Meet the Leadership at Ascend Hospice

At Ascend Hospice our seasoned executive team has extensive experience in the clinical, financial and business management industries, bringing value to each and every location we serve.

Anthony Spero
President & CEO

Anthony Spero has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare sales, management and operations within the acute and post-acute health care industries. As president of Ascend, he leads the company’s multi-state operation focused on providing best-in-class hospice, home health and concierge home care services. Previously, Mr. Spero worked as the National Vice President of Sales at Golden Living and also as the Regional Director of Kindred Healthcare. Mr. Spero received his master’s degree in healthcare administration and his MBA in finance from Suffolk University. He is a licensed nursing home administrator and is most proud of his employment as a certified nursing assistant completed very early on in his healthcare career.

Julie Conway, BSN, JD
Chief Nursing Officer

Jason Lancaster
Vice President of Operations

Responsible for maximizing an organization’s operating performance and achieving its financial goals. In addition, responsibilities ranging from communicating with the board of directors to preparing operating budgets to overseeing a strategic plan. This position reports directly to the COO.

Dana Aspero
Vice President of Clinical Services

Dana Aspero is a Registered Nurse with over 10 years of experience as a hospice clinical leader.  She started her career as a hospice nurse with Care Alternatives Hospice after a personal experience with her father and later grew into clinical leadership roles at Care Alternatives and other organizations.  She returned to Ascend Health because of the culture and vision of the organization-that the quality of patient care and the experience of hospice is what drives the team.  She is an ELNEC-certified trainer and Reiki practitioner.

She can be reached via email at dana.aspero@ascendhealth.com.

Donnett Nugent
Vice President of Compliance, Quality and Education

Donnett Nugent is the Vice President of Compliance, Quality and Education for Ascend Hospice and Home Health, which provide services in multiple states, including Puerto Rico. She is a registered nurse and a seasoned health care executive with more than 20 years of Home Health and Hospice leadership experience.

Cristina Lopez
Vice President of Human Resources

Cristina began her career with the CareOne family in 2010 and held various positions in the Human Resources Department. In her roles, she supported the department by implementing comprehensive best practices related to employee relations, streamlining Workers Compensation and FMLA process and procedure, developed training new team members and new managers across all disciplines, and supported the company through many transitions. In July 2017, Cristina joined the Partners Pharmacy and Ascend Health leadership teams as the Vice President of Human Resources.

Cristina attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey where she obtained her B.A. in History and she is a Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).

Gerard Bernardi
Vice President of Finance

Gerard Bernardi has more than 20 years of leadership experience in accounting, finance and operations.  As Vice President of Finance & Controller of Ascend Health he manages the finances and supports the operations of the company’s multi state hospice, home health and concierge home care services where best-in-class care is a priority.  Gerard is a transformational leader who has a proven track record of enhancing revenue streams and implementing cost controls.  He also prides himself on being customer centric and understands the importance of strong communication and collaboration.

Prior to joining Ascend Health, Mr. Bernardi had a successful career in the auto industry where he held various finance and operations related leadership roles.