Dr. Raymond Barfield
Dr. Raymond BarfieldAssociate Professor of Pediatrics, Duke University
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Christian Philosophy at Duke University. Dr. Barfield practices pediatric oncology, directs the pediatric quality of life program, conducts research in oncology and quality of life, teach courses in philosophy, theology and medicine, and is working to build a program in theology, medicine and culture.
Gail Yantis
Gail Yantis
Gail Yantis has been in the insurance industry for over 20 years. She began her insurance career in life management with Prudential and was promoted to expand a nationwide program for them rising to the Director level. She then went into the independent brokerage channel spending see the last several years with brokerage agencies. As an independent general agent she has the ability to work with many companies to provide the solution that best fits the client. Prior to entering the professional world she was widowed at 28 without a plan. Before she entered the insurance profession Gail was City Administrator for the City of Leander. She has completed the Certified Long Term Care Consultant (CLTC) training program and has earned her FLMI designation. She is a certified CE instructor and teaches courses on long term care, life insurance and ethics.
Michelle Mirsky
Michelle Mirsky
Michelle Mirsky lost her young son, Lev, to heart disease and cancer in late 2010 after a three year pitched battle. Since 2007, Michelle has worked for Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas – first in the Palliative Care program and then as the Family Liaison. She currently chairs the Dell Children’s Family Advisory Council. Michelle has presented locally and internationally on Best Practices in Patient-and Family-Centered Care and continues to spread the message of storytelling and patient-family engagement as a means to improvement in healthcare. Michelle’s background and training are in writing and, in a past life, she taught English. She’s written for a number of creative outlets including McSweeney’s and The Austin Chronicle. Her writing has appeared in Best American Essays.
Kandyce Powell
Kandyce Powell
Kandyce Powell, RN, MSN has 30 years professional experience working with end-of-life issues. Since 1992, she is the Executive Director of the Maine Hospice Council and Center for End of Life Care in Augusta where her primary responsibilities include educational, technical and advocacy assistance for educators, health care professionals, and policy-makers who are interested in improving the quality of life for the dying and bereaved. She is a frequent speaker in Maine and throughout the US on topics related to end-of-life care and has been a mentor to many graduate students interested in end of life issues. In 2000, Kandyce was instrumental in starting a Hospice program at the Maine State Prison in Warren Maine. Kandyce provides pro bono support and experience around end-of-life issues and Hospice care options to the Board.

Daniel_Callahan-300Dan Callahan

President Emeritus, The Hastings Center

“American medicine is going through profound changes now. One of the most important is the care of the dying, a challenge  to medicine, our society, and to us as individuals.  Great progress has been made in recent years, but much more is needed. The Final Acts Project is a most welcome addition to those of us who have long worked to improve it, promising to bring some new and unique approaches.”

louise-aronson100Louise Aronson
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Clinician-educator,  Director Northern California Geriatric Education Center, the UCSF Medical Humanities program, and the Pathways to Discovery Program,
associate editor for the JAMA Care of the Aging Patient series, Director of Public Medical Communication for the Program for the Aging Century.

ruth berggrenRuth Berggren, MDUT Health Science Center, San Antonio
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Robert R. Biechlin, Jr., JD

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Partner in Thornton, Biechlin, Segrato, Reyonlds, & Guerro, LC; head of the firm’s Health Law Section. Recognized by his peers as a Texas Super Lawyer®, Best Lawyers in America®, and Best Lawyers in San Antonio. By virtue of his trial experience, he was invited to join the American Board of Trial Advocates where he holds the rank of Advocate.

 

Soo Borson MDSoo Borson, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences UWMC
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ira byockIra Byock, Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer for the Institute for Human Caring of Providence Health and Services
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caplan-art-100Arthur Leonard Caplan, PhD
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Drs. William F and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and the founding director of the Division of Medical Ethics in NYU Langone Medical Center’s Department of Population Health

 

 

William chapman-100William Julian Chapman, Tenor
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William Chapman brings a fresh, distinctive voice to the opera world that has been described as rare and intoxicating by musicians and opera lovers alike.

 

Mary Stinchcomb Cocke
President, Cocke Minerals, Inc.
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Bob-Cocke-100Robert R. “Bob” Cocke, Ph.D.
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Bob has an active interest in the relationship between the mind and disease resistance.

 

 

 

ValerieCohen-100Rabbi Valerie Cohen
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Senior Rabbi, Temple Emanuel Sinai, Worcester, Massachusetts.

 

Mary-Crescenzo-100Mary Crescenzo
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Writer, playwright, poet, vocal coach, and arts facilitator for older adults.
A founding member of, and lecturer and curricula developer for Lifetime Arts. The founder of “An ABC Approach to Alzheimer’s Awareness and Care Through the Arts.”

 

nan-cuba-100Nan Cuba
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Author, investigative journalist, founder and executive director emeritus of Gemini Ink

 

 

William-Dale-100William Dale, MD, University of Chicago, Advisory Board
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Board-certified Internist, Geriatrician, Palliative Medicine physician and Health Policy PhD, and the Section Chief of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine at the University of Chicago. The Founding Director of the Specialized Oncology Care & Research in the Elderly (SOCARE) clinic, reflecting a clinical, research, and educational interest in older adults with cancer.

james-doty-100Dr. James Doty, Stanford, Advisory Board
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Professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University, Expert in pediatric neurosurgery and formerly Chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital in Orange County, CA. Repeatedly honored a one of “America’s Top Surgeons” by the Consumers’ Research Council and “Best Doctors in America” by Best Doctors.
Founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University in the Stanford Institute of Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences (SINTN) of which the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor.

dr-wendy-s-ader-edwards-md-100Wendy S.A. Edwards, MD
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Board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Hospice and Palliative Medicine and is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at New York Medical College

 

Friedman_Alan _132Alan Friedman
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Thaman Professor of English & Comp Lit
The University of Texas at Austin
Alan Warren Friedman specializes in modern British, Irish, and American literature, the novel, and Shakespearean drama.

 

Rebecca Gonzalez-100Rebecca Gonzalez
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The Gonzalez Group President and Founder
Recognized leader in consulting with Fortune 200 companies in identifying and developing the organization’s culture in support of meeting business needs. Interventions have included: facilitation (at all levels), training, mentoring, shadowing, training and implementation of change management processes.

Gretchen Hoffman-DeFlorio-100Gretchen McCord-DeFlorio, JD
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Attorney, consultant, and educator specializing in copyright law, privacy law, and other legal issues related to digital information

 

 

DrDavidJohnMD_100David L. John MD
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Specialist in rheumatology and internal medicine in Honolulu, Hawai’i

 

 

John Kaercher John Kaercher, JD
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Comprehensive representation of corporate clients, including securities offerings, strategic transactions, disclosure, corporate governance and other matters

 

Sherry Kafka-Wagner-100Sherry Kafka-Wagner, MFA
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Consultant, researcher, lecturer and writer.

 

Eleanor-Komet-100Eleanor Beldon Komet, Ph.D.
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Dr. Komet is a Certified Group Psychotherapist and has been a frequent presenter at the American Group Psychotherapy Association.

 

Parent_Brendan_100Brendan Parent, JD
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Instructor in the Division of Medical Ethics at New York University Langone Medical Center and an Assistant Professor in Sports and Society at the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies

 

Martin Rabbett, Director/Actor/Writer

Photo.Nancy Ray Chief Nursing Officer University Health System-100Nancy Ray
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Sr. Vice President/Chief Nurse Executive for University Health System (UHS)

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noreen-willingham-100Noreen Winningham, Ph.D.
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Dr. Cheryl Woodson-100Dr Cheryl Woodson

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Spent more than 30 years teaching and practicing Geriatric
Medicine; provided leadership in eldercare public policy; An informative, inspiring, and entertaining speaker.
 David Clarke, MD