Meet Our Team of Nurses

Debra Berry

"I have been a registered nurse for 45 years and have primarily worked with and cared for older adults and their families.  I received my masters in nursing from Michigan State University.  Although I am "retired" from full-time work, I continue to work a for local hospice in Grand Rapids about one day a week. I understand the complexity and frustration of working with health care providers and the heath care systems you depend on for your health. It is my goal to be present to each individual I serve, to practice with compassion and respect, to honor each individual's dignity, worth, and unique attributes, and to always be kind."

Cherie Langkabel

"I am a nurse on the oncology unit at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, where I started my career as a nurse 5 years ago.  Nursing is a privilege and a passion for me, and I find comfort engaging with others and helping in any way I can and am able.  In my free time, I spend it with my two cherished dogs.  I also love my close circle of friends, yoga, and the outdoors."

Dawn Erffmeyer

"I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago and obtained my nursing degree from a small Christian college there.  My husband and I have 4 children, and we moved to the Grand Rapids area 10 years ago. At that time I decided that I wanted to volunteer at a retirement community in the area.  It just so happened that they were starting an organization where they needed nurses, and they asked me if I would be interested.  I have been in my current position since then.  I am a very compassionate person who loves working with people, and I find it a joy to go to work each day.   I know this is where God wants me to be, and I pray that I can be His hands and feet to the people whom I serve."

Rachel Spencer

“I have been a Registered Nurse for 14 years, and I also have worked as a Respiratory Therapist for 7 years prior to my Nursing career. I have a compassionate and caring heart, and I have experience working with patients of all ages. Nursing is my passion, and I enjoy helping others and working alongside patients and their families. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 2 children, reading, and being outside doing various outdoor activities.”

Jane Pelon

"I began my nursing career in 1995 working 8 years as a Critical Care RN, then 5 years as an educator for clients with Congestive Heart Failure and for the past 11 years I have been working in Home Care. I am a people person, and I enjoy helping others which is what I believe I have been called to do. I enjoy gardening, crafting, and spending time with family/friends."

Sarah Tilchen


"I have been a registered nurse for around 12 years with experience in critical care, emergency medicine, and cardiology. I have worked both in hospital and clinical settings. Regardless of the location, my favorite thing about nursing is how it allows me to connect with people and help those in need. I know the healthcare system can be difficult to navigate and it is my goal to help patients and families better understand it so they can feel confident and empowered in their healthcare decisions. My husband and I are raising two young (and incredibly energetic) daughters and in my free time I enjoy cooking/baking, reading, crafting, and spending time with family and friends."