Meet Our Team

Our difference is our people.

Our Director, Clinical Staff  and Board of Directors members all believe wholeheartedly in the power of the individual, the importance of relationships and the value of respect and dignity to everyone at every stage of life. Our goal is to create a positive difference in every patient’s day, to make a personal connection and to create memorable moments that enrich the lives of each of our patients while providing end of life care at home.

Cheryl Johnson

RN, BSN, Executive Director

Cheryl comes to Weinstein Hospice with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the hospice industry. She has worked as an RN in diverse markets including for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Full bio

Alex Rikhter

MD Medical Director

has been the Medical Director of Weinstein Hospice since 2011. He scored in top 3% of all American Internists on the Board of Internal Medicine exam. Dr. Rikhter enjoys unshakable patient loyalty and respect. Full bio

Teresa Meehan

RN, CHPN Director of Clinical Operations

has been working with Weinstein Hospice since 2010. Her 38 years of experience includes work as a nurse educator for Hospice Atlanta, CCU charge nurse, dialysis nursing, and nursing in an ICU. She is certified in hospice and palliative care nursing.

Patty Brennen

AGPCNP-BC Nurse Practitioner

Since 1997, Patty has worked as a NP for United Health Care in a variety of clinical roles which included providing care at The William Breman Jewish Home for many years. She received a Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University.

Jenny Buckley

RN, BSN, CHPN Community Outreach Coordinator

She has been a team member for 5 years. Jenny takes pride in being part of a quality hospice program that provides outstanding patient and family care. She is ELNEC certified and twice certified in hospice and palliative care.

Jenifer Firestone

LMSW, Volunteer Coordinator

has been apart of our team since 2012. Jenifer manages a corps of nearly 40 volunteers who serve our patients and their families with quality care, understanding and compassion.


Deb Mahovlich

RN Clinical Manager

Deb has been a team member for 4 years. She has worked with hospice for 17 years and considers working in this field a privilege.

Donna Faye Marcus

Cantor, Manager of Spiritual and Bereavement Services

completed a three-year chaplaincy internship at Memorial Sloane Kettering Hospital in New York City. Using the gift of song, she is able to provide spiritual healing to those experiencing pain or anxiety.

Deanna Lawrence

Bereavement Coordinator

joined the team way back in 2004! She has spent most of that time as a certified hospice and palliative care nursing assistant. In late 2015, she transitioned to the office as our referrals and intake coordinator and now is currently our Bereavement Coordinator.

Julie Hamilton


has been a dedicated member of the Weinstein Hospice staff since 2008. Prior to that, she ran the AIDS program for Visiting Nurse Health System in Atlanta.

Nolan Teter


is a Certified Hospice Palliative Care RN and has been on staff with Weinstein Hospice for 9 years of his 15 year nursing career.

Cheryl O’Neal


has been a part of the team since 2014. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her new puppy!

Irina Dubin


has been a Registered Nurse since 1998 after attending New York University. She joined our staff in early 2015. Irina speaks fluent Russian enabling her to have a special rapport with our Russian-speaking patients.

Amanda Robinson


is our week night on-call nurse and has been with Weinstein Hospice since May of 2015. She graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2005 and is a native of Georgia. She enjoys weekend travels with her papillon Pumpkin, gardening and bird watching.

Melissa Yashinsky


was with Weinstein Hospice earlier in her career (2004-2006). After 10 years with Georgia Cancer Specialists, she has returned to us at the start of 2017. We’re thrilled to have her back!

Kay Morrell


joined our team in April 2018 and has been a nurse for over 40 years. She began working in hospice in 2008. She holds national clinical certification as a Certified Case Manager (CCM) and as a Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse (CHPN).

Connie Caird


has been with Weinstein Hospice since early 2015. She is a certified hospice and palliative care LPN. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Susan Sandler


has been with Weinstein Hospice since 2006. She was the Executive Director of JF&CS in Des Moines, Iowa for 8 years and has run Senior Outreach programming in Dallas, Texas.

Carla Polikov


joined our team in March of 2017. She has 16 years of hospice and other medical social work experience. She received her Master’s degree in social work from Tulane, but is originally from Mississippi. Carla is married and is mom to two adorable children.

Cindy Hopkins


joined our team in April of 2018. She is a long term Atlantan and received her Master’s degree in Social Work from UGA. Cindy has experience in medical social work and has also spent time as a clinician, working with children and families.

Rochelle Schube


joined our team in July 2018. She graduated from Valdosta State university with her MSW. She has previously worked as a hospice social worker and bereavement coordinator. She looks forward to being a resource and support to Weinstein Hospice’s patients and families.

Angela Stevens

Intake & Referral Coordinator

joined our team in July of 2018 as the Patient Intake and Referral Coordinator.She has worked as an intake Coordinator  for the past 11 years.  She is a Certified Medical Administrative Asst. with a Degree in Health Info Administration.

Chiquitia Pickett


has been a CNA for 19 years. She joined the Weinstein Hospice team in September 2017.

Kathy Swartz

Medical Records & DME Coordinator

has been a member of the team since 2015. She manages the medical records department and coordinates procurement of durable medical equipment for our patients. Her sister Jenifer Firestone is our Volunteer Coordinator/MSW.

Dana Blackert,


Dana has been part of Weinstein Hospice since 2017 as a weekend Triage nurse. She has been a nurse for 12 years, the majority working in Oncology. Dana graduated from Mercer University in 2007. She enjoys traveling and staying busy with her 3 small children.