Andre Dickerson, M.A.

Executive Director

Andre has served Kittitas County for over six years in the areas of community health and social services. He has worked with the elderly and hospice patients since 2006 and with the state Department of Social and Health Services in its Juvenile Justice and Rehabilitation Administration. He has also held many positions at Central Washington University, including serving as Admissions Counselor and Recruiter. Andre earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from CWU and recently completed his Master’s degree in Medical Sciences from Heritage University.

He has developed great professional relationships with non-profit organizations and businesses, state agencies,  and the faculty, staff, and student organizations at Central Washington University. He is confident that these skills, experiences, and partnerships will allow him to effectively serve as the new Executive Director.


Janel Malella

Volunteer / Program Coordinator

Janel earned her BS in Community Health and Gerontology at Central Washington University in 1992. She served as the director of the City of Ellensburg Senior Center early in her career. Later she was the Deputy Director of what is now HopeSource in Ellensburg, WA. In 2002, she dedicated herself to being a mother and day care provider. In 2011, Janel determined that the time was right to re-enter the workforce. At Hospice Friends, Janel coordinates all aspects of our volunteer program, provides services to patient clients and assists with many of the administrative responsibilities.


Janine Yoder, M.A.

Bereavement Coordinator

Janine comes to Hospice friends with many different work experiences. She received her Masters degree in
Pastoral Studies from Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Janine coordinates the Hospice Friends bereavement program and provides support upon request for those in need of comfort and assurance regarding spiritual issues. At Hospice Friends, spirituality is not necessarily related to religion or morality. Rather, it is about a person’s sense of purpose, legacy and meaning at end-of-life. We honor all beliefs and respect the individuals freedom of choice.


G. Wayne Clapier, D. Min.



Board of Directors

Hospice Friends is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who meet the third Tuesday of every month at noon. If you are interested in becoming a board member or attending a board meeting, contact the Hospice Friends office. The current Board of Directors is as follows:

Jim Denison (President)

Ken Grannan (Vice-President)

Betty Meilander (Secretary/Treasurer)

Members at Large – Dana Cole, Debra Dove, Jane Tilton, Linda Mason, Mike Probasco, & Joel Klucking