Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team

                        Kristina Leyden, MSW-LCSW                                                    Chief Executive Officer

                       Kristina Leyden, MSW-LCSW                                                   Chief Executive Officer

Kristina obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science from York College of PA in 1995 and completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in 2000. She became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker after obtaining her Master’s Degree. 

Kristina has many years of experience in the medical field beginning her career in 1996 as Director of Social Work/Admissions for an 800+ bed Continuing Care Retirement Community in Lancaster, PA. Upon moving to Baltimore, MD in 2001 she worked as a Director of Social Work for Genesis Health Care for 8 years before becoming an Independent Consultant for Long Term Care Facilities and working as a home based Therapist for Medical Services of America. For 12 years, Kristina was an adjunct professor of social work, sociology, and women’s studies at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) and the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC).

After moving to North Carolina, Kristina joined the Richmond County Hospice team in June of 2012 as the Director of Inpatient Care & Family Services and in January of 2014, was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, then to Interim Chief Executive Officer on August 1, 2014. Kristina was named Chief Executive Officer on March 1, 2015.

She and her husband Pete, have two children, Kate and Andrew

                            Steven Strobel, MD                                                             Chief Medical Officer

                           Steven Strobel, MD                                                            Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Strobel is a graduate of the highly rated Ohio State University College of Medicine, board certified in Emergency Medicine, and is trained to deal with acute illnesses and injuries that require immediate medical attention. He did his residency at Summa Health system in Akron, Ohio. 

Dr. Strobel has more than 30 years of experience in the medical field and comes to us via FirstHealth where he has held several positions, including Medical Director of the Emergency Departments at FirstHealth Montgomery Hospital and FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital. 

He is a highly compassionate, religious, and caring physician that is a great asset to our company and our communities. He’s been a North Carolina resident for most of his career.

He and his wife, Anne, have 7 children.

                          Julie Woody, RN, CHPN                                                  Director of Public Relations

                         Julie Woody, RN, CHPN                                                 Director of Public Relations

Julie is a native of Richmond county who graduated from Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Charlotte, NC in May of 1996. She joined the RCH team in January of 1999. Julie has held many positions, including Staff Nurse, Clinical Liaison, Regional Coordinator, and Nursing Assistant Supervisor, and was promoted to her current position in January of 2014.

She became a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse in December of 2013.

Julie and her husband Chad, have 3 sons - Nic, Chase, and Trenton.

                                Marvin Taylor, BS                                                                Director of Finances

                               Marvin Taylor, BS                                                               Director of Finances

Marvin is a native of Richmond county who received his Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He has several years of Hospice experience working in different capacities including Bereavement Coordinator, Information Technology, and Finance. Marvin has been employed with Richmond County Hospice since April 2012 and was promoted to Director of Finance in August of 2014.

He and his wife Wendy, have 2 daughters, Hannah and Harper.

                        Arturo De Aguilar, MA, MDIV                                             Director of Human Resources

                       Arturo De Aguilar, MA, MDIV                                            Director of Human Resources

Arturo has been a Richmond county resident since 1998. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, NC and his Masters of Arts and Masters of Divinity from St. Vincent the Paul College in Florida. Arturo joined the Richmond County Hospice team in August 2012 as an H.R. Specialist and was promoted in May 2013 to Director of the Human Resources department. His career began in Family Counseling and led to his work in corporate management in the Food and Grocery industry as well as the Human Services area.  

Prior to coming to Richmond County Hospice, he worked at Perdue Farms Rockingham plant as a Senior Human Resources Representative for over 5 years, and he’s been in the management world for over 18 years in different capacities.

He and wife, Cristina, have three children - Ben, Sabrina, and Caroline

                        Jessica Mims, BSW, CHP-SW                                                Director of Family Services

                       Jessica Mims, BSW, CHP-SW                                               Director of Family Services

Jessica is a native of Richmond county who graduated from Richmond Community College in 1997, earning her Associate’s degree in Human Services.  She then attended UNC Pembroke and graduated with a BA in Sociology in 1999, later returning to UNC Pembroke to earn her BSW in 2011. 

Jessica has worked in various settings in the past including mental health and the school system.  Jessica began her hospice career in April 2011 as a Social Worker.  In November 2014, Jessica became the Family Services Manager and earned her Certification in Hospice and Palliative Social Work (CHP-SW) in March, 2017.  In January, 2018 her title changed to Director of Family Services.  Jessica is passionate about the mission of Richmond County Hospice, Inc. and enjoys helping others.

Jessica and her husband Frank reside in Ellerbe. They have one son, James.

                            Jenny Mabe, RN, CHPN                                               Director of Nursing (Home Care)

                           Jenny Mabe, RN, CHPN                                              Director of Nursing (Home Care)

Jenny is a native of Richmond county who obtained her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Richmond Community College in 1996. She became certified in hospice and palliative care in 2010. During her 22 year career as a nurse, she has dedicated over 15 years to hospice care, where she has held different positions including Staff Nurse, Residential Facility Manager of Hospice Haven, Clinical Outreach Coordinator, and her current position as Director of Nursing (Home Care).

She and her husband, Scotty, have 4 boys - Cameron, Nick, Noah, and Jayce.

                             Hollie Smith, RN, CHPN                                                     Director of Inpatient Care

                            Hollie Smith, RN, CHPN                                                    Director of Inpatient Care

Hollie is a native of Richmond county. She obtained her Associate’s in Science with a certification in Medical Assisting in June 2007, and in June 2011 she graduated from Richmond Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing.

Hollie joined our hospice staff in March of 2013 as a Hospice Haven Staff Nurse and was promoted to Inpatient Nurse Manager of Hospice Haven in January of 2014. The current title is Director of Inpatient Care. She wears two hats as she continues to work periodically as a floor nurse as well as in management. She enjoys the versatility and feels that it keeps her on her toes.  Her passion is palliative and end of life care.

Hollie and her husband, Anthony, have three children - Araya, Amani, and Anthony Jr.

Our Board of Directors


                         Neil Watkins, Chairman  -  Gerald Witherspoon, Vice-Chairman  -  Sharon Hutchinson, Secretary  -  James McLester, Treasurer                                                                              Seth Allen, Linda Bayless, Wayne Burgess, Vickie Cox, Carlotta Griffin-Knotts, Rev. Chris Hawks,                                                                                                Patti Jenkins, Michelle Parrish, Dennis Quick, Donnie Richardon