Tell Me More:  Sharing Your Life Stories

**Out of concern for our community's health and in line with the University of Virginia's recent announcement regarding operations, this event will be postponed until Fall 2020 - new date TBA**

Haney Leaf (small)  

We hope you will join us for an exciting evening.  Our focus this year is on legacy stories -- sharing our own and preserving the stories of our loved ones in a variety of ways.  Our speakers will share their experiences sharing and eliciting stories from patients and loved ones at the end of life, and we will have resource tables so that you may explore an array of story sharing methods and activities.  We also invite you to enjoy a buffet dinner as part of our evening together. This event is free and open to the public.  No registration required.


  • Kimberly Acquaviva, PhD, MSW, CSE
  • Julie Perry, DMin, BCC
  • Colonel Christopher Karls, USAF (Ret.)

Kim Acquaviva, PhD, MSW, CSE

Since August 1, 2019, Kimberly D. Acquaviva has served as the Betty Norman Norris Endowed Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. Prior to that, she spent fifteen years as a faculty member at the George Washington University (GW) School of Nursing and the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. As a social worker teaching within a school of nursing, her scholarship is interdisciplinary and collaborative. Her scholarly work focuses on LGBTQ aging and end-of-life issues, and her clinical work has been with patients and families facing life-limiting illnesses in both hospital and hospice settings.  Her book, LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice & Palliative Care: A Practical Guide to Transforming Professional Practice, was published by Harrington Park Press and distributed by Columbia University Press. The book was awarded first place in the AJN Book of the Year Awards in the Palliative Care and Hospice Category. She's the host of em dash podcast, a show that explores the lived experiences of patients and healthcare professionals in the healthcare arena.   Dr. Acquaviva has a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, an M.S.W. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences. She is an AASECT-Certified Sexuality Educator.

Julie Randels Perry, DMin, BCC

Julie Randels Perry is a board certified chaplain and has served as staff chaplain at the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center since June of 2015.  Prior to entering the ministry Julie taught special needs students in the public school system for fifteen years.  A major shift happened in 2005, when Julie left her teaching career and went back to school fulltime at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, graduating in 2009 with a Master of Divinity degree.  She completed six units of Clinical Pastoral Education at UVA in 2008-2009 as part of that degree program.  In 2009 Julie was ordained by her home church, Broadus Memorial Baptist in Charlottesville, and also endorsed by her denominational body, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.  Following ordination, she served as the chaplain at Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women for six years prior to returning to UVA.  She received her Doctor of Ministry degree in 2019 from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. Her doctoral thesis, entitled Finding Meaning Through the Cancer Experience: Benefits of Narrative Writing for People Living with Cancer, involved narrative writing work with cancer patients at ECCCC.

Colonel Christopher D. Karls, USAF (Ret.)

Colonel Chris Karls is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1983.  Shortly thereafter, he was commissioned in the United States Air Force and began a 26-plus year career with assignments throughout the United States and overseas.  Most notably, he commanded a special operations generation squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida, and served two tours in the Pentagon for both the Headquarters, United States Air Force, and Joint Chiefs of Staff.  His capstone military assignment was as Chief of Staff, Air Force Central Command- Forward, in southwest Asia. 

Since military retirement, Colonel Karls led a 16,000 member logistics support effort as Senior Director of Logistics for DynCorp International in Afghanistan and later as Program Manager for Logistics 2020, serving the US National Intelligence Community in Washington D.C.  In July, 2019, he completed his position as Project Manager for the Ufirst project at the University of Virginia.

Colonel Karls holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Comprehensive General Science, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and two Masters of Science degrees in Aeronautical Science and National Resource Strategy.  He is Treasurer of the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Foundation Board of Directors, President of the Ashcroft Neighborhood Association Board of Directors, and a volunteer with Hospice of the Piedmont. His interests are woodworking, fly fishing, hunting and reading. He and his wife, Helen, reside in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Thank you

This event is made possible thanks to a generous endowment from the Haney family to support a sustainable collaboration among Hospice of the Piedmont (HOP), Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital (SMJH), the Compassionate Care Initiative (CCI), and UVA Schools of Nursing and Medicine.

Planning team members

Peggy Bishop (SMJH), Cathy Campbell (UVA School of Nursing), Aurora Durkee (SMJH), Natalie May (CCI), Alex McGee (SMJH), Rachael Palm (HOP), Tim Short (UVA School of Medicine), Michelle Sodrel (HOP)

The Haney Endowment

In 2013 the Compassionate Care Initiative was given a generous endowment from the Haney family to support sustainable collaboration among Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital (SMJH), Hospice of the Piedmont (HOP), UVA Schools of Nursing and Medicine and the Compassionate Care Initiative. The goal of this annual conference is to support our community members who provide care to those at the end of life and to inspire new conversations about how we can best care for each other.

Past programs

March 27, 2019
The conference branched out into the community to provide a resource open house at Jefferson City School for family caregivers and health professionals. The program was titled "What Do I Do Now?" Navigating the Challenges of Caring for a Loved One with Serious Illness. In addition to the resource open house, panelists provided personal stories of caregiver, legal, social worker, and care provider experiences. More than 125 community members came out to explore more than a dozen resources, listen to the panel discussion, and take advantage of free massages and acupuncture.

November 3, 2018
The Haney planning committee was proud to support the Virginia Film Festival’s (VAFF's) screening of the documentary América, and facilitate a post-screening discussion with one of the subjects of the film, Diego Alvarez Serrano. The film won the VAFF Programmer's Award for Documentary Feature.

November 11, 2017 | The 4th Melton D. & Muriel Haney Interprofessional Conference: Compassionate Conversations at the End of Life
4th Haney Program Brochure

March 18, 2017
The Haney planning committee came together to provide a free screening and post-film discussion of the PBS Frontline documentary Being Mortal. The film facilitated a conversation in our community that asked: "Have you and your loved ones had these important conversations and planned ahead?"

September 17, 2016 | The 3rd Melton D. & Muriel Haney Interprofessional Conference: Honoring Differences at the End of Life
3rd Haney Program Brochure

April 18, 2015 | The 2nd Melton D. & Muriel Haney Interprofessional Conference: Compassionate Care at the End of Life
2nd Haney Program Brochure

November 9, 2013 | The Melton D. & Muriel Haney Interprofessional Conference: Compassionate Care at the End of Life
1st Haney Program Brochure