Hospice Board

Heritage Hospice, Inc. board members

Board members are: Darren Taul, Chairman; Mike Denney, Vice Chairman; Debbie Sebastian, secretary; Traci Hatfield, treasurer; Don Carney, Calvin Denham, nominating chair; Doug Greenburg, Angela Todd; Beth Wesley, operations chair; Bruce Nichols; Donna Powell; Joyce Smiley; Darren Taul; Vickie Bottoms; Michael Denney; and Judy Adams.  

Darren Taul

Darren TaulDarren Taul, a veterinarian, is board chairman. He is the owner of Lancaster Veterinary Center in Garrard County, which recently was American Animal Hospital Association Accredited. He earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science at Western Kentucky and is a 1996 graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was fortunate to meet his wife while at Auburn. Stacey Burdick-Taul also is a veterinarian and co-owner of Animal Hospital of Nicholasville. When not working, his hobbies include golf, camping, and pretty much any outdoor activity. He serves on the Farmers National Bank Lancaster community service board and the Garrard Chamber of Commerce board.

Michael Denney

Michael DennyMichael Denney, minister at Lancaster Presbyterian Church, is vice chairman. He is knows the importance of involving hospice in end-of-life care. “In over 30 years of ministry and public service, I have had the opportunity to see hospice in action again and again. From working with chaplains and social workers to sitting with hospice volunteers as they share their work, I have been humbled by the compassion, commitment and caring of these wonderful people. Having an opportunity to serve on the Heritage Hospice board provides an opportunity to learn and serve the people of this community in a positive way. Most recently, my mother in law was in Hospice care in central Florida. The care that she received, the information that was shared and the relationships that were built through that experience is one that will never be forgotten.” A 1975 graduate of Pulaski County High School, Denney completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Florida Baptist College in 1979 and finished his Master of Religious Education degree while serving as a senior minister of a local congregation. In 1987, Michael and his wife, Cheryl, and their two children returned to Kentucky and he began working for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Denney began his career in state government as a staff trainer for the Department for Mental Health Services. Eight years later he transferred to the Division of Family Resource and Youth Services Centers where he completed nearly 20 years of service. During his tenure with the FRYSCs, he served for six years on the regional staff and almost 14 years in their central office in Frankfort. In October 2008, he was appointed by Governor Beshear to serve as the state director for the FRYSC program — a position he held until his retirement from state service. Denney has spoken in a wide variety of state, regional and national conferences and has served on various committees, work groups and councils. He has been received numerous awards, recognitions and honors for his work on behalf of families and children. Denney and his wife, Cheryl, moved to Lancaster upon his retirement from the state to serve as minister of the First Presbyterian Church — a position he has held since September 2013. The Denneys are have three grandchildren and are looking forward to the birth of their fourth grandchild in March of next year.

Traci Hatfield

Traci HatfieldTraci Hatfield is treasurer of Heritage Hospice’s Board of Directors. Her banking experience serves her well in this capacity. She is senior vice president, head of retail banking at Farmers National Bank in Danville. She and her husband, Paul, live in Harrodsburg. She completed courses at the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University, the Graduate School of Retail Banking at the University of Wisconsin and Mercer County High School. She has a son, Derek Scott Jones, a stepdaughter, Tara Burke, and a stepson, Tony Hatfield. Traci serves on the board in honor of her father and sister-in law who were both graciously served by Heritage Hospice in years past.

Deb Sebastian

Sebastian DebDeb Sebastian is secretary of Heritage Hospice's Board of Directors. She has been owner of Travel Leaders in Danville for the last 25 years. A 1983 graduate of Southeastern Travel Academy, she has been with Travel Leaders for 33 years. She and her husband, Anscin, have two adult children, Candice and Cody, and are grandparents of two boys. Sebastian, who is serving a second term on the board, says she is motivated by her family's personal experience with hospice. "My passion for hospice is directly linked to the care provided to both of my in-laws as they battled cancer," she says.

Doug Greenburg

Doug GreenburgDoug Greenburg is an attorney in Harrodsburg. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky Law School. He and his wife, Adele, have two children, David and Esther. David is a doctor in the Army at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. Esther Hayslett is a principal at Harlow Early Learning Center in Harrodsburg. Greenburg wanted to serve on the board “to help continue the good works of Heritage Hospice in our community.”

Angela Todd

Todd AngelaAngela Todd of Stanford is a licensed insurance agent with State Farm. She works there with her husband, Jason. They attend Stanford Christian Church where she is a former board chair and deacon and is currently serving as an elder. She has served on the Lincoln County Chamber for many years and is a former chairperson. She has been a part of the Lincoln County Distinguished Young Women Committee since 2000 and has served in many different positions including chairperson. She has served as the choreographer for many years. She is also a former local director in the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Organization. She is the founder of Jingle Bell Jog, a Stanford 5K that promotes Alzheimer’s awareness. The jog began in 2008 to raise money for the fight against Alzheimer’s. The Ashland native also has been involved with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s for many years. Her other community activities include Bringing Little Hearts Home and the United Way. She agreed to be a part of the Heritage Hospice Board because she felt “it is an extension of my work with the Alzheimer's Association.”

Don Carney

Don CarneyDon Carney of Burgin is a retired banker. He is a Willisburg High School graduate and served four years in the Air Force. Don is married to Barbara and has two children and guardianship of another child. He has four grandchildren. Don is a running enthusiast and also enjoys motorcycling. He traces his devotion to hospice to when his father was served in 1976.

Joyce Smiley

Joyce SmileyJoyce Smiley of Lancaster is a retired teacher. She holds a master’s degree in education and taught home economics at Garrard County High School. She is a deacon at the Presbyterian Church of Stanford. She has two children, a son and daughter, who live in Lexington. She has three grandchildren. She enjoys working with Habitat for Humanity, playing bridge and cooking. Smiley’s husband was served by hospice when he was a patient at Markey Cancer Center. “I just would really like to help and be part of it because they do great things.”

 Donna Powell

Donna PowellDonna Powell is a retired Garrard County educator, former acting Mayor of Lancaster, and Special Assistant to the Garrard County Judge Executive. She and her husband, Bobby, a former longtime Heritage Hospice Board member, have been married for 50 years and live in Lancaster. They are the parents of two children, John, who is a Lexington attorney, and Karen, a college women’s basketball coach in Massachusetts. They have two granddaughters. Donna has a B.S. and M.A. from Eastern Kentucky University and taught school for over 30 years. She is an Elder in the Lancaster Presbyterian Church, Vice Chair of the Ephraim McDowell Foundation Board, a member of the Bluegrass ADD Board, and active in numerous other local and regional organizations. Donna’s mother in-law and father-in-law were both served by Heritage Hospice and she was able to see first-hand the compassionate care they received. Donna says, “ I’m proud to be a part of such a worthwhile organization, and honored to serve on the Board.” Bruce Nichols Bruce Nichols is from Detroit , where he lived 22 years. After graduating college in 1971, he moved to Memphis. He also has lived in Tupelo, Miss., Huntsville, Ala., and Jackson, Tenn., before moving to Danville in June 1980. He has worked in banking for more than 20 years and is senior vice president and commercial lender at Community Trust Bank. He and his wife, Deborah, have two sons, Justin and Jacob Nichols. Justin is with Robinson-Hughes-Christopher CPAs and Jacob is a sophomore at University of Kentucky. Nichols became familiar with hospice when his father, Clarence Nichols of Paris, Tenn., was a patient in 1998.

Beth Wesley

Beth WesleyBeth Wesley, a Garrard native, is Lancaster city attorney. After graduating from Garrard County High School in 2001, Wesley went to University of Louisville. She completed her law degree in 2008 at Brandeis University. She was admitted to the bar in 2008 and started practicing in Liberty in 2009 before returning to Garrard. She also has a private practice in Lancaster.She is the daughter of William C. Wesley and Cindy Simpson, both of Lancaster. She serves as an alumni ambassador for U of L to try and recruit students. She is an active member of the Lancaster United Methodist Church,. A volunteer lawyer for Volunteer Lawyers of Appalachian Kentucky, she was named the organization’s volunteer lawyer of the year in 2010. Her mother is a nurse practitioner and was a nurse with hospice at one time. “She has always expressed her admiration and pride at being part of an organization like hospice and that is really where my interest has come from.”

Judy Adams

Judy AdamsJudy Adams, a former board chairman, has returned to the board. She is enjoying retirement after a long career in the banking industry. After transferring from Berea College to Eastern Kentucky University, she earned a bachelor’s degree in office services administration. She worked at The National Bank (now First Southern) from 1976 to 1987. She was an executive assistant at Farmers National Bank where she worked from 1993 to until her 2014 retirement. In addition to her work with the Heritage Hospice board, she is a member of the Garrard County Public Library’s Advisory Board, the Owsley House Foundation Board, is a deacon at First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster and past chairman of the Garrard County Chamber of Commerce. She has one son and one grandson.

Vickie Bottoms

Vickie BottomsVickie W. Bottoms has been in banking 25 years. A Leslie County native, Bottoms moved to the Mercer County community in 1985 after graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Law. She is a member of Southside Christian Church and has been involved with numerous community boards and programs in the area. She and her husband, Richie, live in Mercer County and have two adult sons, Caleb (Emily) and Michael. Bottoms says she looks forward to serving as a board member for Heritage Hospice, which provides support to patients and families in Mercer, Boyle, Garrard and Lincoln counties. "I consider it a privilege to be a member of the Heritage Hospice board. It is an honor to participate in an organization that touches our community in such a special and supportive way at a time when support is most needed.”