Our dedicated Administrative staff have over 150 years of combined health care management experience right here in Marquette County, and we are proud to utilize this experience in our service to the residence of this county.
Cynthia Nyquist, RN, MSN
President and Founder
Cindy’s story begins as one of loss. By the time she was 20 years old, Cindy had already experienced the agonizing deaths of her mother, and some years later, her step-mother. As was the normal practice at that time, they each spent their last days dying alone in the hospital. Cindy knew that there had to be a better way to care for people with terminal diagnoses, and she was determined to find that better way.
After several years of correspondence with Cicely Saunders, the Founder of the Modern Day Hospice movement in England, Cindy introduced the Philosophy of Hospice to the Upper Peninsula in 1973. Cindy recognized that this philosophy was desperately needed in the U.S. to provide the necessary care to patients and their families diagnosed with a Life-Limiting Disease. Hospice care became a Life-Long Vocation for Cindy and she has inspired many to join this worthy goal.
After establishing the current day U.P. Hospice in 1973, she also established Lake Superior Hospice in 1979. Cindy is currently only associated with the U.P. Hospice and has continued to improve on this program over the years by adding many integral programs such as Palliative Care, Skilled Home Health Care, and Private Duty Services.
Cindy continues to be a local, regional, and national expert and presenter regarding Hospice and Palliative Care. You will still find her meeting personally with families when they are making the decision about whether Hospice and Palliative care is the best choice for them. She regularly shares, with anyone who will listen, that Hospice is about LIVING and PEP (Palliation,Education, and Priorities).
Deborah Aro, BS
CEO/Chief Financial Officer
Debbie is a graduate of Michigan Technological University in Business Administration and Accounting. She has nearly 20 years experience in the healthcare finance field and is very proud to be part of this family owned business. She is also very involved with the American Cancer Society, being the chairperson of Marquette County’s Relay For Life for over 10 years.
Gina Iery, RN, MSN
Director of Clinical Services
Gina graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing from Northern Michigan University in 2003, as well as completed her Masters of Science Degree in Nursing from Walden University in 2011, with a specialty in Nursing Leadership and Management. Her clinical background prior to Home Health and Hospice was in adult critical care working locally at Marquette General, and also as a travel nurse around the country; examples include a small 6-bed Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit in New Bern, North Carolina, to Dartmouth University’s Level I Trauma Unit in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Gina has been with U.P. Home Health and Hospice since 2009, and is committed to providing skilled and compassionate care to those the agency serves.
Erin Wright, RN, BSN
Manager of Home Health and Hospice – West Team
Erin obtained her nursing degree from Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 2008. She is currently completing her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing through the University of Wyoming on-line program. Erin also holds an Associate’s of Arts in Education. She gained experience on a medical floor at a large hospital in San Antonio, Texas before moving back to Marquette County. Erin worked as a field nurse with the agency before being promoted to management. She is truly passionate about providing quality care to all of the home health and hospice patients we provide care throughout the county.
Manager of Clinical Support Services
Rachel graduated from Marquette Senior High School in 1988 and attended Webster Business College in Fairmont, WV with studies directed in the Medical Assisting/Transcription field. Rachel has been employed by U.P. Home Health and Hospice since 2000, holding multiple positions within the Office Support department, has been recognized as Employee of the Year three times and is very proud to be part of the UPHHH team.
Linda Deans, PN
Director of Private Duty Services
Linda attended St. Joseph’s School of Nursing and Michigan Technological University. She is a graduate of Mesa College, San Diego, CA with an Associates Degree in Practical Nursing. In addition to her role as Director of Private Duty, she is most proud of being Captain of our Relay for Life team for the past 7 years.
Director of Clinical Services QAPI & Education
Beth graduated from Northern Michigan University and has over 30 years of healthcare experience both in direct clinical and management positions. She is a strong advocate for patient empowerment in healthcare choice and decisions. Beth began her career with U.P. Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty in 2013.
Manager of Community Services
Lindsay is a 1999 graduate of Negaunee High School and a 2006 graduate of Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and Speech Communication. Lindsay began her career with U.P. Home Health and Hospice in September of 2012. Prior to working with UPHHH, Lindsay was the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for the Lake Superior Community Partnership where she worked for five years. You can also still find her working on the weekends at The Up North Lodge in Gwinn where she has worked since 2001. Lindsay serves as a Board Member of the Greater Ishpeming Negaunee Chamber of Commerce and 40 Below – Marquette County’s Young Professional’s.
Manager of I.T.
Pierce is a U.P. native, born and raised in Daggett. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Networking at Lake Superior State University in 2012 and moved to Marquette County in 2013 when he began working with U.P. Home Health & Hospice as the I.T. Coordinator. In 2015 he was promoted to I.T. Manager.
Sharon Fries, RN, BSN
Clinical Services & Regulatory Affairs Consultant
Sharon graduated from Northern Michigan University in 1979 and has extensive education and training in the health care field. She has worked for over 30 years in the home health and Hospice industry across Marquette County and, as a prior owner of a home health agency, holds a wealth of knowledge in the field.
Outreach & Business Development Consultant
Dave began his work career in 1990 with UP Home Health & Hospice after graduating from Michigan Tech University, and worked into the CEO position with Professional Rehabilitation Services & Management (an affiliate of UPHHH) following that position until 1998 when he began working with Bell Hospital. Dave worked up to be the Vice President of Operations at Bell Hospital, overseeing all rehabilitation services and physician clinics, along with the Bell Foundation and other areas until leaving in 2012. Dave and several partners started Superior Rehabilitation & Professional Services then Active Physical Therapy in Ishpeming and Negaunee, which has grown into a nearly 50 employee venture as of the end of 2015. Dave’s involvement in the community includes being the 2015-16 Leader of the Marquette County Ambassadors, Officer of the Lake Superior Community Partnership, Vice Chair of the Ishpeming DDA, and many years of involvement in Kiwanis.
Strategic Planning Consultant
Bob is a Michigan native born in Detroit and raised in Munising. He is a graduate of William G. Mather high school in Munising. Bob graduated from Northern Michigan University in 1973 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Service and Sociology. Shortly after graduation moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin working there for a brief period before returning to the Marquette area. Bob began employment with Marquette General hospital in 1979 where he held multiple management positions including 22 years as a Senior Administrator. He retired from MGH in 2008 and then worked for Excalibur Medical Imaging as Manager of the Professional Radiology Service until the hospital discontinued the company’s contract. He then joined U.P. Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty in 2011. Over the years he has been very active in the Marquette community serving as President of the area’s Chamber of Commerce, past Leader of the Marquette County Ambassadors and several state organizations.