Meet the Authors

Our bloggers represent a wide range of Covenant Hospice’s family and friends. Our authors share a love of our organization and a passion for sharing Covenant’s mission with others. Get to know more about us here!

Rev. Curtis Jetton, MDiv, Regional Chaplain – Covenant HospicePastor Curtis is in his fifth year with Covenant Hospice and fourteenth in full-time ministry. He serves in Niceville, Florida as the Regional Chaplain for the Crestview, Niceville, and Panama City Branches of Covenant Hospice. He is an avid reader and runner, so you may catch him with a Kindle in hand or running shoes afoot! He is husband to Anna and a father of four, so you may also find him driving a mini-van. Aside from his chaplain service with Covenant, Pastor Curtis is a chaplain in the United States Air Force Reserves attached to Eglin AFB, Florida and teaching pastor at Grace Life Fellowship. Browse Curtis’ posts.
Dr. Herbert Gannon Dr. Herbert Gannon, Medical Director – Covenant HospiceHerb Gannon, Jr. was born and reared in Enterprise, Alabama by two faithful parents and was the oldest of three sons. He graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. After graduation Herb attended the University of Alabama Medical School in Birmingham where he was president of the medical school senior class and SGA. He then completed a four year residency in obstetrics and gynecology, also in Birmingham, and served as Chief Resident during his final year. Herb began his OB-GYN practice after moving to Dothan, Alabama. Through the years this practice grew to a nine man partnership and is still actively functioning at this time. During his last ten years in practice, he was nominated and selected by his colleagues to the national organization, Best Doctors in America. After a short “retirement” Herb applied and was accepted for a position opening in Covenant Hospice. These past four years with this superb organization has allowed him to serve patients at their end of life and make new friends and associates with similar caring ideals for hospice patients. Herb and his wife have been blessed with a lifelong marriage, two well adjusted, grown children and six growing grandchildren. Browse Dr. Gannon’s posts.
Holly Herring, MS, APRN, Director of Children and Family Support Services – Covenant Hospice

 
Holly Herring completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2001. She begin her pediatric nursing career at Hemby Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC. Interested in learning more about the experience children and their families faced during a bone marrow transplant, Holly accepted a position as a travel nurse at Duke University Pediatric Bone Marrow Unit. After marrying her husband, who is an active duty service member, she moved to Key West, FL, discovering her second love, palliative and hospice care. The military lead her family to Buffalo, NY, where she completed a Master’s in Science of Palliative Nursing from Deamen College. While completing her Master’s degree, Holly implemented a Pain and Palliative Care Program at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, VA. Finally moving to Pensacola, FL in 2009, where she began working with Covenant Hospice. Holly is the Director, Children and Family Support Services which oversees the Partners In Care: Together For Kids (PIC TFK) Program, Children’s Bereavement Services, Family Support Services, Camp Monarch, and the Butterfly Bag Program. Since joining Covenant Hospice, Holly has successfully implemented a community based pediatric palliative care program in the Tallahassee area. Holly is an active member of the Initiative for Pediatric Palliative Care national faculty group. She is also serving on the PIC TFK Steering Committee, and an active Steering Committee member of the newly forming Florida Pediatric Palliative Consortium. Browse Holly’s posts.
Joy Joy Tesei, Volunteer – Covenant Hospice

 
My name is Joy Tesei and I’ve been volunteering with Covenant for 1 year and 10 months. I absolutely love it. I have been blessed to see many aspects of Covenant as a patient family, 11th hour, ambassador, military ambassador, and bereavement volunteer. Covenant has given me more than I could possibly ever have imagined. I recently applied to several Physician Assistant programs and am waiting to find out if I get accepted into one of them. In the interim, I am editing the manuscript of my novel and learning to play the harp. I enjoy Bikram hot yoga, running, cycling and doing anything outdoors. Browse Joy’s posts.
Volunteer Services Manager Keelea LeJeune Keelea LeJeune, BA, Volunteer Services Manager – Covenant Hospice and Alzheimer’s Family ServicesKeelea LeJeune is the Volunteer Services Manager for Covenant Hospice and Alzheimer’s Family Services in Pensacola, FL. She’s worked in the not for profit field for 11 years, and over 7 of those years have been spent at Covenant Hospice. Keelea can often be heard proclaiming that she has the best job at Covenant Hospice because she has the opportunity to have a hand in helping out with patients and families, community events and fundraisers, working alongside the amazing staff at both Covenant Hospice and Alzheimer’s Family Services, and of course, with Covenant and AFS’s group of volunteers…the heart and soul of our organization. Keelea’s primary responsibilities at both Covenant and AFS include recruiting and training new volunteers, organizing manpower for our community events and fundraisers, and the Covenant Hospice Teen Volunteer Program. Keelea enjoys volunteering her own time in the community and is very active in groups such as the Pensacola Young Professionals and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, in addition to the volunteer work she does at both Covenant Hospice and AFS. For recreation, Keelea likes to enjoy all that Pensacola has to offer…from downtown to the beach and everything in between. A Louisiana native, she also enjoys traveling back home often for LSU and Saints football, hunting, and spending time with her friends and family. Browse Keelea’s posts.
Tiffany Campion, Director of Communications – Covenant Hospice
As part of the marketing team, I am responsible for developing and maintaining positive internal and external communications for Covenant Hospice. I graduated cum laude from Missouri State University with a B.S. in Public Relations/Communications. My experience working in health care sales and marketing has prepared me well for this role and I most enjoy connecting with patients and families and telling their stories. When I tell people I work for Covenant Hospice, they are often saddened and ask me if it’s gloomy and depressing. My reaction to that is always, “absolutely not!” This gives me the chance to teach others about hospice and what a gift it is to families and patients. Since the concept and practice of hospice is still very young, we take many opportunities to educate others on our mission of “adding life to days when days can no longer be added to life.” I am so grateful to be surrounded by such beautiful coworkers, patients, and families that make my work very rewarding and I am so happy we can share our stories with you through this blog. I am from Peoria, Illinois and married my brilliant husband, John, in 2008. We have a Yorkshire terrier named Chewy and live close to the beach in Navarre, Florida. When I am not working I enjoy baking, traveling, running, and spending time with family. Browse Tiffany’s posts.
Brian Ranelli, Special Projects Manager – Covenant HospiceAs a native of Pensacola, it has been a privilege to have grown up enjoying what surely must be one of the world’s most beautiful beaches and I’m pleased to continue to live and work in a community that is on the move. Otherwise, happiness is spending time with friends and family. Professionally, I have learned much through several internships at Baptist Health Care, Medi Home Health, and Lakeview Center while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of West Florida before beginning what I have found to be a wonderful journey with Covenant Hospice. Now, almost a year and a half later, I describe my experiences in such a way because it has truly been rewarding to work alongside so many extraordinary individuals who care for their patients and families with remarkable love and kindness coupled with profound expertise and professionalism. Along with business related responsibilities, I continue to be passionate about serving veterans. As my friend Jack Raiser, a World War II Veteran asserted, “freedom isn’t free, just remember the sacrifices made by the heroes who have served our country, especially the ones under the white crosses.” With such a powerful statement, I’ll close by encouraging all Covenant Staff and Volunteers to continue recognizing and serving Veterans in such meaningful ways and please contact me at any time with questions, comments, or suggestions in regards to this initiative. Browse Brian’s posts.
 
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