Judy (Citko) Thomas, JD
Chief Executive Officer
Directing the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California since 2000, Judy Thomas has helped improve the illness and end of life experiences of hundreds of thousands of Californians and their loved ones. Today the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California includes a staff of twelve, a highly active board of 13 accomplished professionals, and an effective statewide network with a wide range of individuals, organizations, and foundations dedicated to advancing care for those with serious illness. Read more about Judy.
Vice President, Pediatric Programming & Education
As vice president of pediatric programming and education, Devon focuses on issues impacting children with serious illness through research and public policy initiatives. Before CCCC, Devon was the co-founder and executive director of the Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition (CHPCC), a nonprofit organization that merged with CCCC in the Fall of 2015. Through CHPCC, Devon spearheaded policy initiatives and programs which dramatically improved care for children with life-threatening conditions in California, including the enactment of the Nick Snow Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Act of 2006.
Lael C. Duncan, MD
Medical Director of Consulting Services
Lael Duncan, MD, is a licensed California physician with more than 15 years of clinical practice in internal medicine, infectious disease, and long term acute care for patients with multi-system disease. She is an expert educator on Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST), end-of-life communication between patients and providers, advance care planning, and legislation that impacts end-of-life care in California. Dr. Duncan consults with health care organizations, medical providers and communities to improve access to care that honors patient values. Read more about Lael.
Ann McLaughlin focuses on administrative activities related to database management and operations for CCCC. Previously, Ann was the director of operations for Outcome Resources, an organization that designs custom formulary plans for hospices around the U.S.
Leah C. Morris, RN, MPH, MS, NP
Director of Policy & Payor Relations
Leah has over 30 years of experience in health care, first as a staff nurse, then later as an executive at a national PPO, two HMOs, and at the regional medical group level. She developed and implemented managed care programs for private commercial and publically financed (Medi-Cal and Healthy Families) health insurance programs, and was most recently part of the start-up team to bring Covered California to market. She is a registered nurse and holds a Master of Public Health degree and a Master of Science and Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Director of Development
Michael has worked in the nonprofit sector since 1984. He began his nonprofit career working in the area of supportive housing and moved into education and prevention programming promoting change behavior efforts for front-line service provider agencies in Boston, New York City, and then Sacramento. His extensive development experience stems from his time as Director of Corporate Giving at the California Dental Association Foundation in Sacramento, Vice President of Development at Peninsula Family Service Agency in San Mateo, CA, and Director of Development and Communications at Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA) also in San Mateo. While in Sacramento, Michael served as a commission member on the Center for Disease Control’s National Prevention Marketing Initiative and also served on the board of Capital Stage Theater, the Yolo Community Foundation and was a founding board member of the NorCal AIDS Cycle. Michael graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Policy Planning with an emphasis in Community Development.
Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, MA, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Clinical Director of Consulting Services
Shirley Otis-Green is an award-winning licensed clinical social worker recognized by the Project on Death in America and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. Her research focuses on quality of life, palliative care, and creating meaningful organizational change. Shirley is dedicated to enhancing excellence in the delivery of culturally congruent, person-centered and family-focused care. She is a Distinguished Social Work Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice and co-editor of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work. Read more about Shirley.
Kelley Queale has more than 20 years of experience in health-related communications and advocacy. Kelley served as director of communications for the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF), where she oversaw the association’s internal communications program, grassroots advocacy and Leadership Academy programs. Prior to that, she served as director of communications for the California Association of Health Services at Home (CAHSAH). She also served as CAHF’s representative to the California POLST Task Force.
Suzanne has more than 10 years experience in administrative work in children’s mental health and civil engineering. Before joining Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, she worked as a Trainer and Business Services Coordinator at FamiliesFirst, Inc. in Sacramento.
Anna Rosenbaum, MSW, MPH
Senior Program Director
Anna Rosenbaum brings over 10 years of experience working in public health and social services as a program administrator, project manager and researcher. She is an experienced health educator with a focus on health disparities and has worked on a wide array of issue areas including obesity prevention, comprehensive cancer control, infant mortality prevention and comprehensive sexuality education. Anna helped to develop a long-term care guide for Veterans and her recent research on the health status of vulnerable communities in the Sacramento region led her to focus on the needs of the aging population. Anna has a Masters in Public Health (MPH) in Community-Based Public Health Practice, and a Masters in Social Work (MSW) in Community-Centered Integrative Practice from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Director of Communications
With a background in traditional communications, digital media and community organizing, Liz has more than 10 years experience in communications and is passionate about promoting high-quality compassionate care for all Californians. Liz was the communications and community engagement manager for a nonprofit organization formed by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, and a communications strategist for California’s largest public employee union. She speaks regularly on patient engagement and digital media, and in 2013 presented a TEDx Talk on how patients are using the Internet to form their own support networks.
Keeta provides administrative oversight for CCCC’s education programs and events. Previously, Keeta was the director of volunteers and communication for Lutheran High School, and worked for the California Hospital Association for over 15 years, including 10 years as the Association’s manager for volunteer services. In addition to CCCC, Keeta works with the California Culture Change Coalition, a nonprofit that provides support and expertise to California’s nursing homes.