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Kathy Brandt, MS
Principal and Founder
Kathy Brandt has nearly thirty years working in hospice, palliative care, aging, and caregiving at the national, state, and local level.
Kathy is the Writer/Editor of the National Consensus Project’s (NCP) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition. As the Writer and Editor, Kathy worked with the national Steering Committee, Writing Workgroup, and staff to ensure that the revised Guidelines reflect the evolution of palliative care. The 4th edition of the Guidelines focuses on the delivery of optimal serious illness care to patients and families of all ages and in all care settings -- regardless of their diagnosis, prognosis, or age.
Kathy helps organizations identify and maximize their capacity through business and program development, project management, marketing, strategic planning, leadership development, and systems design. Clients rely on Kathy’s knowledge of the palliative care field, and her ability to identify and synthesize organizational needs, develop actionable strategic priorities, and assist in the development of sustainable community-based palliative care programs.
Kathy wrote Covenant Hospice’s successful Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM) application, working with the leaders to develop and communicate their unique program. In 2017, Kathy was hired by the Lewin Group to provide guidance to all the MCCM hospice programs in an effort to increase access to the model among eligible Medicare beneficiaries.
For more than 16 years Kathy helped lead the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, working her way up through the organization to become the Senior Vice President, Office of Innovation and the Executive Director of NHPCO’s Mary J Labyak Institute for Innovation.
Kathy led NHPCO’s efforts to help hospices evolve beyond the Medicare Hospice Benefit, expanding services in a fiscally-prudent, mission-focused way to help people access palliative care sooner in their disease process. Kathy’s team spearheaded NHPCO’s forays into online education, authored grants and contracts generating more than seven million dollars of funding, and created Caring Connections, an award-winning consumer engagement initiative that has helped millions of people learn more about advance care planning, palliative care, hospice and grief.
NHPCO’s go-to-person for strategic planning, Kathy facilitated strategic planning for the boards of NHPCO, the National Hospice Foundation, the Hospice Action Network, and Americans for Better Care of the Dying and chaired the planning committee for the American Society on Aging (ASA).
For seven years Kathy worked at Suncoast Hospice where she created a community engagement model, Project DECIDE, which led to Suncoast being named as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded Rallying Points Regional Resource Center.
Kathy has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society on Aging and the Florida Council on Aging and currently chairs the ASA membership committee. Kathy also serves on the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Palliative Care Council. sd
Kimberly D Acquaviva, PhD, MSW
Chief Research Officer
Kimberly D. Acquaviva, PhD, MSW, is a tenured Associate Professor in the George Washington University (GW) School of Nursing in Washington, DC. As a special consultant to the kb group, Dr. Acquaviva collaborates on projects involving qualitative and quantitative research to inform marketing and community engagement activities.
Dr. Acquaviva's book, LGBTQ-inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care: A Practical Guide to Transforming Professional Practice, gives palliative care and hospice physicians, advanced practice registered nurses, registered nurses, social workers, counselors, and chaplains clear, actionable strategies to use in transforming care of all patients so that it’s truly LGBTQ-inclusive. Anchored in the evidence, extensively referenced, and written in plain language, LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice & Palliative Care: A Practical Guide to Transforming Professional Practice will change the way readers approach their work with all patients and families, not just with those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, queer, and/or questioning (LGBTQ).
Dr. Acquaviva also gives presentations and provides consulting services to healthcare organizations seeking to make their work with patients and families more LGBTQ inclusive. Prior to her work at GW, Kim was the founding Research Director at The Hospice Institute of the Florida Suncoast (now Suncoast Institute) in Largo, Florida. While at Suncoast she was a co-Principal Investigator on the Administration on Aging-funded Caregiving at Life’s End project.
Kathleen Taylor MA, LMHC
Senior Communication and Training Consultant
Kathleen Taylor is the President of KT Coaching & Consulting, LLC, a firm providing services for healthcare and mission-driven organizations to enhance clarity, communication, and connection, and to improve the experience for the patients, families, and communities they serve. As a counselor and coach with over 24 years of experience in healthcare, Kathleen has fostered communication within families, in conference rooms, and in the community. In her roles as a consultant, executive, and community engagement facilitator, she has developed and delivered hundreds of presentations, workshops and professional training programs. For over a decade, she served as the director of community engagement at the country’s largest nonprofit hospice organization where she led the organization's advance care planning education programs, and developed their first training program on empathy and compassion. In years prior, Kathleen managed an award-winning national Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant program establishing grassroots coalitions to improve end-of-life care, and worked for over 7 years as a hospice counselor serving patients and families coping with life-limiting illness, caregiving and grief.
Kathleen is a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Clinical Supervisor. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Stetson University, a Master’s degree in Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of South Florida, and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management & Innovation at the University of Tampa’s John Sykes College of Business. She is certified to administer, interpret, and provide coaching services on the EQ-i® Emotional Intelligence Inventory.