National Advisory Board Members

National Advisory Board Members


The National Advisory Board represents a cross-section of leaders in California and nationally in areas concerned with palliative-care, workforce development and education.

The Institute’s advisory board members include:

Roberta AchtenbergRoberta Achtenberg, JD – Has more than 30 years of senior- level leadership experience in business, government, and law, and currently serves on private-sector and public-sector boards and as a corporate advisor in public policy specializing in banking, finance, housing and economic development. She is Commissioner of the U.S Commission on Civil Rights, Trustee Emeritus and past Chair of the California State University Board of Trustees, and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Bank of San Francisco. Achtenberg has a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from the University Of Utah College Of Law.

Samira BeckwithDr. Samira K. Beckwith – President and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services, Chair for the National Hospice Foundation, Director for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Director for the Hospice Action Network, Vice Chair for the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association, Vice Chair of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, Founding President of the Florida PACE Association and a Founding Director of the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation. Dr. Beckwith holds a Bachelor of Sociology Degree and a Masters in Social Work from The Ohio State University, as well as a Doctor of Humane Letters from Southwest Florida College.

Betsy GornetBetsy Gornet, FACHE – Advanced Illness Management (AIM®) Executive for Sutter Health / Sutter Care at Home. Sutter Health is a not-for-profit healthcare delivery system comprised of 24 hospitals, 6000 aligned physicians, 12 home health and 7 hospices agencies across 24 counties throughout Northern California. From 2007-2013, Betsy was also the Chief Hospice Executive for Sutter Care at Home. She received her MS in Health Systems Management from Rush University, Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, and her BA in Psychology from Indiana University.

Rev. Eric J. HallRev. Eric J. Hall – President and CEO of the non-profit HealthCare Chaplaincy Network which provides professional chaplaincy services in leading metropolitan New York health care institutions. Under Rev. Hall’s leadership HealthCare Chaplaincy Network is making important advances in palliative care, clinical pastoral education, online continuing professional education, research into the evidence of the value of chaplaincy interventions, and alliances with like-minded organizations.

Barbara JonesBarbara Jones, PhD, MSW – Assistant dean for health affairs and associate professor at the UT Austin School of Social Work, co-director of the Institute for Palliative Care and Family Survival, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at University of Texas Galveston Medical School and a collaborating faculty member at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. She is a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice where she is also the Vice-Chair of the Social Work Academy.

Randall Krakauer, MD, FACP, FACRRandall Krakauer, MD, FACP, FACR – Graduated from Albany Medical College in 1972, is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, and received an MBA from Rutgers. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology and Professor of Medicine at Seton Hall University Graduate School of Medicine. He is past chairman of the American College of Managed Care Medicine and former Vice President and National Medical Director, Medical Strategy, AETNA.

Linda Leavell RN, MPH, PhDLinda Leavell RN, MPH, PhD – Executive Director for Kaiser Permanente’s National Patient Care Services (N.P.C.S). Linda leads the work of Kaiser’s N.P.C.S. and the National Nursing Leadership Council (N.N.L.C.) where she is responsible for overall operations, performance, and functioning of N.P.C.S. She previously served as Chief Nursing Officer at Sacramento Medical Center. A registered nurse for forty years, Linda is a diploma graduate from Lawrence General Hospital; a B.S. from Chapman College; a M.P.H. from California State University, Northridge; and a Ph.D. from Walden University.

Holli Martinez NP, ACHPNHolli Martinez NP, ACHPN – Nurse Practitioner and Program Director of the University of Utah Palliative Care Service, adjunct faculty member in the College of Nursing, certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (ACHPN), and chair of the Exam Development Committee for the ACHPN board certification exam.

MastrojohnJohn Mastrojohn III, RN, MSN, MBA – Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). Prior to NHPCO, John was founding director of Palliative Care and Hospice Services at Summa Health System. He has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Akron and a Master of Science in nursing administration and Master of Business Administration degree from Kent State University.

Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSWAngelo McClain, PhD, LICSW – Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Social Workers and President of the National Association of Social Workers Foundation. He previously served as Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Children and holds a BS in Social Work from West Texas State University, an MS in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a PhD in Social Work from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

William D. Novelli, MAWilliam D. Novelli, MA – Professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, and leads the Global Social Enterprise Initiative for the School, Co-Chair of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC). Previously, he was CEO of AARP, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, EVP of CARE and President of Porter Novelli, now one of the world’s largest public relations firms. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. from Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication.

Michael W. Rabow, MD, FAAHPMMichael W. Rabow, MD, FAAHPM – Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, at the University of California, San Francisco. Board-certified in internal medicine and hospice & palliative care, Dr. Rabow directs a leading outpatient palliative care consultation program– the Symptom Management Service– at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Rabow is a national expert in outpatient palliative care research and service delivery.

Michele Sacco, MSMichele Sacco, MS – Executive director for the Health Care Staffing Services Certification and Advanced Certification for Palliative Care programs at The Joint Commission. In this role, she directs all certification activities related to health care staffing services and palliative care, including the development of standards and review processes. Sacco holds a master’s degree in forensic sciences from National University in San Diego, California, and a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Judy Thomas, JDJudy Thomas, JD – An attorney working in health care for more than 20 years, Judy is the Executive Director of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, a statewide collaboration of healthcare providers, consumers, and regulatory agencies working to improve care of seriously-ill Californians. Previously, Judy was a lobbyist for LeadingAge of California and the California Hospital Association, focusing on aging and long-term supports and services. She also serves as the Chair of the National POLST Paradigm Task Force.

Angelo Volandes MD, MPHAngelo Volandes MD, MPH – Leads a group of internationally recognized researchers who create and study video decision aids to empower patients and families to make informed decisions at the end of life. He is a faculty member in the General Medicine Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He received his BA in philosophy from Harvard College, a medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine, and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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