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:

Lupe Alonzo-Diaz, MPALupe Alonzo-Diaz, MPA – Deputy Director of the Healthcare Workforce Development Division at the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) for the State of California.

Judy Thomas, JDJudy Thomas, JD – Executive Director of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, Chair of the National POLST Paradigm Task Force.

Rev. Eric J. HallRev. Eric J. Hall -President and CEO of the non-profit HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, a leader in the integration of spirituality and healthcare regardless of religion or beliefs.

Randall Krakauer, MD, FACP, FACRRandall Krakauer, MD, FACP, FACR – Dr. Krakauer has more than 30 years of experience in medicine and medical management, and has held senior medical management positions in several major organizations.

Linda Leavell RN, MPH, PhDLinda Leavell RN, MPH, PhD – Executive Director for National Patient Care Services (N.P.C.S.) for Kaiser Permanente and the leader of Kaiser’s National Nursing Leadership Council (N.N.L.C.).

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. 

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.

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).

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, and directs the Symptom Management Service at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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.

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 also a faculty member in the General Medicine Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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.

Betsy GornetBetsy Gornet, FACHE – Advanced Illness Management (AIM®) Executive for Sutter Health / Sutter Care at Home.  

MastrojohnJohn Mastrojohn III, RN, MSN, MBA – Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

Roberta AchtenbergRoberta Achtenberg, JD – Public Policy Advisor, Commissioner of the U.S Commission on Civil Rights, Trustee Emeritus and past Chair of the California State University Board of Trustees, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Bank of San Francisco.

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.

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