Community education is the cornerstone of our organization. We fulfill our mission statement through the committees listed below. We invite those interested to contact us and join one or all of the committees and become a part of the Circle of Life Coalition’s education commitment to our community.

Education Committee – The Education Committee meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 11:30am at The Highlands at Wyomissing. The committee is chaired by Mary Clark, Board Member and Co-Owner of Transition Connections. The Education Committee develops programs and acquires topics and speakers for our monthly seminars. This committee is unique in concept because they take a closer look at new and innovative topics surrounding end of life care. From Healthcare Reform: A Moving Target, Pet Therapy in Hospice, or GriefShare Bereavement Support Groups, the Education Committee fulfills our mission statement. In addition to our monthly seminars, we also plan Community Education Events twice a year. They are held in the evening and are designed to attract our community following. Past topics have included: Exploring Senior Living Options, Children Grieve Too: How do we Meet their Needs?, etc. Contact Mary at

Conference Committee – The Conference Committee has existed since the inception of this organization in 2000. The committee is co-chaired by Board members Kim Kostival, Admissions and Marketing Director from Berkshire Commons and Colleen Kristula M.Div., D.Min. BCC, Chaplain, The Lutheran Home at Topton (Diakon) . They focus on new and controversial subject matter and acquire talented professionals for our annual conference. Committee members use their talent and skill in that development and carry on the commitment to raise the bar every year. Organizations benefit from membership through the promotion of their programs and services by sponsorship and subsequent publicity. Contact Kim at or Colleen at

Community Relations Committee – The Community Relations Committee is chaired by Melissa Smeltzer, Board Member and Community Relations Representative for Griswold Home Care. The Committee tackles the unique process of promoting an organization that may be difficult for the community to embrace. This requires a different perspective on marketing which culminates into innovative marketing concepts not yet implemented within our community. Committee members benefit by taking these concepts to their organization for possible implementation and consideration. Contact Melissa at

Hospitality Committee -. The committee’s responsibilities include providing signage and a personal welcome for attendees of the Coalition’s monthly seminars, community education events, and conferences. They provide follow-up contact with first-time attendees and expressions of gratitude to our seminar presenters & sponsors. The committee is chaired by Beth Hannum at

We welcome those who may be interested in contributing their skills and talents to assist us in the fulfillment of our mission statement: “The Circle of Life Coalition educates the community and professionals on all aspects of end of life care.”

If you are interested in further information about our committees, please e-mail us at