Our Team

Providing compassionate end-of-life care and making a positive difference
in the lives of our patients, their families and our community.


Deborah Horning

Chief Executive Officer

Kim Van De Ven

Clinical Director

Maryann Tarango

Director of Human Resources

Physicians & Nurse Practitioners

Manish Sahni, MD

Medical Director

Gerald Asin, MD


Pamela Conn

Adult Nurse Practitioner

Enrique "Rick" Salazar

Nurse Practitioner



BSN, Registered Nurse

I love everything about nursing - and I have been at it for over 40 years! I joined Hospice Promise because I appreciate the owner, her values, and her philosophy of patient care. In my free-time I like to take in God’s wonder – and catch-up on sleep!



Registered Nurse

Nursing has been a great career for me and I have learned much from those I’ve worked with. For the last 4/12 years I have been privileged to work with hospice and recently joined Hospice Promise team as a Case manager. I was drawn to hospice promise after hearing of their excellence from a friend. This is an amazing team filled with professionals who put our patients and their families first! I have 4 children, 5 grandchildren and a turtle(: In my spare time I enjoy traveling with my wife, playing with my grandchildren and going to movies.


Registered Nurse

I spent over 30 years working in critical care and psych care. I joined Hospice Promise with a strong desire to help provide comfort at end-of-life, and also allow patients to remain as alert as possible so they can be interactive with their family.

I love cats, dogs and people – and I have 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. I also drive a big truck!


RN / Case Manager

I have worked in the medical field since 1990. I started as a respiratory therapist and became a registered nurse in 2002. I have worked in the ICU, CVICU and Emergency Department. I was first exposed to hospice when my mother became ill and placed on hospice. After that experience, I felt a strong calling to help families in the way that my family was helped. The team approach at Hospice Promise is second to none. In my free time I enjoy working out, and spending time with my wife, family and dogs!



RN / Case Manager

With over 30 years of nursing experience, it was important to me to join an organization where treating patients and their loved ones with respect and dignity is foremost. I appreciate the interdisciplinary approach to patient-centered care that Hospice Promise offers each of the unique patients in their care. Hospice Promise has a truly strong commitment to those they serve. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, hiking, and anything outdoors with my family and dog, Cody.



RN / Case Manager

I became an LPN in June 2020 and worked at a skilled nursing facility and community health center. I have also served as an RN Extern and new grad RN at Banner Del Webb. Hospice Promise welcomed me to their team in September 2022 and I am proud to be a part of the dedicated team of people that are committed to serving our patients, families, and community.  Nursing has been a lifelong passion of mine and I am finally where I have always felt a calling to, hospice care. In my free time I love spending time with my family, cooking, baking, and exploring beautiful Arizona’s back roads.


Licensed Practical Nurse

My passion for Hospice started in Louisiana where I became an LPN and worked on the Telemetry floor. During my time there I worked with a variety of patients, hospice being some of them. One particular patient didn’t have any family to comfort her so my team and I did what we could to comfort and care for her. That was when I knew hospice was what I would do for the rest of my nursing career. In my free time I enjoy photography, poetry, hiking and traveling.



Licensed Practical Nurse

I have been a nurse for 19 years and working in Hospice for about 16 years. Hospice is deeply rewarding to be the one helping facilitate closure between patients and their loved ones. I chose Hospice Promise because everyone on the team has a voice and plays an equal part in surrounding the patient and family with all aspects of care. Our team is incredibly special!

Chris Lehman


Licensed Practical Nurse

I have been a nurse since 2005. I found my “golden thread” in hospice care. Helping patience and family find love and dignity at the end of life has been very rewarding. I am very grateful and happy to be a part of the Hospice Promise team. In my free time I enjoy playing the bagpipes (it’s a Scottish thing) and I have been known to tinker with cars.


Certified Nursing Assistant

I have been a CNA for 8 years and I must say that Hospice Promise is the best company I have ever worked for. Hospice Promise not only cares for their patients, they care for their employees. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my family and taking trips.


Certified Nursing Assistant

I have been a nursing assistant since 2016, and this is my first time working for a hospice. I am so grateful to have come across such an amazing company. Hospice Promise does an amazing job of taking care of patients when they need it most. And they also do a great job making sure everyone on the team feels at home.

In my free time I enjoy coffee dates with my girlfriends and movie nights with the family.

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Certified Nursing Assistant

I have been an aide for six years and I have to say that Hospice Promise is the best company I have ever worked for. Hospice Promise isn’t just a team of workers, it’s a family. In my free time, I enjoy coffee and taking my grandparents out almost every Saturday.


Certified Nursing Assistant

I previously worked as a certified nursing assistant in skilled nursing facilities. What drew me to hospice care - and especially to Hospice Promise - is the opportunity to provide one-on-one care to my patients, and to be able to put their needs above everything else.

In my free time, I enjoy swimming and spending time with my children.


LMSW / Social Worker

Over the last several years I have worked with the City of Phoenix Early Head Start Program as a developmental specialist, in housing support for survivors of domestic violence, as a case manager for Severely Mentally Ill adults, and as a child and family therapist. My goal with Hospice Promise is to provide support for families, allowing them to spend more valued time with their loved ones.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wonderful wife and son as well as going on adventures on my bike in the Arizona desert.


BASW / Social Worker

I recently moved here from Yuma, Arizona searching for a Hospice that would help fulfill my role as a social worker. What drew me to Hospice Promise was the care and passion the team and owner showed to their patients, each other, and there community. In my free time I spend time with my family and enjoy staying in.


Hospice Liaison

I’m very passionate about healthcare and helping the many families in need. I have 30+ years combined experience in the healthcare field working as a respiratory therapist providing patient care to successfully building multiple home health companies and holding leadership roles as an Account Executive in both hospice and home health.


Hospice Liaison

I joined the healthcare field after 12 years if military service. I feel a deep connection to hospice because of my grandfather who passed without it. My goal is to ensure everyone receives the care they need. Happiness and comfort at the end of life is the right of all people.


Hospice Liaison

I’ve been in the medical field for over 10 years. My father’s passing six years ago was my first personal interaction with hospice. They were such an amazing support for my family and I after his passing. This made me want to be a part of this process for others going through the same ordeal. In my free time I love to be with my dogs and go hiking.


Hospice Liaison

I’ve worked for over 30 years in sales and marketing while finding a passion within hospice. Having been raised by my grandmother and going through the end-of-life journey with her, I love bringing the hospice education and comfort to families in need. In my free time I like spending time with my family and doing yoga and meditation.


Hospice Liaison

My passion has been to help people find their voice and live their best life. Working with Hospice Promise was easy as they help people live their final days with dignity and grace. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my kids, hiking, working out and traveling.



Volunteer Coordinator

I have worked in healthcare in some capacity for many years and have found a passion in volunteer management. It is a joy to see the impact that the volunteers and patients have on each other’s life. I joined Hospice Promise because I wanted to move to Arizona and from the beginning, I could tell that everyone here is dedicated to our patients and their care. It is a bonus that right away the team felt like family and the environment felt like home. In my free time I like to spend time with my partner. We enjoy playing both table-top and video games. When we have a chance, we like to get out and explore our surroundings, we love a local brewery and great food.


Admissions Coordinator

I’m new to the healthcare industry, but I'm happy my first experience is with Hospice Promise. It feels like a family and I am rewarded every day knowing all our patients are happy and being well taken care of. In my free time I enjoy singing and dancing, as well as spending time with my fiancé and two puppies, Molly & Sally.


Admissions Coordinator

I have worked at Hospice Promise since the doors first opened. Our team does an amazing job meeting the needs of our patients and their families. The care we provide warms my heart and makes me proud of where I work.

My husband and I are blessed with a beautiful baby boy, and we also have two dogs which keeps our home fun and busy.


Human Resource Coordinator

I have previously worked as a companion aide and as a nurses’ aide, and I have run my own pet care business. Here at Hospice Promise, I am able to play a part in helping people when they need it most. I also enjoy working with my sister Deborah - the owner of Hospice Promise.

My husband and I are the proud parents of our teenage son. We recently moved here from Buffalo, NY and WE LOVE ARIZONA.


Environmental Engineer

I worked previously as the manager of convenience stores in Minnesota, so you see a lot of crazy things in that business. Since moving to Phoenix, I appreciate working at Hospice Promise in a family-oriented business.

In my free-time I enjoy driving on long trips and firing-up the grill for some burgers & BBQ.


MDiV - Chaplain (Bilingual)

I have been a pastor for over 25 years because I love people and I want the very best for them. I have written two books, and I have great relationships with many of our community leaders. At Hospice Promise, every team member cares for our patients as they would for members of their own family. It is so rewarding to see how my coworkers love our patients and always do the best for them.