Hospice of the Central Peninsula welcomes new director

Moving to the Peninsula from Wasilla was “Coming Home” says Hospice of the Central Peninsula’s new executive director Sandra Kerns, MEd., MSW, LCSW, (Masters of Education with a specialization in family assistance, Masters in Social Work, Licensed Clinical Social Work) “Degrees are one aspect of a person, but it’s really the person’s character, quality and how they live their life that are the most important aspect of a person. I have dedicated myself the last twenty years of my life to working with chronic and terminal illnesses focusing with death and bereavement and child and family services. A licensed clinical social worker basically means that I am able to guide someone, to facilitate, to help families and individuals bring out their strengths and help them address their challenges and help bring families together,” Kerns said in an interview with the Dispatch.

Kerns says she is looking forward to making the Peninsula home because her husband has lived in Soldotna with his children while she lived in Wasilla working in Anchorage and he worked on the Slope. “So for the last couple year’s we’ve been apart and when this wonderful opportunity came to join his community and follow my calling it was all about coming home. My husband has known all along that I would not relocate for just a job. I am dedicated to finding that calling in life and I advocate for people that if you do what you love with passion, care and grace then good things really do follow you,” she said. Sandra is impressed with the history of Hospice on the Peninsula because she says Hospice is not about dying but about living, “In the few short weeks I’ve been here I’ve met some very dedicated board members and volunteers. Folks coming by to check out items from our loan closet or pick up materials about Camp Mend-O-Heart that is coming up everyone has a story about Hospice, our happy fund raising events or their volunteer experience and I’m finding that this Hospice has been truly home grown and that its root go very deep in the community and I’m really looking forward to being a part of this community, it’s home and I’m happy to be here,” she said. You can meet Sandy Kerns at the Hospice office in the AK Maxi Storage building on the Kenai Spur Highway during their regular hours Monday – Thursday 10:00am – 4:00pm or call 262-0453.