Team

Robert A. Brandis, MD FACP

Robert A. Brandis, MD FACP

Medical Director

Dr. Bob Brandis has been Mountain Valley Hospice’s Medical Director and sole physician since 2003. Accredited in Hospice & Palliative Care Medicine, Dr. Brandis also practices full time as an Internal Medicine Primary Care Physician for the Nathan Littauer Mayfield Primary Care Center, where he has been a provider for 22 years. Dr. Brandis also has active staff privileges at Nathan Littauer Hospital.

Prior to his employment with Nathan Littauer, Dr. Brandis was in private practice in the Northville and Mayfield communities.

Dr. Brandis also served as Medical Director for Lexington Center Day Treatment Facility for the Developmentally Disabled in Gloversville for ten years.

Dr. Brandis holds undergraduate degrees in Biology and Biochemistry from SUNY Buffalo, which is also where he received his Doctor of Medicine.

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Dr. Brandis is a current member of the American College of Physicians, Medical Society of New York State, Fulton County Medical Society, National Hospice & Palliative Care Society, American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Care, and the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of New York State.

In his employment with Nathan Littauer Hospital, Dr. Brandis serves on the Credentials Committee, Department of Medicine team, and Ethics Committee.

Dr. Brandis’s innate ability to connect with patients, coworkers, and community members earned him well deserved recognition in 2011 with the Gregory R. Hoye Award for demonstrated sensitive and compassionate hospice care by consistently listening and responding to needs of patients and their families. Dr. Brandis was also recognized in 2010 with the Project Action Tobacco-Free Coalition Award for outstanding commitment and leadership in promoting tobacco-free healthy lifestyles.

I his spare time, Dr. Brandis enjoys his Upstate New York surroundings with hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, gardening, and photography.

Michael Frasier

Michael Frasier

Facilities Manager

Mike became a member of the MVH team in December of 2017 as Facilities Manager.  Mike brings with him over 15 years of building maintenance experience and a dedication to staff and patient safety and comfort.  With his unique resume, Mike also brings over 30 years of experience as a chef and event manager.  His combination of hospitality and environment-of-care knowledge ensures that the Nancy Dowd Hospice House meets mandated regulatory standards, but more importantly, assures the NDHH meets our patients and their loved ones’ daily concerns and needs.

Mike is a graduate of Johnstown High School and attended Fulton Montgomery Community College.  He lives in Caroga Lake with his wife Greta.  They have 5 children and have been foster parents for 15 years.  For the last 12 years, Mike has served as a member of the Wheelerville School Board and the Johnstown Little League baseball board.  He is also a member of the Caroga Lake Zoning board.  He volunteers as a coach for youth basketball, baseball and football.

Bonnie Graves

Bonnie Graves

Chief Clinical Officer

Bonnie Graves is the Chief Clinical Officer at MVH. She was promoted from Director of Clinical Services in June of 2017. Bonnie joined the MVH team in January of 2015 when she left her 30-year career at Nathan Littauer Hospital.

As a certified Trauma/Emergency Room Charge Nurse, Bonnie carried additional certifications in Basic Life Support, Advanced Care Life Support, and Pediatric Advance Life Support. Bonnie cared for and transported many area residents to larger Trauma Centers within the state.

Bonnie was also the Assistant Manager for Nathan Littauer’s ICU and Emergency Room, as well as a casual Nurse Supervisor for the facility.

While her children were young, she worked for Broadalbin Perth School district as the Middle School and Intermediate School Nurse.

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Bonnie is a life-long resident of the Great Sacandaga Lake area, currently residing in Broadalbin with her husband Jeff. She has three children: Jeffrey, who is a local Pharmacist; Michael, who teaches music for the Northville School District; and Amanda, who is a Family Nurse Practitioner for Nathan Littauer Hospital. All of Bonnie’s children, their spouses, and grandchildren live in Fulton County.

Bonnie has deep roots in the community. Born and raised in Gloversville, she attended the Mayfield School District. Bonnie graduated with an AAS High Honors in Nursing and was an active preceptor to new students throughout her career.

After witnessing the care her mother received while on Hospice in Saratoga, Bonnie decided to make a career change. “Helping patients and their loved ones in this stage of life is the most rewarding experience of my nursing career.”

Dana Monk

Dana Monk

Nurse Manager, Nancy Dowd Hospice House

Dana joined the MVH team in 2011 as the Nancy Dowd Hospice House Nurse Manager. She knew from the beginning of her career she would welcome the opportunity to assist patients and their families facing life-limiting illnesses with a focus on comfort, quality, and dignity. Of her career at MVH, Dana states, “It’s the most rewarding job I’ve had…those I’ve cared for along the way have taught me so much more than I could ever teach them.”

Dana graduated with an Associate’s in Applied Science/Nursing in May of 2004. Already working in the Special Care Unit of a local hospital, she was offered a transition from her Unit Coordinator/Monitor Tech position to the RN role. Dana attended the Critical Care Consortium and became certified in telemetry monitoring during her tenure in the hospital setting.

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Dana then transitioned from acute care to long-term care and rehab, where she was instrumental in transforming a former county-run facility into a privately owned entity. While working in that setting, Dana fulfilled the Nursing Supervisor position for the 120- bed facility and eventually became the Unit Manager for a 40-bed wing. Dana worked closely with the facility’s Interdisciplinary Team and Medical Director to provide exceptional care to the individuals residing there.

Dana resides in Montgomery County with her husband of 13 years, their 12-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter.

Amy E. Osborne

Amy E. Osborne

Chief Financial Officer

Amy leads MVH’s Finance Department, along with the Human Resources, Facility Maintenance, and Safety teams. Amy’s talents include providing the executive staff with superior leadership support during a critical transition phase, implementing budget reductions and variances, creating financial and operational projections, and offering support for all new business ventures. Knowledgeable in all facets of the development, preparation, and analysis of financial statements, statistical reporting, and cost accounting, Amy is MVH’s numbers guru.

During an almost 20-year career at a Healthcare Manufacturing firm as a Practice Administrator Amy’s responsibilities, experience, and achievements included implementing an automated financial accounting system. including Human Resource programs, electronic billing, and patient management software. Other areas that Amy supervised were Facility Maintenance, Information Technology, Client Relations, Purchasing, and Inventory Management. This diverse oversight provided Amy with a well rounded background.

As a Program Director, Amy was responsible for the implementation of Performance Improvement, Quality Outcome and Business Development plans for a private healthcare provider.

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Amy holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Financial Accounting from The College of St. Rose, Albany, New York.

Amy grew up in Schoharie County and currently lives in Montgomery County with her husband and two daughters. Daughter Lauren is at Harvard University, and Emily attends Canajoharie Central School.

Adrienne Quickenton

Adrienne Quickenton

Lead Social Worker

Adrienne Quickenton, Licensed Master of Social Work, is the Senior Social Worker at MVH. Adrienne was raised in Putnam County, NY and moved to Peck Lake in Gloversville, NY with her parents in her late teens. Adrienne attended college in Providence, RI and received an AAS in Travel and Tourism Management. She went on to attend the State University of New York at Albany where she received her BA in Psychology/Communications. Adrienne resided and worked in the Capital Region for over 20 years, where she spent the first half of her career working with the Geriatric population. Adrienne assisted in the opening of two skilled nursing facilities: the Eddy Heritage House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Troy, NY and Schuyler Ridge Residential Health Care in Clifton Park, NY of Seton Health Care Systems/St. Peter’s Health Care Partners.

During her tenure with the Seton Health Care System, Adrienne was involved in many committees in an effort to meet the needs of the residents and their families, as well as the community. Most notably she served as an active member of the Ethics Committee for Seton Health/St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy, NY.

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Adrienne went on to receive her Master of Social Work degree at the State University of New York at Albany’s School of Social Welfare and graduated in May of 2005. It was then that Adrienne decided to pursue her passion of serving individuals at end of life and joined the Community Hospice of Albany County as a Home Care Social Worker. She spent nine years serving the patients and the Hospice mission in Albany County before relocating to Johnstown, NY, where she began working at MVH as a Home Care Social Worker. Adrienne has been with MVH since August 2014 and most recently was appointed Senior Social Worker in September 2017.

Adrienne and her husband Michael reside in Johnstown, NY with their 7-year-old daughter Eliana and their Schnoodle puppy Nola. Adrienne spends her free time as a full-time mother, wife, daughter, friend, chauffeur, and trainer of a precocious puppy. She enjoys spending time with family, cooking, entertaining, working as a “groupie” for her husband’s band, and tea parties with Eliana.

Kara Travis

Kara Travis

President/Chief Executive Officer

Kara Ulasewicz Travis, Certified Executive Coach & recovering Hospital Administrator, has over 20 years of experience in a variety of workplaces across the United States & Europe. Kara draws knowledge from her eclectic experience in Tourism, Hospitality, Retail, Non-Profits, Healthcare, & Higher Education. She has a Master’s degree in Global Marketing Communication/Advertising from Emerson College Brussels, Belgium and two Bachelor’s degrees in Mass Communication/Public Relations & French Language/Literature from Boston University.

In June of 2017, Kara joined Mountain Valley Hospice and the Nancy Dowd Hospice House as President/Chief Executive Officer. MVH is based in Gloversville, NY and covers the rural Upstate New York counties of Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga, and Hamilton.

Prior to joining the MVH team, Kara spent more than 10 years as a Senior Director with the Bassett Healthcare Network in a variety of roles from Medicaid Reform (DSRIP) to Facilities Operations to Patient Experience to Employee Relations to Organizational Development & Training.

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Kara’s professional experience also includes engagements with the State University of New York at Cobleskill, Howe Caverns, Inc. and the Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau.

Broad experience working with non-profit boards, Kara most recently served as past President of the Board of Directors for United Way Otsego/Delaware Counties, as well as past President of the Friends of the Worcester Free Library and the Worcester Women’s Club.

Kara is a former recipient of The Capital District Business Review’s ‘Forty under 40’ award for emerging leaders in the Albany, NY region. She is also part of a national speaking panel of experts on improvement of Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers & Systems (CAHPS) scores. Kara was recently selected to serve on a New York State advisory board for the United Way campaign for A.L.I.C.E. (asset limited, income constrained employed), also known as “the working poor.”

Kara grew up in the Adirondacks and currently lives in the Mohawk Valley with her husband and three Labrador retrievers.