life care. To further that goal, we collaborate with a variety of related agencies and have been instrumental in helping envision and implement other organizations and services.

Adult Children of Aging Parents
Adult Life Programs
Area Agencies on Aging
Burke County Chamber of Commerce
Catawba County Chamber of Commerce
Catawba Valley Medical Center
Frye Regional Medical Center
Iredell Memorial Hospital
Life Transitions
Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce
Lutheran Services for the Aging
Mooresville Chamber of Commerce
National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NPHI)
PACE at Home
Senior Information Resources (SIR)
Statesville Chamber of Commerce
Teepa Snow
Western Piedmont Council of Governments