Judy (Citko) Thomas, JD
Chief Executive Officer
Judy Thomas is CEO 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. Read more about Judy.
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 oversight for all CCCC’s internal office management, as well as assisting with membership, client services, and education. 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 of volunteer services. Keeta also worked for several years with the California Culture Change Coalition, a nonprofit that provides support and expertise to California’s nursing homes.
Chief of 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 is responsible for managing grant-funded programs and activities, as well as developing and managing projects, and writing grants. She works closely with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to support and implement the organization’s mission and to ensure the smooth internal functioning of the organization.
Lael C. Duncan, MD
Medical Director Consultant
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.