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Our Mission

The Texas New Mexico Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (TNMHPO), grounded in hospice philosophy and standards, advocates excellence in services, promotes ethical practices, and fosters education and research. It assists its membership network to provide care that enhances the quality of life for patients and their families experiencing a life-limiting illness.

Who We Are

In the vast landscape of healthcare organizations, Texas New Mexico Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (TNMHPO) stands tall as a trailblazer. We proudly hold the distinction of being the largest and oldest organization in both Texas and New Mexico that directs its entire focus solely towards hospice and palliative care.

While others spread their efforts across various industries, TNMHPO remains steadfastly committed to the hospice and palliative care domain. Our exclusive dedication empowers us to provide you with unparalleled education, support, resources, and insights that transcend the norm.

TNMHPO was founded in 1983 as the Texas Hospice Organization, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, and is dedicated to promoting and maintaining quality compassionate care for the terminally ill and their families and to provide educational opportunities and assistance to the professionals who serve the terminally ill. In 1995 the New Mexico and Texas Hospice Organizations, recognizing a need for increased cooperation in a rapidly changing health care environment, agreed to a partnership whereby NMHO member hospices would become full members of THO. The joint organization evolved to make it apparent that both organizations were benefiting from the merger and in April, 1998 THO’s bylaws were amended to form one organization representing both states.


Brandie Baker_headshot_About Page
Brandie Baker, CAE

Executive Director

Keith Parker - About TNMHPO
Keith Parker, MBA

Director of Operations

Maxcine Tomlinson - About TNMHPO
Maxcine Tomlinson

Director of Governmental Relations

Nicole Lucero-Coleman - About TNMHPO
Nicole Lucero Coleman, MPA

Membership Director

Board of Directors

Kerry Arp, RN

Three Oaks Hospice (Provider)
2nd Term | Expires 2025

Zaundra Ellis

AXXESS, Dallas (Non-Provider)
1st Term | Expires 2025

Tommie Farrrell, MD, FAAHPM, HMDCB

Hendrick Hospice Care, Abilene (Provider Member)
2nd Term | Expires 2024

Justin Babin

Taos, NM (Provider)
1st Term | Expires 2026

Lorrie Griego

Albuquerque, NM
1st Term | Expires 2024

Demetress Harrell, MS, LBSW

Hospice in the Pines, Lufkin (Provider Member)
2nd Term | Expires 2025

Jose Juarez

La Mision Hospice & Palliative Care (Provider Member)
1st Term | Expires 2026

Rosalind Nelson-Gamblin

Consultant, Austin
(Non-Provider Member)
1st Term | Expires 2026

Jill Schuerman

Schuerman Business Consulting (Non-Provider)
2nd Term | Expires 2024

Steve Sepko

Crest Palliative Care
(Provider Member)
2nd Term | Expires 2024

Heather Veeder, MD

VITAS Healthcare
1st Term | Expires 2023

Board of Directors

Get Involved

  • Become a Member

    Join our network of over 320 hospices who enjoy benefits like conferences, virtual education, events, discounts on education and surveys, weekly updates on rules and regulations and referrals.

  • Attend the Annual Conference

    Join our annual hospice and palliative care conference for access to 40+ educational sessions, networking opportunities, and a variety of continuing education credits.

  • Join a Committee

    At TNMHPO, we believe that collective effort leads to profound change. Our committees are the backbone of our organization, and we invite you to become an integral part of our mission. Join committees like public policy, education, or membership by contacting us.

  • Join the Board of Directors

    Become a leader in shaping the future of TNMHPO and the hospice and palliative care industry. Join our esteemed Board of Directors and contribute your expertise to guide our organization towards excellence.

Education Subscription

The TNMHPO Education Subscription is for agencies who wish to provide on-demand education for the entire staff. This subscription is an add-on to a TNMHPO membership and can’t be purchased separately.

A TNMHPO Membership Plus Education Subscription gives members of the Texas New Mexico Hospice & Palliative Care Organization unlimited access to all archived online education for the entire year.  You can provide training to your current staff and utilize these educational opportunities for new employee orientation.  There are courses for every discipline on your hospice team and continuing education units and proof of attendance for Administrators, Nurses, Social Workers, and LPCs.

  • Over 100 recorded online training courses for all hospice disciplines
  • Eligible for Continuing Education Units
  • Customized certificates for CEUs
  • Available on-demand, on your schedule

The TNMHPO Education Subscription is 10% of your annual membership dues plus $650.  

When purchasing your membership, select the “Education Subscription” option in the drop down on the membership product page. 

Already a member? Contact our team directly to upgrade your membership.

For questions regarding our education subscription or its offerings, contact our Director of Operations, Keith Parker, at 512-956-0875 (voice and text) or email at kparker@txnmhospice.org.