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Meet the Staff

Jennifer Patterson, MS  Executive Director

Jennifer comes to Jim & Lisa’s Circle Home with a deep compassion and caring for those near the end of life. Through her experiences with personal loss, hospice volunteerism, and work as an end-of-life doula, she has discovered she feels most at home when serving the community in this way.

Her diverse background includes working in higher education as a counselor and faculty member, grant writing and program development, and fundraising development for a not-for-profit organization. Most recently, Jennifer worked as account manager for Metropolitan Jewish Health System’s Hospice and Palliative Care program in New York City, where her responsibilities included creating and maintaining relationships with hospitals and long-term care facilities, coordinating palliative care consultations, assisting in the admission of patients to the program, among other tasks.

With degrees in Applied Sciences and a Doctorate in Public Health/Specialization in Epidemiology in progress, Jennifer has a broad base of knowledge to draw from in conducting Executive Director duties for CFD. Her studies have focused on Human Development-Human Behavior, Organizational Communication, Psychology, and Medical Laboratory Technology.

Born and raised in Ulster County, she is happy to be in the place she most considers home. She is an active member of the Hudson Valley community, enjoying hobbies such as running, swimming, and hiking—and spending time with her large family: five adult children and four grandchildren!

Timothy Copeland, MS Administrator

Timothy Copeland has always been a strong advocate of end-of-life  care. He has a Master of Science in Thanatology in addition to being a dedicated service leader in the funeral world at the local, state, and national levels for over 30 years. Tim brings innovative solutions and unwavering  support to individuals and families dealing with the complexities of end-of-life care and the grief that accompanies it. With his unparalleled expertise in business and genuine  empathy for people, Tim supports CFD with abilities in office management, financial oversight, and stakeholder coordination, along with a long-standing commitment to providing quality care with dignity and equanimity.