Board of Directors

Lynne H. Calkins BA, CRNP

Founding Director

Lynne is an Ob-Gyn Nurse Practitioner, retired, with more than 38 years experience in the field of maternal-child health.  She volunteers as a gynecologic clinician at St. Leo’s Medical Clinic in Solana Beach. 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 for the legacy of Brittany Maynard that helped make this law a reality for all Californians. Lynne believes that just as we provide support at birth, so we should also provide support in death.  She is passionate about the individual’s right to choose a peaceful death at the end of life.

Lynne has been an active member of Hemlock Society of San Diego for more than 10 years.  

She has facilitated many Advance Care Planning workshops.  She is also a host of Death Cafe Encinitas, a growing international movement wherein people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.  It is an agenda-free place to talk about death, dying and living. (

Lynne is a founding member of Hand to Hand, a philanthropic group of women who grant funds to local non-profits which promote economic self-sufficiency and positive change in the lives of women and girls.   

Lynne lives happily with her husband, Ken, in Encinitas and plays tennis 3-4 days/week.  She is a voracious reader.



"Thank you tremendously for helping my wife transition — as smooth and peaceful a transition as possible." -- T.R.

End of life choices California

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