Kim Callinan, MPP, PMP

Chief Executive Officer

After almost three years as our chief program officer, Kim Callinan took on the position of chief executive officer on February 1, 2018.

As the chief program officer for Compassion & Choices, Kim steered her team through unprecedented programmatic accomplishments. Read more.

Barbara Coombs Lee, PA, FNP, JD

President

Barbara Coombs Lee is president 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.

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.

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.

His previous association marketing and communication experience includes senior-level positions at Women in Cable Telecommunications, the National Recreation and Park Association, the Electronic Retailing Association and ASAE, the American Society of Association Executives. Tom began his marketing career working in the children’s book publishing industry in New York, at Macmillan Publishing, Simon & Schuster and Disney/Hyperion.

Tom currently sits on the 2018-2019 ASAE Healthcare Committee and is the past chair of the ASAE Gold Circle Awards Committee, ASAE Communication Section Council and ASAE Marketing Section Council. For the past 15 years, Tom has presented at association and healthcare industry events (e.g., American Marketing Association, ASAE Annual Meeting, Perinatal Leadership Forum) and was board chair of a small Maryland-based nonprofit, the Metropolitan Center for Assault Prevention. In 2015, Tom authored the marketing and communications chapter in the book Professional Practices in Association Management (ASAE) and that same year received ASAE’s Professional Performance Award, the association industry’s highest honor awarded to a non-CEO. In 2016, Tom was named one of the Washington, D.C., area’s top CMOs (Trending 40).

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.

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. Brandi previously served as the coalition director for the Yes! On Colorado End of Life Options voter initiative campaign in 2016, which passed with more than 65 percent of the vote. She has worked on campaigns all over the nation to advance the end-of-life choice movement, including in Colorado, Vermont, Montana, and Washington, D.C., where medical aid in dying is authorized.  

Brandi graduated from Middlebury College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in French and women’s studies. She holds certificates in the Fundamentals in Gerontology and Health and Wellness in an Aging Society, through a joint program offered by the American Society on Aging and the USC Davis School of Gerontology. She has completed several Wellstone Advocacy Training units, including Direct Mail & Voter Guides, Endorsements & Outreach, and Direct Voter Contact. She also has completed the Management Center’s People of Color & Indigenous Cohorts training.

Crystal Huish

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.

In past years, she worked with community, national and international nonprofits – all centered on human rights and success. She previously worked with an international nonprofit in the water and sanitation sector and had the privilege of leading a global accounting team.

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

National Director of Political Advocacy

Charmaine Manansala is the national director for political advocacy 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 and Hawai’i. Read more.

Kat West, JD

National Director of Policy & Programs

Kat West, Compassion & Choices National Director of Policy & Programs, is an attorney and program director with more than 15 years of policy and program development experience with government and nonprofit organizations. Kat is responsible for developing the organization’s policy and directing the organization’s programs, including the End-of-Life Resource Center which serves as the hub for direct end-of-life consulting service to terminally ill people, and Access Campaigns to implement medical aid-in-dying in authorized states including Oregon, California, Colorado and Hawai’i. Read more.