About Us


Companion Arts enhances the quality of life of family and professional caregivers by providing innovative and evidence-based services, products, and resources. Our work with caregivers is based on our values:

Companion Arts, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, was co-founded in 2002 by Michael Stillwater and Gary Malkin, creators of the acclaimed audio resource, Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying.

Over the years Companion Arts has developed a number of customized programs for major healthcare institutions and audio resources for professional caregivers (Care for the Journey, Vol. 1 & Vol 2, considered "new classics" in the field); we've also explored how music and messages have a strong, positive affect on individual healing (Heart of Healing™).

This year we've regrouped to forge new perspectives on 1) cutting edge resources for caregivers and 2) how the arts can be utilized for caregivers' benefit. Later this year these new ideas will find rich expression in Care For The Journey™ programs and resources.

Companion Arts also has an extraordinary Advisory Board as well as renown caregiving experts advising the Care For the Journey program.

Board of Directors

Susan Osborne, President; Executive Director

Susan A. Osborne

Susan Osborne has three decades of non-profit, business and entrepreneurial experience.

On the non-profit side, she has founded/funded/administrated five national organizations and been retained as a 501(c)(3) organizational development consultant for numerous national/international non-profits.

On the business side, she has been the managing partner of an innovative Connecticut REIT; president and incorporator of the first women's credit union in the Northeast; sales manager for a New York residential/commercial real estate firm, and director of acquisitions and development for the world's second largest independent foreign film distributor. As an entrepreneur she has developed, incorporated and capitalized three businesses: Whistler's, a Catskills jazz club and cabana; ScreenDeals, a 1980's venture fund for independent films; and EarthRise, a high-tech business providing specialized computer software and technology to a major national hotel chain in the early 1990's.

In recent years Susan has served on several national/international boards, including Companion Arts, Newfield Network, and the World Council of Elders and has also served on the national advisory boards of Rocky Mountain Sustainable Enterprises, a developer of regional bio-fuel and food supply-chain, and Wisdom of the World, a compendium of the world's wisdom. Susan has been designated a "Leading Light" by Stellar Connections, a premier women's business network.

Leland Hoover, Treasurer/Secretary; Chief Operating Officer

Leland G. Hoover

Leland G. Hoover has three decades of high profile corporate and entrepreneurial experience, including 12 years on the senior management team of Fortune 100 companies (United Telecommunications; Visa; First Data Corporation) and 28 years as an international entrepreneur with extensive experience in India, UK, Australia and France. Areas of particular corporate expertise include high-tech development, the banking and travel industries and scientific data processing.

Since 1995 Leland has also provided management consultation to over 70 clients through Leland G. Hoover Consulting, Inc., specializing in strategic planning, fiscal management and capitalization for both established companies and high profile entrepreneurs. He also serves as the Chief Financial Officer for several small businesses, and has volunteered as lead counselor and instructor for Colorado's high potential/serial entrepreneurs through the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Boulder, CO.

Leland is currently on the board of three non-profit organizations -- Companion Arts, Early Music Colorado and Olde Friends Concert Artists. In recent years Leland served on the international board of Alloy Solutions (New Delhi, India), the national board of Professional and Technical Business Consultants (PATCA), and as a Regional Governor of Toastmasters. Leland is also a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Institute of Management Consultants USA, TIE-Rockies and the Boulder and Denver Chambers of Commerce.

Leland graduated summa cum laude from Regis University in Business Administration, received his MBA summa cum laude from Regis and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship.

Advisory Boards

International Advisory Board

Michael Stillwater

Michael Stillwater, Co-Founder
Song Without Borders
Zurich, Switzerland

Gary Malkin

Gary Malkin, Co-Founder
Wisdom of the World
Novato, California

Angeles Arrien, PhD
President, Angeles Arrien Foundation for Cross-Cultural Education and Research
Sausalito, California

Joan Borysenko, PhD
Founder, Mind-Body Health Sciences, LLC.
Boulder, Colorado

Ken Druck, PhD
Executive Director, Jenna Druck Foundation
San Diego, California

Jeremy Geffen, MD
Founder, Geffen Cancer Foundation
Boulder, Colorado

Bethany Hays, MD
Medical Director, True North Clinic
Yarmouth, Maine

David Lieberstein
Founder, Wine Things Unlmited
Sonoma, California

Robert D. McNeice
President, Insight Rising
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Christina Puchalski, MD
Founder, Director, George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health
Washington, D.C.

Kathleen Dowling Singh, PhD
Author, Grace In Dying
Orlando, Florida

Doris Laesser Stillwater
Zurich, Switzerland

Archbishop Desmond Tutu
General Secretary, The South African Council of Churches
Johannesburg, South Africa

Program Advisory Board

Robert Arnold, PhD
Director of Education, Hospice of the Florida Sun Coast
Tampa, Florida

Randy Carter
VP, Organizational Development & Strategy Planetree
Danbury, Connecticutt

Elizabeth A Denton, PhD
Organizational psychologist; author
Crossville, Tennassee

Marita Grudzen, PhD
Stanford University Medical Center
Palo Alto, California

Tom Harrington, PhD
Consultant to Healthcare Leadership
San Anselmo, California

Rev. Maria Dancing Heart Hoaglund
Author, UCC minister, end-of-life counselor
Sedona, Arizona

Bobbi Ingram RN, PhD
Salt Lake City, Utah

Marilynn Jackson, PhD, MA, BSN
President, Intuitive Options
Soldotna, Alaska

Tom Lant, RN, PhD
Founder/Director, Spirit of Caregiving
Bryson City, North Carolina

Lynn Rogers,PhD
Consultant to Healthcare & Hospice
San Rafael, California

Hanna B. Sherman, MD
Director, Physician Well-Being and Professional Renewal Courses Chair, American Academy on Physician and Patient
Lexington, Massachuesetts

Patricia Yock, BSN
Nursing Educator and Consultant
Boulder, Colorado

Jean Watson, RN, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Nursing
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Boulder, Colorado

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