Pleasanton Weekly

News - July 1, 2011

Hope Hospice names new chief executive

Larry Lakes succeeds Helen Meier, who retired

by Jeb Bing

Larry R. Lakes has been named chief executive officer of Hope Hospice, succeeding Helen Meier, who retired June 10 after serving the organization as executive director from 2002 to 2011.

Lakes moves to Hope Hospice from his current position as executive director of a Catholic Charities division in Sonoma County, the largest homeless services provider north of San Francisco and south of Portland. In addition, Lakes worked with an agency that provided 33 services in six northern California counties.

"Larry comes to us with a unique combination of private-industry and nonprofit experience," said Charles Crohare, president of the Hope Hospice board of directors.

"His prior experience in the healthcare industry, financial management and the last six years with nonprofit agencies provided the foundation the board was looking for to ensure that Hope Hospice continues to innovate and emphasize high quality care for our patients and their families as we deliver vital services to those at the end of life."

Lakes' career has taken him across the U.S. in executive positions for companies that included Johnson & Johnson, Sanus/New York Life, Kestrel Group Companies and others.

Lakes originally is from Dallas. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master's in business administration from the University of Dallas.

"What I bring to Hope Hospice is my wide range of experience in several industries and in many complex operating situations," Lakes said in a statement. "I understand the success of a nonprofit agency is due to the daily work and support of all the people and volunteers whose collective efforts provide the services."

Hope Hospice serves families in Alamo, Blackhawk, Castro Valley, Diablo, Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Sunol and the surrounding communities in the East Bay of San Francisco.

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