About Our Team

We are an amazing team of committed professionals who truly believe that dying is a sacred event deserving of acknowledgement, respect and support.

Henry Fersko-Weiss

Executive Director

Henry Fersko-Weiss, LCSW created the very first End-of-Life Doula Program in the United States with a focus on planning for the last days, conducting vigil, and reprocessing the dying experience with loved ones. Since he created that first program in 2003 at a hospice in NYC, he has built and managed many other programs based on his model at hospices in New Jersey. Henry is widely considered a pioneer in the End of Life care industry.

In 2006 Henry’s work was featured in an extensive front-page article in the New York Times, bringing national recognition to his end of life doula concept. Since 2007 he has taught the end of life Doula principles and techniques publicly at the Open Center in New York Center and, as of 2013, at the Institute for Traditional Medicine in Toronto, Canada.

Henry has directly guided and supported over 150 people and their loved ones through the dying process. He has trained many hundreds of people in the end of life doula approach. Henry is a well-respected and sought-after speaker on death and dying, presenting at conferences, hospices, and webinars nationwide.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York and New Jersey, he has managed social services at a number of hospices and worked with patients and families privately. In 2010, Henry received the New Jersey Social Services Manager of the Year Award. Henry can be reached at henry@inelda.org.

Janie Rakow

President

Janie Rakow has been a hospice volunteer since 2001, providing emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families through the end of life process. In 2010, Janie became an End of Life Doula, and in 2013 was trained as a Lead Doula. Janie is a certified EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) practitioner, hypnotherapist, and Reiki Level II practitioner, and brings these modalities to the families she cares for.

In addition to her experience in hospice care and alternative therapies, Janie brings to INELDA her background as a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner. She worked for 20 years in the fields of tax and estate planning at a large accounting firm and a boutique law firm.

Janie currently volunteers at two local hospitals in their hospice programs. She is excited to bring her background in finance, her education in alternative therapies, as well as her extensive work with hospice patients to INELDA. Janie can be reached at janie@inelda.org

Jeri Glatter

Vice President

In a meaningful facet of her spiritual journey and through significant experiences with death, Jeri sought to expand her perspective and insight of end-of-life, which led her to become a Certified Vigil Doula and an active volunteer as an End of Life Doula.

Jeri Glatter is the Author and Illustrator of a spiritual book, Lessons from the Trumpet Vine. After publication, she began a private practice in which she conducts individual spiritual sessions entitled, Bravely in Truth.

Jeri’s business experience includes multiple roles during a distinguished career with a California-based manufacturing company, culminating with becoming the Regional Vice President responsible for the New York office. Following her tenure as the Regional Vice President, Jeri brought her managerial and strategic experience to play a key role in the start-up of a new International manufacturing business.

Jeri has deep expertise in the areas of grant distribution, policy setting, fundraising and event management. Her effective, detail oriented and creative event management abilities resulted in requests to orchestrate private events, which she did through an event-planning business.

As a detail oriented and creative person with excellent communication and organization skills, Jeri was nominated and served as a Trustee for her local community Education Foundation.

Jeri hopes to bring both her managerial expertise and her spiritual perspective to the end-of-life care industry through a commitment to increase communication to help facilitate a shift of perspective. Specifically – she hopes to inspire, encourage and support those who are called to this incredible work.

Jeri can be reached at jeri@inelda.org.

The INELDA Story

INELDA is an international nonprofit association for the advancement of

compassionate end of life care for the patient and support of their

families through a certified end of life doula program.

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