Deborah Kaercher’s doctorate and professional background is in combined public health and grassroots technology-based start-ups. Born in Springfield, Missouri, Deborah received her BA in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and her MPH and Ph.D. from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia where she entered a program in women’s health studies and public health. She was the founding Vice-President and Executive Director of the Women and Family Health Information Network, establishing operations in 1997 with a coalition of over thirty community and non-profit members in the South Texas community. The Network was adopted by the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio in 2004. Her most recent publication was included in Feminist Popular Education in Transnational Debates: Building Pedagogies of Possibility. She is currently working as the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of a new organization – The Final Acts Project: Theatre and Creative Arts Supporting End of Life Care Planning – which is dedicated to humanizing the end of life experience through the arts, humanities, theatre, education and resource development.
Craig HurwitzFounding Co-Chair of the Board
Craig Hurwitz is a pediatrician who specializes in pediatric pain and palliative medicine. He attended the University of Texas and Southwestern Medical School in Dallas before moving to Duke Medical Center in North Carolina for a pediatrics residency. Dr. Hurwitz completed his pediatrics training in 1982 followed by fellowship subspecialty training in pediatric hematology and oncology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1982 – 1985. Following fellowship training, Dr. Hurwitz joined the faculty at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as an Assistant Professor where he specialized in treating children with acute leukemias. In 1993, he joined the Maine Children’s Cancer Program in Portland, Maine where he remained as Director of the Program and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont School of Medicine for the next 10 years. Dr. Hurwitz took at 2 year sabbatical to return to fellowship training in Pain and Palliative Medicine at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston from 2003-2005, and subsequently returned to Portland to build and direct a combined adult and pediatric palliative medicine program in Maine. Dr. Hurwitz made his final move back to Austin in 2011 when he was recruited to Dell Children’s Medical Center as the new director of the Pain and Palliative Medicine Program.
Susan Hull, MSN, RN, is a nursing executive, entrepreneur and national thought leader passionate about co-creating technology-enabled innovations, transforming health and care eco-systems to dramatically improve population health, resilience and wellbeing. She has served in a variety of roles including managing a new Children’s Hospital Emergency Service, nursing and health system executive, new healthy community partnership and community health information network executive, clinical informatics and decision support executive, consultant and action researcher. As founder and CEO of WellSpring Consulting, she has supported health care communities in the US and Canada since 1994. She recently served as Chief Health Informatics Officer for Diversinet, Vice President for Elsevier’s CPM Resource Center; on the NeHC Consumer e-Health Advisory Board and on HHS’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Consumer Technology Standards workgroup. She co-chairs a national Consumer eHealth initiative with the Alliance for Nursing Informatics; and serves on the Learning Health System Policy and Governance Framework Initiative.
Suzanne Nuccio has her BA in theater performance and a minor in dance education as well as being a certified teacher for K-8. A few of her stage performances include “Helen of Troy”, “Tartuffe”, “Luann Hampton Laverty Oberlander”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Dracula”, and “West Side Story”. She also performed with a comedy improv troupe called “Theater Sports” and has done some commercial work as well. In addition to her work in theater and television, Suzanne has choreographed pieces for dance showcases and “ A Midsummer Nights Dream”. Most recently she choreographed and danced for a dance worship troupe that used dance as a means to reach and open discussions with women battling addiction, the disabled, ESL groups and many more. From 2010-2016, Suzanne served as the Teaching Director in Northern NJ delivering weekly lectures for an interdenominational Bible Study that facilitates classes throughout the United States and abroad called CBS (Community Bible Study). Prior to that, she ran the Children’s program for ten years. Suzanne’s passion has always been to merge her love of the performing arts and her faith into meaningful works and conversations that have the power to change lives for the better.
Dana McCartney, CPATax Partner
After graduation, she joined Price Waterhouse in the Denver office. Subsequently, she worked in the Washington D.C. and St. Louis offices of Price Waterhouse as well. After a sabbatical home schooling children and providing tax, accounting and volunteer services to nonprofit organizations, Dana returned to the workforce in January 2004. During her time with Maxwell Locke & Ritter, Dana has focused on high-net worth individuals and their related partnerships, trusts, CRUTS and foundations. She has developed expertise in the tax compliance and planning for high-net worth individuals including providing estate planning services.
Wynn Presson, MHA
Wynn Presson, MHA, is a retired hospital executive who served as the President and CEO of Research Health Services in Kansas City, Missouri and the CEO and then for Swope Community Enterprises as Senior Vice President for Corporate Planning, Communications, Fund Development & Government Relations. Wynn Presson’s career has centered on the organization and strategic evolution of hospital and health care delivery systems while serving in top management positions and on multiple non-profit organization boards. Wynn was born in Texas and spent all of his development years in Dallas. He attended The University of Texas in Austin, graduating with a BBA in human resource management. He became enthralled with hospital and health care management as a result of a year of management externships at Methodist Hospital of Dallas, followed by the achieving of a Masters Degree in Health Care Management from Washington University in St. Louis. Throughout his career Wynn has been on multiple non-profit boards, many of which have dealt with health care services for the under-served. One of his earlier board involvements included the Kansas City based Midwest Bioethics Center which stirred his interest in end of life issues.
The Rev. Molly F. James holds a PhD in Theology from the University of Exeter (UK) through Hartford Seminary’s International PhD Program. She holds a Master’s of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Tufts University. She was ordained by The Rt. Rev. Chilton Knudsen in 2005. She has served as a hospital chaplain and a parish priest. She currently serves on the Bishops’ staff for The Episcopal Church in Connecticut as the Dean of Formation, working in leadership development and the training of future clergy. Molly works in Disaster Response and assisted the CT bishops at Trinity, Newtown in December 2012. She has served as adjunct professor at Hartford Seminary and the University of St. Joseph, focusing on ethics and pastoral care. Drawing on her personal experience as a cancer survivor and her professional experience as a priest, doctoral research focused on suffering and grief. Her work, With Joyful Acceptance, Maybe was published in 2013 by Wipf and Stock. In addition to her work in CT, Molly is co-chair of The Young Clergy Women Project (an ecumenical organization of clergy women under 40), and serves as a board member for the Society of Scholar Priests. Molly and her husband Reade (a mechanical engineer) have two children, Katherine and Halsted.