Miranda Parker is the Executive Director at the Hospice Foundation of the South and the Hospice House. She has been with the foundation since starting as the Administrative Assistant in July of 2013. Miranda is a 2017 graduate of Pearl River Community College; receiving her Associates of Art with a focus on business and marketing, graduating on the Dean’s List. She graduated from Mississippi State University in December 2020 with a Bachelors of Interdisciplinary Studies; majoring in Business, Social Work, and Psychology.
Through her job and in her personal time, she enjoys supporting several organizations. She was mostly awarded the "Pearl Award" for community stewardship from the Leadership Slidell Northshore Alumni Association. Miranda was also recognized in December 2020 as Edge of the Lake Magazine's "40 Under 40" and was honored to be selected as the East St. Tammany Young Athena Leadership Award Recipient in November 2019. She is currently a Leadership St. Tammany class member, a Board Member for Leadership Northshore Alumni Association, on the Slidell Advisory Panel for Keesler Federal Credit Union, and an advisory member of Keep Slidell Beautiful; previously was the President of the Camellia City Kiwanis Club, is currently a member of the St. Tammany Chamber, East St. Tammany Business Alliance, a volunteer for Team Gleason and What You Give Will Grow and a Leadership Northshore class of 2018 graduate. She is also the co-founder of LOSS Love, a project that supplied care packages for child survivors of suicide in St. Tammany Parish.
She is the proud mother of three daughters.
Cheryl Joined the Hospice House in October 2018. Originally from Chalmette,
has been a resident of Slidell since 2004. Previously the Director of Open
Arms Community Center, part of Open Arms Ministries in Slidell which she
currently sits on the governing board. She has an associate’s degree in
merchandising and retail management from Nicholls State University where
she was a little sister for TKE fraternity. A graduate of Leadership Northshore
class of 2016. Co-directs Camp Bearable, grief camp for children, and
supports/volunteers for other non-profits in St. Tammany Parish. Member of
the Slidell Ministers Association, St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, East
St. Tammany Business Alliance, Social Services Network, Business
Leadership Network, and is VP of Membership with Professional Women of
She is married to Mark Scaglione, has two children: Reed and Mya, and her
Our board of directors are strictly volunteers that take time out of their lives to help with the organization and executive level decisions for the house. We would like to thank and recognize each member for their time and effort in making the Hospice House what it is today.
Mark Myers is an Attorney, Mediator and Arbitrator with his own Alternative Dispute Resolution company. Based in Southeast Louisiana, Mark regularly mediates and arbitrates throughout the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico. In addition to his civic service to the Hospice Foundation, Mark is a board member (former Chair) of Leadership Northshore, Chair of the Board of Commissioners of the Northshore Harbor Center, Treasurer (and former Chair) of the Board of Commissioners of the St Tammany Tourist & Convention Commission, and Chair of the Civil Service Board of Commissioners for St Tammany Fire Protection District No. 1. Professionally, he is the Chair of the ADR Council of the Louisiana State Bar Association and a member of the National Board of Directors of the Association of Attorney-Mediators. Mark is married to Vickie Myers, with 2 adult children, Sarah and Jacob.
Jane Rauch is a Retail Sales Merchandiser with The Hersheys Chocolate company. Jane started her journey with the Hospice House as an event volunteer. As a caregiver to her mother she understood the service and the support the Hospice House delivers to families. As her mother was reaching the final days of her life Jane reached out to us at Hospice House and we had a room available. Her mother was able to pass in peace and with dignity at the house. Jane and her family will forever be grateful for Hospice Foundation of the South!!!
Chris Kaufmann is the Fire Chief for St. Tammany Fire District #1 and has been with the department for over 30 years. He started his fire department career as a firefighter, and has risen through the ranks serving as Firefighter, Operator, Fire Inspector, Chief of Fire Prevention, and Chief of Administration before becoming Fire Chief in 2014. As Fire Chief, he oversees the full day to day operations which include an 18-million-dollar budget, and 168 employees.
Chris received an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Delgado Community College. He has also received numerous certifications within the field. Chris continues to learn and educate himself by attending seminars and classes.
Chief Kaufmann is involved in numerous community and charitable organizations. Chris has served as president of the St. Tammany Fire Chiefs Association. He is serving his 3rd term as chairman of the Board of Directors for United Way in St. Tammany and has been a board member for 14 years. He has also been a board member with STARC for 10 years and is currently the vice-president with the Hospice Foundation of the South, where he has been a board member for 10 years. In collaboration with the Junior Auxiliary of Slidell, Chris helped to create the outreach program “Know your child” in 2015.
Chris has been married to his wife Pam for over 30 years. They have two sons Blaine and Bryce. Chris enjoys spending time with his family, helping others through his non-profit work, and fitness.
Director of Business Development- Park Provence
Audrey brings years of experience, since 2002, into her role as the Director of Business Development at Park Provence. Described as the quintessential “hostess with the mostest” by all who know her, Audrey’s warm and welcoming demeanor makes Park Provence truly feel like home to residents, team members, and guests. Audrey graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, and served as an Executive Director, Regional Sales Director, and Business Development Director at other assisted living communities before becoming part of the Park Provence family. Audrey is extremely active within the Slidell community- the past President of the Northshore Alzheimer’s Association and current co-chair of the St. Tammany Walk to End Alzheimer's. She has served on the Executive Board of the Louisiana Assisted Living Association (LALA), and the Hospice Foundation of the South. A huge animal lover, Audrey has successfully turned Park Provence into an extremely pet-friendly community with the help of her beloved one-eyed pooch Chloe, who is a constant presence and comfort to the residents of Park Provence. Audrey resides in Slidell with her husband Johnny, with whom she shares four beautiful daughters.
Mike joined the Hospice Foundation board in 2002. He grew up in New Orleans and attended De La Salle High School. He graduated from Southern University Law Center, holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Southeastern Louisiana University, and a Public Administration degree from the University of Mississippi. Mike is currently In-House Counsel for the St Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. He and his wife, Sandy, live on the water in Lacombe, where they enjoy boating with their lab “Bella”, and are parishioners of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church.
CEO- Benedict's Plantation
Serving St.Tammany Parish for 48 years in the hospitality industry
Served on Lousiana Restaurant Association Board for 38 years.
Presently operating Benedict's Catering and Event Planning
Benedict's is one of the premier event centers in St. Tammany Parish
Cody dePascual is a Financial Services Specialist at Hancock Whitney Bank, specializing in consumer and small business deposits, loans, and investment services. This is his 7th year in the banking industry. Throughout the community, Cody supports several organizations, is a member of Leadership Northshore’s Class of 2020, and a co-founder of Slidell H2O- a project that is geared towards providing swim lessons to children in the surrounding areas. Cody is an alumnus of Southeastern Louisiana University, Class of 2015, and Archbishop Hannan High School, Class of 2011. Outside of work and his involvement in the community, Cody enjoys traveling with friends and spend quality time with family and his two dogs, Hurley and Fletcher.
Suzanne Polk Fox
Suzanne has been in the marketing and education publishing business for the last 33 years with a short stint as a Chocolatier in 2004, just in time to have her chocolate shoppe destroyed by hurricane Katrina in 2005. Back
to educational publishing in 2006, providing career education products to high schools and community colleges. In 2010 Suzanne and her husband, Greg, launched Inspire Health Magazine on a national level. In 2012 Suzanne launched Inspire Health Magazine to New Orleans and the Northshore. During the pandemic, the Fox team launched a Marketing Web site for small businesses to provide specialty marketing, a content web site to provide additional content to their publishers and a new career ed web site to provide more career ed products to schools. Her main focus today, aside from her national brands, is to support and promote “buy local” campaigns for small businesses through Inspire Health Magazine and Fox Marketing Solutions. She’s on the board of the Al Copeland Foundation for cancer research and loves supporting some of her other favorite non profits like Miracle Beauties, Hospice House and now the Rich Mauti Cancer Foundation.
Elizabeth Garland is the Outreach Coordinator for Start Corporation. Her primary role is to connect the most vulnerable members of our community with the physical and mental health services they may need in St Tammany and Orleans parishes.
She enjoys being an active member of our community through various organizations including Covington Business Association, Northshore Nonprofit Resource Roundup, Professional Women of St. Tammany, St Tammany Chamber of Commerce, and the St. Tammany Commission on Families.
When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and teenage son. Photography, thrifting, and reading are her favorite hobbies.
Matthew Hoffman is a Computer Technician for LEIDOS at Stennis Space Center. His history with Hospice House started with him volunteering in 2018 and has brought his 20 years of Technical expertise and high energy to the Hospice House family since then. He started his IT Career with the Air Force and has also worked in IT departments at SCP Pool Corporation, Audubon Engineering, The Louisiana Heart Hospital, and General Dynamics Information Technology. Matthew loves supporting the local community whenever he can.