Board of Directors, Leadership, Medical Directors, & Teams

Board of Directors

Chair Linda McGrath
Frohm, Kelley, Butler, & Ryan, PC

Vice-Chair Richard Hotchkin
Senior Pastor
St. John’s United Church of Christ

Treasurer Jay Lindsey
Retired Supervisor
DTE Energy

Secretary Nigar Hussain
Community Member

Angela DeLaere, MBA, FACHE
President & CEO
Visiting Nurse Association & Blue Water Hospice

Tina Fraley
Service Specialist
State of Michigan – DHHS

Laura Godwin
Director & Aftercare Coordinator
Pollock Randall Funeral Home

Mary Jarad
Community Member

Lisa Moore
Direct Care Coordinator
Lake Huron Medical Center

Ann Murphy
Retired Educator
Port Huron Area School District

Justin Neil
Justin Neil & Associates

Alice Rieves
Retired Executive Director
Mid-City Nutrition

Leadership Team

Executive Leadership

Senior Leadership


Heidi Benner

Volunteer Coordinator

Brenda DeBell, LPN

Liaison Supervisor

Jennica Kelly, RN

Quality Coordinator

Barb Lavery, RN

Home Health Care Clinical Supervisor

Mariah Marone

Revenue Cycle Supervisor

Janet McCallum

Private Duty Services Supervisor

Waneta Reckker, RN

Hospice Clinical Supervisor

Medical Directors

Dr. Anil Patel, Medical Director

Anil Patel, MD, has over 35 years of medical experience. His practice in Port Huron, Michigan, specializes in geriatric and internal medicine. Dr. Patel graduated in 1972 from the University of Mumbai/Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College. He has been the Medical Director of Visiting Nurse Association and Blue Water Hospice since 1994, as well as Blue Water Hospice Home since its opening in 2012. He is currently on-staff at McLaren Port Huron hospital and Lake Huron Medical Center.

Dr. Rajat Prakash, Associate Medical Director

Rajat Prakash, MD, graduated from India in 1991. He then completed an internship at Stobhill General Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland. He completed his residency at Victoria Hospital in Blackpool, England. In 1995, he came to the United States. Since completing a residency in internal medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit in 1998, Dr. Prakash has been practicing hospital medicine. In 2003, he moved to Port Huron, Michigan, and is currently on-staff at McLaren Port Huron hospital, and Lake Huron Medical Center. Dr. Prakash is board certified in hospital medicine.

Dr. Edmond Fitzgerald, Hospice Physician

Edmond Fitzgerald, MD, is an internal medicine specialist in Port Huron, Michigan. He has been practicing for 58 years. He graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1955.

Our Teams