Kim Callinan, MPP, PMP

President and Chief Executive Officer

Kim Callinan is currently the President and CEO of Compassion & Choices; prior to that, she was the chief program officer. During her combined tenure at Compassion & Choices, Kim has played a leadership role in 1) authorizing and implementing medical aid in dying into five new jurisdictions: California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Hawaii and New Jersey; 2) drafting, promoting and implementing Compassion & Choices’ new strategic plan; and 3) launching our Finish Strong initiative, which includes a book and a suite of new tools designed to empower patients to take charge of the final chapter of their lives, including focused efforts on helping people plan for a possible dementia diagnosis and closing the disparities in end of life care and planning that exist for communities of color. Read more.

Barbara Coombs Lee, PA, FNP, JD

President Emerita/Senior Adviser

Barbara Coombs Lee is president emerita/senior adviser of Compassion & Choices, the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization working to improve care and expand choice at the end of life. Previously, she had a 25-year career as a nurse and physician assistant, during which she often cared for terminally ill patients. Read more.

Brandi Alexander

National Director of Constituency

Brandi Alexander is the National Director of Constituency for Compassion & Choices, and she has been with the organization for more than 10 years. Her dedication to educating people about having autonomy over all aspects of life, including at the end of life, has been a driving force in her career. At Compassion & Choices, she is responsible for outreach to physician, African American, faith, and LGBTQ communities. Learn more.

Tommy Barbee

National Director of Digital Strategy

Tommy Barbee is the National Director of Digital Strategy at Compassion & Choices. He provides the strategic role of ensuring that the website, emails, and all digital outreach areas integrate and effectively craft the ideal user experience for audiences. Learn more.

Trish Bernstein

Chief Operating Officer

Trish Bernstein joined Compassion & Choices in 2013. She began as the director of family and client services and was soon promoted to chief operating officer. Trish oversees human resources, information technology, the End of Life Consultation department, facility management and the administrative functions of Compassion & Choices’ board of directors. Read more.

Marcia Campbell, MAcc, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Marcia A. Campbell has worked since 1978 as an accountant for a wide range of clients, ranging from manufacturers to mortgage brokers. She has earned a reputation as a successful chief financial officer, controller and human resources director for closely held private companies and nonprofit organizations. Read more.

Kevin Díaz, JD

Chief Legal Advocacy Officer and General Counsel

A highly regarded litigator and program manager, Kevin Díaz comes to the organization from his previous role as legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oregon. Born in Perú and raised in Oregon, Díaz has spent his entire career in public interest law. Read more.

Crystal Huish, CPA, CGMA

National Director, Accounting

Crystal Huish, Compassion & Choices National Director of Accounting, has been working with nonprofit organizations since she first started at C&C in 2002. Read more.

Bonnie Lawhorn

National Director of Communications and Marketing

Bonnie Lawhorn is the national director of marketing and communications at Compassion & Choices. She joined the organization with great passion for the mission of improving care and expanding options for the end of life. Read more.

Charmaine Manansala

Chief Advocacy Officer

Charmaine Manansala is the Chief Advocacy Officer at Compassion & Choices. She was instrumental in California’s successful campaign to authorize medical aid in dying in the nation’s most populous state and led the efforts to pass similar legislation in the District of Columbia, Hawai’i, and New Jersey. Charmaine is now in charge of the state teams to authorize, ensure access, protect, and improve medical aid in dying and the full range of end-of-life options. Read more.

Jonathan Patterson

National Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Human Resources

Jonathan Patterson is the National Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Human Resources at Compassion & Choices. He previously served as the Staff Attorney, where he provided consultation for a wide variety of legal matters, including the issues of unwanted medical treatment, medical aid in dying, and end-of-life decision making. He is a frequent national speaker on available end-of-life options and empowering consumers to make healthcare decisions in line with their values. Read more.

Linda Roth Platt

Chief Development Officer

Linda Roth Platt is the national director of development at Compassion & Choices. She has 20 years of experience leading strategic fundraising efforts. Linda comes to Compassion & Choices with a strong development background at other nonprofit and political organizations. This includes expertise in increasing individual donor giving and ensuring that philanthropy and fund development are carried out in keeping with the organization’s values, mission, vision and programmatic goals. Read more.

Tom Quash

Chief Marketing and Program Officer

Tom joined Compassion & Choices in 2018 as Chief Marketing and Program Officer.  Prior to his current role, Tom served as the vice president of marketing, communications and publications at AWHONN, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. While at AWHONN, Tom had oversight of the marketing, social media, communications, public relations, product sales, two research journals and consumer resources for the 24,000-member association. Read more.

Kim Taccini

Managing Director, Office of the CEO

Kimberly Taccini has more than a decade of success managing program operations and communications campaigns for foundations, nonprofits and government agencies. She has applied her expertise in project management and communications to advance public health goals ranging from improving hearing health to covering the uninsured. Read more.