At Hospice of the Golden Isles, we are proud to offer our patients and families the highest quality care, governed by our expert team of hospice professionals.

Our Leadership Team

Paula Di Landro, MS, LMHC, CCM – Executive Director

Paula joined the Hospice of the Golden Isles team as the Executive Director in June of 2021. She received a bachelor’s degree in economics/management science, a master’s in human services and has been a Brunswick resident since January of 2020.

Paula’s early work as a crisis counselor was focused on improving the mental health and wellness of at-risk youth. Subsequent case management efforts with Morton Plant Mease Healthcare in Clearwater, Florida afforded her the opportunity to support patients and families utilizing skilled nursing and adult living facilities. In 2002, she joined one of the state’s largest hospice organizations, Suncoast Hospice, where she was the director of their family services programs, the program manager for children and family services, and a family counselor in Clearwater. Paula supervised a team of 45 nurses, case managers, and social workers. In 2014, she joined Clearwater’s BayCare Health System as their Director of Hospital Care Coordination and Social Services, providing direct supervision and leadership coaching to 55 clinical staff including social workers and registered nurses, as well as psychosocial care for the hospital’s patients, and assisting in complex discharge cases for skilled nursing and adult living facilities.

Last year, she joined Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Tampa as their Executive Director with oversight of 140 interdisciplinary team members and the organization’s operational success. Paula is a certified case manager (CCM), a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and is a current member of the Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Association (GHPCA) and Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association (SMHCA).

Susan Conway, RN, BSN – Chief Clinical Officer

Susan Conway has worked at HGI in various capacities since the fall of 2015 and brings tremendous clinical and leadership expertise to her position. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Colby Sawyer College in New London, NH in 1987. Susan previously served as Director of Inpatient Services at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre, South Dakota where she was responsible for the operations of the Med/Surg, Intensive Care, Pediatric, Swing Bed and Kidney Dialysis Units. She also coordinated the Social Services and Case Management Departments. Susan is a member of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

Jamie Burriss, MBA-Chief Financial Officer

Jamie Burriss is the Chief Financial Officer for Hospice of the Golden Isles and joined the organization in 2017. She is a native of Michigan and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a major in Criminal Justice, with minors in Substance Abuse Counseling and Business Administration from Northern Michigan University. After moving to Georgia in 2004, she decided to begin working on another degree. She holds a Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Brenau University.

Jamie has an extensive background in finance, marketing, business management, and providing service excellence to employees, patients, and the families. Bringing over twelve years of experience to HGI, she most recently served as Business Office Director and Service Excellence Facilitator at St. Simons By the Sea. Prior to, she was employed as the Director of Accounting with Morningstar Children and Family Services. Though in a business role, Jamie strives to be involved in helping the patients and their families know that they are loved and cared for. 

Dr. John Shaner – Chief Medical Officer

Dr. John Shaner has served as Hospice of the Golden Isles full-time Physician Chief Medical Officer since 2010. Double-board certified in Hospice & Palliative Medicine and Internal Medicine, Dr. Shaner brings over 35 years of experience to our hospice and community. Dr. Shaner is committed to providing expert pain and symptom management for patients to promote comfort and quality of life.

Dr. Shaner was Board Certified in Geriatrics from 1994-2004 but did not recertify in order to pursue Hospice and Palliative Medicine Boards. As a former Nursing Home Medical Director, he is knowledgeable about the nursing care regulations and how they interface with hospice to achieve optimal care and compliance.

Gail Shiroky, RN, BSN, CHPN – Home Team Patient Care Administrator

Gail Shiroky is a native of Glynn County. She is a graduate of Glynn Academy and received her Nursing Degree from Brunswick College in 1991. Gail earned her Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing Certificate in December of 2011. She has been in her role as Home Team Patient Care Coordinator since 2008. During this time, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Gail has been in nursing for over 24 years. This diverse background includes time working in an Intensive Care Unit, in Home Infusion Therapy, as a Special Procedures RN, as a Hematology/Oncology RN and as a Radiation Nurse. In addition, she has experience as an OB/GYN nurse.

Tarsia Palmer, RN, BSN, CHPN – Patient Care Administrator

Tarsia Palmer joined Hospice of the Golden Isles in 2011. She graduated in 1995 from Brunswick College with a certificate in Practical Nursing, then from Coastal Georgia Community College in 1997 with an Associate Degree in Nursing and then from Georgia Southern University in 2011 with her RN-BSN degree. Tarsia is also a certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse.

Prior to joining the team at Hospice of the Golden Isles, Tarsia spent 9 years as an Emergency Department nurse at Southeast Georgia Health System and Candler/St. Joseph’s Health System – Candler Campus in Savannah. She also worked as a nurse at the McIntosh County Youth Detention Center and the McIntosh County School System.

Key Personnel

Whitney Bounds, Bereavement Coordinator

Whitney Bounds brings more than six years of experience in trauma, crisis, and grief counseling to Hospice of the Golden Isles. She has worked with at-risk children and families in Glynn and Camden counties in a non-profit setting as well as with survivors of domestic violence. Previously she worked with geriatric hospice patients as part of a Medicaid Diversion program in Florida for four years.

Whitney has a bachelor’s degree in health services administration from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas and is a member of the Phi Alpha honors society. She specializes in grief and bereavement therapy, and counseling Hispanic children and families. Her passion is serving Hospice patients and their families while providing culturally competent services to those in need.

Amy Broderick, Development and Community Relations Manager 

After a personal experience with Hospice of the Golden Isles, Amy found a way to “give back” by joining the board of the Auxiliary of HGI in 2009. In her two years as fundraising chair, the organization raised more than $150,000 for HGI. Amy jokes that she volunteered her way into a full-time position at the hospice in 2011. Amy has always been involved in the community and has been on various area non-profit boards including serving on the board of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce since 2013 and as Vice Chair of Communications and Special Projects since 2014.

Amy has a 25-year background in sales, marketing and community relations and uses these skills to educate the community about the services available with our incomparable non-profit hospice.

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