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.
National Director of Community Engagement
Brandi Alexander is the National Director of Community Engagement 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.
National Director, Advocacy
Elizabeth Armijo is a long-time health promotion advocate and community organizer in New Mexico. She has worked extensively within diverse communities, collaborating with populations who experience disparities and injustices. As a mentor, an employer, and an advocate, she has promoted inclusiveness and cultural awareness in all her initiatives. Her career and life passion have been rooted in promoting access to quality health care, women’s empowerment and racial justice. Learn more.
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.
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.
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 of Finance and Compliance
Crystal Huish, Compassion & Choices National Director of Finance and Accounting, has been working with nonprofit organizations since she first started at C&C in 2002. Read more.
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.
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.
National Director of Development
Susan McCullough is proud to serve as Compassion & Choices’ National Director of Development where she is inspired every day by the incredible generosity and commitment of the organizations’ dedicated donors. Before joining Compassion & Choices in 2018, Susan raised millions of dollars to provide books and educational resources to children in need at First Book, and secured corporate sponsors to present major exhibitions and educational programs at The Phillips Collection and the National Gallery of Art.
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 Chief Development Officer 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.
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.
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.
Matt Whitaker, MTS MT-BC
National Director of Integrated Programs
In his role as National Director of Integrated Programs at Compassion & Choices Matt Whitaker works to support medical education, end of life planning and client services nationwide. Over the course of his 6 years at Compassion & Choices he has taken on various roles including time as the State Director for California and Oregon as they launched campaigns to increase access to end of life choice. Matt has spoken at numerous conferences on bioethics and person-centered care across the country and testified as an expert resource on end of life choice to numerous state agencies and legislative committees. Read more.