Hope Leadership

Samira K. Beckwith

Samira K. Beckwith has served as president and CEO of Hope Healthcare Services for more than two decades. She has managed its growth from an organization caring for 100 patients a day to one that now serves more than 2,000 individuals.

Beckwith also serves as chair of the National Hospice Foundation Board of Directors and is a National Hospice Work Group founding director. She also serves on the American Society of Pain Educators Board of Directors, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Board of Directors and is the founder and president of Florida PACE Association. Beckwith previously served as president and Excellence Initiative chair for Florida Hospices and Palliative Care, was a member of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Statewide Leadership Council and was appointed to Florida’s Long-Term Care Policy Council and Health Care Transition Team. She was also appointed by the Florida House of Representatives to serve on the state’s Purple Ribbon Task Force to address Alzheimer’s disease.

In addition to all her efforts on behalf of the organization – including speaking engagements and service on the boards of numerous national and state professional organizations – Beckwith serves as a host for the annual Celebration of Reading in Southwest Florida and raised funds for the Red Cross as the winning contestant in their StarStruck event.

Beckwith earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Ohio State University and has been recognized for her leadership, career accomplishments and commitments to diversity. She has earned the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, The Ohio State Alumni Association’s Medalist Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, an honorary doctoral degree from Southwest Florida College and the Gulfshore Business FACE Award.

See Samira's interview with WGCU for "Makers: Women Who Make Southwest Florida."

Carol P. Conway

Carol P. Conway is Chief of Mission Support for Hope HealthCare Services. She is responsible for the management of sales, marketing, development, community outreach, and volunteer coordination for the organization. In addition, Conway is founder of CRS Technology Consultants and has held positions with IBM, Market Herman Miller Inc., Tidemark Inc., and Andrew Corporation.

Conway was selected by Congressman Porter Goss to represent Southwest Florida at the National Small Business Conference in Washington D.C.; was the national recipient of the Blue Chip Enterprise Initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Mass Mutual and National Business magazine; and earned the honor of Cape Coral Small Business of the Year, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral.

Conway serves as Director for the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Advisory Board for Florida Gulf Coast University’s College of Business. She previously served as Director for Susan G. Komen SW Florida Affiliate; United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades; and the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce.

Involved in a number of philanthropic endeavors, Conway has been named Volunteer of the Year by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce; Industry Appreciation Award Winner by the Lee County Office of Economic Development; Computer Technology Industry Association Silver Award of Excellence; Small Business Administration’s Small Business Person of the Year by the State of Florida; and Industry Appreciation Award Winner – Small Business Category.

As a technology columnist, Conway has been published in Business People, Nation’s Business Magazine, Inc., Florida Trend, Kiplingers, Gulfshore Life, Ethics Matter, Florida Small Business and Big Vision, Small Business.

Luis Cortes, DO

Dr. Luis Cortes is the Chief of Medical Services at Hope HealthCare Services, where he is responsible for the Medical Services Department, supervising all physicians and ARNP's and providing palliative care consultations.

Dr. Cortes holds a doctorate of osteopathic medicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, a master’s from Barry University and a bachelor’s from the University of Puerto Rico.

Dr. Cortes has extensive experience in hospice care as a physician with several top-notch facilities in Fort Lauderdale, where he was responsible for inpatient palliative care and the medical management for home care patients. He previously served as Vice-Chairperson for the Department of Family Medicine at Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, as well as a diplomat of the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practitioners.

Fluent in English and Spanish, Dr. Cortes is licensed to practice medicine in Florida and Puerto Rico.

Elizabeth (Liz) Durst Fowler, MPH

Liz Fowler has been Chief of Hospice Services since November 2011. She is responsible for the delivery of hospice care to HOPE’s patients in their homes, nursing facilities and Hospice Houses.  She has been with Hope for over 15 years and has also served in the roles of Chief of Quality and Compliance, Director of Patient Care, Director of Education and Quality Specialist.

With more than 30 years of experience in health care and non-profit administration, Fowler obtained her Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University.  She also obtained a Certificate in Gerontology while at Syracuse.

Fowler has been a board member and officer of numerous community organizations including The Sanibel School Fund, The Sanibel School Advisory Committee and Barrier Island Group for the Arts.

Bob Griffin, P.A.

Chief Legal Counsel for Hope HealthCare Services, Bob Griffin’s professional career has centered on health care regulation. He served as the Director for Legislative Planning, Health Policy and was the Assistant Secretary for Regulation for Florida’s Health Care System. He served as principal of J. Robert Griffin, P.A., where he represented health care providers before the Florida Department of Health and other state agencies.

A graduate of Florida State University, Griffin obtained his Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto and attended Florida State University, College of Law.

Charlotte King, SPHR

Charlotte King is Chief Human Resources Officer for Hope HealthCare Services. As the founder of Resource Innovations, Inc. her extensive human resource background covers more than 35 years of broad-employer and consultative expertise. Throughout her career, King has provided an array of human resources services to numerous private, non-profit, and public industries with a heavy emphasis in health care. She oversees a team of professionals supporting over 1,000 staff members with responsibilities for human resource planning and operations, benefit programs, occupational health, talent acquisition and recognition, compensation, staff relations, and leadership development.

King has served in leadership roles and on numerous community boards and associations, including the National Society for Human Resource Management for more than three decades, and is a long-time nationally certified Senior Professional in Human Resources. She is a frequent presenter at professional forums and has published numerous articles in The News Press, Gulfshore Business and Southwest Florida Business Magazine.

King was the recipient of the prestigious HR Florida Proskaur Rose Award for Professional Excellence in Human Resources and was the first human resource professional to receive the Human Resource Award of Professional Excellence from the Human Resource Management Association of Southwest Florida.

Jill Lampley, MBA, SPHR

Jill Lampley has been an employee of Hope HealthCare Services since 1992, serving as its Chief Financial Officer for the past 20 years. She previously served as controller for Advanced General Contractors. Lampley earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Florida Southern College and University of South Florida.

Lampley has served as a section leader and steering committee member for the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals; member of the National Hospice Work Group; president of the local chapter of Institute of Management Accountants; president, vice president of programs, and treasurer for the Human Resources Management Association; and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.

Lampley has published articles in Hospice Palliative Care Insights and The Hospice Professional, and has presented at numerous conferences.