901 Jones Road | Springdale, AR 72762
1201 NE Legacy Parkway | Bentonville, AR 72712
Referrals: 479-872-3377

Circle of Life Staff

Our Executive Team

The Executive Leadership Team serves as the driving force of our mission providing staff with the direction and support required to provide the highest quality care to our patients and their families.

Catherine Grubbs
Chief Executive Officer

Catherine joined Circle of Life in 2009. She previously served as Vice President of Performance Management for Mercy Health System of Northwest Arkansas, a regional hospital and clinic organization that is part of the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. Catherine has more than 15 years of healthcare management experience. She is passionate about continually improving the quality of care and services provided to patients and families within her community.

Catherine graduated with a B.S. from Oklahoma State University and a M.S. in Healthcare Administration and Community Health from the University of Arkansas, is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), and a Six Sigma Green Belt.

Chief Clinical Officer

Diya LeDuc joined Circle of Life in 2007 and serves as Chief Clinical Officer. She has worked with individuals and families suffering from grief, loss, and trauma for over 20 years with additional focus on program development. Diya participated in a research study and co-authored the first edition of Forensic Evaluation of Children. This protocol is research based and has been adopted by Children’s Centers across the country. Diya also worked as a lead in implementing and further developing a Mother’s Advocate Program which was designed to support the primary caregivers during the investigative process. This program is now called the Family Advocate program and has also been adopted across the country. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Family and Child Development from Auburn University and her Master of Social Work from the University of Alabama. Diya is a licensed, certified social worker with an additional certification in Hospice and Palliative Care.

Ryan Langston
Chief Financial Officer

Ryan joined Circle of Life in 2008 as a member of the Board of Directors and as a staff member in 2009. Prior to joining Circle of Life, he served as Vice President for Lightning Electric, Inc. and as a Project Manager for Nabholz Construction. Ryan’s multi-industry experience has provided Circle the needed expertise for growth and expansion of services and facilities. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas and later completed his M.B.A. from his Alma Mater.

Dee Vaughn, CFRE
Chief Development Officer

Dee joined Circle of Life in 2013 as Director of Development. She previously served as a Regional Major Gifts Officer for Mercy Health Foundation of Northwest Arkansas. Dee has more than 20 year’s of experience in fundraising, marketing and operations in healthcare, hospitality and non-profit. Dee is most proud of founding the Northwest Arkansas Business Women’s Conference in 1998. She was also instrumental in forming the NWA Mercy Family YMCA and served on the board for many years. She is a graduate of Rose State College and the University of Central Oklahoma and is a CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive).

Dr. Stephen Carter, MD HMDC
Medical Director

Dr. Carter serves as Medical Director of Circle of Life Hospice and is a board certified Hospice Medical Director.  He joined Circle of Life in 2014 and serves in our Legacy Village facility. He graduated from UAMS College of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from Hendrix College in Conway, AR. Prior to joining Circle of Life, he served as Medical Director of the Perry County Nursing Center and practiced at the Morrilton Medical Clinic for 26 years. He is board certified in Family Medicine.

Contact Information

901 Jones Road
Springdale, AR 72762

1201 NE Legacy Parkway
Bentonville, AR 72712



Words of Thanks

  • Thank you so much for caring for our wonderful friends and families. Keep up the great work. We appreciate you so very much.
  • I just wanted to thank you so much for your help and kindness during my father's last days. You and your staff made a difficult situation so much easier for all involved. My family and I deeply appreciate all that you did for us.
  • Many thanks for the good care you gave our loved one.
  • Thank you for all the love, care and support you provided us. We are so grateful for our great opportunity to reconnect with mom and make lasting memories. You helped make mom's time with us better as she prepared you for her heavenly home.
  • The staff at Circle of Life will never know how much we appreciated the care given to our parents. Each of you is unique in your own ways.
  • Thank you for your wonderful care. Circle of Life is a wonderful place and we appreciate you all so much. Thank you for your kind and gentle care of our family member.
  • My family was so pleased with how you took such good care of my wife in her final days.
  • Thank you so much for the love and care of our loved one. Your kindness will live on in our hearts forever.
  • Your care of mom was such a blessing - at our home and at the hospice home. Such kindness and genuine love for those who are dying. You all provide such a valuable service. May God bless you in return.
  • Thank you so much for the excellent care of our loved one at this most difficult time of life.
  • Thank you so very much for the care and compassion you showed mom. She loved you all and you made her last year much better.
  • Many thanks to all of you for the wonderful thoughtfulness, care and kindness for our friend and his family in his final days.