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Wynn Presson, MHA
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.
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.
Susan Hull
Susan Hull
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.
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.
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.
Dana McCartney, CPA
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.

Dan 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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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-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

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.

noreen-willingham-100Noreen Winningham, Ph.D.
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A former elementary/middle school teacher, undergraduate/graduate professor, and school administrator for eighteen years. A private consultant to elementary school districts in 25 U.S. states, France, and Belgium for the prior ten years, Winningham’s past work includes the design and management of programming for the integration of the arts into the basic curriculum and the design and delivery of teacher professional development in mathematics and computer technology.

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.
Robyn Phillips-Madson, DO, MPH, FACOFP
Founding Dean of the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM) and Associate Professor of Family Medicine.  She earned her Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Washington, and her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She is board-certified by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and practiced for 27 years in Seattle prior to her career in academic medicine.  She graduated from the AOA Health Policy Fellowship program in 2006, and obtained her Master in Public Health degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2009.
Richard Chamberlin, Actor/Artist
Richard Chamberlain, actor and artist, has starred in many leading roles on both stage and screen. The miniseries, Thorn Birds and Shogun, earned him a Golden Globes award.
Melissa Stennett Deuter, M.D.
Dr. Deuter is a board certified psychiatrist in San Antonio, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas and attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She completed psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and served as Chief Resident. Dr. Deuter currently holds an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UTHSCSA and is the course director for the resident training seminars on Eating Disorders and Sexuality and Sexual Development.

Lubna Naeem, M.D.

Marian Haddad, MFA, Poet
Martin Rabbett, Director/Actor/Writer
Martin Rabbett, actor, writer, director, began his career in theatre. In the late 1980’s, he produced and co-produced a number of projects for film and stage. He went on to co-produce a much acclaimed revival of “My Fair Lady” that went on a U.S. tour before going to Broadway and on to Europe.