Friday, March 1, 2024

Ten Questions with Brandon Randall

(Photo Credit: Mason Murawski)

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — “Ten Questions with” is a series that allows readers to get to know local business leaders, volunteers and community members in the Historic Triangle.

This week, meet Brandon Randall.

What is your job title and description?

I am the Executive Director of Hospice House of Williamsburg. I have the privilege of serving and leading an incredible team that strives daily to fulfill the mission of our organization — to give care, comfort, and compassion through and beyond end of life.

Who do you interact/work with on a regular basis?

My role gives me a unique opportunity to regularly interface with a variety of people, and I love it! I interact with volunteers, staff, business leaders, civic leaders, other nonprofit leaders, our extraordinary dream team of board members, our house guests, and their family members and loved ones.

How do you/your organization interact with the local community?
We are here because of the local community. We exist because this community financially enables us to do our work each day without charging guests or their families. We provide end-of-life care for those who are at the last leg of their journey, and we also offer bereavement support services to anyone who seeks it.

What is something about your job most people wouldn’t know about?

I don’t think most people in our community know how fortunate we are to have a Hospice House. We are one of about 50 social model hospices currently operating in the United States. Social model means we stand as a literal home away from home for our guests. We are not a medical facility. We are not-for-profit, and our services are provided at no cost to guests or their loved ones. Typically, individuals facing the end of life who have enrolled in hospice services receive those services at home. Home hospice agencies would support and supplement family and loved ones in their care of their dying loved one. In our case, the Hospice House becomes home for that dying individual, and we become their extended family. We provide the care that the family would typically give (around the clock), and the home hospice agencies support and supplement us. Our partnerships with hospice agencies are critical. We can’t operate the way we do without them. This year alone we have worked with ten different hospice agencies.

How do you define success?
I define success as progress. I don’t think you ever truly arrive at “success.” Success is making yourself, a process, or an organization a little better each day. 
What is your greatest accomplishment to date?
My greatest accomplishment to date is marrying my beautiful bride and best friend, Monique.
How long have you lived/worked in the Historic Triangle?
Our family moved to Williamsburg in 1993, and I have been here ever since with the exception of time away for college at Hampden-Sydney. I returned after graduation and began my career at the Anheuser-Busch Williamsburg Brewery.
What is your favorite part of being in the Historic Triangle? 
My favorite part of being in the Historic Triangle is being near my family. I am aware that many people are forced to move away from family for career opportunities. I am very grateful to raise my family here among my extended family. Busch Gardens and the great golf courses are a nice bonus, too.
What do you do for downtime/to relax?
I enjoy watching sports and playing the keyboard. My new fun outlet is working through Sudoku puzzles in competition with my two oldest children, Amari and Isaiah. We compete at the same table when we’re all together, and the one who finishes first is the winner. Amari is now in her second year at Clemson University, so we do a virtual version of our competition. We do the puzzles individually, time ourselves, and share our times in a group chat to determine the winner. 
What is the next step in your journey?
The last two years at Hospice House have been a tremendous blessing to me and my family. I want to continue this important work for the foreseeable future, but only God truly knows what the future holds. I’m open and willing to follow His lead.

Visit Hospice House of Williamsburg to learn more about the facility.

Do you want to learn more about your community and the people who live and work in the Historic Triangle? We are looking for people with interesting jobs, super volunteers, or community leaders to showcase. Reach out to let us know if you (or someone you know) would like to be considered for Ten Questions.

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