Current Board Members

John Morris, President
Jana Baylis, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice-President
Lisa Lehman, Secretary
Chatum Taylor, Treasurer

Carol Barrett
Chaz Carillo
Patrick Crane, DNP, RN, AGPCNP-BC
Vinay Kothapalli
Darrell Place
Jay Tomic-Bobas
Robert Wiseman, Ph.D.

John Morris – Board President

John P. Morris is a Commercial Loan Officer and Vice President of Dart Bank for the last 11 years. John is an alumnus of Michigan State University with a Bachelors of Arts/Certified Lease Professional. John has received Dart Bank’s Volunteer of the Year in 2009 and Dart Bank’s Mission Award in 2010.

John is involved with multiple community organizations that give back (Holt Lions, Knights of Columbia, South Lansing Business Association and Michigan Business Development Network) as well as being published in Faith Magazine.

In John’s words, “I am all for “life” and hospice is all about living & thriving during the final journey. Hospice is about dignity for life, I’m pleased to be able to serve as a board member.”

Jana Baylis, SPHR, SHRM-SCP – Board Vice-President

Jana Baylis, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the Human Resources Manager for Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties.  In her role she provides a high level of support to management staff on issues related to staff, including, but not limited to: performance expectations, labor relations, discipline, policy/procedure compliance and contract compliance.

Jana holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification through HR Certification Institute and a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification through Society of Human Resources Management. Involvement in the community is an important and personal mission of hers.

Not only is Jana on the board for Hospice of Lansing she also sits on the board for Michigan Public Employer Labor Relations Assoc (MPELRA) and has high levels of involvement with the Great Lansing Society of Human Resources Management (GLSHRM), National Association Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and Mid Michigan Parrothead Philanthropic Club.

Jana enjoys giving back by delivering Meals on Wheels, throwing blood drives and monthly charity giving.  Pastimes also include volleyball, biking, camping and spending time with her family.

Lisa Lehman – Board Secretary

Lisa Lehman is a graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Business. She began her state employment with the Department of Treasury in 1995 as a Financial Analyst and then transferred to MSHDA in 1999. Lisa has been employed with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority for more than 17 years working in various capacities with the Office of Community Development and Housing Voucher Programs – currently serving as the Key to Own Homeownership Manager working with low-income folks to purchase their very first home. This program is nationally recognized by HUD.

Lisa is also the owner of Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Crematory in Ionia, Michigan. She was recently nominated for ‘‘Ionia Businesswoman of the Year’’.

Lisa is also very involved in her community and church as well as serves on the Hospice of Lansing and Ionia Area Hospice Board.

Chatum Taylor – Board Treasurer

Carol Barrett

Chaz Carrillo

Patrick Crane, DNP, RN, AGPCNP-BC

Patrick Crane, DNP, RN, AGPCNP-BC is an assistant professor and nurse practitioner in the Michigan State University College of Nursing.  Dr. Crane’s practice career includes experiences as a staff nurse in emergency departments and, more recently, as an adult-gerontology nurse practitioner at the Ingham County Jail Medical Facility.  Currently his teaching responsibilities include working with undergraduate students during their final semester of the baccalaureate nursing curriculum.  This course assists them in building leadership skills and developing competency in independent practice.  Dr. Crane additionally teaches nurse practitioner students in the Master of Science in Nursing Program.

Dr. Crane’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s (2003) and Master’s (2007) degrees from Michigan State University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Wayne State University (20014) with a focus in adult-gerontology primary care practice.  His doctoral also focused improving care coordination of college students diagnosed with diabetes mellitus.

Dr. Crane views nursing as not just a job but rather as a professional calling that demands attention to detail, reflects a passionate desire to improve the status of those for whom he cares and provides a deep understanding of the potential of the professional nurse.

Dr. Crane’s research is particularly directed towards identifying the impact of Florence Nightingale’s influence on modern nursing practice.  He has been able to pursue research in London as a faculty member for the Nursing in London study abroad course.  This offering is a month-long program which explores the impact of the history of nursing on modern practice and outcomes.  His publications reflect this interest.

When not in the classroom or clinic, Dr. Crane enjoys cooking, board games, ice hockey, travel, and spending time with his family, friends, and two dogs.

Vinay Kothapalli

Vinay moved to Lansing in 2011 and is currently working as a Lead Software Designer at Jackson National Life Insurance Company.  Prior to Jackson, he worked as a Software Programmer for 2 years at AmicusSystems in New York.

Vinay received his Master’s degree in Computer Science from New Mexico State University, specializing in Data Structures, Algorithms and Data Automation. During this time, he also worked as a Research Assistant in NMSU Department of Chemistry and Bio-Chemistry to transform, structure and process the data.

In addition to the Hospice board, Vinay is currently serving as an Executive Board member for the Lansing Telugu Association.   LTA is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing Telugu families together to preserve and propagate Telugu cultural heritage of Indians here in Lansing. He has been involved with their various events since 2015.  These events provide a platform for people of all ages to showcase their talent and exhibit the amazing history of Telugu culture.

Vinay is also active with cricket and is a part of JCCL Board (Jackson Cricket Charity League) that was formed in 2016.  The JCCL was created to support and impact three non-profit partners every year by raising money while participating in a friendly cricket competition.

Darrell Place

Darrell Place is the president and lead marketer of KALTAARTEN Web Marketing Services in Holt. He received his diploma in computer programming from Brockton Institute of Computer Programming. He moved to Lansing in 1969 with the intention of being here for one year.  That one year has now extended to fifty years.

Darrell has previously served as treasurer of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and chairperson of CANDO – Charlotte.   Prior to joining the board of Hospice of Lansing, Darrell was Vice-Chair of the Ingham County Economic Development Board.

He volunteered to our board as he saw the passion and caring of the staff members and management team of Hospice of Lansing, Ionia Hospice and Stoneleigh Residence.

Jadranko (Jay) Tomic Bobas 

Jadranko (Jay) Tomic Bobas is a Managing Attorney at Elder Law of Michigan and has been a member of the Elder Law team since 2011.  Mr. Tomic Bobas is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business, and a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Mr. Tomic Bobas also works for the Michigan Tax Tribunal as a hearing referee where he conducts residential and commercial tax hearings and works on a part-time basis at the law firm of Bradley Vauter and Associates, PC.  Jay is also fluent in German and Croatian.

Robert Wiseman, Ph.D.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the board, please email or call (517) 882-4500.

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