HAN Staff

We like to think of the HAN staff as lean, but mighty. There are only three of us, but we cover a lot of ground for our Hospice Advocates. We’re a diverse and passionate group…which puts us in great company with the larger hospice community.


Sharon Pearce is your point person on Congressional affairs, legislation, and the intersection of grassroots, policy, and politics.  Sharon comes to NHPCO following three years as VP, Advocacy for the National PACE Association. Sharon also worked on Capitol Hill for many years, was a hired-gun lobbyist at a large K Street firm for several years, and also was the lead lobbyist for Girl Scouts of the USA.  She’s also a Daisy Girl Scout troop leader, so if you’re in need of thin mints, give her a shout.

Sharon Pearce
Vice President of Public Policy
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Lauren Drew–  Lauren brings a wealth of experience in database management and political software. She implements grassroots and grasstops engagement and handles our social media communications. Lauren is also our liaison with the Council of States, and plays a large role in planning implementing our advocacy education programs.

Lauren Drew
Manager, Advocacy and State Relations
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Sydney Shepherd-  The newest member of the HAN team, Sydney comes to us with experience in other small, grassroots oriented non-profit organizations. She will be keeping a close eye on hospice and palliative care policy on Capitol Hill, staffing our Public Policy Committee, and assisting the team in completing any and all projects.

Sydney Shepherd
Coordinator, Policy & Advocacy
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