Hospice of the North Coast (HNC) is pleased to welcome Russ Hanthorn to its Board of Directors.
Hanthorn, a Carlsbad resident, formerly served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 30 years: 23 years in active duty and seven years in reserve. He was recognized as 1988 “Military Person of the Year” by the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, on whose board he served during the mid-1980s. He also has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Carlsbad for nearly three decades.
Hanthorn has put his expertise and empathy to good use in an array of educational capacities. He served as a Junior ROTC instructor at public school districts and pursued other youth work, including service as the resident director of a youth home for 36 dependent and deprived children. He continues working with youth as chair of his Rotary district’s youth exchange committee and as co-chair of Carlsbad’s annual Veteran’s Day ceremony, a joint effort between Rotary and the Army and Navy Academy.
Hanthorn says he feels a strong bond with HNC on several levels. He confides, “My father and two other family members were ‘on hospice’ before they died. I’m a big believer in what hospice is and does, and I’m very supportive of the many ways in which Hospice of the North Coast contributes to our community.”
He reports, “My focus on the Board will be working with the military community and veterans so that we can fully serve their needs.”
HNC Executive Director Nerice Kaufman states, “HNC now partners with the ‘We Honor Veterans’ hospice program that aims to help those who have served our country. Russ will be an ideal ambassador reaching out to the many military families here in North County. We have much to offer in terms of programs and services, and Russ will be key in making these known to both active and retired military. We feel privileged to have him on our Board.”
Nonprofit Hospice of the North Coast was established in 1980 to fill the need for comprehensive, compassionate hospice care in North County San Diego. Since its inception, it has grown in services, staff and clients; it currently provides a full spectrum of programs to terminally ill clients and their families, including bereavement support. To fulfill its mission of maintaining dignity, comfort and highest quality of life for those it serves, regardless of ability to pay, HNC hosts fundraising events, operates a family support camp and resale shop, and maintains a cadre of volunteers.
Taken from a Hospice of the North Coast press release.