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Denise Watson, MSN, MBA/HC

Executive Director

Denise Watson has served as the executive director of Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care since 1999 and has worked for the organization since 1994. She holds the degrees of MSN and MBA/HC from the University of Phoenix (2007) and a BSN from Winston-Salem State University (1999).

Under her direction, MHVPC has experienced growth and development, leading to 280+ employees and nine office locations in North Carolina and Virginia. Inclusively, Denise successfully coordinated the design, construction and opening of the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson, North Carolina in 2009, and the SECU Hospice Care Center of Yadkin in Yadkinville, North Carolina in 2017.

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Denise is a member of various professional and community organizations including National Partnership for Hospice Innovations, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, American Academy of Home Care Medicine, Center to Transform Advanced Care and Virginia Association for Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, as well as serving as board member for The Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care, the Teleios Collaborative Network and the Surry Community College Nursing Program.

She has engaged in advocacy efforts for hospice and palliative care at the state and national levels, as well as spoken publicly about Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care programs locally.

Denise is married and has three children. She is a member of Haymore Memorial Baptist Church. Her hobbies include walking, vacationing at the beach, spending time with her family, watching soccer and playing volleyball.


Barry Dowell, BAcc

Chief Financial Officer

Barry joined Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care in 2016, and he has 20 years of finance experience in both the service and manufacturing industries. He has served in finance roles with companies in Surry and Forsyth counties. A native of Carroll County, he graduated from the R.B. Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech, with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Barry lives in Pilot Mountain, NC, with his wife, Tammy, and their two children, Nathan and Anna. He enjoys family activities, camping, hiking and Virginia Tech sports.

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Glenn Golaszewski, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Glenn Golaszewski, known as “Dr. G,” has been with Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care as the Chief Medical Officer since 2008. Prior to this, he had a full-time family practice in Elkin and served as a volunteer medical director for another hospice.

He began his medical career as a paramedic in Florida in the 1980s while earning a bachelor’s degree in biology from The University of South Florida. Dr. G earned his M.D. from The University of Miami School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in family medicine at Penn State University. He is dual board-certified in family medicine and hospice & palliative medicine and is licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina and Virginia.

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As chief medical officer, Dr. Golaszewski is responsible for administering medical care as he supervises and collaborates with nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians to ensure our patients receive the highest quality hospice and palliative care. He enjoys teaching our staff as well as nursing, pharmacy, and medical students.

Dr. G lives with his wife, Kimberly, and their four children in Traphill, North Carolina. They belong to Elkin Valley Baptist Church. Dr. G. enjoys reading, woodworking, exercising and has been coaching youth football for more than 10 years.


Tracey Dobson, BSN, RN

Chief Clinical Operations Officer

Tracey joined Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care in September 2018 with 18 years of experience in operations and administration for long-term care. She started her nursing career in 1990, and it has spanned 29 years across hospice, home care, pediatrics, and geriatrics.

She earned her associate’s degree from Guildford Tech and her bachelor’s degree as well as her master’s degree in nursing leadership and administration from Capella University.

Tracey lives in Lewisville, NC, with her husband, Stacey. They have two adult children and attend Westside Christian Church. Tracey loves animals, including her 3 dogs and 2 cats, and enjoys beaches, cooking and time with family and friends.

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Sheila Jones, BBM

Senior Director of Marketing & Public Relations

Sheila joined our hospice team in April 1995. Sheila has been the Director of Marketing for Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care since 2005. In 2016, Sheila added public relations to her role to help oversee the agency’s image more closely. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Phoenix. She has served on the Yadkin Valley Chamber Dobson Division Board and an ambassador for the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce where she won Ambassador of the Year in 2007.

Sheila is married to Clark Jones, with whom she has 4 children and 3 grandchildren. Sheila and her family reside in Mount Airy, North Carolina.

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Melissa Hiatt, MPA

Senior Director of Development & Volunteer Services

Melissa was named Director of Development for Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care in June 2018. She has more than 12 years’ experience in income development. For six years, she served The American Cancer Society and Relay For Life, following seven years as the Director of the Surry/Stokes SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now). She earned her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Phoenix, with a minor in non-profit management.

Melissa and her husband, Chris, reside in Sheltontown, NC. They have 3 children and 3 grandchildren with whom they love spending time. Melissa also enjoys the mountains, swimming and reading.

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Kevin Martin

Director of Information Systems

Kevin came to Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care in 2013 as Information Systems Specialist, before being promoted to Director of Information Systems in 2014.

He served in the United States Marine Corp from 1993 to 1997. He graduated from Wytheville Community College in 1999, having studied electrical engineering with specialization in computer science.

Kevin resides in Hillsville, VA, with his wife, Melissa, and two sons, Turner and Jace. He enjoys helping with the athletic department at Carroll County High school.

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Angie Cagle, SPHR

Senior Director of Human Resources

Angie joined Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care in 2020. She has 25 years of human resources experience in manufacturing, residential care and service industries. She earned her associate’s degree from Surry Community College and her bachelor’s degree in professional communications from Old Dominion University. In 2005, she became certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Angie has served on the boards of The United Fund of Surry, Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce, and Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Angie lives in Cana, VA, with her husband, Brad, and their daughter Lenzi. She attends Hope Community Church and enjoys travel, reading, volunteering and spending time with family and friends.

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