About Us


Honoring Choices® Indiana – North Central was formed to move forward the idea that everyone in our service area should receive care that honors their personal values and goals in catastrophic situations or at the end of life. The organization began as a grassroots effort as leaders from healthcare providers, faith-based communities and non-profit organizations met to discuss the best approach to facilitating advance care planning in Elkhart, Marshall and St. Joseph counties.


Our mission is to proactively engage the people of our community in conversations with loved ones and medical caregivers about their goals for quality of life and advance care planning. Honoring Choices® Indiana – North Central is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting and sustaining advance care planning to ensure that individuals’ future health care preferences are discussed, documented and honored. We do not charge for our services but rely on community support, such as donations and grants, for our funding.

Meet Our Advisory Board

Steering Committee

Steering Committee
Mark Sandock, MD
Physician (retired)

Gene Cavanaugh
1st Source Bank (retired)

Steve Chupp
Honoring Choices Indiana
– North Central


Al Harding, MD
Radiology, Incorporated
Elkhart General 

Deirdre Mylod, PhD
Press Ganey


Meet Our Board

Meet Our Board

Hodge Patel
Saint Joseph Health System


Cyndy Searfoss, MA
Center for Education &
Advance Care Planning


Rosalind (Posi) Tucker
Elkhart Community Schools (retired)

Dominic O. Vachon, M.Div, PhD
Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for
Compassionate Care in Medicine, College of Science,
University of Notre Dame

Michael J. Wargo
Hospice Foundation


Advisory Board

Jessica Bamber
Caregiver Homes

Ashlie Collier, JD
Collier Legal Co.

Donnie Johnson, MA, BCC
Goshen Hospital

Nicholas Kerr, DO
Beacon Medical Group
Palliative Care

Genevieve Lankowicz, MD
Saint Joseph Health System

Daniel Nafziger, MD, MS
Goshen Health


Ranae Obregon
Saint Joseph Health System

Bunmi Okanlami, MD, MBA, FAAP
Indiana University South Bend

Dale Patterson, MD
VPMA, Memorial Hospital

Susan Sandock, MSW, LCSW
Riverbend Cancer Services

Leah Schrock
REAL Services