Hospice by the Bay is fortunate to have so many exceptional leaders among our staff and the community volunteers who make up our Board of Directors.
Board of Directors
DANIEL E. COHN, J.D., Chairman
Partner, Farella Braun + Martel LLP
ROBERT J. SIMON, Vice Chair
Senior Vice President, Investments, Stifel Investment Services
MICHAEL A. KADEL, Treasurer
Vice President of Retail Experience
SF Fire Credit Union
JO ELLEN HYLIND, RN, MNA, Secretary
Past President and CEO of Lumetra Healthcare Solutions
HELEN L. ABE, CIMA®, CRPC®
Vice President-Financial Advisor Merrill Lynch, Global Wealth Management
MICHAEL R. DAILEY
Senior Vice President, Bank of America N.A.
SHELBY K. DECOSTA
Chief Strategy Officer, UCSF Health
DENNIS A. GILARDI
Founder, Gilardi & Co. LLC
ADRIENNE L. GREEN, M.D.
Associate Chief Medical Officer & Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Medical Group Administrator, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
Principal, Meislin Investments
STEVEN Z. PANTILAT, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Medicine & founding Director of the UCSF Palliative Care Program, UCSF
GERALD R. PETERS, J.D.
Former Partner, Latham & Watkins
SCOTT TAYLOR SMITH
CEO, Viant Group & Viant Capital
MARY C. (KITTY) WHITAKER, RN, MS
CEO, Hospice By The Bay
MARY TAVERNA, President Emeritus
STEPHEN A. THAL, Chair Emeritus
Kitty Whitaker, RN, MS
Chief Executive Officer
Wendy Ranzau, RN, BSN
Chief Operating Officer
Denis Viscek, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
James Mittelberger, MD, MPH, HMD-C, FAAHPM
Chief Medical Officer
Robertina Szolorova, MN, MS
Chief Administrative Officer
Janet P. Evans
Senior Director of Development, Marketing & Communications
Senior Clinical Director
Hospice by the Bay Physicians
James Mittelberger, MD, MPH, HMD-C, FAAHPM, Chief Medical Officer
Dr. James “Jim” Mittelberger is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine, and Geriatrics. He joined Hospice by the Bay as Chief Medical Officer in 2017, after 10 years as Director and Chief Medical Officer of the Optum Center for Palliative and Supportive Care. Previously, he was Medical Director of the Over 60s Clinic in Berkeley/Oakland and Division Chief for the Alameda County Medical Center, Division of Geriatrics (with palliative care.) He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF.
Jessica Keane, MD
Dr. Jessica Keane is board certified in Internal Medicine. She completed her residency at UC Davis and later went on to serve as Chief Resident. She practiced primary care in San Rafael for seven years before joining Hospice by the Bay in 2014.
Jessica Safra, MD
Dr. Jessica Safra is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She completed her residency at Oregon Health & Science University and fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care at UC San Francisco. She practiced inpatient and clinic-based Palliative Care for three years before joining Hospice by the Bay in 2015.
Corby Kesler, MD
Dr. Corby Kessler is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Hospice and Palliative Care. He has provided Hospice care services for over 10 years and continues to manage a chronic pain and palliative care outpatient clinic in Napa.
Alan Margolin, MD
Dr. Alan Margolin is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care. His more than 45 years of medical experience includes many years as director of the Marin General Hospital Intensive Care Unit.
Kai Romero, MD
Dr. Kai Romero is board certified in Emergency Medicine. She completed her residency at UCSF-ZSFGH and fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care at UC San Francisco. She continues to practice Emergency Medicine at Kaiser San Francisco, and outpatient Palliative Care at UCSF. She joined Hospice by the Bay in 2018.
Michelle Bourke, MD
Dr. Michelle Bourke is board certified in Internal Medicine. She completed her medical school and residency at UCSF. She practiced in primary care and as a hospitalist for 15 years before focusing her clinical practice on Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She joined Hospice by the Bay in 2017. She compliments her Hospice practice with work in medical education and serves as Medical Director for the Physician Assistant Program at Dominican University.