HALO strives to protect, support, and advocate for medically vulnerable persons without discrimination based on race, religion, age, disability, sex, or sexual orientation.


Adopted September 5, 2018

The mission of the Healthcare Advocacy and Leadership Organization is to promote, protect, and advocate for the rights of the medically vulnerable through direct patient and family interactions; through community education and awareness programs; and through promotion and development of concrete “life-affirming healthcare"* alternatives for those facing the grave consequences of healthcare rationing and unethical practices, especially those at risk of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

*"Life-affirming healthcare" is defined as medical care in which the paramount principle is the sanctity of life, which means that the life and safety of each person come first and each person receives medical care across their lifespan based on their need for care and never with an intention to hasten death, regardless of their abilities or perceived "quality of life."

The Board of Directors:

Julie Grimstad, President
Jo Tolck, Vice President
Kurt Virnig, Treasurer
Mary Merritt, Secretary
Val Baertlein
Dennis Merritt
Marlene Reid

Board of Advisors:

William Beckman
Judie Brown
Sara Buscher, Esq.
Ralph Capone, MD
Lucy Karen Clay
Mary Flores
Stephanie Hopping
Rose Howe
Cristen Krebs, DNP, ANP-BC
Mark Davis Pickup
​Bonnie Quirke, RN
Alex Schadenberg
Mary Schaefer, RN
Mike Schaefer
Sr. Maria (Faulkner) of the Trinity, RN
Nancy Valko, RN


Anne O’Meara, Executive Director
Christopher Rogers, Creative Director