Dawn Walsh, Paula Erickson, Hannah S Ewart
Lily House Founders
Board of Directors
Dawn Walsh, President
Dawn’s interest in death and dying began with the death of her mother Mary when Dawn was a young adult. Her interest deepened following the death of her friend Linda, whose body she helped wash, dress, and shroud. Subsequently, she has developed a growing curiosity regarding our cultural views and practices surrounding death. It was her work as a hospice volunteer—seeing the difference between those who were able to die at home and those who weren’t—that inspired her to create a community home for the dying. When she met Hannah through hospice, she found the perfect partner to help bring this vision to fruition. Paula, with whom she forged a close friendship through conversations about death, became the clear choice to complete the circle of founders. Dawn founded and produced Provincetown's Day of the Dead Arts Festival from 2016-2018. She is a community death educator, end-of-life doula, green burial advocate, and home funeral guide. She serves on the Provincetown Cemetery Commission and is a member of the Order of the Good Death, End-of-Life Doula Alliance, National Home Funeral Alliance, and Funeral Consumer Alliance.
Paula Erickson, Treasurer
Paula has been profoundly moved and even changed for the better by significant losses—the suicide of her brother David, the loss of Jola her beloved dog, the act of bearing close witness (through caregiving) to the slow decline and at-home death of her best friend Lauren. Because what was lost remains a rich source of strength and love! Because compassion and gratitude were born of reclaiming grief & honoring death… In her work as an outreach social worker, Paula has developed an understanding of how to engage essential community supports & services to help break down barriers to care. To this new purpose she also brings her passions for exploring the natural world, for growing fresh food & flowers, for reading & writing poetry & singing and finding humor in the lovable quirks of each day. It is Paula’s great joy to join forces with Dawn & Hannah in the soulful adventure of opening the doors to The Lily House.
Hannah S Ewart, RN, CHPN, Clerk
Hannah’s first experience with death was that of her grandfather at a hospice home in Rochester, NY. As a child, she was struck by the grace with which the staff cared for her grandfather and normalized his dying process. The experience contrasted with her grandmother’s death in the hospital years later, which cemented Hannah’s admiration for home-based end-of-life care. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Biology from State University of New York at Purchase, Hannah served as a hospice volunteer for Visiting Nurse Services of New York, while working as a Medical Editor in Manhattan. Eventually, realizing she had been walking parallel to the path she was meant to walk, Hannah enrolled at Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing and achieved her Associates Degree in Nursing. She left Manhattan for Cape Cod, caring for those with dementia and chronic illnesses, before officially becoming a hospice nurse in 2016. She has served dying individuals in their homes, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities across Cape Cod. Having seen firsthand the struggle families endure to care for their dying loved ones, Hannah is honored to join Dawn and Paula, and bring her experience and compassion to The Lily House.
Kim Adams, End-of-Life Guide/Coach
Kim’s work with death and dying started in the early 1990’s when she worked as a case manager for people with HIV/AIDS. At that time, people were dying of the disease and she moved in closer rather than shy away from death. Early on, Kim saw the value of touch especially it’s importance to those who were dying. She became a licensed massage therapist in 2000 and as a hospice volunteer and bereavement coordinator would bring her massage table to the homes of patients for many years. In addition to massage therapy, Kim also provided Reiki and other energy modalities to patients and caregivers. Since 2010 she has been a certified professional end-of-life coach/guide, and a community educator on death/dying, home funerals, and green burials. Kim is also a home funeral guide and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Threshold Support Circle in Baltimore, MD educating and empowering families to care for their own after-death. Options for end-of-life and after-death care is the crux of Kim’s work and supporting a community home for the living and dying has been a dream of hers for many years. Kim most recently served on the Board of Directors for the National Home Funeral Alliance (NHFA) as Secretary and Conference Coordinator, and the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance (NEDA) as Membership Secretary.
Susan Peskin, Registered Investment Adviser
Susan spent over 30 years providing wealth management advice in the financial services industry. As President of Money Concepts, Susan earned a solid reputation for her ability to advise clients on a range of personal wealth matters, including investment portfolio allocation, construction and estate planning. Her hard work earned her several industry awards, including a position as a Five-Star Wealth Manager for exceptional service and overall client satisfaction. Susan has focused on giving back to the community and has a long history of community involvement. She currently serves as President of the Board of Cincinnati Academy of Performing Arts in Ohio, and on the Provincetown Zoning Board of Appeals in Massachusetts. She was also Founder and past Board Member of the Women Making Money investment club.