The Health Communication Research Institute, Inc.

The Health Communication Research Institute, Inc. (HCRI, Inc.), a 501, (c), 3 nonprofit corporation, was founded in 1989 with a mission to improve communication around end-of-life issues and to reduce health disparities among underserved populations, including the homeless. Since 2015, the focus of HCRI, Inc. has been to establish Joshua's House, the first hospice house for those experiencing homelessness at the end of life on the West Coast.

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Board Chair

Board Chair Marlene von Friederichs-Fitzwater PhD
Company Affiliation The Health Communicaiton Research Institute, Inc.
Term 06/18/1989 to 01/01/2020

Board of Directors

Board Members
Name Affiliation
Jose Martinez
Vice President
HCRI, Inc.
Mary Hartman Morris
Julie Interrante
HCRi, Inc.
Holly Harper
Sutter Health
Kelly Brenk
Sutter Health
Diane Bush
The Creative Connection
David Earwicker
Carolyn Ramirez
UC Davis Health
Carol Serre
Kaiser Permanente
Anna Rosenbaum
American Cancer Society
Ashley Brand
Dignity Health
Cynthia Dunning
Sutter Health
Angela Gianulias
Dignity Health
Craig Dresang
Yolo Hospice
Kathy Herrfeldt
Home Care Assistance
Cherie Sianez
Mercy Hospice, Dignity Health
Erika Fatula
Volunteers of America
Charlotte Norton
UC Davis Health
Kathy Marty
UC Davis Health


Board Meeting Attendance % 83%
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 80%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12