Board of Directors

Judy Neall Epstein, N.D.

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

Karen Morin Green, R.N.

Founding Director, Vice President

Karen Morin Green is an Oncology and Hospice RN whose healthcare experience spans more than three decades. She began her health care career in Radiology at Georgetown University Medical Center and later worked in clinical applications for the manufacturers of CT and MRI equipment. Upon completing her nursing education in Los Angeles, Ms. Morin Green worked in an AIDS Care unit before moving to the Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Center at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. 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 for the legacy of Brittany Maynard that helped make this law a reality for all Californians.  LEARN MORE

Robert V. Brody, MD

Director

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.  He was the medical director of the city-funded hospice and AIDS program in San Francisco at the height of the AIDS epidemic.  A member of the board of directors of Compassion in Dying and End of Life Choices, he was the founding Chair of the Board of Compassion & Choices when those organizations merged. He is currently on the Executive Committee of the End of Life Liberty Project.

June Collins

Director

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 CA and 10+ offices throughout California. LEARN MORE

Lisa Klinger, JD

Director
Lisa Klinger, JD has been an attorney for 35 years. She specialized in employee benefits and health care reform. She graduated from USC Gould School of Law in 1984. After her parents died in 2010, both at home on hospice, Lisa became involved in the right-to-die movement.  She volunteered and helped get the End of Life Option Act passed in California.  Since the law became effective, Lisa has given numerous talks to educate the public about the new law, and in 2018 she helped found the Meet Up group Death Talk San Diego. Lisa retired at the end of January 2019 and now has more time to devote to her non-work interests, and a major one is helping terminally ill people die peacefully and with dignity, on their own terms.

Stephen Poses, MD

Director

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 and cost-effective medical care.  Dr. Poses also provides medical-legal consultation, specializing in competency issues.

As a member of the clinical teaching faculty at UCSD medical school for 14 years, he precepts the fellows in both geriatrics and geriatric psychiatry.  He also teaches them Palliative medicine, long-term-care, and dementia care. He has served as Associate Medical Director with Lightbridge Hospice since 2014 and Medical Director of Dependable Home Health since 2000.  Dr. Poses also volunteers with Flying Samaritans at a free medical clinic south of Tecate, in the village of El Hongo.

End of Life Choices California provides information and personal support regarding California's End of Life Option Act and all other legal end-of-life options to the medical community and to the public.

July 2019