Who We Are


The visionary and founder of Further Shore is Aleia O’Reilly, LMT-AM. Aleia and her husband, Robert McCarter, have worked together to create a thriving network of end-of-life professionals to uphold Further Shore’s mission. Further Shore, Inc. is a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit in the state of Arizona.

Aleia N. O’Reilly LMT-AM is a massage therapist, Reiki Master Teacher, writer, hospice volunteer, and wellness guide. She has been teaching and practicing wellness and healing arts for forty years. She has served as visionary, founder, and executive director for several nonprofit organizations; each one expanding on the concepts and service of the previous. Further Shore represents her personal mission to expand and improve social systems for a more compassionate world.  Aleia has learned by working with people from all walks of life, that reflection on our own mortality inherently gives way to enriched relationships and a more conscious way of living. She has developed programs for learning the value of hospice and palliative care, expressing end of life concerns/wishes, and exploring the ways grief teaches, heals and changes us. Currently all programs are offered by Aleia with adjunct support from the Further Shore Network. Generous donations to our Friendship Program have made it possible to offer all services on a donation basis or free of charge for those in need.

Robert McCarter has a background in theater, visual arts, creative writing, and computer sciences. He is a computer programmer, entrepreneur, and artist, specializing in computer-generated fractal art, photography, and more recently cover designs for his own written works. Robert is a skillful story teller and is now a published author of several novels, novelettes, and short stories. His writing is informed by his life-changing experience as a hospice care giver for our friend, Wayne and the deaths of other dear family members and friends.  His story genres include mystery, science fiction, fantasy, contemporary and ghostly tales. Often his writing invites the reader to go deeper into the meaning of mortality, life right now, and the ways that death and grief teach us.

Board Meeting

Board of Directors

Aleia N. O’Reilly, President
Eileen T. Westphal, Secretary
Robert McCarter, Treasurer
Past Board Members
Susana Acosta-Cavert
Rev. Anne Ainsworth
Nikki Baldwin
Amber Belt, N.D.
John Bifano
Rajean Bifano-Elzey
Melissa Bowen
Isha Braun
Dannion Brinkley
Betty Brown, Ph.D.
Merry Byrd, R.N.
Mark Carroll, M.D.
Penny Cook
Mary Damskey, Ph.D.
Shayna Diamond-Atonna
Dot Dunn, PhD, FNP-BC
Nancy Gedney
Rebecca Hayes, R.N.
Frances Hill, Ph.D.
Pamela Hopkins
Grace Iverson
Amanda Kapp
Emmalee Kennedy, M.D.
Peter Klein
Meg Leander, M.A.
Michele Lytle
Jean Malecki-Friedland, M.D.
Grace Marks
Debby McCormick, Ph.D.
John Mead
Elizabeth Morgen, R.N.
Devon Moughan-Phillips
Susanne One Love, R.N.
Sean Orlando, N.D.
Connie Ott
Jack Pelton
Frances Reimer, Ph.D.
Jill Rundall
Eliot Schipper
Janine Schipper, Ph.D.
Kat Seekatz
David Spivey
Denise Stanga
Laura Theimer
Bee Valvo, R.N.
Judith Waidelich
Adrianne Ward