Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ Team

The Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ team supports our membership to advance the mission of the Association. 

        Christine Buteas
       President & CEO
Christine Buteas serves as President and CEO of the Home Care & Hospice Association of New Jersey, the leading voice in Trenton and Washington, D.C. for New Jersey’s home health agencies, hospices, and health care service firms servicing the state’s Medicare, Medicaid and private pay patients.

Christine most recently served as Vice President of the Capital Impact Group, a bi-partisan public affairs and business development firm located in Trenton. In this role, she advocated on behalf of non-profit organizations and fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining CIG, Christine served in a senior role at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and represented her community as a Councilwoman in South Plainfield. Currently the President of the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey and Board Member of the Executive Women of NJ, Rowan University Alumni Board, Eagleton Institute of Politics Alumni Board and New Leaders Council. Christine is also a graduate of Leadership NJ, one of the most prestigious leadership development programs in the state.

Christine also served as a Raimondo Fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. She holds an MPA from the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark and a BA from Rowan University.

    Karen Barish, RN, BSN
   Director of Professional
   Development & Support
Karen McCoy joined the Home Care & Hospice Association of New Jersey in 2010 with over 24 years of home health experience. Karen became a home health visiting nurse shortly after graduating from Trenton State College with a BSN. Throughout her tenure Karen has had many opportunities to grow and build upon her experience from a vast array of clinical and management positions which included Hospital Liaison, Clinical Team Manager, Associate Director of Specialty Nursing Practice (a team of advanced practice nurses), Branch Director and Clinical Operations Director for Almost Family's northeast region. 

In addition to Karen’s clinical and management experience she also has held corporate level positions as a Director of Risk Management and as a Director of Billing Compliance. She was responsible for the training, education, design and enforcement of corporate policies and procedures as they related to financial and clinical compliance with regulatory standards, laws and company policy. Karen was instrumental in developing a transition and implementation plan for conversion from a paper system to an electronic point of care system for a large home health company. She spent 2 ½ years as part of the team that evaluated, educated, and supported both branch and corporate operations enabling the company to successfully implement this new operational model. 

In her role as Director of Professional Development & Support Karen is responsible for planning the Association’s educational programming to meet the needs of our membership, providing member support for challenges and questions as they are presented, and staffing for our clinical-related committees, work groups and task forces.   

Donald L. Pendley, M.A., CAE, CFRE, APR
  Director of Hospice and Palliative Care

Don Pendley has been President of the New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization since 1993, where he represents hospice agencies from around the state. He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization; as Chairman of the National Council of State Hospice Organizations; and as Chairperson of the State Hospice Organization Executive Roundtable. Here in New Jersey, he has been President of the Mid-Atlantic Society of Association Executives and President of Community Health Charities of New Jersey. He holds an M.A. in journalism from Syracuse University, a B.A. in English and political science from Montclair State and lives in Scotch Plains.



       Susan Manders
  Administrative Assistant

Susan Manders is the Administrative Assistant with the Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ.  Susan has been with the Association since 2010 and in her role is frequently the first point of contact for our office. Additionally, she is responsible for managing registrations, maintaining all databases, supporting membership retention and recruitment efforts, providing excellent client service, assisting in event planning, as well as providing other administrative support. 

Susan attended Franklin & Marshall College where she obtained her BA in Studio Art. She subsequently worked as a curator in an art gallery, and then as a corporate art consultant for several years. Prior to joining the Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ, Susan completed a program in medical coding and billing and earned her Certified Coding Associate (CCA) credential. Susan has worked in the healthcare industry in various capacities. 

          Katie Wehri, Consultant

Wehri is Director of Operations Consulting for Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc. (HPS) She joined HPS in 2017 to develop and provide hospice and home care educational opportunities, conduct operational reviews and work with the HPS clinical team on mock surveys and chart reviews.

Wehri, with more than 25 plus years in the hospice, home health, private duty and palliative care industries and is certified by the Health Care Compliance Association in health care compliance and health care privacy compliance. She has worked with multiple state and national associations to expand assist members with Hospice regulatory, operations, financial and legislative issues. She has written numerous articles and provided workshops and seminars for these associations. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Wehri received her Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration. Wehri spent 16 years working with homecare and hospice agencies with the majority of those years in a Director’s role, prior to starting a consulting practice in 2009.

Wehri has been consulting, presenting and educating in the home care and hospice industry since 2009. She has worked for hospices in a variety of settings, including multiple locations in multiple states, a hospice inpatient unity, pediatric hospice and adult and pediatric palliative care. Wehri has gained valuable experience in the following areas:
*Accreditation standards interpretation
*Compliance and quality assessment
*Mock surveys
*Health care regulation
*Performance Improvement
*Opening and expanding sites for home care, hospice and palliative care services