Board of Directors

Judy Neall Epstein, ND

Founding Director, President

Judy Neall Epstein has been engaged in the study of death and dying since the early days of her undergraduate education. She graduated from Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR with a B.S. in Public Health (Health Promotion/Education and Community Health) and a minor in Nutrition Science. She received her doctorate from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR and completed a residency in integrative medicine in Portland.  After ten years of private practice in naturopathic family medicine, Judy retired and went to work for the national nonprofit Compassion & Choices.  LEARN MORE

Robert V. Brody, MD

Vice President

Robert V. Brody, MD is a primary care, hospice and palliative care, and pain management physician and Clinical Professor of Medicine and Family & Community Medicine at UCSF.  He has practiced at San Francisco General Hospital for 40 years; he was an original member and then chair of the hospital Ethics Committee for 17 years.  LEARN MORE

Claudia Comins

Founding Director, Secretary

Claudia retired after a career in political and non-profit fundraising, branding and strategic planning.  Her professional work tracked her passions for environmental protection, access to educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth, and the advancement of women’s reproductive rights.  LEARN MORE

Lynne H. Calkins, BA, CRNP

Founding Director, Treasurer

Lynne is an Ob-Gyn Nurse Practitioner, retired.  She was a client services volunteer with Compassion and Choices from 2011 to 2018, acting as an advocate and personal support for individuals at end-of-life.  Lynne campaigned vigorously for the passage of California’s End of Life Option Act in 2015 and is eternally grateful…  LEARN MORE

June Collins


June Collins comes to EOLCCA with a strong background and relevant experience in serving on a board.  She served as a Board Member (1997 -2017) and the Executive Vice President of Dudek, a $50 million, 350+ employee, California state-wide environmental and engineering firm with corporate headquarters in Encinitas… LEARN MORE

Fran Moreland Johns


Fran Moreland Johns is a freelance writer for local, national and online publications whose focus is often on end-of-life issues. She is the author of Dying Unafraid (Synergistic Press, 1999) and of related stories published in a number of magazines and anthologies. She holds a BA in Art from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College… LEARN MORE

Stephen Poses, MD


Stephen Poses, MD is double Board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care.  As a physician in private practice, he has exclusively made house calls to home-bound people in San Diego County since 1999.  Blending Palliative care into ongoing primary medical care, he is able to provide patient-centered, culturally appropriate… LEARN MORE

Eric P. Rose, MBA


Eric Paul Rose began his journey in end of life options law advocacy as a volunteer with the nonprofit group, Compassion & Choices in 2014. There he collected signatures to get the California End of Life Option Act on the ballot. His hours of meeting Californians face to face in farmers’ markets with clipboard in hand gave him…. LEARN MORE

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