Board of Directors

The Board of Directors supports the work of CCCC and provides leadership and strategic governance to the organization. This includes actively participating in strategic planning and major business decisions, overseeing CCCC’s financial operations, acting in the best interest of the organization and its mission, and promoting the organization’s sustainability.


Robert Moore, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer
Partnership Healthplan of California

Robert Moore is the chief medical officer of Partnership HealthPlan (PHC), a well-respected Medi-Cal Managed Care plan, serving 14 Northern California counties. Prior to joining PHC, Dr. Moore was the medical director of Community Health Clinic OLE, an FQHC in Napa County, for 13 years, where he continues to see patients one evening each week. His major professional interests are quality improvement, operational effectiveness, and delivery system transformation. He is a graduate of UCSF Medical School and the Columbia University School of Public Health. Dr. Moore completed post-graduate courses and fellowships in health center management, health care leadership, and quality improvement. His clinical interests include palliative care, intensive outpatient care management, hospital medicine, diabetes care, and pediatrics. 



Kimberly Bower, MD, FAAHPM, HMDC

Medical Director, Promise Health Plan
Blue Shield of California

Kimberly Bower is the medical director, Promise Health Plan, at Blue Shield of California. After earning her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, she completed her family medicine residency training at Brown University / Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island in Pawtucket, RI. In 2004, she began a fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice & the Institute for Palliative Medicine (SDHIPM). She stayed on for a second year, serving as chief fellow, with a focus on building skills in pediatric palliative medicine and working on international initiatives. In 2006, she became the medical director for the pediatric programs at SDHIPM and also served as core faculty within the palliative medicine fellowship program, designing the pediatric track within the fellowship and the pediatric curriculum for the adult palliative medicine fellows. Dr. Bower believes in medical care that allows patients to live life to the fullest and is provided with kindness, compassion and respect for the values of patients and their families.



Carol Wanke

Vice President, Managed Care Operations
Sharp HealthCare

Carol Wanke is the vice president for managed care operations for Sharp HealthCare, based in San Diego, where she has worked for more than 30 years. In her current role, Carol is responsible for the management of receivables for hospital based skilled nursing, home health and hospice entities. She also is responsible for foundation clinic receivables. Sharp Health Care manages approximately 400,000 managed care lives and current role includes operational management of claims and enrollment processes.



James Mittelberger, MD, MPH, HMD-C, FAAHPM

Chief Executive Officer/Chief Medical Officer
Centers for Elder Independence

James Mittelberger is a nationally recognized physician leader who has dedicated his 30+ year career to the care of vulnerable patients across the continuum of care from hospital to home. His roles have included medical director of the Over 60's Clinic; 20 years as chief of the Division of Geriatrics at Highland Hospital in Oakland; and a decade building innovative geriatric, palliative care, and hospice programs for UnitedHealth Group and Optum. Prior to joining CEI's leadership team in 2019 he was the chief medical officer for UCSF's affiliate hospice, Hospice by the Bay. Dr. Mittelberger has served in numerous community leadership roles to improve health care. He is a clinical professor of medicine at UCSF School of Medicine and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Mittelberger completed his MD at University of California San Diego, MPH and Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Washington, additional fellowship training at UCSF and the Bureau of Health Professions, and a California Health Care Foundation Leadership fellowship.


Judy Thomas, JD

Chief Executive Officer
Coalition for Compassionate Care of California

Judy Thomas is chief executive officer of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California. Judy is an attorney with over 25 years’ experience in healthcare and public policy. She was recently appointed to the California Master Plan on Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee. Judy was recognized as a Practice Change Leader by the John A. Hartford Foundation and Past President of National POLST. The Coalition brings together multiple organizations, often with divergent interests, to develop, implement, and promote improved healthcare policy, practices and standards for people facing serious illness.


Elizabeth M. Mahler, MD

Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer, Value Based Care
John Muir Health

Elizabeth Mahler is a board certified internist-hospitalist and physician executive. Formerly she was the vice president of patient health management at Sutter and led Sutter Health’s enterprise strategy and clinical transformation efforts related to the delivery of clinically integrated, personalized, patient-family engaged care, particularly for high-need, vulnerable populations and oversaw the Sutter Center for Integrated Care. Dr. Mahler also sponsored and supported enterprise-wide Clinical Improvement Communities related to Hospital Medicine and Palliative & Advanced Illness Care, and was the executive sponsor of Sutter’s Management and Clinical Excellence program. She earned her medical degree and residency from the University of California, San Francisco.


Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD

Stone Mountain Medical Associates, Inc.

Karl Steinberg is chief medical officer, Mariner Health Central Health, and a past chair of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California. He is board certified in family medicine with CAQ in hospice and palliative medicine. He is also a certified medical director for skilled nursing facilities and hospices. Dr. Steinberg supervises the operation for 20 skilled nursing facilities and focuses on quality initiatives and efficient, person-centered care. He is associated with numerous professional organizations. Dr. Steinberg is a first-generation American. His mother was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, and immigrated to the US to attend college, then medical school. He is a US citizen and a Mexican national, and Spanish was his first language. After graduating from Harvard College with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology, Steinberg attended medical school at Ohio State University. He did his training in family medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Steinberg thinks he is best known for taking his two dogs to work with him nearly every day.


Melissa B. Stern, MBA

Managing Director
Supportive Care Services
Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Melissa Stern has served as the managing director for Supportive Care Services at Kaiser Permanente Northern California since 2012. She leads an integrated team of clinicians, consultants, performance improvement experts, and project managers who are advancing Life Care Planning and Palliative Care services across Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. The program partners with clinical teams and administrative leaders throughout Northern California to fundamentally transform the care experience for our members and their families. Melissa completed her undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her MBA from the Yale School of Management.