Meet your board of directors! Members of both former boards have come together to create the board of directors of Compassion & Choices. Please read on for brief profiles of each of your board members.
Robert Brody, M.D., Chairman
Dr. Brody is a clinical professor of family and community medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. He serves as chief of the Pain Consultation Clinic, chair of the Ethics Committee and director of the Ethics Service at San Francisco General Hospital. A former hospice director, Dr. Brody teaches end-of-life care to students and medical residents.
Susan J. Dunshee
A co-founder of Compassion In Dying, Susan Dunshee also served as executive director of the Seattle AIDS Support Group (SASG) for more than 10 years. She served as president of Compassion In Dying during the pivotal years of growth and maturity from 1993 to 1997.
Mary Hoagland, J.D.AdvertisementProfessor Sylvia A. Law, J.D.
A practicing attorney since 1975, Mary Hoagland has been a devoted organizer and compassionate voice for the disadvantaged for more than 35 years. She is a founding member of SafeHouse Denver, the Colorado chapter of the National Organization for Women, and the Women's Lobby of Colorado.
Professor Law is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law, Medicine and Psychiatry at the New York University School of Law, and co-director of the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program. Ms. Law's publications include various books and articles on patient rights and reproductive law. In addition, she has written numerous briefs for and been instrumental in many of the landmark Supreme Court cases of our time.
E. James Lieberman, M.D.
Dr. Lieberman is a practicing psychiatrist, a member of the board of his local chapter, and also an active member of the Speakers Bureau. Much of his professional career has been spent in a variety of educational posts. These range from adjunct, associate, and clinical professorships to consultant for such organizations as the Peace Corps, UNICEF, and WHO. He is also an active volunteer for the National Council on Family Relations, Advocates for Youth and the Jewish Peace Fellowship.
Chris Loker has been a "helping professional" throughout her working career, experience she puts to work as a Client Support Volunteer. In her professional career, Chris worked in human resources with a number of California companies, including Bank of America, Levi Strauss, Universal Studios, and Charles Schwab and Co. She now works with her husband, in their rare and antique book business.
Florent Morellet is a leading New York City social activist. Since immigrating to New York from France in 1978, he has been a leader in issues ranging from gay rights and AIDS to abortion rights and architectural preservation. He has made his eponymous Restaurant Florent a center for activism and issues, as well as for food and a non-stop party. Florent is also an artist who exhibits his work in New York, Germany and France.
B. Kirk Robinson
A past chairman of the Compassion board, Kirk Robinson is owner and CEO of The Robinson Company, a construction management firm. He has a longstanding interest in aid in dying, having served as president of Washington Citizens for Death with Dignity during the 1991 Initiative 119 campaign. He also was the chief spokesperson during that political campaign.
Paul Spiers, Ph.D.
A past chairman of the Choices board, Dr. Spiers is a practicing neuropsychologist and an integral part of the Speakers Bureau. Dr. Spiers conducts research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, teaches at the Boston University School of Medicine and has a private practice examining clients and testifying as an expert witness in both civil and criminal cases.