The Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) coordinates local coalitions across the state, working to ensure access to high-quality, compassionate care for all Californians. Our local coalitions have established POLST in their communities and continue to provide POLST education to healthcare professionals across the continuum of care, including how to use POLST properly and how to facilitate meaningful POLST conversations with patients and families. These coalitions also educate consumers about POLST and advance care planning, and serve as contacts in their community when any issues related to POLST arise.

If you are interested in building a local coalition, please contact CCCC.

This project has been made possible by funding from the California Health Care Foundation.

Statewide Coalitions

Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care

P.O. Box 276, Cupertino, CA 95015

Sandy Chen Stokes, RN, MSN, Founder and Board Chair
(916) 835-4007

Local Coalitions

Alameda/Contra Costa Area

Alameda-Contra Costa POLST Coalition

6230 Claremont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 654-5383

Joseph Greaves, Administrator

Mary Lee Gates, NP, MS, Director of Education and Outreach

David English, MD, Coalition Chair and Physician Champion

Antelope Valley Area

Antelope Valley Care Transitions Collaborative

ProCare Hospice
42442 10th Street West Suite E, Lancaster, CA 93534

Brandi Wheeler, Director of Marketing
(661) 951-1146

Lindsay Holland, Clinical Project Manager
Health Services Advisory Group
(818) 265-4671

Bakersfield Area

Greater Bakersfield Better Care Coalition

Christopher Meyers, PhD, Director
Kegley Institute of Ethics
California State University, Bakersfield
(661) 654-3149

Central Coast Area

Central Coast Coalition for Compassionate Care

Kris Kington-Barker, Executive Director
Hospice of San Luis Obispo County
(805) 544-2266
(805) 471-1233 mobile

Central Valley Area

California Central Valley Coalition for Compassionate Care

Terry Maldonado, MA, RN, CHPN
Palliative Clinical Supervisor
Community Regional Medical Center
(559) 260-8942

Chico Metropolitan Area

Paradise POLST Project

Toby Brandtman, RN, Nurse Coordinator
Feather River Hospital, Paradise
(530) 514-5089 mobile

Humboldt Area

Humboldt POLST Coalition

Karen Ayers, NP
Hospice of Humboldt
(707) 445-8443

Karen Roemke
Acting Director of Social Services, Hospice of Humboldt

Los Angeles (West Los Angeles) Area

West Los Angeles POLST Coalition

Paul Schneider, MD, FACP
Southern California Bioethics Committee Consortium
(310) 268‐3016

Marin Area

Marin County POLST Coalition

Teresa Tooker, Provider Relations Liaison
Hospice by the Bay, Larkspur
(415) 927-2273 or
(415) 526-5672 direct

Mendocino Area

Mendocino POLST Coalition

Mark Apfel, MD
Anderson Valley Health Center
(707) 895‐3477

Napa Area

Honoring Choices Napa Valley

Suzanne Shiff, Program Director
(707) 738-7958

Monterey Area

Hospice Giving Foundation

Nikki Rossi
(831) 333-9023

Orange County Area

Orange County POLST Coalition

Patty Barnett Mouton
Alzheimer’s Orange County
(714) 349-5517 mobile
(949) 955-9000 office

Dr. Vincent Nguyen
Hoag Hospital
(949) 764-8585

Greater Pasadena Area

San Gabriel Valley End-of-Life Care Coalition

Marcia Penido, LCSW, MPH
Huntington Hospital
(626) 397-3329

Patty Watson-Swan, RN
Huntington Senior Network
(626) 397-3813

Wendy Kohlhase, PhD
Huntington Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Verdugo Hills Hospital
(626) 823-1103

Riverside/San Bernardino Area

Inland Empire Palliative Care Coalition

Dr. Tarek Mahdi, Advisory Group Chair
(951) 233-7839

Dolores Green, Executive Director
Riverside County Medical Assn.
(951) 686-3342

Alternate Contact to Dolores –
Bianca Scarborough
(951) 686-3342

Sacramento Area

Greater Sacramento Coalition for Compassionate Care

Christine Evans, RN, MSN
Dignity Health

Susan Taylor, RN

Cindy Carroll, RN

San Diego Area

San Diego POLST Coalition

San Diego Coalition for Compassionate Care

General email

Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD

Sharon B. Hamill, Ph. D.
Faculty Director, Institute for Palliative Care at CSUSM
(760) 750-8029

San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valley Area

SPA 2 POLST Coalition

Joni Novosel, Executive Director
Valley Care Community Consortium
(818) 947-4040

San Francisco Area

San Francisco Community-based Palliative Care Initiative

Steve Heilig
San Francisco Medical Society
(415) 561‐0850 ext. 270

Jeff Newman

Nate Hinerman

San Luis Obispo Area

San Luis Obispo County Compassionate Care and POLST Coalition

Kris Kington-Barker
Hospice of San Luis Obispo County
(805) 544-2266

San Mateo Area

Coalition for Compassionate Care of San Mateo County

Francine Serafin-Dickson, MBA, RN, Chair
Executive Director
Hospital Consortium of San Mateo County
(650) 573-3957

Santa Barbara Area

Santa Barbara POLST Coalition

Susan Plummer
Alliance for Living and Dying Well
(805) 845-5314

Jeanne M. West
(805) 845-3747
(805) 886-4234 mobile

Rebecca Simonitsch, MS, MAEd, CT, CCLS
Advance Care Planning Coordinator
Cottage Health, Santa Barbara
(805) 448-0399

Santa Cruz Area

Santa Cruz County Make Your Wishes Known Initiative

Shirley Sapena, MSW
Transitional Care Liaison
(831) 430‐3050

Sonoma County

Journey Project Coalition

Susan Keller, MA, MLIS, Director
Community Network Journey Project, Santa Rosa
(707) 539-2364

My Care, My Plan – Speak Up Sonoma County

Advance Care Planning Community Initiative

Dorothy Foster, MFT, Co-Chair
Psychotherapist in Private Practice
(707) 793-2152

Taylor McCandless, MSW, Co-Chair
Medical Social Worker, Healing and Home, Sonoma Valley Hospital
(707) 935-5135

Jenay Cottrell, Program Planning & Evaluation Analyst
Sonoma County Human Services Department
Adult & Aging Services Division
(707) 565-5738

3725 Westwind Blvd., Ste. 101
P.O. Box 40-59
Santa Rosa, CA 95402-4059
(707) 565-5950

Stanislaus/San Joaquin Area

Alliance for Compassionate Care

Sheila Singh Dobbins, MSN RN FNP
(209) 342-4001

Ventura Area

Ventura County Coalition for Compassionate Care


Teri Helton, RN, PHN, MSN, FCN / Primary Contact
Community Outreach Liaison, Livingston Memorial VNA, Ventura
(805) 612-7741

Fr. Calin Tamiian M.A., B.C.C. / Secondary Contact
Manager Spiritual Care, St. John’s Hospitals, A Dignity Health Member
Regional Medical Center, Oxnard
Pleasant Valley Hospital, Camarillo
(805) 988-2892

Woodland/Yolo Area

Yolo POLST Coalition

Joanne Hatchett, MSN, FNP
Woodland Health Care
(530) 662-3961

Jeffrey Yee, MD
Woodland Medical Group
(530) 668-2650