Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith

Hope President and CEO

Dr. Beckwith’s expertise and commitment to quality care is acknowledged throughout the state of Florida and nationally. She was appointed to The White House Conference on Aging and recently took part in a U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. Governor Scott appointed Dr. Beckwith to the Board of Directors for the Florida Center for Nursing and his transition team. Governor Jeb Bush described Dr. Beckwith as “a visionary who provides leadership on a local and national level – passionate about ensuring the highest quality of service,” after she served on his Long-Term Care Advisory Committee.

As a dedicated champion for palliative care and end of life issues, Dr. Beckwith served as Chair for both the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the National Hospice Foundation. In addition, she is the Founding President of the Florida PACE Association and a Founding Director of the National Hospice Work Group.

Dr. Beckwith’s leadership, career accomplishments, and commitment to diversity have also been honored. She was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, bestowed upon distinguished Americans who exemplify outstanding qualities in their personal and professional lives. Dr. Beckwith was also awarded The Ohio State Alumni Association’s highest recognition, The Medalist Award, presented to alumni who have gained national or international distinction in a chosen field.

Dr. Beckwith was granted a Doctor of Humane Letters by Southwest Florida College and holds a Bachelor of Sociology Degree and a Masters in Social Work from The Ohio State University, where she served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Hope Healthcare Board of Directors

Noreen DiPlacido, RN

Noreen DiPlacido is an RN and healthcare risk manager with over 40 years of experience. She previously served on the board of directors of the VNA of Southwest Florida as well as the American Cancer Society of Lee County – and is a past president of its Sword of Hope Guild. She is a graduate of the Presbyterian School of Nursing and the University of South Florida. Since 1998, DiPlacido has been a surveyor with the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare (AAAHC) and serves on the board of Acreditas Global, its international division. In 2002, she co-founded New Faces for Honduras and coordinates maxillofacial surgery mission projects in Honduras.

Joe Gammons

Joe Gammons, principal at Office Furniture & Design Concepts, serves on the board of directors for Lee Health Foundation and the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation and is a member of the Fort Myers South Rotary and the Fort Myers, Naples and Cape Coral chambers of commerce.

Thomas H. Giles

Thomas H. Giles is the founder, president, and CEO of Avalon Engineering. During a 40-year career in civil engineering, Giles has been involved in a myriad of projects for the space program, military installations for all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and numerous public and private sector projects. Giles has been involved with Rotary, four chambers of commerce, Boy Scouts of America, Salvation Army, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Foundation for Lee County Public Schools.

Reverend Dr. Tim Halverson

Reverend Dr. Tim Halverson has served as pastor and head of staff at Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral since 1997. Prior to moving to Southwest Florida, he served as pastor to churches in Watsontown, Pennsylvania; Kent, Ohio; and LaGrange, Illinois. Halverson is a graduate of Muskingum University, Yale University Divinity School, and Palmer Seminary. In 1992, Halverson was chosen as a Merrill Fellow at Harvard University Divinity School and has continued his studies at Chicago Theological Seminary, Yale University, and the Alban Institute in Washington, D.C.

Larry D. Hart

Larry D. Hart retired from his role as tax collector for the state of Florida. This appointment followed an 11-year tenure as assistant tax collector for Lee County, six years as chief of police for Fort Myers, and 22 years as a professional law enforcement officer. Hart has been a member of the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation; Board of Directors for the Southwest Florida Addiction Services; Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida; FBI National Academy Association; International Police Chiefs Association; Florida Tax Collectors Public Information Coalition; and Legislative Committee.

Charles Idelson

A native of Southwest Florida, Charles Idelson is a principal founder of Investors’ Security Trust Company. A 35-year veteran of the financial services industry, he previously served as president and CEO of a Fortune 500 financial institution. Idelson also served as chairman of the board for the Jewish Federation of Lee County; treasurer/director for Lee Memorial Health Foundation; board member for Canterbury School and Children’s Advocacy Center; director of Finance Committee for Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation; and director for Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

West McCann

West McCann, president of The Naples Trust Company, has served on the board of directors or as a committee member for community organizations, including Audubon Florida, United Way of Collier County, Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida, New Horizons of Southwest Florida, and the Bonita Springs Community Fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

Jerry F. Nichols

Jerry F. Nichols is a specialist for Employee Benefits Planning with Brown & Brown Benefits and a Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative. Nichols has served as an elder, First Presbyterian Church of Naples; Chair & Trustee, Boys & Girls Club of Collier County; director, Hodges University Foundation; president, Kiwanis Club; director, Estate Planning Council of Naples; director & chair, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida; director, Economic Development Council; and chair, Greater Area Naples Chamber of Commerce. Nichols earned a B.S. in Business Administration from The Ohio State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Financial Consultant, and a Chartered Life Underwriter.

Lori Shaffer

Lori Shaffer retired from her role as senior vice president at Chico’s FAS. Shaffer joined the company in 1998 and held numerous leadership roles of increasing responsibility, including director of merchandising and vice president controller. In 2008, she assumed responsibility for the Chico’s FAS outlet business and was instrumental in driving the growth of that division. Shaffer, a Fort Myers resident, also served on Chico’s corporate giving board.

Sandy Stilwell

Sandy Stilwell is owner and CEO of Stilwell Enterprises and Restaurant Group. She serves as the immediate past board chair for the PACE Center for Girls and sits on the board of trustees for Hodges University. A member of the advisory boards for Florida Gulf Coast University’s Resort & Hospitality Management Program and Gulfshore Life magazine, Stilwell serves on the Captiva Community Panel and the Healthy Lee Steering Committee.

Bo Turbeville

Vice president of Accent Business Products, Bo Turbeville is a fourth-generation Floridian, and graduate of Edison State College. Turbeville has been a member of the board for Lehigh Regional Hospital, Lehigh Community Services, and the Fort Myers South Rotary Club, and serves as chairperson for the Lehigh Acres Community Initiative. Turbeville is past president of the Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce and former chairperson of the Lehigh Acres Community Planning Corporation. He also served as past chamber liaison for the Smart Growth Committee, past chamber liaison for the Horizon Council, and is a founding member and graduate of Leadership Lehigh.

Trudi K. Williams

Trudi K. Williams, CEO of TKW Consulting, served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2004 to 2012. A founding member and trustee of the Babcock Preservation Partnership, she is a member of the Chamber of Southwest Florida and serves on the American Red Cross board of directors.

Hope’s Senior Leadership Team

Luis Cortes, DO, MS

Dr. Luis Cortes is the Chief of Medical Services at Hope Healthcare, where he is responsible for the Medical Services Department, supervising all physicians and ARNP’s and providing palliative care consultations. Dr. Cortes holds a doctorate of osteopathic medicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, a master’s from Barry University and a bachelor’s from the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Cortes has extensive experience in hospice care as a physician with several top-notch facilities in Fort Lauderdale, where he was responsible for inpatient palliative care and the medical management for home care patients. He previously served as Vice-Chairperson for the Department of Family Medicine at Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, as well as a diplomat of the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practitioners. Fluent in English and Spanish, Dr. Cortes is licensed to practice medicine in Florida and Puerto Rico.

Charlotte King, SPHR

Charlotte King is Chief Human Resources Officer for Hope Healthcare. As the founder of Resource Innovations, Inc. her extensive human resource background covers more than 35 years of broad-employer and consultative expertise. Throughout her career, King has provided an array of human resources services to numerous private, non-profit, and public industries with a heavy emphasis on health care. She oversees a team of professionals supporting over 1,000 staff members with responsibilities for human resource planning and operations, benefit programs, occupational health, talent acquisition and recognition, compensation, staff relations, and leadership development. King has served in leadership roles and on numerous community boards and associations, including the National Society for Human Resource Management for more than three decades, and is a long-time nationally certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. She is a frequent presenter at professional forums and has published numerous articles in The News-Press, Gulfshore Business and Southwest Florida Business Magazine. King was the recipient of the prestigious HR Florida Proskauer Rose Award for Professional Excellence in Human Resources and was the first human resource professional to receive the Human Resource Award of Professional Excellence from the Human Resource Management Association of Southwest Florida.

Jill Lampley, MBA, SPHR

Jill Lampley has been an employee of Hope Healthcare since 1992, serving as its Chief Financial Officer for the past 20 years. She previously served as controller for Advanced General Contractors. Lampley earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Florida Southern College and the University of South Florida. Lampley has served as a section leader and steering committee member for the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals; member of the National Hospice Work Group; president of the local chapter of Institute of Management Accountants; president, vice president of programs, and treasurer for the Human Resources Management Association; and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management. Lampley has published articles in Hospice Palliative Care Insights and The Hospice Professional and has presented at numerous conferences.

Bridget J. Montana, MSN, APRN, FPCN, MBA

Bridget Montana serves as Chief Operating Officer for Hope Healthcare, overseeing clinical operations, quality, and education. She has over 25 years of experience in post-acute hospice care, palliative home health care, private duty, and transitional care. Her previous experience includes working with Senior Independence, the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), Amedisys Home Health and Hospice, Golden Age Centers of Greater Cleveland, and the Hospice of The Western Reserve. Montana earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Akron, the University of Arizona, and the University of Phoenix. Montana is a past president of the Ohio Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (OHPCO) and Hospice and the Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA). She also served on the regulatory and governance committees of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in addition to other roles. She is a Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing and a reviewer for the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing. Some of her many awards include the Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award from the University of Akron and the Heart of Hospice Award, Senior Executive category, from the NHPCO.

Amy Objartel

Amy Objartel serves as the Chief of Mission Support, overseeing Hope Healthcare’s development, marketing, outreach and Parkinson Program teams. She previously worked with Baptist Memorial Hospital, Capital Regional Medical Center, Paradigm advertising agency and Bonita Bay Group. Objartel earned a degree from Florida State University. She is a certified non-profit consultant who has served on the Gulf Coast Humane Society board and American Cancer Society’s Cattle Barron’s Ball committee. She has coordinated fundraising events for JDRF, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Partners for Breast Cancer Care, Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium. Objartel received the “Lifestyle Change” award from American Heart Association and was recognized by Gulfshore Life magazine as a “40 Under 40” recipient.