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.
As a program director for CCCC, Anna Berens focuses on community-based palliative care initiatives, including CAIC and SB 1004. Anna has 30 years of experience working with health plans, independent provider associations, management services organizations, primarily for Medi-Cal and other government-sponsored programs. She served as the Regional Director for a statewide Medi-Cal IPA where she formed strong relationships with providers, stakeholders, and health plans. Prior to that she helped launch a county organized Medi-Cal health plan (Central Coast Alliance for Health) and ultimately served as the Director of Provider Services. Anna is passionate about palliative care, promoting access to care, and also understands the challenges that face healthcare providers and payers.
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
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.
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.
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.
Chief of Grants & Programs
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.