For immediate release:
March xx, 2017


Kim Morelock, HFO executive director, 861-9543 or
Judy Thompson, Board of Directors president, 849-1108 or

­HFO names Morelock new executive director, elects additional Board members

SPRINGFIELD – Kimberly A. Morelock, whose professional experience has enabled her to promote end of life education and hospice core values for more than eight years, has been named executive director of Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks, Inc. (HFO). She served as the education coordinator for the Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association and as the executive director of the Community Alliance for Compassionate Care at End of Life.

In her new position Morelock is responsible for the overall management of HFO and related activities that support end of life projects including HFO grants. Her current focus is on developing strong community relationships and collaborations with organizations that mirror the mission of HFO.

“I am excited about the future of the Foundation with Kim’s leadership,” said Judy Thompson, HFO Board president and Drury University vice president for stewardship and principal gifts. “Kim has a wealth of experience and compassion for the needs of the patients and their families.”

In addition to hiring a new executive director, the HFO Board of Directors has elected five new Board members. They are Bradley Fisher, Ph.D., faculty emeritus, Missouri State University (MSU); Melissa Gaines, MD, Cox Senior Health Center; Albert R. Leonardo Jr., MD, Mercy Clinic Hospice & Palliative Care Internal Medicine; Paul Reinert, Integrity Home Care; and Regina Waters, Ph.D., Drury University.

Other Board members include Judy Thompson, Drury University, Board president; Elizabeth Lee, RN, RSW, BA, CHPN, Oxford HealthCare, vice president; Doug Nickell, J.D., Lathrop & Gage, secretary; Kevin Ailor, CPA, CITP, KPM CPAs & Advisors, treasurer; Robert Carolla, MD; Peter Browning, Ph.D., Drury University; Marcia Mahnken, Ph.D.; John Mihalevich, MD; Tina Stillwell, MSU staff emeritus; and Cindy Wyrsch, community volunteer.

Since 1997 HFO has promoted awareness of and commitment to end of life care in Southwest Missouri. In 2015-2016 the Foundation awarded more than $600,000 in grants to support 14 projects involved in end of life services and education in Southwest Missouri.