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

OFFICERS

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
Chief Operations Officer
Santa Clara Federal Credit Union

JO ELLEN HYLIND, RN, MNA, Secretary
Past President and CEO of Lumetra Healthcare Solutions

 

DIRECTORS

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

PATRICIA KENDALL
Medical Group Administrator, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center

KENNETH MEISLIN
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.
General Counsel, Manifest Med Ex

SCOTT TAYLOR SMITH
CEO, Viant Group & Viant Capital

MARY C. (KITTY) WHITAKER, RN, MS
CEO, Hospice By The Bay

EMERITI

MARY TAVERNA, President Emeritus

STEPHEN A. THAL, Chair Emeritus


Executive Team

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 

Elizabeth Adamson, SPHR
Director of Human Resources

Janet P. Evans
Director of Development & Communications

Bryan Koffman
Director of Home Health


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.

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