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 growing staff, 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.
Chief of Programs & Operations
Prior to joining CCCC, Michele was the Deputy Executive Director for the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California (CBHDA). In her role with CBHDA, Michele assisted the Executive Director in managing the organization’s operations and resources, as well as working directly with the Board, members, and committee participants to ensure effective strategies were utilized to accomplish the Association’s mission. Similarly, in her role at CCCC, Michele will be working closely with Judy Thomas, our CEO, to manage day to day internal operations, oversee grand-funded programs, and helping us grow more programs to help achieve the organizational mission.
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.
Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, MA, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Clinical Director of Consulting Services
Shirley Otis-Green is the Clinical Director of Consulting Services with the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California. Her education, research and consultation efforts focus on quality-of-life, palliative care, leadership development and the creation of meaningful organizational change. Her work is dedicated to enhancing excellence in the delivery of culturally-congruent, person-centered and family-focused inter-professional care through the implementation of effective learning principles. 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.
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.
Kris comes to CCCC with 30 years of experience in various aspects of the not-for-profit healthcare industry; from providing health education to developing and directing the function of a collaborative charity care program and implementing educational activities for physicians and other healthcare professionals. Kris will be concentrating on building and supporting local coalitions.