Angela Hospice CEO to Retire; Successor Named

Jul 10, 2024

Angela Hospice President and CEO Marti Coplai has announced her plan to retire later this year.

The organization has named Executive Director Jamie LaLonde (pictured) to succeed her in December.

Marti joined Angela Hospice in 2015 as Executive Director, and assumed the position of President & CEO in March 2019. Over the course of Marti’s tenure, she has led the Angela Hospice team to accomplish a number of significant initiatives, propelling the organization to where it is today, and ensuring sustainability for the future.

Marti Coplai

The most recent initiative Marti led is the expansion of Angela Hospice services to north Oakland County. In addition to the 15-bed hospice residence at Lourdes Senior Community opening later this year, expanded services will benefit all in the community through transformational grief support groups and educational outreach. This expansion would not be possible except for the organizational strength and mission-centered reputation Angela Hospice has garnered for excellence in hospice and palliative care.

Jamie has been with Angela Hospice since May 2021; first as Director of the Angela First Care Program before moving into the Executive Director role in January 2022.

Prior to coming to Angela Hospice, Jamie worked for Glacier Hills Retirement Community as their Administrator of Memory Care and Resident Services. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer with the University of Michigan School of Social Work.

“For almost 40 years, Angela Hospice has been a community resource that has helped countless people and their families walk the journey through the end-of-life experience and beyond,” Jamie said. “I feel fortunate to have earned the opportunity to be part of its continuing legacy and lead this organization into the future. I continue to be humbled each day working alongside such an incredible team and be able to bear witness to the life experiences of people who are in our care.”

Jamie helped design the current Palliative Care Program structure at Angela Hospice and led the daily operations of the organization to achieve a 4-star hospice status rating granted by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. With her previous experience leading multi-level, multi-license senior living communities, Jamie is eager to expand Angela Hospice’s in-patient and at-home hospice, educational and grief care services.

“Jamie’s deep connection to our mission, the patients, the staff, volunteers, and desired growth make her the ideal next leader of Angela Hospice,” said board chair Dr. Debbie Dunn, Provost and Vice President Academic Administration at Madonna University. “Her experience combined with her passion to propel our mission, and dedication to innovation and exceptional quality care for our community, makes her invaluable for taking Angela Hospice into the future.”

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