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Denise Watson, MSN, MBA/HC

Executive Director
Denise Watson, MSN, MBA/HC

Denise has been the Executive Director of Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care since 1999, and has worked for MVHPC since 1994. She holds the degrees of Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management from the University of Phoenix; Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winston-Salem State University; and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Surry Community College. Denise oversees the day to day operations of the organization for all programs and services. She has strategically seen to the growth of MVHPC into 16 counties in North Carolina and Virginia, and the development of the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home.

Denise is married to Greg Watson and has three children: Ericka, Samuel, and Alexis. Her family lives in Ararat, North Carolina. Denise enjoys the beach, swimming, walking, and spending time with her family.

Barry Dowell, BAcc

Chief Financial Officer
Barry Dowell, BAcc

Barry joined Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care in 2016, with 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 of Science in Accounting.

Barry lives in Cana, Virginia, with his wife Tammy and their two children, Nathan and Anna. He enjoys family time, kid’s activities, camping, hiking, and VT sports.

Glenn Golaszewski, MD

Chief Medical Officer
Glenn Golaszewski, MD

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 B.S. in Biology from The University of South Florida. Dr. G earned his M.D. from The University of Miami School of Medicine, and did 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. 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 Dobson, BSN, RN

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

She earned her associate's degree from Guildford Tech; her Bachelor of Science degree from Capella University; and her Master 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, having 3 dogs and 2 cats, and enjoys beaches, cooking, and time with family and friends.

 

Sheila Jones, BBM

Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Sheila Jones, BBM

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 the Public Relations to her role to help oversee the agency's image more closely. Sheila promotes MVHPC through health fairs, hospice events, radio, newspapers and television commercials. Her department is responsible for the development of print material, web presence and community outreach. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Marketing from the University of Phoenix. She has most recently become a Wish Granter Volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, has served on the Yadkin Valley Chamber Dobson Division Board and is currently an ambassador for the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce.

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

Melissa Hiatt, MPA

Director of Development
Melissa Hiatt, MPA

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, 3 grandchildren, 2 goats, 12 chickens, a dog and a cat.

Rita Bowman

Director of Human Resources & Payroll
Rita Bowman

Rita joined the Hospice team in November 2005. 

She earned her Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Brewer State Junior College; her Bachelor of Arts, with majors in Accounting and Finance, from Radford University; and her Master of Library Science Degree from Appalachian State University.

Rita lives in Mount Airy, NC, with her husband Tim and their fur baby named Riley. Her daughter, Katie, is married and lives in Pilot Mountain, NC. She enjoys reading, working with plants, selling jewelry, and working/restoring her home that is 105 years old!