Our Team

Senior Leadership

Nancy Gaitan-Kernell R.N., CHPN


Nancy was born in the neighboring town of Lockney, and was raised her entire life in Plainview, Texas. She is a graduate of Plainview High School and received her nursing degree from Amarillo College in 1996. She serves as Board President for the Texas New Mexico Hospice Organization.   Nancy is passionate about the hospice philosophy and is dedicated in educating the community about hospice care, and assuring the patients of Area Community Hospice receives the best care Hospice has to offer.

Laura Castillo

Alternate Administrator

Laura is one of the original staff members. She has over 14 years of hospice experience and is dedicated to providing compassionate care to patients and their families.  Laura is also from Plainview.   She and her husband Benito have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.    Her experience and leadership are invaluable to Area Community Hospice.

Administrative Staff

Nati Gonzales

Office Assistant

Michelle Gaitan

Office Assistant

April Ceniseros

Office/Bereavement Assistant

Medical Directors

Sergio Lara, MD

Medical Director

Kevin Stennett, MD

Associate Medical Director

Shannon Tapia, MD

Associate Medical Director

Nurse Practitioners

Kim Billingsley, FNP

Nurse Practitioner

Greg Curry, FNP

Nurse Practitioner


Nancy Kernell, R.N.


Marcy Medina, R.N.


Danielle Ramirez, R.N.


Nancy Ruiz LVN


Casey Davis R. N.


Tamara Black L.V.N


Marcie Andrade L.V.N.


Jill Moudy R.N.


Susana Alvarez L.V.N.


Alexis Castillo, LVN


Certified Nurse Assistant

Sandra Gipson , CNA

Nurse Assistant

Anita Lacy , CNA

Nurse Assistant

Annabel Perez, CNA

Nurse Assistant

Jessica Klassen-Neufeld, CNA

Nurse Assistant

Emma Mata, CNA

Nurse Assistant

Crystal Rodriguez, CNA

Nurse Assistant

Olivia Tinoco, CNA

Nurse Assistant

Tammy Carter, CNA

Nurse Assistant

Spiritual Care Service

Oscar Chavez


Social Services

Erin Lass, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Get In Touch

Area Community Hospice is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you have questions or if you have a loved one to refer to hospice, please call toll-free 1.877.317.2732 at any time.

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