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

Jesse Watson

Business Operations Manager

Physicians & Nurse Practitioners

Manish Sahni, MD

Medical Director

Gerald Asin, MD


Pamela Conn

Adult Nurse Practitioner

Enrique "Rick" Salazar

Nurse Practitioner



BSN, Registered Nurse

During my nursing career, I have had the privilege to care for medical, surgical, oncology, stroke and brain injury patients. I believe everyone deserves to be pain free, and be as comfortable as possible. Our patients should also feel loved and valued, be treated with respect and dignity, and more importantly, experience human kindness.

I am honored to be a member of this amazing team. Please take the time to stop and see the beauty in life along the way, and remember you never have to feel alone - human kindness exists.


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

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!



Registered Nurse

I began my nursing career in 1979, after working for two years on a MedSurg floor I gravitated to emergency Medicine, Intensive Care, Neonatal Intensive Care and then to Administration. 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.


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.

Brenda Medina


Licensed Practical Nurse

I’ve been a Licensed Practical Nurse for 10 years. I decided to work in hospice as that was my starting point when I first received my license. Hospice gives me a sense of fulfillment. I am very family oriented and love spending time with my kids and family. I never start or end my day without saying to them that I love them.


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.



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.



Hospice Aide

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.


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.


MSW / Social Worker

I am a recent graduate from NAU where I earned my Bachelor’s and Master's degrees in Social Work. I focused on this area of study because I am passionate about working with elderly and those who are terminally ill. Hospice Promise shares that same passion making them the best team for me to join.

In my free time I love dancing, hiking and going on adventures with my dog - especially to northern Arizona.

Heidi Postma


Hospice Liaison

I am a mother of 3 amazing, grown men and two grandbabies. Healthcare has been my passion for the past 7 years where I have enjoyed assisting individuals on their journey of health. My own father benefitted from Hospice, so I know firsthand how Hospice can make a huge difference in a patient’s life and their extended family.

Hospice Promise truly is a bright star in the valley of the sun. I feel honored to work alongside so many caring & talented individuals. I value being with my family and friends & have fun in whatever I do. Life is a gift!


Hospice Liaison

I've been in the media field since 2009 starting in the nursing field. It's been such a rewarding path and I still learn new things each day. Joining Hospice Promise is such a blessing, I'm honored and humbled to now be a part of this amazing team.

In my free time I enjoy cooking, singing and the city life while raising my daughter along side our two pups and cat. Life is a precious gift, I'm thankful.


Hospice Liaison

I'm a mom and gigi (grandma) to 7 kids and 9 grandkids. My husband and I have lived in Arizona for 18 years. I started in Hospice 10 years ago as a brand/PR director and fell in love with the hospice community and family. Hospice Promise is amazing! The staff and leadership live the mission statement - "Our commitment to you".

Hospice Promise offers compassionate, professional care to the community and I'm honored to be part of the dynamic team. In my free time I love to cook with my husband and grandkids, as well as visit my family in the Northwest.

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Hospice Liaison

I have been a social worker for 38 years and have often referred to the resource of hospice. I enjoy educating and coordinating services so all seniors in need can utilize the benefits.

In my free time I enjoy riding motorcycles and spending time with my dogs, best friend and family.


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.



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 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.

Cindy Zavala


Admissions Coordinator

I come from a Hospice background of over 6 years as an admissions coordinator. I joined Hospice Promise because I value their philosophy and principles. There is a very positive atmosphere, and the team feels like family.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family dining at a nice restaurant or out watching the latest marvel movies with my son.


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.


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.