Jennifer Simmons, Grief Support Specialist, Social Worker at St. Francis Reflections Named to National Leadership Advisory Council

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, (NHPCO) selected Jennifer Simmons, MSW, a Grief Support Specialist with St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care as a member of the Next Generation Leadership Advisory Council.

NHPCO’s Next Generation Leadership Advisory Council provides the opportunity for young leaders to have an impact on their national organization to help shape the hospice and palliative care field. The Council is comprised of individuals currently in leadership positions, developing leaders, and those who aspire to become leaders, help NHPCO strengthen its retention and engagement of young professionals in the field.

Simmons, a native and resident of Titusville, FL, has been affiliated with St. Francis Reflections for 2.5 years.  She received both her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Central Florida, graduating in 2014.  Prior to joining St. Francis Reflections Simmons worked for two years as an Adoption Social Worker with infants and toddlers and for three years as a Mental Health Counselor for both children and adults.

Cami Leech Florio, Chief Strategic Officer for St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care noted that Simmons has been a true asset to the organization’s Grief Support team and is excited about the positive impact her affiliation with a national leadership development group brings to the organization.  Leech Florio stated, “Jennifer has great interest in making sure St. Francis Reflections stays at the forefront of best practices in our industry. She often brings fresh, thoughtful ideas to the team and is a great encourager of those with whom she works. We are confident her involvement at the national level will transcend into enhanced care and services, uplifting the lives of those we serve.”

Simmons expressed her excitement regarding the opportunity as well saying, “I love working with St. Francis Reflections. I am enormously grateful for the supportive leadership, great coworkers and the growth opportunities I have had since starting work with SFR. I look forward to collaborating with other professionals in the field from around the country and to having the opportunity to share ideas.”

St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care was founded in 1977 and licensed in 1990.  It is Brevard’s longest-serving, not for profit, independent, interfaith provider of hospice care, palliative care, and grief support services.  For more information about St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care, please visit our Website: and follow us on Facebook.

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